* Posts by roselan

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Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

roselan

Most of us suspected for a long type that "static vs dynamic type" language debate was less important that environment (time to do you job) for code quality.

This paper confirms it, I guess.

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CERN: 2015 restart causes tech rethink

roselan

Re: No problem

amusingly, a 10 Gb/s upload link should be enough capacity to transfer data produced in a year.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=30+petabytes+per+year+in+gigabits+per+second

(of course data comes in "bursts" when collisions actually occur, so you would need to cache data locally before uploading it)

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Oracle users open can of whup-ass on licensing policies

roselan

new business

I think I will start a new business specializing in migrating away from oracle. It seems opportunities will be plentiful :)

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'I get it if you don't make money for 2 or 3 years, but Amazon's 21'

roselan

Re: AI

Yeah, it's always fun to read what people believe what AI can do.

It's the new "flying car". We only begin to understand what we lack to create a general AI. Even the pseudo AI like deep learning, hierarchical temporal memory are extremely limited and incomplete, if correct.

I doubt I will see GAS (general artificial stupidity) kill any neural network in my lifetime, sadly.

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China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap

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poor jobless robots

The rise of the humans killed them T_T

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

roselan

Re: Human Nature

>Easy communication favours the nutter, whether of the cold fusion type or the Nazi type.

Fun you say that, as just now a new article on NYT tends to say the exact contrary. Internet, or at least social media, seem to promote conformity.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/upshot/how-social-media-silences-debate.html?abt=0002&abg=0

Let's admit for a minute that army is a refuge for fascists. Do the army favor fascism? If we want to get rid of it, shall we get rid of the army? Then, what will become of the fascists? Won't they be more dangerous if "let out"?

For each nutter able to feel happy to shoot his opinion, how many abused people able to find support?

I have no mean to answer these questions, so my opinion is just noise.

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

roselan

Re: Why would I need to look at new distros?

I can't even tell what version of mint I have...

I should have left the original wallpaper I guess X'D

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roselan

Re: Flawed Premise?

if you trend linux and windows, you see both curves spooning downwards.

Now add android to the party...

http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=%2Fm%2F04r_8%2C%20%2Fm%2F0fpzzp%2C%20%2Fm%2F02wxtgw%2C%20%2Fm%2F055yr%2C%20%2Fm%2F03wbl14&cmpt=q

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Thumb Up

Re: Maybe the answer is that people are moving from base linux flavours

I did the same comparison before reading the comments. I had already printscreened it when i thought "wait, this is elreg we speak about, someone has done it".

thank you sir

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roselan
Flame

shut up and go do machine code.

What am I saying is: go design your own double patterning litho tools, and build your own cpu, noob.

Programming is for wussies. Real Men do processor design.

And coffee too. You can get me one ;)

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Storage, chip slingers pledge allegiance to Linux, open source

roselan

SanDisk, Seagate, and Western Digital...

Wait, does that mean decent linux drivers for their disks somewhere in foreseeable future???

oh, and http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/05/wd_windows_only_diagnostics/

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

roselan

Re: No thanks

"When games are easily available directly from the source, I don't see the added benefit of steam."

Convenience.

I didn't even know KSP was available from their website, nor do I care. Without Steam, I would never have known of the last games I played/bought. It's long past I bought a gaming magazine, or even visited a gaming website. And it's kept up todate without me having to do anything.

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Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests

roselan

Re: Ah, IBM..

"Lawyers made us include this"

lovely :)

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Visual Studio Online goes titsup as Microsoft wrestles with database

roselan

Re: What Microsoft refuses to understand

wow, if even ms fans/turfers reach the depth of MS management, this doesn't bode well for internets wars fun. I mean, are you a nokia fan in training trying to discredit ms fans?

1. he said he left.

2. citing PR bs, as well as *accenture* PR bs is like a new record.

3. Hence presumably why you are very good fit for both companies ;)

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roselan

Re: And as the march to subscription (online) services goes on...

That's the point. If it is a major success, he can still move in house. Most do. And if no one comes, you don't have to sell/deprecate the infrastructure.

He doesn't needs a dba, a sys admin, a net admin, a security admin, an admin admin (manager?), listen to channels offers, and get surprises.

The best advantage of clouds? you don't forget to change tape in your prehistoric backup thingy. And if it breaks, it can actually start again.

The main thing to keep in mind is that you make your thing portable (data included), so that you can move in with not that much pain when needed.

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

roselan

Re: Today, smart phones and tablets........

No it's the day of windows phone ;)

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

roselan
Childcatcher

meanwhile

Market price for stolen credit cards number, email addresses, and password lists are at an all time low.

