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Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

ILongForDarkness Re:Of Course They Do! (97 comments)

Admittedly anecdotal but when working from home a few months back I had issues with the VPN software not liking win 8. I ended up running virtualbox + xp. I noticed the network performance was way slower (things like loading webpages) when using the vm (even when not connected to the vpn) vs "local" machine. I had GPU optimizations turned on, I had all cores and a lot of ram allocated to the vm and didn't appear to be resource constrained (va task man/perf mon on the host os) etc. There does seem to be a performance impact as far as I can tell. Could you tune it better? Use better vm/host OS etc? I'm sure you can. But it isn't as simple as "modern CPUs/software avoid the penalty" to paraphrase your earlier post. There is work involved at least to tweak it work that doesn't appear to be required to get equivalent performance on a stock "bare metal" install. At any rate my experience has been it is usually good enough not best performance you get. When consolidating a large number of fairly under utilized boxes onto one server sure, but a db or file server that needs to be fast our your whole org feels the latency? Not so much. Hardware/IT time is relatively cheap compared to hundreds of people losing > 1 min a day each.

1 hour ago
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Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

ILongForDarkness Re:People seem to be forgetting what a server is (97 comments)

Deal with client side developers all the time asking for 100MB of data "right now" across an internet pipe (which might be coming from africa or some place with really bad service): why shouldn't we get all the data at the same time? It seems to me that a lot of the performance tuning knowledge is getting lost on a large percentage of devs: the solution is always get someone to get you a fatter internet pipe, bigger server, drop everything and try a new framework etc. Server side developers do it too: "we have a large instance on AWS I guess that is as fast as we go". Very easy to throw your hands up with performance issues because it burns so much time troubleshooting and experimenting versus hacking together the next feature that the customer wants.

4 hours ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

ILongForDarkness Re:Chess (263 comments)

Well except playing chess now takes at least 2X longer. I've also played people that refused to play black. Jerks perhaps, but they are the jerk that happens to be in the room where the board is.

2 days ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

ILongForDarkness Re:Chess (263 comments)

That is why there should be/is? chess where both players move concurrently and you flip a coin any time there is a conflict. No first mover advantage.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

ILongForDarkness Re:American car companies... (413 comments)

Switching costs ... somewhat. Now that you have a few years experience with another browser MS isn't the incumbent. they don't have to just match others in features they need to offer something good enough to be worth switching + likely using something different than on your phone/other device.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

ILongForDarkness Re: Call it Web? (413 comments)

Can't wait for the marketing spam on that one: Have you tried Stool yet? Click here to sample stool.

2 days ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

ILongForDarkness Re:Get a game console (249 comments)

Yep that is the choice I guess. It is along the lines of the Apple ecosystem though: limited selection: people trust apple to build a solid system at a few different price points for them. They don't expect 20 options for video cards, harddrives, processors etc. A couple choices of each is usually all they are given. The store promised a safe AND easy place to find apps for your device. It has done a reasonable job at the first point but the clutter makes the second one next to impossible. Type VLC you'll get dozens of options only one/a few of which are true VLC the rest just let you stream from your media server. The effort involved in reading all those descriptions even when you had a pretty good idea of what you are looking for in the first place is painful, add to that the chance that you might be paying for each attempt to get what you want and then the store is doing a big disservice to customers: it isn't exactly like you have a returns department or any sort of support for a lot of these apps.

5 days ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

ILongForDarkness Re:Browse, not search (249 comments)

But that is the solution you've chose when you chose to force people to use your store to sell/buy for your devices. By operating the store/setting the bar to entry you are implicitly choosing what should be there. Walmart doesn't sell anyone's crap even online. At some point you have to say we have n types of cereal any more will just be clutter. If you are the n + 1 guy trying to enter the store you are screwed but that is part of determining if you have a business and not just a "me too" product you felt like hacking together on a weekend.

