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Want a PC With 192 GB of RAM?

einer Question (353 comments)

Could you put together a device that ZFS'd up a buttload of old ram chips? The cost of ram doesn't seem to have much to do with how much ram storage is available on earth as much as it's speed and utility in today's hardware. Could you build a device that was essentially a huge ram bus for old chips addressable over ... I dunno a pcix or agp bus? Agp might not be good, but something that had big i/o in both directions. Someone please do this. I have tons of old ram sticks that I paid waaaaaay too much for back in the day, and I'd like to be able to claim that they weren't a waste of money. :)

more than 5 years ago

Facebook Reverts ToS Change After User Uproar

einer Re:humanity makes no sense. (260 comments)

If I could hurt the banks by doing something as simple as closing a facebook account I would. Closing a bank account just means I have to open another one somewhere else. Also, me closing my account hurts banks a LOT less than me deleting my profile hurts facebook, especially since I'm subsidizing banks when I pay taxes whether I have an account or not.

more than 5 years ago

How To Keep Rats From Eating My Cables?

einer piss (1032 comments)

You want big cat piss. This is the best deterrent I've found. It smells really bad though. Trade-offs. Effective, inexpensive, no-smell. Pick any two.

more than 5 years ago

Active Directory Comes To Linux With Samba 4

einer Re:Not very realistic (276 comments)

Way to shit on a project that isn't even targeting you as a user. Maybe wait for a mature version to evaluate before setting up a straw man to knock down.

more than 5 years ago

1 In 3 Windows PCs Still Vulnerable To Worm Attack

einer Not an easy calculation (242 comments)

How much downtime is caused (money is lost) by patches that break things versus how much money is lost when machines get hacked? This isn't a windows only issue. I've seen Debian security releases break things too. They're a bit easier to rollback, but the problem is fundamentally an ROI or EV problem, not a technical one.

more than 4 years ago
top Reporting This Holiday Season Their "Best Ever"

einer Re:Amazon is an outsourced fulfilment house (314 comments)

Or they're hiding what they charge for transaction margin. They could be making much more for doing much less, we simply don't have the data.

more than 5 years ago

Legal Troubles Continue To Mount For Diebold

einer only 8.5 mil (115 comments)

8.5 million is a small price to pay for that level of control.

more than 5 years ago

iPlayer Released for Mac, Linux; Adobe Announces AIR for Linux

einer Re:potential of Air ? (231 comments)

JavaFX (Applets 2.0) has awesome potential, but they pretty much said "screw you" to Linux which means I won't be early adopting it and neither will any of my co-workers. That said, they're already so far behind on install base that all Flash needs to nip this in the bud is release a browser independent runtime and a nicer web service binding api and there will be no practical reason not to choose it. I would like to see someone write a browser in Flash for some reason. So you could browse while you browse.

more than 5 years ago

64-Bit Java For Linux

einer About friggin time (387 comments)

Not that it matters now. Sun has already lost. They have zero desktop adoption and aren't going to get any, because they treat their biggest evangelists and early adopters like crap (flash for linux? sadly, yes). As a developer, I haven't been using JavaFX at ALL. No browser adoption, doesn't run on my chosen platform, doesn't show any interest in making my platform a priority. Why the hell should I write an app that requires yet another 30 meg download?

I get all the vendor lock in, it's not open source so it's evil arguments. Save them. This is about Sun totally missing the boat, and doing nothing to fix the problem.

more than 5 years ago

Best Introduction To Programming For Bright 11-14-Year-Olds?

einer Discrete math (962 comments)

Discrete math, autonoma theory, logic (truth tables, conditionals, boolean logic) that sort of stuff is more important to a good grounding in computer science than programming (all that on just a chalkboard). If the knowledge base is strong, the languages will reveal themselves as tools to solve those types of problems with. The language is just a construct for realizing the application of the theory. If the math and logic concepts aren't understood, you basically have a tool that you don't know how to use. Which is not bad. You're still better off than where you were, but now you're banging in nails with a socket wrench. Instead of learning what a bolt is, what it's for and how to tighten it, and then given a socket wrench.

On second thought, anything but Java.

more than 5 years ago

Why a Music Tax Is a Bad Idea

einer silly question (194 comments)

So, why stymie that process with a new bureaucracy that simply funds the big record labels?

Because the record labels donate more money to policy makers than you do.

more than 5 years ago

Sun Releases JavaFX

einer Re:Linux support is 'coming' (185 comments)

I disagree. Linux (and BSD) users are the early adopters and the ones who encourage their Windows using friends to use better alternatives like Firefox. Also, Linux users tend to be the first ones to develop on new languages and platforms. Less apps, less JVM's in the browser, less exposure, fewer early adopters excited about the product.

