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Comment I'm an atheist (Score 1) 921

and I find that extremely comforting. The odd thing is, religious people find their religion comforting. I don't see why.

When I was younger, I was exposed to religion. Not just any religion. Southeastern U.S. Christianity. I found it terrifying that there was a god who would judge me to an eternity in hell because of something I did wrong, and did not repent my sins. That's what they told me would happen. Then it occurred to me, what if I worshiped the wrong god, and made the real god very angry by doing that? And what if I misunderstood what I was supposed to do, or got bad information, and got sent to hell anyway?

Then I realized these people didn't know any better than I did. I just never developed the faith. The idea of great ghost in the sky, who will punish me if I do wrong, just doesn't make sense to me.

I enjoy life. But if I learned that I am terminally ill, hell would not be my concern. And if I know I'm going to die very painfully and slowly, I see nothing wrong with suicide once my symptoms making being alive worse than being nothing.

So yes, in the right situation I would sign a DNR order, no ventilation order, power of attorney, and whatever else I thought was right. If I'm dying, there is no sense in adding unnecessary suffering.

Comment Re:Slashdot == The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf (Score 1) 328

Exactly. You want an OS to use all of your available memory to cache slow storage. Paging out data that hasn't been accessed in a long time and using that data for cache will generally result in a perfomance improvement.

If you go back to an application that you haven't used in 5 hours, yes it will take a while to get the working set paged in. But don't forget that the system has been in general running faster for those 5 hours, and some waiting in a case like that is generally a good trade.

I do wish this behavior was configurable on Windows even via a crude method like the linux VM "swappiness" parameter, but I think most users will assume that paging out is always bad and set it to whatever value disables paging out, or at least makes it very unlikely. Look at how many pages on the web recommend setting swappiness to low values. In some cases those users are shooting themselves in the foot. I guess that's why MS doesn't let you configure it.

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