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Comment Re:Test, and Test Again (Score 2, Informative) 153

I actually wasn't assuming incompetence, the hallmark of many SysAdmins is being understaffed, overworked and underpaid, and thus do not have the resources to properly test all backup and redundant systems.

As consultants and contractors in the area of System Administration, you get let go if anything like this was ever to happen. This is why they charge a little bit more.

Whatever happened, it failed. A good lesson for next time. Not knowing exactly the cause, but it is safe to safe there were too many eggs in one basket. Multiple geopgrahically diverse load-balanced DNS servers? Why was there an overheating problem in the first place? Only one air conditioner?

Wikipedia has had a few failures, not all their fault. In 2006 Cogent pulled a block of IP addresses that were leased to Wikipedia.

Comment Re:Same? (Score 1) 237

Paper dictionaries usually have something called a radical index, where you find the character by its main feature and the number of additional strokes. But the best solution is to use more modern technology - various online and mobile dictionaries have a feature that lets you draw characters with your mouse, touchscreen etc and looks them up for you. The best one for Chinese is nciku.com; another dictionary with that feature is mdbg.net, but that one needs you to get the correct stroke order, which you might not be able to figure out for an unknown character. Here's one I found for Japanese: http://kanji.sljfaq.org/kanji13/draw.html - this one also seems to need correct stroke order, so there's probably something better available if you google hard enough.

Comment Re:This might explain why he was working with AES: (Score 1) 197

Try a processor with AES-NI. Tom's Hardware got 3570MByte, or 27Gbit/s out of a single Intel i5. With the new Xeons in March, you'll get x3 cores, x2 sockets in a single system.

What I don't get is how you can have such a high requirement for bandwidth but not the budget for enough hardware to just bruteforce this - even a single gigabit connection worth of traffic costs much more than a stack of 1u servers every month.

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