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Comment Question (Score 1) 353

Could you put together a device that ZFS'd up a buttload of old ram chips? The cost of ram doesn't seem to have much to do with how much ram storage is available on earth as much as it's speed and utility in today's hardware. Could you build a device that was essentially a huge ram bus for old chips addressable over ... I dunno a pcix or agp bus? Agp might not be good, but something that had big i/o in both directions. Someone please do this. I have tons of old ram sticks that I paid waaaaaay too much for back in the day, and I'd like to be able to claim that they weren't a waste of money. :)

Comment Re:humanity makes no sense. (Score 1) 260

If I could hurt the banks by doing something as simple as closing a facebook account I would. Closing a bank account just means I have to open another one somewhere else. Also, me closing my account hurts banks a LOT less than me deleting my profile hurts facebook, especially since I'm subsidizing banks when I pay taxes whether I have an account or not.

Comment Not an easy calculation (Score 2, Informative) 242

How much downtime is caused (money is lost) by patches that break things versus how much money is lost when machines get hacked? This isn't a windows only issue. I've seen Debian security releases break things too. They're a bit easier to rollback, but the problem is fundamentally an ROI or EV problem, not a technical one.

Comment Re:potential of Air ? (Score 1) 231

JavaFX (Applets 2.0) has awesome potential, but they pretty much said "screw you" to Linux which means I won't be early adopting it and neither will any of my co-workers. That said, they're already so far behind on install base that all Flash needs to nip this in the bud is release a browser independent runtime and a nicer web service binding api and there will be no practical reason not to choose it. I would like to see someone write a browser in Flash for some reason. So you could browse while you browse.


Submission + - New York State Budget relies on entertainment tax ( 1

einer writes: Facing a budget shortfall, New York State Governor David Paterson crafts budget that taxes iPod music downloads and other "digitally delivered entertainment services." On the chopping block is 700 million in school aid and $3.5 billion in health care subsidies.

Submission + - Prepare for "reduced functionality mode"

einer writes: All of the Windows Genuine Advantage servers are down, and may not be up for a while. For Vista users, this apparently means no DirectX.

From the Microsoft Forums:

After several email excahnges with Microsoft on validation problems, I just received this:
Thank you for your response.

I'm sorry to inform you that the Windows Genuine server might be down for few days. I have escalate the issue to our Genuine team, kindly try to validate again on Tuesday 28 Aug 2007.

Thank you for contacting Microsoft Technical Support.

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