top Oakland Is Building a Big Data Center For Police Surveillance
7M will get you about what 5-10 racks? Depending on what you put in it. Even if you are only building the physical infrastructure and not the computers to fill the racks, 7M will get you about 6-10k sqft of data center space. Not even close to a 'big' data center. Also, every single source, with the possible exception of PUBLIC social media posts, in this article were things that the municipal government already had known (and logical) access to.
I am all for the tinfoil hat outrage on government snooping, but stop michael-mooring this issue. When you create a tempest from a teacup you end up desensitizing the real issues and have no credibility left when the big issue is discovered.
top Ubuntu Edge Now Most-Backed Crowdfunding Campaign Ever
So this isn't like an ebay auction for 10lbs of crack where the price hits 80m before it gets shutdown because people have realized that its not real? Give me a break. There is a considerable amount of people who have pledged to this and know for a fact that it won't get funded. This is a nebulous speculative design that may or may not be awesome in a years time. The only thing we know is that it will have 4GB of ram and 128GB of storage. Ok, and for ~700 USD it would likely be seen in today's market as relatively inexpensive, but not ground breakingly so considering the long lead times and other unknown variables. The thing I hate the most about these stories on here is that the fanboys are going to trumpet this as amazing and positive when there is almost nothing about this that could be seen that way. Microsoft did 75x this with Surface and is taking a very public beating for having failed. Samsung sold about 20m units (1,000x as much gross revenue as this project) in only 2 months of the S4 and Apple sold 50m iPhone 5s in it's first quarter. The market as a whole can't even distinguish if this is signal or noise.
Time and again projects have come along to 'revolutionize' smart phones. Remember the original Google Nexus? It was such a failure that Google licensed off the brand and is now relying on other companies to make the hardware. The F1 analogy is also bullshit. The difference is that the F1 people are actually using spectacularly unique hardware (and software) to do things orders of magnitudes faster than a regular joe could and can do it in a clear way that is exciting and spectator friendly and as such can be dramatically subsidized by tickets, merchandizing and tv rights. If there were a market for performance luxury phones the $10,000 Vertus wouldn't be absolute shit. http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/12/vertus-first-android-smartphone-will-cost-7-900-euros/
top Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?
I would argue that the best way to ensure they leave happy is to pre-pay some token amount of that contract. Nothing ownerous, but say 2 days salary/16 hours up front would be an excellent way to grease the wheels. If you are of sufficient size, the roughly $500-$1000 parting gift is a small price to pay for an enterprise phone-a-friend life-line.
Hopefully, they are leaving as an advancement not out of recourse. As someone in the incumbent situation right now with evenly mixed feelings, a small olive branch saying "we know we will be at a disadvantage without you and would like to buy 8-24 hours of your time when you have it available over the next 6 months, keep it anyway if we don't," would go an awful long way to helping me answer a phone call or any other question that isn't oh yea the password is 'RumSkittles3242#$@%_god'. That said, without that, if anyone besides my supervisor calls when (not if) the project they are working on fails, I'm going to say "HAHA, told you so!" and hang up.
top Generic TLDs Threaten Name Collisions and Information Leakage
One problem with this convention is the simplicity of the domain name. You and I understand how DNS works and that it's just a representation of words, but to most people it works more on the principal of logical naming and their mental association with the words it forms.
I.E. We may see sales.example.com/wiki and think of it as a very logical place to put a Wiki site for colaboration for the sales department of our organization. However, your average person who is of the intelligence level of sales is going to see asdfgqwerty.example.com/zxcvbnm and think where do we keep the sales notes. If you set it up at http://notes.sales/ they may actually have a chance to remember that. I know bookmarks may help, but when dealing with users you need to assume people who are so dumb that they can choke on pretzels even if you tell them to chew them completely before swallowing.
This gets even worse with organizations that have domains like wehaveadumbbusinessname.com that can be organized into regions or units and before you know it you have people asking where is the mail web server and the reply is mail.salesandmarkenting.southeastern.wehaveadumbusinessname.com/outlookwebclient sales.mail is going to make your customers (employees) a whole happier and reduce tickets considerably.
In the same way that ICANN has refused to grant sex.edu they should refuse a lot of gTLDs like .mail, .local .lan .intranet (from above, I like .here too). They don't work in the same way that .pepsi and .catholic do. it's clear that these tlds are in use in countless large deployments around the world and we should get a reserved list of words that will never be publicly addressable just like we got ip blocks. This can't be that hard to understand.
top Ask Slashdot: Learning DB the Right Way; Books, Tutorials, or What?
I don't see where he said same schema or same hardware.
