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Comment: Re:Any materialized predictions? (Re:Sudden?) (Score 1) 188

by "link" I assume you are using a colloquialism for directions to a specific resource. One might think of it as a "Universal Resource Locator".

For instance, there is a "link" to http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessm... but that does not identify the specific resources you are looking for. To do so, we would need to provide a more specific PAIR of links, for example:

http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessm... Page 131, Figure 1.4, TAR predictions 2001-2030


http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessm... Page 131, Figure 1.4, Observed Temperature Anomalies

Now, you can argue the quality of the data, the accuracy of the models, and the legitimacy of the authors all you like. But these are TWO fully defined links to the exact information you are looking for.

If you would like to offer up your home address, I will personally pay for a special needs assistant to come to your residence, open a web browser for you, scroll to page 131, show you figure 1.4, and read aloud to you the text and description.

The burden of proof my friend, now lays on your shoulders.


Comment: Re:forever and ever? (Score 1) 280

by fermion (#49749979) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever
Also think about Pascal. It too changed programming as it let a new generation of not very good coders generate applications. Who does Pascal now?

Not sure if Java is better or worse than Pascal. A similarity is that part of it's popularity is that it is a teaching language, perhaps more than a production language.

Comment: Re:Why ext4 (Score 1) 212

by Rich0 (#49748219) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Has a File-System Corruption Problem, RAID Users Warned

Agree, as the other reply pointed out as well. And you can do the same with mdadm raid too (though obviously with none of the benefits btrfs/zfs bring for data integrity like checksumming and copy-on-write). Mdadm will also let you reshape an array in place (that is change raid levels or number of disks), though with mdadm that will often result in messing up your stripe alignment and of course it is more likely to eat your data if something goes wrong since if it finds a parity mismatch it has no way to know which copy is bad.

I was just commenting that btrfs tends to have a lot of features that appeal to small system users that you'll actually find missing on zfs, even if it is far less mature overall, and lacking in many enterprise-scale features. It just reflects the emphasis of the developers behind it.

I really can't complain about zfs - it is a great filesystem. However, things like not being able to reshape an array or mix disk sizes in an array are some of the things that hold me back from adopting it. Heck, btrfs will let you switch from raid1 to raid5 without touching any of the data already written - newly-allocated chunks will use raid5 and existing chunks will continue to use raid1 - it doesn't manage arrays at the whole-device level. In practice though you're likely to tell it to rebalance your data of course.

Comment: Re:What does that even mean (Score 4, Informative) 90

I think you're missing the point:

The earth's mantle is significantly more dense than the crust. Mountains are made of matter that is less dense than the mantle, so when they go deeply into the earth, there is less mantle "beneath" your feet.

More mountain = less mantle = less dense.

Comment: Re:Why ext4 (Score 1) 212

by Rich0 (#49748169) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Has a File-System Corruption Problem, RAID Users Warned

Sure, but with btrfs you can just add one drive and sometimes get its entire capacity added to your array - it works fine with mixed-size disks.

Of course, it might just decide not to boot the next day, and that is the downside to btrfs. It does tend to be a bit more friendly in scenarios where you have a small number of disks, though, which was my main point.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 33

by phantomfive (#49747771) Attached to: Security Researchers Wary of Wassenaar Rules
Here's the 'clarifying' quote by the director of BIS:

“Vulnerability research is not controlled nor would the technology related to choosing, finding, targeting, studying and testing a vulnerability be controlled,” said Randy Wheeler, director of the BIS, today during a conference call. “The development, testing, evaluating and productizing of an exploit or intrusion software, or of course the development of zero-day exploits for sale, is controlled.”

After reading that several times, I'm still not sure what is allowed and what is not.

Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?