I look forward for the day when I will use such service to retrieve my own forgotten password.

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Chinese regulator fires antitrust advisor over alleged kickbacks from Qualcomm

roselan

Nobody is innocent.

Chinese politics believe they can extract more money from local companies. And by "favoring" local entities, they are seen as "working the country".

Western companies only rule is "do what sells". Laws and rules? that's for commoners! We are the law! And if money can't silence an itching voice, a bit of PR *always* do the tricks.

Our local western politicians look like brainless cows in comparison because they don't have to fight to obtain bribery money (it's pouring on them). That's a good thing, I guess. A cow is less dangerous than a wolf.

Welcome to the real world.

ps: ranting feels so good :))

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

roselan

Re: IDEs

Depending on the customer i use eclipse, vs, sharpdevelop, netbeans, cloud9, sublime+plugins as ide, with svn, git, and whatever "pattern" they came up with one day.

FF/chrome allow you to test stuff in context, and fiddle with it.

If it runs in FF/chrome, these tools are available. No need to wait for a system/file right, firewall rule, svn update, whatever.

These tools are for fiddling, bug hunting/understanding and prototyping. If you start to do "real" development with them, well, I wish you good luck sir...

moreover, these 80' tools you speak about, i know them (oh can i forget). Depending on the user you logged in with, you were in dev mode or user mode. These wtf generators have, imo, nothing todo with modern stuff, which expose internals, so you understand what happens.

On the same vein, there are "simple" online webeditor, or even confulence wiki that use the same tool for usage and admin. And what about jsfiddle, and other online ide, that use the client as an editor for another language?

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roselan
Paris Hilton

"personally, I think the answer is both."

no no no!

This is absolutely not personal!

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AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

roselan

Re: I hate to meme, but...

processption?

oh my god. that's so bad.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

roselan

Re: Register Daily To Do List

3. ...

4. profit

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AWS hell no: Can Microsoft Azure sales beat Amazon's cloud?

roselan

Re: Embrace, extend and extinguish

I was more thinking of price hikes, visits for MS License lawyers, discontinuing support (not only xp...)

amazon might be the ugly, but MS is definitely the bad.

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roselan

Embrace, extend and extinguish

Still might be MSFT moto.

Oddly, trusting data to amazon feels like the safest bet. MSFT history of nixing customers makes it a no go. Google is that giant sticky octopus. Amazon only sell books and want to make a penny with it's "superior" infra. Only Morricone theme is missing now.

Next cloud entrant might be facebook, for the lols.

That said, we see two types of cloud: "Product" clouds (oracle, force, adobe, 365), and "generic" clouds. MS cloud growth might come for 365, as there is license and license. Nobody without internal info can tell thou.

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roselan

Re: Is Office 365 a separate product from "Azure"

extract from their Q4 2014 Earnings Release.

Commercial revenue increased $1.28 billion or 11%, driven by growth in both our Commercial Licensing businesses and Commercial cloud services. Server products revenue, including Microsoft Azure, grew 16%, and Office Commercial revenue, including Office 365, grew 4%. Commercial gross margin increased $984 million or 10%.

Commercial Licensing

revenue: 11,222

gross margin: 10,296

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Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

roselan

can't believe...

The topic got down there without anyone mentioning http://xkcd.com/927/

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

roselan

Re: Call Scooby and the gang!

Nope, they are closing their finn's research center, laying all engineers off.

(finns sound quite angry about it).

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roselan

Re: I prefer Noddy

I somewhat aggree. Yet MS seems in such shambles after failures in search, mobile, and now desktop os, that a no-nonsense head, going for simple and clear objectives, should help the organisation.

I believe that's what the guy is trying to achieve.

The one OS to rule them all, I'm not sure it's the good way (too much compromise and inertia), but at least it is a way.

Also: Tramiel as role model, thanx for making my day :)

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What's inside AMD's life-support machine? A big pile o' PlayStation 4s and XBox Ones

roselan

Re: Unique

yet, intel is at the edge of the precipice.

They lose like 50 to 80$ for each mobile chip they sell if you trust their earning fillings.ARM cpu cost like 15$.

In the server world micro-google-book know for a while that custom chips for their massive operations is a win. (I can't tell if fpga or arm will win, but intel margins won't survive).

So, only the shrinking x86 market remains, and it can be wiped away by google, qualcomm, samsung, apple in a few years, if any of them really care.

AMD is a dent in this shrinking x86 market. Best thing AMD owns is it's x64 license. AMD tries to diversify (mac pro, game console, compute/hetero stuff). But in mobile, i can't see it compete against arm vendors, only it can become on of them.

