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Comment Re:static linking on windows (Score 2) 136

It does leave you permanently vulnerable to any flaws in the particular version of the library you linked against, or such is my understanding. At least with dynamic linking you can blame the user for not keeping up to date!

I still static link though because whenever I upload something (using a video filtering plugin) at least one person won't have the right runtime installed at all.

Comment Re:It's just an allegory (Score 1) 88

Six is not an average but an upper limit.

How is it an upper limit? You can't check the connections between every pair of people on the planet. You can't even do that for 1% of 1% of the entire population. In all likelihood there are pairs of people who have a minimum of 7, 8 or 9 steps between them. 6 may be the mode, but it's highly unlikely to be an upper limit.

Comment It's just an allegory (Score 1) 88

Six degrees of separation is the, already well established, idea that any individual is connected to any other via six network nodes.

How is it "well established"? As far as I can see "six degrees" was never meant to be taken as much of a concrete fact; it's more of an allegory for our counter-intuitively connected world. There are still plenty of remote or even completely uncontacted tribes in the world, and those are just the extreme examples. At best, six is a very rough average.

PS My Bacon number is 3.

Comment Re:Is this really new? (Score 1) 49

Indeed, this would only be helpful to someone who could neither type nor speak.

Nor move any part of their body including their eyes.

It seems that writing this way would be very time consuming.

If the alternative is "not communicating at all" I don't think it matters.

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