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Comment Re:Intel's linux support is impeccable (Score 1) 61 61

Is reverse engineering not illegal. If it is illegal then any discovered result is unusable in court

It is if you happen to implement reverse-engineered tech covered by patents. As SuricouRaven succinctly put it, on graphics this is a minefield area.

Comment Re:Intel's linux support is impeccable (Score 1) 61 61

Sorry, no, it's not that at all. If there was any serious suspicion about that then the weenies would be all over the binary blobs with decompilers. Cost is no object for that sort of thing.

I have no proof, but i also have no doubt this already happens. That, and reverse engineering the actual silicon.

Comment Re: IKR? I'm sick of our hobby being lumped in w/ (Score 1) 77 77

We (the responsible R/C helicopter community) have been asking, in fact begging, for regulation for some time now. Even going so far as to have pseudo-regulation via AMA. Unfortunately the FAA has continually put the issue on the back-burner....

I'm aware of this. Sadly, this won't change until there's money involved, like Amazon's recent research on using quads for package delivery. These regulations are strict and hard to change, but, again, there's good reason for it.

Also, the analogy of radio-controlled cars is absurdly non-sequitur as cars are 3,000lbs of steel/aluminum and multi-rotors are 27 oz. of plastic/carbon fiber.

The thing is, you don't need a lot of mass to damage something that flies. A RC car can wreck havoc if stepped over by a car going 70MPH on a highway, just like a quad can do even more damage if sucked into the jet intake of an airliner / helicopter. Or the propeller / attack surfaces of a small airplane - incidents with birds, for example, are sadly common.

Comment Re:IKR? I'm sick of our hobby being lumped in w/ (Score 1) 77 77

That's right, these people are just pretending they're in a real helicopter. IS that so wrong? I mean the stuff of little boy dreams is now possible.

It is if you get in the way of an actual manned helicopter. If drone/RPV usage keeps going up regulation will be needed, sooner or later. A good part of a private pilot license exam is regarding regulations and air traffic rules. Even if you only plan to spin around a runway in a small Cessna these still apply.

Imagine what would happen if people started putting radio controlled cars in a highway. Now imaginge the highway is 3,000FT above the ground.

Comment Re: Exact mathematical value isn't the ideal (Score 1) 239 239

They aren't. When you start adding up a lot of cents you end up, invariably, with rounding errors. FPs are not intended for this task.

The way they intended to deal with this issue back then was to round down results to x decimals, just to make sure the clients weren't charged extra. And even that wasn't enough.

Comment Re:Exact mathematical value isn't the ideal (Score 1) 239 239

Ditto. Not only that, i'm amazed by the number of programmers who don't properly understand floating point arithmetic either.

A long time ago i had to write a C/C++ fixed-point arithmetic library for a (major) telecom company because their billing processes would routinely output totals with cent errors; over a full year these added up to a significant ammount of money, a-la-Superman III. No one even had a clue of why their processes failed.

Comment Re:Exact mathematical value isn't the ideal (Score 1) 239 239

Some idiot researcher who expects Excel or an FPU instruction to be accurate for sin to more than 10 decimal places is going to crop up SO MANY anomalies in their data that they'll stick out like a sore thumb.

Unless the processor's documentation explicitly promises that accuracy.

Comment Re:Alternative headline (Score 1) 429 429

Because I have every right to use the network as the guy making it impossible for me to use it.

Then, by your own logic, you're not justified to use bithammer. I hate to play the devil's advocate here, but OzPeter makes a damn good point. If a BT user really prevents you from feeding your family then you should consider an alternative other than McDonalds in the first place.

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. - Oscar Wilde