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Comment Re:What no Guantanamo Bay for him? (Score 2) 202

Oh wait.. this is an open source community that understood what his intentions where and didn't have a knee jerk reaction.
What I guess intelligence trumps mass panic and ignorance.

That's exactly wrong. GH freaked out and banned his account after the Rails team repeatedly closed his bug reports. This story has been on Hacker News for a while now, so you can head there for the full story. His account was eventually reinstated after it was made clear to GH that they behaved poorly.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 4, Informative) 196

The ram pack was prone to wiggling a bit and you'd lose the entire contents of memory. You had to prop it on a book or tape it in place. Kind of a nightmare really. I also hated the ultra-fiddly tape storage, where you had to have the volume and tone adjusted just right to get those weird black bars that showed the program was loading or saving correctly.

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Sunspot Tosses Plasma Cloud Toward Earth 94

parallel_prankster writes "The Washington Post reports that a huge sunspot unleashed a blob of charged plasma Thursday that space weather watchers predict will blast past the Earth on Sunday. Satellite operators and power companies are keeping a close eye on the incoming cloud, which could distort the Earth's magnetic field and disrupt radio communications, especially at higher latitudes. The huge blob of charged gas spotted by NASA satellites is speeding toward Earth at more than 2 million mph. The most damaging solar discharges, which are very rare, can move at speeds more than twice that fast. Here's a more detailed article with some animation."

Comment Re:Spread the word (Score 1) 1002

You're in the wrong place. Most (though not all) people who post here are "geeks" in the sense that they know some terminology and are mostly engaged in technology on a political level (from "walled gardens!" to privacy issues to copyright issues). The actual programmers have departed for greener pastures - even CmdrTaco posts at Hacker News now.

Comment Better late than never (Score 5, Informative) 38

It was actually released over a week ago, but I guess the announcement got lost over the holidays. I am actually a bit surprised they did a 1.0 version before solving the "NameNode is a single point of failure" problem with HDFS. I know for a fact that big companies (one of which was a client) are sometimes hesitant to deploy Hadoop because of this.

In theory, you can also use Hadoop with purportedly more robust distribute file systems, like KFS (Kosmos File System, I think it's called). I've never seen this in the wild though.

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