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Comment: Re:If it works, leave it alone. (Score 1) 176

by Just Some Guy (#48190703) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime
The problem is that you're building more and more tooling on top of a painfully decrepit system. Every time you spend more than zero seconds dealing with renaming a file, you've lost money on the deal. Every time you work off HEAD because it's too painful to branch, you're spending developer salaries. I get that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but CVS it utterly and fundamentally broke. You're throwing good money after bad trying to keep it alive.

Comment: This is why they made the cloud (Score 0) 176

by Just Some Guy (#48190611) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Hosting Git is dirt cheap. Converting from ${old_terrible_system} to Git is the painful one-time expense. Here's how you do it:

1. Fire up a suitably bit AWS cloud server.
2. Copy your repo to it.
3. Run the command to convert your old repo to Git.
4. Download the new Git repo.
5. Shut down the instance.

You don't buy expensive, power-hungry software that's going to cost an arm and a leg to store, power, and cool for the next year when you only need its brute force for a few hours. The Cloud isn't a magical cure-all, but it's a perfect fit for things like this.

Comment: Re:Moral Imperialism (Score 2) 356

by mrchaotica (#48189305) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

It's very specific, in many sections, that the neutrality rules apply only to "lawful content".

Right, net neutrality requires you not to discriminate against lawful content. If it is silent on the issue of unlawful content, that would mean you have the option of discriminating against it. It does not mean you're somehow "required" to discriminate against it. You're conflating net neutrality's actual requirement with its inverse.

So... how do you distinguish between what is "lawful" or not?

You assume everything is lawful and don't discriminate against anything. Easy-peasy. Half the point of being a "common carrier" is that you're not liable for the unlawful content you transmit (specifically in recognition of the fact that figuring out what would be lawful or not is a pain in the ass).

Now, either you knew this or you should have known it before posting; yet you misrepresented it anyway. Therefore: STFU, troll!

Comment: Let's properly define the problem (Score 2) 281

by plopez (#48188645) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Problem: maximize profitability selling ice at a hippy poser wannabe festival. The constraints are:
1) Users must be at least minimally satisfied. No shouting, cursing, "line rage", or riots. The user must get a reasonable product with an acceptable wait time at an acceptable cost. The process should seem fair.
2) Costs must be minimized these include:
      a) cost of labor, this is probably the biggest cost
      b) materials cost, waste from melting ice must be minimized
      c) transportation and storage costs. No constant shuttling to and from the supplier who may be 100 KM away. Some transportation costs may actually amount to labor costs,e.g. the cost of a driver.
3) regulatory compliance cost mostly health and sanitation.
4) Losses due to theft must be minimal. This sort of implies cash on hand must be minimal. Higher sales may require banks drops for security reasons.

Let's begin...


An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man 281

Posted by timothy
from the that-trick's-not-so-weird dept.
Any gathering of 65,000 people in the desert is going to require some major infrastructure to maintain health and sanity. At Burning Man, some of that infrastructure is devoted to a supply chain for ice. Writes Bennett Haselton, The lines for ice bags at Burning Man could be cut from an hour long at peak times, to about five minutes, by making one small... Well, read the description below of how they do things now, and see if the same suggested change occurs to you. I'm curious whether it's the kind of idea that is more obvious to students of computer science who think algorithmically, or if it's something that could occur to anyone. Read on for the rest; Bennett's idea for better triage may bring to mind a lot of other queuing situations and ways that time spent waiting in line could be more efficiently employed.

Comment: Re:How on earth? (Score 1) 75

by Junta (#48185965) Attached to: IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

Perhaps they still need the chips for a while until they can migrate their hardware to other chips?

Except they just divested themselves of the division that does hardware based on other chips. Basically they sold to GF and probably required that GF would continue fabricate POWER for some time before renegotiating in a more traditional fashion. Maybe they are hoping that nVidia or some other companies will start designing serviceable POWER architecture chips and then they can sit back, and be like ARM without actually commissioning any actual chips and also sell servers based on the platform (or Tyan starts pushing out boxes they can slap an IBM logo on and skip designing servers either)

I think it's unlikely to go the way they are hoping for, but then again I never would have guessed Intel would have been able to get significantly into the Android ecosystem, so strange things can happen.

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