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Comment Re:Does the submitter even read Slashdot? (Score 1) 982

Windows 10 wrests control away from the user in ways that are unacceptable. I cannot compromise on these things. I will not use Windows 10.

I wonder how many people reading this have no qualms about using an Android phone with "Google Now" that do essentially all of these "telemetry" things and much more.

Comment Re:Why does Apple get props for doing the obvious? (Score 1) 405

...at Apple's expense.

FYI It's normal and customary for companies or individuals who are compelled to perform a significant task to be paid for their time and effort. I had an employer once get subpoena'd in a law suit and I was the admin and the compelling party (a private party) had to pay for the administrative cost for me to do a data recovery from a backup.

Comment Re:Is it the year of the Linux desktop yet? (Score 1) 110

Right now, today, I have a P3 desktop running CentOS6/32 as a network monitor. It's old as the hills. My phone beats it handily in performance. But it runs on about 15 watts, and does the job so reliably that, in 10 years, it's never skipped a beat. It started with the original RedHat 6.1. (before RHEL was a thing)

I know it won't actually make any records, but I'm sure it's one of the oldest 0.01%, maybe even 0.001% of computers in terms of durability. It would be a remarkable machine if it wasn't otherwise so unremarkable.

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 2) 1310

Wish I had mod points! So, I'll agree, blah blah.

It seems absurd to have lameness filters that seem to specifically target code on a site that caters to the coder types! And the 4 minute limit is just silly. Back when it was still publicly shown, I had karma out the yin yang. I'm sure I still do, even though it's no longer displayed in any form that I can tell.

Slashdot trumps Reddit for quality of articles, Reddit bests Slashdot for UI and comment participation, though posting on Reddit has become such a land mine I don't bother unless I'm on a very small/exclusive subreddit)

Comment Presence of pharmaceuticals (Score 1) 197

With the number of pills taken by the elderly these days, not to mention people who die in the hospital who may have all sorts of compounds pumped into them before they die, I wonder if the composting process fully breaks them down, or at least to safe levels. I didn't see any mention of it in TFA.

Comment Re:Hydrogen next? (Score 1) 175

The spinning disk era is coming to a close, and I welcome it! The issue is that while storage capacity has, for decades, increased almost exponentially, the actual performance of the HDD has remained virtually flat. A typical HDD spinning at about 7200 RPM can store 4 TB of data or more, but can only serve about 150 seek operations per second. Physics, she is a bitch, you know? So while you might be able to store 500 million files, it takes a month to copy them.

Everywhere I look, Enterprise or "performant" storage has moved to SSDs. We moved our DB servers 4 (5?) years ago to SSDs and saw at least a 95% reduction in query times involving disk operations. (EG: not cached) For us, spinning rust is the new tape; SSDs (or RAM) anywhere performance matters, and spinning rust for archival use. For our session cache, we use a RAM drive.

Comment Simple explanation (Score 2, Insightful) 165

So, your program allocates some memory. Should it initialize the memory to make sure it's all a bunch of zeros? Apparently, Nvidia doesn't think so.

So, a program running on your OS requests some memory. Should the OS initialize the memory before handing it to the application? Apparently, Apple doesn't think so.

Either answer is right.

Comment Re:What the fuck has happened to Slashdot?! (Score 0) 176

* The destruction of the Firefox web browser thanks to numerous fucking idiotic changes being forced on its users by Mozilla.

... Moves designed to protect users from MalWare. Of course that's "destruction"...

* The destruction of Linux as a viable OS, especially when used on servers, all thanks to systemd being forced by all of the major distros.

I use Linux extensively. SystemD has been a very minor speed bump. All the people screaming and crying about systemD haven't been able to down out the simple fact that SystemD works just fine and carries numerous benefits.

I personally don't care enough about the other issues to comment.

Comment Methodology? (Score 2, Interesting) 122

Sorry, but with silly results like this, I have to ask why such a small article so vapid of meaningful content was posted on Slashdot. Shouldn't paid shill articles be a different color or something?

No mention was given as to how this ranking was accomplished, and the list given at the bottom of the article doesn't even match the headline (where 2 and 3 are MySQL and MS SQL Server, and Microsoft Access beats Cassandra.

Any DB ranking that puts Access in as a top contender should definitely back up their claims - extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence!

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