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Comment Re:Figures off by a factor of 10 to 100 (Score 1) 752

Then again, the php code had to be served through apache, while the c code was served directly by a custom server sitting on a separate socket, so there's no telling how much of the overhead was from apache.

My thoughts exactly. Is the bottleneck the webserver or the actual code?
Seems more likely that the number of servers has to do with the massive number of requests that have to be handled, so they would need several webfarms, etc., and since they have users all over the world they would have more than one data center.

From a source for the article:
Given its global user population, Facebook eventually had to move to replicating its content across multiple data centers. Facebook now runs two large data centers, one on the West coast of the US and one on the East coast.

So cut your 30,000 servers in half to 15,000 servers per data center.

Comment Classic ASP (Score 2, Interesting) 558

If Microsoft really cared about devs, then the next version of IIS would allow Classic ASP and ASP.NET to share session state.
Nothing like releasing ASP.NET and obsoleting millions of lines of code.

Unlike VB6 to VB.NET there is no migration path from Classic ASP to ASP.NET other than a complete rewrite.

Comment SharePoint (Score 1) 428

We use Microsoft's SharePoint where I work.

Pretty easy to set up lists and views to be able to flip / flop your data for different groups.

May not be well suited to the heirarchical tasks issue, but it was an easy win for us here b/c we were already using it to search documents on our domain, and we had a mess of users sending around excel spreadsheets as project tracking.

Comment Re:Oblig Simpson Quote (Score 1) 389

From the previous /. article linked above "statement by Dell executives in February of this year, to the effect that Linux netbooks comprised about 33% of Dell shipments of Dell Inspiron mini 9s netbooks"

Dell senior product manager John New attributed the sales volume to the lower price point of the Ubuntu Linux machines

Looks like the price is about the same now for Dell's netbooks whether you get Linux or Windows, but in February it may have been $50 cheaper to get Linux and install a "free" copy of Windows. Plus if you want the ARM processor.

Anyways, it's useful to point out that these are "projections" and "forecasts".

It would be great to find out in Jan 2010 if these numbers came true.

Comment Re:Nobody gives a shit about you (Score 1) 144

You'd be surprised.

I used to figure nobody would give a crap about the contents of our family website, so why secure it? We're just normal people among hundreds of millions.
Then when I was checking Google to see who linked to our site I found out that a picture of my one year old daughter was posted on a porn forum b/c someone thought she was cute.

Since then I've removed the image, blocked Google from crawling it, and secured the site behind a login.
Plus I have to go through all the photos from my iPhone and remove the geotagging info from them.

Pain in the butt, but it's better to take privacy precautions now than assume no one is looking and deal with the consequences later.

Comment Apple's Privacy Claims to the FCC (Score 1) 149

This is from Apple's letter to the FCC, regarding why they rejected / delayed the Google Voice app:

We created an approval process that reviews every application submitted to Apple for the App Store in order to protect consumer privacy, safeguard children from inappropriate content, and avoid applications that degrade the core experience of the iPhone. Some types of content such as pornography are rejected outright from the App Store, while others such as graphic combat scenes in action games may be approved but with an appropriate age rating. Most rejections are based on bugs found in the applications. When there is an issue, we try to provide the developer with helpful feedback so they can modify the application in order for us to approve it. 95% of applications are approved within 14 days of their submission.

Comment Re:OpenOffice variant? (Score 1) 331

Remember folks, it's the use of open standards that counts. Not the actual implementation - as long as that implementation is correct and follows the standard well, I'm happy. MS Word's lock-in with its doc format is the problem, not MS Word as such.

I would REALLY hope that this move along with the i4i lawsuit could somehow convince some stubborn people at MS to build in full support for ODF docs.

Odds are they'll just throw a crapload of money at their lawyers to appeal for the next 10 years (remember when MS was ordered to split up?)
and get a bunch of MS "partners" to agree to save all their documents in .docx format to push their own standard.

Comment Re:Motorola's great return? (Score 2, Insightful) 195

I think the fad slowed down, because eventually everyone that wanted a RAZR had one.
In the slim phone market I think the RAZR really beat the crap out of the competition.

Then like always, you get bored of your current gadget and want a new one.

I had a RAZR and loved it, then my work offered to buy me an iPhone.
The iPhone is cool for listening to music, and facebook, etc. but sometimes I miss the simplicity of having just a really well designed slim phone.

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