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Comment Re:Definitely not for nerds (Score 3, Insightful) 245

Can someone clear this up for me? I keep hearing the two differ. Some tell me they're a geek but not a nerd. Some the opposite. So what is what? Where can I find _the_ definition to point all others to?

Nobody writes it down. If you have to ask, you don't need to know.

Watch the movie "Wargames" (The original 1983 one.) Wait for the scene when David goes to the university to talk to Jim and Malvin, and observe the characters. Jim is a geek, and Malvin is a nerd.

Comment Re:Modern South Korea (Score 4, Insightful) 299

That's the thing about the corporate system that many people fail to realize. It's very easy to get a corporation to change what they're doing if there's a coordinated effort by consumers to choose not to buy from a certain manufacturer until practices are changed.

That's the thing about the corporate system that corporate apologists people fail to realize. It's almost impossible to get a coordinated effort by consumers because the corporations have so more damn money than individuals, and can drown out any opposition to their pracices.

Comment You need to read more before commenting (Score 3, Interesting) 452

It's a great server OS, sure, but lets look at this realistically:

- the Windows / .NET trading system was based on Windows 2003 and SQL 2000, and was deployed in 2005.
- the Linux-based system is under development now, to be deployed next year.

You missed

- the Windows / .NET trading hardware has been upgraded continuously because it was unable to cope with the load.

Just based on that, you'd expect substantial performance differences from just using newer hardware.

Sure, except for the part that the both are running on new hardware.

Chances are that the original kit was certified as a part of the solution, and hasn't been replaced since.

"Chances are" - except that is 100% wrong. They had problems since day 1, which were blamed on the hardware, so they've been constantly upgrading it trying to fix the problem.

Even ignoring the hardware and the OS, one would expect 90% of the performance to be determined by the application, not the OS. Decisions like writing the software in .NET versus C or Java, or using a special-purpose Java runtime would make a huge difference, irrespective of the OS.

The old system was written with the help of MS. They were the ones that said that .NET was the best way to implement it, and they even touted this in their press releases.

On top of this, the software stack is completely different, and developed by a different team. Just about every design decision, small and large, will be different.

Of course it's completely different - that's the entire fscking point.

Comment Re:You Know What They Say? (Score 4, Interesting) 594

They are trained to take control of situations and something silly like not respecting their authority and blowing bubbles can sometimes escalate quickly into something worse.

So, a cop sees you doing something he doesn't like (say maybe dancing, or listening to music) and decides you're not "respecting his authority" - it gives him the right to come over to you and harrass you?

fuck that.

This cop had a choice - he could have just ignored it. The female cop that was talking to the protester has no problem, why did Officer Bubbles have to stick his nose in it?

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