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Comment Re:Hey look the flow rate is a little high. (Score 1) 173

Exactly. If you are part of a group making financial transactions, that group needs to decide on a canonical time source. And yes, it's relation to the rest of the world is irrelevant to the transactions.

In any event, all time sources are wrong to some degree. If you're using NTP over the internet, you will perhaps keep the error below a tenth of a second. A directly attached GPS clock will keep it closer but the error will remain non-zero.

Comment Re:What, is Google new or something? (Score 1) 173

That's actually fairly close to the do-nothing approach used by default. When you run ntpd, it periodically checks th time and used adjtime, adjtimex or some equivalent to slew the clock as needed to get back in step. It does nothing special with the leap second flag since the system clock has no way to handle it anyway. After the leap second, the NTP client notices that the system clock is 1 second fast and so slews it back one second.

The clock slew is done by slowing the clock just a bit so it continues to provide monotonic time (it will never provide timestamps out of order) and comes into sync over the next few minutes.

Comment Re:Retarded (Score 1) 173

The defacto non-solution does much the same thing to the system clock after the leap second in order to correct for suddenly being 1 second fast but maintain monotonic time. That is, adjtime (or adjtimex) gets called to slew the clock.

In many cases, the defacto non-handling is the right thing to do. Although it compresses events very slightly, it maintains causality in the system logs and such.

Comment Re:Hey look the flow rate is a little high. (Score 1) 173

Handling your own timekeeping doesn't necessarily mean having your own atomic clock. In this context, it means deciding on who has the canonical clock and syncing with it.

Google is explicitly saying they are not serving UTC, so if your trading partners are on UTC, you're an idiot if you sync to Google.

Comment Re: Stick a fork in it (Score 1, Insightful) 156

I'm with you. Windows Phone is not bad, and the UI is better than iOS and way better than the confusing mess that is Android. Windows 10 that is,Windows 8 phone was a bit spartan.

I do a lot of mobile websites and UI work, so I like to keep track of what the frontiers of design is. Which is why I carry a iOS,Android and Win Phone device with me and sometimes swap out the SIM card to use the other ones as my main phone. I really like Windows phone but as a day to day phone I still use my iPhone. Why? a) Apps. b) Build quality. c) The windows phone always has finger smudges on the screen. It is little details like that that distinguishes Apple from Microsoft.

Before anywone accuses me of being a MS fanboy, I puse a Macbook day to day and an iPad. I very seldomly use Windows, except to test Websites with Edge (which is quite nice). I really do not like Microsoft on the desktop.

But for general handling of a mobile UI?? Microsoft all the way.

Submission + - Matt Taibbi: 'Washington Post' 'Blacklist' Story Is Shameful and Disgusting (rollingstone.com)

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes: From the article:

Most high school papers wouldn't touch sources like these. But in November 2016, both the president-elect of the United States and the Washington Post are equally at ease with this sort of sourcing.

Even worse, the Post apparently never contacted any of the outlets on the "list" before they ran their story. Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism says she was never contacted. Chris Hedges of Truthdig, who was part of a group that won the Pulitzer Prize for The New York Times once upon a time, said the same. "We were named," he tells me. "I was not contacted."

Hedges says the Post piece was an "updated form of Red-Baiting."

"This attack signals an open war on the independent press," he says. "Those who do not spew the official line will be increasingly demonized in corporate echo chambers such as the Post or CNN as useful idiots or fifth columnists."


Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 2) 553

In this case, in a proper study Alzheimer's had no business being mentioned at all. The only tenuous connection was that they share a common region of the brain affected. (here's the obligatory car analogy) That's like going out in the morning and finding a flat tire so you tell everyone you lost a wheel on the way to work (so they picture a highway drama involving a risk to life and limb).

The test group were diagnosed with "Cannabis use disorder". That is, not just average users, these patients were hard-core users who already were known to have problems thought to be related and refuse to cut back on use. It is thought that most people with that diagnosis had mental health issues before starting marijuana use. It would be interesting to see how their scans change if any of them can be convinced to reduce their use to more casual levels.

It would also be interesting to know how many (if any in the control group) were casual or occasional users. All we know from the freely available information is that they were not diagnosed with cannabis use disorder, meaning they might be non-users, casual users or even heavy users with no problems thought to be related to use.

As for legalization vs. recommendation, alcohol is perfectly legal and I think that's right and proper. Nevertheless, I don't think beer for breakfast is a good idea at all.

Submission + - UK government's latest deluded idea: 'banning' underage sexting on social media (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: When the UK government is not busy looking for ways to invade internet users' privacy, it's looking for ways to restrict what they are able to do online — particularly when it comes to things of a sexual nature.

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has made calls for technology companies and social media to do more to tackle the problems of cyberbullying, online intimidation and — rather specifically — under-18-year-olds texting sexually explicit images. Of course, he doesn't have the slightest idea about how to go about tackling these problems, but he has expressed his concern so that, in conjunction with passing this buck to tech companies, should be enough, right?

Comment Re:as if. (Score 1) 403

Hah. Just last week, a buddy of mine asked me to solve a problem they had with PHP on IIS. Some stupid thing about a temp file, wasted 8 hours finding it. I have not often worked with PHP, and never with IIS. I showed him and his employer how this works with Unix (MacOS/X in that case) and PHP. He almost got fired (new on the job). I got a nice check for consulting. The will run Unix now.

Comment Re:Wrong issue...take off the blinders. (Score 1) 403

The one that annoys me the most by far is the time when you switch off your machine and it wants to install a 30 minute update first. "Please do not switchoff the computer".Goddammit, if I want it off, I want it off.

Usually I have Windows 10 in a VM on a 14-core Xeon Linux box in it. That thing is a power hog. If I want to go to sleep, I want the VM Off, NOW so I can switch off the VM that runs it in the first place. If the VM is not off, I cant't switch off the machine.

Ditto when I grab my laptop to go to work, or want to reboot for some reason (which is way more common than on MacOS/X). Apple always asks you about the occasional update where you have to restart the machine and give you the option to plan it.

I am an Apple freak, and use my MacBook, but Apple is going off the rails a bit and it is worrying me.

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