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Comment: Psychological != Physical addiction (Score 1) 474

by kervin (#47493135) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

Hard drugs get you strongly and quickly Physically Addicted. Do not confuse that with a mild Psychological addiction. Many slashdot comments are getting this wrong. But not all addictions are the same

Many legal drugs will get you addicted. But that's why we control those substances as well. A large part of being on the federal schedule is that the illicit drug has no real medical use ( or so they say ). So it's not about which is most addictive, but rather what's addictive while arguably also having no medical use.

Comment: Incorrect (Score 2) 142

by kervin (#47128055) Attached to: Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

A m3.2xlarge costs 4905.6 per year. You can buy a 32GB RAM 8 CPU core Dell R320 system for $2,666.80 in it's entirety.

If you are comparing with a fixed purchase, you should use the 3-yr reserved price for the M3.2XL, which is $162/month ( includes the initial payment ). This gives you a yearly cost of $1944. And that includes all NOC costs.

If you do not factor in NOC costs in your estimate then you clearly haven't been doing this very long.


Comment: Says who? (Score 3, Interesting) 119

AWS has some of the lowest cloud prices I've found anywhere. You can get AWS instances for under $3/month reserved according to what you need. 'Small' Linux instances cost about $15/month reserved last I checked. In fact they'll even give you a Micro instance free for a year without spending anything as part of their 'free tier'.

How did you come to the conclusion AWS was expensive?

Comment: Airspeed (Score 1) 66

by kervin (#46556953) Attached to: Goodyear's New State-of-the-Art Airship Makes Its First Flight

If the same standards that grounded Zeppelins after the Hindenburg accident had been applied to aircraft, civilian heavier-than-air passenger transportation would never have taken off.

I suspect the fact that these things traveled about 50 MPH had more to do with their demise than a few high-profile accidents.

Comment: Glacier at $20/mn expensive? (Score 1) 983

by kervin (#46462997) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Glacier at $20 per month for 20TB is rediculously cheap by today's standards. And at those sizes, you'd want to ship those drives to Amazon instead of uploading. We do this all the time and it's not that hard.

The price of TBs of storage of course will come down without question. But by today's standards $20/month for a medium that won't "bit rot" on you is an amazing deal.

Comment: Shuttleworth is the reason many use Linux Desktop (Score 4, Insightful) 63

by kervin (#46407875) Attached to: Canonical Ports Chromium To The Mir Display Server

Hate him all you want. But when I looked around for a Workstation preinstalled with Linux, Ubuntu was the only serious choice I got. Redhat didn't even have a preinstalled system they would sell me. That's right, they haven't even paid enough attention to Linux Desktop to have a partner provide a well-spec'ed, modern, supported Linux laptop.

After a lot of digging I found a list of Windows laptops Redhat swore would also run their OS. But asking users to buy one OS ( Windows ) and reinstall another is an automatic fail for the vast majority of desktop buyers. Not that I can't do install an OS, but not having a supported OS is just not worth my time anymore. I'm no longer in college with lots of time to tweak and troubleshoot.

I wish I could go to, enter my credit card and have a partner laptop shipped to me in a few weeks. Complete with modern specs and OS support direct from Redhat. But that's not possible even if I'd happily pay a premium. At least Ubuntu has System76.

Comment: Cat and mouse (Score 1) 387

by kervin (#46231149) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

The simple solution for Tesla is to outsource their galleries to some degree. I believe Tesla did that in some states and the Ohio law bans "affiliated entities" as well, but this really will become a "cat and mouse" game.

Regular dealerships are "affiliated" with the manufacturer at some level, so it sounds like Tesla will have to find that balance as well.

Comment: Browser bytecode engine instead of a language (Score 1) 505

by kervin (#46129273) Attached to: The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

It's sad we're still using a single client side language instead of having the option of running bytecode in the browser. Obscurated JS is just as difficult to read as bytecode, and the browser can also have an automatic bytecode to text "viewer".

Browers should get behind pNaCL or something similar.

Comment: because it's not what they fancy (Score 1) 489

by kervin (#45935739) Attached to: Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

Unless you also believe minorities have little interest in Computer Science.

A lot of kids are told from very early they can not do these jobs. That they futures are set and what's in store for them require very little schooling.

These kids fancy more for themselves. But are taught that they can not achieve what they fancy.

That is why many observers believe this is more than just about students doing what they want.

Comment: Affinity Groups versus Intolerance (Score 1) 489

by kervin (#45935677) Attached to: Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

Why is there a Korean Christian church around the corner?

Minority populations ( however defined, could be white homosexual males for instance ) often find that they have needs that are not shared with the larger population. For instance Korean Christians may find that they don't speak English well enough to attend regular service. So they form a church that takes care of those special needs.

That in general what an affinity group is suppose to do. If there are needs that the white male population requires that are not fulfilled by the general population, then that population definitely should have an affinity group.

Don't be hateful. There are many groups out there we don't belong to that require support. I have no idea what a Homosexual Caucasian Male goes through, but I'm sure the experience can be bad enough that he may require the support of his peers.

And by the way, that's your example right there. Sexual tolerance campaigns aren't "anti-white-male" as you put it because they help large numbers of homosexual white males.

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