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Closure On the Linux Lockup Bug

DamnOregonian Re:Call me crazy (115 comments)

That code doesn't suffer from the problem you think it does.

readq is only defined in that code if undefined elsewhere, and is only used to read counters on 64-bit architectures.

on 32-bit architectures, that code uses readl to read the counter.

readq is undefined in some 32-bit architectures, so is defined there- but only used there to read the configuration register (not likely to roll over ;)

Also, the actual reading of the counter is done indirectly: it's returned from the IRQ handler for the HPET. the direct reading is only done during calibration.

about two weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

DamnOregonian Re:Another blaming of the victims (Striesand Effec (512 comments)

That was much easier with Christianity, because those things are not attributed to Him in the scripture — nor to any of His prophets.

This is pure bullshit. Are you aware what Deuteronomy *is*, and who Moses is claimed to *be*? There are plenty of sects of Christianity that absolutely take Mosaic Law, as given by Moses (God's Prophet) to be law, and are displeased that modern society allows their wives to cheat on them and live.

On contrast, the Koran is the verbatim word of God.

This is actually only true in the same way that some Christian sects consider the old and new Testaments to be the Word as inspired by Him.
If you've read the Quran, you'd be well aware it's not the verbatim word of God any more than the other main Abrahamic books are.

Also, even the "unedited" Christianity (with its "leaving Caesar's to Caesar") was still compatible with the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Constitution, whereas Islam (with theocracy being the only acceptable way of government) is not.

You literally are a mouthpiece for right-wing Islamophobic stereotypes. This is, again, no different than the other major Abrahamic religions.
And in literally no even marginally strict Christian sect is that which is rendered unto Caesar supreme to that which is rendered unto God. ie, Biblical Supremecy, as Christians who believe in that line of thinking call it. Yes, the Bible comes with a Supremecy Clause, you just only read half of it.

Like any Abrahamic religion, how barbaric you are comes down to which verses you decide to interpret. Secular Islamic governments and societies used to be common, and still exist to a point today. There are real reasons for the cultural reset that has occurred in much of the former Caliphate territories, and guess what- it's not the religion.

I think if you look for something else that correlates with the regions with problems, you'll find that something else correlates better with the phenomenon of terrorism and religious extremism than Islam.

about two weeks ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

DamnOregonian Re:Pullin' a Gates? (449 comments)

The kind he is talking about is also using those cores to load a single page. He's arguing against parallel computing being the answer for mundane tasks. At the end of the day, improving the instructions/cycle (or cycles/second, but I think we're pretty close to tapped out in that department) performance of cores is more important than increasing the cores.
People arguing against him largely don't understand that's the argument he's making.
Adding 12 more cores to your quad core is not going to make the desktop perform better.
However, a 5% increase in instructions/cycle performance *will*

about three weeks ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

DamnOregonian Re:Pullin' a Gates? (449 comments)

You're so right :(

I keep a PS3 non-updated just so I can play around with the Cell in linux.
It certainly is a shitty ass part if you're just trying to write normal software for it- the HT PPC core in it is a total dog.

However, if one were bored and wanted to whip up a stupidly parallel task, like computing segments of a mandelbrot- then one could zoom down to precision failure in a second.
Ever generated a 40,000 x 40,000 mandelbrot? Sure it's not quite general-purpose, but my i7 desktop, Q9650 desktop, i3 work computer, i3 laptop, and i7 laptop running parallel generation software struggle to keep up. (Granted- no GPU assist on those)
I just wish I had come up with more workloads for it before I got bored.

about three weeks ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

DamnOregonian Re:Pullin' a Gates? (449 comments)

Are you joking?

I know that there is a wide variance in performance differences between compiled programs on 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, but I do a fair amount of work in assembler, and I assure you there are very large speedups to be had moving over to x86-64. First and foremost, increased register size and double the amount of general purpose registers.

If you want to go to a higher level, 64-bit pointers also allow for all kinds of very neat OS syscall latency related tricks like mapping stupidly-large files into memory.

64-bit is the way, my friend. If your software doesn't run faster in long-mode, it's because either you or your compiler just isn't quite with the program yet.

about three weeks ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

DamnOregonian Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

It's almost as if scientific learning and schools didn't exist before Christ. I bet if Christ hadn't come around, founded his Church, which eventually led to the Trinity College's formation, Newton would have been a mentally deficient chimney sweep.

Not ironic at all, really. Simply a misattribution of credit.
Now, you want some real irony? Much of Newton's success in celestial mechanics and physical sciences hinged on work by al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham, an Iraqi Muslim. So perhaps we have Muhammad to thank for Newtonian Physics?

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

DamnOregonian Re:Nice Strawman (681 comments)

Someone can condemn the enormity of the crimes Christians have committed against humanity in the name of their religion without condemning everyone who claims to be a Christian.

Sadly, that's rarely the case in my experience with the devout of any Abrahamic religion.

They all take blasphemy pretty seriously, the difference is it's a lot harder for Western Christians to get away with stoning you to death. The North-east Indian, African, and Lebanese Christians, however? They're happy to oblige.

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

DamnOregonian Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

Nonsense. Einstein gets all the credit for that. Every single weapon today is based on mass-energy equivalence.
Of course, if ballistic weaponry had not existed prior to Newton, you'd have a much better argument...

