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Comment Re:Timekeeping isn't precise at all (Score 1) 130

Actually, I'm fairly certain that the time is kept internally (precise) to better than 0.001 seconds, but it's not displayed to that decimal place at any point. When the timer stops, it does not continue to run until a second is completed, but stops mid-second. That's why the decimal was added - so that fractions of a second could be seen.

Comment Re:Relax folks, not every Win10 packet is spying d (Score 3, Insightful) 257

Well, since the article is a reaction to "Windows is sending your more personal information back to MS *thousands* of times per day," I'd say yes. It's not so much about comfort as a realistic approach to evaluating what is sent.

My computer phones home to Google thousands of times a day, too. Of course, it's getting my mail, my calendar, and other data, along with the telemetry it's collecting. But, you know, I should be absolutely petrified that Google is spying on me with all that data going back and forth. I suppose.

Comment Banning Windows is like banning Oxygen (Score 1) 305

Oxygen constitutes 80% of everything in the atmosphere right now, and is the basis for most common exothermic reactions. But, to be clear, it's not really necessary. There are other oxidizers, and other compounds which many things could be converted over to use. Some applications simply wouldn't be able to run anymore. Like mammals. But that's really just a reason to create new, better organisms from scratch. We know how they work, so it should be pretty easy. Right?

Oxygen is dangerous, even toxic, stuff, and I can absolutely agree that something better is a good idea.

You go first.

Comment Parallel Construction Kit? (Score 1) 171

Police and prosecutors absolutely can demand the people turn over passwords .... but by doing so they also trigger immunity, they cannot use that fact or anything learned from the devices as evidence against them. They'll bitch and moan and complain about not having the passwords, they'll petition congress about how unfair it is to law enforcement that police need to actually investigate crimes and can't use self-incrimination tactics, but the lawyers know full well all it takes is a single slip of paper to legally demand the passwords. Grant them immunity under the protections of the 5th and they are compelled to turn the passwords over, but the person also walks away from criminal liability.

This is a very interesting and informative comment. My question is, how does this play into parallel construction?

Comment Re:Gridlock (Score 1) 185

Sander's isn't shy about saying that his movement doesn't end with him being elected. We'd pretty much need a full flush of congress.

I'm pretty sure most can agree with that regardless of their opinion of Sanders.

I'm not sure we'd need to replace all of congress, just the ones that are hopelessly corrupted by the establishment or outside money. It would be a hard slog. There's no viable Ron Paul candidate on the Republican side; they would all likely gladly sing the praises of the TPP, so it's pretty much the only option if you're against the corporatocracy.

Comment Re: Gridlock (Score 0) 185

A Sanders nomination would be a disaster. No more gridlock as the Republicans have at least 2 years to party and spend like Democrats.

Remember: with Democrats it's "tax and spend" (kind of like it's supposed to work), with Republicans it's "tax-cut and spend" which is why our debt is sky-high. Go ask Saint Ronnie and Papa Bush how it felt to increase the size of the Government budget 3x over their combined tenure.

So spending will be there whether it's Republicans (more war!) or Democrats (some war, some social programs), just the Democrats tend to want to balance the books with increased revenue.

Comment Re:Gridlock (Score 3, Insightful) 185

Republicans reject it before it even comes out and refuse to read it.

Because "Obama"

Which is why when Sanders is elected president in November, I can look forward to more entertaining gridlock, proposals that aren't "Republican-lite". Because if gridlock from a Democratic president is all we'll get, we might as well get propose some nice socialist ideas and get some nice leftward Overton window movement.

Comment NO - Please do not post Click Bait headlines (Score 1) 152

This is slashdot. Unless you are being sarcastic about a click-baity site that we need to laugh at, "Simple Bug" is not a valid replacement for "DLL Hijacking" or, more descriptively, "DLL Side Loading" or "DLL replacement."

You want to know what will make Slashdot better? Good headlines is a fantastic start. :-)

Comment Re:The problem will be lackadaisical programmers (Score 1) 337

The problem is that programmers have gotten lazy (excuse me: "man-power efficient") off of the free speed we've been adding over all of these years. Layers upon layers of abstraction from machine code have made it possible to code in languages which are far removed from the actual code the runs on machines. There may now come a time when efficiency of programming matters to everyone, not just the embedded folks.

Comment You wouldn't have a plan either (Score 4, Insightful) 310

Imagine a project at work that will take a year. You've been commissioned to do a study and you present it with the schematics. Good, now go do it.

Oh, I can only guarantee you that I will give you time to work on it for the next month, and in a month I'll tell you if you have time. I'll need you to develop a complete spec and fixed manpower pricing. But you won't have anyone to work on that, because I need all your people to be working on my other pet project.

Fast forward 6 months:

So why haven't you worked on this? Oh, and by the way, your boss is about to retire. His replacement almost certainly doesn't care about this project.

We'll call you in in 6 more months to yell at you for not being complete.

Comment Lost is a tricky word (Score 5, Informative) 310

The technical ability to go to the moon, or even low earth orbit, is at our finger tips. The practical ability to do so today does not exist in the NASA storehouses.

The mathematics required to go to the moon and return was at least half the battle. Anyone who has had to slog through Battin knows that pain. But we are, to a certain extent, beyond that now. Our ability to simulate orbital mechanics and transfers far exceeds anything imaginable back in the last 50s and early 60s. NASA didn't not land rockets back on earth like SpaceX because they didn't think it would be more convenient, they didn't do it because the entire computational infrastructure that existed couldn't handle the mechanics.

Just about everything that was done has been advanced since the Apollo era. Will we need to re-invent some things? Sure, but in many cases the materials, technologies, and capabilities we have today would make all but the lessons learned books* obsolete for new construction.

We haven't really "lost" anything but the will. And by will, I mean solid, long-term funding commitments.

*yes - they do exist. They have been written for many missions and you can browse through them at several NASA libraries.

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