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PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

aflag Re:Pipe dream. (457 comments)

I thnk he meant that he could run ps4 games and linux on the same hardware. Not necessarily at the same time.

about a year ago
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Planetary Resources Kickstarter Meets Its Initial Goal

aflag Re:This is odd (99 comments)

I think it has a correlation on how much funding the project gets through oatmeal users, because I think a person who donates will usually like it too. I said that do debunk the hypothesis that oatmeal posting was the reason I thought it grew so fast. However, it has been stabilish that I probably experienced a glitch or bad memory.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Browser In an Age of Surveillance?

aflag Re:Internet Explorer (391 comments)

How much did MS pay you?

about a year ago
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Planetary Resources Kickstarter Meets Its Initial Goal

aflag Re:Despite what you ACs think (99 comments)

You will die, I will die. Who cares if the human race is still there in a million years? It makes no sense.

about a year ago
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Planetary Resources Kickstarter Meets Its Initial Goal

aflag Re:This is odd (99 comments)

I guess... I gotta believe in what the system say. However, I'm pretty sure it was very low a few days ago. I even commented it with my brother. Maybe it was a glitch or something like that.

about a year ago
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Planetary Resources Kickstarter Meets Its Initial Goal

aflag This is odd (99 comments)

Just a few days ago (when it was published on theoatmeal.com) I visited that campaign and it was a few thousands of dolars (around 15k, if I recall correctly). Now, Not more than a week later it reached 1,1 million? The number of people who supported it hasn't grown that much from that time. I don't recall the exact figure, unfortunately. I don't know, it just seems kinda fishy. They started the project may, 29 and they've got a little over 10k. Now, after a few days, they got to 1,1 million? Maybe oatmeal public really generous. However, there were only 2.5k likes on that particular comic. Something is not right.

about a year ago
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Subversion 1.8 Released But Will You Still Use Git?

aflag Re:Git is fine for independent devs or small OSS. (378 comments)

Small OSS like linux, GHC and more? What are independent devs? Rebases are done in local repositories to make the changes cleares. If everyone uses it properly the history is actually a LOT easier to audit. You can use software like gerrit to help enforce such things. SVN is worse than git in every sphere. I can't think of a good reason to use it instead of git. If you want to checkout only parts of it, there's git submodules. If you want to add large binary files to your repository, maybe you want to use git-annex. The only reason svn is still used is due to legacy. Migrating to a new VCS may be very expensive.

about a year ago
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UK ISPs Secretly Start Blocking Torrent Site Proxies

aflag Re:and.. (82 comments)

I think the regular pirate doesn't care if things change or not, because he's already getting things his way. Besides, it doesn't look like those producers will be able to end piracy any time soon. So I think the battle is already over. Pirates won.

about a year ago
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Death of Trees Correlated With Human Cardiovascular & Respiratory Disease

aflag Re:Bad science (152 comments)

Have you read tfa?

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Promises Profanity Over Linux 3.10-rc5

aflag Re:I don't get what the developers are thinking (334 comments)

When you're doing something you like doing, then you always want to add one cool new thing. Or you want to fix something that really bugs you. The developers probably don't care much how long things take, as long as everything is done right. That's different from a corporate environment, when you really want to write as little as possible and you hope to be at the office the shortest amount of time. Moreover, you want to deal with the least amount of problems, so you need the least amount of features.

about a year ago
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Facebook Silently Removes Ability To Download Your Posts

aflag Re:Captive audience (229 comments)

They'd need to steal your email too, because the download links come by e-mail. If they have your email and facebook accounts, I don't think being able to download your wall posts is the biggest issue. Moreover, they could still download your messages, which probably contain more sensitive information, since it's private as opposed to wall, which is more or less public.

about a year ago
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GitHub Back Online After Service Outage

aflag Re:Centralization is risky (55 comments)

