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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

kramulous Re:Algorithms (161 comments)

Hi,

    I'm Australian. So as far as you possibly can get from technology and innovation.

    I can understand the need for a specific language from a technology giant. When you build the hardware platform as complex as these guys probably have, with the type, and volume (in space and time), of data they have from customers hitting various services, it makes sense to have an internal language that understands how the data is stored and when wanting to run queries you want them to be run in an efficient manner. And I'm not talking about efficient as in fast. I'm also talking about the thousands of other people who also want to run queries. I'd want a language that natively understands queuing, scheduling and load balancing so not to disrupt the normal operations. If you don't, you can bring hardware to its knees very quickly.

    I get it. I'd do the same thing. The wrong type of generic programming could potentially be very bad for a company whose job it is to deliver consistent service.

about two weeks ago
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How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

kramulous Re:I won't be part of this (115 comments)

Could also be because this Remembrance Day marks 100 years of the start of World War I.

But sure, two soldiers killed is also significant.

about a month and a half ago
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How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

kramulous Re:Armistice Day (115 comments)

Forgot to mention.

Anzac day is a big deal as well as Remembrance Day. But that is more that we acknowledge how our commonwealth masters dictated us to our mass slaughter on a foreign soil whom we didn't have a particular argument with. My great grandfather got a VC there but plenty other relatives died. We're all still in awe, anger and sad about it.

For what it is worth, I'm still for the Monarchy. Mainly because I don't trust an Australian in the position.

about a month and a half ago
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How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

kramulous Re:Armistice Day (115 comments)

Not true. We (Australia, and I'm guessing NZ as well) observe the minute silence, nation wide, in schools, workplaces and homes at 11am. It's a big thing here.

about a month and a half ago
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Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

kramulous Re: Other prisons are the same (142 comments)

Hahaha .... I'd never considered that. I had never bothered even looking for an uncensored image which probably supports this way of thinking further.

It now seems to me that the uproar was indeed justified. Carry on friends.

about a month and a half ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

kramulous Re:Any effective opposition to this? (182 comments)

Whoa ... What have you been smoking?

Not that I think what you are saying is not possible, more that it will take the Australian government (and associated agencies) more coordination, competence and unity to reach such abilities. And I've never been witness to any such of the three stated capabilities.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

kramulous Re:I'll buy anything from China except food (431 comments)

We have a consumer law here in Aus that states that any edible produce sold must display clearly (along with price) where the item was grown, caught, processed, etc. We know where that fish and shrimp were caught.

So, we do see a lot of garlic coming from China (all that treated, bone white stuff), but we can easily see that and what has been grown locally as well so those of us who cook, pick that one. I'm not saying it is perfect, but it is a little bit of power to the consumer. Very stiff penalties for those making false or misleading representations.

about 6 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

kramulous Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Not true, at all. Typical of sweeping generalisations.

It is a spice. Like any other. When in combination with other spices and flavours, it can enhance. Example, a sweet dish with a dash of spice can completely change the flavour journey.

You also learn to become tolerant to capsaicin. After a while, the burn no longer occurs and you enjoy the flavour it has, the taste sensation. Like building a tolerance to all the other spices.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

kramulous Re:games (669 comments)

+1 Minecraft

When I get any time. I cannot be bothered setting up Starcraft II on linux again (with the 10GB updates). Only commented for the bot that will sift the results.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

kramulous Re:I notice you vaguely said 'medical professional (308 comments)

I don't think it is irrelevant.

My of my friends are specialist surgeons ( I was meant to be one but had a far greater draw to mathematics, computing and engineering) and the extra research and learning work I have to put in far exceeds theirs. Admittedly, in the first 15 years (ages 18-33) they *may* have been ahead given the exams they needed to pass to qualify for 'x', but since, their research hours have dropped substantially. Mine however are as high as ever. I would easily put in an average of 20 hours per week of extra study, reading, investigation and experimentation. That would be averaged over the last five years (I'm 36).

