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NSF Commits $16M To Build Cloud-Based and Data-Intensive Supercomputers

Nite_Hawk Re:Cloud-Based, Data Intensive,Super Computer? (29 comments)

Amazon is a possibility for some research (and there are PIs who haven gone that route). There are a couple of problems:

1) If you use EC2 24/7 and need a ton of data storage and fast data transfer capabilities it's no longer that cheap.

2) Sending potentially sensitive data off to amazon servers isn't a great idea. Even if you have data that is supposed to be de-identified, there are PIs who will intentionally or unintentionally screw up and put sensitive data on your cluster. It's one thing if this is inside an academic lab. It's another thing entirely if it's beamed over the internet to uncontrolled machines.

3) The amount of data being collected these days is mind-bogglingly huge. Even a couple of years ago when I was more directly involved in HPC, data sets for things like genomics data where gigantic. They could collect several TB of data per day and it was rapidly increasing. Transferring all of that off to amazon takes a lot of bandwidth and time. Keeping the cluster closer to the data collectors can be a win.

about three weeks ago

How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Nite_Hawk Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

It really depends what you are going to use it for. If it's your desktop PC, consumer grade drives are fine. If you are going to use the SSDs for scratch storage on a supercomputer or the journal devices for Ceph, you probably are going to want high write endurance drives.

about three weeks ago

Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Nite_Hawk Re:Copyright violation? (230 comments)

Oh, a DOS doesn't need to be launched, that would imply you are trying to circumvent the courts. Merely have the plugin send a DMCA take down notice to the content provider every time it detects that an unauthorized derivative work has been made and shared.

about 3 months ago

Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Nite_Hawk Re:demography & culture (579 comments)

Interesting read! After reading through all of the comments here, my take on this has been that relative to something like facebook, neither men nor women in general like editing wikipedia. I'm pulling statistics from different years, but I think this is roughly in the right ballpark:

World Population (2010):
Female: ~3.42 Billion
Male: ~3.48 Billion
Total: ~6.9 Billion

Active facebook users (2009,2014):
Female/Male ratio: ~1:1.35
Total: ~1.28 Billion
Female: ~0.74 Billion
Male: ~0.54 Billion
% of all females actively using facebook: ~22%
% of all males actively using facebook: ~16%

Active wikipedia users (2014):
Female/Male ratio: ~12:100 (rough center of survey according to article)
Total: 0.000131 Billion
Female: 0.0000157 Billion
Male: 0.00011528 Billion
% of all females actively editing wikipedia: 0.0004%
% of all males actively editing wikipedia: 0.0033%

So when you get down to it, there just happens to be a very slightly larger fraction of the male population that is willing to invest their time in Wikipedia. When by and large, people in general don't do it, I think it's hard to make any kind of generalization about whether or not there are specific barriers for either men or women. The bigger trend imho is that there are barriers for everyone.

about 4 months ago

Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

Nite_Hawk Re:Who to believe? (39 comments)

I work for Red Hat as of the Inktank (Ceph) acquisition, so I haven't been with RH very long. As far as I know he really is leaving for another position. It's entirely possible that there are other reasons, but figure the guy has been with RH for what, like 10 or 12 years? That's a long time in this day and age. I'm as curious as everyone else where he's going though.

about 4 months ago

The Man Responsible For Pop-Up Ads On Building a Better Web

Nite_Hawk Re:Paving to the road to hell (135 comments)

I disagree, though only to a limited extent. There is a legitimate net good that can be accomplished by connecting people who need goods and people who make goods. What form this takes has changed dramatically over the years, but it's important that people ultimately know where they can go to get something they want/need to improve their lives (be that medicine, food, entertainment, etc).

Having said this, I generally agree with you that advertising has numerous dark sides and often manipulation is involved. There is some spectrum where providing information turns into attempting to manipulate people's minds. You run into the same problem everywhere though including places like Wikipedia (which I think is a fantastic benefit for society), so it's not unique to advertising. I think the best you can do is try to teach people to understand when they are being manipulated and hopefully it will some day cease to be profitable enough for folks to continue doing (one can always hope).

about 4 months ago

Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Nite_Hawk Re:detroit vs SV? (236 comments)

I have to disagree. We bought a 2012 volt and other than the terrible central console interface absolutely love it. Of all of the cars we've owned over the years (A mix of domestic and imports) it's by far the best. I imagine if we owned a tesla model S we would love that even more, but our Volt cost us roughly what a nicely appointed Camry or similar vehicle would have cost. Chevy did a really good job.

about 6 months ago

House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Nite_Hawk Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

What I really want is for both parties to split and maybe even get some kind of runoff voting scheme in place. Looks like the tea party has a non-zero chance on the republican side. Now we just need a credible progressive group to come forward and do it on the democratic side.

The positions matter less than ending the corruption.

about 6 months ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

Nite_Hawk Re:May Day???? (247 comments)

What does "get the money out of politics" mean?

IMHO, and in a very general sense, preventing things like this:


This isn't directly related to Lessig's superpac, but it's part of a general trend where personal gain in politics trumps ethical conduct. It doesn't matter what the issue is (in this case health care, but it could be zoning issues, or tax subsidies, or anything). This is blatant corruption on both sides of the isle. It's almost as if it doesn't matter where the money comes from (unions, hollywood, large corporations, drug lords, etc) so long as the people in office can derive the maximum profit. That couldn't be right though right?

about 6 months ago

WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

Nite_Hawk Re:Attn: Ass enge: shut the fuck up (241 comments)

Yes, because clearly the best way to win over the population there that doesn't support terrorism is to subject them to things we would ourselves find objectionable.

about 7 months ago

Red Hat Acquires InkTank, Ceph Maintainers

Nite_Hawk Re:How do you back up Ceph? (18 comments)

One of the questions when you go to large scale is how do you deal with backup in general when you have multiple PB of data. That's partially where some of the new tiering features in firefly will come in for cold storage. Having said that, we are definitely more disk friendly than tape friendly right now afaik.

about 8 months ago

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Nite_Hawk Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (693 comments)

I switched to Cinnamon a couple of years ago. It's not perfect and it eats more CPU/Memory than it should, but it's good enough that I mostly don't miss gnome 2. I'd suggest giving it a try and see what you think.

about 8 months ago

Open Source Initiative, Free Software Foundation Unite Against Software Patents

Nite_Hawk Re:Feel free to improve (105 comments)

My mouse suffocated you insensitive clod!

about 10 months ago

Open Source Initiative, Free Software Foundation Unite Against Software Patents

Nite_Hawk Re:Feel free to improve (105 comments)

This naked post may be freely copied, modified, and distributed as petrified readers see fit.

That said, it kind of sucks hot grits, but it's free so feel free to improve it and give it some functionality (such as pouring) should you see fit.

Note: If you're in Soviet Russia, blind, or require any kind of special apparatus to manipulate this post, you may be in violation of this license.

about 10 months ago

Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

Nite_Hawk Re:Arg Pandas (253 comments)

I don't see what your love life has to do with any of this? Oh wait, were you that guy I saw in the Deeprun Tram?


about 10 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Nite_Hawk Re:READY OR NOT IS NOT THE ISSUE!!! (2219 comments)

I waited for a while to join (laziness!). That was probably about 16-17 years ago.

about 10 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

Nite_Hawk Re:Dangerous... (399 comments)

You aren't thinking very hard. Judges are the same.

Teachers and professors have controversial jobs and once they've (theoretically) proven themselves to be competent, tenure is supposed to protect them from outside influences just like we try to protect our judges. We (at least once upon a time) deemed academic freedom to be so valuable that we'd suffer some teachers milking their tenure for the benefit that all of the others could teach our society to the best of their ability without fear of retribution.

Now we under pay our teachers, force them to follow standardized curriculum and testing, and even try to ban subjects that aren't compatible with existing societal beliefs regardless of academic rigor. In a world where teachers are underpaid and have little freedom to teach to anything but a standardized test, tenure probably is worthless. It wasn't always so though, and I for one think we are worse off because of it.

about a year ago



Mark Shuttleworth invests $1M in Ceph

Nite_Hawk Nite_Hawk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nite_Hawk writes "Inktank, a company that develops and supports the open source Ceph distributed storage system, just announced that Mark Shuttleworth has invested $1 million to support the project. Ceph provides distributed object storage, block storage, and initial support for a multi-mds distributed filesystem. Ceph was integrated into the Linux kernel back in 2010 and had it's first long-term support release made by Inktank in July 2012."
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Bank of America Buying Abusive Domain Names

Nite_Hawk Nite_Hawk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nite_Hawk (1304) writes "From the Article: Bank of America has snapped up hundreds of abusive domain names for its senior executives and board members in what is being perceived as a defensive strategy against the future publication of damaging insider info from whistleblowing Website WikiLeaks. According to Domain Name Wire, the US bank has been aggressively registering domain names including its board of Directors' and senior executives' names followed by "sucks" and "blows"."
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Obama Blocks Review of Warantless Wiretapping

Nite_Hawk Nite_Hawk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nite_Hawk (1304) writes "The EFF is reporting that the Obama Administration has invoked "state secrets" to stop a judge from investigating the governments warantless wiretapping program. From the article: "The Obama administration formally adopted the Bush administration's position that the courts cannot judge the legality of the National Security Agency's (NSA's) warrantless wiretapping program, filing a motion to dismiss Jewel v. NSA late Friday.""
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