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Comment: Free performance boost (Score 1) 485

by StikyPad (#49337875) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

I was about to upgrade my hardware, but instead I just pulled all my DIMMs and I'm only using virtual memory now. My computer is like a million times faster, and I think it even got rid of some viruses that were hiding in memory.

Now if I could just figure out why that goddamned System Idle Process is using so much CPU time!!!!!

Comment: Re:Cruise control? (Score 1) 282

by StikyPad (#49335479) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Pretty soon folks will get used to tuning out while driving

And I'm all for it. Bring on the self-driving cars already. I love driving -- on empty roads -- but the daily commute or errand run begs for automation.

Anyway, who obeys the speed limit? Faster traffic means less traffic, which benefits everyone.

Comment: Re:twin peaks (Score 1) 166

by StikyPad (#49335059) Attached to: The X-Files To Return

Just the fact that its episodes weren't self-contained, it's subject matter was the rape and murder of a teenage girl, and the fact that it had supernatural elements made it pretty revolutionary for 1990.

Not true at all. "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" had rape in the first episode, and much of his stuff involved the supernatural. It could easily be argued that he was the pioneer of the genre in television, a good 40 years before Twin Peaks. Of course, judging by our relative moderation points, people want to believe good things about Twin Peaks, and so they do. I guess that's the X-Files connection.

As far as story arcs, the contemporary (to Twin Peaks) "Picket Fences" had all of the things you're describing as well. Incidentally, Picket Fences almost had an actual crossover with the X-Files.

And I don't begrudge people who actually like Twin Peaks, even if I cannot fathom the reasons, but I do think it's more of a "it's good because people say it's good," phenomenon than anything else.

Comment: Re:Someone doesn't undestand the Bechtel test. (Score 1) 515

by StikyPad (#49330433) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

Agreed, "might."

For what it's worth, I never encouraged my daughter to pursue stereotypically female toys or activities. She seemed to prefer them either innately, or perhaps because her friends did. I did manage to get her interested in gaming though, although I'm supportive of whatever she finds fulfilling.

Comment: Re:We should stop using the word renewable (Score 1) 317

by StikyPad (#49329223) Attached to: Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy

I don't have a fear of nuclear, and I used to be fully in favor of it, but the reality is that accidents can and will happen. If a solar or wind plant goes offline, there's just no electricity. If a nuclear plant goes offline, it can potentially result in catastrophic contamination of the surrounding geography. That's a reality that must be factored into risk vs reward.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun