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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

kervin Bytecode not Textcode (194 comments)

Browsers should not standardize on a particular programming language, but rather on bytecode. But no one wants to use the other's Bytecode solution ( although we have sever great bytecode standards to choose from ) so we're stuck with Javascript.

about a week ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

kervin Netflix officially runs on Linux (158 comments)

A bit off-topic but strange, Netflix officially removed the Linux block after the release of Chrome 38 and all the NSS updates this week. And we didn't even get a Slashdot story on this.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

kervin Ebola obviously spreads more easily... (421 comments)

...than they're letting on.

I understand though that admitting this would cause a panic, especially since there is no working vaccine. But it's beginning to look like the "direct contact with bodily fluids only." thing is not entirely true. Unless the amount of fluids needed is small enough to be transmitted via a sneeze, cough or something similar.

about two weeks ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

kervin Java does this much better than C++ (365 comments)

I'm sadly working with Java services now, and we have a seriously problem in that there's no reasonable way to tell that a Java program is getting close to crashing due to memory exhaustion. In C++, you can just monitor heap size, and alarm based on values and trends and all that good predictive jazz.

Java has JMX which can be used to do this much better than C++ can ( at least without a ton of effort ).

With Java you get this all out of the box. You can point a JMX console to your Java Runtime and monitor with zero code. Or use java.lang.management package programmatically.

about three weeks ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

kervin so drones are useless because... (208 comments)

they don't solve all of your problems?

Because this is what your post is boiling down to as far as I can tell.

about a month ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

kervin Chrome 38 is the big one (113 comments)

Encrypted Media Extensions lands in 38. This is what Netflix's using in their new HTML5 player. So hopefully, finally, Netflix on Linux.

Now if they can just get Java working on Linux again we'd be all set.

about 2 months ago
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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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 9 months ago

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