It is Saturday morning here, I have my coffee and am doing the quick fly around of 'technical' websites first before I do a deep dive into how I can efficiently and reliably get seamless, high (ish) data volume exchange from a multitude of browsers to a backend compute cluster for interactive data exploration securely. It will take most of my time up until Christmas Day. I'm on 'holidays'.

This is normal. Those that do this stay relevant. Those who don't will not have employment in 5 years.

1 year,1 day
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

kramulous Fuck you Rupert Murdoch! (229 comments)

Rich prick didn't like the idea of losing his total control of media, so began a relentless attack of the previous government using the current media he has at his control. All sorts of brainwashing techniques were used. It worked.

We had a chance and we blew it.

1 year,16 days
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Fighting Zombies? Chevrolet Reveals New "Black Ops" Concept Truck

kramulous Re:Thanks (220 comments)

Doesn't it worry you how much 'glass' there is in the front?

Slow moving zombies, sure. But fast, angry zombies would punch a hole in that in no time.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should More Math and Equations Be Used In the Popular Press?

kramulous Re:Arthur C Clarke (385 comments)

Me ... waaaaaay off.

Thanks.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should More Math and Equations Be Used In the Popular Press?

kramulous Arthur C Clarke (385 comments)

Didn't Arthur C Clarke have this argument with his publishers? Every equation resulted in a 80% reduction in audience?

Something to that effect.

about a year ago
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Revisiting Amdahl's Law

kramulous Re:Buzzword-heavy (54 comments)

Somebody has an axe to grind.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Boasts of Tiny Energy Saving With IE

kramulous Re:Less Power? Easy (243 comments)

Yes, I have done it. On my 46" LED Samsung TV (late 2010 model?), a majority black screen draws 22W while a white screen will draw 58W.

Regarding your black on white comment, I spend about 10 hours a day, 6 days a week for the last 15 years looking at gedit with an 'oblivion' font&color setting. I find it quite pleasing to look at (particularly when staring at i's, j's and k's in loops) compared to black on white, which I can sometimes lose focus, line, on.

Just sayin'. That's all.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Boasts of Tiny Energy Saving With IE

kramulous Re:Less Power? Easy (243 comments)

I've never understood this line of logic that seems to happen with computing. It's not that hard. Hook up a power meter and see for yourself.

Stop guessing and start knowing.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Boasts of Tiny Energy Saving With IE

kramulous Less Power? Easy (243 comments)

Use a dark colour as a background instead of white when drawing pixels.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

kramulous Re:sigh (551 comments)

Depends what country you hail from. For most countries, the police don't have to worry about a rifle (let alone a semiautomatic one). Australia is one of those countries. I'd like to help the police keep it that way.

about a year and a half ago

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CSIRO Wins Landmark Wi-Fi Settlement

kramulous kramulous writes  |  more than 5 years ago

suolumark (977841) writes "The CSIRO has won what could be a landmark settlement from Hewlett Packard over the use of patented wireless technology. The settlement ended HP's involvement in a four-year lawsuit brought by the CSIRO on a group of technology companies, in which the organisation was seeking royalties for wi-fi technology that is used extensively on laptops and computers worldwide.

CSIRO spokesman Luw Morgan earlier said legal action was continuing against 13 companies: Intel, Dell, Toshiba, Asus, Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, SMC, Accton, 3-Com, Buffalo, Microsoft and Nintendo."
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CSIRO wins landmark wi-fi settlement

kramulous kramulous writes  |  more than 5 years ago

suolumark (977841) writes "The CSIRO has won what could be a landmark settlement from Hewlett Packard over the use of patented wireless technology. The settlement ended HP's involvement in a four-year lawsuit brought by the CSIRO on a group of technology companies, in which the organisation was seeking royalties for wi-fi technology that is used extensively on laptops and computers worldwide.

CSIRO spokesman Luw Morgan earlier said legal action was continuing against 13 companies: Intel, Dell, Toshiba, Asus, Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, SMC, Accton, 3-Com, Buffalo, Microsoft and Nintendo."

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