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Comment: Re:Old news (Score 1) 127

by Eristone (#49183473) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

Depends on the zombie. World War Z (movie) zombies are faster than Death. Typical zombies are slower. Faster than 3 miles/hour and you can stay ahead of Death at least for the study period. 2 miles/hour and you are almost certain to be caught. Of course this was done with men in their 70s, but you can probably extrapolate and find something that matches your age at least with regards to outrunning Death. Note that Death does not need to stop walking ever, so this is most likely cumulative, and there are offsetting factors of course - such as whether or not Death is distracted - so there is some truth about "I don't have to run faster than Death, I just have to run faster than you." line.

Comment: Re:There is no legitimate reason to show it. (Score 1) 645

by Eristone (#48999353) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

They did this during the Vietnam War (search for videos on YouTube - or 4chan if you have to see them - I prefer not to look - I already know how bad my fellow man can get). Depending on the war, yes we would still call them "boys" and receive them as heroes. See what Jordan's response has been to this video. The "Rules of War" and Geneva Convention was put into place to keep this sort of thing from happening, and if you choose to ignore them, then the term "Non-Combatants" goes out the window. Sadly, what's going to happen is a lot of people are going to die.

Comment: Re:90 days is really long (Score 1) 263

by Eristone (#48831717) Attached to: Google Releases More Windows Bugs

90 days is really long when you don't have a massive base to run testing and regression against. Let's just say that the fix is adding a bounds check to the input for a single function. The engineer assigned to the bug adds the bounds check and unit tests to make sure it behaves now. The fix is submitted to the build queue for the (let's say nightly) run to generate the next patch set, and the next production build for Windows. Now QA gets it, and being that this particular item failed for an input, they write a bunch of tests that kick in various input items - numbers, letters, binary data, larger than expected, smaller than expected, etc. This is then run in the "Test this subsystem" run and if it passes, yay, else back to step one. Then they run that test as part of their automated "Test Windows" run (which probably takes hours to do). If everything passes, great. If not, back to step one. Then after it passes QA for "Test Windows", it needs to go through QA for "Test Windows with {list of major software that if we break something it is bad}". If that all passes, then it can go to the patch queue for the next scheduled release. I'd be surprised if an automated "Test Windows" run can be completed in less than a day or two. Probably 3-5 days for the "Test Windows with Other Software Running". So the minimum time to get a tested patch is about a week assuming the problem is super simple. Once it starts involving multiple subsystems, you can start running into weeks to get a good tested patch, assuming that it doesn't take a few weeks for engineering to get a fix ready for testing in the first place.

Comment: Re:The truth of the matter (Score 1) 629

by Eristone (#48796989) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Google made the 90 day deadline up, sure. But they are enforcing it, which I think is pretty cool. MS wanted them to wait two days. TWO DAYS. Which says to me they were testing the waters. No way those two days were actually crucial for MS. If you can finish the job in 92 days, you can finish it in 90 days (especially when you have the resources MS has)....

I see you've never done regression runs with a large software base. 2 days can make a lot of difference in completing the regression run to make sure that the patch won't break anything else (remember - MS just had to pull a patch that broke stuff, which means they released it without doing a full regression run - willing to bet some of the guys who do this were on vacation over the holidays). While there may have been a "testing the waters" bit there, it was also a "hey we, really do need time to make sure everything is hunky dory".

Comment: Re:Don't tell me police doesn't abuse their powers (Score 1) 368

by Eristone (#48666951) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

This is still a good thing - it eliminates the false reports and shows that the officers are doing their job correctly as well as making the criminals (or suspects) less likely to do something that is harmful to the officers because they know there is footage of the event.

Comment: Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (Score 2) 445

by Eristone (#48420697) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

This has been happening in the Middle East for more than 1000 years. If you think ISIS is something new then you really need to get an education.
Murdering each other is a way of life in the Middle east. Their holy books demand you kill non believers

Christian Bible (2 Chronicles 15:12-13) - "They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek
the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman."

Christian Bible (Deuteronomy 13:7-12) - "If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst."

Christian Bible (Deuteronomy 17:2-5) - "Suppose a man or woman among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, has done evil in the sight of the LORD your God and has violated the covenant by serving other gods or by worshiping the sun, the moon, or any of the forces of heaven, which I have strictly forbidden. When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then that man or woman must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death."

The difference between the Christian sects are trivial.... etc. Although I am in agreement with you about bringing peace to the Middle East being more or less futile, at least until the day some faction detonates a nuclear weapon at Mecca and/or Jerusalem.

Comment: Re:Wrong analogy (Score 2) 138

by Eristone (#48373241) Attached to: Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

Yes, but it would cost NASA a fortune to clean up the site before it could be auctioned off. El Toro Marine Base was just taken off the Superfund list after 24 years and $165 million dollars to clean up the land after the base closed. Considering Moffet Field has been an experimental site as well as a military base, you can use the El Toro cleanup as a baseline - so instead of leasing the land to Google, making NASA money on the deal and also getting maintenance paid for, the suggestion is to spend $200 million and leave the land useless for the next 20 years or so while the cleanup takes place.

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