No business cares about which database performs how well per unit of clock cycle. They care about how well does it perform per dollar. The fact that you are paying about 3-10x the hardware price in licensing costs means that you can come in and throw a lot more hardware at a problem and solve it for less money simply because the database technology is 'free'. This is the dominant reason people go with FOSS. Not because it's better but because it's good-enough and they can spend a few extra integrating it and having consultants for support and not be strapped over a barrel when Balmer or Ellison decide they need to buy another sports team or yacht respectively.
A single dual socket, octo-core (16 total) core box to run SQL Server will cost you about $10k from dell depending on config. It will cost you another $1000 for Windows Server (at least) and then another $110,000 (6,874/core x 16 cores)for enterprise edition (plus support!). You can buy 12x the hardware for MySQL than you can for SQL Server. There are reasons you would go with Windows, but don't scoff at people making money by replacing MSSQL with MySQL, they do exist and it's a very real business model. It gets even more fun when you start talking about virtualization and other licensing gotchas that exist with the big proprietary DB vendors.
top Edward Snowden is ...
Congress isn't cleared. There are only two people in the country who are cleared simply by the necessity of their position, POTUS and vPOTUS. After that, everyone else is subject to a need to know and background requirements. The fact that we have footage of it means it was an openly broadcast hearing in congress, what is the director of the NSA supposed to say:
Senator: Are you collecting records on the American public?
NSA: Response classified.
Even a slashdot poster could figure out the content of that.
top Why PC Sales Are Declining
You're reading skills are also just "fucking retarded."
He didn't say that his company runs P4s. I agree that right now there is an interesting dynamic in corporate (and public government) america that is neglecting to see the bottom line advantages of "Green," but a P4 running at even 150W vs a stripped down 25W E350 at a system level saves you about $.40 per 24 hours. Assuming friction-less swap costs, your break even point is about 18 months at 13.5cents a KWh. I am a big fan of improving the efficiency of computers but few people do a good job of properly estimating the power draw of their computer. Motherboards, hard disks, network cards, and PSU inefficiencies all have a non-trivial amount of power consumption. When you drop the draw down to 18-20W, the 6W of your hard drive and every other component adds up to significant efficiency drops that greatly alter your return time frame.
top YouTube's Ready To Select a Winner
Jokes are supposed to be funny. No matter how trivial the "encryption algorithm," it's still stupid and not funny.
This is less Onion selects Kim Jong Unh sexiest man alive and state media reports it and more man getting hit in the face with a pie.
top The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners - Now With Surveillance Camera Footage
How many times have you heard... Dubya as "President George Herbert Walker Bush?"
Well considering that 'Dubya' is President George Walker Bush (43, Pres. 2001-2009, A.K.A. George W. Bush, Shrub, The Decider, or "Mission Accomplished") and his father is President George Herbert Walker Bush (41, Pres. 1989-1993, A.K.A. George H.W. Bush, Bush Sr., or "Read my lips, no new taxes") it would make sense that the answer to that question would be never.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush about a year and a half ago
top Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?
This is even more shocking than at first glance - and I would say a rather strong indictment of the current business model. The USA has roughly 310M people and accounts for 9.7% of the pirated downloads cited in the article. On the other hand, Australia has ~22M, accounts for 10.1%. If you take the top 5 countries that are not the USA, (Australia, Canada, the UK, The Netherlands and Norway you account for 1/3 of the pirate copies. However as a population, those countries only represent 140m potential pirates. You are talking a roughly 6 times higher density in pirates per capita in these other 5 countries. Australia is over 15 times more dense!
top YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music
You're going to have a hard time getting $150k from Rumblefish, exerting copyright over the content is not one of the 6 exclusive rights of copyright. The only IP scehme in the USA that deals with an affirmative right is trademark. Copyright in a work, does not guarantee the creator the right to freely distribute and exploit their own work. You might have an interference or fraud claim but you'll likely be limited to actual damages.
The problem here is with the DMCA scheme and the copyright framework. The incentives are setup to encourage youtube to restrict content and spend no effort refuting or investigating the claims of alleged content holders. If there were a better structure for falsely claiming ownership in cases like this through statutory fines and other penalties along with a better safe haven for the service providers you might get something more rational but as it is from YouTube's perspective once Bumblefish claims it's their content, YouTube has to decide if they want to go against Rumblefish's claims but if they do they are now no longer protected by the safe harbor and are exposed to the DMCA and Copyright statutory damages. Even if the user is right, YouTube is still exposed to costly litigation expenses and it's simply not in their interest to post the content.
This will only get worse with SOPA and it's progeny. Big content owners have clearly taken a shoot first, ask questions later stance online.
top Amazon Blocks Video Streaming On BlackBerry Tablet, Blames Apple
I came here to point out the stupid end of the summary, only to find it's the primary discussion point. Good job. Carry on.
Let me know when you find someone under 40 who uses a blackberry that isn't crammed down their throat against their will.
top NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Outruns Apple's A5 In First Benchmarks
If that's true, why can I buy 100,000 battery cradles, camera add ons, cases, credit card readers, sushi makers and personal massager extensions for my iphone but there are barely any Android specific accessories besides a few cases and some carrier marketed dash/desk mounts. I'll tell you why. The Samsung Galaxy S II HD Prime XD Touch SDHC AMOLED+ Carbon Fibre Edition (tm) doesn't use the same peripherals as the Nexus Prime Squared Factorial 4. The iPhone 4 and 4s have given accessories manufacturers essentially 1 shape/interface with which to build an accessory for a potential market of 100m+ users.
Great Android selling phones do about 10% of a single iPhone model. There are 3 significant iPhone models still in the wild and 2 of them and 90+% of the volume are the same form factor. Is there a Moto Droid RAZR Deli Slicer 7.1 Kevlar port in your car? No, but my Elantra came with an iPhone dock (as does about 70% of US automobiles.)
If we can actually get to TFA! Shocker that a chip that has only been available in engineering samples is outpacing a chip that shipped in a device in March. So in other news, chips get faster over time? Shocked. Even if this were important (and it isn't) this is not a fair fight. All it does is give Apple a benchmark/target to aim for with the A6 or what ever it will be that they ship in the iPad 3 in about 3-4 months, which oh by the way, will be showing up about the same time that a device with this chip in it makes it to market too.
It's not just about chip speed. It's about battery life, user experience, polish, and efficiency. The quicker the Android licensees stops marketing their phones like they are hocking graphics cards in 2004 the sooner one of them will have an individual hit.
top How Ford Will Upgrade Owners' Display Screens
We have spent countless resources training people not to stick unknown USB keys they get in the mail into things. Now we have a huge userbase of idiots who are going to get a package in the mail with a USB key and be told to stick it in their car (legitimately). It's not a giant leap of faith or logic until somone repackages this into something that completely fucks with PC's or SmartPhones. Snearknet viruses return!
top Apple's New Patent Weapon — Location Services
This actually has a name.
top Apple's New Patent Weapon — Location Services
Your Android phone was made in 1998?! Awesome. Do you have the Mr. Fusion mod for your Delorian or are you still stealing plutonium from the Libyans?
top Apple's New Patent Weapon — Location Services
A movie prop is not prophetic enablement.
top Apple's New Patent Weapon — Location Services
20 years from filing - earliest filing - even in a reissue.
Therefore, at most Feb 2018 or about 6 more years.
A reissue filed 10 years after issuance is only able to the scope of patents. narrow
You armchair patent lawyers sure love your hysteria in the morning. Switch to coffee.
top My phone's battery lasts ...
I use mine incessently. Gaming/browsing/calling/texting both ways on a nearly 2 hour masstransit commute and often several hours at home while in front of the TV. Even with sporatic office usage thrown in, I get about 2 full days of use from an iPhone 4s. My Bluetooth radio is permanently on (though not always in use) and the wifi switches over when it's in range (I don't micromanage the radios). Just because your
Dual Core 1.7GHz Samsung Galaxy S Prime Touch II FauxG S Platinum Edition with AMOLED5HD doesn't get the same performance doesn't mean that a phone has to be completely disabled to last more than 8 hours on a charge. This is something I struggled with coming from Android. I look at the spec sheet and see that the iPhone should be inferior, but the biggest advantage you get is that because it's not running extreme hardware it can last through a full day of even the most demanding use. The spec sheet is irrelevant when you are out of juice. I'm actually a little surprised that Apple hasn't gotten Justin Long and John Hodgeman to run an ad campaign on this fact alone.
top US Drone Fleet Hit By Computer Virus
If Corporate IT got paid what these guys get paid, they'd be at another IT shop faster than you could say "Federal Pay Freeze"
Everyone bitches that Federal Civilians are paid too much, but this is the reality of a compensation system that is 15-30%+ below the prevailing market rate (by their own employer's standards). http://www.opm.gov/oca/payagent/2010/PayDisparities.asp Imagine if your employer put out a report that said you got paid 35% less than you were worth and then asked you to take a pay freeze while campaigning on further reducing your compensation so they can get reelected. It becomes hard to attract and retain talent.
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