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Comment Re:Too lenient (Score 1) 185

People who are charged with uploading songs, movies, and academic journals to the internet (with no financial gain to themselves) are threatened with decades of prison time and absurd financial penalties.

People are "threatened" all the time with ridiculous penalties for all sorts of crimes, it's what happens to "cut a deal" so they can avoid the expense and bother of a trial, but I've yet to hear of the person actually serving a 30-year sentence for just sharing some songs on the Internet.

Comment Re:SWATing needs serious consequences (Score 1) 185

Try telling that to the family of somebody killed in a riot.

I'd tell the family that I as sorry for their loss, but if they pressed the issue, they would have to be told that removing basic constitutional protections cannot be justified by such a situation. The 'grieving family' has been the tool to justify a number of bad/harsh laws. It's on the same level as "think of the children."

Comment Re:ECC (Score 1) 258

No boot ROM means that a hardware device constructed from discrete logic and analog chips directly demodulates digital data from the radio, addresses the memory, and writes the data. Once this process is completed, it de-asserts the RESET line of the CPU and the CPU starts executing from an address in memory. Really no ROM!

Comment Re:@Intel: Why no ECC for consumer-grade processor (Score 1) 258

You hit a LSB and something is off by one. You hit a MSB and you're potentially off by trillions.

That's a good argument for Gray code.

I have to take issue with the assumption that nothing clears errors better than a hard reset. There are very many known strategies for dealing with errors on a running system, and a reset only clears persistent and cumulative error, rather than transient ones. Since we can assume that your computer doesn't keep the same data in memory all of the time, most will be transient.

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