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Comment Re:memresistor? (Score 3, Informative) 170 170

No, you can still soft reset. Once the kernel gets reloaded (by powering on/off and handled by the boot loader) then effectively everything in a section of your "disk" reserved for process memory ("volatile memory") goes *poof* because the new kernel isn't tracking any of it.

Additionally with a non-volatile memory the system could be "suspended to disk" / hibernated simply by syncing all pending writes and powering off. In most cases a 1000 ms operation. Resuming would have similar performance. The machine could also resize "volatile memory" dynamically. Think growing/shrinking your /dev/mem file. You wouldn't necessarily need to have it all contiguous or represented with a single file either. Certain applications would have an expectation of contiguous memory though.

Comment Tit For Tat (Score 1) 93 93

If I am one of twelve people with a rare genetic mutation, then perhaps I let them study my genes in return for researching a cure for my condition. The drug company stands to make a lot of money off of helping many people, so they can easily invest some into my problem of feeling no pain. Seems like a fair trade, right? Because it's a bit of a drag to think you've just sustained a flesh wound when actually your arm's off.

Comment Hacking On Law (Score 1) 165 165

Alright, I'll hack on this law code for you. I'll start in my usual way when working on some poor, neglected, broken piece of crufty code:
  1. Remove trailing whitespace
  2. Remove mixed indent of tabs/spaces
  3. Make indent consistent at four spaces
  4. Wrap all lines at 80 columns max
  5. Delete unused variables and data types
  6. Delete unreachable functions
  7. Delete commented out code

There, now if the law doesn't work a bit better, at least it will be easier to read and you can look at it in two terminals side by side!

The Military

US Bombs ISIS Command Center After Terrorist Posts Selfie Online 286 286

HughPickens.com writes: Brian Everstine writes at Air Force Times that U.S. intelligence officers were able to locate and bomb an Islamic State command center based on a photo and comments in social media. "The [airmen are] combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command," said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command. "And in some social media, open forum, bragging about command and control capabilities for Da'esh, ISIL, And these guys go 'ah, we got an in.' So they do some work, long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three JDAMS take that entire building out. Through social media. It was a post on social media. Bombs on target in 22 hours."

Carlisle was careful to not go into great detail about the how the information was gathered and what additional effort went into targeting those bombs. It's easy to imagine that in addition to the information gleaned from the initial post that the Air Force used satellite and drone reconnaissance data. It's also possible that U.S. intelligence could have actively engaged with the original poster in order to draw out information. Attackers and researchers have shown time and time again that simply asking a target for information—either by posing as a trusted individual or using carefully created phishing attacks—works even better than fancy information-stealing digital attacks.
Government

Presidential Candidate Lincoln Chaffee Proposes That US Go Metric 830 830

New submitter Applehu Akbar writes: The good news is that for the first time in years, a candidate in the next presidential cycle has proposed completing our transition to the metric system. Though unfortunately it's Lincoln Chaffee, let's all hope that this long-standing nerd issue gets into the 2016 debate because of this. Warning: Lame CNN autoplaying video.

Comment Re: News for nerds (Score 1) 866 866

You are forgiven. I believe OP used the term "scientism" to distinguish dogmatic thinking based on someone's misguided idea of the principles of science from the actual thing. Essentially you have just agreed with the OP thus it is kind of pointless to have picked a part out of context to rebut. However, congratulations on all the mod points you received for it.

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