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Comment Re:Actually no. (Score 1) 80

And considering "Refusal" is usually due to formal considerations that are well defined, the system should be able to predict refusal with a very high accuracy (...actually, the only inaccuracy would be human (clerical) error, when a case is wrongly passed or refused despite meeting or failing to meet the formal requirements) - and as result, with a system that has, say, 99.5% accuracy of determining between "Refused/Deliberated" (say, 0.5% of cases are wrongly refused or wrongly put under deliberation) then that makes "Denied" a 7.5% of all cases, so the system would be accurate some 92% of time telling either "Refused" or "Granted" basing on formal parameters of the application and discounting any actual legal/moral content, and never once serving "Denied".

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 2, Interesting) 687

If you analyze the outcomes of the demilitarization treaties, you'll notice that Soviets really got the short end of the stick. They were forced to scrap some modern weapons which they just finished developing, meanwhile USA just finished building defenses against all older Soviet weapons. In short, if it came to exchange, USA would be fine, Russia would be a nuclear wasteland. They are merely catching up and fixing mistakes of Gorbachev.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 1) 198

A bit too many variables. Since we only know how it affects the rest of the system, we know it's massive and far, but not how massive and how far - a less massive object closer will have a similar effect to one more massive, farther. We can determine the plane, but not orbital radius.

If it was within the plane of ecliptic, that wouldn't hurt too badly because we'd be able to observe its entire orbital plane, being pretty much within it, or only very little off. We can observe it occluding stars and determine its orbital speed - and then the rest of orbital elements that way. But if it's waaaay up or down there, it's only a brief moment twice a year that we cross its orbital plane; way too little time and way too much of sky to search - despite being just a "narrow strip". Wherever else we are, we have way, way more sky to cover for a chance to spot it, because the narrow strip grows into an enormous disk.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 1) 198

Yeah, funny story that.

"We've calculated Neptune movement and orbit as such requires a ninth planet to exist, in orbit roughly this, position roughly this..."

"Hey, guys! You were right! We found it! Let's name it Pluto!"

"But... uh, we made a mistake in our calculations. Neptune's orbit really doesn't need a ninth planet actually..."

"But... we found it anyway?"

Comment Re:non-news is non-news (Score 1) 159

Various chips have various speeds too; specifically newer chips tend to have both more capacity, better speed and higher price (until a point where the old ones' price starts climbing again...)

If the phone doesn't use a different number of chips, but chips from a different generation - 'economy class' 32GB nearing end-of-life, vs bleeding edge 'high performance' 128GB ones, that would explain the disproportion too.

Comment Re:Denormalize (Score 1) 674

Another of *these* assumptions - that the code will ever be maintained before it reaches end of life.

I'd written code that runs to this day and it's nearly a decade since anyone ever saw the sources.

Yet another is that it's going to be expanded, and so needs to be written in a modular fashion with abstractions for potential expansions.

Data is read from socket, frames are identified in the stream, then decoded, and depending on the content several reactions are undertaken. Four function calls and a switch(). No, I'm not going to implement an event listener system, just because someone imagines we *might* someday receive the data from something else than sockets, that the protocol is changed in unpredictable manner (I define that protocol!), and that someone might (gasp!) need to edit the switch() code, instead of registering handlers for new commands through the API. Twenty lines of code turn into five files by making this more "versatile".

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