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Comment: Re:not in the field, eh? (Score 1) 634

by InfoJunkie777 (#46964571) Attached to: Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

Since you're mentioning Intel....doesn't Intel Fortran and Intel C++ share the same optimizer and the same code generator? I wonder what the *real* performance difference would be between those two. Latest Fortran revisions give you some extra array intrinsic operations, but C++ gives you SIMD intrinsics for tuning in some added boost in critical spots. Sounds like a draw to me.

You very well could be right K.S. I am not a programmer. Wanted to be. Too late to start I think. I was just going by what was in the article. I had hoped others would comment on the the "3 modern condenters" but the bulk of comments are in line with the article: "it just works and it is fast and has HUGE libraries and legacy code." From what I could follow Julie seemed the most interesting, but the bugs not out of it yet.

Comment: Re:not in the field, eh? (Score 3, Informative) 634

by InfoJunkie777 (#46964341) Attached to: Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014
OP here. This is what the article said. Compilers are the key. They have been around a long time. Another key is that commercial compilers (like Intel for example) further increase the speed, as the manufacturers know how to optomize the code for the specific CPU at hand.

+ - 2014 And Scientists Still Using FORTRAN!->

Submitted by InfoJunkie777
InfoJunkie777 (1435969) writes "When you go to any place where "cutting edge" scientific research is going on, strangely the computer language of choice is FORTRAN, the first computer language commonly used, invented in the 1950's. Meaning FORmula TRANslation, no language since has been able to match its speed. But three new contenders are explored here in the article. Your thoughts Slashdotters?"
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Comment: Re:Third-party opportunity (Score 1) 216

by InfoJunkie777 (#44334811) Attached to: Yahoo Censors Tumblr Porn

The people with porn Tumblrs don't need to move, they just need an easy way to be found. Why not a retro, Yahoo-style directory? That's how lots of us found things before search engines got so good. Just start (lawyers permitting) and list all the blogs Yahoo doesn't want indexed, in categories. Sell ads. Profit!

As a person who actually USED Yahoo's original search engine, I think this is a wonderful idea, the law permitting, as you so wisely stated. And that it could actually be PROFITABLE as well is intriguing. BTW, you sig is both awesome and sadly totally correct.

Comment: Re:you're an idiot (Score 1) 294

by InfoJunkie777 (#44305097) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?
According to most AV reviews I have read (including CNET), MSE is dead last in effectiveness. As for Avast, I installed it when AVG 2013 refused to install. Haven't looked back since. I am not understanding "bloats and adverts". There are one or two signature updates a day. I see no "adverts". As for "bloat", I see by Task Manager Avast is using only 7 MB of memory. It has caught several viruses, including some real nasty ones. I really like the "boot scan" part. I had not had an AV program with that. The first time I ran it it found 3 Trojans. I think Avast is a good choice. Above AVG in reliability. I use it in conjunction with Threatfire. Seems to be a good harmony. Just my opinion.

Comment: Re:Internet Explorer (Score 1) 391

by InfoJunkie777 (#44088745) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Browser In an Age of Surveillance?

I always love how people simultaneously believe that the NSA is so technically brilliant that it can collect and analyze every message sent by every random person on earth, but also so stupid that they name their secret backdoor key _NSAKEY.

No shit! I am laughing at most of the comments to this. Especially, those that think anything actually attached to the Internet is in any way secure from an agency like the NSA and DHS. ROFLMFAO The only system that's secured is off, in a safe at an undisclosed location. And today, you better hope you didn't tell yourself where that was because they might try to torture it out of you.

I agree totally. I worked for the NSA in their Army military arm (ASA) way back in the 1970s. The Motto on the wall, no lie, was "In God We Trust, All Others We Monitor." One cannot "secure" the internet unless it is taken "offline". Iran is doing just this in wake of their "worm" attacks on the nuclear facilities.

Comment: Re:Off the top of my head (Score 1) 694

7) outlaw lobbyists

And how do you propose to do that without either 1) running afoul of the 1st amendment's "freedom to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances" bit, or 2) passing an amendment to repeal parts of the 1st?

Not sure I am reading your right. But I don't believe "asking for handouts" that lobbyists to is tantamount to "free speech" for "redress of grievances", as you say. I could be wrong. Did not major in Poli Sci.

Comment: Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 965

by InfoJunkie777 (#43167721) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

I actually feel like KDE and Gnome were the traitors, not me. If Windows 9 is anything like Windows 8 I'm going to have a huge problem.

You know the mantra: one good MS release, the next sucks balls, the next good, ad infinitum. So it goes .... Microsoft messed up trying to copy Apples success, but then went beyond that and tried to make Win 8 a "one size fits all" OS. Business users won't be buying, although, from what I hear it is far safer, runs on less resources, and has some improvements over Windows 7. But the whole tile thing (apps) and no "start menu" with no EASY way to start to desktop has pissed off a GREAT many people. Almost universally panned by review writers and consumers alike.


+ - ExtremeTech Suggest what Google SHOULD have done on Chromebook Pixel-> 2

Submitted by InfoJunkie777
InfoJunkie777 (1435969) writes "Recently here on Slashdot there has been much discussion (and panning) of the the new Chromebook Pixel, priced at a mere $1,300. I found this article written last week in ExremeTech, entitled "How Google could have given the Chromebook Pixel a fighting chance".

It lists the authors suggestions as to how Google should have done it to ensure great success. Some of these are : Go with a lesser screen for affordability (also using 16:9 ration instead of a "retro" 3:2"; including touchscreen; suggestion emulation program for Android apps; and a Adobe Photoshop Elements-like exclusive app.

Finally, the author suggests that if Google was willing to eat some costs for marketshare on the Google Nexus Tablets and Phone, surely they could eat some on this, or, at least, have a middle offering instead of going from $250 to $1,300!

Your thoughts, Slashdotters?"

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