Why do developers have a right to build whatever they want on your platform? If your platform is closed like Apple is they/you don't: get over it. If they don't want a Playboy App it won't exist. If they don't want to support Flash it won't exist. Etc. If you don't like it build for windows or linux, make it a web app instead etc. If your app is really that good it will help people move away/encourage these closed stores to be opened up.

5 days ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

ILongForDarkness Re:Browse, not search (249 comments)

I agree. All app stores I've seen do this. Some just have Games all together, some go one level deeper: games -> puzzle. What is needed is games->puzzle->"like" minesweeper. To keep the subcategories small I'd suggest limiting the number of apps. Sorry we've reached our limit of 20 Tetris like games please do something original.

5 days ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

ILongForDarkness Reduce the size (249 comments)

Allow at most say 10 apps in a particular niche (say todo lists). Any app older than 2 years goes away (or are really buried like you don't get them in searches you have to page though them at 20 apps a page till you find them). You can still access it if you've purchased it in the past but it no longer is available for viewing/new downloads. New submissions with minor changes from existing apps are not accepted (ex: yet another tetris clone with different music or point system). There needs to be a balance between choice and chaos: you don't see every plumber in the country in the phone book because only a few are relevant to you. Similarly with software, to a lesser extent perhaps but still true: there is only so many ways to keep a list of things that makes sense when using a finger sized input device. Keep a few options and dump all the new skin clones.

If you are going to offer a curated store of apps for your platform you should really curate: pick the best or best examples of different approaches to the space and dump the rest.

5 days ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

ILongForDarkness Re:I don't assemble computers. (391 comments)

I agree. I'm often okay but the thought of putting my own thermal paste on a $1000 CPU and hitting the power switch kind of frightens me. I get paid well the money I can save picking out the parts and building my own I could have made in the same amount of time doing something I'm good at. I didn't get a masters degree so I can be the guy with the wrench in his hand.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

ILongForDarkness Re:Its dead Jim! (149 comments)

No I'm thinking sub saharan africa, Malaysia etc. The Indian middle class is still poor in terms of people I want to get money from (maybe if I was living there selling into the market wouldn't be an issue). But (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2327182/The-myth-great-Indian-Middle-class-Roughly-30-Indias-population-lives-poverty-line.html) the world bank calls middle class $2-20 a day so even at the high end we are talking people making $600 a month. I pay about that a month for my commute to work. MS might get some money out of these countries but it won't be anything like the Windows business in its hayday did.

about three weeks ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

ILongForDarkness Re: Linux Blu-Ray rip (152 comments)

HDD space is cheap too tough, ~$0.50 a DVD uncompressed. Compressed it is pennies. I don't need the greatest image quality for almost all movies (say romantic comedies, normal dramas, etc). The few CGI droole factories that come out every year sure I can see wanted the best quality because that to be honest is 90% of the plot of Transformers/X-Men etc.

DVD not going the way of the dodo: I don't know game consoles are having a relative hard time (yeah they are selling well now but only because they went what 7 years between updates?). People getting Netflix and such. Internet getting faster and faster (I'm getting 150 at home and can get 350Mbps if I wanted it) streaming is going to be the way things go. A lot of laptops ship now without a disk drive. In a few years I suspect desktops will go the same way. You'll be stuck looking for old game consoles or DVD players in 10 years I think because nothing you get will come with a way to read physical media anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

ILongForDarkness Re:Its dead Jim! (149 comments)

Yeah and so does everyone that makes both. Desktop/laptop is still a large market though. My understanding is Macbook has the largest market share of all models. That said I'm sure it helps that apple has very few models vs something like Dell or Lenovo. But 5M very expensive items at 30%+ profit margin still makes a good dent in anyones profit/loss.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

ILongForDarkness Re:Its dead Jim! (149 comments)

It's funny it is kind of the Mac v PC battle of the late 80's-90's. Platform wins. I have a Lumina 920 and it is a great phone. Win phone is fun to use. But ...: not a lot of apps for it. Not that I care much. I'm not into social media crap or a dozen other things. What it does really well right out of the box: hotmail, gmail, facebook contacts all automatically merged (after logging into the relevent apps of course) and shown in one place. It doesn't matter if someone's hotmail has their phone number but their mailing address is only saved on there FB page: it all shows up in the same contact. Dido: things like birthday's and holidays: automatically figured out and notified.

