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Comment Re:All too true (Score 5, Insightful) 266

Same here

The users are getting a correct result. Good.
The developers moved on to something else that's also important. Good.
The machine is doing 15% more work than strictly necessary... Is it slowing down the users? No. Are we getting hammered by the electricity bill? No. Is the machine getting tired? No. So what exactly is the problem?

Like the real Donald (Knuth) said: "premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at least most of it) in programming".

Comment Re:Contempt of the court... (Score 1) 522

I don't remember the exact case, but this point has already been addressed by a court. The ruling was a suspect CAN NOT be held under "tell us your password so we can inspect your data", but CAN be held under "unlock your phone/drives/whatever yourself so we can inspect your data". A technicality.

Comment Re:I don't mean to go all 'Papierin, mein herr,' b (Score 5, Informative) 627

But you don't have any 4th Amendment Rights at an airport. Searches and seizures at an airport are not subject to any requirement of reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or warrant. It's called the Border Search Exception ( ), it has been in effect since the 1970s (or earlier?), and pretty much every related case was ruled in favor of the government.

Comment Re:Oh the Irony..... (Score 1) 735

> It tells me that "some" people are ignorant and racists

Half of people are below average intelligence.

*shakes head* Median. Half of people are below median intelligence.

*shakes head a bit more* Average. Half of the people are below average intelligence. Due to the law of large numbers and the construction that intelligence has finite variance, intelligence is normally distributed. Therefore the statement holds for the three most used averages: Mode, Median and (arithmetic) Mean.

Given how many people are at average intelligence, 'less than average' is less than half, and 'less than or equal to average' is more than half.

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