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Comment Blockchain != trustless p2p (Score 4, Insightful) 109

Bitcoin/litecoin/dogecoin/etc attempt to solve the trustless peer to peer model.

A multi-bank blockchain implementation would not use a trustless model, it would be a trusted model where the sender and receiver both sign the transaction, and it is then added to the blockchain for consumption by all participating banks.

It's a way to share an immutable (without retracting ALL transactions before the transaction to be deleted) ledger, in this case between trusted parties.

Comment Re:Not the real thing? (Score 4, Informative) 365

I think they should absolutely be free to market/etc the terms "natural/mined" diamond vs "man made/lab grown" diamond, but "real" vs "fake" is incorrect and should be hammered on by agencies who regulate advertising and commerce.

Cubic zirconia is a "fake" diamond if it's sold as such. Man made diamonds are real, end of story.

Comment Re:fun fact (Score 5, Insightful) 136

Is it still a fun fact if it's neither fun nor a fact?

For the 9 months ending Sep 30 2016, they made $1,150,984,000 (1.1 billion) in revenue selling cars, of which $195,592,000 (0.1 billion) was from ZEV carbon credits.

In fact, they take OUT the carbon credits from their GAAP reporting numbers (what this article refers to) so that their results aren't skewed.

It's right there in black and white in the results: http://files.shareholder.com/d...

Comment Late-Breaking News from the Council: WTF G'RANEE? (Score 2) 244

>K'Breel was deposed and executed after his repeated failures in repelling the Terran aggressor. We don't speak of him. All hail mighty G'Ranee, Supreme Leader for Life!

LATE-BREAKING NEWS FROM THE COUNCIL: VICTORY! The Council of Elders has confirmed the blueworlders' resumption of aggression upon our noble red sands. K'Breel, Speaker for the Council of Elders, addressed the planet thusly: OKAY. Okay, so I'm K'Breel (even though anyone on Slashdot can assume the mantle merely by declaring themselves Speaker for the Council), and I'm late, but I'm merely chronologically late, not as in the Late Second Adjunctant to the Council Formerly Known As G'Ranee.

But domestic politics is beneath us tonight -- just take a glance at the blue world beneath us for a look at how bad that can get -- and let us focus on what's important: over the past sol or so, our Planetary Defense Force has been so good at pre-emptively distracting the blueworlders with tasks like landing comets, grabbing their prospective mates by their genitals, low-planetary orbit missions, and just general tribal infighting that we haven't had to shoot down any robotic invaders in quite some time. But when the opportunity presents itself, we take advantage of it, and so, we did. Hence the trivial elimination of yet another putative invader from elsewhere. We'd do it every day, except that the blueworlders lack the gelsacular fortitude to send us more targets. Now as to gelsacular fortitude, on to Second Adjunctant G'Ranee...

When a junior reporter pointed out that the destroyed invader was merely a technology demonstrator built on the cheap to see if a landing was possible, and that the blueworlders' actual payload was safely in orbit, K'Breel had the reporter's gelsacs launched into orbit alongside those of G'Ranee for a closer look.

Comment Docker (Score 3, Interesting) 127

A re-paste of a comment I posted as a reply:

My belief is that the 99% use case of this is for running docker images.

Before this you could run docker on windows, but you had to create a "bizarre" tiny linux distro VM (100mb or so storage), and the docker on windows launcher would leverage that to provision and run the docker images. You had to dedicate ram to that VM to run your docker pool.

With this you can run docker images "natively", without a separate VM memory space, and due to the elf loader support they actually are running on windows itself.

I do not see this as a good alternative to traditional VMs.

Comment Re:why just why (Score 2) 127

My belief is that the 99% use case of this is for running docker images.

Before this you could run docker on windows, but you had to create a "bizarre" tiny linux distro VM (100mb or so storage), and the docker on windows launcher would leverage that to provision and run the docker images. You had to dedicate ram to that VM to run your docker pool.

With this you can run docker images "natively", without a separate VM memory space, and due to the elf loader support they actually are running on windows itself.

I do not see this as a good alternative to traditional VMs.

Comment Re:Too much catch up (Score 1) 33

Which services are behind?

The only one that I've had come up is RDS. Azure SQL is great if your application supports SQL 2016, but if it's mysql/etc you have to spin up your own linux server and run mysql on it (Azure DOES have a template for that at least) whereas on AWS it's a pure PaaS offering.

The cost calculator on AWS is years ahead of the Azure one, but that's not a day by day use thing.

Azure's CDN capabilities are more flexible than AWS, and I'd argue HDInsight is better than EMR.

AWS kinesis beats Azure's event hubs right now.

The inbuilt user management is much easier in AWS, being PKI based instead of Azure AD based.

There's other pieces I've missed I'm sure, hence wondering what services you've used in AWS which are lacking in Azure?

Comment Re:Given the reviews (Score 2) 467

The problem isn't what it was, it's what it was promised to be. If you look at every public comment by the creator/team, the game doesn't do any of the interesting things that were promised.

http://press-start.com.au/news...

Even key core features are broken, such as naming undiscovered planets getting "lost" by the server.

Comment Re:development environment? (Score 2) 74

I think you have the terminology 100% backwards.

You are not really a LOW level programmer if you freak out with no IDE or libraries. If you're writing the sort of code presented here I'd say you can easily call yourself a Systems Engineer or Software Engineer (unlike 99% of the people who call themselves a Software Engineer).

However, if you feel the need to write assembly, use code quirks to eek out 1% more performance, and write your own libraries then you have no place in modern high level software development, excepting if you're writing drivers, video games, or embedded code. Anyone doing that sort of BS is likely very smart, but is also a liability to any non-toy project.

Submission + - US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed, Government Report Finds (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already held more than 100 such briefings, some of which are classified. The report says in the first line that public interest in encryption has surged once it was revealed that terrorists behind the Paris and San Bernardino attacks "used encrypted communications to evade detection."

Comment Re:Supported/ Fuck "Supported." (Score 1) 230

Please never use Microsoft as a recommended licensing model. It's never the lesser evil, but I digress...

What specific issues do you have with MS's corporate licensing model?

-if you own a software license bought outright at any time you own it in perpetuity
-CALs are bought yearly (typically) but are "essentially" the same no matter the platform or age. There are exceptions for this (dynamics CRM end user vs admin licenses, etc) but in general it works this way
-Licenses are separate from support contracts, so you can opt for zero support for zero fee, or have MS premier support on-site 24/7 for a HUGE fee
-You can optionally pay an annuity to get free upgrades for any software you use, but again not required
-they offer bespoke support contracts when needed. An entity I was working with required security and break-fix updates for win2k3, which is out of ANY sort of support lifecycle, but MS was willing to provide them for $XXXX per server (it wasn't cheap, but at least it was available....)

Comment Re:If they pay the license fee (Score 1) 230

Support contracts and usage licenses are completely different things.

For example, if you bought windows 95 you still have a license and can legally use it, it is just that MS provides NO support for it. Part of my job recently has been doing windows server 2k3 migrations due to extended support EOL, and about 50% of the software on it is out of support contract as well, but is still legally licensed.

No one is trying to force them to support it, but if they will not accept money for the licenses then it's easy to argue that the current license cost is de-facto zero.

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