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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
PostgreSQL 9.3 beta: Federated databases and more
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 9, 2013
(Nearly) full tickless operation in 3.10
None of the "what's new [on the entire web]" links seem to be working anymore. What's wrong
with people can't keep a site up for a measly fourteen years?
1994 download speeds simulated nicely ;-)
Posted Apr 1, 2008 2:46 UTC (Tue) by pr1268 (subscriber, #24648)
Well, they did get the page download speed "just right" for 1994. Even with a 8Mbit/sec download connection, I'm watching progressive GIFs with link maps slowly blur into view over the course of 30 seconds... Brings back memories...
Posted Apr 1, 2008 8:04 UTC (Tue) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
... brings back memories of thinking how *fast* it was after waiting half
an hour or more for one of the ancient battered 486s in the Brunel
University CS department to finish logging on. (This wasn't because the
machines were slow, although they were: it was the network. If a network
could melt from collisions, that one would have.)
Posted Apr 1, 2008 22:27 UTC (Tue) by Soruk (guest, #2722)
That reminds me of Aberdeen's idea of running an entire lab of about 40 machines on a single
segment of 10Base2 (thinnet), and having the machines run their Windows 3.1 swapfiles on a
single SPARCstation machine.
Posted Apr 2, 2008 0:01 UTC (Wed) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
I think we had sixty or seventy on a single segment of 10base2, but I'm
fairly sure we weren't swapping over the network. (We just did everything
*else* over the network...)
Happy Run Some Old Web Browsers Day!
Posted Apr 1, 2008 11:17 UTC (Tue) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
Yeah, it sucks to make links to a site which then disappears. It would be useful for websites
to have a longevity rating, kind of like a credit rating, which says how likely (based on past
behaviour) they are to keep their pages available or at least redirecting to something that
makes sense. Then you could take that into account when deciding whether to link to them.
This metadata would have been hard to gather in 1993 though ;-P.
Can't do that without time travel
Posted Apr 2, 2008 17:46 UTC (Wed) by JoeBuck (subscriber, #2330)
Posted Apr 3, 2008 15:41 UTC (Thu) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
True - past performance is not necessarily guide to future returns - I think it's a pretty
good approximation though.
(The number of years left until domain renewal can be used as part of the credit score.)
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