Well, it's more delegated than it is decentralized. In the end you still have an authority dictating the rules. Anyway, DNS has a very simple query and a very simple and straightforward answer. However, if you want to find some content on the Internet, the query and the answer are much more sofisticated. When you take into account spam, algorithm improvement and so on. It looks very hard to think of a decentralized index that could possible work and provide better results than google.

about a year ago
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GitHub Back Online After Service Outage

aflag Re:Sponsoring a High Availability solution? (55 comments)

Then downforeveryoneorjustme.com should consider the HTTP status response. I'm sure it's not 200 when something bad happens.

about a year ago
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GitHub Back Online After Service Outage

aflag Re:Centralization is risky (55 comments)

Some centralization is required, though. There must be at least an index, like google, to find the IPs of relevant servers with the information you need. How would you solve information retrieval problem without a server-client platform. I think it's likely to be the cheapest solution for the problem. That been said, there is really no need for everyone sharing the same email server, for instance. I agree with you that there are more client-server designs than needed, but they are needed. They can also be the simplest technical solution, which is good by itself. A social network, like facebook, for instance. Didn't need to be centralized, and it would be a lot better if it wasn't.

about a year ago
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GitHub Back Online After Service Outage

aflag Re:Centralization is risky (55 comments)

At first sight centralization looks like a great way to reduce costs, however, there are problems that are likely to make the cost actually rise. I'm unaware of any studies showing when it's good to centralize and when it's bad. It would be a very interesting study to read. While you may need fewer machines to run 20 websites together than you'd need to run them separately, but you'll also need more qualified staff. An avarage 16 years old with a bit of time in his hands and an interest for technology can easily configure a machine capable of handling hundreds of requests per second. That's more than most sites need. As you strive to share more and more resources, you'll need more and more qualified staff, capable of figuring out how to manage the resource sharing. Resource sharing is one of the most difficult problems in computer science. With machine prices being so low, is it really worthy to solve those problems for all but really big, google sized, sites?

about a year ago
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Surgeries On Friday Are More Frequently Fatal

aflag Re:Statistics can be misleading (152 comments)

Moreover, they have found in other studies that emergency surgeries over the weekend are more likely to result in death than on other days of the week. So the hypothesis that it could be explained simply because of how doctors schedule surgeries can be ruled out. Besides, it seems that care over the weekend is actually poorer than care during the week days. So it seems like surgeon would not want to schedule trickier surgeries over friday. Also, the surgeon himself would like to rest over the weekend, so it is more likely that he would want the opposite. It seems that he would like to do surgeries that are less likely to result in complications on Friday.

about a year ago
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A Supercomputer On the Moon To Direct Deep Space Traffic

aflag Re:Polar ice NOT temperature! (166 comments)

One of the articles, the one from GCN, states: "He proposes deploying antennas using inflatable balloons, and using the cold environment of the dark side of the moon to cool the computers."

about 2 years ago
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A Supercomputer On the Moon To Direct Deep Space Traffic

aflag Meteor impacts (166 comments)

Isn't the moon suffering impacts all the time? Isn't it risky to leave a supercomputer there?

about 2 years ago
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A Supercomputer On the Moon To Direct Deep Space Traffic

aflag Maybe use the idle time for SETI? (166 comments)

That would be incredible thing to do. I bet it would be interesting to use its idle time to projects like SETI.

about 2 years ago

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Linux being virus safe

aflag aflag writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aflag (941367) writes "Often I hear people saying that the great thing about linux security is having one root account and an user account. I don't see how that would improve security on a desktop computer at all. If you worry about worms that will use your computer for sending spam that can be done using only your user. However, if you're worried about a virus deleting your stuff, then, unless you have an user that holds your data and another that you use to do other things (something that I'm sure very few people do), then you're not safe at all.

What's very good about most linux distributions is the concept of a trusty repository. If it's there, then it's safe. That way it's very hard for one to catch a virus. That's what MS and Apple should do to protect their customers."

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