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Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 283

Do you make a large distinction between intentional homicide and murder? What distinction do you see, and how does it apply in this case?

This is a possible accident. Otherwise I have no difficulty in calling it murder, and the perpetrators murders. (And if it were to be an accident, then it would still be manslaughter, which in a non-criminal context is usually called murder.)

Now you may be calling is justifiable homicide. E.g. self defense or proper defense of another. It would take a bit of proving before I'd accept that as the most reasonable interpretation in this case, but it's possible.

Comment Re:WTF post, come on kids (Score 2) 84

Yes, he was ruling himself out as unable to answer. So am I. And it would take a *LOT* more than a Google search to answer. I lean towards agreeing with the people who cite bus speed as the limiting factor, but I'm not sure, and there could certainly be special circumstances where something else was the limit.

I *do* know that it's not an easy question to answer, and that any answer is going to depend for its correctness on a presumed workload. (Some things are CPU bound, and don't even use much RAM. Other things are IO bound, and make you think your disks are thrashing. Most things are somewhere in between.)

But the original question was "has the gap between fast-small memory and slow-large memory gotten larger, smaller, or stayed the same. Even that's an oversimplified question, as it doesn't deal with persistent RAM. (I'm dubious about the value of that, but some people used it to advantage in the days of core-memory.) Also ignored were the questions of relative cost. If you pay ENOUGH there are lots of exotic technologies...and I have no idea of the tradeoffs.

So much better to get the answer from somebody who actually knows the area. It's not simple.

Comment Re:The information actually stolen is far worse... (Score 1) 157

I don't have a lawyer on retainer, so suing them would have cost me quite a bit. And it did, eventually, get straightened out. (I *was* thinking of suing them before we finally straightened things out, though. But collection agencies are in a different state...if they tell you where they are. They intentionally don't make things easy, as if you just pay them off they win.)

Comment Re:Integrated vs. interfaced. (Score 1) 90

Sometimes that's a good thing though. It took decades for the *ix community to realize that, actually, yes, email, rules applying to email, address books (both local and LDAP), and calendars go together, and many are still trying to figure out SSO, largely because the latter isn't as relevant to home networks as, say, email.

The problem isn't integration, it's bad integration. Netscape really screwed everyone over by making Communicator some all-in-one master-of-nothing PoC in the 1990s, creating unnecessary bloatware that influenced a generation of geeks to fear attempts to integrate.

Exchange Server is something I reluctantly admit Microsoft got completely 100% right.

The Wright Bothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.