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Comment Re:"quality of finish" does anybody really care? (Score 1) 91

I thought large bezels were absurd until I actually started using an assortment of portable devices. Now I realize that having a place for my fingers to wrap around to on a phone, or just a place to hold the thing between thumb and forefinger for a tablet, is actually a feature and not a problem. Having the screen right out to the edge means accidental touches on the side of the display, at least, for my fat fingers.

Comment Re:That's gonna be a nope (Score 1) 91

3: Timeless design. Not silver painted plastic. The Palm V is 15+ years old, and it still looks decent even compared to modern units.

The Palm V looks like something shat out by a more modern handheld. Seriously. It looks like my Transformer Prime did a poo. At least pick a Tungsten.

I like the idea of a phone that can run multiple operating systems at once, though. That would be neat, if it didn't punch your battery in the nuts.

Comment Re:There are also seismic implications to this. (Score 1) 192

The extra eruptions may actually be a good thing as the ash clouds will have a albedo increasing, therefore cooling, effect. To bad if you live near one, or in California.

I live in the world's largest volcano field, in California, you insensitive clod!

Comment Re:I can tell from the comments (Score 1) 192

Storms change beaches a lot faster than the alleged ocean level change.

It's funny you mention storms, because a small change in ocean level rise equals a substantial increase in flood surge distances inland. It's obviously going to be greater than 1:1 because the land slopes, on average, at less than 45 degrees; especially around FL, LA, etc.

Three inches of ocean level rise means feet less beach, even without storms.

Comment Re:Easy to say, hard to do (Score 1) 192

If this is actually a credible report, then the U.S. government needs to stop funding the rebuilding/construction of areas that are CURRENTLY under sea level like New Orleans and the dikes and berms around it.

That turns out to be harder than you would think.

Uh no. No it isn't, at least, not to do a pretty decent job. You just don't give any funding for rebuilding, you prohibit any funding given for other purposes from being used for rebuilding, and you prohibit any disaster relief check recipients from using the money for buying back into their ruined communities. Some people will do it anyway, spend the minimum effort preventing that during the escrow process, some people will slip through but you can catch most of 'em.

You may not be able to stop people from moving back into those neighborhoods, but you sure can avoid spending money on it, at least most of it.

Comment Re:Late-80s Development Process Failures (Score 1) 234

As with telephone switches, you end up needing a large fraction of your code to be monitoring the state of the system to make sure everything's working. But also, you don't get that kind of reliability by having systems that flake out for a few milliseconds - you end up with multiple systems in parallel, and you know failure probabilities of the individual systems and build the thing to try to eliminate common-mode failures. So Box A, Box B, and Box C are in parallel, and each one has alarms that detect whether the other ones are down and the backup needs to take over for the primary, so if Box A is down, Box B takes over while you fix Box A, and Box C is there to take over if Box B also fails (or was already down when Box A failed.) Or alternatively, you've got an A/B pair, and a C/D pair, and if A fails, the C/D pair takes over while you fix A, reducing the risk that B will fail before you've done that.

We were part of the project because we're good at systems integration and government projects, but also because we had processor chips that did trig functions really really fast (for late-80s definitions of fast.) Turns out that the data was all coming from sensors with 12-bit A/D converters, and the fastest way to do trig functions on them isn't a floating-point chip - it's a lookup table :-)

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso