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Comment Re:It's not an error (Score 1) 74

What you say may be true, but this kind of error isn't one of advanced technology. This is more like the Mars probe that hard impacted because of a units mix-up. And that wasn't the first. Using high tech doesn't get you away from low tech errors. (Even with just metric you can mix-up cm and mm, though it's more difficult.)

Comment Re:ISP liability (Score 1) 40

Not sure about that. The constitution itself says that treaties with foreign governments are the highest law of the land. Of course, the US also has a long history of breaking treaties whenever it found it convenient. (Ask any Amerindian. Mexico and Canada might also have something to say, though they are relatively a bit more powerful, and thus more difficult to stiff.)

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 359

Do you make a large distinction between intentional homicide and murder? What distinction do you see, and how does it apply in this case?

This is a possible accident. Otherwise I have no difficulty in calling it murder, and the perpetrators murders. (And if it were to be an accident, then it would still be manslaughter, which in a non-criminal context is usually called murder.)

Now you may be calling is justifiable homicide. E.g. self defense or proper defense of another. It would take a bit of proving before I'd accept that as the most reasonable interpretation in this case, but it's possible.

Comment Re:WTF post, come on kids (Score 2) 89

Yes, he was ruling himself out as unable to answer. So am I. And it would take a *LOT* more than a Google search to answer. I lean towards agreeing with the people who cite bus speed as the limiting factor, but I'm not sure, and there could certainly be special circumstances where something else was the limit.

I *do* know that it's not an easy question to answer, and that any answer is going to depend for its correctness on a presumed workload. (Some things are CPU bound, and don't even use much RAM. Other things are IO bound, and make you think your disks are thrashing. Most things are somewhere in between.)

But the original question was "has the gap between fast-small memory and slow-large memory gotten larger, smaller, or stayed the same. Even that's an oversimplified question, as it doesn't deal with persistent RAM. (I'm dubious about the value of that, but some people used it to advantage in the days of core-memory.) Also ignored were the questions of relative cost. If you pay ENOUGH there are lots of exotic technologies...and I have no idea of the tradeoffs.

So much better to get the answer from somebody who actually knows the area. It's not simple.

Comment Re:The information actually stolen is far worse... (Score 1) 158

I don't have a lawyer on retainer, so suing them would have cost me quite a bit. And it did, eventually, get straightened out. (I *was* thinking of suing them before we finally straightened things out, though. But collection agencies are in a different state...if they tell you where they are. They intentionally don't make things easy, as if you just pay them off they win.)

Comment Re:The information actually stolen is far worse... (Score 1) 158

The hideous thing is that identity theft doesn't even need to be intentional. My wife got hit with the bill for a MAN who died in a hospital in a different city. They had the same name, but no other similar characteristics. And it STILL took years to fight through. The bank the hospital used sold the debt to a collection agency (well, more than one, actually) who wouldn't even take a death certificate as proof that she wasn't him.

Say something bad about the financial credit system and I'll believe it without checking, after that experience. Say something good, and you'll need to prove exactly what you mean and the limits of your claim and provide very good evidence as to why I should believe you.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

FWIW, AA does not have a high success rate, despite their claims. Other groups have equivalent or better success rates.

Most of the places listed as having low rates of gun crimes combined with banning guns also have easily controlled borders (any island, e.g.). But this clearly doesn't apply to Canada.

One may be pardoned for suspecting that rates of violent crime are related to something else, perhaps income disparity, and that violent crime combined with access to guns tends to produce gun crimes....but this may well be oversimplified.

New York... when civilization falls apart, remember, we were way ahead of you. - David Letterman