You might not think a billionth of a billionth of a gram is a lot, but when I catch a small virus, it really weighs me down.
Yet another technology to confuse the end users. There will be countless 3rd party versions of this, due to anti-competition legislations, a significant portion which will be "free" or "lower cost alternatives" and not do what it promises to do.
Nothing should get between the OS and the metal. The OS should be smart enough to watchdog all processes.
Ever seen the lights dim in your house when the AC comes on? That disturbance produces a higher frequency swing than this article is talking about. It may just be a voltage drop, but if you perform a Fourier analysis over the disturbance, you'll see a large phase shift over the transition. Power generators experience huge swings when power lines go down, and demand drops in the megawatt range. Happens all the time. Your fans don't break.
Not quite. You still need the frequency (Hz) to be the same on both sides. This is more like advancing the spark timing in your car's engine. If the spark comes late, your engine produces less power. As you advance the spark, the engine produces more power
For many purposes, unsigned types just delays a problem. "I need to count over 32000 so I'll use an unsigned short"
For the most part, math on unsigned integers produces the same result as math on signed integers. Division, being the exception, but if you are dealing with integers, you likely aren't doing a lot of division anyway.
Count down loops are harder with an unsigned variable. "for( x=10; x>= 0; x--)" is an infinite loop!
Bit banging is really the only place the unsigned types are useful.
If you really, really, need unsigned integers for a particular problem, you could always use JNI and program that part in a different language.
Thanks for the info. Pity the theory didn't stand up; I liked the "oh hey, the missing matter has been shining away brightly, running and waving 'Look at me! Look at me' the whole time."
At one point, I read an article that refuted dark matter. (i'm certain i found it here on Slashdot) Dark matter was necessary to marshall the galaxy into its spiral shape. But these researchers realized that as the galaxies rotated, the stars at the outside edges of the galaxy were moving at a significant fraction (like 1 or 2 percent) of the speed of light. Relativity then causes the apparent mass of these stars to increase. Due to the squared term, 1% only leads to a 0.01% increase in appearent mass, but they ran the numbers for the distributions of stars, their orbital distances and velocities, and found that including this relativistic effect completely eliminated the need for dark matter in the formation of the shape of the galaxies.
It has been years, and dark matter is still being searched for. Was this research refuted? Does anyone remember it?
It is just a clever restatement of "If all you have is a hammer, everything look like a nail."
[Cue disaster brewing]
Companion: Doctor, I think we're screwed.
Doctor: No problem, I've got a screw-driver.
[Dramatic, unexpected avoidance of disaster]