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Comment Re:Don't Use This! (Score 2) 85

I think you meant homeopathic encryption.

Is that where you keep replacing a random half of the data with zeroes until you get the desired concentration? You need to remember to spike the data with a jolt of energy to make sure that the zeroes remember what the data was. Then you can use the data safely.

Comment Re:Is Al Gore redistributing his wealth??? (Score 1) 249

Well the linked raw data doesn't support your claim. The first big peak is 594 (it goes from 584-604) at 0.09. There's a warm period from 872-881. The next peak is 970 (from 962-991) at 0.16.
Starting at 1981 (by the data set you recommend), the temperature starts going straight up, exceeding the last peak in 1993 and continuing to exceed it every year thereafter.

Comment Re:Why do you get to decide what a real subject is (Score 0) 576

The problem really isn't the subject line, it's the amount of posts that seem to lack a first sentence. For example, the entirety of your post reads as:

and why does your proclamation make it true?

Does your decision mean you're forced to write against your will and put the message in the subject line?

Or is none of that the case and you're just wasting your time ranting, indicating that you really don't mind the waste of time you put into it, therefore the problem really doesn't make any difference to your day that isn't entirely self inflicted?

But I don't think that was your intention. As simple way to avoid this is to put the intended first line of the post in the actual post. Whether that's also the subject line is irrelevant.

Comment Re:In other news.... (Score 1) 500

Why the hell would I want a difficult job with real responsibilities?

"Hand me that broom - You spend all night figuring out where this ancient code leaks memory!"

Because you like your job? Because being a janitor can suck if you don't have the mentality for it (it's repetitive and tedious)? It sounds like it would be no great loss if you quit your job.

Comment Re: Isn't the current mouse protection rule ... (Score 1, Informative) 207

As I understand it, the line was that it was sinful to lend money for interest to another Jew. However, you could lend money for interest to a Gentile. Similarly, there were deals where Gentiles would hold grain in trust for Jews during passover. In order to satisfy the letter of the law, the grain was sold and then bought back. It's all about loopholes.

Comment Re: Really? (Score 1) 248

Careful, you're conflating tech research with basic science research.

The title of TFA is "The Myth of Basic Science". The premise of the article is that basic science research funding is unnecessary because once the technology exists, industry will fund the search for the principles. The article judges science investment purely on overall economic growth. It also includes this paragraph:

To most people, the argument for public funding of science rests on a list of the discoveries made with public funds, from the Internet (defense science in the U.S.) to the Higgs boson (particle physics at CERN in Switzerland). But that is highly misleading. Given that government has funded science munificently from its huge tax take, it would be odd if it had not found out something. This tells us nothing about what would have been discovered by alternative funding arrangements.

Comment Re:Which entity is really cheating? (Score 1) 166

two competing requirements: lower emissions and higher mileage. Do they have any engineering expertise that proves this is even possible?

So cursory google searches do suggest that incomplete combustion is a common cause for both lower mileage and higher emissions. If two problems have a common cause, then addressing that cause addresses both items. If it is possible to more completely combust the fuel, it would be possible to simultaneously get better mileage and reduce emissions.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 289

Windows 2003 had a 64 bit version, but Windows 2003 mainly was 32 bit. If you used the /PAE option on the 32 bit edition, you could get past the 4GB barrier on that OS... but the caceat was only if you had the enterprise or data center editions (which got you to 32 GB or 64 GB respectively.)

The issue P is talking about wasn't getting more than 4GB it was getting exactly 4GB. Windows 32-bit used to lose some memory to addressing which depended on other hardware installed in the machine (not overhead since the memory wasn't in use, just the addresses were assigned to other things like video memory). While /PAE was only documented for enterprise and data center, I remember it working in 2003 Standard to relieve this specific issue (it wouldn't take you past 4GB).

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb