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Comment: Re:Actually a shame. (Score 1) 181

by natet (#37600928) Attached to: Zune Dead, Then Not Dead, Then Officially Dead

As a matter of fact, I do carry a Zune and a smart phone. The reason? Battery life. I really don't want to run down the battery on my phone so I can listen to audio books and music. As a dedicated device, the Zune seems to handle that sort of thing much more efficiently than my phone. I go days of heavy use of my Zune before I have to recharge.

Comment: Re:I don't mind (Score 1) 298

by natet (#36129952) Attached to: Western Washington Univ. Considers Cutting Computer Science

Western is only 90 miles away from the University of Washington, which has one of the best public Computer Science departments in the country, so any Washington resident smart enough to deserve a subsidized education in CS has a *way* better option just down the road.

That sounds great, until you realize that UW is cutting the numbers of in state students that they're admitting because out of state students bring in more money in tuition. WWU cutting it's CS department reduces the options that in-state students have for getting a technical education.

Comment: Re:Isn't the point of a secondary network... (Score 1) 117

by natet (#35975994) Attached to: Amazon EC2 Failure Post-Mortem

... to be able to handle loads if the primary fails?

No. That's the point of the redundant elements and backup of the primary network.

The secondary network they routed traffic to was designed for a different purpose,
and never meant to receive traffic from the primary network.

For example, management, monitoring, and logging traffic.

Comment: I suppose that I shouldn't be surprised... (Score 1) 227

by natet (#34933710) Attached to: <em>World of StarCraft</em> Mod Gets C&amp;D From Blizzard

by the number of idiots who have posted comments on this story. 1. Blizzard has to defend their trademarks or lose them, so of course someone creating a game called "World of Starcraft" is going to get a C&D. 2. People seem to get the idea that fans of something should be able to do whatever they want with that thing. Fanfic can be interesting, but non-canonical, and a creator may feel that his/her baby was violated by it. I feel it is entirely up to the copyright owner as to whether or not they allow such things, and so it is completely up to Blizzard whether or not they let you muck around in their world. If someone steps over the line of what they will allow, here comes a C&D.

It's sad that these guys have put so much work into their mod for naught, but Blizzard acted as soon as they knew, so you can't really blame them.

Comment: Re:The damage is already done (Score 2) 813

by natet (#34784102) Attached to: Famous British Autism Study an 'Elaborate Fraud'

The Time article never actually states that her son was misdiagnosed. It says that some scientists have pointed out that his symptoms are similar to a childhood neurological disorder. It's the blog (a blog for a sports based radio talk show) that jumps to that conclusion. Personally, I'm inclined to believe the diagnosis. In theory, you have a doctor who has made a diagnosis based on direct observation vs. a group of scientists that don't like her position, and who have found something that is similar to the symptoms that she has talked about publicly.

Of course, I'm one of those parents of a child with Autism who "lives on hope." I also have vaccinated all three of my children, and will continue to do so. Do I believe that vaccines are 100% safe? I'm not sure. I think there are flaws in the methodologies of the studies that call in to question their conclusions. However, there is no conclusive evidence that vaccines cause harm, so I'm simply left with the benefits. Also, I have to think of this: would I rather my child live with Autism, or die from smallpox or polio?

Comment: I don't see a problem here (Score 1) 484

by natet (#34564446) Attached to: America's Cubicles Are Shrinking
As long as the office furniture keeps pace with technology. Basically from the synopsis, people have gone from 8x8 cubicles to 7x7. Since flat panels have pretty much taken over for CRT's, the loss of one foot of space in either direction isn't that big a deal, as long as the table space has shrunk accordingly. Basically, the cubicle worker hasn't lost much usable space.

Comment: Re:Why is being on the the Top500 important? (Score 1) 175

by natet (#34284446) Attached to: The Problem With the Top500 Supercomputer List

The advantage is that, contrary to the arguments of TFA, the test is very representative of scientific and engeneering problems. That way, if you want to be at the top at the available computing power, you'll very probably want to be at the top 500 list.

Not necessarily true. It is representative of a CLASS of scientific and engineering problems. If the science that you want to run involves heavy use of vectors, then you want a computer that would be high on the top 500 list. Derivatives and integrals? Not as much. Problems that require a high degree of interaction between nodes? Get a computer with a faster interconnect. It all depends on the science you intend to do with that computer. The NEC Earth Simulator (mentioned in another thread) would do poorly for chemical models compared to another machine. Climate models wouldn't run as well on a cluster of Dells as it would on a Vector based box like the Earth Simulator.

Comment: Re:Quelle surprise! (Score 4, Insightful) 175

by natet (#34284360) Attached to: The Problem With the Top500 Supercomputer List

Agreed. It seems like the issue is "big enough" only now that other people are catching up.

I call bullsh*t on this comment. Around 8 years ago, the top computer on the list was a Japanese machine, and it rode atop the list for 3 years straight. Those of us who have worked in high performance computing have known for years that the top 500 list was a load of crap. It's something to write a press release about so that the people that give us money to build the big computers feel like their money is well spent. I worked on a top 5 computer at one time, but our focus was always the science that we wanted to do on the computer. Running the linpack benchmark for the top 500 list was an afterthought (though it was a pleasant surprise to score as well as we did).

Comment: Here's the problem I have with this... (Score 1) 230

by natet (#33276018) Attached to: HP CEO's Browsing History Used Against Him
Browsing history is a horrible way to determine anything. You don't know exactly how someone got to a particular page, you can only surmise. Also, if I clicked on a video and then immediately closed it, my browsing history would still say I "watched" the video. Even if the video downloaded fully, it's no guarantee that he watched it. Quite frequently, I'll pause a video to allow it to download fully before I begin watching it. My browsing history has no concept of whether or not I watched it fully or watched 2 seconds and then closed it.

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