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

DamnOregonian Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

I'm not a Christian, but you've nailed it. It was an indictment of followers, not Christ. The only explanation for the outrage is their own insecurity. It's hard to back up blind faith, and even harder to defend it from attack and you yourself don't really understand it.

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

DamnOregonian Re: Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

It's hard for a moderate Christian to accept that they're just as culpable for the murder, rape, and terrorism committed by fundamentalist Christians as every single Muslim they paint with their own culpability brush.
Nobody likes to look in the mirror and see the evil they hate; so they choose to delude themselves with justifications for their form of evil.

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

DamnOregonian Re: Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

I think that's more of a cultural thing than religious. I assure you that fundies of all religions are quite murderous in the less civilized parts of the world.

Lebanese Christian militias terrorizing, murdering, and raping Islamic and Druze refugees and villages from the 70's to 90's? Lord's Resistance Army?
Army of God?
Concerned Christians?
"Jesus was the first Klansman"?
National Socialist Council of Nagaland's conversion of the Naga to Christianity, by the sword?
Eric Robert Rudolph and the Centennial Olympic Park bombing?

Frankly, I'm less scared of my Muslim coworker than any devout Baptist that hails from south of the Mason-Dixon.
Shame on you.

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

DamnOregonian Re:duh (368 comments)

The evidence also supports the hypothesis that the lesser problem escalated into violence because the cop was a shitbag.

Again, I assert, that anyone willing to cross the line into actually assaulting an officer (as opposed to Rodney King's violent assault on the officers that "detained" him) care little about a camera.

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

DamnOregonian Re:No s**t Sherlock (368 comments)

No reading comprehension problem at all. I'm taking issue with your assertion that the problem person has justified lethal force.
Frankly, unless the officer's life was in danger, if he employed lethal force, the problem is *always* the officer.
If his hard is too dangerous, hard, or scary, he can go dig ditches or flip burgers.
The quelling effect a camera has on the suspect is to prevent them from triggering an abusive officer's propensity to use excessive force. It doesn't stop the subject from physically assaulting the officer. Nobody willing to cross that line is giving a rat's ass about a camera.

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

DamnOregonian Re:duh (368 comments)

I have read it. And as long as "escalation" can mean "abusive" behavior like mouthing off to a cop and "forcing" him to resort to physical violence, then ya. I concede. The study makes no attempt at deciding whether that particular path is a problem or not, and doesn't make any claims as to what the "escalation" is. People trying to claim it's stopping people from physically assaulting a cop out of nowhere are basing this claim on ludicrous apologist delusions, supported by exactly no evidence.

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

DamnOregonian Re:duh (368 comments)

This is not insightful, this is stupid.
A camera is not going to deter someone from violence against a police officer. I'll tell you what it deters them from- it deters them from calling the cop an asshole.
What you refuse to accept, (or perhaps condone) is that mouthing off to an officer is casus belli for a police officer to kick the teeth in- i mean detain the citizen, i mean perp.
That is wrong and fucked up.

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

DamnOregonian Re:Don't tell me police doesn't abuse their powers (368 comments)

1. The camera's could have altered the behavior of the citizen such that use of force wasn't required.

The only case where I'll accept that it was necessary to be violent with a citizen of this country with free agency and civil rights, is where he presented a clear and present danger to someone else (and maybe, arguably, himself). If you're arguing that cameras lower the incidence of that occurring, you're a fucking moron.
If you're arguing that it lowers the incidence of people calling cops assholes and the resulting getting their teeth kicked in, I'll buy that. But that still leaves the original problem in place, the cop shouldn't be a cop.

2. The citizens who would normally falsely complain of being abused could have decided the camera would have shown the truth

This is legit.

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

DamnOregonian Re:Stop scare-mongering (368 comments)

Totally. Violent criminals usually think twice about attacking an officer because he's wearing a camera. That makes so much sense, I can't believe I didn't think about it.

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

DamnOregonian Re:Don't tell me police doesn't abuse their powers (368 comments)

Yes, those criminals who wanted to violently assault a police officer thought twice because they were being watched. By a camera. Cough.
I will buy that it reduced false reports, though.

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

DamnOregonian Re:Obviously (368 comments)

"Sir", or "Ma'am" work if addressing directly. "The gentleman", or "The lady" if not? I can think of a dozen different terms to use when referring to or addressing a non-LEO, that aren't pejoratives used by the military, which the police now seem to fancy themselves as. Police used to the civilians. Constabulary officers who kept peace and enforced laws. Not this crazy fucking gestapo trend where they increasingly consider themselves a branch of the government/armed forces.

about a month ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

DamnOregonian Re:Obviously (368 comments)

You're dead-on. My military friends are fond of using "civilian" as a pejorative, and now several friends of mine who are police. Those friends are also former-military. I think that may be part of a trend, or at least it seems to be from my perspective. A lot of people are getting out of the military and going into law enforcement. I'm not sure those people have the right mind-set to be civil servants in a lot of cases. One of those friends recently made his first heroin user bust, and was bragging about ripping the guy out of his car and how hard the take-down was. This was just a dude shooting up in a car. Non-violent, breaking a law, sure- but did he deserve that?
My friend sounded like he was bragging about taking down a terrorist.

about a month ago

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