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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

geezer nerd Re:Better way? (289 comments)

I find this confusing.

If at 23:59:59 the clock actually changes to 23:59:60 (= 00:00:00), then a second has been taken away, not added. The second denoted 23:59:59 did not happen.

I would think that to "add" a leap second, at 00:00:00 the clock should read 23:59:59.

Can someone clarify?

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

geezer nerd Real absurdity (437 comments)

I live in a non-US country. My family is all in the US. For years, before I left the US, it was my habit to purchase Netflix Gift Subscriptions for family members. I used to do this online, and was no trouble at all.

Now, because I connect from a foreign location, Netflix will not talk to me at all. Even though I am trying to buy a gift for someone in the US using a US$ credit card based at a US address, I have no hope. Neflix simply refuses to do any business with me because I come in from a foreign address.

I find that to be really absurd.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

geezer nerd Re:encouraging piracy (437 comments)

I fear that the forthcoming TPPA agreemwnt will do this and a host of other nasty tweaks to how we live our lives. The fact that it is being done in secrecy is chilling. I just hope we can keep big pharma's clutches off our drug purchasing services.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

geezer nerd Re:Seriously... (437 comments)

Exactly! Plenty of people in the world outside the US and Europe would like to be able to legally consume the content. In most situations, the content providers will not provide it to those people, not for ANY price. So some use VPNs, etc to try to get the content that others can get -- and the copyright owners want to shut them out instead of trying to find a way to accept their money. Makes no sense to me.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

geezer nerd Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

Well, we don't know the details yet, but your surmise will likely be borne out. Everything is more expensive in the antipodes.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

geezer nerd Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

The credit card number does encode the issuing bank, and that determines the currency that the card works in. If I was in country X with a credit card from country Y, I certainly would not use that card to make regular, recurring purchases in country X. Every such transaction would be treated as a foreign transaction, with accompanying transaction and exchange fees.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

geezer nerd Re: Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

Seems to me they should get the content they subscribed "to".

about three weeks ago
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Red Hat Engineer Improves Math Performance of Glibc

geezer nerd Re: excellent (226 comments)

It was substantially better, but you really cannot expect me to remember details after 30 years! At the time, I was most struck by how many people would post results deriving from C-coded benchmark programs where the thing actually measured was different from what was purported to be measured, largely from ignorance.

about three weeks ago
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Red Hat Engineer Improves Math Performance of Glibc

geezer nerd Re:excellent (226 comments)

Given how long these libraries have existed, I am surprised there are still opportunities for improvement such as that described in the TFA.

Back in the mid-80s I was involved in the design of a "mini Cray" supercomputer. We did not yet have any hardware to run on, but we did have a software simulator, and we wanted to publish some "whetstone" numbers. We got some numbers, were not too happy with them, and really dug in to analyze what we could do to improve them. The Whetstone code was in C, and used a fair number of library functions to both accomplish the numerical results and the preparation of the Whetstone answer. It turned out that most of the time was being spent in string copy and string compare functions from the library. We concentrated our efforts on redoing those library routines in assembly to take advantage of as many register-to-register operations and multiple-byte operations as we could. Although the Whetstone benchmark was supposed to measure numerical performance, our results showed that the numerical calculations took up little of the time.

Sadly, our "mini Cray" never saw the light of day. The mid-80s were a tough time to stand out in that arena as there were so many people trying to do the same thing.

about three weeks ago
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DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

geezer nerd Re:Paleo ? (57 comments)

Ah, yes. But Clovis is not the Arctic North, is it?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

geezer nerd Re:I prefer eBay myself. They have the most select (131 comments)

Lastly, when paying, use PayPal since they cover your ass if/when a seller doesn't come through. It has happened to me before twice in like 7 years and PayPal has helped me out and refunded my money both times.

I would have to disagree with that. My mileage did vary.

A couple of years ago I used Paypal to buy a product that was never shipped. The vendor ignored my complaint, and Paypal equally ignored my complaint. And I mean IGNORED.

about 5 months ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

geezer nerd Re:Absurd assertion, you've never lived with humid (214 comments)

The comment that started this chain did not mention humidity, so that is where the opprobrium should lie. Those of us who are aware that Atlanta has very high humidity understand that is the real issue.

about 5 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

geezer nerd What idiot? (406 comments)

I have not seen anyone yet comment on the obvious point that the video is a scripted advertisement for the Q50. I think the person leaving the driver's seat is not really deserving of the idiot or moron epithet. He is following the script.

Where is the outrage directed at Infiniti?

about 6 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

geezer nerd Re:No deadman switch? (406 comments)

And what is the car supposed to do when it detects there is no one there while it is driving down the road? Especially one of the not-quite-self-driving vehicles shown in this video?

about 6 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

geezer nerd Re:Nice (145 comments)

I just looked at the TFA. When I made my earlier comment, I did not realize the Ranger supercomputer was from University of Texas at Austin. UT Austin is, of course, where I spent my happy hours using 6600 serial 13, which was installed early on in my graduate school career. It was the main computer on campus during my stint as Asst. Prof. of CS, too.

about 6 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

geezer nerd Re:Nice (145 comments)

Where would you put it? It needs better environment than the typical garage. Plus, it is HUGE! Especially if you have the appropriate vintage peripheral equipment with it. And your power bill! Oh, the humanity.

I remember my many happy hours spent using 6600 serial 13. Especially because they were much fewer hours than I would have spent doing the same work on the CDC 1604 it replaced.

about 6 months ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

geezer nerd Re:"Tastes about average for West Texas" (242 comments)

I am just trying to figure out how Wichita Falls got to West Texas. I don't think any real Texan would use that label for Wichita Falls. It's North Central.

about 6 months ago

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