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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

gelfling REAL RISC? (150 comments)

Because years and years ago it was obvious that what manufacturers were calling RISC wasn't really that. It was typically some middle ground between REAL RISC and something else. Back in the day x86 had about 374 instructions and a SUN or analogous IBM chip had about 150-175 instructions. But according to the actual science, a RISC chip should only have 30-45 instructions. So for the sake of flexibility manufacturers split the difference and built chips that were neither fish nor fowl. If someone to actually have a real high power chip that ran only 40 instructions I wonder if the benchmarks would come out differently. Or maybe they wouldn't because the benchmarks themselves make some attempt to model the complexity of real world scenarios. And if that's the case then the REAL RISC chips would be stumbling trying to execute most things in software not the instruction set.

yesterday
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

gelfling Good News! (482 comments)

We a rock solid apocalypse. Hopefully 6/7ths of the world will die out.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)

gelfling I can't really listen (36 comments)

Almost everything IBM says is bullshit. Sorry but it is.

2 days ago
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Netflix Open Sources Internal Threat Monitoring Tools

gelfling The biggest risk to Netflix (20 comments)

Is Netflix, Amazon AWS and Xbox. Taken together any fucking thing you can imagine will or won't happen.

2 days ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

gelfling Or as we call it, Wednesday (133 comments)

This year I've experienced 31 TW outages of 2 hrs or more. Including one period of 6 straight days where TW sent 5 different bucket trucks out to 'fix' something, couldn't and left. The next to last guy was the best. He had the curbside box apart in his hands and when I went outside he said, and I quote "I didn't do anything" unquote. I live IN Raleigh, the capital city of the 9th largest state in the US. Service is a crapshoot most of the time. Maybe it works maybe it doesn't. Rajiv Ahmed Gonzales or whoever you reach on the phone will never tell you there's a problem. NEVER.

The only TW 'office' here is a building where the line is out the door EVERY DAY ALL DAY where the wait could be 2-3 hours. Even if all you're doing is returning a DVR or modem to them. When I went there to swap out my BROKEN modem, Kwanisha or whatever shrugged to told me "We ain't got any, NEXT!"

I've escalated calls to them so many times I have personal cell phone #s of TW managers. I call them at home. It's the only way to get anything done at all.

Here's what you do. Every day, every single day, you snatch up one TW exec and you cruify them on fire, on YouTube.

2 days ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

gelfling Good thing we got the IRS (157 comments)

They're protecting privacy by 'losing' all those emails.

3 days ago
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

gelfling But the cloudy cloudy cloudy cloud (112 comments)

Roll out a machine with 128 of these and tell prospective customers they can implement 20,000 virtual instances IN THE CLOUD.

3 days ago
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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

gelfling I have a rule and so do most people (83 comments)

To NEVER EVER EVER EVER consider any product or service that advertises. For example, Pandora runs the same local car dealer ad for every other ad, every day. Not only am I not buying a car, I will never use that dealer. Ever. Never Ever. Ever.

4 days ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

gelfling You have to provide some value add (272 comments)

Free services provide almost no additional value. They don't 'do' much of anything. And honestly Googledrive is VERY clunky if you use it for >1 device on a single account. But it free (or nearly free e.g I pay $5/year for an old 40GB account). Dropbox has to do something on top of that if they expect to charge money.

4 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

gelfling Women will call THIS sexist too. (275 comments)

It's axiomatic. Everything everywhere at all times is some man's fault.

5 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

gelfling Re:We need to have no laws at all (459 comments)

I'm just left wondering if we're unclear on what piracy is. We can argue that the punishment doesn't fit the crime but .....

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

gelfling Re:We need to have no laws at all (459 comments)

Good thing this pirate wasn't Michael Brown. Then stealing = empowerment and we'd all have to burn down movie theaters.

about a week ago

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I always cringe a little

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 6 years ago

When I see that someone has responded to one of my posts because if nothing else, the most common attribute of the blogerati and their wannabes is that no one really has anything to say unless it's to shriek that you're a retard asshole or that some dipshit fresh out of the 11th grade demands you 'prove' something to them. I worry a little bit about the generations behind me. I think that not only are stupider and less motivated than their elders but they angrily self righteous about it. I said back in the late 80's (yes I've been on the internet since 1989 so for you angry fuckhead teens out there, don't bother 'correcting' me, thanks) that eventually the internet would become a weapon of tyranny. Not because of control but because it collapses belief and freedom into the smallest angriest space possible. You no longer need to think.

