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Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

kervin Usability is THE killer feature that Linux needs (209 comments)

Unless there is some killer feature, or the distribution is tailored well to a specific niche, I am quite bored with the "yet another Linux distro" articles

As someone who uses Ubuntu as their primary desktop OS both at home and at work, I have to say that usability is the biggest feature holding back Linux desktop. It is the reason all those "year of the linux desktop" stories are BS. Hence it is the killer feature for the Linux Desktop.

Linux Desktop feels like someone built a great desktop but never went back and reviewed their work. There are so many little things daily that cause the OS to be hard to use for regular people. And yes, that includes Ubuntu.

I wish there was a commercial Linux desktop option that offered create support, spent some time cleaning up and smoothing out the rough edges on the Linux Desktop, and had just one top tier hardware partner. I would gladly pay a few hundred dollars a year for this.

about two weeks ago
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The Great Taxi Upheaval

kervin Re:Predictability?...Well... (218 comments)

Well, I agree about that predictability in the fact that in New York, black patrons would hardly be able to [successfully] hail a taxi after 8 PM.

That's definitely not true. It's more likely black patrons will not be able to hail a cab in any rush hour period. E.g. 5pm, 2am ( many clubs and bars close ). It's not that the drivers are afraid, it's greed more than anything else.

The cab drivers know that statistically black patrons are more likely to take them to the outer reaches of the boroughs. The fair to these areas is ok, but coming back there is no fair. So it's worse than someone who stays in Manhattan and then the cab driver gets fairs every direction every time.

But it has nothing to do with the time of day, it's really about how busy they would be. At 4AM in the morning, when everything is quiet cab drivers will tell you they are happy to pick up anybody.

about three weeks ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

kervin Psychological != Physical addiction (474 comments)

Hard drugs get you strongly and quickly Physically Addicted. Do not confuse that with a mild Psychological addiction. Many slashdot comments are getting this wrong. But not all addictions are the same

Many legal drugs will get you addicted. But that's why we control those substances as well. A large part of being on the federal schedule is that the illicit drug has no real medical use ( or so they say ). So it's not about which is most addictive, but rather what's addictive while arguably also having no medical use.

about a month ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

kervin smoking in apartment buildings (474 comments)

Smoking in apartment buildings often affects the health of others in that building. This is why NYC regulates smoking in multi-tenant buildings.

Maybe Americans realize that there are few places you can smoke and not affect the health of others.

about a month ago
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Google Unveils Project Tango 3D Tablet DevKit Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra K1

kervin $1024 does fit neatly into 1KB memory (54 comments)

You'll have almost 1KB memory left, but that's neither here or there.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

kervin Incorrect (142 comments)

A m3.2xlarge costs 4905.6 per year. You can buy a 32GB RAM 8 CPU core Dell R320 system for $2,666.80 in it's entirety.

If you are comparing with a fixed purchase, you should use the 3-yr reserved price for the M3.2XL, which is $162/month ( includes the initial payment ). This gives you a yearly cost of $1944. And that includes all NOC costs.

If you do not factor in NOC costs in your estimate then you clearly haven't been doing this very long.

Source http://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html

about 3 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Back-End Status: See You In September

kervin References or it didn't happen (251 comments)

Interesting story. Do you have any links to confirm that's how it happened?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

kervin Says who? (119 comments)

AWS has some of the lowest cloud prices I've found anywhere. You can get AWS instances for under $3/month reserved according to what you need. 'Small' Linux instances cost about $15/month reserved last I checked. In fact they'll even give you a Micro instance free for a year without spending anything as part of their 'free tier'.

How did you come to the conclusion AWS was expensive?

about 5 months ago
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Goodyear's New State-of-the-Art Airship Makes Its First Flight

kervin Airspeed (66 comments)

If the same standards that grounded Zeppelins after the Hindenburg accident had been applied to aircraft, civilian heavier-than-air passenger transportation would never have taken off.

I suspect the fact that these things traveled about 50 MPH had more to do with their demise than a few high-profile accidents.

about 4 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

kervin Glacier at $20/mn expensive? (983 comments)

Glacier at $20 per month for 20TB is rediculously cheap by today's standards. And at those sizes, you'd want to ship those drives to Amazon instead of uploading. We do this all the time and it's not that hard.

The price of TBs of storage of course will come down without question. But by today's standards $20/month for a medium that won't "bit rot" on you is an amazing deal.

about 5 months ago
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Canonical Ports Chromium To The Mir Display Server

kervin Shuttleworth is the reason many use Linux Desktop (63 comments)

Hate him all you want. But when I looked around for a Workstation preinstalled with Linux, Ubuntu was the only serious choice I got. Redhat didn't even have a preinstalled system they would sell me. That's right, they haven't even paid enough attention to Linux Desktop to have a partner provide a well-spec'ed, modern, supported Linux laptop.

