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Comment: Low Power (Score 1) 257

by the eric conspiracy (#47942093) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

For my always-on machines I have a couple of Atom 525's with perhaps 30 TB of data storage. The OS for those is Scientific Linus 5.x (someday to be Centos 6.x).

These are plenty powerful enough for the services I use them for - files storage, light duty web serving, personal IMAP, DNS caching etc. and sip at the electrical supply.

They are good enough for light duty web browsing as well.

For more challenging applications (like games, photo editing etc) I have a couple of machines running 4 and 6 core I7s with 24GB of RAM. These only get turned on when I need them.

Comment: Not necessarily a bad thing (Score 1) 108

by the eric conspiracy (#47940851) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Killing most projects early is considered a good thing in some circles because it weeds out the garbage and makes more resources available to the more worthwhile projects.

Often you can tell how good a company is at managing R&D by how quickly it kills bad projects.

When I was working in R&D portfolio management we found that a bunch of small projects was much less likely to return something worthwhile than a more limited number of big projects.

It really boiled down to the idea that there is a non-linear relationship between resources devoted to a project and the likelihood of success.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 944

by the eric conspiracy (#47933839) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Conflicts between sects is not unknown in other religions too.

For example look at the European wars between Christian sects just prior to the Enlightenment.

I think the key thing here is that Islamic countries for one reason or another never went through a similar transition towards rationalism and individualism. They are still ruled by a way of thought that western culture started abandoning 350 years ago.

I hope we don't get dragged back that way. Fundamentalism is ultimately I think the greatest enemy of human progress.

Comment: Re:If you're paying for a job... (Score 2) 182

by the eric conspiracy (#47932243) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Really this isn't so dissimilar to the racket now being perpetrated by colleges and universities in the US in conjunction with employers looking for cheap skilled labor.

The end result is generation saddled with crushing debt and wages that are failing to keep up with inflation. Assuming they are employed.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 5, Informative) 944

by the eric conspiracy (#47927819) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Obviously not the Abbasid Caliphate that funded the Baghdad House of Wisdom, home of Muhammed ibn musa al Kwarizmi.

(the words algorithm and algebra are taken from his name and the titles of books he wrote).

It's sickening to see these nutters rejecting the thought and culture that once lead the civilizations of the middle east to a true Golden Age.

Now all we can do is hope that there will somehow be an Islamic Enlightenment. Perhaps in reaction to ISIS? It's hard to see it happening though.

Comment: Re:Why does business exist? (Score 5, Insightful) 319

by the eric conspiracy (#47921549) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Unfortunately for you, your well-being is not dependent on just your own efforts and choices. It's also the result of the collective efforts of the society of people around you. Otherwise you could live better in Somalia than you do here.

But you can't. So you are stuck with the distasteful (to you anyway) idea that your welfare depends on having a healthy society to live in. To get that you are going to have to contribute.


Comment: Good Luck With That (Score 3, Interesting) 64

by the eric conspiracy (#47913697) Attached to: Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

The government-it industrial complex is controlled by the same sort of corrupt relationships that the military-industrial complex. Come in to that situation with new ideas and you will get slapped down by entrenched interests intent on making use of networks of people moving back and forth between government and industry in order to create personal wealth. New ideas and new technologies only rock the boat.

The classic example is the PPACA web site. Hundreds of millions spent on something that would be a 5-10 million dollar project in a sane world.

Comment: Re:Only Apple can't make sapphire work. (Score 1) 205

The problem with sapphire is that it's BRITTLE. Drop it and it will break. It's why steel is better than cast iron.

You aren't likely to drop a checkout scanner. Iphones though are regularly dropped.

The hardness is is great if you are worried ONLY about scratches.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe