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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

adnonsense Re:Survival guy (191 comments)

Personally I'd do that all *before* the disaster happens to avoid the crowds.

about 5 months ago

Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

adnonsense Re:No way! (175 comments)

You don't need a cellphone to decode QR code images.

Just sayin', like.

about 10 months ago

UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

adnonsense Re:Fat shaming via text! (225 comments)

The USA seem to be the only major country I know of where you pay to *receive* texts. Everywhere else (i.e. those heathen regions which use metric, including the country mentioned in this article) only pays to send them.

about a year ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

adnonsense Re:Did you even read the notice? (385 comments)

The change DOES also apply to the usual stuff like HP Proliant DL380 etc.

Yup, we got the same mail today. We have a bunch of ageing Proliants, and are currently engaged in a procurement round for a new generation of servers (we buy them by the ton, almost). Guess which company just ruled themselves out of the process?

about a year ago

Through a Face Scanner Darkly

adnonsense *facial*network.com? (336 comments)

Sounds like the kind of domain name which would trigger these nanny-state filters some countries are so fond of nowadays. But let's be clear on this - facialnetwork.com is in no way involved with bukkake porn involving minors and there is no record known to myself of any of their senior management being on any form of sex offender registry.

about a year ago

Apple Macintosh Turns 30

adnonsense Re:hmm (154 comments)

Similar here, at my previous job... except irony of ironies, while even the manager and sales droids were very happy with their Macs, the Photoshoppers were Windows only.

Meanhile at my current job, where the developer workstations are pretty much all Linux, I am looked down upon because my laptop of choice comes pre-installed with a certified UNIX OS.

(Posting from my home desktop Linux right now BTW, in case anyone wants to accuse me of being a hipster).

1 year,8 days

Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

adnonsense Re:But seriously speaking ... (465 comments)

> The date was April 11, 2011.

So you're saying you had this ESP-like experience a whole *month* after the earthquake actually happened?

1 year,29 days

Red Hat Ditches MySQL, Switches To MariaDB

adnonsense Re:3, 2, 1 (203 comments)

Nah, Postgres sucks. Doesn't even have a decent REPAIR TABLE command or support for Februaries which have more than 29 days.

about a year and a half ago

Sony Launches Internet Service Offering Twice the Speed of Google Fiber

adnonsense Re:Speed is not everything (268 comments)

Last time I was in Japan, I had a good connection, but the ISP decided to drop every ssh connection above a given traffic. My tunnels kept being broken until I set a speed limit on my side.

Was that a DSL connection with an ISP-supplied router, or maybe a cable TV ISP? With optical fiber I've never had any problems, SSH sessions stay open for days (and this is without a fixed IP address), and p2p "just works". This is in Tokyo, BTW.

about 2 years ago

Sony Launches Internet Service Offering Twice the Speed of Google Fiber

adnonsense Re:So what (268 comments)

Sony has been in the ISP fray since 1995.

about 2 years ago

North Korea Declares a State of War

adnonsense Re:nothing major (628 comments)

In Japan here... no signs of undue angst either.

about 2 years ago

Security Fix Leads To PostgreSQL Lock Down

adnonsense Blog post from one of the core team members (100 comments)

Do please check out this informative post from Magnus Hagander, one of the PostgreSQL core team members, which clarifies most of the points raised here:

About security updates and repository "lockdown"

I have received a lot of questions since the announcement that we are temporarily shutting down the anonymous git mirror and commit messages. And we're also seeing quite a lot of media coverage.

Let me start by clarifying exactly what we're doing:

  • We are shutting down the mirror from our upstream git to our anonymous mirror
  • This also, indirectly, shuts down the mirror to github
  • We're temporarily placing a hold on all commit messages

There has been some speculation in that we are going to shut down all list traffic for a few days - that is completely wrong. All other channels in the project will operate just as usual. This of course also includes all developers working on separate git repositories (such as a personal fork on github).

We are also not shutting down the repositories themselves. They will remain open, with the same content as today (including patches applied between now and Monday), they will just be frozen in time for a few days.


about 2 years ago

Why My Team Went With DynamoDB Over MongoDB

adnonsense Re:Question from relational-land (106 comments)

Don't try to actually make sense of the decisions made in the article. I am glad that he summed up all of the reasons why he didn't go with a relational database early in the article, so I didn't have to bother reading the rest. I am an advocate of NoSQL, but this whole article is describing a project that is almost perfect for a relational database.

