Berkeley CSUA MOTD:2009:February:13 Friday <Thursday, Saturday>
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2009/2/13-18 [Computer/HW/Memory, Computer/Domains] UID:52565 Activity:nil
2/13    Question about memory relocation:
        These days most h/w has a relocation register. Could the relocation
        address be stored on disk or in kernel memory vs. in a register? Yes,
        that would be slow but is it possible? Do you *need* a relocation
        register or does it exist purely for performance reasons? I was
        reading some paper written by IBM in the 1960s that seemed to
        imply the former and I don't understand why that would be.
        \_ What "relocation register" is this?  If you're talking about the
           one that (say) the IBM 7090 used for time-sharing, that's been
           obsolete for 30 years; modern machines use virtual memory.  (And
           the tables defining the virtual-memory mapping are in fact stored
           in kernel memory, since they're too big to fit in a register.)
           Or did you have something else in mind?
           \_ Yes, but modern machines still have a base register. Do
              they need it?
              \_ What do you mean by a "base register"?  It would help if you
                 could say exactly which register you're talking about on some
                 real architecture (x86, PowerPC, MIPS, etc.), or at least if
                 you could describe what this register does.
        \_ Because comparing 1960s computer hardware to today's is like asking
           why drivers need a whip to make their cars drive faster because
           you saw a picture of a horse drawn carriage.
           \_ Well, no. Modern hardware still does it that way. The
              question is: Does it *have* to?
2009/2/13-18 [Finance/Banking, Finance/Investment] UID:52566 Activity:nil
2/13    Bubbles have repeatedly plagued Western finance since its origins
        in the Italian Rensiassance: (The Economist)
        (and an explaination why the CDS trades should "net to zero")
        \_ They won't net to 0 if some people go bankrupt, drops out of
           the system and can't pay up.  Finance is not a zero sum game.
        \_ Top people to blame for the financial crisis:
2009/2/13-16 [Politics/Domestic/RepublicanMedia] UID:52567 Activity:low
2/13    Sept. 11 widow killed in Buffalo plane crash: (
        \_ Was she one of those "9/11 harpies" that Ann Coulter warned us about?
        \_ Was she one of those "9/11 harpies" that Ann Coulter warned us
           \_ Ann coulter has been pretty awesome since she got her jaw wired shut
2009/2/13-16 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/India] UID:52568 Activity:nil
2/13    Feinstein can't keep her mouth shut. Thanks Feinstein!
        \_ Neither can the WashPo:
2009/2/13-16 [Transportation/Airplane] UID:52569 Activity:kinda low
2/13    I'm never flying a Canadian/French built aircraft again.
        \_ you're an idiot.
           \_ Google for French Airbus A380. First fly-by-wire demonstration.
              \_ I googled this, didn't find anything.
        \_ Why? What did I miss?
2009/2/13 [Politics/Domestic/President/Bush, Uncategorized/Profanity] UID:52570 Activity:nil
2009/2/13-18 [Politics/Domestic/California, Computer/Rants] UID:52571 Activity:nil
2/13    So much for letting us read the bill for 48 hours
2009/2/13-18 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/China] UID:52572 Activity:nil
2/13    Follow-up for "moral of the story" guy:
        Arrests follow China tower fire
        "Twelve people have been detained in connection with a fire that
         partly destroyed the unfinished headquarters of China's state
        Moral of the story: break the law, go to firing squad.
        \_ What makes you think these guys are going to the firing squad?
           \_ Hyperbole. Assumptions about PRC's legal system.
2009/2/13-16 [Uncategorized] UID:52573 Activity:nil
2/13    >>> print datetime.datetime.fromtimestamp(1234567890)
        2009-02-13 15:31:30
2009/2/13-16 [Computer/Companies/Google] UID:52574 Activity:high
2/13    Can someone get Lea Kissner of Google back on motd?
        \_ Why don't you try and do this, since you care?
        \_ She's married.  She's just not that into you.
           \_ I just want to thank her for exposing remote office pains
              where no one from remote offices dares to say it. You know,
              you just can't say anything bad when you're in the system,
              so to speak. Conformity means survival and all. I bet
              Jeff Dean and Urs would be proud of her observation,
              honesty, and transparency.                -borg mon
              \_ did she echo "SUCK IT!!!!!" | mail -s "YES YOU"
              \_ did she echo "SUCK IT!!!!!" | mail -s "YES YOU" \
                 \_ No, she said "Ive been told that you guys suck" | mail -s
                    "management sucks"
                    It takes a lot of guts to do that.
                    \_ I asked for more details but he said "I think she
                       just bit off a little more than she can chew."
        \_ This is the hottest photo ever
           \_ removed stupid comment. -!Lea
           \_ Dude, it was early on my first day of work. Deal. -Lea
        \_ OK, I've been invoked. :)  I'd like to talk; I didn't think
           I said anything particularly revolutionary. Try
  If you're really paranoid, call my cell.
           The number's on my work contact page. - Lea of Google
           \_ I'd recommend against talking privately with strangers. Anything
              you write over email will probably end up on ValleyWag. Either
              don't talk about it or might as well talk publicly.
              \_ I can verify that someone's a Googler and thus covered
                 under the same NDA as I am. Security-team knows...
                 well, not all, but a lot. - Lea
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