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Apple iPad 2 As Fast As the Cray-2 Supercomputer

abigor Re:OMFG (231 comments)

Settle down, NumbNuts. They happened to use an iPad because it contains an ARM chip. It's idiots like you that make Slashdot basically unreadable.

about 2 years ago

Near-universal Mexican Healthcare Coverage Results From Science-informed Changes

abigor Re:Like everywhere else it's been tried... (732 comments)

You are an incredibly stupid person. So many Americans live in a weird bubble of ignorance. It's just embarrassing.

more than 2 years ago

VMware's Serengeti Brings Hadoop To Virtual, Cloud Environments

abigor Re:I have to admit... (28 comments)

Yes, of course you can manually set up Hadoop in whatever environment, but it's a pain and generally speaking management is annoying. This new project appears to alleviate at least some of that, making it easy to remotely deploy and manage a Hadoop cluster. At least, that's what I got from the demo video - there's probably more to it.

Regarding Hadoop, I'm always surprised by its popularity given the relative fragility of HDFS (the NameNode is a single point of failure; other distributed filesystems have beaten this problem) and the dubious, beta-like quality of the tools built on top of it (Pig, etc.)

more than 2 years ago

Linus Torvalds Awarded the Millenial Technology Prize

abigor Re:Spelling Error (91 comments)

Not to mention "millennial". Look how many times it's misspelled in the summary.

more than 2 years ago

Red Hat Will Pay Microsoft To Get Past UEFI Restrictions

abigor Re:Microsoft Pledges to Sell More Macs for Apple (809 comments)

I can say firsthand that Macs have made serious inroads at Cisco, not just for mgmt but for programmers as well.

more than 2 years ago

FreeBSD 10 To Use Clang Compiler, Deprecate GCC

abigor Re:What's wrong with GCC? (711 comments)

Let me be honest: you have no idea what you're talking about.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Dangerous Lines of Scientific Inquiry?

abigor Screening embryos already happens (456 comments)

Where I live, certain ethnic minorities (actually, taken together they are actually a majority) are notorious for screening embryos for gender. Then they abort the females until a male is born first. It's become such an issue that it's now illegal to specify an embryo's gender until the window for legal abortion has passed (I don't remember how many weeks/months that is).

If you're white, the doctor will still tell you if you ask though.

more than 2 years ago

Tim Cook Prefers Settling To Suing and Has a Huge Quarter

abigor Re:Developer for the world? (246 comments)

Apple haters are a funny breed. I'll bet you think of yourself as a real free-thinking maverick, right?

more than 2 years ago

Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

abigor Re:Not bloody likely (738 comments)

I'm 42, work for a very large Valley-based company whose name starts with "C" (as a contractor, so I'm self-employed) and I can tell you that the Valley in general is DYING for programmers of whatever age. To use just one example, I get calls from LinkedIn contacts and recruiters multiple times weekly, even though my profile says I'm not looking for work.

And what's more, I work remotely, which you would think would make me less desirable as an employee. It probably does, but companies are desperate, I guess.

about 2 years ago

Light Table: A New Spin on the IDE

abigor Re:Only for dynamic languages (137 comments)

Actually, certain debuggers have had "edit and continue", compile on the fly capability while debugging for C++ and Java since 2005 or so.

more than 2 years ago

Internet Responds To Racist Article, Gets Author Fired

abigor Re:Prime Obsession? (1208 comments)

Same guy. He also wrote "Unknown Quantity". He's a pretty well-known conservative commentator in the US, one of those "let me tell you like it is" types.

more than 2 years ago

The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math

abigor Re:Sham Shame Show Shill (311 comments)

A lot of musicians don't perform live, and for those that do, the great, vast majority make no money at it. You are ridiculously naive, or you only listen to big-budget, Top 40-type music.

more than 2 years ago

Possible New Human Species Discovered In China

abigor Re:Ok, how many more are there? (234 comments)

The way species are normally defined is whether or not they can interbreed, and if so, if their offspring are capable of having offspring (think mules).

more than 2 years ago

GitHub Hacked

abigor Re:What no Guantanamo Bay for him? (202 comments)

Oh wait.. this is an open source community that understood what his intentions where and didn't have a knee jerk reaction.
What I guess intelligence trumps mass panic and ignorance.

That's exactly wrong. GH freaked out and banned his account after the Rails team repeatedly closed his bug reports. This story has been on Hacker News for a while now, so you can head there for the full story. His account was eventually reinstated after it was made clear to GH that they behaved poorly.

more than 2 years ago

Leaked Assassin's Creed 3 Screenshots Show American Revolution

abigor Wait a second (100 comments)

If this is AC 3, then what were Brotherhood and Revelations? I guess 2.1 and 2.2?

more than 2 years ago

America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware

abigor Re:Oh yes, software (630 comments)

At some point, the cost of automation must come down to the point where the human automatons are too expensive. The US gov't should provide all sorts of tax breaks and incentives to companies that automate like crazy, in order to pull back manufacturing and curtail China's growth.

more than 2 years ago

For Sinclair Fans, The ZX81 Lives On

abigor Re:Why? (196 comments)

The ram pack was prone to wiggling a bit and you'd lose the entire contents of memory. You had to prop it on a book or tape it in place. Kind of a nightmare really. I also hated the ultra-fiddly tape storage, where you had to have the volume and tone adjusted just right to get those weird black bars that showed the program was loading or saving correctly.

more than 2 years ago

Fake IPad 2s Made of Clay Sold At Canadian Stores

abigor Re:Organized trolling campaign by GreatBunzinni (265 comments)

GreatBunzinni actually sounds a lot like twitter (the crazed anti-MS poster, not the web service). Back in the day, twitter maintained numerous sockpuppets to hold forth on all manner of paranoid insanity. Could this be another? The mystery deepens!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?

abigor Re:Spread the word (1002 comments)

You're in the wrong place. Most (though not all) people who post here are "geeks" in the sense that they know some terminology and are mostly engaged in technology on a political level (from "walled gardens!" to privacy issues to copyright issues). The actual programmers have departed for greener pastures - even CmdrTaco posts at Hacker News now.

more than 2 years ago



Vancouver Adopts Open Source, Standards, Data

abigor abigor writes  |  more than 5 years ago

abigor writes "The city of Vancouver, Canada has endorsed a motion to embrace open standards and data formats and to place open source solutions on an equal footing with proprietary ones.

"So it's great," said Andrea Reimer, the city councillor who proposed the motion that passed Thursday afternoon. "The local online community was all very, very happy, and now we just have to look forward on implementation and figuring sort of the order with which we do that.""

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