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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

MSG Re:Sigh. (152 comments)

I'm an IT guy. I know that transaction takes milliseconds to process.

And like a typical IT guy, what you "know" is beyond question. No way you could possibly be wrong.

If, someday, you work with enterprise systems, you might come to realize that very large systems are often riddled with inefficiencies. When multiple parties are involved, or legal compliance, those inefficiencies can become powerfully entrenched.

Take a look at some of the high rated comments on this article for explanations as to why and how banking is not as efficient as you imagine.

2 days ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

MSG Re:Great. More touchscreens. (232 comments)

Have you been car shopping lately? Find a car that meets all of your non-electric criteria that still has physical buttons.

Yep. Bought a Honda Insight this year. Unlike the Prius, it has all physical buttons.

Sadly, the Prius dominates that market segment, and the Insight is being discontinued.

5 days ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

MSG And men will ask why... (171 comments)

Perhaps someone should introduce Julian to Marcus Porcius Cato.

about a week ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

MSG Re:No (545 comments)

As a newly unemployed individual contributor, I vote yes

I just want to point out the the post you replied to was voicing a "no" vote for overtime exemptions, which is the same position that you are advocating.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

MSG Re:Free Software (161 comments)

Quite the opposite. In the last few years, Firefox has worked harder on reducing memory use and improving performance than anyone, and it shows.

about a month ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

MSG Re:Free Software (161 comments)

That's true of all browsers. Firefox uses less RAM than any other browser, with an equal number of tabs open, on any platform I've seen numbers for.

about a month ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

MSG Free Software (161 comments)

A lot of us benefit from Free Software. Android is primarily developed by Google, so it has a steady source of funding. GNU/Linux has a large community of volunteers, but is honestly developed primarily by businesses that get revenue from server support contracts (Red Hat, Intel, SuSE, IBM, Google, to name a few).

Firefox is, by a host of measures, the best browser available. If I'm reading arewefastyet properly, it's the browser with the fastest Javascript engine now. The last time I checked, it's the smallest download. It uses the least RAM. It starts fastest. It supports plugins on all platforms, including mobile.

The browser is key to practically every Internet service, and they all really should be contributing to the development of the one browser that's fully Free Software. Sadly, unlike Android and GNU/Linux, Firefox is essentially ad-supported. It's a bad situation for us, the users.

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

MSG Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

you have to reboot the server to get the changes to take effect.

No, you don't. glibc still uses /etc/resolv.conf. If you modify the file, changes will take effect immediately, unless a specific application caches the DNS configuration. Firefox, for instance, does (IIRC). That has nothing to do with resolvconf, though.

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

MSG Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

Just type "ifdown eth0 && ifup eth0" in a shell (as root). When you hit enter, the entire command is sent to the server at once, and the 2nd one is executed if the first one succeeds. The first command will kill your ssh link if it succeeds, but the second one still executes even after you've been disconnected, bringing the link back up.

That's actually not correct. If the ssh session is terminated, the shell will cease executing the command line it has. To be specific, it will receive SIGPIPE (IIRC) and exit.

You should use screen, or tmux, or nohup for this sort of thing.

about a month ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

MSG Re:Good (181 comments)

Chrome still has the technology edge in several cases

Some, maybe. It's getting harder to name them. Firefox is a smaller download, uses less RAM, starts faster, and (if arewefastyet is to be believed) has a faster JavaScript engine now. And the mobile version supports plugins. And I can run my own sync server if I want to.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

MSG Re:Thanks for making my point (928 comments)

It happens about 40 times a day on you average PC

No, it doesn't. I operate lots of machines with ECC RAM. I've seen ECC correction. Bits flip, but nowhere near that frequently. It's very rare.

about a month and a half ago
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Drupal Warns Users of Mass, Automated Attacks On Critical Flaw

MSG Multiple queries (76 comments)

The original advisory notes that "Since Drupal uses PDO, multi-queries are allowed." I can find documentation that confirms that's true of the MySQL PDO adapter. Is that also true for PDO for other databases, or is this vulnerability specific to MySQL?

about a month and a half ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

MSG Re:I think they way you tune it can be bigger (108 comments)

Having it on WiFi whenever possible. In good implementations on modern phones it uses less power than the cell network.

Interesting note: that's not always the case. If you're on a network with a lot of broadcast traffic, WiFi will keep the phone from entering deep sleep, and your battery life will be terrible. It took me quite a while to figure out that my battery life's turn for the worse coincided with starting a new job, where the WiFi network is really big.

about 2 months ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

MSG Re:database performance (98 comments)

If you haven't used iostat before: Run "iostat -x 2" to get a report of block device utilization every two seconds. Ignore the first report; it details utilization since system boot. All subsequent reports will be for the period after the previous report.

If you can repeat your earlier tests, and want to see if there's actually a Linux bug, compare numbers when the program opens DBs before forking, and when it opens them after. If you're seeing bad latency in the former case, but similar B/s, that might indicate a bug. If you're seeing much higher %system (CPU), that might be a bug. Maybe. Otherwise, it's probably an indication that the program behaves differently in those cases, which is not a Linux bug.

about 2 months ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

MSG Re:database performance (98 comments)

so it's not the *actual* loadavg that is relevant but that the *relative* loadavg before and after that one simple change was so dramatically shifted from "completely unusable and in no way deployable in a live production environment" to a "this might actually fly, jim" level.

That's not loadavg, that's IO latency. You should probably be using iostat to get useful numbers.

loadavg is completely useless when discussing system performance, it is in no way related.

about 2 months ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

MSG bitching (98 comments)

I'll start with: LMDB is awesome, and I am super SUPER impressed with OpenLDAP's benchmarks over the last several years. I do not question LMDB's worth.

I'm just not really sure that this letter is evidence thereof. The author got poor performance from a SQL database with no indexing, which degraded as the number of records grew? You don't say! A database that has to do a full scan for reads performs poorly?

Surprise about load average seems equally naive. If you fork a bunch of processes that are doing IO, of COURSE the load increases. Load is a measure of the number of processes not sleeping. That's all it is. I don't understand his surprise that a system steadily doing a great deal of IO would show a lot of time spent in IO calls in profiling.

Reading that letter made me cringe. It didn't help that it sounds like another NSA project.

about 2 months ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

MSG Re:Alternative headline (429 comments)

In the other case the other person can't access Internet as he wants due to actively being suppressed by the first user.

I can't actually tell if that sentence describes the person using BitTorrent, or the person using BitHammer.

about 2 months ago
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Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

MSG Re:Porn needs Javascript (117 comments)

Tor is ineffective if Javascript is enabled

I don't know what you're talking about. Tor's FAQ notes that they leave Javascript enabled by default.

about 3 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MSG Re:It's sad (427 comments)

Because it's more similar to Android AOSP than OEM ROMs are.

There are some interesting things in CM for Nexus and Google Play devices, but most of the time I'd expect CM to replace the ROM on other handsets.

about 3 months ago

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