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Comment: Re:1024-fold (Score 5, Interesting) 210

by noidentity (#47895005) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

And when you do have base 2 numbers then multiplication/division gives other nice base 2 numbers like 10 MiB / 2 KiB = 5 KiB.

The units cancel, so you get 5K er... 5*1024 = 5120.

My favorite solution to the issue is to treat GB, MB, and KB as special units whose meanings are 1024MB, 1024KB, and 1024B, respectively. That's what they've meant for decades, and I'm not going fiddle with giving them two incompatible meanings now. IMO if powers of two don't matter in a particular context, it's cleanest to use Gb, Mb, and kb, SI units referring to 1000Mb, 1000kb, and 1000b (bits), respectively. Bits are a fairly fundamental unit.

Comment: The "cap" is just the switch to metered billing (Score 1) 341

by noidentity (#47762843) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"
Other utilities like electricity and water are billed based on usage. Comcast apparently only bills by usage once it goes over a certain amount, otherwise it's a fixed fee each month. A cap to me implies a hard limit, over which they would completely cut off service.

Comment: Digital Access versus Digital Restriction (Score 1) 165

by noidentity (#47668201) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon
Digital public libraries could be OK if they didn't make you use a certain OS and certain software to view the books. PDF downloads for everyone, searchable. The crap our local library has is worse than useless, because I spent lots of time trying to get it to work but it's clear it does not want it to be easy.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 561

by noidentity (#47660805) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White
Taken further, Apple's employee profile in each branch should exactly match that of the population in the area where that branch of the company is. And don't leave out things like age, sexuality, height, hair color, eye color, religion, etc. If the company's distribution doesn't match that of the population, then it's clearly due to discrimination.

Comment: Lack of obvious front/back up/down (Score 1) 191

by noidentity (#47660779) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production
If the current plugs had an obvious up/down, it would go a long way to knowing which way they go. For a phone, up would be the front. For a PC, up would be marked on the plug by a face and side feeling/looking different. Those go up, depending on whether it's a horizontal or vertical socket. Things are market but it's not very visible and not tactile so you know what to feel for. This would fix the problem well enough without changing the mechanical/electrical specification.

Comment: Re:Uh.. no (Score 1) 705

by noidentity (#35270218) Attached to: Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

I agree it shouldn't be relied upon as a troubleshooting step (you need to know what broke, why, and why it won't happen again). That said, if you go years without rebooting a machine... there is a good chance that if you ever do (to replace hardware for instance) it won't come back up without issue. Verifying that the system still boots correctly is imo a good idea.

This doesn't contradict his advice, as you're suggesting to reboot every few months when the machine is working. His advice is to not use a reboot as the first step in solving a problem. If anything, a periodic reboot when it's working is probably in-line with his advice, as it's a way to uncover more problems that may be lurking, at a time when things seem to be working (and hopefully when the downtime won't be a big issue, like during low load).

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins