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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Decker-Mage Re:What are the bounds of property? (166 comments)

Which is why I call Amazon delivery drones: Skeet, with prizes!

about two weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Decker-Mage Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Somebody will graft node.js or go or [that redhat thing that's almost a good scripting language] to systemd and then we'll .be back towards the middle but better off.

Which is the classic example of the dialectic. Speaking of "old farts," Aristotle definitely qualifies

about a month ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

Decker-Mage Re:Max RAM? (353 comments)

Foreground, I'll accept. Background is huge whether IE or Chrome on Windows with 32 GB physical and around 67 GB total virtual memory just over 50% utilization.

about 6 months ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

Decker-Mage Re:HyperDuo (353 comments)

I don't have any trouble remapping who's going where, why, and when and my setup is as you describe save a couple of misses most anyone might make. You have to make sure that the RAM disk is properly saved and restored across restart/shutdown cycles otherwise you'll see some bizarre software post-installation behaviors. The other miss is RAID 0 and SSD's. If you do a serious testing regime, you have to reduce stripe length (4K here), use more than two drives and forget using any controllers except the motherboard directly connected drives. I'm seeing all the usual SSD benefits with 5.6 GBps (yes Bytes) transfer rates. YMMV. And no, I didn't believe it either which why I tested real-world and benchmarks, cache/nocache, ....

Any unices are far easier to deal with allowing you to map the filetree as suits. Windows needs a whip hand, the right tools, and really good backups as you climb one hell of a learning curve.

about 6 months ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Decker-Mage Beliefs (218 comments)

The annoying facet of this topic is the repetitious use of belief rather than actual data on whether this even works. Surely this regulation exists somewhere. I neither have, nor want, a phone.so I have no horse in this race. Ask yourself how many phones are going to be remote wiped and/or killed by silly users who "think" they have "lost" or had their phone stolen. Be interesting to see which groups are pushing, and who financing, this service. Cynical much? Why yes.

about 6 months ago
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Samsung SSD 840 EVO MSATA Tested

Decker-Mage Yeah! (76 comments)

I can totally see mounting one of these on my Intel Galileo so it has awesome storage for a serious drone AI package and a ton of capacity for recording video and sound. Whether by air or ground. Give it IR, radar (EMCON'ed of course) and LIDAR. Wrap it all up in some RAM (Radar Absorbing Material) and they'll never 'see' it coming. Yeah!

OK, so I'm not serious, still neat though! On second thought, except for the aerial vehicle (lowest price I've seen is $699.00) it really is doable.

about 6 months ago
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Samsung SSD 840 EVO MSATA Tested

Decker-Mage Re:no capacitors (76 comments)

I have ten drives here: 2 x 60 GB, 4 x 128 GB, 3 x 160 GB, all 'normal' SSD's, and one 240 GB PCIe. All of them are backed by an UPS. Oh, I forgot the ones in the portables and tablets which also count as battery backed since they also do an orderly shutdown when the batteries are nearly drained. Still I do not expect any hard drive to operate without loss of data when the power is ripped out from under the device, whatever storage device is under scrutiny. Sorry, but many operating systems cache writes and data loss happens even with journalling. You can turn that off at the cost to throughput. That's why I used device quick disconnect option on systems with no UPS elsewhere. I imagine having capacitors is nice as an added level of protection. Hell, I almost certainly have them on the PCIe at the least as defense against power-loss is a feature. Still, expecting total loss protection from just the drive, mechanical, solid-state, even tape or or optical disc is not entirely rational.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Promises Not To Snoop Through Email

Decker-Mage Re:Annono (144 comments)

Properly setting up a mail-server is not for everyone and, from far too many (tens to hundreds of thousands of) examples, properly secure. Frankly, even with this audience, I wouldn't expect everyone here to be able to do so either. Sorry folks! Sure sounds nice right up to the point reality slams a blacklist on your server, even assuming your ISP hasn't blocked it or isn't on the blacklist to begin with.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Promises Not To Snoop Through Email

