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Comment: Re:Isaac facepalming himself in the grave (Score 1) 25

Pfft. I bought the ebook recently to read it again, and, given the source material, it's a pretty good novel. As steveha mentioned, Asimov fixed many of the stupid elements of the movie in his novelization, even if he had little choice about leaving in a few of the absurdities (like, well, the whole idea of the miniature submarine).

Comment: Re:"tens of cents" (Score 0) 42

by 0123456 (#49819739) Attached to: How Biostamps Can Replace Clunky Biomedical Sensors

"tens of cents". Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Hilarious. Regardless of how cheap they are to make, does anyone have any doubt that, when these things reach the marketplace, the bare minimum one will cost is $20. More likely $50+.

Nah. After they've gone through the US healthcare system, they'll be at least $20,000.

Comment: Re:This isn't surprising (Score 1) 145

Yes sure, blame the user of the API. You sound like a wonderful API developer.

Microsoft and the OpenGL group developed the API. We just had to make the software that used the API work, when the people who called it had no idea that repeatedly allocating hardware buffers on every single frame, or not locking buffers when they wrote to them directly, was a really bad idea idea ('but it works fine on my machine!').

Comment: Re:This isn't surprising (Score 3, Interesting) 145

When I worked on 3D drivers, oh, how we used to laugh when some idiot developer put in code that deliberately broke the game when run under a debugger. Yet they still expected it to work well on our cards...

But, yeah, it wasn't at all unusual for developers of little clue to do completely retarded things that worked on other hardware, but not ours. Often because we actually implemented the feature they were using in hardware, whereas the other drivers simulated it in software.

Comment: Re:so what did they do? (Score 3, Funny) 88

by 0123456 (#49811447) Attached to: An Early Look At Android M's Multi-Window Mode For Tablets

To a hipster, everything old is new, because they know nothing about the past.

I hear that, in the next radical upgrade, Android will add 'borders' to their apps and you'll be able to click on these 'windows' and move them around the screen and resize them, so you can control how much of each app you see, based on what you're doing at the time. It'll be so cool!

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 88

by 0123456 (#49811301) Attached to: An Early Look At Android M's Multi-Window Mode For Tablets

I've noticed a trend in any software with UI, high IQ morons taking that which has been refined, and making such things obtuse, disruptive to workflow, and changing for change alone's sake.

I doubt any of these 'you will do things my way because I know what's best and it's not what you think is best' bozos really have high IQs. Dunning-Kruger effect seems far more likely.

Comment: Re:GPL and copyright (Score 2) 182

Copyright law is what underpins the GPL license. Take it away and you kiss GPL and its protections goodbye.

If there was no copyright on software, few people would care about the GPL.

It's the best part of twenty years since I wrote any software where we cared about copyright. Everything I've written since then has been useless without our hardware, and that's where we make the money.

Comment: Re:History repeats itself... (Score 1) 80

by 0123456 (#49800791) Attached to: Emulator Now Runs x86 Apps On All Raspberry Pi Models

The first ARM desktop computer, the Acorn Archimedes, got quite early on a PC emulator which, if I recall correctly, emulated a 80186. The ARM 2 processor, running at 8 MHz could emulate this processor at close to 5-6 MHz (again, if I recall correctly).

From: http://chrisacorns.computinghi...

"In use the Archimedes PC Emulator program gives quite acceptable performance if you don't want to go too fast. While the hard disk access is extremely fast, the computing speed is only average and the screen display speed is slow."

And it gives the 'computing index' performance as about 1/10 of an AT PC. That's pretty much my experience of PC emulators; for apps that spend most of the time waiting for user input, it's fine, but anything that requires real computing power needs a CPU that's about 10x the performance of the CPU you want to emulate.

Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 1) 683

by 0123456 (#49796485) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

If you don't mind dying from the radiation damage before we get out of the solar system... wait, that does help with the overpopulation problem....

Most radiation can be stopped with shielding--which won't be a big deal on a spacecraft big enough for humans to live in for decades or centuries--and humans with lifespans measured in centuries would require much better genetic repair mechanisms than we do.

And I'm sure I read an article recently about researchers increasing the radiation tolerance of cells by a factor of 1,000 or more by boosting the repair mechanisms.

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