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Google Drive Launching Next Week With 5GB Free Space

nsebban Re:5 GB (265 comments)

EchoFS is 30 GB, also free.

more than 2 years ago

Paris Launches World's First Electric Car Share Program

nsebban Not really the first (136 comments)

The very same program has already been launched in several smaller cities of France for months. In the south-east part of the country, Nice, Antibes and Cannes had autolib cars since early April.

more than 2 years ago

Rural North Carolina Experiences Data Center Boom

nsebban Re:Hey wow, this is true, I live here. (153 comments)

I tried looking for these but couldn't really find anything, not knowing that region at all. Would you mind posting a couple google maps links to these places ?

Thanks a lot in advance !

more than 3 years ago

Google Instant Announced

nsebban Heavy load (408 comments)

Seems to me they find a clever way of testing their platforms under a very heavy, yet realistic, load.

about 4 years ago

NASA Estimates 600 Million Metric Tons of Water Ice At Moon's North Pole

nsebban Re:That should roughly equal (271 comments)

Definately, but here we're talking about water on the moon. Shouldn't the unit of choice be the "Library of Congress" ?

more than 4 years ago

After Learning Java Syntax, What Next?

nsebban I wouldn't start with Java (293 comments)

While Java isn't a bad choice, I don't think it's the best entry-point for someone learning programming by himself. In your case, I think I would start looking around for other options, especially Python. A good mix of book-reading for the pure theory, community-based support for your specific questions, and a LOT of practice is the key.

more than 4 years ago

Google Envisions 10 Million Servers

nsebban Re:The Internet isn't that big. (169 comments)

Google Analytics, for instance, probable use a few thousands servers. Adsense as well. And they have many computing-heavy services. And they tend to parralelize everything that can be.

Google's back-office obviously relies on a lot more servers than their front-end does.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Probe Blasts 461 Gigabytes of Moon Data Daily

nsebban Silly name (203 comments)

"Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier" is the most silly name I have ever heard for a can of Pringles :)

about 5 years ago

Stock Market Manipulation By Millisecond Trading

nsebban Re:An abuse of the free market system. (624 comments)

As said in TFA :

"While markets are supposed to ensure transparency by showing orders to everyone simultaneously, a loophole in regulations allows marketplaces like Nasdaq to show traders some orders ahead of everyone else in exchange for a fee."

The companies managing the marketplaces make money (and probably lots of it) with this method, and it's not illegal. So it's just another flaw in the marketplace system that won't be fixed just because a few "key people" exploit it and make huge piles of money.

more than 5 years ago

Boxee vs. Zinc vs. Hulu

nsebban Re:Fixed (116 comments)

And yet, those big corporations keep wondering how they could make those silly non-american people pay for their content.

more than 5 years ago

Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?

nsebban The first step (1354 comments)

I realize I am entering the lion's den covered in tasty meat-flavored sauce.

Step 1 : Stop talking like that.


more than 5 years ago

Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?

nsebban I just switched after 15 years of Windows (542 comments)

I just switched to Ubuntu for my home computer last saturday, after 15 years of using pretty much every version of Windows. I'm not new to linux on the server-side, but very new on the desktop side.

After playing with it for a couple days, I don't see a single piece of innovation. The effects when moving the windows are neat. The package-management GUIs are useful. But that's it. There's nothing in there that isn't on other OSs. So I don't see where the innovation is.

On the other side, there are many little glitches, many little weird things that make Ubuntu (which IS the "linux Desktop" right now) not as good as Windows. Nothing important, nothing blocking, but annoyances that no other OS wouldn't fix.

For instance the fact you have to hit the "number lock" key every time you're on the "input your password" screen...there's most likely a fix for that, but then why (and how) would a basic user have to fix that ? There's more, like when you try to find out what's wrong with your sound card, or when your keyboard switches from your setting to another when you start some applications. And there's the copy-paste thing, where the copy part works great but the paste part needs you to figure out if the current app needs you to press the right or the middle button, or in a few cases ctrl-v.

The Linux Desktop is probably the greatest chance the world has to get away from MS and Apple one day, but right now, as a user, I have to say it's not ready. As 10+ years linux supporter I would love to say it is (even slightly) innovative, but it would be a lie. Right now, it can't really compete with other OSs, seeing how every app beahave in their own way. And you can't call that innovation. MS and Apple got this straight for a while now, probably because it's what matters to the user, even more than the fancy effects.

more than 5 years ago

Mozilla Preparing To Scrap Tabbed Browsing?

nsebban Re:Bah (554 comments)

They're not listening :/

more than 4 years ago

Command Lines and the Future of Firefox

nsebban Re:What's next, an email client and html editor? (360 comments)

I'll rephrase : I'd like a browser that only displays web-pages (html + css + javascript + flash) and that's all. By doing just that, maybe I can even dream of a web-browser that won't be using 100M when launched, and 2-300M after a few hours of usage.

You have to admit that today's Firefox is pretty far from that, and it's not exactly getting better :/

more than 5 years ago

Command Lines and the Future of Firefox

nsebban Re:What's next, an email client and html editor? (360 comments)

I honnestly wish I knew more about C/C++ programming, so I could have a better idea how FF interacts with the rendering engine, and of the amount of work it would be to get rid of all I would like to. I tried looking at the code a few times, but it's far from where my C/C++ knowledge stand :/

more than 5 years ago

Command Lines and the Future of Firefox

nsebban Re:What's next, an email client and html editor? (360 comments)

For me, it would be pretty much everything. I don't use the search field, I don't use the bookmarks, I use an online RSS reader, I don't print-preview and print web-pages, I don't use history, I don't use side-panels. I wish all this could at least be optional.

Many of FF3 features now rely on SQLite database as a data storage system. It's a great idea, it's really fast and all, but if there's a need to store data that way, for a web-browser, maybe there's too much data in the first place ?

more than 5 years ago

Command Lines and the Future of Firefox

nsebban Re:What's next, an email client and html editor? (360 comments)

I really wish someone would fork FF, remove all the crap that's been added in the last 2 years, and deliver a simple, fast and stable browser, that people could extend using extensions. Actually, I would gladly pay for a browser like this.

more than 5 years ago

Stardock, Microsoft Unveil Their Own New Anti-Piracy Methods

nsebban Am I reading it right ? (232 comments)

"Once validated, the game never needs to connect to the Internet again."

"Of course, this only works for online games."

Yeah, lots of sense here.
Basically it's just a different way to implement DRM.

more than 5 years ago


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