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Comment Re:Why would you not want to upgrade to Windows 10 (Score 1) 720

Now the best scenario I can come up with is that you might get apps intended for use in a particular locale outside Five Eyes that are available only in the official or majority language of that locale.

No idea what the Five Eyes are, but my situation is this: I live in Norway, I cannot stand having anything but english as the display language in my OS, but I want to be able to type my name, emails, documents etc using norwegian keyboard layout as the norwegian alphabet contains æÃÃ¥.

Have you reported it to the developer of each affected app? Or does it affect all apps system-wide?

It affects all the _apps_ that are installed by default, so I'll say it's Microsoft. Note that the desktop, and all desktop-related programs, correctly respects my language choice.

And I'm not alone, has several posts on the issue from other people.

Comment Re:Why would you not want to upgrade to Windows 10 (Score 1) 720

Would you prefer that an app be made entirely unavailable for download if its (often small) developer has not yet translated the app to your "forced display language"?

My forced display language is English. And why is using my keyboard layout language somehow a better choice than the display language I've explicitly told it I want?

Comment Re:Why would you not want to upgrade to Windows 10 (Score 1) 720

It's superior to 7, 8, and 8.1 in every way that I can think of. Why do people not want a FREE upgrade?

I've tried upgrading 3 times after Windows 10 was launched, and I reverted within a day each time.

For one it BSODs every 20 minutes, even when just sitting there. For comparison, I've only had 2-3 BSODs with Windows 8.1 since I installed it shortly after launch, all game related.

Secondly "apps" are a PITA because they do not follow my forced display language.

A clean install should fix the BSOD issue, but until they sort out the apps I won't be touching Windows 10.

Comment Re:I'm somewhat (Score 4, Informative) 105

Most databases allow you to do transactions (BEGIN TRAN/COMMIT TRAN) that force it to be atomic.

Sure, but in that case you might get errors when you try to commit if another connection has changed the value in the meantime, and you'll have to retry the whole thing. That's what UPSERT avoids.

Comment Re:I'm somewhat (Score 4, Informative) 105

Is this summary saying that, prior to now, you could not update data that was in the database?

No. In some cases you want to use a table like a key-value storage. If the key does not exist you need to insert a row with that key. Otherwise you'll want to keep only one row with that key, and just update the value.

One can always do a "if key exists then update else insert", but the problem is that this is not atomic, because the "key exists" check is a separate statement from the insert or update statement. This can lead to issues if you have multiple connections accessing the same keys at the same time.

The UPSERT allows you to do this as one atomic operation.

Comment Re:If... (Score 1) 363

Yes, that is a dilemma.

When I went to uni the first course in statistics required one book at around $200. However the profs had agreed to use the same book in the three follow-up statistics courses as well. So if you were going for a bachelor in statistics, you just bought that one book for all your statistics courses.

Similar story in physics, at least for the first two-three courses. The math courses were a bit more fractured for some reason, though in two of the courses the textbook was written by the prof and provided free as PDF. I got them printed and bound at the uni press for like $15 each.

However my book expenses was nothing compared to what they had to put up with in other areas, such as psychology or pedagogy. They had to buy $200 books just for a chapter or two.

Comment Re:Evidence of the Great Filter? (Score 1) 365

My personal opinion is that life is really, really, really, REALLY rare.

Another factor is that high intelligence isn't necessarily a beneficial thing in terms of evolution. Cockroaches and rats will probably outlast the human species. Bacteria, algae and similar most certainly will.

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 346

If you can't provide a truly unlimited service, don't advertise it

They should just adopt a kind of Gabriel Horn's solution to the problem.

Yes you can upload and download as much as you want 24/7, hence unlimited access, but your bandwidth will be reduced in steps based on transferred data, so that in the end you'd only have a few kbps.

Comment Too late for me (Score 2) 27

I just sent it back to the vendor (under warranty) because the latest OS update caused the speakers to melt.

While browsing the net I noticed the smell of burnt plastic, and quickly noticed the edges (where the speakers are) was too hot to touch. Turned the thing off but they were cooked.

Then I found I wasn't alone...

Apparently somehow the speakers got fed DC current while doing nothing in particular. Impressive if you ask me.

Comment Re:What's Cash? (Score 1) 294

If somebody steals your card and PIN, they can easily drain pretty much as much as they want from your bank account, up to whatever your bank's daily withdrawal limit is

In my (Norwegian) bank, I can define my own withdrawal limits on my cards.

I also have a separate bank account with no cards "attached" where I keep most of my monthly spending cash. If I need more available on my card I just send an SMS with the amount I want to transfer from my "safe" account to my "card" account. Takes about 3 seconds to get the money there and only costs me a few cents.

So, I'm never worried about drained accounts.

That said, my bank will cover any fraud unless they have strong reason to believe I've been negligent protecting the PIN code.

Comment Re:Downlink (Score 4, Interesting) 134

In these 10 years since launch, they could have precomputed every possible picture, hash them, and then the probe could have simply sent the hashes instead of the full size pictures.

Just for fun, let's see what it would take for them to pull this off. The LORRI image sensor is 1024x1024 pixels with 12 bits per pixel.

So the number of distinct images divided by the timespan available gives 2^(12*20) / (10 years) = about 5.6 * 10^63 hashes per second.

Let's say you had a CPU capable of computing one such image hash per nanosecond (very optimistic), you'd need 2^(12*20) / (10 years) / (1 nanosecond) = about 5.6 * 10^54 CPUs to pull this off.

For comparison that's an order of magnitude or so more than the number of nucleons in our earth.

If those CPUs consumed 50W of power computing these hashes (again very optimistic), the entire project would consume 2^(12*20) / (1 nanosecond) * (50 watt) = 8.8 * 10^64 joules.

For reference that's two orders of magnitude more than the total mass-energy (including dark matter) of the Virgo supercluster, the supercluster which contains our Milky Way galaxy.

Unless I messed up the calculations that is...

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