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Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer

hey hey hey Re:Slashdot is dead. (143 comments)

It has always been a crows sourced link repository.

Crow sourced. That does actually explain a lot...

about a year ago

Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

hey hey hey Re:Oh, really? (1255 comments)

problem children are expelled

Which is great for the private school. but that just means the problem children end up at the public school. If the private school can cherry pick the students, they can probably provide them with a better education, but that doesn't remove the need for ALL students to be educated, problem or otherwise.

about a year ago

Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday

hey hey hey Re:George Carlin: Baseball vs Football (223 comments)

Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game. Football is a twentieth-century technological struggle.

Nice to see I'm not the only one who likes George Carlin!

about a year and a half ago

Top Coders Tell Agents, "Show Me the Money!"

hey hey hey Re:Shame (288 comments)

Me, I keep having trouble with that damn Voight-Kampff test...

about a year and a half ago

Why Can't Industry Design an Affordable Hearing Aid?

hey hey hey Re:three words, one hyphen: (549 comments)

there was a regional grocery store chain where I used to live whose prices were consistently about 40% off of all major competing grocery stores in the area.

I call bullshit. Grocery stores run at about a 1 to 3 percent profit margin. Some individual items might be priced wildly differently, and a discontinued store (one getting rid of merchandise other stores can't sell) might be able to do a larger discount, but 40% off of standard goods just ain't gonna happen.

about 2 years ago

Malware Strikes Apple iOS App Store Again

hey hey hey Name of the app (94 comments)

Oddly missing from the summary, the name of the infected App: "Instaquotes Quotes Cards for Instagram"

more than 2 years ago

Moving From CouchDB To MySQL

hey hey hey Re:Not getting RDMS (283 comments)

It wasn't until some time later that the relational database was developed, with the idea that the database server would figure out the relations between data, rather than forcing the application to do that work.

That "some time later" was about 50 years ago. I think we can safely declare this "mature" technology that everyone can safely use...

more than 2 years ago

First Look: Oracle NoSQL Database

hey hey hey Re:Oracle = pain (117 comments)

And before you ask - we're running the 6th busiest Oracle database in Europe - according to Oracle themselves - running across 4*128 SSD drive arrays at a cost of millions.. and for the 3 or 4 features we need to justify the licenses instead or designing our way out of the same problem, at times I really wonder about the hassle, especially when our data is so important and locked up into such a bloated closed up mess.

You might think such things as a fun fantasy, but you would be insane to actually do it. When it (say) turns out your home grown solution corrupts records spanning odd page boundaries, you will be quite sad as you and the one other guy who has a clue how your "clever hack" functions gets to work 24hour days trying to debug the problem, determine the extent of the damage, and try and figure out a solution. It is times like that when having thousands of consultants, and a major corporation with teams of dedicated programmers ready to jump on your problem (for a price, certainly for a price) is the only sane option. If you are really as big as you say, your data is WAY to valuable.

I may not be fond of Oracle either as a corporation or as a product, but there are reasons it rules in the enterprise DB niche.

more than 2 years ago

The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake

hey hey hey Re:The trouble is arrays, not strings. (594 comments)

Why was C so lame? Because it had to run on PDP-11 machines, which were weaker than PCs. On a PC, at least you had 640Kb. On a PDP-11, you had 64Kb of data space and (on the later PDP-11 models) 64Kb of code space, for each program.

Your relative comparisons are a bit off. The Altair from 1975 (the first versions of C were finished around 1973) had a whopping 1KB of memory. The mini computers of the day ran rings around what PCs there were, both in raw power and in memory.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Keep Up With Science Developments?

hey hey hey I read "Science" (337 comments)

I subscribe to the journal Science. While I admit the actual research articles might as well be written in Linear B, the news articles, and the in-depth sections in front are written assuming the reader is intelligent and educated, but just not an expert in the particular field. It is such a joy to read articles that aren't aimed at the lowest common denominator!