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FORGOTTEN Bing responds to search index ECJ ruling: Hello? Remember us?

roselan

Re: Bing

wow, you got referrals from "google.co.fr"?

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

roselan

Re: Disposable passwords for disposable accounts

The main issue is when a website switches category, and you forget to upgrade the password.

Here is the politic I use my for passwords: Steal them from friends and co-workers. They are smarter than me, so their passwords must be excellent. It would a waste not to reuse them! (and they are surprisingly easy to remember!)

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

roselan

What? wait! STOP!!!

A reasonable analyst?

Something must be wrong! I will surely wake up soon...

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

roselan

and as predicted, at IO google announced it will offer unlimited data with it 10$/month subs to docs/drive.

My guess is that is MS did hear of it and moved first to limit the google announce impact.

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

roselan

Why...

do I always think about her as "Theresa Umbridge"?

(and apparently I'm not the only one)

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FTC seeks DEFCON help to finger illegal robocallers

roselan

just get rid of your phone (the landline one at least). There are enough options, apps and spam lists on smartphones for this to be a non issue. At least for your regular register reader.

The question is how to secure your parents and grand parents phones..

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Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

roselan

BOC LIC

Soooo

Big Out of order Core + Little In order Core + unified io (arm BIG.little)

AMD HSA

Intel phy

Nvidia cuda (kepler or whatever it is called now)

god knows what's google up to

and now MS fpga sauce

They all look quite similar to me.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

roselan
Trollface

Re: He is giving a talk about mavern

"blokes still think of women as trophies; rather than partners who they love dearly and are proud of them for who they are."

Does that mean you favor men who want several women as partners?

Moreover, you express what *you* want in men, and assume that most "blokes still think of women of trophies". This is so degrading for men!

No, I'm not nagging. Or maybe just a bit ;)

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CERN: Build terabit networks or the Higgs gets it!

roselan

Re: Alternatively

You need to realise that 1 PB/s is 0.02% of what is detected. 99.8 or so % is discarded on detectors "boards" already, before it hits the first cable.

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How not to let your Oracle database spin out of control

roselan

yup, if someone find something useful or he didn't know for his daily work in these ads, there is a serious issue in his knowledge.

Real question, how do you manage 5000 databases? that's 5 millions indexes, or sql plans, 15 millions sessions, and 200 millions constraints. You don't want to manage that manually, or even with a croaking tool. You need to automate. Automate all what you can, and create strict procedures/api for the rest/future (to clone and move databases by example).

I see many organisations with dbas actively tuning/managing databases. But as pointed out by the article, this is not the way to go.

The issue is not that databases grow, it's that they multiply.

And that why you shall not, most importantly, and no matter how much it cries or begs, never, ever feed it with inserts after midnight. /

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

roselan

trolls will be trolls.

As if a bunch of their opinions in this little corner the@channel would define the future of a worldwide market...

When trolls are pitied, they must do something wrong. please try harder!

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

roselan

Re: strange article

Meaningless maybe for you. I sell apps, not phones.

Well, actually, I give them away for free, but that's another story.

on percentage:

http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2014/02/paging-mythbusters-again-did-microsofts-windows-phone-really-grow-more-in-2012-than-android-or-ios-h/comments/page/2/

It's no more trollish than MS PR.

MS need phones for 2 things:

- Not to be seen as a pure patent troll when they sue/negotiate license fees.

- Have things that actually make use of their (financially) fast deprecating cloud.

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roselan

strange article

Two points stands wonky.

1. xbox one coolness shall be leveraged for nokia phones.

To what i know xbox still looses money, it's coolness is debatable. And most customers don't care about it (out of the US at least). Finally, a xbox phone doesn't need Nokia at all.

2. " however people get horribly religious about OSes and having the Google interloper in the Microsoft camp will never work".

This is a direct contradiction with what was said a few paragraphs earlier (People don't care much about technology). Imho, CheesyTheClown nailed it perfectly: A channel phone would kill it. Only in emerging markets nokia has the lead, but this can change fast.

Meanwhile, net usage still show ms mobile os hovering at 1%. I have a feeling Nokia is the new Moto.

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How to tune your Oracle database's performance

roselan
Devil

Re: Tuning Pack

There is a shitload of features in oracle. Each version brings it's own layer, and it's own bag of issues. Triggers overhead, buffer groups, result cache latches, sql plan management hidden plans (and defaults), compilation level messing error lines, hprofiler inconsistent results, FAQ (fracking advanced queuing) etc.

The cost based optimizer first aim, based on histograms, was to address skewed data. But even now it's wonky when data is extremely skewed, or when bind peeking is used. or involves date columns, or etc. It can be argued it's a design issue. As well, oracle can't seem to understand alone that data spread among blocks is critical to throughput.

