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Comment 4 trillion degrees ? (Score 1) 70

While this is nowhere near the hottest temperature that has ever been achieved in nuclear fusion research (that distinction belongs to the Large Hadron Collider which reached 4 trillion degrees Celsius), ...

Sadly, even at such temperatures, the LHC was, like the Mythbusters, also unable to successfully flash-fry shrimp in a shrimp cannon.

Comment Re: What's the viable alternative? (Score 1) 154

That's basically the goal, that we can create cheap code domestic instead of sending the work abroad. What good that would do, well, you can divine by gauging the quality of code you get from abroad.

In the end I can reassure you that it will not work out. Programming is not just a skill you can pick up by drilling it into the heads of people. It's at the very least as much dependent on a certain state of mind (lacking a better term). You will certainly create a few people who will be more or less capable of slapping together some code, mostly in a cargo-cult, copy-paste fashion. And their programs may actually work. Sometimes. And that "sometimes" is exactly the problem. Because these people don't know how to take special cases into account in a way that they don't fuck up the result.

And this is critical. Because the main reason companies want to use computers is to create results fast and without human work. And that entails that it is mission critical that you can rely on the results to be correct. Because if you can not, that advantage you want to get is null and void because you still have to put a human there to at the very least check the plausibility of the results, and in the end you might end up with wrong results which can be VERY expensive to clean up afterwards.

And that's the huge problem here.

With many other things in life you can hire cheap amateurs and if they fuck up, you notice it quickly and can fix it. If your plumber fucks up, you notice it quickly with the huge puddle forming in your basement. An electrician creating a mess usually means that the power is gone. Hopefully nothing worse. A programming error may surface after years, leading to costly all-night repair sessions from experienced programmers who tend to cost an arm and a leg. A security hole in a software you use can easily lead to even worse damage. And again, damage you might not notice until it is far, far too late to mitigate it.

Comment Re: What's the viable alternative? (Score 1) 154

No, but wasting time thinking on where the keys are is. I can't even imagine programming sensibly if I had to actually look at the keyboard and ponder where to find the letters I want to write.

I can concentrate on writing code. You have to concentrate on writing itself. Personally, I'd consider this a huge disadvantage.

Comment Re:Wrong image in second link? (Score 3, Informative) 118

This is what happens when an object breaks up and the pieces strike a planet, you get a line of impacts. If these fragments both came from the same object then they would have to be very far apart, so the breakup of the object would have happened long ago, and even so they still probably wouldn't strike in the same place. The Earth is not stationary, the equator is rotating at around 1,000 miles per hour and the planet is moving through space at 67,000 miles per hour. So for 2 impact events that occur 11 days apart, you're talking about the earth moving over 17 million miles through space during that time and completing around 11 rotations. If you think that these fragments came from the same object then you're talking about something that must have been in geosynchronous orbit, where the object was orbiting the planet roughly above the area where they came down (probably a little "farther"), and it took one fragment 11 days longer than the other to fall from orbit. They've already identified rocks as belonging to the object that fell, so we aren't talking about man-made space junk, and there aren't any rocky satellites in geosynchronous orbit. In fact, the only rocky satellite in orbit around the planet is the moon, and it is most definitely not in a geosynchronous orbit. The odds are anything but "very high".

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