As a Java developer and Linux user, I won't be using this and I can garauntee that not a single one of my Windows using co-workers has any desire to install another browser plug-in on every browser they use. If I had the desire to implement our next app with JavaFX they would.

more than 5 years ago

Cost-Conscious Companies Turn To Open Source

einer Re:Obligatory question (249 comments)

I know the intent (and moderation) was "funny" but this is actually how a former employer operated. Once he realized that all he had to do was not get caught for a certain period of time and it suddenly became worth it to not renew licenses, he stopped renewing licenses. He did get audited. It cost him an order of magnitude less than it would've to have kept current on his licenses for the five years he managed to skate by.

Your plan makes sense in some cases. :)

more than 5 years ago

New TN Law Forces Universities To Patrol For Copyright Violations

einer Re:Best of luck RIAA (331 comments)

Unless this law is struck down your uni will either do what the STATE wants or lose state support, perhaps accreditation, funding. This is a compliance issue now, not a "good luck" issue.

The state is not responsible for accreditation. We are not a state institution and do not rely on the state for any funding. The contention is between the development of our alumni relations (donations) and spending money on enforcing another organizations business model. I would be shocked if we voluntarily spent money we didn't have on something that we don't need, when we could spend it on pan handling our well heeled alumni.

more than 5 years ago

New TN Law Forces Universities To Patrol For Copyright Violations

einer Best of luck RIAA (331 comments)

As an IT professional working at one of these TN universities I can report that the budget crunch currently going on in education (the aggresive growth policies that served the endowments so well in the past were mostly real estate driven) will limit the resources these new directives are allocated. In fact, we're actually considering open source solutions for the first time since I've worked here. Pretty sure the RIAA's financial well being is not at the top of our list.

more than 5 years ago

Why Developers Are Switching To Macs

einer Re:It is a good middle ground. (771 comments)

OSX does NOT support windows protocols any better than Linux... Active Directory in particular is pretty much broken under OSX. Linux supports AD just fine, and integrates LDAP quite nicely. Oddly enough, Linux + Windows = harmony, but throwing OSX in the mix pretty much hoses it all up.

Also, please elaborate on the selection of high quality closed source applications that OSX has that linux does not (or doesn't have an equivalent too). Photoshop is hardly a developer tool.

Virtualization benefits apply to all OS's, so no points for OSX there.

Vax? wtf?

more than 5 years ago

Boot Windows Vista In Four Seconds

einer Re:Video (326 comments)

It's not an ASUS board.

more than 5 years ago

Mystery Science Theater Turns 20

einer whoah (165 comments)

Something I loved from my childhood is 20 years old.... am I old?

more than 5 years ago

How To Verify CD-R Data Retention Over Time?

einer I'm going to ignore your question entirely (303 comments)

And suggest that instead of using CD-R's anymore, you buy some 1TB portable drives and keep them backed up. I don't know your application and you don't explain it, so this is more of a statement about how crap CD-R's are for archiving anything at all, ever. If you have important data on a CD-R, back it up asap.

more than 5 years ago



New York State Budget relies on entertainment tax

einer einer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

einer (459199) writes "Facing a budget shortfall, New York State Governor David Paterson crafts budget that taxes iPod music downloads and other "digitally delivered entertainment services." On the chopping block is 700 million in school aid and $3.5 billion in health care subsidies."
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Prepare for "reduced functionality mode"

einer einer writes  |  about 7 years ago

einer (459199) writes "All of the Windows Genuine Advantage servers are down, and may not be up for a while. For Vista users, this apparently means no DirectX.

From the Microsoft Forums:

After several email excahnges with Microsoft on validation problems, I just received this:
Thank you for your response.

I'm sorry to inform you that the Windows Genuine server might be down for few days. I have escalate the issue to our Genuine team, kindly try to validate again on Tuesday 28 Aug 2007.

Thank you for contacting Microsoft Technical Support."



Stupid damned car...

einer einer writes  |  about 11 years ago

Unfortunately in the wide open spaces of Nebraska, a car is necessary if you need to go anywhere.

Well my starter just took a huge Honda crap. Why isn't there a manual push start option? How hard would it be to make an automatic transmission roll startable? How infuriating. I can design, build, run and maintain an enterprise wide web app, but I can't get my car started.

That this weekend is Labor day is only more salt in the wound. The plans are shot, and I have to wait until Tuesday to even get my car in the door at a shop. Since it's a honda, multiply the expected cost of replacing a starter by 4, and that's probably what I'll be paying.

Looks like another weekend spent playing morrowind.


My damned journal

einer einer writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Entry (This will go down on your permanent record)

Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last night. Which is the way he wants. Well, he gets. Now, I don't like this any more than you do.

Yeah. Go to my chunk of internet for a clear understanding of the social underpinnings of ...snore...

uh. boobs. Go there for boobs. There won't be any, but if you feel like posting a link, I won't complain. No problem exists that can't be fixed by boobs. And if you can think of one, post it. we'll talk about it.

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