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Preferred smartphone screen size?

dbIII Inches? (147 comments)

Inches?
There isn't a single smartphone made in a country that use inches.
That farm has been sold.

3 hours ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

dbIII Re:Wow (112 comments)

so it's probably the first instance of interesting business practices by MS

Starting up after dumpster diving for BASIC interpreter source code wasn't interesting enough?

The MS business model has always been to sell something that has already been demonstrated as a success by someone else and then use lawyers to stop the next in line doing the same thing. It's not unique (outside of computing) and it's not as bad as some of the practices of Cisco, HP etc (and MS being underhanded enough to deal with clones led to the cheap PC) - the only tragedy is they came to dominate so there wasn't really a lot of other stuff to copy and compete with. That's probably a major reason why computers generally still suck to use compared to what we would have expected by now. The MS Windows 10 desktop looks like a linux desktop from before this site even existed and the back end is nowhere near as good - how pathetic is that?

3 hours ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

dbIII Re:Conspracy goon alert! (473 comments)

If the USSR had planted Rand as a conspiracy to fuck up US politics they couldn't have planned it better (which is of course why it was an accident and not a conspiracy).

6 hours ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

dbIII Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (473 comments)

Algebra is taught with Algebra based Physics

That is pretty well the basis of the first couple of years of an engineering degree is about, which you would know if your title was earned instead of bestowed by HR to make a technician feel more important.

6 hours ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

dbIII Politics causes stupidity in rats (473 comments)

No he said "I took the initiative in creating the internet" as quoted and not your personal interpretation which makes zero sense as long as context is considered.
You interpretation is something like pretending someone saying "good morning" has suggested that they have personally made the sun rise and simply makes you look ridiculous.
Gore was in politics, everyone should know that (even someone like me from outside the US that doesn't have a political dog in the fight), of course he didn't invent the internet, he just tossed money in the direction of the people who did.

Can we get back to having something vaguely like a tech site instead of Reds versus Blues?

7 hours ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

dbIII Re:What is critical thinking? (473 comments)

Either way it seems chronically fucked up and a recipie for taking a back seat in world affairs while China, India etc are moving towards giving millions the sort of education we used to value.
You don't need critical thinking in a country if your ambition is reduced to making movies and selling stuff to tourists.

7 hours ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

dbIII Re:tip? (280 comments)

or are you really that ignorant to the varying degrees of libertarianism?

It was only a short post so I'm not sure why you didn't read to the end of the second sentence which is the one that addressed that.

yesterday
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

dbIII Re:How? (280 comments)

Now, about that 121/hr work week

I've done weeks like that during plant shutdowns but never for more than five weeks in a row. Possible, but stupid for a wide range of reasons. Medical interns put in those sort of hours too but get sleep here and there during that time when they are on duty. Not just possible, but widespread, and stupid for an even wider range of reasons.

yesterday
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

dbIII Re:tip? (280 comments)

That's the libertarian dream - power to the powerful and the rest can go hang if they can't afford to pay a lawyer to impose some power.
Hopefully I'm dumbed that down enough so that those who will be offended by it can understand before their replies about how that isn't a "real" libertarian view, just that bunch over there that call themselves libertarians but somehow are not.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dbIII Re:They've reset that date from 2005? (168 comments)

ZFS raidz2 is pretty well RAID6 with an awareness of what is going on with the files in the array giving a variety of improvements (eg. resilver time normally being vastly shorter than a RAID6 rebuild time). A few years of seeing RAID6 in action was ultimately what drove me to ZFS on hardware that's perfectly capable of doing RAID6.
Anyway, the "raid only has five more years" article keeps on getting warmed up, and keeps getting disproved by the very reasons given for the RAID use by date. Increasing capacity has only been possible by increasing the data density on the disks which means the heads pick up more information - thus faster read and write speeds. Better controllers also made a massive difference. Now dedicating lots of cycles to many cores of fast CPUs (instead of the processors in the controllers) is once again making a massive difference. It's only three hours to do a scrub on a 12 x 1TB 7200rpm drive system here with an i5 CPU and it would take close to the same to resilver a new drive. That is six mirrors so faster than raidz or raidz2, but still, it's not a huge amount of time to replace drives now even though that's bigger than the 500GB or so that was supposed to take forever to rebuild.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dbIII No point nitpicking aboutt no "b" (168 comments)

No point nitpicking just because the "b" denoting Megabits was forgotten. A speed of 200Mb/s is not huge but it's not too bad either, even though a fairly old machine (6 years) with a few disks in an array can get close to five times that and saturate gigabit (or even twice over if a second connection is going somewhere else).

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dbIII Re:It's all about the data prouction rate (168 comments)

I've seen PDFs almost that big that were made by printing out large MS Word documents and then scanning them at 600dpi, 24 bit color. For added fun they used full sentences, including punctuation and variable whitespace, as their filenames. Various problems associated with making and opening such things I have been assured are due to a slow gigabit network and "crappy ten year old" i7 machines and not whoever decided to not just save as PDF. A few versions of files done that way and you've got GB and vast amounts of shredded paper before you know it. I'm not sure that some people even get the point of using computers in an office.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dbIII It's a block size vs available space issue (168 comments)

It's a block size vs available space issue so 90% full kills performance on small drives with big blocks (eg. SSDs from a couple of years back) but at 90% of 4TB you've still got a vast quantity of available blocks so it still performs very well.
So although I'm not the poster above I've had experience of both - the percent full number is only a rough guide and falls down when the block size is very small compared with the available space.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dbIII They've reset that date from 2005? (168 comments)

The linked article used to be about how RAID was going to stop working in 2005 or similar.
It didn't because disks and controllers got much faster as well as dealing with more capacity, while the premise assumed nothing but a change in capacity.
So now we have arrays 10x larger that rebuild in less than half the time of the old ones. We also have stuff like ZFS that acts like RAID6 in many ways (with raidz2) but can have much shorter rebuild (resilver) times because it only copies data instead of rebuilding the full capacity of the disk like a hardware RAID controller would do.
I'd expect someone running FreeNAS to know more than a journalist rewarming an old article that was a poor prediction in the first place, but I suppose seeing it in magazine format does make it look more credible.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dbIII Re:Performance issues? (168 comments)

It's 2014 - just get a shitload of cheap small drives and stripe across a lot of mirrors if you can't put up with the speed of one drive. Even if they are old and slow laptop (or "green") drives if you have enough of them it's still going to be faster than short stroking a single drive even if it is 10k rpm and SAS.
If budget is a problem, then yes, get the couple of percent improvement from only using part of the drive instead of doubling the speed or more with mirrors.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dbIII For different values of server (168 comments)

But does that server use local disc?
The discussion is a bit closer to the metal here than something in a virtual machine dealing with data on a SAN even though that technically is also a server. It's just not a file server.

yesterday
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

dbIII Re:and speed was never the point of dropbox (124 comments)

Yes I know, but throttling users who set poor limits is generally frowned upon and tends to hurt your fingers after a while.

2 days ago
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

dbIII Also for developers (114 comments)

Writing a program that demands admin rights when it does not need them (eg. to put a lock file in the root of the system drive instead of elsewhere for a purely arbitrary reason) is even lazier.

Sometimes it's better to go after the root cause of the problem and get the developers that have been left behind to understand that it's the 21st century and their desktop software is likely to be running in a multi-user, networked, multi-core, 64 bit environment. There are far too many that can't even get ONE of those things in the list right which is a major part of why so many MS Windows systems are drowning in a malware swamp. We need to get away from the "we've always done it this way" culture of being acceptable when the way it's "always been done" only makes sense on single user systems with no network connection.

2 days ago
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

dbIII Re:Only for root users (114 comments)

grant a specific whitelist of additional privileges to the users who need to use said application

So what do you suggest when that is all of them? Apart from of course trying various methods to convince the developer to learn how to do his job properly?

2 days ago
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

dbIII Re:Only for root users (114 comments)

However when you have inhouse software that only runs as admin because your VB jockeys haven't worked out that it's no longer 1995 then you are fucked - frequently - when each new wave of malware hits.
MS Windows is no longer the problem. Losers who treat it like MSDOS and write software are the problem.

3 days ago

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