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Comment: Re:Uh, sure.. (Score 5, Insightful) 359

Obviously false.

Emacs comes with a built-in psychoanalyst - a critical feature for any experienced developer. Especially one using Emacs.

Visual Studio lacks such a feature, so the logical conclusion is that developers using Visual Studio are simply inexperienced.

Although, to be fair, Emacs isn't properly an IDE, it's an OS that comes with IDE features.

Comment: Re:Wait a sec (Score 1) 772

by DataPath (#47111599) Attached to: Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Oh, really?

What experiments have you conducted validating evolution as a theory with high predictive power? You haven't? You're accepting the word of numerous people worldwide who conducted those experiments first hand? Then you have a belief in science. You are effectively participating in the religion of science. And nobody could expect you to do otherwise because to personally verify the conclusions of every single scientific experiment whose outcome is important to your daily decisions is simply not possible.

Nor does logic play into it, because any logical argument applied to the subject is depending upon two things: the correctness of the premises, and the validity of the structure of the argument. Even assuming the correctness of the structure of every argument, the correctness of the premises can only be established via scientific experiment, leading to an infinite recursion of proving premises and an inevitable skydive into philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, and madness.

Comment: Re:How much is your time worth (Score 1) 837

by DataPath (#27740761) Attached to: Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

Oh no! Not *gasp* crosstalk!

Emissions and crosstalk are a fact of life. It happens. But you know what? Cat5e emissions and crosstalk are decibels away from being problematic at 100bT speeds - at ANY cable length.

The effects of the harmonics you paid so much attention to in your *snicker* physics class represent a microscopic FRACTION of the line loss due to emissions and crosstalk.

As you push up to gigabit speeds, things like Near-End Crosstalk (NEXT) and Equal Level Far End Crosstalk at a frequencies higher than 100MHz become much more of a problem. Which is why CAT6 and CAT7 have much more stringent line loss requirements for the connectors.

That's right. Connectors.

I think you're SEVERELY overestimating the SWR in the mismatched impedances. The changes in resistance due to length are virtually nil in the allowed 100m cable length. Most of the reflections and loss are due to imperfections in the cable, variations in the twist rate, which DO increase with the length. But that's going to be, on average, fairly linear with cable length - it's not going to have an eignvector of stable points, as you suggest.

And to top it all of, you're barking up the wrong tree when it comes to noise. The miseries of the RJ-45 connector, under most circumstances, far outstrip the line loss and reflections in-flight.

Comment: Re:it rocked (Score 1) 852

by DataPath (#27290367) Attached to: Battlestar Galactica Comes To an End

Apparently you missed the hints suggesting that religion might have nothing to do with it:

Angel Caprica Six: "That too is in God's plan"
Angel Baltar: "You know it doesn't like that name"

The discussions between the "angels" about the Law of Averages rather than prophecy or revelation.

It looks more like advanced beings overseeing the development of new species in the galaxy than "God". Which would be semi-consistent with the original BSG, as well.

And if you follow that explanatio

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.