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Comment: Re:isn't x86 RISC by now? (Score 2) 160

by bws111 (#47778069) Attached to: Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

The very first paragraph of IBMs z/Architecture Principles of Operation:

The architecture of a system defines its attributes as seen by the programmer, that is, the conceptual structure and functional behavior of the machine, as distinct from the organization of the data flow, the logical design, the physical design, and the performance of any particular implementation. Several dissimilar machine implementations may conform to a single architecture. When the execution of a set of programs on different machine implementations produces the results that are defined by a single architecture, the implementations are considered to be compatible for those programs.

Comment: Re: 90% of people are retarded (Score 3, Insightful) 117

by bws111 (#47713789) Attached to: 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

What an idoitic statement. First, if something has a 50% chance of happening then it is certainly not 'inevitable'. Second, divorce is not a random event, so comparing it to a coin toss is exceedingly stupid. Passwords aside, we already 'share accounts'. We have joint checking and savings accounts, a joint mortgage, joint ownership of the house, joint ownership of a timeshare, file joint tax returns, etc. What is so different about joint online accounts? Nothing.

Comment: Re:Safety vs Law (Score 1) 475

by bws111 (#47706981) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Haha! Good one! If the speed limits are higher then the idiots will not be juking and jiving. Yeah, right. Can I have some of what you are having?

Fact is, not matter what the speed limit, idiots will think they are too low for their superior skills. They will also always think others are driving too slow, and will do just as much juking and jiving, except at a higher speed. And nothing can go wrong with that, right?

Also, raising the speed limit does not mean people will drive any faster. This has been shown in several studies. So if most people are not going to go faster just because the speed limit is raised that means the superior ones will still be dodging the same people.

Comment: Re:Safety vs Law (Score 1) 475

by bws111 (#47706845) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

You're not making sense. The question is not whether some speed limits could be higher, but whether or not low speed limits are dangerous. If a too-low speed limit makes people ignore it because they 'feel' that it should be higher, and that causes accidents, then obviously someone who 'felt' the limit was too low was wrong.

Comment: Re:Safety vs Law (Score 2) 475

by bws111 (#47706457) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

The low speed limit is not dangerous, the change in speed limit without warning is dangerous.

And learn some defensive driving. Here's a tip: if you are approaching a blind curve (as you claim) where you can't see what it around it, and someone is following you too closely, SLOW DOWN before you get to the 'have to slam on brakes' stage. If you can't see a 'dangerous' speed limit sign, you also might not see people, animals, disabled vehicles, etc that could also cause you to 'slam on the brakes'.

Comment: Re:Safety vs Law (Score 2, Informative) 475

by bws111 (#47706249) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Wrong, wrong, wrong. It is 100% the fault of the person making an unsafe lane change if there is an accident, NOT the person who was driving too slow for your taste. You still have not given a single legitimate reason why low speed limits (by themselves), or slow drivers (by themselves) are dangerous.

Comment: Re:A limit is a limit (Score 1) 475

by bws111 (#47705907) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

And just how often does that situation arise (outside of movies). By far, most 'getting run over by a semi' incidents do not occur when the car in front actually had the option to speed up. They happen because traffic suddenly slows or stops. So that leaves really only a few possibilities: the truck is out of control (runaway truck), the driver is asleep or incapcitated, or the driver is intentionally trying to hit you. None of those situations are likely to be solved by increasing your speed a few MPH.

Comment: Re:The NFL is a NON-Profit Organization (Score 1) 216

by bws111 (#47640099) Attached to: NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

Do you know what profit is? It has nothing to do with 'controlling the experience' or 'generating so much revenue.' Profit is income minus expenses. While everyone likes focusing on the revenue number, they conveniently ignore the expenses, which happen to be exactly the same as the revenue. Why? Because all the revenue the NFL makes is distributed to the teams, which are NOT non profits and DO pay taxes.

Comment: Re:Put in a separate table (Score 1) 62

by bws111 (#47625225) Attached to: Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

You have indeed 'changed everyones CC#'. EVERYONE. For ALL CARDS. Every single stored CC number is now useless. Every recurring payment will fail. What an absolutely great opportunity for phishing. Every week or so you can expect to receive a 'there is a problem with your account, please log on and re-enter your CC information, this is for your security' letter. Wonderful.

Joe's Hot Dog shopped got hacked and a few thousand CC numbers were compromised. Let's invalidate every stored CC number in the whole world! No economic harm from that, no indeed.

Comment: Re:Put in a separate table (Score 1) 62

by bws111 (#47624703) Attached to: Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

OK, so company 'A' gets hacked and all of their saved credit card information is breached. No problem (according to you), just change the salt! Presto magico, nobody can use the information that was stolen. Which means that EVERY stored credit card number (now 'hash') is invalid, everywhere. Not just compromised cards, every single one. Every recurring payment is invalid. Every pending payment is invalid. Great idea.

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