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Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

sloth jr Unambitious. (413 comments)

To propose a new high quality format that doesn't add anything significantly new to our music options seems a little short sighted. Imagine a format that presents each recorded master track as a separate component, along with as-released mixing settings. You'd gain the ability to not only listen to what the sound engineer came up with, you'd be able to make your own mixes. It'd also make creative mashups much, much easier. That's what I want - not this.

about 6 months ago

Why Don't Open Source Databases Use GPUs?

sloth jr Interesting but flawed paper (241 comments)

This is clearly the question that corporate co-authors Nvidia and Logicblox hoped you would ask.

The paper seems to represent more of an evolutionary rather than revolutionary approach, but suffers from some unfortunate hand-waving, particularly in their attempt to negate the real cost of memory->PCIe transfers (to their credit, at least they call out that latency), their unwillingness to perform comparisons on like-to-like base hardware, and their rather odd choice of front-end environment. Coupled with their odd price-performance metric, I suspect that Nvidia marketing got way up in Gatech's business on this. My suspicion is that there are real use cases where SIMD processing is going to substantially speedup relational database performance on easily partitioned datasets, but as more vectorization effort is placed on main CPU, the advantages of kicking off to coprocessor will eventually go the way of the 387.

about 9 months ago

Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person

sloth jr Worst Summary Ever? (489 comments)

It's hard to see the connection between anything mentioned in the article and being turned into a horrible person.

about a year and a half ago

New York Data Centers Battle Floods, Utility Outages

sloth jr Re:WHERE ARE THE MELTDOWNS!!?!?!?! (186 comments)

I dunno; the summary is patently wrong: three nukes DID shutdown because of Sandy. Salem-1 remains shutdown because of failure of 4 of 6 coolant pumps. Efforts to repair those 4 continue today. From the comments below, it seems as though *5* of 6 pumps were actually adversely affected. So yay, the system SCRAM'ed and the massive redundancy built into nukes kept this from turning into an incident... but closer than I would have preferred.

From the cited article:
"Salem-1 shut early Tuesday morning "when four of the station's six circulating water pumps were no longer available due to weather impacts from Hurricane Sandy," the company said in a statement that day.

Waves hit the plant's circulating water building, requiring the shutdown, PSEG Nuclear chairman and CEO Ralph Izzo said during a press teleconference Wednesday morning. One of five pumps has been repaired, and the other four are expected to be repaired Wednesday, Izzo said. He did not say when Salem-1 is expected to return to service."

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

sloth jr Re:Nineteen Eighty-Four (1365 comments)

Missing my mod points right now. Well played, sir. Well played.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?

sloth jr Re:Tripods (726 comments)

I actually thought it was fine - not of the same caliber of the original - though a bit moralizing.

more than 2 years ago

Grad Student Wins Alan Alda's Flame Challenge

sloth jr Re:Is this aimed at 11-year-olds?!? (161 comments)

It's setting the hook; you use the actual words out so that someone who does get interested in this stuff has a jumping off place for, at the very least, a wikipedia fishing trip.

more than 2 years ago

Why Kids Should Be Building Rockets Instead of Taking Tests

sloth jr Re:This is *not* a problem. (381 comments)

Being smart IS better than being dumb - clearly a smarter person has the ability to formulate more solutions to more abstract problems - but it's not SUFFICIENT. I think a lot of smart people fall into this trap. Being smart doesn't make you moral, empathetic, doesn't make you hard-working, patient, generous, driven, doesn't make you good looking, athletic - doesn't weigh in on any part of who you are other than that of your intellect. If you can't apply your intellect to understand the levers of society, and make concessions to them, then that is to your detriment, and is your problem. Perhaps it's your "I'm 170" attitude that is creating barriers for you?

You were called on the floor as being sociopathic, almost certainly for this: "fuck it, you know what, I don't care anymore. Enough of trying to do good for others, I'm doing this for *me* and the rest of the world can go fuck itself."

