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Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 511

As you have only been introduced to elementary math(s), you may not be aware that median is also an average. Half of programmers *are* below average using one of the three usual rivals for 'average'. It would be hard to use mean, as it's not clear that you could find a rating system for which using mean would make sense.

Of course, it's not clear that there is any sensible numeric rating scale for programmers, and it would be interesting to argue about what the modal average would be, but it's just a throwaway comment which doesn't need to be analysed in such depth. The meaning and sense of the comment is clear.

If you are going to play the role of overly pedantic nerd, at least do it correctly so you don't get laughed at.

Comment Re:Wow.. should buy one! (Score 1) 117

Choose between a thousand words or so for each word, and you have a password you can actually remember, with just as much entropy as the standard 8-digit random nonsense. Something like "original horse tuesday" or "memorable yacht Tasmania" is also much easier to remember than "r3!xp20.".

If you want more strength, then increase the number of words. Four words aren't much harder to remember than three.

Comment Re:1E3*1E5=1E9? (Score 2, Insightful) 773

Thousand and million have always been the same in the US and UK, and the British billion has just about died about in the UK, sadly -- 'billion' means 'thousand million' to us these days, just like it does for you.

It's a pity, as I did like the name 'milliard' for a thousand million (a billion used to be a million million), but I suppose the gain in consistency is worth it.

How about you start using metric measurements in return? :)


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JerseyTom writes: "IETF (the group that sets the internet protocol standards) often releases a hoax RFC document on April Fools Day. The most famous is the RFC 1149: Standard for the transmission of IP datagrams on Avian Carriers. Sadly, no new funny from IETF today. However, you can now get the complete collection of IETF humor in one book, perfect for the coffee table in your geek apartment, or on your bookshelf at work. The book includes commentary by famous Internet names like Bradner, Templeton and O'Dell. The project was coordinated by sysadmin author Thomas A. Limoncelli and Unix/Internet historian Peter J. Salus. Best quote from their web site is "When the network is down, this book won't help you at all!" More at"

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