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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

swilver Re:Clueless article (396 comments)

...and I suppose this silent corruption was verified by reading it into main memory?

My own simple tests (copy 1 TB of data from one place to another) on ECC and non-ECC systems showed quite clearly where the culprit was. Bit error rates of 1 bit/100 GB with the non-ECC system showed the problem clearly.

about a month and a half ago

One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

swilver Re:Clueless article (396 comments)

Just use ECC RAM. The price difference is tiny.

Of course you can verify, but very few people do that, and it certainly is not something most filesystems do for performance reasons.

about a month and a half ago

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

swilver Re:is it failsafe? (583 comments)

You can ask the same for normal cars, as they're basically driving computers these days.

about 2 months ago

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

swilver Re:Not the right way anyway (583 comments)

Public transportation takes about 50-100% longer to get where you want, unless you are part of the "lucky" few that live next to a major station and works next to another major station. It also often costs about as much as it would cost in fuel costs -- yes, you can factor in the car costs, but those are sunk costs as living without a car is not an option anyway (I'm not gonna bring my shopping in the train for starters).

Public transportation is really an abysmal failure, especially on the cost aspect. Its supposed to achieve economy of scale, but in reality it can't even beat a car with two passengers (and often not even with one passenger). And that's ignoring the time aspect (time is money, especially my free time).

If you really want to solve these kinds of problems, I'd look beyond transportation, but more to the reason we transport ourselves: work. Make it so people can work from home or nearby reuseable offices.

about 2 months ago

Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

swilver Re:Physical Media's a Joke (477 comments)

I just did the same, but instead it involved a 1 TB USB3 drive, which fits in my pant pocket... and it wasn't just one season.

about 3 months ago

Facebook Introduces Hack: Statically Typed PHP

swilver Re:English? (230 comments)

Java has had quick edit/reload cycles since there was hot code replacement. If you see Java developers recompiling / restarting their entire project every time they make a change, then unfortunately they just don't care enough and/or are incompetent.

For projects that I'm assigned to, the first thing I look at is making sure the turnover time is below 10 seconds.. if it isn't, I fiddle with it until it is. And yes, that works for Facebook sized websites as well.

They invented a square wheel to go with their already mediocre Volkswagen. Meanwhile, languages designed statically to begin with are looking at more important issues that crop up half a dozen iterations further down the road.

about 4 months ago

Daylight Saving Time ...

swilver Re:Really needed in China (310 comments)

So.... 4 and a half hours after midnight it gets light.... and 4 and a half hours before midnight it becomes dark.

The level of craziness is scary.

about 5 months ago

Daylight Saving Time ...

swilver Re:Light at 4am (310 comments)

Amazing, that one hour difference will make people stop bitching... ...or perhaps it won't, 5:30 is still fucking early.

about 5 months ago

Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

swilver Re:Two Strikes (376 comments)

...only to be defeated by a hill in the road.

Every little bump one of these cars hits already is making me think they're flashing their high beams because the angle of the light that should be pointed at the road is now pointing in my eyes.

Making it even brighter? W...T...F...

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

swilver Re:It's been done (876 comments)

Well, perhaps why are we still using text-only to code?

We're not.

However, we're also not burdening the compiler with all this crap anymore -- it is expected you load such resources on demand instead of including it with your code in order to keep the memory footprint reasonable (just imagine the intro movie of some big game being part of its base code).

It wasn't always that way. Assemblers would often have directives to directly include a file as binary as part of the code. C did away with that (although converters for binary files to something a C compiler can understand exist). More new fangled language like for example Java allow you to just include the resources in a zip file (jar file) and load them on demand with a very simple construct.

about 6 months ago

Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

swilver Re:Alleged Apple patents on Android (249 comments)

Maybe that was the case a few years ago. Now it is just the phone that only comes in size 6. Don't have size 6? Too bad.

Apple is "special" alright, just not in the way you think.

about 6 months ago

New Russian Fighter Not Up To Western Standards

swilver Re:So a good match... (354 comments)

And this will make a return.

Kamikaze drones will win the next major air engagement, as they're cheap and there's no human cost involved if you lose one. I don't understand why countries even bother with the F-35 or anything similar. Build an expendable drone that can outfly anything with a human pilot in it -- can even make it stealth if you really want to bother with it.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

swilver Re:NoScript (731 comments)

Slashdot works with Javascript disabled.

Your turn.

about 6 months ago

Why Do Projects Continue To Support Old Python Releases?

swilver Re:Turn the question in the right direction (432 comments)

Add one extra line at the top of a python script, identifying which "dialect" it is. If it's not there... then its 2.6. I know shell scripts already have a mechanism for that, but it kinda breaks down when new incompatible interpreters insist on using the same name.

about 7 months ago

Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

swilver Re:Playstation now Thin Client (144 comments)

More likely, they fear the $50 quad core android sticks with quite decent 3d specs that you can just plug into the back of your TV. Add a bluetooth controller, and game away.

about 7 months ago

CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

swilver Re:Regulate this (295 comments)

Perhaps you should interview some of those dead people that crashed their car in a tree, and ask them if they swerved because an approaching car had too bright headlights.

about 7 months ago

Unintended Consequences: How NSA Revelations May Lead To Even More Surveillance

swilver Re:Maybe Usless (207 comments)

Round up all those non-connected people and lock them up. Let's start with all those losers without a Facebook account.. you must have something to hide if you're not regularly posting stupid pictures there.

about 7 months ago

Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

swilver Re:LIAR (572 comments)

Who should receive the putative fruits of economic spying by the government? Private companies? Which ones? In exchange for what? Paid to who? How has that been working out for us?

Ehr, seriously? That's easy. Since paying money for laws is perfectly legal in the US, you give private companies those secrets. Which ones? The ones that pay you the most. In exchange for what? More money of course.

As for how it is working out for you -- it is not, but it is for that elite 1% that owns all those companies.

about 7 months ago

NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

swilver Re:Umm ... don't spy (as much)??? (509 comments)

You got Choice B wrong.

It is:

Choice B: Live in a less free country that pretends to be less vulnerable to a surprise attack.

about 7 months ago

Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

swilver Re:Every single one of them is guilty? (841 comments)

I only drove the getaway car...

There'd be no NSA if people actually valued conscience over a fat paycheck. They didn't know? Now they do, yet I don't see masses of people leaving / striking either and simply let the NSA collapse under its own weight.

about 8 months ago


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