Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I see "SJW" and I will always think 'Street Jay Walker.'...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Ok, you're more current than I am. The PTID thing, I had thought it got killed by the Meltdown workarounds. But, hm, thinking about it... no, the workaround can use that, the performance killer is that user space and kernel...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Any protected-mode OS for the '286 uses segments. It had to. Unfortunately, one of the most common instances of it (AMD Stepping C, as I recall) had a flaw, and did not properly implement the segment-not-present exception, which limited the...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Xenix/286 worked quite well, and was very well received. Used in every McDonald's in the US for quite a while. (Now remembering that one of my interview rounds at SCO was to write a hierarchy walker for the '286, and...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Both are true: most of them will connect to a WiFi-esque network (using a different frequency, but otherwise the same), and a drive-by reader is used to collect the official stats. (Which may be redundant, and some places may only...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    "comparable to a brain in size" No, it isn't. That's not a large computer. Computers are more than processors. More than processors and memory. More than processors, memory, and storage. More than processors, memory, storage, and power. More than processors,...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    But a large computer is pretty comparable to a human brain in size, and a lot faster No, it isn't....
  • Commented on Downtime coming up
    A backup that is never verified is a backup that will fail....
  • Commented on Downtime coming up
    Urg, that could be a controller problem....
  • Commented on Story time!
    No. There is only one stated limit in the Constitution for a presidential pardon, and that's for impeachment. Hrm. Perhaps you were being sardonic....
  • Commented on Story time!
    I honestly can't tell if you're joking or not. :) Lacrosse is a Native American originated game....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Going to biology for simple answers is rarely productive. No, it's reproductive. duck...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    You should ask your wife, then, about the metabolic cost that antibiotic resistance carries for bacteria, and what happens after just a few generations with no exposure to a particular class of antibiotic....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Your generalizations there are seriously triggering me. When discussing wired vs wireless: • "Wired" can mean multiple technologies; I tend to mean ethernet (cat3, cat5, cat5e, cat6, etc.). • "Wireless" can mean multiple technologies; consumer wireless tends to mean "WiFi",...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Chelsea Manning wasn't pardoned, however -- her sentence was commuted....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It's not at all double jeopardy. A contempt of court order is a unique instance, for a particular action (or lack of action). Double jeopardy, in the US, applies only to being tried twice for the same, specific action, and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    runs the country (at least until Trump and Pence make bail - if that's even possible.) There is no mechanism whereby the Speaker of the House is only temporarily President -- VP can be acting POTUS, but if there's no...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    A growing number of areas are requiring the full 10 digit phone number, due to having multiple area codes for the same physical area....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    citizenship of Puerto Rico or even the US Puerto Rico is part of the US. (And people born in PR are full citizens, unlike, say, American Samoa.) You cannot be made a "citizen of Puerto Rico" -- you're a...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I generally don't wear shoes....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    People who say that should actually read the decision. SCOTUS did not declare that corporations are humans and have rights; what they ruled was that corporations are comprised of people, and those people do not lose their rights by collecting...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Also, you have to only burn them at the same rate the carbon released is absorbed by trees you planted. Which means you'd have to plant a lot more trees than you cut down....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    It's pretty easy to remove a naturalized citizen's citizenship in the US -- you simply declare that they lied about something, or omitted something, that would have influenced the naturalization. See https://immigration.findlaw.com/citizenship/can-your-u-s-citizenship-be-revoked-.html for various ways to do so. Removal of...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    The last TV I bought spent a ridiculous amount of time in the manual describing the serial-port protocol....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Josh Marshall addressed that at TPM, and said the experts he spoke to were surprised at the timing, but do believe it to be essentially a coincidence....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Build a navy....
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Apparently I have to keep saying it: stop it with the personal attacks....
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    A really good rule of thumb is: when you start writing increasingly-long comments in response to someone else who is doing the same, it's perhaps time to go away for a bit, and ... not post responses. Nobody is going...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    FYI: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/03/atts_19trillion.html...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Or you just use compressed air and a cloth, which works nearly as well....
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