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And also shows how silly it is to have what is basically a civil job being done by the Army.
No, it shows how silly it is to let the army do something else than protecting the citizens, like fighting in Iraq.
Poverty in America is entirely different than poverty in China. I mean in China there are people literally living in caves.
Poverty in Scandinavia is entirely different than poverty in America. I mean in America there are people literally living in tents.
Even if you would run only one process, you can still use thee extra usable RAM for the disk cache.
A HTTP response can not start until the whole request has finished. So sending a status code is impossible.
The same problem happens if you try to POST a file that is too large. The webserver knows this after the Content-Length header but cannot respond until after you send the whole file. The only thing the webserver can do is to close the connection.