Heck yeah, it reminds me of a project I did in 2004 or 2005, which stored over a hundred thousands of articles (some of them more than 64Kb!) with multiple authors, keywords and other fancy schmancy stuff. I've no idea what "a good amount of traffic from a niche group of scientists and researchers means in real terms, but the system I put together was getting something like 40,000 unique vistors a day, running off some not particularly spectacular hardware (this was a time when 1GB was a lot of memory). As there was no NoSQL back then, I had to "make do" with a proper relational database (PostgreSQL), which wasn't exactly a speed demon at the time, but very kindly took care of things like indexes and keeping things in sync (aka "relational integrity") leaving me free to concentrate on optimizing the whole stack. Oh yes, it was only me on the "team". And I managed to bodge a Lucene-based search system into the setup (as PostgreSQL's full-text search was a bit sucky).

I suppose what with it being 2013 and such, it would be possible to push it into the cloud and squeeze in some JSONy bits as well if necessary


Kids of today, eh...

about 2 years ago

Why My Team Went With DynamoDB Over MongoDB

adnonsense I just sneezed into my punch cards (106 comments)


We weren't thrilled about this, because writing your own indexes can be problematic. Any time we stored a document, we would have to update the index. That's fine, except if anything goes wrong in between those two steps, the index would be wrong. However, the coding wouldnâ(TM)t be too terribly difficult, and so we decided this wouldn't be a showstopper. But just to be sure, we would need to follow best practices, and include code that periodically rebuilds the indexes.

Hello, I'm a time traveller from 1973 where I've been fondly imagining you folks in the future had written software to solve this kind of problem in a more generic fashion. Back in the past we have some visionary guy by the name of Codd, and in my wilder dreams I sometimes imagine by the year 2000 someone has created some kind of revolutionary database software which is based on his "SEQUEL" ideas and does fancy stuff like maintaining its own indexes.

Then I wake up and realise it was just a flight of fantasy.

about 2 years ago

In Brazil, Trees To Call For Help If Illegally Felled

adnonsense In Soviet Brazil... (130 comments)

... trees illegally fell you?

about 2 years ago

Krugman: Is the Computer Revolution Coming To a Close?

adnonsense Who is "Gordon"? (540 comments)

Gordon Moore? Gordon Brown? Gordon Ramsey? Gordon the Green Engine? Any chance of a clue for those of us who don't mix in Paul's social circles?

more than 2 years ago

iOS 6 Adoption Rates Soar Following Google Maps Release

adnonsense I upgraded for the Google maps app (143 comments)

My iDevice was running the least-outdated version of iOS 4 and not being too bothered about these things I never got round to updating it. Also, I was a bit leery about installing a new major release until the early adopters had suffered through the kinks. The release of the Google map app, which requires iOS 5.something or later was enough reason to finally upgrade.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Considering Switch Away From Intel For Macs

adnonsense Re:Server side applications (530 comments)

My first Mac was a PPC G4 iBook which worked fine for all kinds of web development and working with various C/C++-based open source projects. For me at least, any subtle incompatibilities were due to the differing OS, not the underlying architecture, and that hasn't changed with the move to Intel.

However, although now I'm on my 2nd Intel MacBook, with the way things are going I can see a day when OS X gets too dumbed down/walled off to be useable for me and I'll become a very ex-Apple customer.

more than 2 years ago



adnonsense adnonsense writes  |  more than 8 years ago

adnonsense writes "ICANN, the governing body that oversees global top-level domain names (gTLDs), is proposing scrapping price caps on the .org, .info, and .biz top-level domains. That means that the price of registering and renewing these domain names can be decided at will by the registry. For example PIR, who operate the .org TLD, could decide that slashdot.org is suddenly worth a million dollars, and unless Slashdot stumps up, no more slashdot.org. Worse, those sneaky guys and gals at ICANN have given the world until just Monday to submit comments on the proposed changes. WebmasterWorld is carrying a detailed discussion."



adnonsense adnonsense writes  |  more than 8 years ago

[ suchmappe: an unashamed plug for a friend's site (not in English though) ]

Ideas, ideas, ideas,and no time or energy to implement them. Maybe I should outsource the actual coding to Bhutan or somewhere.

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