After a lot of digging I found a list of Windows laptops Redhat swore would also run their OS. But asking users to buy one OS ( Windows ) and reinstall another is an automatic fail for the vast majority of desktop buyers. Not that I can't do install an OS, but not having a supported OS is just not worth my time anymore. I'm no longer in college with lots of time to tweak and troubleshoot.

I wish I could go to Redhat.com, enter my credit card and have a partner laptop shipped to me in a few weeks. Complete with modern specs and OS support direct from Redhat. But that's not possible even if I'd happily pay a premium. At least Ubuntu has System76.

about 6 months ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

kervin Cat and mouse (387 comments)

The simple solution for Tesla is to outsource their galleries to some degree. I believe Tesla did that in some states and the Ohio law bans "affiliated entities" as well, but this really will become a "cat and mouse" game.

Regular dealerships are "affiliated" with the manufacturer at some level, so it sounds like Tesla will have to find that balance as well.

about 6 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

kervin Browser bytecode engine instead of a language (505 comments)

It's sad we're still using a single client side language instead of having the option of running bytecode in the browser. Obscurated JS is just as difficult to read as bytecode, and the browser can also have an automatic bytecode to text "viewer".

Browers should get behind pNaCL or something similar.

about 7 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

kervin because it's not what they fancy (489 comments)

Unless you also believe minorities have little interest in Computer Science.

A lot of kids are told from very early they can not do these jobs. That they futures are set and what's in store for them require very little schooling.

These kids fancy more for themselves. But are taught that they can not achieve what they fancy.

That is why many observers believe this is more than just about students doing what they want.

about 7 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

kervin Affinity Groups versus Intolerance (489 comments)

Why is there a Korean Christian church around the corner?

Minority populations ( however defined, could be white homosexual males for instance ) often find that they have needs that are not shared with the larger population. For instance Korean Christians may find that they don't speak English well enough to attend regular service. So they form a church that takes care of those special needs.

That in general what an affinity group is suppose to do. If there are needs that the white male population requires that are not fulfilled by the general population, then that population definitely should have an affinity group.

Don't be hateful. There are many groups out there we don't belong to that require support. I have no idea what a Homosexual Caucasian Male goes through, but I'm sure the experience can be bad enough that he may require the support of his peers.

And by the way, that's your example right there. Sexual tolerance campaigns aren't "anti-white-male" as you put it because they help large numbers of homosexual white males.

about 7 months ago
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Pirate Bay Founder's Custody Extended to February 5th

kervin charges? (127 comments)

According the the petition link in the summary ( I know it's a lot to ask that you read it ), these accusations were dropped. And he isn't charged with anything currently.

about 7 months ago
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Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

kervin Account Manger (249 comments)

You're confusing a Non-Technical [Project] Manager with an Account Manager. Account Mangers are the ones that manage the client's expectations, and generally "correct" for engineers having little more charisma than the machines they work with.

about 8 months ago
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Why Don't Open Source Databases Use GPUs?

kervin Not true (241 comments)

...because I/O is the limiting factor of database performance, not compute power?

Just a few projects into Database Performance Optimization would convince you that's not a true statement. IO/Memory/CPU are in fact largely interchangeable resources on a database. And depending on your schema you can just as easily run out of any of these resources equally.

For instance, I'm currently tuning a SQL Server database that's CPU heavy based on our load projection targets. We could tweak/increase query caching that would cause more resultsets to stay in memory. This would mean that less complex queries would be run, drastically reducing I/O and some CPU resource usage. But then drastically increasing memory usage. This is just a simple example of course to illustrate the point.

Databases run out of CPU resources all the time. And a CPU advancement would be very well received.

My guess as to why this hasn't been done is that it would require end-users to start buying/renting/leasing GPU enabled hardware for their Database infrastructure. This would be a huge change from how we do things today and this sector moves very slowly.

Also we have many fairly old but more important Database advancements which have been around for years and are still almost unusable. If you ever tried to horizontally scale most popular Open-source databases you may know what I'm talking about. Multi-master, or just scaling technology in general, is required by about every growing "IT-dependent" company at some point. But that technology ( though available ) is still "in the dark ages" as far as I'm concerned based on reliability and performance measurements.

about 8 months ago
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Asm.js Gets Faster

kervin Standardize Javascript bytecode already (289 comments)

I'd wish they'd stopping slowly and painfully going through the intermediate steps and standardize the Javascript Bytecode representation. Then javascript wouldn't be any slower than native code. Even faster in some situations ( due to runtime optimizations, if the Java folks are to be believed ).

Why on earth are we still only transferring Javascript as text? It doesn't really help security. Is obfuscated Javascript any easier to read than decompiled bytecode?

about 8 months ago

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