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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

styrotech Re:Why not 16? (105 comments)

I would have thought a 16 core config would be an efficient number.

You may have noticed these are server chips. Intel is now doing the equivalent of ECC with its CPUs - every 9th core is a parity core. There are effectively only 16 cores.

about a week ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

styrotech Re:1 week's warning (68 comments)

What if we had 1 week warning of the dinosaur-killer?

Well personally, assuming that there was no safe place to send them, I'd take the week off work and spend it with my dinosaurs just to let them know how much I appreciated my time with them.

I'd probably need a little more time off work after that too. Thankfully my boss is pretty generous with bereavement leave.

about two weeks ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

styrotech Re:JAVA (230 comments)

Apache Struts, Tomcat, and elasticsearch (mentioned in the summary) are all written in java.
To me, that indicates a JAVA vulnerability, not a Linux vulnerability.

Or more likely a bug in an Apache Commons library they all use.

eg Struts is from Apache, Tomcat is from Apache, Elasticsearch is based on Lucene which is also from Apache.

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

styrotech Re:They will just cheat anyway (322 comments)

Ukraine disarmed. First nation to do so in the history of nuclear weapons.

I thought that was South Africa?

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

styrotech Re:What's so American (531 comments)

Is there a Marxist equivalent of Godwins Law?

about three weeks ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

styrotech Re:Switching to Libreoffice? (190 comments)

I'm a little scared to think of what "Spreadsheet" means in that context.

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

styrotech Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Agreed. On my laptop with an SSD, the non systemd OS boots faster than it takes to get through the BIOS stuff.

And as for servers, they can take fucking ages to get through all their BIOS/BMC/RAID controller etc bullshit. Shaving a few seconds off the OS boot time is irrelevant as it's by far the quickest part - especially if the actual services themselves take ages to start (bloody Java).

about three weeks ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

styrotech Re:hmm... (511 comments)

It bugs me that we're using words like "hip" and "cool" to describe programming languages. That anyone would choose to learn (or use) a language on the basis of it being "hip" is dumb. I'm looking at you, Ruby.

Heh, I think that crowd has mostly moved on to Go (via Node for some of the earlier ones).

about three weeks ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

styrotech Re:Did I miss the breakthrough? (305 comments)

Did I miss the part where the human race had a miraculous breakthrough in fusion technology?

Maybe not miraculous breakthroughs, but we've been getting better at directly utilising our only currently usable fusion reactor.

Then again it is ultimately responsible for nearly all our other energy sources too.

about a month ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

styrotech Re:Some of us do still assemble, even now (294 comments)

Yeah, I skimmed the list and there were only a few things that were newer than 5 years old. Docker definitely, node.js is maybe 5yrs old already (but that looks like it peaked - the cool kids have already moved on). Chef is already about 5 years old and Puppet is already much older (and that's ignoring much older config management tools).

about a month ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

styrotech Re:obviously a NATO plot (582 comments)

This is some of the drivel being spread around by conspiracy theorists, russian shills and russian conspiracy theorist shills.

Don't forget all the ones with an Su25 being involved in shooting it down (haha).

I love how all these conspiracy nuts paint the US govt as some scheming Machiavellian mastermind, when the reality is that they keep getting caught unprepared with their pants down whenever some unanticipated international development happens.

Ahhh but the nutjobs will claim "that it is all part of the deception!"

about 1 month ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

styrotech Re:A whole lot of Aggie (192 comments)

Do I have to go to the Urban Dictionary to find out what "blittin'" means? My guess is it's something dirty.

You got it. It's a bit like peeking and poking but much faster and involves extra hardware.

about 2 months ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

styrotech A whole lot of Aggie (192 comments)

ba de ba de ba de dah

Wanna tell you story
About woman I know
When it comes to blittin'
She steals the show
She ain't exactly pretty
Ain't exactly small
Eighty Three Seventy Two A B
You could say she's got it all

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

styrotech Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (667 comments)

the BUK system is equipped with a civilian transponder safety lock which has to be manually disabled before a missile can be fired at an aircraft showing a civilian IFF.

One plausible (but possibly wrong) explanation I heard was that the radar on the launcher vehicle is really just turned on for targeting after proper identification, and that the search radars normally on the other vehicles are used for identification and have the transponder detection bits.

They must spread em out like that to lessen the chances of the launcher being detected and targeted.

The rebels (and their Russian handlers?) might only have had the launcher vehicle to work with. The Ukrainian surveillance photos I've seen only seem to show the launcher. Of course that doesn't rule out the other vehicles being there too.

But if the other radars were actually present, then it really does look deliberate or at least incredibly incompetent for them to think it was a military plane.

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

styrotech Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

I think he's talking about King George the III bro.

Dammit dude, don't leave slashdot logged in like that. Billy Bob Jr has been messing around on your computer again!

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

styrotech Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

I seem to recall a murderous kleptomaniac thug being evicted from power on the strength of popular protest.

I think you meant "fleeing from power" after securing all the loot at Putin's holiday home but before anyone could legally hold him to account.

about 2 months ago
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FreeBSD 9.3 Released

styrotech Re:LOL (77 comments)

Besides, it's not recommended for use on non OpenBSD systems yet.

It's not recommended for use on any system yet.

about a month ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

styrotech Geez, what a load of whining. (415 comments)

Sheesh with all that whining you'd think all other languages are being banned from CS departments and nobody will ever learn anything else in later classes.

Whatever you think about Python, it has to be better than Java for an intro CS course. Less bureaucracy, can also do non OO paradigms, easier to code without an IDE etc, has an interactive shell for exploring code, and you get to the CS parts quicker without having to flounder around in the programming ceremony parts.

Moving away from Pascal (or Scheme or whatever) to Java in the first place was a mistake IMO.

about 2 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

styrotech Re:Well (564 comments)

When were the first 1280x1024? My memory places it about 20 years ago, and I had one.

They were around in 94, but they were relatively expensive and rare. That res usually required a fancier video card too to get a better DAC.

And multi monitors required non mainstream video cards too back then (not anymore).

And my most recent work computer has fewer pixels than that monitor did.

Ouch. My sympathies. Our oldest lowest specced PCs here now have dual monitors with the smallest one at 1280x1024.

But think what your small cheapo monitor costs now in real terms compared to what 1280x1024 did in 1994. Your workplaces relative budgets are very different.

about 2 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

styrotech Re:Well (564 comments)

Speak for yourself. You must've been in a very rarified environment.

20 years ago I was AutoCAD drafting at 1024x768 on a flickery 15" monitor. Not pleasant at all, but every one else in the office was on 14" monitors at 640x480 or 800x600 and weren't even aware of higher resoltions - at least they weren't as flickery at those lower resolutions.

Today my 27" 2560x1440 monitor at home cost about the same as that old 15" CRT. And the multicore SSD equipped 15" laptop it's plugged into does 1920x1080. Both screens have way better image quality and zero flicker.

20 years ago I was using VB 3 or 4, VBA, or writing AutoLisp macros in Notepad. Yuck.

20 years ago we were still getting 486s and a Pentium was well out of my employers price range. SMP machines were still exotic things to dream about. Although only a few years after that I was using a dual socket PII 266 with a whopping 128MB (whoa!).

about 2 months ago

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