Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Probably not useful (Score 1) 87 87

leaves pure Zirconium. Which is typically used as cladding for nuclear fuel rods. Something that a fair portion of the world would freak out about, because anything that's good for nuclear must be bad. Plus there's this gem:

Well, they should get to the freaking out part because Zirconium isn't exactly uncommon or difficult to produce. Its a by product of all sorts of mining processes and fairly common within the Earths crust.

And if you want to throw prices out there, $900/ton for Zirconium makes it cheaper than stainless, so if anyone was going to freak out about it ... they would have.

Comment Re:Why is this even a story? (Score 1) 347 347

and is able to compile a mach kernal and the whole OS using the same language.

Yea, Swift is as capable of doing this are Perl or Python is. Just because you can write a one liner that is essentially function_call_to_a_million_lines_of_C_code() doesn't mean you can do anything in the language. Apple certainly hasn't ported the kernel or any substantial parts of the OS to Swift and they aren't going to.

Swift is for people who don't know how to code, not for people who do. People who do know how to code still use C.

Comment Re:Not an AMD CPU (Score 1) 57 57

No, it says more about the bad benchmark than anything else.

I'm not impressed that ARM can NOP as fast as an i3 to put it bluntly.

I say this because if you look at the bench marks and the way they did it. They compile arm variants in fully optimized mode, and x86 variants generic x86 code. From that point on, reading is a waste of time. Might as well compile with debugging on from a bench mark perspective.

Its intentionally skewed.

Comment Re:Inadequate Buffer (Score 1) 134 134

Baro measurements are accurate to about 5' at these altitudes

Not in an airplane. Only when calibrated and stationary and there is no change to air pressure occurring. So basically no where outside of a completely controlled/sealed lab.

In the real world a gust of wind can give you enough of a pressure differential (not from the wind itself, just the actual static pressure change) to sway your measurement hundreds of feet. They are also sensitive to light and heat, and you can easily sway 20-30 feet from just moving the drone from a sunny area to a shaded area.

A laser altimeter doesn't suffer from those problems, granted, but putting those on drones means installing a device thats large and costs more than the drone itself in most cases.

Comment Or not (Score 5, Insightful) 109 109

Because rockets were actually working at that point, maybe not refined, but still useful. Quantum computer is not useful in any way at this time.

Quantum computing is still at the mumbo jumbo stage where they make really bold claims about what it can do in 1 or 2 really specific instances that all of 8 people on the planet care about, but then never follow through with a quantum machine that out performs a classical one in any way.

Oh, and the answer(s) may not even be right and has to be checked using classical methods anyway.

Comment Re:What's special here?? (Score 1) 104 104

Show me one that doesn't require a special FAB to produce the actual chip, at which point you can't control whats actually going on in the chip itself.

There are NO open source CPUs, only open source designs.

It stops being open source when it needs to run on a proprietary FPGA.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 167 167

Why would I give slashdot access to my Google account info? See I created separate accounts instead of bitching that people could figure out that I was a douche across all my sites using the same account.

And lets point out, I'm using an account thats 15 years old, you aren't even logged in.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 167 167

Then you're just stupid.

I've had at least 3 Google accounts since before G+ existed and added another 2 while G+ existed. Its pretty simple to create a new account with or without a real name, which hasn't been a requirement for a while now, thanks for paying attention to what you're whining about ...

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 147 147

Every computer has an OS, its just a question of how complex it is.

XP Embedded is not XP desktop anymore than Android is Debian. They aren't running a desktop OS any more than your cell phone is.

XP Embedded is not unsupported, and you're an idiot since you seem to think you have some non-buggy OS. The fact that you make such a comment tells me you know so little about software dev that you have no business even commenting in this conversation. All software has bugs.

Comment Re:Wait.. WTF... There's a SAFE that runs WIndows (Score 1) 147 147

The OS wasn't compromised, and XP embedded is pretty secure ... it doesn't run anything out of the box, so its pretty safe.

You choose Windows because the Win32 API has a couple of metric fucktons of developers available that are JUST as capable as random Linux developer that thinks he's kind shit just because he runs Linux even though his software is just as exploitable on Linux as it is on XP.

How ignorant do you have to be to make such retarded statements? Pretty fucking ignorant I'd say.

Comment Re:Seriously! (Score 2) 147 147


No, you have no reason why XP is wrong for the job, you're just parroting what you've heard others say without understanding why.

In an embedded environment with limited attack vectors, XP is fine.

Note: They aren't even attacking XP here, they are attacking the software Brink's themselves wrote. Might be a good idea to get a clue before blaming the wrong thing fanboy.

Comment I don't get it (Score 1) 167 167

So the argument all along has been

I don't want to have the same profile across all my google products but I want to login with the same profile across all the products

Which, to put it bluntly, is fucking retarded.

If you want different profiles, create different accounts. Your identity is your identity, its pretty stupid to use the same account across all the platforms but different names, the only person you're fooling is yourself, for everyone else we can still easily link your various google accounts to the same login, but hey, you go ahead and pretend because you can now use a different alias on youtube that no one can figure out who you are when you go trolling.

So big fucking woop, you don't have to give google the 3 lines it requires for a Google+ profile in one place ... now you're going to do it in EVERY place.

If you're one of the people who think this is good, you really are stupid and need to put your tin foil hat away. Its not even hiding you from anything.

Yes, this post is inflammatory, its supposed to be, its targeted at the trolls who think hiding behind their half assed pseudonym is clever even when logging in with the same email address/account everywhere.

Comment Re:I don't think you want an OSI license. (Score 1) 85 85

real desire. It's totally possible to have a proprietary license with source provided to the customer.

That's still open source. Contrary to what Stallman and the libretards have tried to do and usurp the wording, open source doesn't mean giving it away for free. It means the source is available, maybe even at an additional cost.

It's only GPL fanboys that think OSS implies free. OSS software predates Stallman and FSF, GNU and GPL, he didn't come up with the idea ... He just tried to usurp it and twist it to his own narrow definition based on his viral agenda.

Comment Re:Good (Score 2, Insightful) 272 272

I fly drones (real ones, not this crap that DJI sells, those are just Quads with some halfassed flight controllers).

I think this is GREAT. This is simply common sense. Someone else's property is not yours to do with as you wish, that includes public lands.

Quads ARE DANGEROUS when they are large enough to carry a camera. A drop from even 10 feet above your head with a 5 pound object is MORE than enough to be RELIABLY LEATHAL.

Any program which runs right is obsolete.