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Comment: Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (Score 2) 322

by schlachter (#48188613) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

I thought they would create a line of ice for lots of parallel processing (pickup), rather than a line of people for single ping processing (pickup)

Or maybe some predictive processing...hand out ice to people who look like they need it before they get in line. :P

Comment: Re:Prison population (Score 5, Interesting) 407

by schlachter (#48170419) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

I read that in until the late 1800's in the USA, people didn't go to prison to serve time. They went there to await their trail and if found guilty, to await their punishment, such as hard labor or hanging. Jail time itself was not the punishment until the Eastern State Penitentiary was founded in the late 1800's with the Puritan notion of rehabilitation through time spent in isolation and introspection.

Comment: Re:Confucius say: (Score 1) 353

by schlachter (#48162601) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Moreso, the frequent and free OS upgrades that keep it modern and well integrated with other devices add considerable value. As does the fact that you don't need to buy virus protection, or to have said protection drain your system resources, particularly important as the system ages. And when you finally sell it, you get some real money. Macs in their base configs are good value. Although memory and storage upgrades are not.

Natural laws have no pity.