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## Comment Re:snarky: managed languages RulZ! (Score 1)374

Any programmer that thinks whitespace should be significant doesn't deserve the title.

You must wield C-x, M-c butterflies to get the badge?

## Comment Re:DOS Hackers (Score 1)611

Copying int vector 00h onto 05h to get a neat way to interrupt (some) hung programs, at zero memory cost. For those younger than I am -- int 05h was raised when PrtScr whas pressed, and 00h was divide by zero.

## Comment Re:GO STICK YOUR HEAD IN A PIG (Score 2)376

And if every manufacturer does it then how will you buy a fridge that's not an internet fridge?

Presumably from the first manufacturer to seize the goldmine that "the only true non-wifi electronics" niche is going to become in this scenario.

## Comment Re:And this is why (Score 1)295

In my corner of the globe, if I don't personally sing the package on the door, I have to visit the local post office and show my government issued ID

That might work for you, but wouldn't that horribly discriminate against mute and tone-deaf people?

## Comment Re:Things to solve (Score 1)253

- if n > 1, overpopulation will happen no matter what we do. The fastest we can colonize space is by going at the speed of light in all 3 dimensions, that's a polynomial function (x^3), and an exponential will always end up going faster.

You snuck in an assumption of infinite time there. We the exponential only have until the heat death of the universe, at most, to catch up with that O(x^3) with a very large prefactor.

## Comment Re:Do the Energy Math and Space is a Distraction (Score 1)254

You neglect the fact that if we expand into space, we can tap energy reserves out there, that are presently inaccessible to us here on Earth.

Are you claiming these reserves are *infinite*, or am I missing something?

## Comment Re:Do the Energy Math and Space is a Distraction (Score 2)254

There is a finite amount of energy currently available to our species, both in an absolute sense and a per unit of time sense.

Currently? This has always been the case and will always be the case.

## Comment Re:Good (Score 1)534

To get the benefits of facebook, without the main disadvantage (ads, that are easily circumvented).

You think that's the main disadvantage of Facebook? I'd have said it was the flagrant and obnoxious lack of respect for anyone's personal privacy.

Fair point. I was referring to parent post and speaking from the perspective of "people annoyed by ads". Personally I just assume that whatever one posts, with whatever "privacy" settings, has to ultimately be treated as public knowledge. In the words of Homer Simpson, "low expectations are key". I am more annoyed by FB buttons tracking users among multiple pages outside of FB and the likes, but that too can be circumvented, I believe.

## Comment Re:Good (Score 1)534

Why would anyone who dislikes ads even use facebook?

To get the benefits of facebook, without the main disadvantage (ads, that are easily circumvented).

Yes. But users who adblock it don't care about that, do they.

I'm surprised it took them this long. This really says less about facebook and more about ad blocking software. The only reason facebook is likely doing this now is because a larger percentage of their users are starting to block ads.

Agreed.

## Comment Re:Compromise? (Score 1)211

How about a policy which says if you pick a short password you have to change it every XX days. If you pick a 12 character complex passcode, you get to keep it for 3 years?

The glue on the post-it note will dry out within 3 years.

Seriously, though. My bets would be on this scenario: "My company really cares about security. I *am* going to learn that 12 char password, and since I do, and since it is unhaxxorable, I am going to use it only for important things. Like my LinkedIn profile, they salt their hashes, right? Oh, wait...".

## Comment Re:500 is ~ 2^9 (Score 2)68

So according to moore's law, we have about 18 years of storage density progress left.

Moore's law refers to the number of transistors (or other electrical components) in ICs, not Cu and Cl atoms in storage devices. Kryder's law would be more appropriate, but still not on the spot. I agree that 500 is ~2^9 though :).

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