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Comment Re:Low calorie noodles already exist (Score 1) 154

Substituting oat fibre for cellulose isn't going to make any difference to taste or anything else. I doubt it would be any more sustainable either. I can believe that konjac is weird in the mouth since lots of sites carry warnings to drink water because it doesn't dissolve the way other gelatinous products do.

Comment Low calorie noodles already exist (Score 4, Informative) 154

This stuff already exists - noodles made from konjac flour and oat fibre. It's gluten free, low calorie etc.

I have no idea what it tastes like because its ludicrously expensive. Holland and Barrett sell quite a few brands of it. Most are packaged in watery bags which suggests the noodles themselves are saturated with water and lose their cohesion if they're allowed to dry out.

Comment Re:Free Pascal is awesome. (Score 1) 130

C became predominant because code ran faster, was generally more portable (more commonality, less proprietary extensions between competing compilers), more terse / expressive, was better able to talk with the operating system (strings, structs etc.), was the defacto language on some operating systems and it was the first system programming language many people encountered.

Pascal eventually overcame many of its shortcomings but by then it was too late. C (and the emerging C++) had already gained dominance and mindshare.

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 357

I presently have 120 games on steam. Of those only about 25 are available on Linux, mostly Indies. Of those I've tried 5 or 6 and 2 of them were unplayable. Don't Starve overlaid the game with weird steam controller diagnostics. Goat Simulator ran for 5 seconds before hard crashing my entire laptop. I assume the latter was because the game did something my opensource Intel GPU driver didn't agree with.

If Steam support Linux at all it's only coincidental to their efforts to make this handful work on certified SteamOS machines, or more realistically on whatever cloud platform Valve are cooking up. Other Linux systems can go hang.

Comment Fork it then (Score 2) 737

If someone doesn't want their modern desktop to run with modern underpinnings they should fork it. I'm sure KDE wouldn't mind - in fact they might welcome it since it simplifies their code base. They can make systemd a core dependency on Linux, remove heaps of cruft and refer the objectors in the direction of the fork.

Comment Not the first full recovery from space (Score 1) 121

SpaceShip One touched space and all elements were recovered and flew to space again.

BO's demonstration is more publicity than practical rocketry. It doesn't look like the aerodynamic elements of BO's current rocket are suitable for recovery after orbital injection, just after a straight up-down space tourism flight with no potential for orbit, just like SpaceShip One (and Two). They can't put an object in space and have it stay in orbit. They can just take dudes up for a short and expensive view and a little time in zero gee.

It's going to be real history when SpaceX recovers the first stage after an orbital injection, in that it will completely change the economics of getting to space and staying there.

Comment Re:Already solved (Score 1) 110

Horses need to be fed, watered, cleaned-up after, and groomed. They sometimes get sick with a huge variety of different ailments, which need to be cured in lots of different ways --- you can't just swap in a new part. They have personalities and moods. They grow, get old and die. Outsourcing all that is not really practical because most of it happens where they're stabled; if you outsource that then it's comparable to a taxi, not a personally owned car.

Some gadgetry gives much better cost-benefit than others. ABS braking seems like a high payoff. General-purpose OS running an entertainment system connected to the CAN bus, not so much.

I like work; it fascinates me; I can sit and look at it for hours.