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Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

CadentOrange Re:Continuous improvements to IE for Windows 7 (79 comments)

jQuery hardly qualifies as a "huge ass" javascript framework. The gzip minified production version of the script weighs in at under 34kB. Worst case scenario if you're hosting jQuery yourself, this is a one off download. This is hardly going to cause problems, even on a mobile data connection.

On the other hand, jQuery does make code a lot neater. Especially with judicious use of selectors

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p.s. Nice going trying to pin the Obamacare fiasco on jQuery. I don't think I've heard that one before.

about two weeks ago
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

CadentOrange Re:Impressive (152 comments)

He did say civilized(sic)...

about two weeks ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

CadentOrange Re:Hardware age (267 comments)

My white Macbook was a Core Duo and I bought it in 2006 when Apple transitioned to x86. According to Wikipedia, the iMac G5 was discontinued in 2006. It's fair enough that they drop support for a totally different architecture after 8 years.

about a month ago
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Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

CadentOrange Re:FreeBSD network stack (195 comments)

That's a useful list, especially if you have no clue as to what to actually search for. Like me.

Cheers.

about a month ago
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Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

CadentOrange FreeBSD network stack (195 comments)

What makes the FreeBSD network stack superior?

about a month ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

CadentOrange Re:It's like learning to drive vs taxis (391 comments)

However it's very clear that you are just winding me up for a bit of fun and nowhere near as ignorant and stupid as you are pretending to be.

Seeing as you're genuinely confused as to what I'm talking about, we've been running tasks in parallel in Python ever since the beginning. Just use processes instead of threads. There are differences (no shared heap, IPC) but there are benefits (no shared heap!). If you're used to the thread pool paradigm, Python has both a thread pool and process pool with the thread pool obviously limited by the GIL while the process pool isn't.

So what's with the thread obsession? It's not the only way to run tasks in parallel.

about a month and a half ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

CadentOrange Re:What's the point this century? (391 comments)

Why this obsession with threads when processes work fine?

about a month and a half ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

CadentOrange Re:what? (213 comments)

What the hell is ACM and why would it benefit me to join them?

If you were a halfway competent software developer, you'd already know, and if you were an elite software developer, you'd already have joined...

If you were an elite software developer, you'd be too busy to join a jumped up organisation like the ACM.

about a month and a half ago
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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 a month 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 2 months 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago

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