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Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 108

by Big Hairy Ian (#49584273) Attached to: Russian Cargo Spacehip Declared Lost
Yeah like NASA has such a great success rate (Apollo 1, Challenger, Columbia). Bearing in mind the Soyuz and Progress are pretty much based on 1960's designs actually they’ve got a fantastic success record one which NASA should be envious. Not that the Soviets have never lost anyone but let’s face it they haven’t stopped sending people into space since Gagarin whereas NASA has a lot of big Gaps.

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.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"