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Comment Re:Details? (Score 1) 157

I'm going to take a few guesses here, because the article forces us to do so.
  • The article (especially the French source) seems biased in favor of the residents
  • Nowhere in the article does it list what the permit entails, information that would surely be easy to find for a half-competent journalist
  • The article does nowhere say that the site is in flagrant violation of the permit
  • As such, it is not inconceivable that the permit does mention diesel generators (that seem to be listed as a backup for grid power and are not running 24/7), Datacenter, and large tanks for diesel fuel.
  • Because if the company was violating the permit that would surely be mentioned. Instead it mentioned the public notice was hard to understand

So I'm guessing the company got all the paperwork done, nobody in the neighborhood bothered to read the notice and didn't protest when they had the chance. Company builds datacenter, now residents figure out first hand what the impact is.
I would think the company will file a lawsuit against the town for reimbursement—they did their due diligence on the paperwork after all—although this being France, chances are they'll be sent home with €0 and a zut alors.

Comment It's in the image (Score 5, Interesting) 187

Movies tend to be shot around 1/50" shutter speed, and that creates motion blur. The motion blur actually helps us see the animation as smooth, even at "only" 24 fps. Games on the other hand are razor sharp and will hence look much more like a staccato sequence of images than as an animation.

Or so I was told by a moviemaker

Comment Blame the tool... (Score 2) 422

My father was a wise man, and a solid programmer. He liked Basic, because it was simple, and readable (in his environment the alternatives were mainly Assembler, Cobol, and RPG). Whenever people made fun of his love for Basic, and how it resulted in bad code, he always replied “there are no bad languages, just bad programmers.

The problem isn't the spreadsheet. The problem is people building ugly models in it. Do they seriously think that if those models were written in C, Java or Perl they would have been magnitudes better? I doubt it; you're just transplanting bad habits onto a different platform.

Of course, if he'd used trained professionals to build his models in whatever language of choice the models would be better. If he'd used trained professionals to build his spreadsheet models they would have been better as well.

Comment Except in the US (Score 3, Interesting) 664

In the rest of the world a stolen smartphone will get bricked, but carriers are working against that in the US. I guess because stolen phones mean people will have to buy replacements and they'll get the kickbacks from Apple and Samsung for that. As long as stolen phones keep working in the US, they'll continue to be stolen.

Neutrinos have bad breadth.