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Comment: Re:One important use left for Pascal (Score 1) 484

by NoOneInParticular (#48907159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

struct TRTPHeader {
unsigned Version : 2;
unsigned Padding : 1;
unsigned Extension : 1;
unsigned CSRC_Count : 4;
...
unsigned Data : 8;
};

And now I can say packet.Version = 2. I can also see that 'padding' is not at the byte boundary, so that's probably a bug. So why is the Pascal version better?

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by NoOneInParticular (#48760995) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
The same reasoning holds for capitalism as worshiped by free market fundamentalists. There's a supernatural agency (the invisible hand of the market), both to suspends disbelief about actual human behaviour (who form cartels and monopolies to dismantle competition) and to explain why things aren't working as expected (all evil is caused by regulations). Checks all of the boxes as well.

Comment: Re:Environmental Factors? (Score 1) 180

He's got a model that explains cancer based on faulty cell division. It is causative. He's crunched the numbers and found that his model explains 65% of occurrences of cancer. His model might still be wrong, but a 'correlation is not causation' critique is not applicable here.

Comment: Re:mostly bullshit (Score 1) 180

Yes, but actually assigning instances of a deadly disease to bad luck rather than bad choices goes against the puritan heart of America, where everybody gets what they deserve, and no person that is well off should feel inclined to share any of the product of good luck with anyone else. Because, you know, they obviously made good choices, no bad ones. No luck involved.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 343

Depends on who pays for the locks. If there is a separate department that pays for the locks, then yes, that's a cost center. If it comes from the retail store's budget, then no, it is paid by the profit center. Being part of a profit center doesn't mean you don't have costs. Being part of a cost center doesn't mean you're not involved in profit.

Comment: Re:California Energy Commission still saying it (Score 1) 719

Interesting evidence you bring to the table. So we have a prediction that increased tides induced by sea level rise will likely become very dangerous by 2050 for the bay area (up to half a meter of additional storm surge tide). An "underwater map" about what could happen in about 100 years from 1997 given a 1 meter sea level rise at the highest tide, and a professor that states that species will need to move to Canada if the temperature rises by about 2.5 degrees Celsius in 100 years.

Not sure if this truly supports your point, as this seems to be pretty consistent with what we're expecting to experience. Not 100% sure about the specifics of the Bay Area as that seems to be a bit on the high side, but could be an effect of the actual geography of the area.

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