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Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 310 310

Well yeah, but it's still a pain, and requires a contiguous file, and multiple commands to set up, and isn't the default.

So I'm sticking with - Windows-like swapfile support.

TBH, for 99.999% of computer users it really doesn't matter; the slowdown from a fragmented swap is unlikely to get noticed in most things. For high performance and/or scientific code it will result in a small speed advantage in low memory situations. The fact that partition is ever so slightly better than swapfile for a tiny fraction of users just doesn't matter anymore. Use the swapfile - it's more convenient anyway.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 310 310

I don't think that there's any evidence that the linux swapfile performs better - and in any case why would it being unfragmented be an advantage? Memory access is random, and so swapfile access is random, and so why does having it non-contiguous cause an issue?

While memory access is indeed random, memory usage is not. Fragmented memory for MxN array accessing would blow chunks because the data is not localised.

Added to which, SSDs are becoming much more widespread, meaning the fragmentation issue vanishes.

I do not know about this - I would hazard a guess ... the issue will still be there, due to caching on the SSD. I imagine pages of fixed size would be cached by SSD controller and non-localisation of your data on SSD would result in multiple cache misses, while localised/non-fragmented data would not.

Comment: Re:Honour to the Greek People (Score 1) 873 873

The resulting currency devaluation will make greek goods cheaper and exports will boom.

Greece can't export tourism.

Tourism *is* an export - foreign money comes in, services go out. Fair enough, the services occur locally, but they still go out while money comes in. Thus it's an export.

Comment: Re:Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 2) 126 126

they should make an internet of their own.


with pop-up ads that say, "Sinned too much? Stay out of Hell for just 7 easy payments of $49.95 a month! And for an extra $10.00 a month, we won't even tell your church! All diddling, screwing, lying, or cheating can be removed from your heavenly record Now Now Now!"

You joke, but I (as a long-standing atheist) am quite curious to see how a facebook-for-evangelicals turns out. There are many questions that could be answered by examining faceglory(sp?). For example,

Evangelising, by definition, needs the target party to be a non-believer; what happens when the entire audience are believers? When you are literally preaching the message to the choir?

What happens in an echo chamber of significant size? Is there some madness event horizon that occurs when too many people do more socialising on godnet than on internet?

What would this madness event horizon look like? Does the group fracture? Wage war on another christian group?

For individual participants, does it reinforce the belief, reduce the belief or not affect belief at all?

For group participants, does regular participation reinforce the group structure?

Will it lead to more orthodox religious beliefs of the participants, or will they mostly just be another group with a shared belief.

etc etc etc

Comment: Re:Drop the hammer on them. (Score 2) 873 873

I am Belgian. Greece owes me, my wife and children over 3000 euro. We fronted it out of our taxes and if they don't pay us back, we'll pay it back out of our taxes.

You're blaming Greece for this? Why the hell did your country bail out Greece's creditors and take on Greece's debts? If your country had acted responsibly they would have let Greece's creditors fail.

The situation now is that we have Creditor A lending money to debtor B which Creditor A knows in advance that debtor B cannot pay back. So Creditor A then sells the debt that they already know cannot be paid back to EU countries. The only question in all this is: why did your country agree to this?

The people you should be mad at are the ones who bailed out the creditors. Once the loans were made to Greece, the "austerity measures" imposed +- five years ago were simply a blind to get the private creditors paid. Greece owed money to private creditors; your country (part of EU) decided to loan Your Money to Greece on condition that Greece paid back the private creditors. I feel no sympathy for any of the current creditors.

Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 1) 873 873

You can either take a 30% pay cut in Euros, or you can switch to the Drachma and the Drachma declines in value 30% vs. the Euro. The end result is the same - "austerity".

The end result is most certainly not the same - switching to the Drachma and letting it float would result in an accurate reflection of what a Greek man-hour[1] is worth compared to a German man-hour (the exchange rate Euro/Drachma would stabilise around the actual value). Taking a X% pay cut in Euros, even if accurate on the day the cut was done (almost impossible), would not reflect reality a week later when the value of the Greek man-hour changes.

Letting a currency float means that at any given time the exchange rate will give you a reasonably good idea of what the currency is worth compared to other currencies. Giving pay cuts is hardly ever accurate (who calculates the real exchange rate between greek man-hours and german man-hours?), and even in the rare case that it is, it will not be accurate a week later.

[1] I use man-hour as a unit of productivity.

Comment: Re: Good for greece (Score 2) 873 873

And I guess the Greeks can all start driving cars made by Greek car companies. If there aren't enough Greek automakers, maybe they can purchase the intellectual property from whoever owns the Trabant designs. Probably somebody in Germany, actually.

That's actually the point of separate currencies - prices stabilise to reflect value in a single economy. With a separate currency (Say, DM vs Drachma) the exchange rate would float to reflect the difference between the economies, and german cars would effectively be priced out of (most) Greeks budget, thus opening a market for local manufacture.

Like I keep saying in every post on this subject, it's in Greece's best interest to leave the Eurozone, while it is in the EU's best interest to keep them in. The EU will give up a lot before they let Greece leave - they lose too much in a grexit.

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 370 370

So in the space of a few hours you have gone for vague speculation that one particular comment she allowed might possibly have got her fired, to it being a hard fact that can be used to make your argument.

She was shut down in the middle of the AMA - In the middle of a fucking sentence, FCOL - see here. I kinda doubt it had anything to do with her job performance.

Kinda like how all the "facts" GamerGate was based on were actually just innuendo and outright lies, but somehow became fact in the minds of it supporters.

GG wanted ethics in gaming - when they got it they shut up. That's about all that's needed to show that they didn't give a flying tootsie roll about women in gaming.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 370 370

I don't know about being afraid. I mean, look at how spectacularly it backfired. Intel removed advertising, then realized their mistake and put it back, and on top of that partnered with Sarkeesian's Feminist Frequency and spent $300m on diversity. All the other advertisers, like Mercedes, changed their minds within days.

Try weeks. Months, in the case of some (studios, apparently - they didn't want to alienate 90% of their purchasers). Lots of money was lost that was never made back. The media has since so spectacularly backed down from that "gamers are dead" message that none of them want to go near it again. They updated their policies, clarified their affiliate links, etc.

Looks to me and the rest of the world that GG's stated objectives were achieved. After all, that's what GG asked for. They got it. The media won't touch that message again. It doesn't matter how much was or wasn't spent on diversity, that wasn't GG's bone of contention. What GG complained about was fixed, hence there is no reason anymore for a GG movement to complain.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 370 370

The policy updates were minor classifications of existing rules. The articles stopped when GanerGate died down.

They're too damn afraid to write another "gamers are dead" article. GG got exactly what they asked for - "stop fucking with gamers!" - so why should the movement do anything more. That, by the way, is the rational response - when you get what you asked for you shut the hell up.

If those gaming-media-industry-experts really think they've come out on top all they have to do is write another "gamers are dead" article. Hell, you still see it now - when the creationists come out of the woodwork with "SEXISM" you see plenty of response along the lines of "do you have any evidence?"

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 2) 370 370

What really gets me is the war on free speech.

That's rich. You *do* realise that the woman being fired is being fired because, ironically, she lets too much free speech stay up. You're actually sitting at a desk somewhere pouring outrage into your keyboard because someone, somewhere, refuses to follow your ideologically-determined morals.

You (and the rest) have more in common with the Westboro Baptists than with Voltaire. BTW, this is not something you should be proud of.

(PS. You weren't the only one around in the days of BBS's and dialup from C64's - I don't seem to remember anyone preaching their morals to me, the way you and your ilk use your fredom of speech to preach your morals to everyone else).

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 178 178

Yes. From your link - " he had spent much of his life battling alcoholism, drug abuse and depression". So, yeah, he may have been depressed and poor when he died, but he was battling depression all along even when he was worth 75 million pounds. There were many times in his life when he was both rich and depressed.

Comment: Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 1) 246 246

Hell, after a few months of stay-at-home, I was looking forward to working only 60-hour weeks.

Being proud of regularly working more than 35-40 hours a week is a largely American thing.

I was perhaps not being clear; let me retry: "After a few months of stay-at-home I was looking forward to working fewer hours each week, because even 60 hours incl. overtime a week is still less than staying at home with a small child."

FWIW, I'm a firm believer that I top out at 40 hours/week, and would very very rarely work extra hours.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.