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Comment Re:Let's see if I've got this right (Score 5, Funny) 470

Leap seconds, in contrast, are completely pointless. They exist because the SI day is slightly shorter than the solar day, by a tiny fraction of a second. This means that, after a few years, the sun will not quite be at its apex precisely at midday. How much is the variation? We've had 24 leap seconds since they were introduced in 1972, but a lot of these were to slowly correct the already-wrong time. In the last decade, we've had two. At that rate, it will take 300 years for the sun to be a minute off. It will take 18,000 years for it to be an hour off. These numbers are slightly wrong. The solar day becomes a bit under 2ms longer every hundred years, so we'd need leap seconds more often later.

Well in that case it's probably easier for Oracle to just buy the Sun.

Comment Re:You have to pass it to find out what's in it (Score 1) 571

I agree, that much of it made sense to me. Biases aside (gp calling it ObamaCare was a dead giveaway, maybe they were just trying to be clever) I think a better implementation would be:

(A) SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES.—Section 1819(d)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395i–3(d)(1)) is amended to read as follows:

With ample use of strikeouts of course. A lot of the nonsense above is because all of these parts are dependent on other regulation, and you don't have handy href= tags or database lookups to make them human readable. The wiki implementation mentioned by a commenter above would be useful for this reason as well.

Comment Re:Is it worth the effort? (Score 1) 161

Something or other is keeping them from allowing sparse roots, I imagine this has something to do with the new packaging system. As I recall, someone has gotten the inherit-pkg-dir properties to be allowed, and the resulting zone worked fine. I became curious when they didn't mention upgrade-ability, but then I became distracted and/or hungry and thought nothing more on the subject. This bug supports the pkg root cause though:

Comment Re:The oldest profession (Score 1) 31

OK tan

Yay, skin cancer!

Yay not having to take Vitamin D supplements or eat Vitamin D fortified foods and drinks!

Uh, I'll take the supplements, you can keep your skin cancer, thanks.

I realize that you probably meant just a moderate, healthy level of exposure, but at the same time, did you forget which website you were on? ;-)

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 52

It's even worse than that. 200MB/s would take a 2.0Gb connection because of the SATA signaling structure. You're getting one byte per 10 bits over the cable. So when you realize that SATA 1.5Gb/s is limiting you to MAX ideal world 150MB/s transfer... Let's just say that SATA 6Gb/s (effective 600MB/s) and performance3 oriented PCI-express SSDs can't come soon enough.

Comment Re:Finally the backlash hits (Score 5, Funny) 210

It seems like another case of that annoying "You are now leaving our site. It's a big scary internet world out there where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs! Are you sure you want to do that? We take no responsibility for the rest of the internet, but you seem like the kind of idiot that would sue us for a link one of our users provided. Here, we'll give you a life line back to our site, and since you have 15 toolbars installed, you probably don't have any screen space left to see the other site anyway."

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