Decker-Mage Re:Look, I understand that the primary topic here (144 comments)

I've never considered Microsoft 'evil.' Self-centered and only looking out for only it's own interests,ya but that's pretty much par for the course with most corps and people. I still hold corporations and people accountable. I always have. Just as with Yahoo giving the PRC the contents of an email account resulted in the closing of my accounts with them, so that is what has happened with Microsoft. These weren't the 7 GB freebies either. I'll wait and watch to see if their is an actual behavioral change, are corresponding change in the ToS/EULA. Promises don't mean a thing here. Change.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Promises Not To Snoop Through Email

Decker-Mage Re:inject (144 comments)

That thought immediately occurred to me as well.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Decker-Mage Re:The more simple you make it the less complex it (876 comments)

Been there, done that, burned the stupid T-shirt. The main difference being that I used C. The component library was based on Knuth's "The Art of Computer Programming." And given my background in engineering (a dozen fields) it actually was decent especially as I've been using structured (and object-oriented) constrained designs since the mid-70's. However, I could see the handwriting on the wall so I didn't take it to release.

There are GUI tools that you can use for the design side that actually provide nice code out the other end (Embarcadero is good for database design) especially if you have a lot of constraints. It's just not a generic tool and given how diffuse the target (coders are NOT generics), it will never happen. Sad since over in EEE we have shelves full of component catalogs while over on the software side we resort to cutting&pasting and then trying to refactor our was into a solution. Blech!

about 8 months ago
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The App That Tracks Who's Tracking You

Decker-Mage Re:Allow blocking (52 comments)

That's been my preferred method since the mid-90's. It also makes fingerprinting the device more difficult if you are jiggling the values between sessions. Now if it were as easy on my Nexus 7s as it's been on the desktop/servers.

about 8 months ago
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Nagios-Plugins Web Site Taken Over By Nagios

Decker-Mage Re:The real question is why. (119 comments)

Sadly, a spell-chucker (int. sp.) gets you only so far; some need grammatical help as well. I've yet to see that as a browser add-in.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

Decker-Mage Re:Just install it? (158 comments)

Sorry, but if there's nothing executing in the background, SQL Server Enterprise will see a 3% hit every three seconds on a dual-core Core 2. Even with largish loads it still doesn't spend much time, or effort, just 'hanging-out.' It's when you put it under strain (heavy transactional loads) that it can chew up your resources. And I sure as heck wouldn't be doing load testing on a dual-core Pentium. Load testing should always be done on the target. Anything else just doesn't make sense. In Real Life engineering.

about 8 months ago
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Court Victory Gives Blogger Same Speech Protections As Traditional Press

Decker-Mage Re:yes! (137 comments)

Quite literally, freedom of the press meant the right to own and operate a printing press. There was also a separation in the treatment of libel and slander by printing press owners as opposed to speech. Which is why you still see distinctions in their treatment by law today. And for today, everyone pretty much has a printing press (as I, or at least Slashdot and their hosting company) at hand. Nearly everywhere you want to be (that's a joke).

about 8 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

Decker-Mage Re:Units sold or already out? (511 comments)

It isn't open standards, it's that someone is attempting to extract monopoly rents (revenue) from the market using IP; expensive IP at that. Another player enters the market using "good enough" capabilities at a much lower price and whooosh....

about 8 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

Decker-Mage Re:Units sold or already out? (511 comments)

I'm not sure why we're discussing Apple in this context at all. I guess we just like also-rans here...

Apple is to Betamax as Android is to VHS. [Unlikely I'm the first to posit that historical correlation.] As to the Android tablet vs. Windows Desktop, well that's small 'a' apples to oranges. The price may be comparable, the performance is nowhere the same. Yet. [And never will be which is why I'm trying all sorts of techniques to come up with seamless integration and dynamic loading across the platforms. Pipe dream, but still fun. For certain definitions of fun.]

about 8 months ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

Decker-Mage Re:response (312 comments)

Naw, you'd probably need a Poisson distribution ;-).

about 8 months ago

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