You rebut: "I'm in this life for ME now." It would appear that your self-description certainly fits the dictionary definition, if not the DSM-IV. If you're "sick of doing for others", then you never really were in it for doing for others, you were in it for, as you say, yourself.

more than 2 years ago

Assessing Media Bias: Microsoft Vs. Everyone Else

sloth jr Re:Microsoft Deserves It (364 comments)

I recall it was always quality of search results returned in the early days that made Google really shine. The light interface and innocuous ads did stroke the "do no evil" meme and seemed pretty responsive as well. Their search engine worked so much better than AltaVista that there wasn't much contest (and Yahoo's browse-your-category mechanism was horrendous). This is my perspective as a geek, though; I couldn't tell you what others thought.

Now it's all just a horrible mess, and search results are once against mostly crap, I contend through detestable SEO efforts.

more than 2 years ago

Assessing Media Bias: Microsoft Vs. Everyone Else

sloth jr Re:My Mac crashes, in a worse way (364 comments)

Your system should not be locking up. This sounds like a hardware issue; I haven't experienced system hangs when apps hang at all (though there is some pretty lousy behavior in Lion that can crop up - autosave state can sometimes restore the crashed state, so your app just subsequently crashes over and over again without removing some files down your Library directory).

more than 2 years ago

NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

sloth jr Re:Judicious Editing (1005 comments)

Absolutely right. NBC should aspire to be more than "Fox News for Liberals". It's a reprehensible edit.

more than 2 years ago

Record-Setting 100+ T Magnetic Field Achieved At Los Alamos

sloth jr Re:What insights will we gain from this? (166 comments)

It seems to be evolutionary work that will likely strengthen magnetic containment fusion (eg Tokamak/ITER) research.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Barring Certain Staff From Buying Macs, iPads?

sloth jr Re:I am no longer surprised. (416 comments)

As someone mentioned - Firehose.

Unrelated to anything you or anyone else said, I'd prefer a feature that didn't enable comments posting or moderation unless you read the story...

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Backtracks On $2 Convenience Fee

sloth jr Re:Big Red Will Still Get Their 2 bucks (281 comments)

I suggest you look at your bill again, particularly the section marked:
Verizon Wireless' Surcharges and Other Charges & Credits

more than 2 years ago

Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

sloth jr Re:Android has many problems (614 comments)

I would say software installation on Linux distributions is actually WORSE now than it used to be. If you stick to your distro's repos, you're fine - unless you want a package that's not IN your distro's repos - say, OpenStack running on CentOS; oh, sure, they've got a repo they publish for OpenStack (only its location is documented INCORRECTLY in the manual). So go ahead and "yum install -y openstack-nova openstack-glance openstack-swift" - but now head through the documentation and start trying to follow their examples. Oh, euca tools to manage it? No sweat, it's included in the packages - but wait - not all of them.

This is one example of many, many, many. Your supposed advantage of utilizing libraries breaks down when you come across a package that requires a downrev version - or if you use Python 2.6 frameworks on CentOS 5. It becomes a massive PITA pulling all the strings to get to basic functionality. Yes, it's all out there, you can read the source, you can change it and submit your git clone to source mainteners - but really. WTF should I have to, when I'm just trying to use the functionality that is supposedly offered?

more than 2 years ago

Russia Set To Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors Past Engineered Life Span

sloth jr Re:Insane (215 comments)

Surprised the breaker wasn't tagged. Poor safety culture....

more than 2 years ago

Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

sloth jr Re:Faulty Reasoning (653 comments)

Per dress code - depends upon where you're working. If you're a bank or generally on the East Coast, I've noticed a bit more dress-up. West coast, more mellow. That whole big in-between section? Depends on where you're at; if you're doing gov work programming, button shirts are usually the informal uniform.

more than 2 years ago

IT Pros Can't Resist Peeking At Privileged Info

sloth jr Re:This is why I will never trust cloud services (388 comments)

Yes, yes - immutable in that they are aggregated on limited access centralized logging machines, yes (reviewed on-going by our dedicated security team; spot-verified through various framework compliance auditors), yes.

more than 2 years ago

IT Pros Can't Resist Peeking At Privileged Info

sloth jr Re:This is why I will never trust cloud services (388 comments)

Working at a cloud vendor, I can tell you that using privileged access to view information outside of one's job duties is a firing offense in our shop. We take it very seriously.

more than 2 years ago


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