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Comment 23 seconds!?! That's kind of long... (Score 1) 173

It looks like they are really talking about pop music as a genre here, as the year end Billboard Top 10 usually only includes maybe one or two songs total from rock, hip-hop, country, etc.

But, if you want to talk fast songs, you would be hard pressed to beat the Power Violence sub-genre (it's kind of like a blend of hardcore punk and metalcore with the tempo taken to the max, with a song structure of "Verse 1 and done"). 23 seconds for the whole song is about the upper limit there... anything longer and a power violence drummer would probably have a heart-attack! (Disclaimer: I don't actually enjoy Power Violence. If you wish to learn more about it, you can use the internet to go afflict yourself with it.)

Comment Re:Bomb VS gas? (Score 1) 983

CS teargas looses effectiveness after repeated exposures, such as the training the U.S. Army puts every soldier through at least once per year (if not significantly more often). The shooter was a former soldier (I refrain from calling him a "veteran", as he deserves to be struck from the rolls and his name forgotten), so teargas immunity is a required tactical assumption.

Comment Re:Bomb VS gas? (Score 1) 983

The russian have and have used knockout gas think is was a big standoff in a theater. They claimed it was an aerosolized fentanyl that can need only skin contact a gas mask won't help you need a full NBC rated suit.

Yeah, they used it, but it killed a bunch (but not all) of the hostages, too. The stuff falls in the "less-lethal" category, rather than "non-lethal".

Comment Re:It's your turn, Mr Assange (Score 1) 289

How so? A hebrew daleth doesn't look anything like a triangle.

At the time of King David, Hebrew was still using Phoenician-based script (which used a triangle for daleth), rather than the modern Aramaic-based script (Aramaic) (Hebrew), so the doubled-daleth could be a valid explanation for the Star of David symbol.

Comment Re:Compromise (Score 4, Informative) 585

The backdoor doesn't directly unlock the iPhone. The backdoor allows Apple to alter the firmware without unlocking the phone itself. The authentication mechanism is baked into the ROM, but the "10 strikes and auto-wipe" is not. The FBI wants Apple to disable the 10 strikes so they can guess as many times as they want, as fast as they want (through a cable interface). However, once that altered firmware gets on that particular iPhone, the FBI has that firmware permanently and can re-use it at a later date on some other iPhone. (At least that's the gist I get from the various articles I've read.)

Comment Re:Emergency Brake? (Score 1) 567

Use of the parking brake seems to vary with the terrain and climate conditions of where you grew up and where your current residence is. I grew up on the U.S. west coast, where there are plenty of hills, and the whether is usually above freezing. On the other hand, I once visited my buddy in Illinois at the tail end of winter, and he practically yelled at me for setting the parking brake afterwards stating "You've never had your brake pads freeze to your rotors, overnight, have you?" (Illinois is also very, very flat)

Comment Re:Pascal (Score 1, Interesting) 414

Pascal used to be in high use, heck the classic versions of MacOS (a.k.a. "System", pre-OS X) were built in it, with the C libraries really just being interfaces to the Pascal libraries. The language syntax is different, but not immensely so, from C, but it does take a few more keypresses to do the same thing (my theory as to why C/C++ overtook Pascal). The program flow is also nearly identical, the main difference being that Pascal has pass-by-reference (missing from C, included in C++) in addition to pass-by-value and pass-by-pointer, but doesn't have all the additional baggage/capability of templates and STL.

There are two things that tend to trip people up when going from Pascal to C (or C to Pascal): 1. Pascal's array indices start at 1, while C's start at 0, 2. Pascal's strings are fixed length by default with the length as a separate data member, with C's being variable length but null-terminated. Pascal's string approach is inherently safer, but is also a pain in the ass if you need a string that keeps changing size or you need one longer than 255 characters. C's approach, while more flexible, has led to the all-too-common buffer overflow vulnerabilities.

Comment Re:Luke force chokes a guard (Score 1) 188

I'd have to re-read it (it's been awhile), but, IIRC, in the book version of Return of the Jedi, Luke feels "dirty" when he force-chokes the Gamorrean guards. He also strays a bit in the extended universe and has confidence issues with staying true to the light side thereafter. (Yes, I know JJ Abrams shot down the previous Extended Universe canon, but that's how things were explained previously.)

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