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Comment Re:contrived examples (Score 4, Insightful) 451

These scenarios are just a little bit contrived... I can't fathom any real life scenario where any of these situations would occur with the odds of both options being equal, which is the point where the software would be called upon to exhibit a preference of one option over another.

Exactly. Why don't people discuss the millions of small decisions - "how quickly shall I go through this stop sign?", "should I signal this turn or is it too much hassle?". Those are where the existing human software is causing bad consequences on a daily basis.

No, let's discuss the one in a billion corner case instead.

Comment Re:Has IPv6's reputation just been destroyed? (Score 1) 229

Now: NAT is carried out on a crappy box in your house. You phone up the call center with a problem and they ask you to power cycle it.

Dystopian IPv4 future: NAT is carried out on a huge crappy box somewhere in your ISP's network. You have to persuade the call center person to do something to that mega-box to fix your problem. Of course that doesn't fix your other more permanent problem (that your IPv4 address is shared with five spammers, sixty owned PCs, and one madness-addled insaneonaut who keeps getting blocked on Wikipedia).

Comment Re:Price? (Score 1) 93

Runkeeper also keeps trying to sell you a premium service, which has more analytics. There is also the "reward" after you complete some accomplishment, which seems to be some product discount, and they probably could make money from advertising there.

Last year I wondered if it was a Runkeeper developer asking what to do when dividing by zero. If you stay completely still for an entire workout, it decides that you are running at "zero minutes per kilometer" and even congratulates you on setting a new record.

Sometimes the phone's GPS has been still running after I've finished, and I have had to swipe away the app. Up until now I've assumed this was incompetence on their part, rather than malice.

Comment Re:Killing jobs? (Score 2) 381

Agreed. I've seen a self-driving car signal, move safely towards the right curb when the bike lane changes from solid to dashed, stop at the red light, and then turn.

Most human drivers in the Bay Area can't even signal, let alone do "advanced" stuff like being in the right place or stopping at a red light. I get a great view of their antics from my perilous place in the bike lane.

Comment The war on white space (Score 0) 67

Traditionally writers put a space before an opening bracket (like this), but I'm seeing a lot of Slashdot contributors scrunch up the bracket against the last word(like this). Also there are people who don't write the spaces in "a lot" or "at least", and other similar phrases. I wonder if this War on White Space is partly down to Twitter and its character limit.

Comment Re:IPv6 is such a disaster (Score 1) 65

The Bad: -They did away with IPV4's simplistic subnetting and supernetting

"Simplistic" means "excessively simple", which hardly seems to describe subnetting in IPv4 - should you go for a /27, or a /26, or a /25? IPv6 is simpler, as you don't have to worry about running out of LAN addresses.

-Very Few large deployments.

Comcast had 1Tb/sec 18 months ago

Comment Re:Less than zero is a valid timestamp (Score 4, Funny) 170

So the representation of dates must either handle negative values or have some other method of representing dates as far back as 14,000,000,006 years.

Reminds me of this joke:

Some tourists in the Museum of Natural History are marveling at some dinosaur bones. One of them asks the guard, "Can you tell me how old the dinosaur bones are?"

The guard replies, "They are 3 million, four years, and six months old."

"That's an awfully exact number," says the tourist. "How do you know their age so precisely?"

The guard answers, "Well, the dinosaur bones were three million years old when I started working here, and that was four and a half years ago."

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