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Comment: Re:How much? (Score 1) 141

by qpqp (#47794965) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

They make them to they can eat and feed their families.

What a lousy business model.
Real money is made by sustainably providing value to the customers/users, not deciding that your hobby of talking about knitting pink socks is going to buy you a house and employing a legion of editors to chase that hallucination.

you still conveniently ignore that people don't make websites for free.

Last time I heard, there's a myriad of FLOSS CMS or web-publishing systems out there, slap a template on 'em or pay other people to do it for you, if you can't be bothered to invest a couple of weeks (hours?) learning how to do so.

supposed commodity hardware

What do you mean? Most of the internet runs on commodity hardware, so obviously, it's you who doesn't have a clue.

Comment: Re:How much? (Score 0) 141

by qpqp (#47793331) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating
And I forgot to respond to your snarky comment about:

has made fun of the ability to cripple other hosts just by linking to them [emphasis added]

It's been a long time when I remember this happening last time, and back then, many hosts didn't accept more than 256 connections per default. See the apache documentation for info.

Comment: Re:How much? (Score -1, Offtopic) 141

by qpqp (#47793263) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating
Look, man, if you can't come up with an architecture, so that hosting is chump change, and if you don't have a business model that lets you pay your army of editors without ads, (or enough enthusiastic users to pay a small subscription fee instead,) it's your problem.
There's plenty of sites, forums, and blogs, which are free and without ads, where I can get my news on any topic. (And there's another place, but rule #1 of that place forbids me from talking about it.)
TL;DR: You remember the 90s? I do, that's why I have my adblocker turned on.

Comment: Re:How much? (Score 0) 141

by qpqp (#47793229) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

If you're running a discussion forum that you share with 50 friends, sure, it can be in the first category and you can do it for peanuts and enjoy all the high quality interaction you like.

I disagree, let's have a look at Disqus, who (according to here) have around 100 servers total for serving (in 2011) "500 000 sites" with "15 millions of registered users" and "17 thousands of requests per second" for "250 million visitors (for August 2010.)". A later blog-post from Disqus itself puts that in perspective.

[Disqus] Recently hit two million concurrent users with 5 servers. Hit peaks of ~950K subscribers per machine and 40 MBytes/second per machine with the CPU usage under 15%. [source]

Let me re-iterate: they're handling 2M concurrent users with 5 servers!!
Granted, they don't use VPS' for 5 bucks (and they use more than those 5 servers), but what they're paying could be considered 5 bucks if they were playing in "our" ballpark here. Another interesting tidbit from there:

5 push stream servers were required because of network memory limitations in the kernel. [...] Otherwise could run on 3 servers, including redundancy. [same source as above]

Ergo, a lot is possible, if the architecture is right. (If you're running slashcode, of course, then... well...)

I also run some commercial sites, aiming at a wider audience, charging real money for signing up. [emphasis added]

Great! So you've got users who pay for the extra effort. My post was referring to that guy who was arguing that the internet needs ads, because everything is so expensive, which I still think is utter BS.

But running a significant news or social networking site with thousands of participants? Not even close.

I don't know about social networking, but news sites can be made static, cached, and hosted cheaply. I don't have metrics here, but I think it's safe to assume that if Disqus can serve 250m visitors on 100 servers, you'll be able to serve a million and more on one; especially for a static site.

Also, I've implied a counter argument to MojoKid's statement that "The internet is no different than any other media," in the sense that you don't need to buy several Heidelberger's for a couple hundred thousand or more to start a news site. The upfront investment is almost totally negligible and a small percentage of subscribers is enough, once you hit the limits of your initial infrastructure. And when you do hit the limits, in most cases [educated guess], you will have some users willing to pay.

Comment: Re:How much? (Score 0) 141

by qpqp (#47793105) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

You really have no idea.

Oh, I do. Quite a good one, actually.

If you guys insist that hosting a web-site (!) on commodity servers (!) is expensive, you can continue using bloated scripts or look at ways to optimize your infrastructure:
one option (for the larger sites) is to put the DB and backup servers in the same datacenter and then just switch the (dumb) frontends around, once the traffic is gone (internal traffic is free, and if it's not it's time to change providers.), and streamline the dynamic parts of your website by using lightweight services and then including them in the static site with js/SSI/whatever.

On Digitalocean you get a TB for 5 bucks (!) on Linode you get 2 for 10. It's cheap.
Of course, if you need several servers, it means you have (a ton of) users, some of which can pay for "premium" features like a supporter-badge, feel good about it and pay for your infrastructure.

Administration, is also (super-) easy with docker, chef and whatnot. Press a button and there's your instance.
But I've got no idea, so go burn your money if you want to, and I'll keep my stuff lean and mean.

Comment: Re:How much? (Score -1) 141

by qpqp (#47790745) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

many quality web sites would likely cease to exist, including Slashdot. Just because you can block, doesn't mean you should. The internet is no different than any other media, where ads pay the bills to keep the lights on and people employed to serve up news, reviews and other content you enjoy every day, essentially for free.

What a load of shit.
The internet is different. A lot! A domain is around 5-10 bucks and you can get hosting for less. Even when it was more expensive, sites like slashdot existed, which were run by volunteers and were much better quality.

Comment: Re:I would be very interested... (Score 1) 200

by qpqp (#47681913) Attached to: Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

Notice the "regardless of the circumstances".

Yeah, however I just took this as a generalization, since it'd be quite a statement to say that someone tried everything.

I didn't even realize what people meant by saying "just concentrate" until I took my first methylphenedate when I was 25.

Not meaning to troll, but if you try some acid, you'll realize there's a whole spectrum of "awareness" and "concentration" that you weren't aware of, if you feel such a difference from methylphenidate. (Just make sure to have some good weed and relaxing, interesting, positive music, in case it gets too much.)

Medicating with amphetamine all the time is obviosuly quite moronic.

I'd even say it's dangerous and should be a criminal offense to prescribe that without having 99.99999% proof, judging from my (extensive) experience with party kids and goers.

We can predict everything, except the future.