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Comment Re:Cheating at Tournaments (Score 1) 105

Some of those people are cheating - some of them are not. If the spot that you were creeping towards is popular then people will blind fire at it anyway. There many be far more cases when the person blind firing doesn't hit anything - but nobody will see those (unless they happen to be spectating them). The only cases that people see are the rare occasions that it works - and without any way to determine the sample size it looks like clairvoyance (or cheating).

It's the same effect as the stock scam: pick 1024 people and tell 512 that a stock will go up on a day, and the other 512 that it will go down. Drop anyone that gets a false predication and repeat ten times until some sucker thinks that you have a gift for picking stocks.

Comment Re:512TB? Why? (Score 1) 125

If you have a small address space then you need to write code that manually pages / caches the working set for an algorithm from storage. If you have a large address space then you use an interface similar to mmap and address the large dataset directly. It makes the code easier to write, and means that the paging / caching can be handled in hardware, where there are opportunities to speed it up.

Comment Re:Absolutely not as cool or fun, but not boring (Score 1) 449

PhDs are ten-a-penny in these parts. Most of the students that I knew back in grad-school spent half their lives on slashdot, a lot of the audience here is similar. If somebody claims to have a PhD in nuclear physics - sure why not, just like assholes, everybody's got one - but I'd still want to know what they think about the challenges in scaling stellerators up to commercial production.

Your argument about honest / open / productive doesn't really work. I can take it at face value that you personally behave that way. But this forum is not the result of a single poster, however much some people may try. It is the aggregate of many different posters so we have to talk statistically about the ouput of ACs in general. People who claim they never read AC posts probably don't do that much moderation. I seem to have points whenever I log in these days - probably the effects of c2 metamod because I do read ACs and mod up interesting posts. But they rarely turn into interesting discussions because a drive-by post by an AC doesn't generate reply notifications and if they don't care enough to register they probably don't care enough to come back and have a discussion.

Comment Re:GNU+Linux is better (Score 4, Interesting) 102

It has some features by default that really need to get added into Windows 10.

If I set Windows Defender to be off - I want it off - do not re-enable it on a timer.
If I do not want the machine to update - do not forcibly reboot it.
If I have edited the registry to avoid it rebooting after an update - do not edit it back in behind my back.

When I am running a machine in a closed environment and I only want it to change / update / reboot at desired times I don't expect Microsoft to "know better" and do it anyway. Also, it would be nice if SLI worked properly instead of over-reporting VRAM to games and causing crashes because of "memory leaks"...

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