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Comment: Re:Art (Score 1) 38

by jellomizer (#47580663) Attached to: Unboxing a Cray XC30 'Magnus' Petaflops Supercomputer

The Cray supercomputers use to look really impressive. Blinking Lights, Red Liquid coolant dripping down a glass/plexiglass enclosure. Even the Cray 1 with its round design, with benches made it look really cool.
Now it is just a bunch of Printed Plastic covers, on a set of square boxes.

For the cost, you might as well make it look really impressive.

Comment: Re:Full specification text: (Score 3, Interesting) 125

by lgw (#47578545) Attached to: PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

PHP Formal Specification:

1) Don't use PHP.

No wonder you're getting modded down if you think that's a formal specification! C'mon:


1. Abstract.

Don't use PHP.

2. Conventions used in this document.

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
"SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
document are to be interpreted as described in RFC-2119

3. Normative Guidance for the Use of PHP

One MUST NOT use PHP.

Comment: Re:Formal specifications are pretty useless for th (Score 1) 125

by lgw (#47578489) Attached to: PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

What bizarre notion of "formal standard" are you holding on to that would exclude the C standard? It has a formal standardization process complying with the requirements for ISO/IEC publication.

An informal standard is "what some guy wrote", like the K&R C book (which really was used as a standard by compiler writers before the formal standard, and worked well enough for a while).

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 4, Insightful) 243

by lgw (#47577917) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

For speech to result in physical attacks - a strong causal connection - that's no longer hate speech, that's "incitement to riot". We've had no problem keeping "hate speech" legal but "incitement to riot" illegal in America for centuries now.

Speech should always be protected as speech. But telling your bodyguard to shoot someone is not illegal because of the words you use, but instead because of the immediate desired outcome of that speech. Running on a platform of killing all the Jews is political speech, and should be protected (and for goodness sake, please oh please let the candidate actually say that sort of thing on camera, not keep it as a secret agenda, so that democracy can happen properly there). Saying "hey, lets go attack that guy right there, right now!" has never been protected speech.

"On a computer" changes nothing.

Comment: Re:well.... (Score 2) 42

by lgw (#47577489) Attached to: Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10

Yeah, but either could just sell that part of their business, or even just decide it wasn't worth the effort and shut it down without warning

Not really. MS is entirely "cloud first" under the new CEO, and Amazon's investors are really intent on AWS as the cool part of Amazon. Next decade the world could change, of course, but for now those clouds are the jewels of 2 profoundly successful companies. Google, OTOH, I don't trust one bit these days.

I see "the cloud" as the best possible backup - I can't envision a disaster that would take out both my place and that distant data center, without being the nuclear-war sort of event that would make data backups the least of my worries.

Comment: Re:Beware the monster you abide (Score 1) 235

Allowing the NSA, DHS and CIA (hell, even the IRS, for that matter) to continue to operate as they are allowed to will swallow up the last vestiges of America and its dream.

Don't forget the Fed, which funds all this.

The dystopia exists now but it's not too late to turn back.

It's actually the collapse of the Fed's product that will be the only thing that can scale it back. It could resolve nicely or turn into a nightmare - here's hoping for the best!

Comment: Re:And no one will go to jail (Score 1) 235

So why is lying to Congress not a punishable offense?

Congress used to keep those in contempt of Congress in jails in the old Guard rooms until they agreed to cooperate (or the session ended). The room that's now the House post office was last used in 1934 to hold a prisoner. Both the Legislature and the Judiciary have almost entirely abdicated their powers to the Executive Branch since then.

These days we have a sitting Attorney General who is convicted of Contempt of Congress (which carries a *minimum* one month jail sentence) and roams about freely and the Legislatures' intelligence committees are employed by the "intelligence community" directly (same as the Fed owns the banking committee). The Legislature really has no actual power to enforce its proceedings at this point.

See, this isn't a crime, it's just the employer checking up on his employees' work. I guess a couple of them thought they were due a raise and made a stink. A low-level employee was blamed and will probably be scapegoated/fired to make this all go away and then business will carry on as usual.

Comment: Re:When everything you have is in the cloud (Score 1) 42

by lgw (#47576869) Attached to: Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10

Was fotopedia "the cloud"? Seems like just a web service just like any other service from the BBS days. Of course, not keeping a local copy of anything in the cloud is a bit silly, but for goodness sake pick a "cloud" with at least 1 million servers, not neverheardofit.com.

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