In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
<quote><p>Long overdue. Time for cigars and mojitos all around!</p></quote>
And rum. Lots and lots of glorious rum.
The Joys and Hype of Hadoop
Hadoop is not a magic thing that can all of a sudden produce reams of new data sets. The setup, on an enterprise scale, takes thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in hardware. Then you have the Map/Reduce jobs to create as well as pointing all your data to the new clusters. Then the tweaking starts, and then your pointy haired Boss or Accounting PencilTwit comes to you and demands results for all of this capital expense you just had them buy for some pinhead to get a better dashboard in sales.
Hadoop, done right, takes many departments to work on and organize in a big enterprise. Small shops may have one guy who is both SA and Programmer who could get the job done enough to make a difference. Furthermore, you NEED a full install from a big vendor. Installing Hadoop from OpenSource is a nightmare, and the big vendor's make it painfully simple to get the job done quickly. Can you do it by hand? Sure. Do you have the time? Not when you have other projects to work on and you can spend the companies capital to get the install and config done in 1/10th the time. /Cloudera Certified //A year later and they still don't know how to get data through the pipeline ///Setting up the hardware was a BLAST!
Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
I live a very active lifestyle. I do martial arts, dive, play sports, a whole bunch of things that having that lil 'flap' be a problem if it were to ever 'pop' open. Thankfully I spent the extra cash and went with PRK which is the same surgery Air Force pilots get.
What is the big difference? : Simple, there is no flap. They carve off the top of the cornea's layer is removed and is then grown back. No flap, no popping, no worries.
What is the downfall: 3 days of light blinding pain whenever bright light occurs. Thankfully this is negated by modern medicine and covers for your eyes.
What is the upside: This is the first type of LASIK ever invented so it's been done brazillions of times. This is perfected to a state of art and I've had no issues in the 10 years since I've done the surgery. Best money ever spent and not one chance if getting poked in the eye or underwater accident that this 'flap' may (1/1000) pop open.
Was it overkill? Perhaps. But that's one less thing I ever have to worry about.
Google Reader: One Year Later
The death of GReader led me to Feedly which has nearly all of the features that GReader had backed by a company whom RSS isn't an experiment and truly GOT RSS. Feedly saw a need in the market place and filled that void that Google abandoned.
I am more than happy with Feedly and their feature set. I threw them some money to support them and tell everyone I know to use them as their apps work just as well if not better than what Google was trying to do.
Entry-Level NAS Storage Servers Compared
I own this solution. It's downright amazing with the support of the community and the sheer vastness of hardware supported. you cannot go wrong with unRAID.
Entry-Level NAS Storage Servers Compared
There is no mention of speed, performance, file copy replication, the ins and out of each solution, just a list of features they all share and how the author went about determining them at his whim. Without metrics this article is just a sales blurb for links. Other websites do it better: Storagereview for one, Smallnetbuilder is the other.
Another wretched sales brouchure disguised as a review by Infoworld.
Illinois Bans Social Network Use By Sex Offenders
This is an easy one:
In a murder someone dies, there is pain and closure. It happens and there is nothing you can do about it, someone is dead.
Sex crimes are where the victim lives to tell the tail. The lingering "pain" and "emotional suffereing' cause this to be a more serious crime to society as both the perpetrator and the victim still live.
Death is a finality. Rape lasts for a lifetime.
10 Business Lessons I Learned From Playing D&D
All of these are generic axioms. None of these are special or unique or "Oh I learned this ONLY from playing D&D". It's a bloggers way of using catch phrases to garnish interest and get posted around the internets for hits.
Slashdot fell for it, hook line and grell.
Heavy Rain Gameplay Explained
Anyone else see this as a rehash of good ole Dragon's Lair? I must be "ancient" in terms of computer game knowledge but we had this back in the 80s and the game was savage as hell. All this talk of "Oh no major game overs, players can die and the story goes on" Is hooie. You need lightning reflexes, perfect time, and coordination of a ninja juggling flying Molotov cocktails balancing on a ball being shot at by assassins.
Longer story, more plot, but in essence same gameplay as 30yrs ago.
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Released
<b>TLDR: I hated Vista. Loved XP. Use Linux. Installed 64bit Vista. Vista Crashed and burned. Reinstalled with SP2. It just Works.</b>
I've been a longtime XP user. I use Ubuntu and RHEL at work. I use linux and unix. I hated Vista with a passion, thought it was a PIA and had so much config problems. I then bought a new PC (quad core 6GB ram, blah blah) so I figured I'd put Vista on it. First time worked ok. I updated my bios, it blew away my Raid 1. Got irritated and stopped screwing with it. Then SP2 came along in the last few weeks and I reinstalled my OS and installed SP2 over it.
It just works. Works perfectly. So simple to install Vista and simple to install the SP2. 2 reboots and I had everything working. Fixed the RAID issue, fixed the bluetooth issue, fixed some other quirks that drove me batshiz crazy.
I gotta say that I used to hate vista with the passion of a 1000 firey suns. Now I'm like "Well it's not too bad, what's the problem with it again?"
February 2009 Indie Game Round-Up
A blatant upgrade to Time Pilot. Really come on I was playing this in the 80s and it was better.
Warhammer Online Sees Massive Content Removal To Make Launch
nothing like ripping out promised content and abilities to make it to release.
why not let it cook a bit longer and not pull a flaghsipp'n?
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