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Comment Re:Odds (Score 1) 264

Odds are low, but the frequency is high. An oft-cited IBM study from the 90s determined that memory will get a cosmic ray bit-flip once per 256MB per month. So, an 8GB system will see about 32 bit-flips per month. Probably more with modern memory. Of course, as you mention, it's not likely that several would occur at the same time in nearly the same place.

That vast majority will be in unused memory, executable code that never gets executed, or even in code or data that, while corrupted, simply doesn't have a noticeable effect.

But, what about a single bit flip of a parity bit? Does a good bit get "corrected" to an incorrect value? Serious question, as I really don't know enough about the specifics.

Comment Re:damages calculated? (Score 1) 104

They may give it away for free, but they make a lot of money off of the search results that Chrome funnels their way. And, I would say the damages are from loss of revenue that would have occurred if Google had licensed the patent from them in the first place.

Regardless, whether the patent holder is using their patented idea or not has no bearing on the matter.

Comment Re:Depends (Score 3, Informative) 86

Yes, the meanings can be different. Let's look at 100% faster: that would be the starting speed, plus another starting speed, giving you a 2x value. So 330% faster would be starting speed plus 3.3x, making it 4.3x.

Whereas 100% "as fast" is saying the "the same speed", or 1x, and 330% "as fast" would result in 3.3x.

Comment Re: Does this mean... (Score 1, Informative) 138

you mean illegal aliens entering our country. legal immigrants he has no problem with.

It's native-born judges of Mexican lineage that he has a problem with.

And by that, I assume you mean "native-born judges of Mexican lineage and whom is a member of an anti-white racist orginization, an organization that has taken strong positions against Trump.

So Trump's beef with Judge Curiel is totally with merit. Curiel shouldn't be anywhere near the case due to the conflict of interest.

Comment Re: Does this mean... (Score 1) 138

No, our Constitution simply doesn't hold any weight in other countries. It doesn't grant foreigners rights that citizens enjoy, nor does it guarantee those rights to our citizens outside the U.S. For example, you're not going fly into Dubai and successfully invoke your 1st, 2nd, and 4th amendment rights to say what you want, when you want, while open-carrying your handgun and guarding your possessions from unreasonable search and seizure when they come for you.

If our own citizens aren't protected by the Constitution while in Syria, why would you think Syrians are protected by it?

That's debatable. The US blocked suits about Guantanamo to ensure no court case made it to the Supreme Court to rule on that.

And rightfully so. They are prisoners of war, not guests in the Hamptons. It should stay out of the civilian court system. There are military courts that are better suited to deal with cases like that, and applying more applicable laws. Such as military rules of engagement, and treaties like the Geneva Convention, etc.

Comment Re:I'll think about it (Score 2) 81

I would agree with you about the audio based on other people's flat-panels, but I must admit I've been very happy with mine. It's a 6 year old 50" Panasonic Viera P50G20 (and, yes, it's a plasma!:), and its audio actually sounds really really good. Sure, it doesn't produce bass that you can feel in your bones, but that's what the surround sound receiver is for, though I rarely use it.

I dread the day I need to replace it because of the good audio and the picture is still amazing (it's in a basement, so it doesn't need to compete with direct sunlight). Hopefully the newer TVs are even better and I won't be disappointed.

Comment Re:Obligatory Fermi (Score 2) 381

I would say "no." First of all, the propulsion laser is only fired at it for a few minutes while it's still close to its launch point. Second, we wouldn't be in the laser's path if we were the destination since the laser light is traveling 5x faster than the probes (missing our location probably by several years, unless of course ours and theirs stellar movement is in exactly the same or exactly the opposite directions).

Comment Re:Good guy teleco emplyees... (Score 4, Informative) 123

I had at&t unlock my iphone a few months ago and it couldn't have been simpler. I did it from their web site with a very simple form and it was unlocked within 2 days.

Maybe I was just lucky, I don't know, I'm just a sample of one. I have no love for AT&T, but at least that worked well for me.

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