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Comment: Overbudget? (Score 1) 133

Sorry but the OP states it's over budget and overdue. Well if you look at the original budget & deadline yes this is correct, however, subsequently the scope of the project has been massively increased which consequently increased the budget and time scale. Its not due to fly until 2018 and has still cost less than the Hubble.

Comment: What the article doesnt say is telling (Score 1) 486

by Big Hairy Ian (#49336387) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory
Basically the article doesn't give enough detail. It doesn't say whether the strings were created using the base string objects in Java/Python or using the much more efficient stringbuilder objects. The former would be horrendously slow. Also what was the base setup of the machines being tested on how much memory did they have? did their disk controllers have built in cache? What kind of disks were used.

Comment: Re:A turd by any other name (Score 1) 317

by Big Hairy Ian (#49282243) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand
Doubt they'd be stupid enough to build the browser into the operating system since they got fined billions for doing that with IE and Windows98 and the authorities which imposed those fines will be watching like hawks. No doubt tho they'll still pull stunts like redirecting to bing if you forget to put http:/// infront of it.

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