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Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 440

Not exactly. Yes you do have nutcase audiophiles that must use virgin gold connectors with natural rubber insulation made by Buddhist nuns under a full moon.
But there is a big difference between a good set of speakers and the $5 speakers you get with your new PC.
When I plug my headphones in on my workstation I get a hiss I can hear when no sound is playing and the sound is just not that good. It does not need to by since I am usually just listening to NPR shows.

Comment: Re:Tannenbaum's predictions... (Score 1) 127

by LWATCDR (#47428761) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Mobile, Routers, NAS, and now servers. ARM is getting very big very quickly.
In computers Attacks come from the bottom up. PC where a joke and could not hold a candle to a real computer like a PDP-11! Forget about mainframes like the 370!
It was not HURD at the time but GNU Unix that was going to be the next big thing.
It wasn't but hey no one is perfect.

Comment: Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 1) 176

by LWATCDR (#47423531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Simple native development can be a lot easier than cross development.
If you have the money for some really good embedded tools, cross development is not bad at all. But if not native development is a lot simpler.
I would still do most of my work on an X86 Linux box and then move the project over to the embedded for testing but that is just me.

Comment: Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (Score 3, Interesting) 174

Actually Streets and Trips has a lot of features that Google maps and I bet Bing maps lack for trip planning.
For example you can tell it when you are going to leave, your MPG, fuel tank size, and how many hours you want to drive a day. Streets and Trips will suggest refueling points and stopping points.
I wish the online maps "Google" would put those features in and allow you to push the trip to your mobile device.

Comment: Re:And when the video feed dies... (Score 5, Informative) 464


"In 1929, he became the first pilot to take off, fly and land an airplane using instruments alone, without a view outside the cockpit. Having returned to Mitchel Field that September, he assisted in the development of fog flying equipment. He helped develop, and was then the first to test, the now universally used artificial horizon and directional gyroscope. He attracted wide newspaper attention with this feat of "blind" flying and later received the Harmon Trophy for conducting the experiments. These accomplishments made all-weather airline operations practical."

And yes it was the Jimmy Doolittle. If you do not know about him you should read up on him.

Comment: Re:Not really surprised... (Score 2) 204

by LWATCDR (#47387905) Attached to: New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

Russia worried about privacy? Yeah....
Just makes it easier for them to get their own citizens data, easier to tax and demand bribes from companies doing business in Russia, and hopefully makes it easier to spy on other nations because some of their personal data could end up in Russia.
Anyone that thinks that Russia is open or pro privacy is living in a fantasy world.

Comment: Re:Treatment sort of worked (Score 1) 295

by LWATCDR (#47375079) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

" He ended up with a lot of bad health effects, but kept alive until he was 75, eleven years later."
He died of heart problems. If you read the health effects they are claiming many of them seem just normal for a older person at that time. The rest might could also have been caused by chemical issues more than radiation. Heavy metals are for a large part things you want to avoid putting into your body.
The cateracts could be an issue but I know a lot of 70 year olds that have them that have never been near any source of ionizing radiation except normal background "pretty low here in Florida btw", and the Sun which does put out a good bit of UV.

Comment: Re:Perl (Score 1) 534

It is not cool and hip.
The real answer is that Perl can be hard to maintain unless you enforce strict programing standards and it is not easy to find really skilled Perl programers. A less than top notch Perl programer means problems down the road for sure.
PHP, Python, and Ruby are all popular choices. PHP probably has the biggest talent base but has many of the same problems as Perl.
Python and Ruby are easier to maintain but harder to find coders for.

The world is not octal despite DEC.