top Average latency to Slashdot.org?
100 Mbps fiber. 14 hops. I'm surprised, really. Would've expected a slightly lower value, perhaps in the 120s.
Back in 1999 I got my first ADSL connection, 256 Kbps. Used to play a lot of Action Quake II at the Pearlmankey servers (based somewhere on the east coast). During those games, my average ping actually around 150 ms.
top Not Quite a T-1000, But On the Right Track
Noticed it too. I just assumed the article submitter was progressing from T100 to T1000 network speeds.
about a year and a half ago
top Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?
Mod parent up, please.
The hell if I will touch anything in the server room if I cannot replace a faulty CPU by myself in less than 5 minutes. I'm talking IBM BladeCenter, mostly, but I've had to work with HP and DELL as well.
Would this mean, for example, that if I purchased a blade with two CPU sockets, but only had the need (or budget) for a single CPU at the moment, I'd have to return my production server to the manufacturer a year later, just to add another CPU? Or would they send me a qualified technician in the hour of need, to solder a new CPU to the motherboard, and I'd just pay for the extra CPU (as usually)? Naw... this is a load of crap.
top Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?
I had a 60GB Mushkin Chronos in my MySQL server. It died in 13 days. I do not know for certain what actually killed (it's a low profile server, with only about 3.600/1.500 select/insert statements an hour), but I received a replacement disk within hours, swapped them out, and the replacement snuffed the dust in just under 18 days. I was unable to read or write to them. They just went out, like someone flicked a switch.
That's when I decided to stick with the regular spindle disks for my database server...
I bought two of those 60GB disks at the same time; used the other one as the OS disk for my workstation. It's still running good, almost two years later. I recently purchased a 120GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe and replaced my 60GB disk (which currently only holds my development projects and few, select games).
top In Under 10 Hours, Google Patches Chrome To Plug Hole Found At Its Pwnium Event
The hacker/cowboy-coder culture often serves young products well, but it doesn't work once the product matures and develops a legacy. Assuming Chrome succeeds at making serious inroads in business, which is quite possible over the next few years (whether that's Google's current main goal for it or not), Google will have to slow down their "push to production" patch speed a little.
Mod parent insightful, please.
top Cray XK6 Supercomputer Used To Simulate Ice Cream
They'll probably set up the experiment on Mars
I thought that would be for the flavour? If that would be the case, I certainly hope they won't do it on Uranus as well...
top It Costs $450 In Marketing To Make Someone Buy a $49 Nokia Lumia
So, in a nutshell, it's a brick with the Windows logo on it. Impressive!
top Mosquitos Have Little Trouble Flying in the Rain
The whole point was to show, that the difference between a mouse and horse isn't small, but rather gigantic.
Thank you, sir! This would never have occurred to me if you hadn't brought it up. Now I better understand why my parents would never give me a horse as a child; it wouldn't fit in the cage with the mice, and it would splash if I accidentally dropped it.
top Facebook Smartphone a Dumb Idea, Says Farhad Manjoo
Mod parent up. This is exactly why I prefer to keep my position as "sysadmin", rather than a "consultant".
FB phone? That would sure as hell no longer be a "smartphone".
top Supervolcano Drilling Plan Gets Go-Ahead
Turns out the dog wasn't rabid, so they went on with their plans of drilling into the supervolcano in order to see whether it is active.
top Symantec Looks Into Claims of Stolen Source Code
Hope these hackers can turn the source code into something useful.
top Rare Earth Magnets Pose Threat To Children
Why are you surprised? This is exactly what happens when Americans buy toys manufactured in third-world shithole nations, where the concept of "safety" is virtually unheard of.
And who exactly, thought it'd be a good idea to let children play with tiny magnets in the first place? The manufacturer?
top Self-Contained PC Liquid Coolers Explored
I won't buy your replicas unless they come with preinstalled liquid coolers!
top Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows
Why, yes, of course! All software should be modular by default.
Not to be an utter arse, I agree with you to an extent. I'm just having some troubles comparing Firefox to the Linux kernel. Oranges to orange trees, if you like.
top Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows
Oh, where are the mod points when the voice of insight chimes in?
MythBusters Bust House
Well, they certainly had a blast!
top Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians
Certainly! I'd much prefer keeping an eye on some small display in my hands, or mounted on my bike, than actually watching my surroundings for incoming threats. Oops, my battery just went.... *kraaskgjnasdg!#@qr12!#!"%*
top Engineers Create World's Lightest Material
In jokes regarding being lightheaded.
top OPERA Group Repeats Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results
And how much of a vacuum can you really get in this universe?
Quite a bit, if we could get every politician in the world to participate...
top Oklahoma Hit By Its Strongest-Ever Recorded Quake
Because we don't get earthquakes in this part of the world. Ever. There was an earthquake just SE of San Antonio, Texas - the second ever recorded, and about 5 miles from an active
fucking operation. Fucking is a really screwy operation that a lot of countries have banned because it causes a lot of problems and earthquakes.
There, fixed that for you!
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