You're both wrong, of course. The last controlled US lunar landing was in December, 1974 by the Apollo 18 module. It just never returned.
We are paying for this now to last the next fifty to a hundred years just like the copper network has.
Good luck with that. Copper was sufficient for 100 years because for 80 of those years it wasn't used for anything more than the occasional analog voice call (or eventually a dial up modem). Even in the last 20 years technology improvements have resulted in more than one round of major infrastructure upgrades everywhere BUT the last mile to allow increasing bandwidth and capacity.
Of course, you can make an educated guess that applications will exist in 20-30 years that may require gigabits to the home - but it's just not economically worth building that out now and not using it vs waiting 20 years when the technology may be orders of magnitude less expensive to implement.
Now, as for squeezing good speeds out of the existing telephone-grade "last mile," well, if there is money to be made, someone will be working on this problem.
And someone has. VDSL2 can do 50Mbps at 1km and 100Mbps at 0.5km, which, while still not quite FTTH speeds, is going to be a huge upgrade over the crap they probably have now.
max download speed is around 4-5 Kb/s.
Either you have a typo there, or you should consider upgrading to a modem from the 80's
As dangerous as these small pellets are if you handle them, they are putting out such a tiny fraction of the radiation of a star it's (not even) noise. You have to be within a few feet of this Cobalt to get a lethal dose, but a big supernova could fry the whole planet if it occurs in the same arm of our galaxy
Maybe karma knew about some other things they have done with those guns in the past...
Not trolling. While working on an Xbox One app, Microsoft devs were clear that it does not and will not have support for CLR or
So, "abandoned" is a bit strong, but there is a significant movement at Microsoft pushing for developing everything for Win8/WinRT/Phone/XBOne w/ WinRT. I'm sure it will exist alongside
Not sure why my original post was labeled "flamebait". I guess someone out there in "CS academia" had mod points
Does posting as an AC make you less of a prejudiced a-hole? No, I think not. Any possible points you may get for pointing out what has already been pointed out was lost when you decided you needed to stereotype 300 million people. But please come back when your balls drop.
.NET is already an extremely verbose platform that is many years ahead of its competition
Wha? Its "competition" for what, exactly? Windows apps? So, wait, you are telling me a Microsoft development platform is ahead of its competition for developing Windows apps? And how is that interesting?
Yes, that's exactly my point (and I'm going to continue to say "Metro" with impunity - do you work for Microsoft or just a party-liner?
Have you used Netflix, VUDU, Amazon, etc to watch movies (or, ok, World of Warcraft to play a game for this audience)? Then you have probably already seen this. Actually, even the WoW reference is unnecessary for anyone who understands game engines - almost all of them now use native cores + interpreted scripting engines.
Though I have to laugh at the article's choice of examples - holy crap, is CS academia really that far behind everyone else?
Clearly there is some sarcasm/irony, as "What do you need multiple languages for anyway?", "and this awesome applet I saw on someone's homepage once" is pretty clear (unless he's a moron).
But honestly the 80% of the rest of his points are actually true about Java - so either he doesn't really understand irony, he doesn't really understand Java, or he is just trying (rather successfully, IMO) to troll slashdot. I'm hoping that last case, in which I salute his efforts
If Microsoft "won" that round, why have they almost completely abandoned it in recent years?
If you have tried writing a Metro app with any reasonably proprietary support for media capabilities, it's a convoluted nightmare of "unsupported APIs", media pipelines, etc just to do anything interesting. And that's just Windows 8 on a PC! As much as they pretend Xbox One is "the same" as Windows 8, it's not, and requires a whole new level of bending over backwards to accomplish anything.
SpaceX could easily raise its price 100-fold and the tax-payers will end up having to cough up the dough.
What the heck are you talking about? Why would Boing or Lockheed (the current owners of the US govt launch monopoly) be and different? How is *more* competition from SpaceX going to lead to price increases and fewer options?
What if one day Russia or Iran or China ends up owning SpaceX ?
And what if some day Russia or Iran of China owns General Dynamics, Lockheed, Honeywell, Northrup, etc? Then those companies will no longer be US defense contractors, and others will *happily* step up to take over their cushy multibillion dollar cost-overrun laden US military contracts. So it's a totally absurd concern that would be no different 30 years ago than it is today.
When your #1 customer spends more than the rest of the world combined, you don't piss them off.