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Comment: Re:How is the DATA licensed? Where can I download (Score 1) 113

by greatpatton (#45998179) Attached to: Mozilla Is Mapping Cell Towers and WiFi Access Points
The data is not available, this is only for Mozilla own usage and they don't even know if they want to publish the data at one point (not even a sample data set). This project is as close as Google or Apple, the only difference is that this time its Mozilla who is in charge, and they just say "hey we also provide a free API" (so this why they call it open

Comment: Re:Does it compute? (Score 3, Interesting) 168

by greatpatton (#43398455) Attached to: HP Launches Moonshot
No this type of node is not appropriate for Hadoop. First of all Hadoop is all about data locality when you run it on physical hardware (if you really need performance), and this is not the case here. Moreover 8G of RAM can be quite a limitation for many Hadoop related task (Hbase node will require more). Today you can have blade system with 2000 core per rack with AMD, why if cores matters would you limit yourseld to Intel CPU?

Comment: Price!! (Score 1) 207

by greatpatton (#40903337) Attached to: Kindle E-Book Sales Surpass Print Sales In UK
Was about to buy a kindle book on Amazon when I realised that the kindle version was more expensive than the paper version! And it was not only for this particular book, but almost all the book are more expensive in Kindle version. This is insane! At least with a real book, I can give it to one of my friend and share it indefinitively. When they will come to more reasonable term I may resume to buy eBook but for the time being I'm not going to be their milk cow :)

Comment: Re:Willing to bet.. (Score 5, Insightful) 1706

Still there is a chance that you would be able to do that under lucky circumstances. And that chance justifies permission to carry weapons.

And what is the probability to hit a perfect innocent in these circumstances?

If gunman knew that many people would be carrying concealed weapons, he probably would not even consider such an attack.

You mean like no one is attacking NATO force in Afganisthan because they are openly carrying weapons? If some nuts decide to go mass murderer it is not some concealed weapon that are going to make him change hist mind, he will just use clever tactics.

Comment: Re:That's because it isn't usually done (Score 1) 911

by greatpatton (#39977191) Attached to: Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO

In my case, I would need to be pulling in well over 200K after foreign taxes per year to owe the IRS. Most normal Americans who work in foreign countries probably won't owe the IRS any taxes.

As the dollar is currently not very high and as other countries have different standard of living 200K can be reached quite easily. Being a MD, Manager, Lawyer, or whatever in upper salary range in Switzerland will get you over 200K easily. The problem is also with the banking system, as the IRS tries to police the world, it's a nightmare for a US citizen to open a bank account in Switzerland, and a lot of Swiss bank just refuse to open an account to American citizen. That's maybe why ceremony of renunciation are hold quite often in Switzerland.

Comment: Re:Not a very graceful move (Score 1) 911

by greatpatton (#39977147) Attached to: Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO
Ok so as his family decided to move to the US and take American citizenship, he should be prohibited to immigrate somewhere else? What about the citizenship of his parents prior the US one. Did they sell their soul when the took the US one? By the way, a lot of people are renouncing to the US citizenship because of the US tax system. IRS ask you to pay whatever the local tax system can be. For instance being a US citizen in Switzerland is such a hassle (try to open a bank account...) that ceremony for US citizenship renunciation are hold every week....

+ - Your probability of dying doubles every 8 years-> 2

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kkleiner writes "What do you think are the odds that you will die during the next year? Try to put a number to it — 1 in 100? 1 in 10,000? Whatever it is, it will be twice as large 8 years from now. This startling fact was first noticed by the British actuary Benjamin Gompertz in 1825 and is now called the “Gompertz Law of human mortality.” Your probability of dying during a given year doubles every 8 years."
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+ - Moving a Data Center Without the Heart Attack->

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snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia offers hands-on advice to IT admins heading up a physical data center migration. 'As the dust settles in the aftermath of a successful physical data center move, I'm nursing my bruised and cut hands, kicking back with a Scotch, and reflecting on what went right. I said "successful," but actually there's no such thing as a failed data center move: If something's going wrong, there's nothing you can do except keep working until everything's up and running,' Venezia writes. 'But a successful data center move is no accident. Whether it's a data center relocation or new data center build-outs, detailed plans must be made months or even years in advance.'"
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+ - Samsung Could Soon Start to Twist Google's Arm

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "For the past three years, Android has experienced a kind of free space expansion but as we enter 2012, it seems the game may be changing. Instead of the old “there’s more than enough room for every Android handset maker to be a winner”, we have a three-horse’s-length leader, Samsung shipping close to 55% of all Android phones, while Motorola and HTC lag behind. "[Samsung] could be in a position to twist Google’s arm," writes Jean-Louis Gassée."If last quarter’s trend continues — if Motorola and HTC lose even more ground — Samsung’s bargaining position will become even stronger." But what is Samsung’s ‘‘bargaining position’’? What could they want? Perhaps more search referral money, earlier access to Android releases, or a share of advertising revenue. Will Google let Samsung gain the upper hand? It's not likely because Motorola is about to become a fully-owned but “independent” Google subsidiary that with 16% of the android market could counterbalance Samsung’s influence to some extent. So what could Samsung do? "Consider the Kindle Fire example: Just like Amazon picked the Android lock, Samsung could grab the Android Open Source code and create its own unlicensed but fully legal smartphone OS and still benefit from a portion of Android apps, or it could build its own app store the way Amazon did," writes Gassée. "Samsung is a tough, determined fighter and won’t let Google dictate its future. The same can be said of Google. This is going to be interesting.""

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