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Comment Still more efficient than the x86 architecture (Score 0) 281

These old beasts are still, watt per watt, more efficient than the x86 architecture. The local cache per processor, along with the highly optimized RISC pipeline, can't be matched.

It's a shame that we are saddled with legacy CISC-to-RISC just-in-time conversions and bus contention, even with the Xeon and Opteron's huge local caches. The SPARC was just better.

Comment Net Neutrality is not sustainable (Score 0) 292

This concept of "Net Neutrality" is not sustainable. If I run an ISP and over 85% of my traffic is going to Google or Netflix or Amazon AWS (which is also Netflix) then, from my point of view, someone needs to pay for it. I'm not sure it's my subscribers who should pay since it will cost them too much money in subscripton usage fees.

It's undeniable. If my ISP traffic is consumed by so much traffic by a such-and-such upstream vendor, shouldn't that such-and-such upstream vendor share in the cost of providing that traffic? I think so, especially since such-and-such upstream vendor is collecting subscription fees from my subscriber AND collecting advertisement royalties for that traffic.

I dare say that the current model is not sustainable. The coming years will experience a fascinating sea-change in the so-called "net neutrality" model.

Comment Re:Yay, I think? (Score 2) 222

Having used the Ubuntu LTS releases, I cannot disagree with this sentiment. On most systems I have returned to Red Hat Enterprise, or, more specifically, the CentOS derivatives, for quality releases. In my experience, the Ubuntu LTS releases aren't tested to the high standard that the Red Hat Enterprise releases are, but I expected that, to be honest, and wasn't surprised at all.

Comment Big fan of long-term releases (Score 3, Interesting) 222

I'm a big fan of long-term releases, only because I may be one of those individuals who might be responsible for systems that do not have access to the internet in order to support the "rolling release" model.

It's nice to be able to have a stable, known-good server installation on several isolated networks that just need an occasional update of dpkgs and completely expect it to work fine after it's been restarted. I don't think the same is expected in a rolling release model.

The idea that a rolling release maintains binary compatibility is, so far, been proven false. In our world, long-term releases make sense.

Comment Re:This is why God invented encryption (Score 2) 188

This is just not true. I had a three-year-old laptop converted to full hard disk encryption and the change was not noticeable. Most CPUs now have hardware encryption acceleration, and those that don't have it already have fast enough math processors to handle the encryption.

I should mention that in the federal space there are new "data at rest" security requirements and many of the databases in use today are already encrypted on disk.

Unix

Submission + - Mark Crispin - MRC - Inventor of IMAP and a friend for decades, has died at 56 (cookfamilyfuneralhome.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Mark Crispin — MRC — Inventor of IMAP and a friend for decades, has died at 56. // Mark Reed Crispin, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Martha and Mary Healthcare Services in Poulsbo Washington. He was born on July 19, 1956 in Camden New Jersey and was 56 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Crime

Submission + - Anonymous Helps Find Evidence in Gang Rape Case (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: "Evidence of a gang rape committed by members of an Ohio high school football team, including video, was, in the way of digital native teenagers today, put online on various social media sites — and was quickly taken down as students began realizing the magnitude of the situation. The hactivist group Anonymous has been able to find archived and cached versions of the damning content, which may help prosecutors make their case."

Comment Re:It'll Just work..... (Score 1) 172

Perhaps you can help clear up a debate that has been happening on and off for years.

Is it really necessary to space the channels so far apart? It seems to be a conventional wisdom that flies in the face of the intent of the standard. Sure, the spectrum does overlap somewhat, but isn't the protocol and the air interface designed to handle this situation gracefully?

It sure does in the city where we have multiple APs coming in five-by-five on each and every channel.

Thanks in advance!

Comment Building is decades obsolete (Score 5, Informative) 227

The One Times Square building is decades obsolete for an office building. However, as a mounting point for the multimedia signs, it is very functional. The empty floors provide power and space for the equipment required to run the signs and the massive equipment required to cool the equipment that runs the signs.

Plus, it's at the crossroads of the world.

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