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The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws

awall222 Re:I was going to try something similar... (378 comments)

I did the same thing with my seatbelt once. The officer told me "I have no proof you were wearing a seatbelt; I didn't see you wearing one." Apparently he didn't need proof I wasn't... I wasted a day getting it thrown out in court.

more than 2 years ago

Claimed Proof That P != NP

awall222 Re:What would the impacts of this be for cryptogra (457 comments)

Isn't something like y=x^2 a one-way function? Given the input x you can always arrive at the same y, but given y you cannot always arrive at the same x.

more than 4 years ago

Washington Wants 10,000 Web Surfers

awall222 Re:The Government? (147 comments)

When they complain, you've got 'em.

until they get a search warrant for your computer and you get sued for every mp3 you can't prove you purchased...

more than 4 years ago

Oz Pirate Party Tells the Elderly How To Bypass the Net Filter

awall222 Re:Tech Generation? (275 comments)

"Technology" was probably too generic of a word, but don't sound so offended. What percent of 70-year-olds you know would have the first clue about bypassing an Internet filter? This post isn't about the few people at the leading edge of a field, or people changing oil in their cars, it's talking about the average person off of the street bypassing an Internet filter.

more than 4 years ago

Today's Best CPUs Compared... To a Pentium 4

awall222 Re:Games don't use multiple cores? (354 comments)

The OS can't load balance if you don't break your code up into enough threads. For example, If you have 6 threads that each take ~10 seconds, sure the OS should handle it. If you instead only break that code up into 2 threads, one taking 50 seconds and one taking 10 seconds, there's not much the OS can do.

more than 4 years ago

uTorrent To Build In Transfer-Throttling Ability

awall222 Re:Anyone else see 60 Minutes tonight? (187 comments)

Thought the demonstration of BT was interesting (at ~5:00): "...and you're downloading the movie right now?" "that's right" "the bits moving away...are pieces we have and are sharing with someone else." So CBS was participating in the very activity their program was out to show is illegal...interesting.

more than 5 years ago

Appeal For Commuter GPS Logs To Aid Electric Cars

awall222 Re:Braking (144 comments)

Why was this voted down? Do people not ever just coast? What if you're approaching a stop light that's red, for example? If you're not too close to it, it makes sense to let off of the accelerator early in the hopes that it turns green before you have to use the brakes.

more than 5 years ago

After Links To Cybercrime, Latvian ISP Cut Off

awall222 Re:They'll move elsewhere (116 comments)

That is not net neutrality.

If you connect to the Internet you are an equal peer on it - you can receive and send data.

Well, if their internet connection no longer exists...

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Clean Install Only In Europe

awall222 Re:OOh (803 comments)

Sounds to me like the parent is speaking of multiple partitions on the same disk. While this is theoretically fine, when I'm doing things like upgrading my OS and wiping a partition, having all of my data so close makes me nervous. I have them on separate partitions on separate disks and it makes me feel better.

more than 5 years ago

Virgin American In-Flight Internet Review, From In-Flight

awall222 Re:Skype (198 comments)

UDP would actually better here, since UDP packets are send-and-forget, though you're not guaranteed delivery. Over a high-latency network, you don't want to bother re-transmitting anything for voice communications, because like the above poster said you'd have seconds of silence waiting for the retransmissions.

more than 5 years ago

Should You Get Paid While Your Computer Boots?

awall222 Re:Who turns it off at the end of the day? (794 comments)

Even in the Windows shops I worked in, most people just locked their systems at the end of the day and left.

Who reboots every day?

These can be forced upon you by your employer.

more than 6 years ago

Online Carpooling Service Fined In Canada

awall222 Re:No sense... (541 comments)

I don't think having the government run everything would work out so well, but this canard that it's inherently inefficient and private enterprise always does it better has got to be put to bed.

Private business always has an incentive to do things more efficiently! The government has no competition, but the companies compete with each other in order to achieve the highest profits. Whether or not they pass those savings on to the consumer in the form of lower prices is another story...

more than 6 years ago


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