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Comment Re:Cosmic rays can cause problems? What are the od (Score 1) 263

No, seriously, what are the odds of a cosmic ray flipping a bit?

Scientists do study this. The estimate is that a typical computer will have a hit about once a year.

The circuits get smaller, the chips get bigger and more devices are used. It seems to all cancel out and the odds have been about the same for 40 years or more.

But you are correct, software errors are far more likely.

Comment Re:No complaints (Score 1) 262

Using "better" words because the original has come to "sound bad" is useless. The new work just ends up "sounding bad" as well.
The word "handicapped" is the less objectional word from long ago, and many other words are the ones that were considered "better"

Changing to a different word, is just a "vicious circle" of using up words. What do we do when they are all used up?

Comment Please don't... (Score 1) 477

Sign on a compuserve forum circa 1980:

"Please don't feed the Trolls. Thank you."

I think it was inspired by a sign in the New York Zoo. And possibly the bridge in the game "Adventure".

Here's another quote:

"An armed society is a polite society."

It seems the problem is that the internet users think they are out of your reach.
However, it should be understood that the internet is -not- really anonymous! ;-)

Muting them is probably the best solution for everyone involved...

Comment Re:Expand the H-1B beyond the Tech Industry . . . (Score 1) 476

Admittedly it is wild speculation, but I find it hard to believe these immigrant doctors had all passed their residencies. More than a few were in their 50s and I don't see them doing 3-5 years of residency at that age, ...

Maybe that -was- their residency!

Comment Re:Language continues to die ("router") (Score 1) 173

The summary (and therefore the title) was quoting The Verge. Who is their audience?

I don't know, but if that is what those readers understand, it might be necessary.

I guess I don't blame them for what is in quotes, but they used it the same way in the summerized portion of the text. And the audience for that is us.

In fact, they should have put "(sic)" after the use in the quotes! Just to warn people.

Comment Re:Language continues to die ("router") (Score 1) 173

Common language says that a wireless router is the general case for a "router". While that's not technically accurate, it also follows the rules you just gave.

"Common" is not the same as "popular here", it has to apply to other places and social groups.
It also has to be a language, which means structure and stability.

Language drift is something societies have been fighting against for thousands of years, just look up problems the French have had. And of course, we all (except a few) speak Latin, just drifted into different dialects.

On the other hand, if you are talking to someone that speaks a different dialect, you need to speak their way if you want to be understood.
If I visit some offices, I do call the PC a "harddrive" and the monitor a "computer"!

Which means if you are here, you should speak our language, not the one from the coffee shop... 8-)

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 201

Like a lot of things, the key is probably just not to push it too far.

... Ok, now I feel dirty. Using 'Carnot' in a general discussion feels wrong.

Ha! Instead of thinking that, try thinking of a carnosaur, that will divert your subconsious. 8-}

Besides, this is slashdot. Some of us know those words...

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 201

Adiabatic compression is close to 100% efficiency, although you lose some due to friction. If you have to recover heat your efficiency goes down.

That depends on how well you can insulate it. We were assuming the lost heat needed to be recovered. But some insulating materials these days can get very good.

On the other hand, it is possible that recovering or storing some of the heat in another form might reduce the pressure requirements. Like, is it better to stop pumping when it hits the limit, or to continue pumping but reduce temperature rise another way.

Keep in mind that one primitive tribe (I think in Australia) used rapidly compressed air to light fires. Small tube with a plunger, and a hammer. Compressed air gets hot quick, even steel has it's limits.

Comment Re:Language continues to die ("router") (Score 1) 173

When you write a summary, you summarize the article. That's what the article says. You shouldn't write your own interpretation into the summary.

But you should translate it into common language. And I don't think any of us here use that particular language... 8-)

(What language, You say? ID10T of course.)

Comment The next pollution... (Score 1) 173

The next thing that will be "pollution" and have demonstrations against it will be Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), such as cellphones and WiFi nodes.

You really do not want such things in your house. It's like radium glow-in-the-dark wristwatches or medicines containing lead salts and tobacco. (Which were real things!) ;-)

And, a radio transmitter can foul up -any- electronic device, if it's close enough. Shielding just makes it have to be closer to go bad.

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