Unsurprisingly, there's more. The comment describing the main function isn't directly above the function, there's another function between. And there's this:
[Use a really high-resolution timer as a source of quasi-randomness.]
It should basically be nearly random in the lower bits because [non-sequitur]....
It needs to be TRULY random [or bad thing happens]
We probably should actually find out how big [thing] is,
but for now limit [random number] to [arbitrary limit orders of
magnitude smaller than any real thing]
@Yamikuronue In other words, just because the problem is all in your head (literally), or that it was triggered by a psychological or experiential factor, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
Depression and anxiety have a similar issue, in that they are as much physiological as psychological. While sadness and even persistent acute depression are primarily mental states, and chronic depression is often a long-term effect of extended or repeated instances of acute depression, chronic depression is caused in part by actual changes in brain chemistry. Similarly, while it is normal for individuals to experience anxiety under stress, chronic anxiety is indicative of a problem in the amygdala, which can be either chemical or anatomical in nature. The sadness and anxiety are the symptoms of these problems, not the root problem, though specific events of them can be the cause (due to a traumatic change, or due to long-term canalization). While the sadness and anxiety states do usually require some cognitive and behavioral therapy to lessen the specific effects and break down the causative patterns, treating the actual problems requires pharmacological intervention - and unfortunately, we still have only a crude idea of the mechanisms involved, or the specificity of the treatments ot each patient, so it is very hit or miss.
This reminds me a of an old story (of dubious authenticity) about how the earliest version of SABRE would shut down whenever someone tried to book a flight to the capital of Ecuador. Take a lucky guess what word was used as the exit command, and how long the input buffer was.
Yeah, sounds pretty dubious. Unless the mechanism for booking a flight was initiated by entering the name of the destination city as a top-level command, the shutdown command would not have been valid in context.
@masonwheeler Operations that need to list large number of files, like make or version control status, are rather slow even if you've just done another similar operation shortly before so everything should be hot in the cache.
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I just found a sales slip on the ground (in a park) with all that info (and more). I mailed it back to them. (oh damn, forgot to copy it first!)
Would it be possible to try and work around the "mandatory update" part in the old software?
By, say, disconnecting from network before launching the thing, and possibly checking with ProcessMonitor or ProcessExplorer (I never remember which is which) to check wherever it stores a "cache" of there being a mandatory update available?
A little error here and there is fine for images, that's how Steganography works after all.
But the opportunity was lost when people started doing scientific computing and bitcoins -
You can't do bitcoins with error
You can sort of do numerical analysis with errors, but if your rival has precise hardware, nobody will buy yours
Also, there's some hearsay that certain transcendental functions can just a few times return just a bit different results, for the same arguments, on the same binary code, on different (AMD or Intel) CPUs. Transcendentals are not guaranteed to be absolutely precise anyway... but it's not like anyone keeps that in mind.
Well it was more about rendering stuff, in that the "less optimized" maths were so much faster that the inaccuracies were less important to that specific workload than performing all the calculations on time. I don't know I didn't write it, so I'm probably explaining it wrong.
... along with better phishing scams better Spanish Prisoner cons, better man-in-the-middle attacks... and they still are more secure, more reliable and more convenient than printed statements. It's a crazy world.
after updating, Google Drive decided that it couldn't locate the Google Drive folder.
The Google Drive desktop client is, in my experience, a completely untrustworthy pile of half baked shite with only the slipperiest of grasps on the whole "synchronization" thing. Which, given that it has ONE! JOB! to do and sucks at it, is disappointing.
The last time it crapped out on me was several years ago. Since that it just works.
@anonymous234 This is the exact use case I used it for in my last web app.
It was a system to create map editing requests and one of the optional inputs opened up a (simplified) full page map so you could draw a rectangle on the map that contained the area of the map your requested change was in.
I say optional, but the outline box was mandatory... but the system had a bunch of presets for county, city, and township level boxes.