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Fujitsu Labs Develops Prototype Haptic Sensory Tablet

wstrucke Sounds great but... (24 comments)

imagine what a virus could do.

about 9 months ago
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Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?

wstrucke Re:"Financial Sense" (668 comments)

Sounds like we just need a good lawyer.

about a year ago
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Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?

wstrucke Re:"Financial Sense" (668 comments)

That, and the fact that it is *public land*. The people do not report to the government, the government reports to the people. If it's not being funded there should be no authority to "close" publicly owned resources.

about a year ago
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Cadillac SRX Converted Into Self-Driving Car

wstrucke V2V (149 comments)

I wonder what the V2V communication is about. I expect that in an ideal world other automated vehicles could communicate obstacles, road condition, and velocity data to one another, but this seems ripe for abuse or exploitation. In a worst-case scenario, someone could use that to either completely stop traffic or to cause an accident.

about a year ago
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Cadillac SRX Converted Into Self-Driving Car

wstrucke Re:communications system? (149 comments)

Are you saying that if you were behind the wheel in a self-driving car and it ran a red light, you wouldn't be the first one to sue the auto maker (assuming you survived)? I don't see any way that the auto-maker wins in a court case in that scenario, unless there are laws that explicitly say you have to drive the car and the manufacturer has no-fault protection. If the latter is the case, then what's the point? Am I going to let the machine do the work if I'm solely responsible for when it screws up?

I imagine a traffic utopia where cars drive themselves, no one causes accidents or jams during merging and everyone goes a safe speed during inclement weather. I'm just not sure how we get there with our current legal system. Even if these things are as safe as humanly possible, there will still be some type of failure or accident.

about a year ago
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

wstrucke Re:Man, oh man! (582 comments)

Or just pay your kid or your neighbor's kid the $5 to sort your mail. Hell, they'd probably do it for $1.

about 2 years ago
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Democracy Now Asks Third Party Candidates Questions From Last Night's Debate

wstrucke Re:Third party candidates have the benefit ... (257 comments)

Who wants to live in a world where your elected leaders only speak to what the majority wants to hear? The greatest figures in history are those who went against the grain and did what was right for the time, the people, and the nation.

more than 2 years ago
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Democracy Now Asks Third Party Candidates Questions From Last Night's Debate

wstrucke Re:Fine but not quite the same ... (257 comments)

The exclusion of third party candidates and various other points do not need to be brought up in every post do they?

I don't know... but I think there's something to be said for the system being fundamentally broken and not losing sight of that.

more than 2 years ago
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Democracy Now Asks Third Party Candidates Questions From Last Night's Debate

wstrucke Re:Gary Johnson = Libertarian candidate (257 comments)

Mitt might claim to be an economic conservative, but I do not see it.

more than 2 years ago
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Democracy Now Asks Third Party Candidates Questions From Last Night's Debate

wstrucke Re:Third party candidates have the benefit ... (257 comments)

They won't because the system is rigged against them. It's a catch-22 - - they can not get enough votes to make the average person think they should be included and since they aren't included or given any coverage throughout the political season they can't get any votes.

more than 2 years ago
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Democracy Now Asks Third Party Candidates Questions From Last Night's Debate

wstrucke Re:Fine but not quite the same ... (257 comments)

Sounds like you missed the whole point.

more than 2 years ago
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Boeing Proposes Using Gas Clouds To Bring Down Orbital Debris

wstrucke Re:What about the non-junk? (147 comments)

If you think about it the answer should be obvious.

more than 2 years ago
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Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

wstrucke BYO (408 comments)

I find the security questions I like best are the ones I can make up myself. I typically use nonsense phrases that only I know the answer to. Unfortunately most sites would prefer you pick one of several 'standard' questions like the examples OP provided.

more than 2 years ago
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Maybe the FAA Gadget Ban On Liftoff and Landing Isn't So Bad

wstrucke Re:Gahh (414 comments)

So ban electronic devices from making sound on an airplane for "safety reasons". I.e. mandatory vibrate mode and/or headphones. That has at least some basis in truth and still allows people to sleep/relax without keeping us from our e-mail.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Threatens To Shut Off Service of Customer Who Won Throttling Case

wstrucke Re:Duh? (327 comments)

Honestly, I could go on about how much money and effort is really involved in supporting what is currently being advertised and sold to customers as "unlimited", but at the end of the day this is about false advertising. If you sell "unlimited" without any caveats and then renege without consideration for your customers you should be sued.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Azure Cloud Suffers Major Downtime

wstrucke Re:last time (210 comments)

The system that lost user's data was aptly named "Danger".

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle Claims Dramatic MySQL Performance Improvements

wstrucke Re:Considering sub queries in IN statements. (168 comments)

You're probably right, but that's not what this release is referring to. The NDBCLUSTER engine separates "API" nodes from Data nodes. A server running MySQL with NDBCLUSTER enabled is considered an API node, but you can also have a C++ or Java or whatever API node that isn't MySQL. Data nodes are provisioned in one or more "node groups" with one or more data nodes in each group, though it would be dumb to have a single node group or a single node in a node group. Each node group splits the data somehow. You can force tables to exist on just one group, but by default if you have three node groups you would have approximately a third of your data in each group.

Anyway -- prior to NDBCLUSTER 7.2 if you performed any join whatsoever the API node had to pull the complete tables from all data node groups prior to doing the join on itself and returning the result. This made join performance, simply put -- terrible. I've tested the same query on a standalone out of the box mysql server against a 7.1 cluster and had an 8 second query come back from the cluster in several minutes due to the join performance.

NDBCLUSTER 7.2 adds what was called "push down joins" in development -- basically the data nodes now do the joins within their own sub-sets of the data for certain joins resulting in a dramatic improvement in performance, since now the API nodes just get the result from the network instead of the entire dataset.

It really is an amazing improvement and is a result of the dynamic capabilities of MySQL. NDBCLUSTER was never designed for the type of data people are throwing at it, and with the recent improvements it might actually be viable for use on production web sites for more common usage scenarios.

What I do not see addressed yet with 7.2 is the reload time -- if you have a cluster loaded with several GB of data it can take upwards of 20 minutes to reload the data and indices across the cluster. While the cluster is designed to be up 24x7 (even through upgrades), a single bug or memory error that takes it down can result in a prolonged outage. There are several of these open in the bug tracker.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Android Upgrades Take So Long

wstrucke Re:Compared to what? (226 comments)

Android is free and newer versions tend to not only work better but provide more features. Windows upgrades tend to consume more resources and generally introduce new bugs. It's not really fair to compare the two. That being said, it would be a completely different story if your new PC came with the promise that newer versions of windows would be made available at no charge over your existing internet connection. Why shouldn't you be upset when a new version is released and months go by without your upgrade coming through?

more than 2 years ago

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