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Comment: Re:linode (Score 4, Informative) 375

by wik (#38478436) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Inexpensive VPS Provider?

And yet another plug for Linode. I have been with them for over four years. Their infrastructure staff knows what they're doing (tech support has responded in 3 minutes on a Sunday night!) and they're hands-off with respect to how you want to run your box. Disk space is a little expensive, but it's not oversubscribed. Even the smallest accounts are well worth the money.

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 752

by wik (#30505886) Attached to: The Environmental Impact of PHP Compared To C++ On Facebook

Minor nit: fetch prediction logic in modern processors has to deal with unconditional procedure calls. Fetch pipelines aren't shallow anymore, so you need to predict the target address and speculatively fetch that cache line. Often this is before you even know you've just fetched a branch/call/jmpl.

The jump tables/switch statements in Ruby/Python/PHP make target prediction a necessity. The target of this jmpl is rarely the same twice in a row.

Comment: Re:have your own domain-get universal forwarding (Score 1) 251

by wik (#27543927) Attached to: Spam Replacing Postal Junk Mail?

Someone tell that to Verizon. They seem to think it's best practice to send the same marketing email to both the original address with the + and the same address without. Better yet, their unsubscribe facility refuses to accept the +.

I wish more people understood the +. I've used it to make incoming mail self-sorting for well over a decade.

Comment: Re:Bank balance (Score 2) 499

by wik (#26775813) Attached to: Sacrificing Accuracy For Speed and Efficiency In Processors

There's rounding in virtually every transaction you already encounter. Do you live in a location with sales tax?

In pay periods where my paycheck is mathematically supposed to be consistent, it also fluctuates by a cent sometimes. The value averages out but there's still rounding and it's quite obvious.

Comment: Re:Profit Margins in Publishing (Score 1) 207

by wik (#26558503) Attached to: Tech Publisher O'Reilly Slashes Jobs

For the purposes of this argument, why does it matter at all who runs it?

Reed Elsevier does not get its content for free. Part of my thesis made it into one of their textbooks. The author/editor of the textbook does, in fact, get royalty payments from them. I neither know how much, nor if he also received an advance or other lump payments upon reaching various editing milestones.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.