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Comment: Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (Score 1) 161

by TheRaven64 (#47581919) Attached to: Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

An aspect of Nazism managed to seep into the British Empire precisely because they were mortal enemies

I think you might have some of this the wrong way around. The British Empire had institutionalised racism and concentration camps in its colonies long before the Nazis existed.

Comment: Re:It's better to hear people you might disagree w (Score 2, Insightful) 121

by jellomizer (#47580793) Attached to: The CIA Does Las Vegas

You know the news doesn't cover it when when the CIA tells the truth.

If you feeling completely outraged about something, you probably do not have enough information. When you have enough information you can be angry at a particular subset of an issue not just the entire thing.

Comment: Re:Art (Score 1) 70

by jellomizer (#47580663) Attached to: Unboxing a Cray XC30 'Magnus' Petaflops Supercomputer

The Cray supercomputers use to look really impressive. Blinking Lights, Red Liquid coolant dripping down a glass/plexiglass enclosure. Even the Cray 1 with its round design, with benches made it look really cool.
Now it is just a bunch of Printed Plastic covers, on a set of square boxes.

For the cost, you might as well make it look really impressive.

Comment: Re:House of Lords? (Score 1) 274

by TheRaven64 (#47580017) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Who whips up that fervor, the war on drugs wasn't started as a grass roots campaign, for sure, it came from the top

Most often, it's the people who either need A Cause to get elected, or want to use a particular mob cry to funnel money to businesses in their constituency and get kickbacks (sorry, campaign contributions). The old hereditary House of Lords (before they abolished most of them and stuffed the house with Labour cronies followed by Tory cronies) had the advantage that, aside from a few issues like inheritance tax and fox hunting, the members didn't really have much of a vested interest in anything. If you watched the debates, the contrast between the two houses was astonishing. The Commons was full of people trying to score points against the other party, the Lords was almost empty, but those there were having an intelligent debate on the issues in the legislation.

Comment: Re:All the happy (Score 3, Informative) 135

by TheRaven64 (#47579971) Attached to: HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

OpenVMS has run on Itanium since Itanium was launched. This isn't a port to a new OS, it's just updating the existing support for the newer chips.

The x86 port story is quite funny though. The 80386 launched with four protection rings specifically to make porting VMS from VAX easy. DEC never did the port (or, if they did, never released it publicly) and instead designed their own chip, the Alpha as the successor to the VAX. The Alpha just had two protection rings, which required a little bit of restructuring of the VMS design. Now, x86-64 has only two protection rings (unless you count HVM and SMC modes as rings), and is being considered as a porting target for VMS...

Comment: Re:It's not a marketplace.. (Score 1) 242

by TheRaven64 (#47579953) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?
Are you really that obtuse? A marketplace that someone is saying is large is significantly smaller than a single company that sells products in that market. Your argument is equivalent to saying 'this big shop has a huge profit and sells thousands of products!' and then mocking people who point out that there are individual suppliers of single products in that shop that have an order of magnitude higher profit nationwide than the total profit from all sales in the shop.

Comment: Re:where's the money?! (Score 1) 204

by TheRaven64 (#47576183) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM
Communications of the ACM has changed a lot over the last few years. They're trying to make it a lot more relevant and also raise the impact. This means that the Practitioners section is now managed by the team behind ACM Queue and contains stuff that people doing exciting things in industry are doing and the rest has a higher standard of peer review. The Research Highlights section often points to papers that I want to read. Most of the top-tier conferences and journals for computer science are ACM-sponsored.

Comment: Re:They don't even know what they're offering (Score 2) 204

by TheRaven64 (#47574583) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM
The ACM is pretty good about open access. Every author can use their 'author-izer' service to create links that check the referrer but give free access to the papers, so if you can't get free access to an ACM-published paper from the author's web site, then complain to them, not to the ACM.

Comment: Re:It's not a marketplace.. (Score 1) 242

by TheRaven64 (#47574525) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

Yeah, lets compare a 40 year old monopoly company (making money w large contracts) to a bunch of small upstart developers (making money $0.99 at a time) and laugh.

Let's not. Let's compare the mobile app market to one company. The mobile app market has a number of small upstart developers making $0.99 at a time, but it also includes companies like IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, and a large number of software houses that are 20-40 years old, several of which have been on the receiving end of antitrust lawsuits.

Comment: Re:where's the money?! (Score 2) 204

by TheRaven64 (#47573147) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM
This is, unfortunately, the case with a number of funding bodies in academia. For example, DARPA won't pay for my membership, but will pay for the conference. My institution decided to pay for membership out of a different pot of money that doesn't have these restrictions, which ends up with a saving of a few hundred dollars on one account and a cost of a hundred dollars on another.

The number of arguments is unimportant unless some of them are correct. -- Ralph Hartley