And yet sqlplus still doesn't support unicode chars, there is no tool to spread a query on 10 or 100 db and aggregate the result, sql developer is a nightmare. Editions are heavy. And I forget a truck of bothering stuff, or two.

Then we can discuss spin gets counted as "on cpu" when oracle invoice their thing as "per cpu".

But the main performance issue is usage. Most databases, sadly, do both oltp and olap. The first require response time, the second throughput. And both requirements are mutually exclusive.

Funilly enough, the same debate happens at cpu level, and that's why there are things like hsa, phy, BIG.little, denver/kepler (not sure about nvidia), BOC/lic.

In the database world this result in stuff like storm/hadoop and other multi-tier db configurations. When you know what data *really* needs acid transactions, you can design a database that is *real* fast. Things like cc payments are done through a webservice, and programatically. I have yet to see dmbs_xa used for that kind of stuff, so you lose db "acidity" anyway. But even if you know the overhead of logs, locks, writes and "vertical reads" (group by), there is no way way to implement these design concepts in a traditional rdbms.

To split workloads with oracle, there is no easy solution. Read only standby database works unless you use mv or temp tables, dblinks unless you have blobs, and don't touch goldengate with a yard stick.

I didn't have the chance to play with 12c/rac yet, but my guess is that it comes with it's lot of undocumented features (looking at it's architecture chart did frighten me. As much as parallel execute explain plan).

Point is, it's doesn't work well out of the box, and even when everything is set up and monitored, it's still full of surprises. And most programmers people don't know jack about the sql world, they are lost when they have to open that box and look into it.

Alternatives don't seem mature (the full immutable/in_memory "newsql" pack) or require such paradigm change that migration (not of data, but minds) is impossible, despise the cost advantage that can soon reach millions, per year. And I'm sure traditional competitors have an even bigger sum of bodies in the closet.

/rant

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

roselan
Paris Hilton

like a bird

I can't help to draw an analogy with another one. A plane is not a bird, but inspired by them. They don't look much like bird but use the same principle, and they serve a purpose.

AI, in my humble opinion, will follow the same principle. It's food is money. They will dedicate time and energy to get more of it. Finance and google algorithms need human help for implementation, for now. It's only a question of time before it can be automated.

Actually most promising sectors are most formalized and data intensive ones. The thrive in big data (cern, telescope output), finance, and surprisingly, search. They need a nice highway.

I don't know for the far future. In more immediate terms, I see two possibilities.

First one is bug solving. Teach an AI to program, read a bug list, and to say "this is not a bug, but a feature". Next gen AI should be able to read "how do i cancel an order", look in the code, and come up with a to do list. Or program it. That might mean asking someone about the conditions and rights necessary.

Next one is the social one. Virtual "friends". Youth defines themselves by their number of friend on facebook (or whatever snapvine these days). Facebook can create fake people, or even stars, that befriend the socially challenged ones, so that they feel better. They will post trendy updates, and like random stuff.

True AI, a dreamer one. What's the purpose of it? I mean once we are freed of our grudgingly tiresome work, and that even our best friend for ever is an AI, what's our purpose?

I'll believe in a true AI when they laugh at dick jokes. There is no purpose, like this post actually.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

roselan
Paris Hilton

Re: Multiverse needed

The planet we stand on is of the right size, with right elements, on the right spot, around a stable non binary star, in a quiet part of a galaxy that didn't collide with another for billions of years. Add the moon creation event, the migrating planet cleaning the solar system of much of it's asteroid and comets (after the brought water in), and so on.

This quite random, and supposedly rare, combination of conditions happens to be able to sustain life.

As well, according to multiverse/bubbleverse theories, we live in some instance that just happens, by chance, to be able to sustain matter and energy (and by this way life as we know it) for long enough time.

I think the analogy is quite apt, but it's hard to tell if it's right.

Paris, because it's how I feel in this theoretical universe.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

roselan

Re: Who sued who?

so one lawyer firm persuaded goldiebox to sue, and another lawyer firm persuaded the beastie boys to counter-sue.

A settlement is /sabotage

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Brussels' antitrust boss not budging on planned Google competition deal

roselan

Re: lets see..

(hint - it's yahoo on linux mint)

not that 0.72% market shares maters thou.

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Beware Greeks bearing lists: Bank-raiding nasty Zeus smuggles attack orders in JPEGs

roselan

trojanception recipe

1. embed the malware code in an image of a trojan horse

2. ...

3. profit

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

roselan
Trollface

upgrade to XP already!

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