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Comment: Way to fail statistics. (Score 1) 1

by schon (#34918020) Attached to: 12% of federal judges are 80+ years old

When the Constitution was ratified in 1789, the average American lived to be 40.

You might want to look up "infant mortality" and "bathtub curve" before citing completely meaningless "facts" such as this.

Hint: you have 100 people. 50 of them die before they turn 1 year old, 50 die at age 80. What age did the "average" one live to?

Comment: Re:Definitely not for nerds (Score 3, Insightful) 245

by schon (#34235538) Attached to: 2010 Geek IQ Test

Can someone clear this up for me? I keep hearing the two differ. Some tell me they're a geek but not a nerd. Some the opposite. So what is what? Where can I find _the_ definition to point all others to?

Nobody writes it down. If you have to ask, you don't need to know.

Watch the movie "Wargames" (The original 1983 one.) Wait for the scene when David goes to the university to talk to Jim and Malvin, and observe the characters. Jim is a geek, and Malvin is a nerd.

Comment: Re:Modern South Korea (Score 4, Insightful) 299

by schon (#34077004) Attached to: South Korean Cartoonists Cry Foul Over Edgy Simpsons Intro

That's the thing about the corporate system that many people fail to realize. It's very easy to get a corporation to change what they're doing if there's a coordinated effort by consumers to choose not to buy from a certain manufacturer until practices are changed.

That's the thing about the corporate system that corporate apologists people fail to realize. It's almost impossible to get a coordinated effort by consumers because the corporations have so more damn money than individuals, and can drown out any opposition to their pracices.

Comment: You need to read more before commenting (Score 3, Interesting) 452

by schon (#34011000) Attached to: LSE Breaks World Record In Trade Speed With Linux

It's a great server OS, sure, but lets look at this realistically:

- the Windows / .NET trading system was based on Windows 2003 and SQL 2000, and was deployed in 2005.
- the Linux-based system is under development now, to be deployed next year.

You missed

- the Windows / .NET trading hardware has been upgraded continuously because it was unable to cope with the load.

Just based on that, you'd expect substantial performance differences from just using newer hardware.

Sure, except for the part that the both are running on new hardware.

Chances are that the original kit was certified as a part of the solution, and hasn't been replaced since.

"Chances are" - except that is 100% wrong. They had problems since day 1, which were blamed on the hardware, so they've been constantly upgrading it trying to fix the problem.

Even ignoring the hardware and the OS, one would expect 90% of the performance to be determined by the application, not the OS. Decisions like writing the software in .NET versus C or Java, or using a special-purpose Java runtime would make a huge difference, irrespective of the OS.

The old system was written with the help of MS. They were the ones that said that .NET was the best way to implement it, and they even touted this in their press releases.

On top of this, the software stack is completely different, and developed by a different team. Just about every design decision, small and large, will be different.

Of course it's completely different - that's the entire fscking point.

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