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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

lauwersw Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

Actually it's the reverse: as soon as an alternative method has been proven to work, it's taken into "regular" medicine and stops being called alternative.

about 10 months ago

Cassandra NoSQL Database 1.2 Released

lauwersw Re:Hmm. (55 comments)

One thing I'm not seeing in the comments yet: don't forget that most NoSQL solutions are written for commodity hardware, which also makes them very suitable for cloud solutions. To get the same kind of performance out of a relational DB, you need expensive hardware.

Cassandra can also be made aware of the rack or data center the nodes are running in, so it can lay out its data replica's for regional data safety (think EC2 data center failures, all too common) but still offer optimal local data access.

about 2 years ago

Scientists Develop Sixty Day Bread

lauwersw Re:Real bread goes stale after 1 day (440 comments)

I don't know what kind of bread you make and how you store it, but mine lasts for at least 4 or 5 days, without any preservatives (except for some salt). It might be a bit dry after 2 days, but if you only slice it when you're going to eat it, it's not too bad.

more than 2 years ago

Flight 4590 Didn't Kill the Concorde; Costs Did

lauwersw Re:Old tech, poor efficiency (403 comments)

Yeah, hence it's nickname: Chronic Boozer.

more than 2 years ago

SABAM Wants Truckers To Pay For Listening To Radio

lauwersw Re:The supplied translation link... (337 comments)

Well, that's a typo in the original article. It should be "klinkklare nonsens", which google translates as "sheer nonsense". But I guess you don't like that better....

more than 3 years ago

How To Build an Open Source House?

lauwersw Re:Know the right people (274 comments)

Here in Belgium the rule of thumb is 30 years before you need major renovations, typically including a new roof, kitchen, heating, windows, ... Some parts may last a little longer with proper maintenance, but like you say technology gets outdated too.

We bought a 40 years old house and basically stripped it down to the walls. The electric installation was minimal, in the bedrooms there was just one socket each. Otherwise it was outright dangerous.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook VP Slams Intel's, AMD's Chip Performance Claims

lauwersw Re:Depends on 'headroom' of other subsystems. (370 comments)

Or just the classical scaling issues when adding more cores and more threads, such that the threads are waiting for each other on locks. It's usually worse because multi core processors are typically clocked slower. So you have more threads but they execute slower each, causing the lock to be held longer by each thread, causing more lock contention...

more than 5 years ago

Apple Removes Nearly All Reference To ZFS

lauwersw Re:ZFS still needs more miles under the belt (361 comments)

Sun changed to ZFS as the default file system in one of their last Solaris 10 updates. I can't believe they would do that if it wasn't completely ready according to them.

more than 5 years ago

Companies Waste $2.8 Billion Per Year Powering Unused PCs

lauwersw Re:I didn't really get this at first. (348 comments)

Over here almost everybody has a laptop. The recommendation is to take it home every day, the alternative is to put it in your locker. Don't leave it on your desk because security will confiscate it because it might be stolen otherwise. Everybody knows how safe Kensington locks are (not at all). If you really need overnight jobs to run you can still get a fixed desktop pc next to your laptop. Guess how many computers don't get turned off at night? On top of that it's more efficient in every single way. Laptops use less energy, you can carry them with you in meetings (wifi rules), we can work from home over vpn when it suits you and so on. They're not that much more expensive compared to desktops either.

more than 5 years ago

Companies Waste $2.8 Billion Per Year Powering Unused PCs

lauwersw Re:Productivity (348 comments)

Don't tell us you're reading /. from home, we don't believe you. That will cost you at least 10 minutes a day as well...

more than 5 years ago

ZFS Set To Eventually Play Larger Role in OSX

lauwersw Re:Translation: (196 comments)

Way easier to manage: only 2 commands! While now with an LVM you have to place your disks in the desired topology inside your LVM (RAID0, 1, 5, ...), format them, put a filesystem on, mount, file check, repair, whatever. With zfs you place disks in your pool and kinda mount part of it, that's it.

There are some other things you could complain about: it makes less sense on hardware RAIDs with good management tools. They missed a chance to make it a distributed or clusterable file system (though they bought Lustre lately, who knows) and it's not possible to boot from it yet, but all in all it's a major step forward.

more than 7 years ago


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