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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

CadentOrange Why is it silly? (435 comments)

From the summary:
(silly in my opinion, apparently they haven't heard of "partners" or considered requiring such cars have a police controlled "slow down" command)

Why is that silly? Do we really think crooks will not find some way of overriding the "slow down" command? As for "partners", a computer does not get stressed or feel under pressure when chased by cops and thus will be less likely to make mistakes.

Why is worrying about this silly?

about two weeks ago
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Free Wi-Fi Supplier, Gowex, Files For Bankruptcy

CadentOrange Re:Nothing unusual (39 comments)

In addition to that mimino says, you get advertising revenue from the landing page that a lot of these free wifi providers take you to the moment you log on.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

CadentOrange AWS is too expensive (142 comments)

A couple of questions for you:

1) What happens when your single server goes down? How long does it take you to get back up and running?
2) What happens if your demand is spiky?

If you're going to use an instance for a year constantly, you need to look at reserved instances. That brings the price down to $3054 for the year which is not bad as you don't pay for electricity or cooling.

about 2 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

CadentOrange Re:What he's really saying is (422 comments)

But spreadsheets are the right tool for works that require fudging. It makes it that much harder for a neutral 3rd party to verify the correctness of your algorithms.

about 2 months ago
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R Throwdown Challenge

CadentOrange Re:Bad analogy (185 comments)

With judicious use of semicolons, you could fit all that into a single line.

You might have to scroll horizontally a lot, but it's still a single line!

about 2 months ago
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New PostgreSQL Guns For NoSQL Market

CadentOrange Re:the hype (162 comments)

I've seen this a million times. People with poorly designed relational databases with no thought given to query plans complain that their database is slow. They then migrate said database to a NoSQL solution (typically a document database like MongoDB) and then find that it is still slow! . In a few cases, the NoSQL solution is significantly slower.

The problem is NoSQL encompasses many different types of solutions. Key value stores like Redis are pretty good (key lookups support wildcards!!!) and I use them as an alternative to memcache. Document databases like MongoDB? If you're excited about them because you don't need a schema, you're just asking for carloads of trouble down the line because you've mistakenly bought into the thinking that you can just chuck arbitrary data into Mongo and get it to perform well.

about 2 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

CadentOrange Re:Feels Dated (435 comments)

They're probably happier paying 50x more for hardware than 200x more for development.

about 3 months ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

CadentOrange Re:15" Golf Holes (358 comments)

Surely the size of a hole only matters up to a certain point? After that you're into negative returns territory.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

CadentOrange Re:Database Scaleability. (272 comments)

What if you have to use PostgreSQL? I've seen no evidence that it can scale or run multi-master.

Are you high? Instagram (200 million users) uses PostgreSQL. PostgreSQL is web scale :)

about 4 months ago
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Chester Wisniewski of Sophos Talks About Secure Credit Card Transactions (Video)

CadentOrange Re:Broken by design (17 comments)

The majority of POS terminals in the wild run Windows XP. This is unlikely to change anytime soon, so I have no idea how Windows XP's official retirement in a few days time will play out as none of the retailers I work with intend to change their tills. This isn't surprising (to people who support POS terminals), as we still see terminals running Windows NT4 (!!!!!!!).

Our advice to retailers is to always have their tills on a separate non-internet facing network. No one really does this though ....

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

CadentOrange Re:Perfect (184 comments)

It's handy having your an office suite on your tablet as it allows you to make quick edits on the go. No one is expecting you to write your thesis on a tablet, but for reviewing documents, writing comments and making small changes having Office on the iPad stupidly useful.

As for Office suites in general, I don't know what it's like where you are but in the UK you're almost guaranteed that to run into MS Office files in whatever job you do. There's no avoiding it even as a techie as your specifications and such are almost certainly written in Word.

about 4 months ago
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NVIDIA Unveils Lineup of GeForce 800M Series Mobile GPUs, Many With Maxwell

CadentOrange Re:What are you doing - pray tell... (83 comments)

Other than professionally modeling...

Look, this is Slashdot. You're not going to find professional models here.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

CadentOrange Re:Troll (451 comments)

Python. The syntax is clean and easy to pick up, and there is a lot of depth to the language. It also helps that it's useful for web development and big data analysis, so you'll be learning something that's relevant.

Obviously, with a question like that you're bound to get all sorts of answers. This is my 2 pence worth.

about 5 months ago
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All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

CadentOrange Re:All the same here (427 comments)

So if aliens invaded and wanted to create a super race of engineers, you're in for a good time?

about 5 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

CadentOrange Re:my daughter (280 comments)

If I took up sexting, there will be outbreaks of blindness. Seriously.

about 5 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

CadentOrange Re:my daughter (280 comments)

My monthly bill hovers at around £3. The cheapest plan that offers unlimited data on Three is £12.90 a month. For my uses, that will be overkill.

about 5 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

CadentOrange Re:my daughter (280 comments)

I'm on Three in the UK and I get charged 1p per MB. Assuming each message is 1KB in size (lolwut?) that means I get charged 1p per 1000 messages. It doesn't matter if my friends and family are spread all over the world as the charge is the same. No mobile plan comes close.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

CadentOrange Re:I don't (669 comments)

And ... have you seen your daughter since you gave the disk to her?

about 5 months ago

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