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Comment Re:All too true (Score 5, Insightful) 266

I came here to say this, mostly.

I *know* that there are plenty of places in our software that I could spend an hour or two, and rewrite an algorithm to run in 1/5th the time. And I don't care at all, because the cost is too low to measure, and usually, performance bottlenecks are elsewhere.

Who really cares if I can get a loop to run in 800ns instead of 1500ns, when the real bottleneck is a complex SQL query 11 lines up that joins 11 tables together and takes 3 full seconds to run?

Comment Re:They'll probably need something like AEGIS (Score 1) 318

Depends on if your state allows destructive weapons. The ATF will register it as a destructive weapon. You pass a background check and pay your $200 tax and 6 - 9 months later you get a tax stamp in the mail and go buy your CRAM as long as you don't use explosive ammo you're go to go.

Comment Re:Umm, yes, it is an ad. (Score 1) 124

Like how NPR doesn't have ads, they have 30 second messages from "contributors".

I used to tolerate NPR's ads because they were short, all read by the same woman (with a nice soft radio voice), and infrequent. However I'd swear that in the last year they've increased the frequency and duration of them by at least 50% and changed voices to an unpleasant man's voice. I now mute the audio or switch stations when they come on.

I abhor advertising and refuse to partake in it, so I usually pay for services. However if something like NPR is going to run ads anyway, why should I continue to donate to them? If Google is going to shove ads at us, why should I pay for their Home device?

It used to be "free" or "ad-supported". Now companies want to double dip and make you pay to hear ads. Fuck that noise.

Comment Re:Good or not? (Score 1) 301

Without having commercials to teach you that companies consider you a never-ending open wallet, and that they WILL lie to you to get your money, will these Netflix-only kids grow up to be or more less naive about the honesty of other people and companies?

This may be true, but the flipside is that without growing up inundated with asinine commercials, they may also tend to be less tolerant of them overall. One could hope this would lead to trending away from commercials as a valid way of paying for entertainment. I've avoided TV and radio commercials for a decade and now find them utterly abhorrent.

Personally, I'd love it if we moved away from all advertising subsidization. It would lead to fair market prices for entertainment and services, as well as bringing back some sanity in the salaries for actors. With some luck we might even end up back where the user the customer instead of the product.

Comment Re:Yeah (Score 1) 398

Two points to Hufflepuff for uninspiring use of wikipedia in a slashdot comment!

So, yes, the nominal tax rate is pretty high when compared with the nominal rates of other nations. The effective tax rate (that is, the one that companies actually pay) is nowhere near that. No company files their taxes and pays the full ticket -- there's an endless swath of depreciation schemes, ways to recognize revenue, corporate structuring, deductions and credits that get leveraged throughout.

Comment Or... (Score 1) 421

How about we start by getting countries to stop forcing women to get "circumcised", forcing them to cover their faces, denied the right to an education, and while we are at it, destroy the caste systems of countries. Seriously.

Women are still brutalized in a lot of places and lack the most basic of rights, and we first worlders focus on paychecks.

Comment Re:Microsoft is good once again (Score 1) 195

I don't see what people find interesting or exciting about .NET Core -- it's just a rebranding of the compact framework with some additional supported platforms. Honestly, the entire point of it seems to be to try and entice people to use Azure for hosted stuff and only use small parts of the framework for desktop apps (pushing them towards the "Universal" appy-store apps and away from full Win32 style desktop).

Comment Re:bit rot (Score 4, Insightful) 475

(there's a undetectable fault error rate, something along the lines of 1 in 10^20 bytes read or so will have an undetected error)

I just want to call this out because it's so important. That number, 10^20, sounds big, but considering the size of modern drives it's really not.

Randomly picking the WD 8TB Red NAS drive (WD60EFRX), which is designed for consume RAID as an example:

The spec sheet says the URE (unrecoverable read error) rate is at worst 1 x 10^14 per bits read. However, that drive holds 8 x 10^12 bytes! If you were to read every single byte there is about a 64% chance that at least 1 bit is read incorrectly.

(8 x 8 (bits per byte) x 10^12) / (1 x 10^14) = 64,000,000,000,000 / 100,000,000,000,000 = 0.64

Correct my math if I'm wrong, but this should make anyone think twice about using any kind of RAID as a "backup" solution. If you have a disk fail you have a better than 50/50 chance of introducing corrupt data during the rebuild process!

Frankly, ZFS-style checksumming is the future of files systems. It has to be for any data you care about.

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