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Comment Re:Compiler optimizer bugs (Score 1) 209 209

Depends, these days a lot of C# programmers use multi-threading by default and in fact many popular C# frameworks require it. For example, in WPF you pretty much have to use separate processes for everything, and many WPF components will generate new threads for your callbacks to execute in etc.

It's been made a lot easier and simpler. It is homework level stuff, a basic requirement of keeping apps responsive with modern UI frameworks and software development patterns.

On the other hand he might just have been fork()ing like crazy, which would indeed be pretty scary. Task.TaskFactory, BackgroundWorker and lambda expressions, not so much.

Comment Re:No, we need to ditch this web idiocy completely (Score 1) 79 79

The API is present so that websites can know to dial down the dumb crap when the user's device has low battery.

I think you will find that its primary purpose is to display full screen ads screaming "LOW BATTERY!!! CLICK HERE TO BUY MEGA-ULTRA-BATTERY OVER 9000mAh TOP QUALITY IPHONE LAPTOP ANDROID WINDOWS 10 GENUINE" with the volume at 109%.

Comment Re:Whoa, we really need to think this through... (Score 1) 177 177

It will just be used as way of fighting the on-going cyber cold war without taking military action. Corporate soldiers will do the actual fighting under the fig leaf of "defence", after some government agent launches a fake and ineffective attack on them.

Comment Re:Oh boy, here we go... (Score 1) 274 274

Yes, we haven't had the best record of that in the past, but that doesn't mean we can't change that, we just have to be willing to do so. You can't put the output of a coal or natural gas power plant in a box, no matter how hard you try.

Well, actually you can, it's called carbon capture, but anyway, back to nuclear...

While it's all great in theory, it doesn't work in practice. If you want it to work I think you would need to demonstrate it commercially. Someone like Elon Musk, but doing it for nuclear. Building a viable, profitable commercial scale thorium reactor and running it. Really revolutionizing the industry. It's unlikely to happen, but that's what it would take.

Comment Re:Oh Great! More Central Planning! Just what we n (Score 1) 274 274

And I was ranting a few years ago against government over reach when they wanted to ban incandescent bulbs. I still am, it isn't their job to pick winners.

Where do you draw the line and how did you decide on that exact spot?

It is illegal to dump toxic industrial waste in your back yard. I think most people would agree that that is reasonable regulation that allows us all to live together. Right at the other end of the scale you have incandescent light bulbs, which waste a lot of energy compared to CCFL and LED, and even halogen, and thus generate more pollution from electricity generation. Okay, it depends where you live, where your energy comes from etc. But generally speaking using them pollutes more than other forms of lighting.

So where is the line? How much pollution, how far away from populated areas, what kind of health damage is acceptable? You are arguing over the position of this line that separates things the government should regulate from those it should not, and I'm interested to know what criteria and reasoning you use.

Comment Re:Could not agree more (Score 1) 274 274

Is there a name for people who claim to be rational and reasonable, but whose arguments are full of logical fallacies and obvious flaws, and claims everyone else is an extremist?

Let's look at your actual points:

BUT, if you run the numbers, you will see that we NEED nukes. In particular, we need gen IV nukes since they can not meltdown. In addition, these can make use of the nuke waste/ aboveground thorium, rather than mining for U.

First you will note that even those on the far left of the environmental debate, like Greenpeace, acknowledge that realistically non-renewable energy sources will be required in the medium term. You claim that generation IV reactors cannot meltdown is dubious, and at best a matter of debate. And your suggestion to use thorium ignored the huge cost involved and the financial risk of investing in an unproven (at commercial scale) technology that has been beset by problems in experimental reactors.

Yet, current calculated numbers from 2013 show that China accounts for more than 30% of CO2, while the entire west accounts for less than 28%.

Yes, but look at what is happening right now, as well as the raw numbers. China has committed limiting its peak CO2 emissions and then reducing them. The US is now pushing ahead with reductions. Given the politics of the situation that's quite significant, and by keeping up the pressure and demonstrating that reductions are possible in a sustainable and beneficial way we can keep China on that course.

An in any case, what you are saying is that the US manages to be much cleaner than China, but still the world's largest economy. So environmental regulations don't appear to be screwing you, and you have better cars, better white goods, a better environment to live in because of them.

Comment Re:headline is misleading (Score 1) 436 436

For some reason this seems to be the way renewable levels are always quoted. Scotland plans to be 100% renewable by 2020, but only by generating 200% of what it needs with half from renewables and exporting the excess. Well, they have a lot of wind up there.

Comment Re:DMA (Score 1) 96 96

An external PCIe bus is just a bad idea, like external PCI and ISA buses before it were. PC Card has mostly died now, thankfully. Firewire is pretty much dead on new machines too. Only Macs really seem to go in for Thunderbolt. People are catching on to how bad this sort of thing is for security.

Comment Re:Maybe someday (Score 1) 96 96

I prefer flash memory chips that can be updated. If the manufacturer has to send everyone a new ROM chip, and for most of their customers also fit it for them for free, they are unlikely to fix any bugs they discover. With flash chips at least there is a chance they might patch any security holes.

Comment Re:Obligatory post for all Unicode articles (Score 1) 191 191

He has valid points. Han unification has been a disaster and can't be easily fixed now, but it was done early on without enough consultation. It's all very well to suggest that someone should just submit a proposal, but that costs a lot of money and the ones that will really fix things tend to be rejected anyway.

It is a serious problem that some people can't write their names in Unicode, or that software using Unicode can't ever hope to handle even the top 10 most common languages in the world properly without a great deal of language specific hackery.

It holds back Unicode adoption and creates problems for people. Passport issuing services avoid Unicode because they can't enter people's names. Airlines avoid it for the same reason. But if the hotel booking system is Unicode... Well, you might not even get that far, because border security won't let you in as your name doesn't match a valid reservation anywhere.

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