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Comment: Re:Ada (Score 1) 211

by Milharis (#49404645) Attached to: Rust 1.0 Enters Beta

I think the most significant difference is that Rust is much closer to a functional language than to something like C.
They just don't want to market it as a functional language because their targets are mostly C programmers, and most of those would never accept one.
Look at the main features: (almost) everything is an expression, pattern matching, type inference, actor-based concurrency, higher-order functions and closures, that's the kind of things you mostly find in functional languages.

Is Rust going to fix everything? Of course not. Is it going to succeed in the long term? No one knows.
But it is certainly interesting.

Comment: Meaningless goal (Score 0, Troll) 442

by Milharis (#49366121) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

I don't understand how a scientist can a talk about a "2 degrees goal", that's such a stupid metric.
There's so much we don't know about the climate, and so much momentum that it's just meaningless.
What happens when we reach that 2 degrees? Well probably nothing. And even if we all of the sudden say "Stop everything, we're at 2 degrees!" and somehow manage to do it, it's not going to stop because we want it to just like that. It's not a static system.

We don't know (precisely) the impact of an increase in temperature on the system, we don't know the model of the system except that it is complex and we don't know how it's going to evolve, and yet we fix an arbitrary value that we have no way to keep as a goal?

Comment: Why do they want to climb? (Score 1) 132

by Milharis (#48700001) Attached to: Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

It's probably not the (only) reason for the crash, but I don't understand why they want to climb in this situation. The Air France flight did the same IIRC.
They can't hope to outclimb a CB and at FL390, the difference between stall speed and VNE gets pretty damn small.
Maybe it was too late to do anything else, but then they really need to improve their weather forecast in the area.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 334

by Milharis (#48445123) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

The problem is that you can't have a better product in six months, at least not a search engine that provides more relevant results.

I've recently had a lecture from a guy from Bing, and when asked who was more relevant and why, he simply said "Google", especially outside the USA.
The reason is that search engines are now way more about user data than any IR algorithm.
Simply put, without the huge market share and time advantage Google has, you won't be able to match them is relevance.
Now, you can compete on features or things like privacy, but Duckduckgo hasn't been able to upset the market with that.

To go back to the story, I don't think it's Google's monopoly the problem, it's that Google is accused of leveraging its monopoly to promote their other products.

Comment: Too little time in the air (Score 3, Interesting) 270

by Milharis (#44354287) Attached to: US Air Force Reporting Pilot Shortage

I don't know if that's as true as in Europe, but the biggest complain I've heard by far from would-be pilots as well as pilots is that they don't fly enough. A flight is so costly that they don't fly more than a few times a month.

What's rather funny though is that in Europe the situation is reverted, there are far more people that want to become a pilot, fighter or commercial, than jobs available. A lot of airlines have totally frozen hiring for a few years.

Comment: Re:Naivete, Stupidity, Etc. (Score 0) 204

by Milharis (#43696373) Attached to: Smartphones Driving Violent Crime Across US

I'm not from the US, but it works the same everywhere.
Most of the time, it's not someone who steal your phone and run, it's 2 or 3 guys with knives waiting in an alley near a building lot.
When they see someone alone, they threaten/beat him, and take everything, including the smartphone which is often the most valuable thing.

It's common here to have two phones, a shitty dumbphone with a prepaid card as a bait, and a smartphone hidden somewhere safe.

Comment: Re:Speaking for German language, yes (Score 1) 330

by Milharis (#42837813) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

It's probably because in French bit and byte are pronounced the same way, so you have to either pronounced it like in English, or use a different word.
While your average French IT worker might understand written English rather correctly, their pronunciation clearly suck, so the first option is a rather bad idea.

Octet is based on octa, the 8 prefix, so it makes some sense too.

Comment: Re:For the record -- why do we still need pilots? (Score 1) 125

I doubt commercial pilots are going to disappear anytime soon, though their number will decrease, and their role might change.
Autopilot might be able to perform as well as real pilots (or even better) for normal flight, and during some emergencies, but there's still the problem of catastrophic failures.
If the whole system shut down (or has to be shut down) on an automatic train or car, you can just stop the vehicle. Obviously, that's not possible with a plane, you need a real person there to handle the situation.

For the record, you're right about the Skymaster, it was in 1947.

Comment: Re:Take-home exams? (Score 1) 264

by Milharis (#42772485) Attached to: Dozens Suspended In Harvard University Cheat Scandal

Here in France in the Classes Préparatoires, students have written and oral exams. And it's not only in humanities, but in science as well.
Basically, you've got 20 minutes to prepare 3 exercises on paper, and 20 minutes to present them. And unless you're really good, you don't have the time to prepare everything before going to the black board, so you have improvise.
It works quite well, people are rarely contesting the grades, and there's no way a student can cheat.

Comment: What if there was a mistake? (Score 1) 1130

by Milharis (#42725979) Attached to: Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

Apart from the stupidity of using real infrastructure instead of false ones, or at last empty highways, what if one guy mistakenly took real ammo instead of blank ones?
Don't tell me it can't happen, it already has in France.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1030442/Horror-French-military-17-people-seriously-hurt-live-bullets-fired-crowd.html

17 people hurt, and it was with firearms during the day.
Now imagine a Blackhawk at night...

Comment: Ubuntu 32-bit? (Score 1, Interesting) 363

by Milharis (#41899213) Attached to: Nvidia Doubles Linux Driver Performance, Slips Steam Release Date

"All tests run on the same system using Intel Core i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz with 8 GB memory, GeForce GTX 680 and Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit."
8 GB of RAM, and they're using the 32 bit version of Ubuntu ?
I know it's what Ubuntu is recommending by default, but come on, with the rig they have, why go for 32 bit?

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