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Comment Re:Better summary (Score 2) 133

Guys, I think you're getting the intent of the story wrong. It's not an X11 security problem. It's primarily a PR problem for Ubuntu & secondarily, it's a security problem for snaps.

Ubuntu has been promoting snaps as a more secure way of packaging

And the research that Matthew Garret has done has demonstrated that the security provided by the snaps framework is not terribly good. So that's a PR problem for Ubuntu if one of the primary features they are advertising is demonstrated not to be fit for purpose. Personally I don't think that Ubuntu cares much about the security aspect of snaps. I think they care more about convenience and monetary gain. And I don't have a problem with either of those motivations. convenience: The apt package management system has many benefits, but it has problems with software development projects that run at different cadences. Remember when Ubuntu 8.04 LTS shipped with Firfox 3 beta? The apt system would lock you into the beta version for the life of the release. With snaps, you could upgrade just one application (like Firefox or Libre Office) without upgrading all of the libraries on your OS or upgrading your OS as a whole. I think that's pretty useful. monetary gain: Canonical has poured a lot of effort and money into Linux over the course of a decade. I wouldn't mind seeing them reap the rewards of their efforts in a monetary form. It looks like they want to run an AppStore to do this & an app-store just won't integrate well with apt. But it will with snaps. So good on them.

I would just like them to be a bit more open about their motivations. I don't think the release of snaps has much to do with a desire for security, at least in a desktop environment.

Comment Burned Child (Score 1) 187

Linus mentioned a Swedish phrase: "Bränt barn luktar illa"
I got curious and ran it through Google Translate.

"Bränt barn luktar illa" in Swedish = "Burned child smells bad" in English.

What the hell?
Is that a bad translation or is that actually right? If that's right, that seems pretty grim to me. Would a native Swedish speaker on this thread be willing to explain that the origin of that phrase?

Comment Re:uh huh (Score 1) 221

Google might have fiber in rural Idaho already. They bough up a shitload of dark fiber a few years back. There doesn't seem to have been too much talk about it since 2007 or so. I think that the fiber was originally laid down by MCI prior to the bursting of the .com bubble in the early 2000s. I was unable to find a map for what areas could actually be reached by the dark fiber if it was lit up. If Google still has plans for all that dark fiber, they seem to be shrouded in secrecy.

Comment My mammoth cloning idea (Score 1) 187

I'm all for it. And since this seems to be the right venue, let me pitch you my mammoth cloning idea.

Not only do I think we should bring back the mammoth, I know where to put them once we do. Yellowstone National Park. Plenty of space. I think the climate would suit the mammoth. And it would be tremendous boost to the tourist attraction of the place.

Also, I would really love to see a mammoth forging through the deep snow, emerging majestically from the icy fog.

Comment Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (Score 1) 254

You're right. From the wikipedia page on this: from the 'How it Works' section, they are planning centralized control of the data (ez wipe) and access restrictions to data built into the networking model.

"In many cases, substantial storage is already available, and could be used more efficiently if it could recognize particular content and only keep one copy of it. Since hierarchical structures can exist within the network graph, this mode of distribution could naturally scale content delivery to the size of the audience, and simultaneously reduce up-stream equipment to just the minimum needed to produce the content."
. . .
"In this model, the logical place to put commercial copy control and security is not in consumer equipment, but in the neighboring commercial network nodes. If the node agrees that the consumer has a distribution agreement, then restricted content can be delivered. Such delivery contracts require relatively few, cheap CPU cycles from devices already present near the edge of an ISP's net. If there are commercial restrictions, those may need to be included in the content names, as well."

Comment Not the only one (Score 1) 522

George RR Martin is not the only writer to select . . . unusual . . . writing tools.

I suspect that for a number of writers, the tools and the process has an influence on the flavor of the finished text.

Neal Stephenson wrote Cryptonomicon entirely in emacs. And he wrote the Baroque Cycle longhand with a fountain pen.

Use the tools that are appropriate to the task.

Comment Re:Not enough, (Score 1) 415

Someone mod parent up please.

I recall there was a push to get Allan Turing pardoned a few years back and it got shot down in the House of Commons. I believe the prime minister said something along the lines of "He was convicted of breaking the law of the land at the time. Laws change but we don't roll back time and reverse earlier convictions. We adhere to the laws that are in force at any given time."

So when this came out from the Queen, it appeared to me that one part of the government (the monarchy) was circumventing another part of government (the democracy). I asked myself "is this an instance where democracy cannot summon the courage to do the moral thing and the aristocracy rises to the challenge? How remarkable."

But I do not know much about the relative roles of the monarchy and elected representatives with regards to the power of the pardon in the UK, so I was about to ask for more information. AC has answered my question before I could ask it.

Comment Re:Python (Score 2) 465

There are a lot of good suggestions in this discussion so far.

I have a few points to add.
1) compiled language vs scripting language
In general, any compiled language is going to run faster than any scripting language. But you will probably spend more time coding and debugging to get your analysis running with a compiled language. It is useful to think about how important performance is to you relative to the value of your own time. Are you going to be doing these data mining runs repeatedly? Is it worth spending ten times as many hours getting this thing up and running if by doing so, you can get it to run really fast? If so, than chose a compiled language. You're already familiar with C so that would be a natural choice. If, after consideration, you value your development time more than processing time, stick with a scripting language. You'll probably be able to stand up a working program much faster & you can look for other ways to squeeze out extra performance

2) Parallelism. Your initial question explicitly said you want to use all 4 cores on a Xeon, but I've only seen 1 response so far that addresses this issue. To get good performance out of multiple cores you may need to re-work your algorithms to split the problem into pieces and crunch them down in parallel. Is your problem one that is easily amenable to parallelization? If yes, then you probably want to start thinking about multi-thread or multi-process programming. If your program will never run on something bigger than 1 server, than you will probably be OK sticking with with single multi-threaded process. I don't have experience in this myself, but I've heard that writing your program in a functional language like Haskell will make it intrinsically easy to parallelize. If you ever think your program is going to run on something bigger than that Xeon server - let's say you're thinking of ramping up to a cluster, than I would suggest building it on top of MPI from the beginning. I've had good results getting something up and running on MPI quickly using a combination of python, NumPy, SciPy and mpi4py.

Good Luck.

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