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The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

ADRA Use a tool for what its good for (31 comments)

Hadoop is good at generally running massive queries of tons of data in a relatively efficient amount of time. I say efficient and not fast, becuase the requests can vary from well structured for grid data sets to massive bloated ugly queries that would be massive bloated and ugly in any DBMS environment. If you want to talk about regulation, etc.. I think you're batrking up the wrong tree with Hadoop. If you're concerned with regulation, seed the DB with unique though meaningless data when importing and avoid all of those problems.

2 hours ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

ADRA Re:Knowledge is power (581 comments)

NIMBY man, it either makes people on the interstate slower, or those in their neighborhoods. The result is someone's going to be unhappy that you're on the road. If said is the case, there's absolutely no asshole cred being handed out for making your life easier.

Don't like traffic going through your nehbourhood? Make it unmanageable for traffic to traverse quickly, which will affect you, but everyone pays for those roads, and everyone has the right to use them as they see fit.

2 days ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

ADRA Re:That retarded logic (130 comments)

It could only be barely considered illegal if the channel in which the media is presented has some form of 'official' character. If Google published a video under their official YouTube publishing tag, one could say that the video should be as specified, but if spliff666 published "Attack of the Clones" to their YouTube account, there's exactly zero assumption of the video being in any form 'legitimate', which a charge of fraud would first have to establish--- IMHO IANAL.

2 days ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

ADRA Re:That retarded logic (130 comments)

That in fact depends on the host country's law regarding this. In the US, facilitating the illegal use of copyright is enough to get into trouble, which is why there aren't Illegal content torrent sites in the US, and why many old peer software sharing services like napster no longer exists.

2 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

ADRA Holistic Nutbars (1037 comments)

I have a friend who is one, and no matter how hard you try to get them to see reason, you know you're talking to a brick wall, because their wall of ignorance will never allow for rational discourse. Their belief has only been amplified by all the media on new/old age of holistic medicines, aroma therapy, acupuncture, food alergies, etc. etc.. some may actually have some practical benefits for some illnesses, but that just reinforces the belief that a scorched earth approach to diet, medication, etc... are somehow better for themselves / children. I fear for those people, and apparently from the article, those around them.

5 days ago
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BitTorrent Launches Project Maelstrom, the First Torrent-Based Browser

ADRA Akami is dead (67 comments)

Yeah, they're really shaking in their boots. But really, if you want 'anonymous' go use Tor I guess. What is this besides something that will probably break most of the web?

Seriously, if you think static content is the life blood of your internet business, then a solution like this (though packaged specifically for your audience) is great, but how does this help anyone else, when I'd say about 90% of the content delivered to most people now a-days are at least somewhat curated to you as an individual or at least browser individual?

about a week ago
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

ADRA Re:why would I write to that? (187 comments)

I'd complain more about Java generics being an illusion to begin with, which is annoying but not the end of the Earth. Considering that all generics were overlayed the java 'Object' typing model of which runtime/language primitives like int/float/etc.. are not a part of, it isn't surprising that primitives were left out of the generics system as well.

isNullOrEmpty is a trivial single-line method, which is generally why nobody who develops in java cares about this or any other nit picking problems. Why not bitch about the lack of Pairs and Triples?

"??" is once again syntactic sugar, which is fine if you want to obfuscate and reduce code clearity, but if I wanted to write (X==null?X:-1). I think most people can deal with it as well.

There are many reasons to hate on Java, but at least rant about things (like non-runtime generics) that are actual problems to people who use the language on a day to day basis?

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

ADRA Uh yeah? (193 comments)

When you have a device that lasts maybe 5 years of use, adding about $100 per child per year just for the device really starts to add up.

I suppose chromebooks could be used for some entry CS-like education and obviously word processing, but I have no idea what educational aid an iPad contains besides maybe text books, but if that was the case, I'd rather have schools endorsing an epaper solution being far cheaper, energy efficient, and probably better on those poor kid's eyes (staring at screens for 8 class hours and how many home hours?).

about two weeks ago
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Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

ADRA Uh, there's an extension for that (101 comments)

It's called QuickSearchBar, and it rocks! And since we're on the same subject, "Add to Search Bar" is handy too!

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

ADRA Re:Why would you call something Mayo that isn't? (145 comments)

Do a google search for "mayonnaise recipe" and tell us which one is defacto Mayonnaise, because inquiring minds would like it put to bed, thanks.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

ADRA Re:What is it? (145 comments)

Eggs require chickens which requires feeding chickens, which is fine if you're raising the chickens yourself, but when you have a world with billions of people, not everyone can raise their own chickens, so either you stop eating chickens, or you get someone else to raise them for you. *takes breath* All that chicken requires a lot of feed, and a lot of feed takes more airable land away from producing the crap you do want, like human consumable veg and the such. Airable land is scarce and getting more so. So either you stop eating all together (a proud though darwinian outcome), you find more efficient human consumtion methods (like the one listed in said article), you purge humanity thorugh bloody force, or you purge humanity through artificial means of blocking reproduction. Pick your poison.

about three weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

ADRA Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

Would using frameworks make you a cheater? Would copying a very know pattern (as a Pair/Triple) deem you a cheater (even if you attributed it, like I often did both in school and in professional life)? If you read a help site that says do A, B, C , D and you do the same operation of steps exactly (regardless of copy/paste), is that cheating?

