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Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 137

by spotter (#30073250) Attached to: Remus Project Brings Transparent High Availability To Xen

the remus paper references vmware's high availibility. (also was published in 2008 about 1.5 years ago, though dont know when it first started to be used, possibly before then)

however, incremental checkpoint precedes both. See (pulling from my bibtex for paper I helped write)

author = "J. S. Plank and J. Xu and R. H. B. Netzer",
title = "{Compressed Differences: An Algorithm for Fast
                                Incremental Checkpointing}",

author = {Roberto Gioiosa and Jose Carlos Sancho and Song Jiang and Fabrizio Petrini},
title = "{Transparent, Incremental Checkpointing at Kernel Level: a Foundation for Fault Tolerance for Parallel Computers}",

author = {Ashok Joshi and William Bridge and Juan Loaiza and Tirthankar Lahiri},
title = "{Checkpointing in Oracle}",

author = "Angkul Kongmunvattana and Santipong Tanchatchawal and Nian-Feng Tzeng",
title = "{Coherence-based Coordinated Checkpointing for Software Distributed Shared Memory Systems}",

as well as a paper I was a coauthor on where we continuously checkpointed a regular gnome desktop (along with its file system) and enabled you to restart it at any point in the past.

author = "Oren Laadan and Ricardo Baratto and Dan Phung and Shaya Potter and Jason Nieh",
title = {{DejaView: A Personal Virtual Computer Recorder}},

Comment: Re:Err, so just like the Pre? (Score 1) 621

by spotter (#29148977) Attached to: Nokia Leaks Phone With Full GNU/Linux Distribution

native code applications exist on the pre. the only thing that has to be created via html/javascript is the outer ui of the app. the inner ui can be implemented as a native browser plugin and do whatever native code can do.

furthermore, any language that has dbus bindings, say whatever scripting language you want, can run in the background and communicate with the html/javascript ui that users see.

Comment: article is so wrong (Score 5, Informative) 174

by spotter (#28513177) Attached to: The Technology Keeping Information Flowing in Iran

the reporter of that article is an idiot.

Onion Routing was invented at the Naval Research Lab, but it had nothing to do with ships.

If the reporter would have done a cursory reading of http://www.onion-router.net/, which is the page the creators made, the reporter would not have found any mention of ships on the description or summary of what onion routing is.

Comment: Re:Two Year Associate's Degree of Liberal Arts (Score 1) 648

by spotter (#28252727) Attached to: 11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics

sounds pretty close to the first 2 years of physics at a regular college (2-3 semesters of general physics, depending on what they include, though generally 2), though where I went optics and modern physics were separate courses.

modern physics was fun. optics was a bitch with the PDEs. No more wave equations for me.

Biotech

Scientists Create RNA From Primordial Soup 369

Posted by timothy
from the that's-notional-primordial-soup-to-you dept.
Kristina at Science News writes "The RNA world hypothesis proposed 40 years ago suggested that life on Earth started not with DNA but with RNA. Now a team of scientists bolsters this hypothesis, having assembled RNA in the lab from a mixture that resembles what was likely the primordial soup. 'Until now,' Science News reports, 'scientists couldn't figure out the chemical reactions that created the earliest RNA molecules.' The new work started the RNA assembly chemistry from a different angle than what earlier work had tried."

Comment: all these articles ignore one point (Score 1, Insightful) 858

by spotter (#27405571) Attached to: Mac Tax, Dell Tax, HP Tax

Dells, HPs, Lenovos..... they all go on sale for significant discounts.

Do Macs? Not from my experience.

I can buy a souped up T series lenovo laptop for probably around half the price of an equivalent macbook (in the 1250-1500 range vs. 2500-3000 range for the macbook pro.

And one can get features in the T series that apple just doesn't think there's any market for (such as the old T42p I'm currently typing on that had a 15" 4x3 lcd w/ 1600x1200). Try to find any mac that has anything approaching that pixel density.

Buying a mac is like shopping at Macy's and always having to pay their non sale prices. Buying a Dell, HP.... Is like shopping at macy's and knowing that they always have sales and that the non sale price is mostly a joke.

Comment: Re:We looked at this question... (Score 4, Insightful) 858

by spotter (#27405323) Attached to: Mac Tax, Dell Tax, HP Tax

Dells, HPs, Lenovos..... they all go on sale for significant discounts.

Do Macs? Not from my experience.

I can buy a souped up T series lenovo laptop for probably around half the price of an equivalent macbook (in the 1250-1500 range vs. 2500-3000 range for the macbook pro.

And one can get features in the T series that apple just doesn't think there's any market for (such as the old T42p I'm currently typing on that had a 15" 4x3 lcd w/ 1600x1200). Try to find any mac that has anything approaching that pixel density.

Comment: Re:Telling the situation and solution? (Score 1) 120

by spotter (#27268227) Attached to: Streaming March Madness On Linux?

wrong, they are not encrypting anything. if you can figure out how to get to the streams, they play fine in mplayer, vlc and totem-xine (albiet not totem-gstreamer, as no support for windows media audio v3).

and yes, I have figured out how to get to the streams. someone even posted my setup to this thread already.

Comment: Re:Is LaTeX worth it for humanities/soc. sciences? (Score 1) 328

by spotter (#27198045) Attached to: Collaborative Academic Writing Software?

autocorrect doesn't help you if you change the name. yes, you can now search and replace it, but all these things are more prone to error.

I'm not against Word. i use it a lot (heck, I'd rather do my resume in it than in Latex). However, for regular paper writing, its so much easier. Honestly, any paper writing system that requires the use of a mouse is going to make a lot of people significantly less efficient, i.e. in latex all I have to do is \cite{tag}, to make a footnote, in word, I'd have to take my hands off the keyboard, go into a menu and search for the proper reference (or perhaps type it in. But for most people this is back and forth mouse to keyboard.

but then again, I'm one of those people that likes thinkpad keyboards and disables the trackpad, for the same reason, keep my hands on the keyboard.

Comment: Re:Is LaTeX worth it for humanities/soc. sciences? (Score 1) 328

by spotter (#27187269) Attached to: Collaborative Academic Writing Software?

uh. any thing you can use to make a figure for word you can use for latex.

latex can include, eps, png, pdf, gif..... as figures. All word is doing is embedding some image, and generally any program that generates that image can also save it to a file.

I honestly find using latex to be much much easier than word, just because there's much less stuff to get in my way. Also, the ability to macroize things (i.e. type \rlcn{} for really long chemical name) makes life much easier and less error prone to typos.

Microsoft

Microsoft Update Slips In a Firefox Extension 803

Posted by kdawson
from the hitch-hiker dept.
An anonymous reader writes "While doing a weekly scrub of my Windows systems, which includes checking for driver updates and running virus scans, I found Firefox notifying me of a new add-on. It's labelled 'Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant,' and it 'Adds ClickOnce support and the ability to report installed .NET versions to the web server.' The add-on could not be uninstalled in the usual way. A little Net searching turned up a number of sites offering advice on getting rid of the unrequested add-on." The unasked-for extension has been hitchhiking along with updates to Visual Studio, and perhaps other products that depend on .NET, since August. It appears to have gone wider recently, coming in with updates to XP SP3.

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