Looking at that, it seems rather wild. However, another user searched for this code, and found many examples of it online -- in software designed for Windows. Looking through the search, it does seem plausible. I first saw this in the subreddit /r/ProgrammerHumor, and could not make up my mind if it was not an elaborate joke. However, actually looking at some of the code in GitHub that has variations of this check, made me realize that, somehow, this is the theory that makes the most sense.
Well given the typical 3GHz clock rate, everything would take 3 billion times as long than 1 hertz. So using the link above, accessing 1MB of memory would take approximately 1.9 years. And that's with no special calculations on top of it.
If a CPU cycle took one second, you'd have been dead of old age before your post here was displayed. In fact, you probably would have retired before the machine responded to your click on the Post message button which, in turn, would have been initialized sometime before you were born.
It's not that far-fetched.
I was listening to Radio 4 on the way home this evening and they were interviewing a young woman, on her way home from work, who knew nothing about it until a bus driver told her she would not be able to get past the protests.
Bear in mind this is a woman living in Hong Kong who had not heard of the protests until a bus driver informed her of the road blocks.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
After 45 minutes of media, children's grades, sleep, social skills, and emotional balance start to decline. After four hours, only 1% of children in middle school receive A's in mathematics and English Language Arts.
The Chicago Tribune's reportage included these stimulating factoids:
Parents who took part in the study reported their children used media for an average of 90 to 120 minutes per day.
"Yet when asked specific questions about the devices, the total was commonly between six and eight hours per day," write the authors.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says children spend an average of seven hours a day "on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronics."
Not surprisingly, the "Family Habits" study a recent, and massive (plus 20K ... 50K ? ... respondents), survey of what parents report as their children's use of media correlated with "grades, sociability, and emotional well-being," ... edit ... offers further conclusive evidence that children are essentially an evil, but necessary, phase of human life ... ... end edit ... 
The Family Habits study site: [^]. "Results" summarized on that site: >[^].
As a former evil child myself, who grew up without television, but with my ears glued to a big radio-cabinet, listening to series like "The Shadow," I can only imagine the opportunities for creative mayhem and deviance I missed because I lived in this little all-WASP-white cocoon of post Korean war all-electric-kitchen nuclear-fallout-shelter middle-class America.
I had to take refuge in joining the math/short-wave radio geeks in my high-school, but I was a second-class member because I did not wear a pocket-protector, or a slide-rule in a case hanging off my belt.
I did, however, assist Michael Scott (future President of Apple Computer) in testing a "rocket motor" he designed that blew-up, sending two steel road-repair plates we had "borrowed" fifteen feet in the air over our test-pit, and destroying windows in several nearby houses, summoning the police. One neighbor ran from her house screaming: "We don't want another Einstein around here." This was in about 1959, I think.
If I were a parent, with young children, I probably would think seriously about the "Family Habit" study for about five minutes, and then strap my kids into restraining harnesses with the only things being in reach being water, manila paper, and crayons.
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