Nobody in the UK gets denied healthcare if they want to pay for it. You can always go private, at which point it's the same as in the US. And as far as I understand it, healthcare prices in the US are so incredibly inflated that even though you might be paying for public healthcare that you then don't use on that particular occasion, you'll still have spent less money in total paying taxes and going private in the UK than you would do just getting private service in the US.
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There's an easy solution to that. Just paint the ships red
Shouldn't the size heuristics be in kernel space? Why should cp be analysing the RAM on the system? Take a look at the obscene hacky amount of heuristics userspace ends up with here, for example: http://insights.oetiker.ch/linux/fadvise/
IMHO, POSIX_FADV_SEQUENTIAL should be sufficient, but it doesn't seem to do anything useful (wrt. the page cache). I'm using POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED continuously on just-read pieces of file for an md5sum-type program (moderate CPU on a one-off sequential read), and this seems to work, but I'll also need to do the Oetiker mincore hack as referenced above in order to avoid evicting files out of the page cache if they were in there before.
This is a massive hack though; why shouldn't POSIX_FADV_SEQUENTIAL suffice? IMHO the kernel should do the following heuristic on POSIX_FADV_SEQUENTIAL: for large files don't cause cache misses to populate the cache. And cp could then do a single posix_fadvise and be done with it.
You assume that these groups are independent, whereas in fact the size (in real terms) of your 10% group depends on the 90%.
That's an entirely separate and irrelevant discussion.
The field of AI is advanced as CAPTCHAs are broken (eg: OCR). The great thing is that spammers work on this for us, too. When humans and computers cannot be separated, then we'll have computers that can pass the Turing test. AI research will have finished.
You could use that argument in response to every point about coding style, indentation or the number of spaces to use after a sentence, including your own.
How do I get my editor to do that for me? Or am I supposed to hold down the space bar every time I want to line things up like that?
Also, how wide does my screen have to be? I like the 80 character standard. If the tabs have variable width, then what happens when I view someone's code with a tab width of 8 when he wrote it with 4? Everything wraps horribly? No thanks.
Just a thought. Here in Europe I drive a TDi and get 40-60 mpg depending on how hard I drive it.
However, I took a while getting the hang of it. The turbo only kicks in at about 2500 rpm, and only after a delay. If I want real acceleration this involves being in the right gear and getting the engine revved up in advance.
How much more difficult/impossible would this be in an automatic? A kick down won't work as well as there will still be a turbo lag.
In Europe this is easy: everyone drives stick.