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Comment: Re:Could it be (Score 1) 255

I have never seen a Blu-Ray disk, and I am not too sure anyone I know has. You must live in the USA (not a device for connecting hardware).

The correct capitalization is Blu-ray. Also, are we going to argue the difference between disk and disc? Most (US) dictionaries list them as being the same. A disk can be defined as any thin, flat, circular plate or object or (when talking computers) any of several types of media consisting of thin, round plates of plastic or metal, used for external storage (magnetic disk, floppy disk, optical disk) (taken from Admittedly, the BDA does use disc to refer to the media.

In general usage, disk and disc are synonymous (with k being preferred in US English, c in British).
Standard practice in computing, though, is for optical discs - Blu-ray, all the way back to Laserdisc - to use a c, while magnetic disks are k. It's to do with hard disks being pioneered in the US and optical discs being pioneered in Europe.

Comment: Re:why? Well here's a bash interpretation (Score 1) 148

by aiht (#45935809) Attached to: Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat

not only are there no people on this site able to "understand the topic", but neither are the folks on any other site. In my opinion, physicists are trying to count to zero, in the most intelligent way possible.

I will give you the benefit of the doubt and trust that you are actually aware that the doodad you used to post this comment does not work by magic, even though you seem to be implying that physics is pointless.

Comment: Re:Why a Cheshire Cat? (Score 1) 148

by aiht (#45935595) Attached to: Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat

“The neutrons behave as if particle and magnetic property are spatially separated while travelling through the interferometer,”

Is it just me, or does anyone else find that completely freaky? Ok, I kinda get how quantum effects don't really occur in a "location", but at a superimposed potential of different locations....but having different properties measured at different locations just freaks me out...

I didn't find it freaky, but I did respond oddly; I burst into a delighted giggle. I'm still grinning like an idiot, and not because of the Cheshire Cat reference.
This news makes me very happy.

Comment: Re:What problem does capsicum fix? (Score 1) 71

by aiht (#45904719) Attached to: Google Ports Capsicum To Linux, and Other End-of-Year Capsicum News

Improved security models like SE Linux or now capsicum are intellectually interesting, but do they solve a real problem?

After all there are really few working exploits in the wild against up to date Linux systems, and a non up- to date system will be hacked anyway, with or without fancy security models.

Isn't the whole point of dropping privileges (whether using something fancy like Capsicum, or simply switching to a non-root user after initialisation) to mitigate what happens after a process gets successfully attacked?
Whether a zero-day vuln or an old vuln that hasn't been patched, if the attacker can't do anything important once they get in, doesn't that help?

Comment: Re:Logic (Score 2) 160

by aiht (#45711889) Attached to: FDA Seeks Tougher Rules For Antibacterial Soaps

That's not what the study says. It says that the bacteria in these strains that are born resistant to triclosan are also resistant to certain antibiotics. This "sub-lethal" dose, as you described it, killed 999,999 out of 1,000,000 bacteria in those strains. It just so happened that the specific amino acid expression that allowed those mutants to survive not only made them able to survive the triclosan exposure, but also exposure to certain, named clinical antibiotics. What you're describing was just an implication of the study.

So by killing all the ones that are susceptible to triclosan, you leave a breeding pool of only those few individuals that happen to be antibiotic-resistant as well. How is that "just an implication of the study" and not "the exact outcome you really want to avoid" (a.k.a. "becom[ing] resistant to [some antibiotic] by being exposed [to] Triclosan")?

Comment: Re:Australia has always been a social engineering (Score 1) 78

by aiht (#45591363) Attached to: Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens

-the Orwellian 'department of statistics' has (and uses) the legal power to forcibly 'interview' any citizen, asking them the most intrusive and sickening questions about their sex lives and other personal issues.

Sorry, but what are you even talking about?
I can't find anything online called the Department of Statistics (except for in various universities, of course). Do you mean the Australian Bureau of Statistics?
They're the ones who send out a census form to be filled in and mailed back. I have never heard any suggestion that they send representatives to question people directly, let alone "physical inspection" or wielding the threat of jail time.
Do you have a source for this?
Am I just feeding a troll, here?

Comment: Re:This benchmark is pointless (Score 1) 196

by aiht (#45332791) Attached to: Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

I am a scholar and study parallel computing.

aka I'm a second year computer science student.

No, give the guy a break... English is not his first language. You can tell from the "what your compiler is doing in your back", instead of "behind your back", that sort of thing. From timezone, European seems most likely... from the sentence structure... French?

Indeed, godrik's English is quite fluent. It's just those few subtle points that give away that they're probably not a native speaker.
And well picked, AC: godrik has mentioned living in France in the past, so may very well be a French speaker.

Of course, we could just ask... but where's the fun in that?

Comment: Re:other compilers (Score 2) 196

by aiht (#45332593) Attached to: Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

I thought that was something people used back when MS-DOS was a popular OS was not even aware the product still existed.

I am talking about Watcom C++ of course.

It was open sourced some time ago. Now it supports Linux (to some extent) and some other CPU architectures.
It can still make DOS/4GW exes, though. Ahh, nostalgia.

Comment: Re:anything can be broken, so nothing is useful (Score 1) 465

You do realize that "eyewitness accounts" are considered one of the least reliable forms of evidence, right?

I know they are one of the least reliable forms of evidence, but if you're going to talk about how they are considered then you need to specify who is doing the considering. I don't know about the courts of any particular country, but laypeople often seem to consider eyewitness accounts as infallible.

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