Re: My sympathies
I'd love to discover where that surname came from. Perhaps an anglicisation (?) of a European or Russian name.
38 posts • joined 15 Nov 2010
I had a rather different take on the article to you. I thought it was well laid out and covered the progress of the optimisation, with great clarity. I'd say the results from optimising on a multi threaded CPU were impressive. The overall message of optiising your software was well carried.
Threading is beyond many programmers, and running on a GPU is surely a specialised art - and I am not sure how many servers, either inhouse or cloud, would have GPUs. Perhaps they do. I just have not heard of that being a thing.
512KB? We used to dream of having that much memory around 1980. The Unisys mainframe was as big as several cupboards, and had 192KB of memory. Each memory card was 16KB but was the size of what would be a large motherboard today.
Sure taught us how to make sure our programs were optimised.
Web pages with all the framework overhead run like dogs. No one ever wants to optimise or cull. We devs only to add more stuff into the page. Performance dies as a result.
Clean CSS, just enough JS to do the job (and no more) - otherwise your pages suck. And you aren't a real programmer if you can't do it that way.
While Chrome is better for web designers (like me), for using the web, Firefox is massively better.
Firefox has features that make using it a pleasure. Whenever I use Chrome to surf the web, as opposed to debugging a DOM/CSS problem, I am reminded of how little attention Google pays to real world users.
Browser history searching and the URL bar are just one example.
Indeed. For example my wife has KeePass with AutoType at her fingertips, and uses Firefox to remember her passwords for sites. Despite this she uses the same two passwords everywhere. Until I notice, anyway.
Was it Gary Clail who sang, "There's something wrong with human nature" ?
In the last chart the small file throughput figures, shows the 4K writes as being faster than reads. Around three to four times faster than reads.
Is that right ? Am I missing something here ? Pretty sure there's no head movement latency in these critters. Sequential reads are all slower than writes, as I'd expect.
I am puzzled by these comments that the banks in UK or wherever need to get into the NFC game.
Because here in Australia, pay-by-bonk is quite widespread. Most of the retailers that do a lot of transactions via card, already have touch technology readers.
We just touch the card on to the reader for payments up to $100 and no PIN required.
These terminals take the traditional swipe, plus the chip-n-pin, and now PayWave as it is called here.
Is this really not widespread elsewhere?
Yes, it has been well known for years that Telstra would deny a connection from a competitor, and then magically the line would be suitable when you apply through them. This has been going on forever. The only surprise it that is has taken this long for it to official. Combat Wombat's advice was regularly doled out in the Whirlpool forum.
I cannot express my opinion of Telstra in a family forum such as this.
Hey Matto, you've come here for the cold hard facts. Well, here are some.
My summary: 4WD drivers are pissheads compared to the rest of the population.
Where known/tested, 29 per cent of 4WD drivers involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) greater than 0.05g/100ml. This proportion was higher than for all other types of vehicle operators:
- Twenty-six per cent of motorcycle riders
- Twenty-one per cent passenger car drivers
- Nineteen per cent of light truck drivers, and
- Two per cent of heavy truck drivers
I'm amazed that youngsters find all these new movies actually worth pirating. Still, until there is a reasonable alternative, and outside Netflix in the US, there doesn't seem to be one - not in Aus, not in the UK far as I can tell - the movie industry shouldn't be surprised if people continue to download movies.
Where I live, the local DVD rental store has closed. How on earth people are supposed to watch movies, I'm not sure.
Very surprising news. While in Malaysia in June one big news item was a change to the protest laws from a position where gathering and demonstrations were forbidden unless specifically approved, to a new law allowing them all. The police could require a change of time (& venue? not sure), but not prohibit them. Specific requirements were placed on the police re timescales for this too.
There many other signs of a new and exciting vibe in Malaysia; it has a real feel of going somewhere.
This proposed new law surely is a huge step backwards.
Beer icon, because they have (with Norway) the most expensive ber in the world.
One Christmas I posed this question to my pals: what is the chance of picking yourself (or someone picking themselves) in a Secret Santa draw? Our jape was that we would then plant a fancy prize e.g. an Xbox instead of the usual gift.
One friend worked it out that night, on the train home. She was, and is, very bright. Gorgeous too. It's something like 1 over e.
I use the New Tab Homepage add-on for Firefox to show my home page on open of a new tab. My home page is a local file with my favourite links etc.
Tried to emulate this with Chrome, no joy.
With Firefox it takes almost no time to get to a specific site. Chrome is supposed to be fast but the lack of this ability kills it for me. And don't get me started about the lack of decent add-ons.
Austrlaia has a working system to avoid the double taxation of dividends. Companies still have a choice of whether their dividends are pre- or post- taxatiion (or any mix thereof). The post-taxation component carries that tax paid to the dividend recipient. It's not that hard.
Sustainability is NOT a crock. It has never meant staying a rut. Where did you pick up that idea?!?
Did you read the criteria that the DJSI uses to assess?
If you think it was the Green movement that got Ethanol usage to the position it is in the USA today - and on the point that diverting all that primary production to vehicle fuel is a bad idea, we are in total agreement - well, it was actually self-serving politicians. Particularly those with base in the corn growing belt, who saw it as an opportunity to lock in extra demand for the corn farmers in their area. Can't blame the Greens for this one.
@ All going to plan then - Nokia's downfall owes nothing to Microsoft. This is entirely their own work. A change of top level management saw some incredibly bad decisions - it's all well documented - and they also got bogged down in bureaucracy.
Such a shame, as their actual phone technology was and is way ahead of the competition. The call quality on all the HTC, Samsung and Apple smartphones I've come across is poor.
In providing their own antivirus offering, MS are really caught in a no-win situation, at the risk of stating the obvious.
Offer one, and they are anti-competitive / killing the income of the AV companies. Don't offer one, and expose the world to virus-laden PCs. They must have been wrestling with the politics of this for a long time prior to putting out MSE.
Now as for their insecure code:-
- their code is apparently primitive and they lack decent coding standards, I saw a buggy method which was new code in the networking area published on the web a little while back, and they were still writing new code with "goto" statements. epic fail.
- Apple code has more vulnerabilities unpatched for longer than MS, so Apple is certainly no better.
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