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Comment: Re:His Dark Materials? (Score 1) 150

by Crashmarik (#47977441) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Sorry but the truth really isn't flamebait while it can be a troll that something of a personal problem and people should be encouraged to realize that it is their problem not everyone elses

The extremes on both sides of this particular debate are horribly volatile and react exceptionally poorly to the idea that they are not in the right. This existence of this topic a proof by demonstration of this fact. If it weren't for both sides trying to silence the other and prevent people from coming to their own conclusions the discussion would be limited to political texts.

Comment: I hope it crashes and burns (Score 1, Insightful) 182

by Crashmarik (#47915941) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

It took a vengeful God to confound the languages of man the first time around. This time around we have gone into do it ourselves mode as everyone who wants to either segment markets, is too lazy to improve an existing language, or just wants a monument to their ego creates a new language.

Swift is little more than a potential attractive nuisance and it's hardly in Apple's (The great creator of attractive nuisances) to open source it. They want it to become as popular as possible without becoming universal. That way they will have the largest possible code base and developer base trapped in their system without easy ways to exit.

+ - Solar and Wind power are the most expensive.

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "A new study from the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, argues that using solar and wind energy may be the most expensive alternatives to carbon-based electricity generation, even though they require no expenditures for fuel.....Specifically, this means nuclear power offers a savings of more than $400,000 worth of carbon emissions per megawatt of capacity. Solar saves only $69,000 and wind saves $107,000."

+ - Bird flocks resemble liquid helium->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have measured how that knowledge moves through the flock—a behavior that mirrors certain quantum phenomena of liquid helium. Some of the more interesting findings: Tracking data showed that the message for a flock to turn started from a handful of birds and swept through the flock at a constant speed between 20 and 40 meters per second. That means that for a group of 400 birds, it takes just a little more than a half-second for the whole flock to turn."
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+ - Popular Android apps full 'o bugs - researchers blame recycling of code->

Submitted by Brett W
Brett W (3715683) writes "The security researchers that first published the 'Heartbleed' vulnerabilities in OpenSSL have spent the last few months auditing the Top 50 downloaded Android apps for vulnerabilities and have found issues with at least half of them. Many send user data to ad networks without consent, potentially without the publisher or even the app developer being aware of it. Quite a few also send private data across the network in plain text. The full study is due out later this week."
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Comment: Technical Merit really overrated (Score 5, Insightful) 739

by Crashmarik (#47545463) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Of the winners in computing, those that won because of technical merit are swarmed by those that won for other reasons.

I mean just look at some of the match ups
DOS vs Everything else available ?
Windows vs Everything else
Microsoft office vs Everything else
X86 vs Everything else
ISA bus vs NuBus vs MCA
DirectX vs OpenGL

Technical merit only seems to matter when it completely crushes every other factor as in transistor vs tube, IC vs transistor, CMOS vs TTL.

+ - The five greatest space hacks of all time

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "Space missions are amazingly well-prepared affairs, every action and procedure is followed, right down to the most minute detail. But sometimes mishaps and emergencies occur. Some can be dealt with by sophisticated sensors and equipment. Some can be dealt with on Earth from Mission Control. But sometimes the only option is for an astronaut to get their hands dirty, using whatever comes to hand and a bit of DIY know-how. It’s amazing what has been grabbed, bent and improvised to save red faces – or, indeed, the lives of astronauts."

Comment: 5 billion per launch already looking optimistic (Score 3, Insightful) 132

by Crashmarik (#47533765) Attached to: SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Doesn't the old saying go "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me" ?

What is it when it is fool me endlessly ? NASA does not bring down the cost of space access period. The shuttle didn't none of their boosters ever have. If we get really lucky we get commercial enterprises able to do end runs around them to actually make a little progress.

Really we should have NASA do what it is good at, robotic exploration and high risk high payoff research. Let commercial companies do what they are good at mass production and perfecting technologies.

Comment: Re:Godwin and wrong at the same time (Score 0) 109

by Crashmarik (#47524609) Attached to: Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

virtually any other country? Read on...


Somewhere on the internet there is another nit for you to pick maybe next time a little basic English will help

adverb: virtually

        1. nearly; almost.
        "virtually all those arrested were accused"
        synonyms: effectively, in effect, all but, more or less, practically, almost, nearly, close to, verging on, just about, as good as, essentially, to all intents and purposes, roughly, approximately; More
        informal pretty much, pretty well;
        literary well-nigh, nigh on
        "the building is virtually empty"
        2. by means of virtual reality techniques.

The reason I used the word virtually was precisely because I didn't want to have a pointless argument about which country during WWII did the least to collaborate, or was the least sympathetic to the Nazis.

"What man has done, man can aspire to do." -- Jerry Pournelle, about space flight