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Comment: Re:Took you long enough, Slashdot (Score 1) 392

by Edmund Blackadder (#41810601) Attached to: 26 Nuclear Power Plants In Hurricane Sandy's Path

Yeah, ask the people of Japan if it was a non-issue. The Fukushima disaster was caused by a flood. Now we have a coming flood with and some of the reactors in the northeast are of the same type that blew up in Fukushima.

But yeah, just keep telling yourself that it is a non-issue.

Comment: Re:Not vapourware! (Score 5, Funny) 374

by Edmund Blackadder (#38659432) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Has Gone To Manufacturing

I know, seriously. We need Windows on this. What will I do without 5 minute start-up times and without having to restart the thing twice per day??? My crochet work will seriously suffer. Also I am going to be pissed if I get one of these and I do not have 25 pieces of crap-ware I have to remove before the computer becomes usable. Those crap-ware cleanings are an integral part of my budhist training.

And wait. What happens after I own it for a while? Will it slowly slow down and degrade until I have to buy a new one after a year? Or will it run just fine like I hear those "Lin-sux" computers do. Are you telling me I might be using the same computer for many years? What are we, savages?

Comment: Re:what's going on in italy lately? (Score 4, Insightful) 302

by Edmund Blackadder (#38274972) Attached to: New Theory Challenges Need For Dark Matter

Electromagnetic force can be easily and cheaply measured here on earth and is thus measured all the time. I find it hard to believe that we have had the wrong formula all this time and nobody noticed. And if this is the case, and Electromagnetic force decreases linearly and not quadraticaly you should be able to provide experimental proof pretty easily.

Comment: Riight keep telling yourself that (Score 1) 263

by Edmund Blackadder (#37489478) Attached to: Why We Love Things We Build Ourselves

It is funny how some people keep repeating that "the market resists open source" while open source software is taking over bigger and bigger chunks of the market. Currently open source absolutely dominates web server operating systems, and web server software. It mostly dominates web application databases and is invading in the territory of other databases. It is on the way of dominating embedded operating systems including cell phones. It dominates new programming languages.

So yeah, we do not have desktop domination yet, but open source is doing quite well and it is constantly encroaching on new sectors.

Comment: Re:Of course it was a mistake... (Score 1) 688

by Edmund Blackadder (#36982850) Attached to: Was<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET All a Mistake?

Every interpreter must eventually convert the incoming code into machine code. That is the case because an interpreter must execute the incoming program somehow and the only way you can execute anything on a CPU is by sending that CPU machine instructions.

An interpreter is merely a program that executes another program. The .Net CLR does this, so it is an interpreter. It is also true that the .Net CLR performs an interim compilation step, but that does not prevent it from being an interpreter.

Comment: Re:Of course it was a mistake... (Score 1) 688

by Edmund Blackadder (#36982836) Attached to: Was<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET All a Mistake?

It is compilation but it is compilation that is done by an interpreter. An interpreter is a program that runs another program. The JIT type of interpreter runs the other program by compiling it and executing it while the JIT is running. So yes it is an interpreter, just one that performs compilation as an intermediate step.

Comment: Re:I am an HFT programmer (Score 1) 791

by Edmund Blackadder (#36944616) Attached to: How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

You do realize that for your dumb conspiracy theory to work you have to show that Warren Buffet has actually caused any increases of estate taxes. He hasn't. Furthermore, the owners of Buffet companies usually run their companies for a long time after Buffet buys them, so it is doubtful they were distressed because they could not pass them on to their children.

Warren Buffet is a hero to many people because he actually did something extremely unselfish, for the benefit of the world and Americans specifically. Naturally this is something you cannot appreciate.

Comment: Re:There's nothing to dilute. (Score 1) 191

by Edmund Blackadder (#36918682) Attached to: Microsoft Dilutes Open Source, Coins 'Open Surface'

You are wrong, people care. Maybe most end users do not care but Azure is not marketed to end users. It will be marketed to businesses and they care very much about which technology they stake their entire existence on.

And no you do not have to compile from source or even look at the source to get the benefit of open source. The main benefit of open source from a business point of view is that other people can look at the source. Thus, if the technology you are using is popular you can be sure that there will be multiple companies that will offer support. Thus, you are not dependent on the whims of a single company. You can always use the power of the free market to ensure that you get all support and services at fair prices.

Furthermore, if the people that provide the software or the cloud service decide to go away or raise their prices, if you use open source, then you can be reasonably sure that someone else will pick up the slack and offer the same software and/or service (again as long as it is popular enough).

Comment: Re:Your government dollars at work. (Score 1) 220

by Edmund Blackadder (#36701576) Attached to: TSA Employee Stole $50k Worth of Electronics

Something like this is bound to happen occasionally whether the TSA does the screening or someone else. The only difference is that if a private company was doing the screening the screeners would be guaranteed to be minimum wage employees and many of them would have previous arrest records as was the case before the TSA started.

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