Friday, June 24, 2005

i-ain't-never-gonna-need-this-but-anyway dept.

An idea that some guy who calls himself numbski had for preventing the slashdot effect.

More interesting is an analysis of this idea by some other guy called morethanapapercert in the comments thread for the above journal posting. He coins an interesting term (don't know if he coins it or if it has always been in circulation) -- the golden minute rule -- which is a sort of thundering herd variant for the web.

The reason I read numbski's journal is his interesting suggestion on how to make OS X -- the Intel version -- run on non-Apple Intel hardware when it comes out (Apple is rumored to be thinking of putting a dongle-like ID chip on the motherboard to prevent installations on anything but Apple hardware).

In short, his idea is -- Install Darwin/x86 to get the base BSD subsystem; then copy over the other system binaries from an already installed OS-X Intel Machine. Hmmm...A very weird idea that isn't so cool because it doesn't involve any binary hacks. And needs an Apple machine, which we were trying to avoid in the first place (though why anyone would want to do this is beyond me -- hey call me biased, I don't mind).

But earns its fifteen minutes of attention.

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