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Comment: Re:bring it to Toronto Canada (Score 1) 832

by Minwee (#49338659) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Bring the convention to Toronto Canada, we don`t even have no fly lists, no Obama and our cops don`t shoot you - just give you a stern talking too.

Um... I hate to be the one to break this to you but... Perhaps there are a few things you don't know about Toronto. Or Canada in general.

Comment: Impressive (Score 1) 472

by Minwee (#49336207) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

Unless I have misread the paper, it seems that these folks have just found experimental proof that disk writes are buffered.

"In Java and Python strings are immutable, and any assignment will result in the creation of a new object and possibly copy operations, hence the overhead of the string operations. The disk-only code, although apparently writing to the disk excessively, is only triggering an actual write when operating system buffers are full. In other words, the operating system already lessons disk access times.

I'm guessing that this investigation started with someone making a bet while their thought processes were slightly impaired.

Comment: Re:Let's roll our own Time Zones too! (Score 3, Insightful) 129

by Minwee (#49234519) Attached to: New Evidence Strengthens NSA Ties To Equation Group Malware

"[...] modification timestamps were almost always consistent with an 8-5 workday in the UTC-3 or UTC-4 timezones"

When writing an article of this sort your goal should be to _explain your position_, not to create a math problem which, if solved in the correct manner, suggests what your position could be. If the authors wanted to point to a 7-3 work day in UTC-5, they should have simply said so instead of going out of their way to state something quite different.

It's not hard.

Here, it could look something like this:

"[...] modification timestamps were almost always consistent with a 7-3 workday in the US Eastern timezone (UTC-5), allowing for standard Daylight Savings changes as observed in Virginia, DC and Maryland"

It should not look like this:

"[...] modification timestamps were almost always consistent with an 8 PM - 5 AM workday in the UTC+9 time zone, showing that this was clearly the work of North Koreans with insomnia"

Do you see the difference?

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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