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Comment Re:Is it the year of the Linux desktop yet? (Score 1) 110

Right now, today, I have a P3 desktop running CentOS6/32 as a network monitor. It's old as the hills. My phone beats it handily in performance. But it runs on about 15 watts, and does the job so reliably that, in 10 years, it's never skipped a beat. It started with the original RedHat 6.1. (before RHEL was a thing)

I know it won't actually make any records, but I'm sure it's one of the oldest 0.01%, maybe even 0.001% of computers in terms of durability. It would be a remarkable machine if it wasn't otherwise so unremarkable.

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 2) 1304

Wish I had mod points! So, I'll agree, blah blah.

It seems absurd to have lameness filters that seem to specifically target code on a site that caters to the coder types! And the 4 minute limit is just silly. Back when it was still publicly shown, I had karma out the yin yang. I'm sure I still do, even though it's no longer displayed in any form that I can tell.

Slashdot trumps Reddit for quality of articles, Reddit bests Slashdot for UI and comment participation, though posting on Reddit has become such a land mine I don't bother unless I'm on a very small/exclusive subreddit)

Comment Re:Hydrogen next? (Score 1) 175

The spinning disk era is coming to a close, and I welcome it! The issue is that while storage capacity has, for decades, increased almost exponentially, the actual performance of the HDD has remained virtually flat. A typical HDD spinning at about 7200 RPM can store 4 TB of data or more, but can only serve about 150 seek operations per second. Physics, she is a bitch, you know? So while you might be able to store 500 million files, it takes a month to copy them.

Everywhere I look, Enterprise or "performant" storage has moved to SSDs. We moved our DB servers 4 (5?) years ago to SSDs and saw at least a 95% reduction in query times involving disk operations. (EG: not cached) For us, spinning rust is the new tape; SSDs (or RAM) anywhere performance matters, and spinning rust for archival use. For our session cache, we use a RAM drive.

Comment Simple explanation (Score 2, Insightful) 165

So, your program allocates some memory. Should it initialize the memory to make sure it's all a bunch of zeros? Apparently, Nvidia doesn't think so.

So, a program running on your OS requests some memory. Should the OS initialize the memory before handing it to the application? Apparently, Apple doesn't think so.

Either answer is right.

Comment Re:What the fuck has happened to Slashdot?! (Score 0) 176

* The destruction of the Firefox web browser thanks to numerous fucking idiotic changes being forced on its users by Mozilla.

... Moves designed to protect users from MalWare. Of course that's "destruction"...

* The destruction of Linux as a viable OS, especially when used on servers, all thanks to systemd being forced by all of the major distros.

I use Linux extensively. SystemD has been a very minor speed bump. All the people screaming and crying about systemD haven't been able to down out the simple fact that SystemD works just fine and carries numerous benefits.

I personally don't care enough about the other issues to comment.

Comment Methodology? (Score 2, Interesting) 122

Sorry, but with silly results like this, I have to ask why such a small article so vapid of meaningful content was posted on Slashdot. Shouldn't paid shill articles be a different color or something?

No mention was given as to how this ranking was accomplished, and the list given at the bottom of the article doesn't even match the headline (where 2 and 3 are MySQL and MS SQL Server, and Microsoft Access beats Cassandra.

Any DB ranking that puts Access in as a top contender should definitely back up their claims - extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence!

Comment Re:SmartTV, Dumb Executives (Score 1) 89

We *have* a Samsung 4k "Smart" TV and we don't use any of the smarts - at all. What drives it is the XB One, or the Android TV Stick. I'm not even sure how to use the "smart" part. But it said "Smart" on the box...

I have no doubt that the "smart" feature is something they added to make it more appealing in some way, but why?

Comment Re:Floppies never got more reliable, either (Score 1) 277

I lived in a dorm in the 90s, without access to a network. To use a network, particularly the Internet, I had to travel to the lab where there was very slow dialup access.

There was more than one occasion when I, and a friend of mine, were trying to get files larger than a MB or two (porn, installers) down to our rooms from the lab. It was maybe 25 yards of hall, a cement stairway, and then another 50 yards of hall - all told along the shortest route. We never could figure out why well over half of the disk images were bad.

This happened over a period of years. We eliminated the possibility of the floppy drives, or the disks, being bad: we could transport between our rooms and read, but if we brought the floppies up to the lab, they were then largely unreadable either in the lab, or back in our rooms without being written. It didn't matter the brand or quality of disk, either.

Turns out it was the school bell, which was about 60 years old, in the stairwell. The damn thing put out an EMF field so strong it wiped the disks - and could turn white noise on an AM radio into tones.

Comment Re:Camera in fridge is pretty useless (Score 1) 216

Nah, that's over-complicating it to lesser effect.

Everything's got a UPC code on it. Just scan that with the cameras as you put the items into (or out of) the fridge. Then you can have a type-separated list of what's in the fridge with pictures... or hell, even a McDonalds style menu of what's in the fridge, turned into recipes. Tuperware could be identified as 'leftovers' and image recognition is good enough to be able to tell a tomato from an onion... use it.

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