I'm sure Nature, or other similar quality journals, would work as well (I choose Science, mostly because I found a subscription card for them).

more than 3 years ago

Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost

hey hey hey Re:Things we've lost (662 comments)

We used to have variants of Pascal suitable for systems programming.

No. You might have used Pascal for systems programming, it was never suitable for it. C ate Pascal's lunch for really good reasons, and it has since drifted off into the irrelevancy it deserves. Google Kernighan's "Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language" as a start, the rest I leave as an exercise for the reader.

more than 3 years ago

Telehack Re-Creates the Internet of 25 Years Ago

hey hey hey Re:What's it supposed to be? (204 comments)

I'm not sure what 80s system it's supposed to be emulating. .

Seems kinda TOPS/10 to me.

more than 3 years ago

Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge

hey hey hey Re:Hi, welcome to the Duke lacrosse team (537 comments)

(I always thought profs were secretly bastards at heart.)

Nope, profs are people too, and just as likely to get caught up in the heat of the moment as anyone else. They might know more than you ever will about Shakespeare, or fluid dynamics, that doesn't make them infallible.

more than 3 years ago

Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge

hey hey hey Re:Pffft (537 comments)

Come to think of it where does it say that he's allowed to live in that house? The mortgage/rental agreement is in your name, not his.

The rental agreements that I use have a section that describes the rights of minors to live in the space (and they are listed by name). If they are not minors, they are required to sign the lease (you are not allowed to have guest for longer than 2 weeks without permission, no matter their relationship to you).

more than 3 years ago

Roguelikes: the Misnamed Genre

hey hey hey Re:Nethack (201 comments)

Based on your UID number, you probably remember... but the keyboards at the time Rogue (and vi) came out didn't _have_ cursor keys.

You can't tell by my UID, but I was actually AT Berkeley when Rogue and vi came out. The ADM-3A terminal (which was by far the most common terminal there, and lots of other places) had a left arrow on the H, a down arrow on the J, a up arrow on the K and a right arrow on the L. Not cursor keys per-se, but a dang strong hint.

more than 3 years ago

The Death of BCC

hey hey hey Re:BCC still existed? (366 comments)

BCC doesnt show other recipients

Not all mail systems handle BCC this way. The X.400 system (at least used to) take the odd approach of hiding the BCC recipients from the main recipients, but all the BCC recipients could see each other. Other mailers may do equally odd things (or have non-standard settings).

more than 3 years ago

SQL in a Nutshell

hey hey hey Re:Why only one database language? (86 comments)

It's mainly because SQL was the first (only? someone correct me) language to implement Codd's relational model, via the tuple calculus.

Hardly. Quel predates SQL, and was superior in almost every way. However, SQL had IBM behind it, and Quel just had UC Berkeley (guess who won that battle).

more than 5 years ago

Odysseus's Return From the Trojan War Dated

hey hey hey Re:Are they going to look for Atlantis next? (160 comments)

There's overwhelming evidence that early Greek epics were re-told using an enormous set of conventions

While I believe you, can you tell us what this overwhelming evidence is? I'm actually curious where we get evidence of social and commercial interaction that doesn't leave a physical by-product from 3,000 years ago.

Have we found instruction books? Fragments of private notes? Historians describing how storytellers attracted customers in their towns? Other things? How do we weigh what the evidence seems to say (say a book of instructions for young storytellers) versus reality (the books might have been ignored)? Thanks,

more than 6 years ago



hey hey hey hey hey hey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hey hey hey (659173) writes "In a controversial study, researchers have resurrected a retrovirus that infected our ancestors millions of years ago and now sits frozen in the human genome. Published online by Genome Research this week, the study may shed new light on the history of these genomic intruders, as well as their role in tumors. Although this particular virus, dubbed Phoenix, is a wimpy one, some argue that resuscitating any ancient virus is inherently risky and that the study should have undergone stricter reviews.
More details here: ScienceNOW"


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