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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

dbIII For those who came in late (216 comments)

Yes, IPC - however this comment thread was about running multiple things at once versus NOT and how we have machines with multiple CPUs/core so can do more than one things at once and get the job done more quickly - whether it's a process or a thread. Which is why I'm sure you are winding me up and pretending I'm "confused" just because you've chimed in with another way to use multiple cores - a subset of what I was going on about something like six posts back!
Pay attention before calling others "confused" :)
I probably could have written "multiple threads or programs that spawn multiple processes" instead of actually using the word "thread" but from the context it should have been obvious, as I'm sure you know, so please lay off the senseless nitpicking with pretended ignorance of what the discussion was about - it's annoying.

2 hours ago
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Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

dbIII Yes it's an example of your point (116 comments)

Ultimately my example was about: "level of incompetence and lack of planning is strong in several levels", as you suggested but it was driven that way by the new vendor having far too much control over the situation and no risk to bear in the event of failure.
The government took them to court twice (outgoing and incoming - Queensland, Australia) and could not scratch that vendor (IBM) for any of the $500 million+ in estimated extra costs.

3 hours ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

dbIII It's like learning to drive vs taxis (216 comments)

For example because people get the shits when their trivially parallelisable CPU bound python process is using one core out of eight and taking forever, while it would take a lot less time with more than one thread. See also learning how to program properly any time after 1980 (or possibly even earlier). Some tasks don't need it but some benefit enormously from it.
To use a car analogy - you don't really need a car but can instead just wait for a taxi to turn up.


However it's very clear that you are just winding me up for a bit of fun and nowhere near as ignorant and stupid as you are pretending to be.

3 hours ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

dbIII Re:well, when you put it that way... (231 comments)

Yes - poor diddums was upset they caught him selling weapons to terrorists and embezzling some of the proceeds to pay for a convertible and house airconditioning. Poor little Ollie North.
Funny how people see him as a "patriot". I wonder what the families of the Marines killed by Hezbolla thought of him selling weapons to them less than a year after the Marines were buried?

4 hours ago
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Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

dbIII Re:I wonder (116 comments)

If computers fails, have people forgot how to do the same process manually?

Yes.
As an example. I've been rushed to a steel mill rolling line with a pocket calculator because the operators were not taught how to divide the number on the dial of the test machine by the cross sectional area of the rod that they had measured the diameter of - they were just told to manually enter those two numbers into the computer. By knowing how to calculate the area of a circle I was saving downtime of hundreds of thousands of dollars per hour - which is pathetic on so many levels since the operators also knew how to find the area of a circle but nobody had told them that's what the computer was doing. They had only been told that the process was to put two numbers into a computer.

It's not about stupid operators/counter staff it's about relying on fragile links with no workaround when they break. There's also the fear of taking responsibility - it's seen as safer for the supervisor of all those staff to say "nothing should be done" than to work around the problem.

5 hours ago
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Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

dbIII Re:Change management fail (116 comments)

There are sometimes very "political" problems that prevent rollback because for instance that means buying more time on the licences from an earlier vendor when the new vendor is heavily embedded with the management that are driving the change. Such a problem in my state resulted in such an enormous fuckup in Hospital payroll systems with no rollback that there was real political fallout - after the bill went beyond 500 million the government lost office to be replaced by a bunch of baby fascists led by a Pocket Putin.

5 hours ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

dbIII Useless toxic puffer fish for President (107 comments)

And the witches McCarthy were far more dangerous and worthy of being hunted

Ah yes, like that dangerous playwright who was offered a way out if his wife, Marilyn Monroe, agreed to be photographed with McCarthy for political promotional material. That was one part of the witch hunt, in that case more accurately called a shakedown.

It was an utterly worthless grab at power by an immoral, corrupt and ultimately cowardly man who wanted to skew the political playing field in his direction when opposed by a large number of far more worthy candidates for President from both parties. It's just as well that he bit off more than he could chew by getting a lot of special favors for one of his friends in the military and then attempting to prove that General Marshall (of the Marshall plan and a lot of other things, such as running a big chunk of WWII) was a communist. His stupid stunt meant to send him into the White House was exposed for what it was - a power grab by a man who had achieved very little in his life attempting to drag down others who had and make himself look bigger.

So do you think he had a list of spies like he said he did? Why didn't he hand them over then? Wouldn't it be a bit like treason to have a list of foreign spies and not hand it over to law enforcement?

5 hours ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

dbIII Can't really point the finger (164 comments)

But don't worry, they're already exporting that success model. We're getting there. And, frankly, when I look around me, how people pay for "services" that hardly qualify as a service because they're too closed minded to even fathom how they could do it themselves for free and at little if any expense and effort, I dare say we're already there.

I don't see how we can point the finger when most of us don't personally change the oil and oil filters in our cars.

