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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

swilver Re:How parallel does a Word Processor need to be? (449 comments)

Yes, and it re-rerenders all the pages as bitmaps at 400% zoom, scales them back down to get proper anti-aliased results, then compresses them with JPEG and stores them into main memory... ...or how about just recalculating the page that you need to display?

Parallel processing is not gonna solve stupidity.

about a month ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

swilver Re:"multitasking millenials" (420 comments)

If nothing has top priority, I take that as: pick whatever you think is best. If it turns out I picked wrong, too bad, set priorities then.

about 1 month ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

swilver Re:Well duh (420 comments)

Actually, it is a productivity killer which looks like a cost-reduction, but if productivity could be measured in an objective way, it would be unmasked as a net cost increase.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

swilver Re:Propagation delay ??? (720 comments)

Yep, it's exactly my setup... 10m HDMI cables (for both monitors), and games work perfectly without any tearing.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

swilver Re:promised this 12 years ago (525 comments)

That wouldn't have fooled me even then.

about 3 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

swilver Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Good. We're at the "it's a mental illness" stage. Can't wait to find out which policitical conviction will be classified as such in the 1984 future.

about 6 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

swilver Re:Its all in the gmail terms of use ... (790 comments)

I'd call cropping the image a trivial tweak. How you dealing with that?

about 6 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 10 months ago
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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 a year ago
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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 a year ago
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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 a year ago
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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 a year ago
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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 a year ago

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