If you want to stomp out cheaters, come up with problem domains with very unique and strange processes that wouldn't be found in the wild. If you want to bust someone for leveraging a well known, legally OK use of a tool, you might as well stop issuing CS-diplomas and start issuing CS-that-won't-function-in-the-real-world-diplomas.

Maybe the better appeal woud be an official citation system so that you can prove sources in an adequite way. Most courses in Uni have soime sort of standardized attribution system, why not CS?

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

ADRA Re:Wonderful idea. (698 comments)

And kids totally won't abuse the system to get out of taking their finals. Why pull the fire alarm when you can make a really great prank!

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

ADRA Re:Why are Asians always ignored in this discussio (459 comments)

Because people like to complain about their perceived natural handicaps more than breaking out of them.

20-30 years from now when Asians dominate actual tech innovation (if they haven't already) and all the lazy white guys like myself will be slagging the 'yellow guys stealing my job', or insert some other out group who I feel threatened of.

Racial / religious / sexual / etc.. intolerance happens, I try to avoid it like the plague but the only way to truly overcome is on a personal level. Donate money to outreach and education programs if you think it'll help (i'm doubtful) or be the shining image of what -insert said minority- can be by outshining your peers and FORCE them to recognize your achievements. Is it hard? Sure, but to assume no handicaps in this world is to welcome a very disappointing life. I'll welcome the world when we're all born with the same opportunities, but I'm not deluded enough to assume it'll happen in my lifetime.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

ADRA Uh (112 comments)

Netflix made 71m off of the 'there's no money to be made slinging content' game, and who knows how much Apple makes off music, either in content distribution or hardware. Yes, they made a product less desirable for their market and they're paying for that mistake, oh well.

about a month ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

ADRA Re:Well... no. (126 comments)

Yes, and Visa will totally let the 'merchant' keep their gains too, oh wait, wasn't Visa reversible? It sucks and is embarrising, but is there any material harm done here (besides having the hassle of disputing charges) for the consumer?

about a month and a half ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

ADRA Re:Emphasis on "for-profit"? (331 comments)

While we're at it, lets get rid of mandatory food labelling and mandatory car air bags. Lets get rid of all this nanny state BS and just do what the hell we want. Oh, you like those things? Well too bad, test your food yourself, and buy opt into the expensive life saving features option during your next car purchase. If you aren't a genious, then you're a fucking moron. Everything is quite clearly all or nothing in this world, you know?

about a month and a half ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

ADRA Re:Disturbing (331 comments)

Yes, I'm saying that student loans that stick to you through much of your adult life is a very bad idea in supporting a healthy society. If you enter a program under the assumption of getting $X at the end of the program, one can plan and budget a rational justification for taking the course. Now if you assume the graduation is significantly less than 100% and employment rates for graduates are very low, would that same assumption apply? Would me as the 18 year old kid picking his program know the employment prospects when I walked into professional life (assuming for a minute that the 2-4 years in between don't dramatically change the local/national job prospects for said profession)?

If said student decides that the risks are too great to enter school, the alternative is that the only ones going to high end schools are those who can afford the programs. All of a sudden, we're back to a hundred years ago, and high education is for rich people and the workers can have their professional apprenticing.

How about this, as a possible alternative *just spit balling here*

Post a mandatory employment survey for all recipient of government funding on a per school/program. The survery is as follows:
        - Are you working in the field you specifically went to school with (Y/N)
        - If different from your program, name said profession (unemployed, student, home maker, hospitality, etc..)
        - Gross Income per month
The survey is to be completed annually for the life of your loan term.

For all programs that want funding, they should provide:
      - Mean/Average/Deviation of all student's gross incomes at year 1 / 5 / 10 as a rolling average of the last 5 years' result prior
      - % of students that graduate (rolling average of the last 5 years' result prior)
      - % of students that transfer into other programs (and list the top transfer options)
      - List of the top transfer programs and the % of students who moved

At 17, I was told by literally everyone that getting into university was the best way to achieve a good job in life. It was that or 'vocational schools' if I wanted to be a carpenter or something(pass), or work at McDonalds the rest of my life. Framing one's entire life off the experiences of those around you is a big step, and if you were 100% prepared for your life at 18, I absolutely salute you for it. But government is for the people (as a whole) and for every person at 18 that knew exactly what they were getting into, there are probably another 10 who don't know what they fuck they're going to do in this lifetime.

Worse, the government supports it by paying a chunk of everyone's money for their experience. It justifiable to assume that the government's financial role in education is geared toward the best interests of society as a whole, hence spending money where it can have the most benefit, so sinking a ton of money into programs known to have horrible track records seems sensible to me.

about a month and a half ago
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Hungary's Plans For Internet Tax On Hold After Protests

ADRA Re:0.62$ per gigabyte? Stone age (48 comments)

"P.S. I am sure, if they can, they will tax even air for breathing."

TANSTAAFL

about a month and a half ago

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