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Comment Re:What's the point (Score 1) 312

Thanks to the microkernel architecture you will no longer have to reboot system just to get rid of that stale lock on an accidentally removed USB disk or unmountable --bind mount in /proc/mounts due to non-existing user/usecount or due to some crashed driver locking up your PCI device etc. I could transparently restart crashed ntfs.sys emulated under Linux in 2003 while Linux kernel still can't do that with its native filesystems.

Or, you could just reboot that 1 redundant VM

Comment Speaking from the interviewer side (Score 1) 637

The primary thing I notice about fresh Java school grads is that there's nothing in their resume that tells me they can tackle hard problems. No pointers. No lambda functions. No backtracking. No first-class continuations. All the stuff that used to weed out people in CS programs is gone; that means I have to do the weeding. At least Javascript has brought some of that back.

Comment Re:But Node.JS IS WEBSCALE (Score 1) 400

The event/callback/state machine model is a pain to program in, but at least you don't have race conditions on shared data.

Tell this to the patients that were killed by the Therac-25. It had a race condition even though it was an event-based system that didn't use true threads.

Medicine

Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality 380

the3stars writes "'Removing part of the brain can induce inner peace, according to researchers from Italy. Their study provides the strongest evidence to date that spiritual thinking arises in, or is limited by, specific brain areas. This raises a number of interesting issues about spirituality, among them whether or not people can be born with a strong propensity towards spirituality and also whether it can be acquired through head trauma." One critic's quoted response: "It's important to recognize that the whole study is based on changes in one self-report measure, which is a coarse measure that includes some strange items."
Role Playing (Games)

Faction Changes Coming To World of Warcraft 209

A Blizzard representative today announced that they're working on a service for players to switch factions in World of Warcraft, going from Horde to Alliance or vice versa. "There's still much work to do and many details to iron out, but the basic idea is that players will be able to use the service to transform an existing character into a roughly equivalent character of the opposing faction on the same realm. Players who ended up creating and leveling up characters on the opposite factions from their friends have been asking for this type of functionality for some time, and we're pleased to be getting closer to being able to deliver it." They also said there would be "some rules involved with when and how the service can be used."

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