8 hours ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

dbIII However the FBI (107 comments)

However remember the FBI was too incompetent back then to remember to bring handcuffs to the arrest of "public enemy number one". A necktie had to do the job.
And then they fell for the scam of the "lie detector" - or did they really fall for it or was Hoover just accepting yet another kickback before spending Government money?
What you see today is nothing like it was back then.

9 hours ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

dbIII What's the point this century? (216 comments)

Sounds like a toy. May as well be using LOGO. Why not install EPD or something that can actually use Numpy etc with more then one thread?

yesterday
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

dbIII Don't forget it's 2014 now (216 comments)

If "workstation" is mentioned any time after about 1996 then more than one core/CPU is taken as a given.

but python is single threaded

Only if you use it that way.
Even a kids toy that came out years ago - the Nintendo DS - had multiple cores so if your code can benefit from being multithreaded but is not then you have some problems you should fix before pointing fingers at hardware.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

dbIII You are not doing it wrong, just differently (339 comments)

Ever wondered why there is the phrase "stateful firewall"? It's as if that wasn't the only kind of firewall isn't it :)
The way you are using a list of allowed ports and hosts is a non-stateful firewall, just like very simple ipchains/iptables/ipfilter rules.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

dbIII Sometimes idiots work at vendors (339 comments)

Escalate the situation up the tree until it reaches someone with a clue, or who can take advice from someone with a clue.
I had some phone system idiot that wanted to be able to telnet directly in without needing a password. The problem was almost self corrected forever when he took a open can of drink into the server room and put it down on a 5kW UPS. He muttered something about earth leakage circuit breakers upon being informed about how suicidal that was, totally unaware that 5kW of DC shorting directly through him would not have gone anywhere near such a thing.
Similarly the vendor mentioned here is expressing a view beyond their skill level.

yesterday
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

dbIII If you can assemble simple furniture PCs look easy (216 comments)

I'm slightly surprised this is seen to be so universal

There used to be a big difference between the price of assembled computers and parts. Also computer assembly is now easier than putting together a flat pack coffee table.

but as an amateur, I'd end up with an amateurish job, and worry that I'd make some subtle error around cooling or power connections or whatever which would render the result unreliable or shorten its lifespan.

Maybe in 1995 but there are not many parts to put together now.

yesterday
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

dbIII On more thing - cases are so much better (216 comments)

New cases are far better designed and do not demand the "blood sacrifice" that seemed to come with assembling a computer due to all of the sharp edges that used to be inside cases.

yesterday
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

dbIII Don't forget AMD (216 comments)

They still win on price per core all the way from the bottom (cheap 8 core) to the top end (a 64 core AMD system was around $10k while an 80 core Xeon was around $60k).

yesterday
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

dbIII Never been easier (216 comments)

You can even do a quick dual screen workstation with just motherboard, memory, cpu, drives and case now plus SATA removes a lot of cabling hassle.
You only need dedicated video cards these days for recent 3D gaming, very high end CAD, or more than two displays. Even decoding compressed high quality video and pushing it out a HDMI connector something fairly standard motherboard graphics can do. Dedicated sound cards are something only musicians worry about now.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

dbIII It's about control of a market (305 comments)

In my example above that should never have happened it was all perfectly legal but pissed off a shareholder of the "indie" record company and threatened their control of the market. In the current situation both ripping and downloading is opposed, once again not really on legal grounds but because it threatens control.
As written above "Ripping a CD for your own use is legal" - which is perfectly true in a lot of places, so there should be no legal grounds to oppose this music player in vehicles, it's effectively just the ripping bit of iTunes in a car. However it threatens control of a market so legal grounds are being searched for and it's seen as being a softer target than Apple.

yesterday
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Comcast Confessions

dbIII Re:I must be the outlier (231 comments)

no, I could no longer justify the cost

That's the trick - convince salesfolk that there is no money in your pockets and you are dead to them. Sometimes it's worth them thinking you are an utter loser just so that they will leave you alone.
Asking telemarketers if there are any jobs available where they are used to be a good one - until those jobs moved offshore and now the trick no longer works.

2 days ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

dbIII Re:Unbelievable (305 comments)

I can't believe this idiocy is still going on

Imagine it's 1987. The local "indie" record company and the local record shops get together and roll out (incredibly expensive) CD burners that can burn discs of whatever the customers want from the catalogue of that "indie" record company for the price of a normal albumn. Launch day happened and suddenly everyone's knee deep in lawyers and the police are chasing customers out of the shop - the parent record company called the cops on their partly owned "indie" record company that turned out to not be as "indie" as everyone thought (especially after they owed a lot in legal costs).
There's been decades to stop the idiocy. People are ripping and downloading because of many missed opportunities, missed due to short term greed.

2 days ago

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