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Comment: Ebola obviously spreads more easily... (Score 0, Troll) 421

by kervin (#48123791) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

...than they're letting on.

I understand though that admitting this would cause a panic, especially since there is no working vaccine. But it's beginning to look like the "direct contact with bodily fluids only." thing is not entirely true. Unless the amount of fluids needed is small enough to be transmitted via a sneeze, cough or something similar.

Comment: Java does this much better than C++ (Score 2) 365

by kervin (#48060655) Attached to: Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

I'm sadly working with Java services now, and we have a seriously problem in that there's no reasonable way to tell that a Java program is getting close to crashing due to memory exhaustion. In C++, you can just monitor heap size, and alarm based on values and trends and all that good predictive jazz.

Java has JMX which can be used to do this much better than C++ can ( at least without a ton of effort ).

With Java you get this all out of the box. You can point a JMX console to your Java Runtime and monitor with zero code. Or use java.lang.management package programmatically.

Comment: Usability is THE killer feature that Linux needs (Score 5, Insightful) 209

by kervin (#47646391) Attached to: Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

Unless there is some killer feature, or the distribution is tailored well to a specific niche, I am quite bored with the "yet another Linux distro" articles

As someone who uses Ubuntu as their primary desktop OS both at home and at work, I have to say that usability is the biggest feature holding back Linux desktop. It is the reason all those "year of the linux desktop" stories are BS. Hence it is the killer feature for the Linux Desktop.

Linux Desktop feels like someone built a great desktop but never went back and reviewed their work. There are so many little things daily that cause the OS to be hard to use for regular people. And yes, that includes Ubuntu.

I wish there was a commercial Linux desktop option that offered create support, spent some time cleaning up and smoothing out the rough edges on the Linux Desktop, and had just one top tier hardware partner. I would gladly pay a few hundred dollars a year for this.

Comment: Re:Predictability?...Well... (Score 3, Interesting) 218

by kervin (#47589277) Attached to: The Great Taxi Upheaval

Well, I agree about that predictability in the fact that in New York, black patrons would hardly be able to [successfully] hail a taxi after 8 PM.

That's definitely not true. It's more likely black patrons will not be able to hail a cab in any rush hour period. E.g. 5pm, 2am ( many clubs and bars close ). It's not that the drivers are afraid, it's greed more than anything else.

The cab drivers know that statistically black patrons are more likely to take them to the outer reaches of the boroughs. The fair to these areas is ok, but coming back there is no fair. So it's worse than someone who stays in Manhattan and then the cab driver gets fairs every direction every time.

But it has nothing to do with the time of day, it's really about how busy they would be. At 4AM in the morning, when everything is quiet cab drivers will tell you they are happy to pick up anybody.

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.

Source http://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html

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.

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