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Comment: Re:Express elevators (Score 2) 27

Some of these towers have an upper lobby. So you take the express from 1 to 75, then a 'local' from 76 to 100.

Usually the 'important people' are on the top floors so the elevator ratio is better and there's little waiting in the upper lobby. Unless you stop at the bar.

Once in a blue moon there's an express to the penthouse, but to pay for an entire express elevator entirely in the rent of the penthouse apartment isn't feasible for all but the ultra-ultra rich.

Comment: Re:How much energy? (Score 1) 134

by jthill (#46829435) Attached to: Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought
order-of-magnitude calc time: Insolation average for the whole planet is 1kw/m^2, 1e9kw/km^2. Earth: 5.1e8 km^2. That's 5.1e17*24 ~ 122e17 kwH/day energy dumped on the earth per day by the sun. one kwH is ~ 3.6 MJ so say 440e17 MJ/day. One ton TNT is 4184MJ, one megaton is 4e9MJ, the sun's hitting us with something like a 100,000,000 megaton nuclear blast every day.

Comment: Re:Specious Argument (Score 1) 69

by bill_mcgonigle (#46829375) Attached to: OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

It was the lack of altruistic eyes scrutinizing it.

That was a secondary effect. People who might want to analyze code want to do a good job, and there's a lot of code worth analyzing.

To do that job there are tools that help with that analysis. OpenSSL's use of non-standard internal memory management routines makes it resistant to use of such analysis tools.

Is it impossible for a code auditor to keep everything in his head? No, but it's tough and error-prone. Some people have found OpenSSL bugs before, of course, but there are ways to make it easier for auditors to stand a fighting chance.

That's largely what the OpenBSD team is doing - ripping out all of that unneeded memory management crap, killing OS/2, VMS, and MacOS7 support code, etc. The payoff should be more people looking at it, but it sure wouldn't hurt for some companies that save millions by using OpenSSL to throw the team a few bones once in a while to make it more regular. Or hire their own internal folks to do the same, if that would work out better.

Comment: Re:Too good to be true? (Score 1) 144

by bill_mcgonigle (#46827089) Attached to: OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

$300 for the 16 GB model and $350 for a 64 GB model? Knowing what Samsung charges for comparable devices

Yes, but the recent build estimate based on tear-down for the S5 was $255 or so.
    That gives these guys in China almost a hundred bucks, which is a good margin for any business. Samsung is just making money hand-over-fist, but there's plenty of long-tail to profit in.

Comment: Re:Justice Sotomayor... (Score 1) 353

She doesn't want to admit that "affirmative action" is just racial discrimination by another name, and that in practice it amounts to a modern-day Chinese Exclusion Act.

The Wise-Ass Latina is, herself, a perfect example of why racial preferences are a Bad Thing. She's not fit to be on the bench at all, let alone on the supreme court.


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