That is pretty much all I needed from a phone: contacts in one place and access to FB for the 1-2 times a month I actually check it. But: I am not the typical smartphone user. MS missed the cool factor boat by a couple years and now have to bribe people (sometimes literally by supplying in house devs to help support a big name app get ported to the platform) to develop for it. Since people aren't sure if they can find the app they want on WinPhone they just go for an Android or iPhone. Them giving out WinPhone for free now will maybe get them a better market share in the low end phones for the developing world but: if you are giving away the software what is the point being in the business? (If you are hoping on making money on selling apps you don't want the entry level 3rd world population as your customer base either).

about three weeks ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

ILongForDarkness Re: Linux Blu-Ray rip (152 comments)

Realize replying to an anon so not likely to see this but: do you think DVD players will be around in 10 years? If so how much of a pain will it be to get it hooked up to your tv/computer? When is the last time you've dusted off a VHS player to watch an old movie?

Everyone's different but generally I only want to see a movie once. Most movies I don't care about and the few I feel I must watch because of cultural relavence: Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman, LoTR etc are so main stream that I'll have hundreds of choices of where to download them for years and years to come. The rest I pretty much don't care if I miss the latest Seth Rogen movie: if I can get it cool if not I'll watch something else.

about three weeks ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

ILongForDarkness Re:Linux Blu-Ray rip (152 comments)

Not to mention the worst part of discs: having to get off your ass every couple hours to swap out discs. Add to that the clutter of a bunch of discs around, people with bad habits like stacking them on top of each other outside of the case, putting them in the wrong case, touching them with their fingers etc.Inconvenient, clutter and easily damaged/obsoleted when the players go away. Time to go. I don't know why I bothered but a few years back I bought a bluray player. I've rented exactly one video to try it out. Since then I just use my 150Mbps internet connection and creativity. Don't have to go to a store twice (once for the rental once to return) every time I want to watch something. The day it is available I have it no waiting for it to come back etc.

The days of publishing as a useful business are gone. Books make sense because some people still like the feel of paper but for music and video there is no value added, actually negative value added since it is less convenient than downloading.

about three weeks ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

ILongForDarkness Re:~50% have no degree... (174 comments)

Some things need domain knowledge especially in programming but also at some level with mechanical engineering things. They can't do everything but a gear head that lives and dreams of cars might have better ideas of how to mount a suspension on a frame than a 4 year mech eng grad that has been taking the bus their whole life. An artist that is a competent coder might be more useful working on Maya than a computer ninja that doesn't understand the workflow of an artist. Similarly for medical software, accounting etc. Things that are themselves their own professions sometime need the coder that is a hack X but they also need the X that is a hack coder.

about a month ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

ILongForDarkness Re:money is always going to be needed (753 comments)

But you slow down to a crawl if you are iding every customer, they might be using false ids or they've moved since the last time they got a license etc. Plus if you've ever saw a cops episode it seems everyone walks/drives around without any id (maybe that is just criminals some how thinking that if the cops can't figure out who they are they'll just let them go :)). The US is the only rich country I know of that still takes imprints (been to France, Germany, Czech, UK, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, and live in Canada). I've actually never had a imprint of my card because we've always had electronic readers and for the last 5 years or so chips in the card. I don't even know how many stores still have the ability I think it has been over a year since I even saw a imprint device.

I think it will end up being like when traveling to another country with a developed banking system for a long while: you'll pay for almost everything with credit cards or a head of time but you'll still have a couple hundred (equivalent) around just in case someone won't take it for whatever reason.

about a month ago

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