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Comment Re:culture dependent (Score 1) 437

Depends entirely on the location. In many (the UK, and Texas for example, which seem relevant to the example), the rule is that you must stop if it's safe to do so. If it's not safe, you may cautiously proceed through the junction.

So in this case, it seems like it was completely safe to stop, and therefore, yes, it effectively was a stop light.

Comment Re:Dangerous, stupid lies. (Score 1) 617

Huh? Here is the 2nd paragraph of the linked site. It certainly does refute the post above. I think your reading comprehension needs some work:

"Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy. The test was carried out in a laboratory at the University of Oxford. The result places the leaves close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who is generally thought to have lived between AD 570 and 632."

Note that "AD 568 to 645" is different than the Slashdot article lead which says "545 AD and 568".

Comment Re:Study is right, but needs more.. (Score 1) 165

A nuclear accident could easily release a lot more radiation than a coal plant. You are confused by the often-quoted fact that when operating normally, a coal plant can release more radiation. An accident though means the plant is not operating normally.

This may mean that the risk from the radiation from either type of plant when operating normally is pretty low. It's fun to point out that more radiation comes from a coal plant, but I'm pretty certain the danger from breathing the other crap that comes out of the coal plant way outweighs the radiation danger.

Comment Re:Latency not a deal breaker (Score 2) 194

Actually, for web browsing, latency is the big issue. You receive one file, which instructs you to download 10 other files. 3 of those instruct you to download another 23 files, and 4 of those instruct you to grab another 8. That's 4 layers of two way latency just to get the page to render. If your latency is 500ms, that's 2 second page load times alone. The time to actually send the text meanwhile was very low.

And that's for a relatively simple web page.

Long story short - web makes way too many seperate round trips that are dependent on each other for bandwidth to be the concern - latency is everything.

Comment Re:What a bunch of stupid Republicans (Score 1) 588

I believe the "stupid Republicans" posts are a troll, possibly from somebody who is actually right-wing. They are designed to look like they are posted by as stupid a person as possible. Have seen a couple equally ludicrous ones for the opposite direction, though they tend to use "Liberals" rather than "Democrats". Sometimes they use the exact same wording as the republican attack. Not as common, however, for whatever that means.

Comment Re:Why would you want this? (Score 1) 66

The intention is to have the database update when the close() is done, not on every write().

It is pretty obvious that the desired functionality could be done by fuse, where a get() is done on open and a put() is done on close if write was ever called.

I think the modern day applications that only write a part of a file are nearly non-existent (and in fact partial update where another program can see your unfinished writing, is usually a bug, not a feature). So there is no need for any api other than put().

There is a nice subset that only reads part of a file (and that part almost always includes the start of the file) however. So I can see this as being an argument for being able to access blocks of data from the remote.

Comment Re:BULL (Score 1) 417

Just because you have more money to spend does not mean you hire more people, duh dummy, that is called profit and investors demand it rises every year.

Yes - and how do you think that you make profit rise each year? Hint: the answer is to do more work, and to do more work, you need more people.

Comment Re:BULL (Score 1) 417

This really is very simple.

Scenario a - company fails to hire an american worker that suits the role. Company doesn't make much money because they don't get a product on shelves. Company fails to grow. Net outcome - one American job that isn't filled.

Scenario b - company hires an H1B worker that suits the role. Company produces product and gets it on the shelves. Company makes money. Company decides that they'd like to grow, and that to do that they need to produce more products. Company hires team of Americans to design and build that product. Net outcome - one H1B job, multiple American jobs.

Of the two outcomes, it's obvious which one is preferable in terms of the number of Americans who are employed.

You are false data.