Want a PC With 192 GB of RAM?
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. :)
Facebook Reverts ToS Change After User Uproar
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.
How To Keep Rats From Eating My Cables?
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.
Iowa Seeks To Remove Electoral College
Gerrymandering has turned the electoral college into a joke.
Active Directory Comes To Linux With Samba 4
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.
1 In 3 Windows PCs Still Vulnerable To Worm Attack
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.
Amazon.com Reporting This Holiday Season Their "Best Ever"
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.
Legal Troubles Continue To Mount For Diebold
8.5 million is a small price to pay for that level of control.
iPlayer Released for Mac, Linux; Adobe Announces AIR for Linux
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.
64-Bit Java For Linux
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.
Best Introduction To Programming For Bright 11-14-Year-Olds?
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.
Why a Music Tax Is a Bad Idea
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.
Sun Releases JavaFX
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.
Cost-Conscious Companies Turn To Open Source
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. :)
New TN Law Forces Universities To Patrol For Copyright Violations
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.
New TN Law Forces Universities To Patrol For Copyright Violations
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.
Why Developers Are Switching To Macs
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.
Boot Windows Vista In Four Seconds
It's not an ASUS board.
Mystery Science Theater Turns 20
Something I loved from my childhood is 20 years old.... am I old?
How To Verify CD-R Data Retention Over Time?
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.
Stupid damned car...
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
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.