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Now you can't even recount your own bad MS experiences

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 7 years ago

So now you can't even recount your ongoing experiences with MS mind bendingly poor customer support w/o being modded down a troll. Why the fuck doesn't this site just admit it has paid flacks on board to do Redmond's bidding. Or, that it's just a bunch of retarded teenagers?

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gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Do you ever get the sense that there's a population of MS boosters who are here semi-officially ready to pounce on anyone who doesn't tow the MS party line?

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Intel Apple. Not so weird?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Apple's history of switching CPUs is as old as Apple. First was the 6502 then the Moto 68000 series then the PPC and now Intel. Seems like it's not such a leap after all and isn't it really what we've been asking for for 2 decades? To build & sell a PC where the internals don't matter to us.

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Google porn: searches or results?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

It's one thing to query results it's quite another to query searches for results. You would be in effect enlarging the child pornography statute to include looking for child porn.

And let me add - fuck slashdot and the posers who run it. Fuck them all to death.

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What are MS's own security priorities?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Feel free to post this in the appropriate Nash interview thread. I forget sometimes that I'm persona non grata here at Anime/LotR/Nerd Porn Central.

Without saying 'everything' what are the actual ranked or prioritized security issues at MS for Windows?

DRM?
Spyware?
Integrating tools that already exist into the MS sphere?
Patch management?
Time -to -fix cycles?
Better security architecture?
Other?

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Mac security comes from doing insecure things

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Note: since I've been targetted by /. modbombers for banning and day by day my karma is being synthetically erased, I've decided to post everything here in duplicate as long as I'm permitted to post. When I'm no longer permitted to post then everything will go here. Until of course, /. admins decide to ban my IP outright. This has already happened to one of the places I commonly post from, but only after I complained to /. admins about being attacked here. That ID that I complained to them, from, has been banned permanently. Word to the wise: /. is rapidly turning into the darkest version of everything they claimed to hate.

I get regular security vulnerability email alerts all the time. Just today there was a long list of potential problems with 10 different flavors of Linux, HP-UX, Cisco, OS/400, Z/OS and of course Windows.

Now the issue is, how bad is that? And the other question is what is the cost - benefit of fixing it?

Many of the vulnerabilities in the alert I alluded have the potential to be serious enough to warrant your attention but this assumes that you already have NOTHING in place to protect yourself, that you've effectively not implemented any security infratrature whatsoever. The probability of this is quite low.

But - and this is the big issue with Windows, your exposures surface out of EVERY SINGLE ordinary everyday common task you employ the machine to do. It would be as if every Cisco vulnerability surfaced specifically and only when it routed packets and only because it routed packets.

Therein lies the difference.

In the Mac world, no one is seriously suggesting that their BSD based OS is defacto immune from problems. What they're arguing convincingly is that those problems when they arise will arise out of non common tasks and obscure problems that typically stem from operating your machines in a very nonstandard way to begin with. For instance the ordinary Mac user could, if they were motivated, run as root all day everyday. But why would they? That's a nonstandard operation mode. Moreover the common problems you do see in the Mac world won't ordinarily occur because of executing common tasks that ordinary users employ their machines to do. You won't see many vulnerabilities exploited the same way that simply using AOLIM or Limewire or reading a rich email or any of the other innumerable problems in Windows stems from.

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gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

My email alerter shows my last post was modded 8 times up and 8 times down. /. continues to be the nerds revenge for the cool table in the lunchroom in highschool. What they fail to appreciate is that social maladaption is social maladaption.

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somebody tell me why this is considered a troll?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=173869&cid=14464389

Seriously it's a statement of fact based on real world experience.

I honestly think that /. is quickly killing itself.

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so my plan is

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

if I'm ever able to post and mod again I'll randomly single out specific posters and mod them down as much as I can. I really want to share the wealth here at slashfuck.

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gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I have been banned for the second time in 10 days. Apparentlt at this point no matter what, if anyone mods any post I've ever made I risk being banned again. There is no way to wipe the slate clean after being repeatedly banned. So fuck /. and circle jerk of anime wannabes that run it.

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Hate Mail

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

See this is exactly my point. /. has a secret modding scheme that will punish you if you don't plod along with their normal bovine groupthink. Got banned for weeks over something I never knew and the first post back when I comment on it it's back to being downmodded. This to me is the beginning of the end of /. Pretty much it's all about anime, sci fi movies and Libertarian bullshit. If you're not down with that or, perish the fucking thought, express an opinion you might actually have a knowledgeable background in, if it's not part of the official /. checklist-o-thoughts, you get punished. And it's in a very capricious way.

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