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Comment Re:How fast in Internet??? (Score 1) 49 49

The other thing is that the Internet has a lot of overhead.

When it was originally developed, networking was very slow and unreliable, so small packets were picked. As hardware has improved and available bandwidth has grown exponentially, the benefits of larger packet sizes are mostly lost since, for compatibility reasons, everybody continues to use tiny packet sizes in order to avoid dropped/fragmented packets.

Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 1) 200 200


Because in 1981 or so, everybody was pretty sure that this fairly obscure educational network would *never* need more than about 4 billion addresses... and they were *obviously right*.

The discussion about grains of sand or atoms is pretty silly. The reality is that the idea of 1 item, 1 address is already hogwash. It's very typical for one address to host *many somethings* (EG: websites, NAT, etc) and the opposite is also equally true: it's very typical for one something to respond to many addresses.

There are many applications that we likely can't even consider due to today's limitations that may well depend on or benefit from a large address space. IPv6 is a definite step in the right direction, but having seen the transition from 8 -> 16 bit computers, 16 -> 32 bit computers, and the transition from 32 -> 64 bit computers, the reality is that **growth is exponential**.

When 2% of your address space is consumed, you are just over 6 doublings away consumption. Even if you assume an entire decade per doubling, that's less than an average lifetime before you're doing it all over again.

IMHO: what needs to happen next is to have a 16 bit packet header to indicate the size of the address in use. This makes the address space not only dynamic, but MASSIVE without requiring all hardware on the face of the Earth to be updated any time the address space runs out.

Comment Re:Compustick (Score 1) 157 157

I'm using an MK809 Android TV stick that cost me about $35 on Amazon. Plays my Samba shared media over wifi flawlessly, as well as Hulu/Netflix/NBC/CBS, all while using the USB port on my TV as its power supply. It really doesn't get much more efficient than that.

Instead of a TV remote, I use a "flying mouse" that you can find for around $15 on Amazon. Held like a remote, it's a mouse; hold it sideways if you need to type. I leave the TV's volume always on max, and control the audio thru the TV stick.

It's slick, it's easy, it's cheap, and very efficient, and doesn't require *any* expensive hardware nor any cable running.

Comment Re:Difficulty (Score 4, Insightful) 270 270

Being an astrophysicist doesn't make you at all qualified to use a VCR. (Wait, who uses VCRs anymore?! I haven't touched one in almost two decades!) But it *does* mean that we're not talking about an idiot. And if you're trying to target your product to be usable for the average joe, and an astrophysicist can't figure it out, you can assume that you missed your target.

Comment Re:Not an AMD CPU (Score 1) 57 57

I'm bully on ARM, with the (almost) collapse of AMD as a "first rate" processor, it's good to see Intel get some serious competition in a significant market space.

My only beef with ARM is that comparing CPUs is harder than comparing video cards! the ARM space is so fragmented with licensed cores and seemly random numbers indicating the "version" that I have no idea how, for example, a SnapDragon 808 processor compares to a Cortex A9 or an Apple A7.

Really, I'm lost. But the $40 TV stick with the 4x core A9 works pretty well...

Comment Ya think, DiNozzo? (Score 1) 550 550

[DHI], however, has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base to further Dice's digital recruitment business;

Maybe they should have, I don't know, worked on making their "recruitment business" less of a steaming pile of sub-mediocrity? It's been a joke since before they started shitting all over slashdot and chased most of the users who might have been valuable enough to "leverage."

And Sourceforge? Christ, even that NAME is a liability now.

Comment Re:Oldest? (Score 1) 618 618

You beat me on that one. I was going to go with incandescent lights for IR heating of process tanks. Didn't think of wheels. It did get me to thinking that in semiconductor manufacture, ceramics is used in robot arms. How far does pottery go? Is it older than wheels?

Comment Re:Proof of Security Risk from Portable Electronic (Score 1) 227 227

Citation needed.. Sorry Hillary's private server was scrubbed and not inspected. Citation for improper communications and back room deals is not found.

Many IT departments know data is leaking as the effect is seen. The Edward Snowden type leak is what a lot of companies are afraid of.

The big questions are if you have secure documents and data, are they on systems isolated from open USB ports, bluetooth, etc? Is all the devices on the secure network locked down for protection from unauthorized connections? Is the normal office IT secure?

If I am on break and pull out a smart phone and look up the Slashdot headlines, there should be no problem. If I connect my Office Laptop to my personal hotspot so I can work at home, this is a serious security problem. Doing the latter should be grounds for immediate dismissal.

Comment Re:Feels weird agreeing with scientologists (Score 1) 265 265

IRS 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted from political action group activities. If they want the benefit of being a charity, they have to act like one.

(Not that it really matters because the IRS lost the Ring of Power to Audit Church-like organizations back in 2009 or so.)

Comment Re:It isn't stable yet... (Score 1) 172 172

I am amaze.

I had Windows Vista up on a (then rather beefy) 3-core 64B Athlon with 3 GB of RAM. IT WAS A DOG. Figure several minutes until it was responsive on boot, etc. Double-click a program and wait for the icon to blink, etc.

Upgrading the machine to Windows 7 without changing *anything* and it was like a new computer! It booted much faster, programs launched quickly enough that the coffee maker started to feel abandoned.

And it was *always* that slow, it wasn't due to malware.

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