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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

bws111 Re:isn't x86 RISC by now? (154 comments)

The very first paragraph of IBMs z/Architecture Principles of Operation:

The architecture of a system defines its attributes as seen by the programmer, that is, the conceptual structure and functional behavior of the machine, as distinct from the organization of the data flow, the logical design, the physical design, and the performance of any particular implementation. Several dissimilar machine implementations may conform to a single architecture. When the execution of a set of programs on different machine implementations produces the results that are defined by a single architecture, the implementations are considered to be compatible for those programs.

yesterday
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Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)

bws111 Re:Fully loaded 2U POWER8 for $2,000 USD, yes or n (36 comments)

What enterprise class entry level server can you get 'fully loaded', including a supported proprietary operating system and proprietary development tools for $500 to $1000?

2 days ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

bws111 Re: 90% of people are retarded (117 comments)

What an idoitic statement. First, if something has a 50% chance of happening then it is certainly not 'inevitable'. Second, divorce is not a random event, so comparing it to a coin toss is exceedingly stupid. Passwords aside, we already 'share accounts'. We have joint checking and savings accounts, a joint mortgage, joint ownership of the house, joint ownership of a timeshare, file joint tax returns, etc. What is so different about joint online accounts? Nothing.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

bws111 Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

Haha! Good one! If the speed limits are higher then the idiots will not be juking and jiving. Yeah, right. Can I have some of what you are having?

Fact is, not matter what the speed limit, idiots will think they are too low for their superior skills. They will also always think others are driving too slow, and will do just as much juking and jiving, except at a higher speed. And nothing can go wrong with that, right?

Also, raising the speed limit does not mean people will drive any faster. This has been shown in several studies. So if most people are not going to go faster just because the speed limit is raised that means the superior ones will still be dodging the same people.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

bws111 Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

You're not making sense. The question is not whether some speed limits could be higher, but whether or not low speed limits are dangerous. If a too-low speed limit makes people ignore it because they 'feel' that it should be higher, and that causes accidents, then obviously someone who 'felt' the limit was too low was wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

bws111 Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

So your solution to the problem of people who drive aggressively, don't pay attention, etc (ie the real cause of accidents) is to let them drive FASTER? In what world does that make sense?

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

bws111 Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

The low speed limit is not dangerous, the change in speed limit without warning is dangerous.

And learn some defensive driving. Here's a tip: if you are approaching a blind curve (as you claim) where you can't see what it around it, and someone is following you too closely, SLOW DOWN before you get to the 'have to slam on brakes' stage. If you can't see a 'dangerous' speed limit sign, you also might not see people, animals, disabled vehicles, etc that could also cause you to 'slam on the brakes'.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

bws111 Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

Wrong, wrong, wrong. It is 100% the fault of the person making an unsafe lane change if there is an accident, NOT the person who was driving too slow for your taste. You still have not given a single legitimate reason why low speed limits (by themselves), or slow drivers (by themselves) are dangerous.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

bws111 Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

Exactly how is a low speed limit 'dangerous'? It is not. It is the idiots who chose to ignore it or otherwise engage in risky behavior (following too closely, unsafe lane changes, etc) who are dangerous.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

bws111 Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

And just how often does that situation arise (outside of movies). By far, most 'getting run over by a semi' incidents do not occur when the car in front actually had the option to speed up. They happen because traffic suddenly slows or stops. So that leaves really only a few possibilities: the truck is out of control (runaway truck), the driver is asleep or incapcitated, or the driver is intentionally trying to hit you. None of those situations are likely to be solved by increasing your speed a few MPH.

about two weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

bws111 Re:The NFL is a NON-Profit Organization (216 comments)

Do you know what profit is? It has nothing to do with 'controlling the experience' or 'generating so much revenue.' Profit is income minus expenses. While everyone likes focusing on the revenue number, they conveniently ignore the expenses, which happen to be exactly the same as the revenue. Why? Because all the revenue the NFL makes is distributed to the teams, which are NOT non profits and DO pay taxes.

about three weeks ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

bws111 Re:No thanks (224 comments)

Uh, they already have all the power over your connection. What are you talking about?

about three weeks ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

bws111 Re:Service in exchange for a free modem? (224 comments)

It isn't a 'public' hotspot, it is a hotspot for Comcast customers. And you are getting something - the ability to use those same Comcast hotspots.

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

bws111 Re:Put in a separate table (62 comments)

You have indeed 'changed everyones CC#'. EVERYONE. For ALL CARDS. Every single stored CC number is now useless. Every recurring payment will fail. What an absolutely great opportunity for phishing. Every week or so you can expect to receive a 'there is a problem with your account, please log on and re-enter your CC information, this is for your security' letter. Wonderful.

Joe's Hot Dog shopped got hacked and a few thousand CC numbers were compromised. Let's invalidate every stored CC number in the whole world! No economic harm from that, no indeed.

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

bws111 Re:Put in a separate table (62 comments)

OK, so company 'A' gets hacked and all of their saved credit card information is breached. No problem (according to you), just change the salt! Presto magico, nobody can use the information that was stolen. Which means that EVERY stored credit card number (now 'hash') is invalid, everywhere. Not just compromised cards, every single one. Every recurring payment is invalid. Every pending payment is invalid. Great idea.

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

bws111 Re:Put in a separate table (62 comments)

No sane developer does this, because it is worthless. The SSN IS the identifier of the user. Without the SSN, you have no idea who the user is. Use the hash instead of the SSN? Now the hash is exactly as sensitive as the SSN was in the first place. You have added unnecessary complications and have provided zero improvement in security.

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

bws111 Re:Put in a separate table (62 comments)

Exactly. Look at it this way: your credit card number already IS a hash of your and your banks identities. That doesn't magically make it secure.

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

bws111 Re:Put in a separate table (62 comments)

Huh? Surely for an IRS transaction the SSN is the identifier of the person. What are you going to compare the hash with? How would you know who the person is to compare the hash with if all you have is the hash? So instead, the hash becomes the identifier, and thus becomes exactly as sensitive as the SSN was in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

bws111 Re:Arrest the Credit Card Issuers? (419 comments)

The retailer NEVER calls the customers bank. They call their OWN bank, who will contact the card issuer using already known information.

about 1 month ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

bws111 Re:and what would i do with it? (127 comments)

Just out of curiousity, what kind of parts are you talking about, where a 3D printed piece of plastic would be an acceptable replacement? In my work on my own older home, the things that are in the can't find/hard to find category are all either structural (2x4s that are actually 2 inches by 4 inches), functional (doorknobs, etc), or decorative (plaster rosettes, etc). None of those are suitably replaced with a piece of plastic, regardless of whether or not it actually 'fits'.

about a month and a half ago

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