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Comment: Re:Everything is an excuse for more security theat (Score 1) 201

by Dan East (#47960567) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

Crime rates are their lowest since well before I was born, yet all I hear is about how important it is to take measures to keep myself safe. Last year I was jet lagged and went out for a walk at 2am for some air... a cop actually stopped me to ask me what I was doing!

Let me flip your two sentences there.

Last year I was jet lagged and went out for a walk at 2am for some air... a cop actually stopped me to ask me what I was doing! Crime rates are their lowest since well before I was born, yet all I hear is about how important it is to take measures to keep myself safe.

There you go, in that order you can see what is referred to as "cause and effect".

Comment: Re:Gravity Predition Come True (Score 3, Interesting) 100

by Dan East (#47880837) Attached to: China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

Here's a good analogy for the movie. Imagine that the hubble / shuttle and each of the two space stations are actually ships in the ocean. When you're in a spacesuit you're in a little dinghy paddling with oars. Thus there are only 3 ships in all the oceans, each operated by a different country with no coordination as to their positioning, yet miraculously they are all so close together in the vast stretches of the ocean that you can easily row from one to another.

Even then, the analogy still doesn't begin to do justice, because orbits are all about motion and not position, and are 3D with elevation, inclination, etc, etc, as well, so there are even more "places" to be than the entire expanses and depths of all the Earth's oceans.

Comment: Re:We really need (Score 1) 529

by Dan East (#47858129) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Area of Europe: 10.18 million km
Area of USA: 9.827 million km
So "All of Europe" is slightly larger than the USA, not "half the size".

You're comparing a continent to a country. Your Area of Europe at 10.18 million km^2 includes the area of Russia, which by itself is nearly 4 million km^2. The area of the EU, which is likely what the OP was actually discussing, is 4.2 million km^2 (and that includes countries added as recently as last year), which is indeed "half the size" of the area of USA.

The important part is the population density. For the EU it is 112 people per km^2. The population density of the USA is 1/3 that, at 35 people per km^2. Now if you want to compare entire continents, then try North America and Europe, which gives you 12 people per km^2 to 51 people per km^2 respectively.

Comment: Huh? (Score 0) 60

by Dan East (#47838591) Attached to: Carmack On Mobile VR Development

Google still doesn't really endorse native code development

What the heck is he talking about? Android has the NDK - native development kit - which allows development in c++ using the standard libraries and even The OpenGL ES API, which is exactly right up Carmack's alley. Plus his code will compile straight across under iOS as well. I really don't understand what he feels is preventing him from going that route, unless he wants to do a ton of UI widget stuff that is platform specific.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 116

by Dan East (#47815707) Attached to: E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

I've read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, and dozens of other ebooks, on a Blackberry Pearl, which has a 2.25" screen. It's really not that bad. The text size / appearance is the same as anywhere else, you just have to manually interact with it more often. But, the smaller the device, the easier it is to comfortably hold and thus easier interact with to turn pages.

Comment: Re:Which Invasion? (Score 4, Insightful) 205

by Dan East (#47806959) Attached to: Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

Yes, but the tanks and artillery the "separatists" keep popping up with are coming from somewhere. At this late stage in the game, they certainly aren't Ukrainian remnants that the separatists have captured in those Ukrainian territories - those were used and destroyed many months ago.

So one of two things are happening. Either Putin and friends are blatantly lying and calling for peace talks and negotiations while they are pouring heavy military equipment into Ukraine, or Putin has no control over his military and anybody can just hop in one of his tanks and leave Russia in it. Either way, he looks like a fool with such obvious blatant lies, or due to his weakness as a military leader. I think we know which of those two is more likely.

Oh, and everyone seems to have quickly forgotten all the civilians that died on a passenger jet because of Russia's antiaircraft missiles. It blows my mind in this day and age that a country that is supposedly a big part of the world community can get by with shooting down a plane and the rest of the world does absolutely nothing about it.

Comment: Re:I skipped to the ending (Score 2) 49

Wow, how did this bit of nonsense get modded up.

Chinese people are generally better informed about what is going on in the world than people in most other countries.

Do you care to back this statement up? In what way are they better informed, and which countries fall into the "most other countries" category that are less informed than the Chinese public in general? I can only think of a few countries with more censorship then China.

Information that the government prohibits (child porn, holocaust denialism, videos of journalist beheadings, etc)

You're only one for three there. That's worse than dumb luck.

Comment: Re: C (Score 4, Informative) 142

by Dan East (#47707295) Attached to: Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

I'm sorry but you're incorrect. In 2007 Windows Mobile had the largest market share of any OS for mobile devices, with 42% of the market:

They had tied Blackberry the year before, and edged them out in 2007 which was when iPhone was released. Then the next year iPhone took over.

Going back pre-smartphone, when the only real players in the PDA arena were Palm and Microsoft, Microsoft surpassed Palm in 2004, and from then on it was all downhill for Palm as they tried to update an archaic OS to utilize advances in hardware.

Microsoft soundly won the PDA war, but then were totally decimated soon after the PDA market transitioned into the Smart Phone market. In turn, Palm, then Blackberry, then Microsoft all owned the market and then stagnated, failed to innovate, and were superseded by new OSes that didn't have legacy issues (or trying to maintain backwards compatibility, etc).

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead