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Comment Re:Not buying it (Score 1) 145

Sorry you are incorrect. The EXACT SAME hardware did NOT malfunction at sea level altitude, but when relocated to Denver at 5000+ ft above sea level it displayed a statistically significant increase in single bit ECC errors.This behavior has been studied by numerous organizations, including IBM, Sun Microsystems, and others. See this IEEE technical talk: http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv...

Comment Re:Not buying it (Score 5, Interesting) 145

Sorry, but cases such as this exist.

Back around 1999/2000 I was with Cisco engineering on the GSR 12000 (the first Cisco service provider class router).

We did send a system to a POP in Denver (altitude 5000+ ft) and saw on this system a statistically significant increase in recoverable memory ECC errors.

When the affected board was returned to San Jose and retested (basically sea level) the errors could not be reproduced.

So we returned the hardware back to the Denver POP, and the recoverable ECC errors returned. No amount of swapping memory DIMMs (various vendors) made a difference.

Any satellite hardware designer will tell you that cosmic radiation is a big deal for satellite design. And lead shielding is not a cost effective option in space.

Comment Re:Can we choose death then? (Score 2) 637

Twitter should die. It is just a source for rumors and unsubstantiated drivel. It no longer has any redeeming value.

When people played by the rules, it sort of worked. No longer. The dark side of humanity has found an outlet for their hate, and loves it.

Spew hatred and untruth to hundreds of thousand, and millions, of people, with just a #hashtag and a click.

Twitter is responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. He could not have done what he did without Twitter.

Twitter is responsible for the rise of DAESH/ISIL/ISIS. They could not have rose to the prominence they have without Twitter.

Twitter must die.

Comment Re:wat (Score 2) 348

Do you understand what 'programmed' in assembly means? Does not mean there is an assembler or interpreter on the device, only that the source code was written in assembler for some processor architecture, assembled to a binary image, and then programmed into ROM/FLASH/etc on the target device.

'Programmed in C' does not mean your fancy toothbrush has to have GCC running on it to be able to do its thing any more than 'programmed in assembler' does.

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