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Comment: Re:32bit vs 64bit (Score 1) 156

by PlusFiveTroll (#48865321) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Some of the time older programs work, and other times they don't. Take some ancient version of Advantage database server, or a whole pile of proprietary DBs. Installing older versions on newer Windows is almost certain to break. Many have copy protection schemes that make assumptions on how Windows operates.

Comment: Re:End of support, not "end of life". (Score 1) 156

by PlusFiveTroll (#48865233) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

>I agree that computers "don't get slower", they are always the same speed as the day you bought them, that software "doesn't get worse", it's the same software as the day you bought it. I get the comparative nature of this.

This is true, but at the same time growth in data sets can make this not true too. Start out with a customer database that has a limited number of fields and it works great, everything hot fits in cache, most of the database fits in memory. Then as the years go buy you need to store more information. You add more columns, for things like email, websites, whatever else you can think of. All of the sudden your it doesn't fit in cache and you get a dramatic slowdown. You decide to live with it rather then spend $10,000+ to upgrade. You add many more customers, now the data doesn't fit in memory and you're going to disk and swap. I see this happen in real life quite often with large companies that take 10+ seconds to look up customer records.

Software doesn't change, but data does. And the data makes or breaks the system.

Comment: stupid (Score 1) 781

by l3v1 (#48828689) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
I went to school alone since I was 7. OK, not alone per se, I went with one of my classmates (later lifelong friend), who lived close to us. And in a much worse city, in a much worse country. That doesn't mean bad things can't happen. But saying these parents are bad parents for doing this is crazy a** stupid. A lot of US people - even some I know - can be really weird when it comes to parenting issues...

Comment: Re:Fuck Me (Score 2) 552

by l3v1 (#48818049) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features
"Nothing is being forced on anybody. The situation is that systemd is popular and well liked by people making actual decisions, and hated by a bunch of loud pundits that don't have any responsibilities and are jealous of the decisions of others."

Not forced on anybody... except when your distro replaced sysvinit with systemd and while you can 'de-replace' it, they already tell you they won't support sysvinit in the future. At this point it becomes 'forced' and you can't really explain it away.

Comment: Re:Fuck Me (Score 1) 552

by l3v1 (#48817993) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features
"Consider the following carefully: if you had an audited version of systemd, and you were used to using it, and someone proposed that you scrap it for a collection of scripts, would you accept that solution?"

Wrong. There's nothing to consider, since the situation you describe doesn't exist, and you can't expect everyone to just accept it will anytime soon. What I see is that a lot of people get pissed of systemd being pushed into the distros they use because they consider that move [very] premature. I don't think that's hard to understand.

Comment: Re: Maybe (Score 1) 93

by PlusFiveTroll (#48799475) Attached to: The Next Decade In Storage

At one point you spent huge sums of money on memory, or a smaller large pile of money on lots of drives if you were in the moderate sized database world. With SSD you get excellent performance at a cost that ends up being far cheaper than disk per IOP. There are many applications where flash is replacing both memory and disk.

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

The difference between your pre-90 car and a car now, is you were much less likely to walk away if your old car got hit. New cars are made of plastic crumply stuff on purpose. They are cheaper to replace than body parts. RICO wouldn't go anywhere, they'd just show they are trying to meet safety standards.

Comment: Re:Carriers (Score 2) 312

by PlusFiveTroll (#48707041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

And they are not going to. A sizable percentage of an ISPs customers have some kind of bot on it. Since almost everyone these days has a NAT router if one computer out of ten has a bot on it, the entire network goes down. Customers get pissed. Bills don't get paid. Long arguments with tech support over who's problem it is. Some of these bots are wireless clients that move around too.

Or, they can do what they are doing now and neglect the problem. My money is on the continued neglect except in the worst of cases.

Comment: Re:I don't even... (Score 0) 323

by PlusFiveTroll (#48655775) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

Thinking that governments have not, are not, and will not adjust children for their own means is slightly maladjusted in itself.

>My program for educating youth is hard weakness must be hammered away. In my castles of the Teutonic Order, a new youth will grow up, before which the world will tremble. I want a brutal, domineering, fearless and cruel youth. Youth must be all that. It must bear pain. There must be nothing weak and gentle about it. The free, splendid beast of prey must once again flash from its eyesThat is how I will eradicate thousands of years of human domesticationThat is how I will create the New Order.

GREAT MOMENTS IN HISTORY (#7): April 2, 1751 Issac Newton becomes discouraged when he falls up a flight of stairs.