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Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 189

What percentage of homicides and violent crime are related to gang activity? Take Chicago for example as it continuously pops up in the news. I would contend that better mental health care does nothing for them.

I take a broader view of mental health besides just treating pathology. I see it in more holistic terms, that involves poverty, debt, external stress, family life, even nutrition and physical health. People without purpose in life can find purpose.

There's a reason you don't find violent street gangs in Lake Forest or Kenilworth which are as close to downtown Chicago as the far South side. And before the ACs jump in, no, it has nothing to do with the properties of race.

Comment Re:10mm (Score 1) 54

So, you seem to be saying "millennial", except with a lot less words. Are you a 49ers fan? Colin Kaepernick might want to use your argument, he's a jackass too. Not as bad as Carlos Danger or Hillary Clinton , but worse than Chris Brown. yeah Colin should fuck off and so should you.
Colin McColonmouth

When did Skip Bayless get on Slashdot?

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 0) 189

would you propose the same solutions to preventing suicides as homicides/violent crimes?

Yes. Better mental health care and sensible restrictions on guns.

Not having ready access to a gun might have given some of those suicides a chance to reconsider. A Harvard study says 9 out 10 people who survive a suicide attempt do not go on to die by suicide. But it's pretty hard to survive a pistol shot through the roof of the mouth, you know?. The vast majority of people who attempt suicide by means other than handgun are not successful. The success rate for the gun users is well over 90%.

Regarding homicides and violent crime, you are much more likely to be shot to death in a violent crime than beaten, stabbed, strangled, impaled, poisoned, hatcheted, smothered or thrown out of a window combined. The National Institute of Justice says that nearly 70% of homicides are committed with firearms.

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 0) 189

Isn't it a bit misleading to lump 20k+ suicides into that figure since they happened to choose a firearm to do it with?

Not at all. I'm comparing danger. As an American, you're over a thousand times more likely to die from the bullet of a gun held by an American than you are to die from anything ISIS does.

But you bring up a good point about suicide. Americans are thousands of times more likely to be a danger to themselves than they are to have ISIS be a danger to them.

So why all the fuss?

Comment Re:Interesting ratio (Score 2) 54

I wish torrent was better at taking advantage of my fast symmetrical connection. If more users uploaded to me instead of to others, I could upload more to others and it would be overall faster for everyone. Easier said than done, I know. Simple attempts to do this would result in gaming the system or DOSing the system by wasting other's upload bandwidth.

Comment Re:Isn't it common knowledge? (Score 1) 54

The big deal is that Verizon has a history of playing games with Netflix data and trying to charge them exorbitant transit prices for local peering data. It's quite telling how horrible Verizon has been about Netflix that they only have 2 devices in their network. With how large Verizon is, I assume Netflix would love to load test their 80Gb/s boxes in a FIOS region.

Comment Re:Interesting ratio (Score 1) 54

My understanding of the SSD writing issue is SSDs have a sizable amount of reserved space for wear leveling. Assuming this space is large enough, garbage collection can be postponed as long as there is some spare room. Many SSDs only do GC while the drive is "idle" by some definition, which many times is how many milliseconds since the last request. If the drive never becomes idle, the SSD will continue to postpone the GC until it absolutely has to, as which point it stops everything and does GC.

Insult to injury is that the device waited so long that there is more work meaning it will take even longer, sometimes many seconds. The good news is that SSDs have very reliable performance characteristics, and as the available wear-leveling free-space starts to get consumed by deferred GC work, writes start taking longer because it gets harder to find fresh blocks. This "longer" can be detected because both reads and writes suffer since you can't read from the same part of the drive that is being written to until it has finished.

Read latency is pretty much constant, so any increase in latency means the firmware is doing work. Detecting this increase and backing off, primarily on writes, gives the GC time to do its job and minimizing GC latency even if at the expense of throughput. FreeBSD is also getting new limiting features to their IO layer that will allow admins to limit read IOPs, write IOPs, read throughput, and write throughput all separately. This can be configured system wide per block device and/or by jail per device.

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 189

The takeaway message for you here should be that including your anti-gun political message in with your "ISIS is not a real threat" message led to a distraction from, and dilution of, your intended message. Introducing politics into discussions does that, every single time.

You worry about your message and let me worry about mine.

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 189

Americans with guns killed around 13,000 Americans last year, not 35,000. Please don't exaggerate.

You're right. I was looking at the statistics from 2013, not 2015.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, there were 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries (23.23 per 100,000 U.S. citizens);[2] 11,208 homicides (3.5 per 100,000);[3] 21,175 suicides;[4] 505 deaths due to accidental/negligent discharge of a firearm; and 281 deaths due to firearms-use with "undetermined intent",[4] for a total of 33,636 deaths due to "Injury by firearms",[4]

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