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Comment Re:It's not that big of deal (Score 2, Insightful) 334

Sweet spot? Could it have been that a majority of computers were 32-bit? Ya sure, 64 bit computing has been around a while but it was mostly specialized servers. Now that most new computers are x64 compatible it would make sense to optimize for 64-bit. The many integers between 32 and 64 bits would be processed much faster and couldn't the bigint routines take advantage as well? I am not sure how big int work other than they use strings for storage. I assume they use clever math to break the calculations up and then piece it back together, so could 64bit reduce the number of calculations?

Comment Re:Make it clear in writing. (Score 1) 210

If you have a rule written in a way that allows for broad range of interpretation, yet you claim that you only enforce within a narrow range, then it is incumbent on you to rewrite the rule to only cover that narrow range. Otherwise that rule or law can be selectively enforced or more harshly enforced later.

Never trust a vague or partially enforced rule or law. They are quite often used against the citizenry or "community" later.

Everyone knows how sneaky lawyers will argue subjectivity etc and find ways to exploit BM and it's culture. I'd love to live in a world where I could trust everyone to respect each others wishes but we don't. I, as a burner, would MUCH rather put my trust in the Burning Man LLC that has proven itself to act in it's participants best interest for 20 years over some jerk with fancy lawyers who wants to make "BM Girls gone wild".

Comment Re:So fix the terms and conditions (Score 1) 210

Yes but if you don't use a hatchet then sneaky lawyers will argue subjectivity etc and find ways to exploit BM and it's culture. I'd love to live in a world where I could trust everyone to respect each others wishes but we don't. I, as a burner, would MUCH rather put my trust in the Burning Man LLC that has proven itself to act in it's participants best interest for 20 years over some jerk who wants to make "BM Girls gone wild".

Comment Re:Despite BM assurances ... (Score 1) 210

Yes BM is an LLC but for good reasons explained here. They don't accept investors, have any commercial sponsorships, or endorse any products. They don't allow outside vendors and only sell coffee/tea and ice at the event. They definitely aren't out to make a lot of cash and have very few year round staff. A lot of the event staff is volunteer.

Comment Re:the BMO (Score 2, Interesting) 439

There is a good reason for this. As it says in the article "Burning Man strives to celebrate our individuality, creativity and free spirit," this is true, very true AT Burning Man. There are few rules and lots of fun. The press rule is there to protect the participants. Many take this opportunity to express themselves but don't really want to show the world their Burning Man side. At Burning Man, you are not supposed to take picture without permission but inevitably this happens. This press rule allows participants a way to protect themselves. It's not abused by the Burning Man Organization.

While Burning Man is NOT a nonprofit, they don't accept investors, have any commercial sponsorships, or endorse any products. They don't allow outside vendors and only sell coffee/tea and ice at the event. They definitely aren't out to make a lot of cash and have no need to advertise. Word of mouth grows Burning Man fast enough, almost 50,000 participants at the last burn. They'd much rather make their participants feel safe.

Comment Re:How soon we forget (Score 1) 493

I know, I know, there's all sorts of arguments that macs can get viruses,

That isn't (or shouldn't be) the argument. In my mind, there is no questions that Macs CAN get viruses, it's just that no one will take the time to find exploits and write one when they can hit the majority of computers by hitting windows. I can't wait until the tipping point when there are enough Apple users to make it worth it. Then we can all laugh at the silly Apple users that thought they were invincible.

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