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Comment: Re:Less time wasted on stupid trivia (Score 1) 227

by marcosdumay (#49394645) Attached to: Google 'Makes People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are'

How is referencing some syntax on google any different from referencing something in a book? Apart from the 8 seconds it takes to look it up on google vs. the 38 seconds it takes to look it up in a book?

Unless you have just a couple of books, that'll probably take something in the 90-6000 seconds interval. Also, Google can point you into many more "books" than what fits your bookcase. This is one of those cases where a quantitative difference is so big that it becomes a qualitative difference.

Comment: Re:I have two problems with this article. (Score 1) 287

by marcosdumay (#49250301) Attached to: NTP's Fate Hinges On "Father Time"

Nope, there's no easy way to remove Kerberos dependency on time synchronization.

The only thing needing notice is that Kerberos requires closks to be synced within about a second (could be increased to a few minutes of error easily), while NFS reuires a few miliseconds of error at most.

Comment: Re:Thank you! (Score 4, Interesting) 161

by marcosdumay (#49207683) Attached to: Why It's Almost Impossible To Teach a Robot To Do Your Laundry

RFID is still easier than either OCRng tags or silikscreening QR codes. It lasts way more than the clothes, it can be read on both sides, it's faster to read, and it can be read while wrapped. Also, it can be mass produced, easily fixed, and given a meaning only after the fact.

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