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Comment: Re:Free speech (Score 1) 598

by Raging Bool (#45689963) Attached to: UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

Freedom is speech is a fundamental right.

Fundamental to you, perhaps, but not to me. I refer back to the earlier poster who claimed that free speech was in some way a human right. It's not, it's merely a constitutional, legal right, in certain territories. In other territories, the "right" to shout whatever evil you want is weighed against other, more pressing rights, such as the right to life, for example.

I, being in the UK, quite literally have no right to make this post for example. Of course, neither does anyone else have the right to stop me, provided I stay within the law.

Comment: Re:On Racism and Hate Speech (Score 1) 598

by Raging Bool (#45689881) Attached to: UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

Furthermore, I respect their human rights - including their rights to say whatever they want, with their mouths.

The right to say whatever you want, no matter how dangerous or evil, *may* be a *constitutional* right in *your* country, but that is very far from being recognised as a *universal human* right.

+ - BBC is reporting possible "memory" passed between generations->

Submitted by Raging Bool
Raging Bool (782050) writes "As discussed in Star Trek (TOS), the concept of "race memory" is thought not to exist in practive. But the BBC is reporting (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25156510) that acquired phobias or aversions during one's lifetime can be passed on to subsequent generations. They provide a link to an abstract in the journal Nature: (http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nn.3594.html)."
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+ - Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway->

Submitted by solareagle
solareagle (892616) writes "The BBC reports that an Alaskan airport says it has had to place barricades across one of its taxiways after an Apple Maps flaw resulted in iPhone users driving across a runway.The airport said it had complained to the phone-maker through the local attorney general's office. "We asked them to disable the map for Fairbanks until they could correct it, thinking it would be better to have nothing show up than to take the chance that one more person would do this," Melissa Osborn, chief of operations at the airport, told the Alaska Dispatch newspaper. The airport said it had been told the problem would be fixed by Wednesday. However the BBC still experienced the issue when it tested the app, asking for directions to the site from a property to the east of the airport. By contrast the Google Maps app provided a different, longer route which takes drivers to the property's car park."
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Comment: End Of Data mark (Score 1) 268

by Raging Bool (#40971589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Personal Tape Drive NAS?

This is not a sensible idea at all. Not just because of the access times, however, but due to the way that many tape drives write to the tape.

Each write operation to a tape moves the End Of Data mark to the position on tape where the last write operation finished. This prevents the drive from reading beyond the end of useful data. Now, if someone were to try to use a tape drive for random writes, the End Of Data mark will be in the wrong place, preventing access to the rest of the data lying beyond that point.

Tapes do still have their uses in certain organisations, but trying to use tapes as large disks is pointless from a technical point of view, unless you are prepared to restore the entire contents to disk cache in order to edit a file, and then re-write the new tape contents back down to tape in linear fashion.

Comment: Re:Take a Good Luck at Delphi and FireMonkey (Score 1) 278

by Raging Bool (#39109569) Attached to: Best Language For Experimental GUI Demo Projects?

Not sure if parent post was serious, but just in case:

Embarcadero _is_ the successor to Borland/Codegear for Delphi and also C++ Builder.

My company has been using C++ Builder for over 10 years and find the Rapid Application Development aspect of it ideal for rapid prototyping and also for building full-scale real-time, distributed data acquisition and analysis systems. So, if learning Delphi/Pascal doesn't float your boat, then stick with C++.

The latest version of Builder (XE2) also provides application development for Macs as well as Windows, although their support for boost libraries is not quite so strong. But the original poster probably doesn't want to learn too much boost, so that may not be an issue.

Comment: I have one of these (Score 1) 121

by Raging Bool (#36092282) Attached to: The Frankentablet: Windows and Android Mashup

I actually bought one of these as soon as I saw it advertised in the UK. My work involves developing software for Windows, and we are interested in touch-screen devices, so it seemed reasonable to give it a go. The Android option is a free bonus.

It was disappointing to see Android 1.6 only, and now that it seems 2.2 is available, I'll upgrade.

I agree with the review article that the Windows 7 OS (Explorer, etc.) is not well-suited to touch operation. Try re-sizing a window to see how hard it is. Can you see the cursor change to a double-headed arrow? No!

The device appears identical (except for branding) to the Novatech nTablet http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/laptops/NNB-869.html. Novatech sells a fake-leather cover for their tablet with a keyboard built-in. For developing software, this makes the device usable.

The USB ports are supported by Android as well as Windows, so if you want to drive Android with a keyboard and mouse, you can!

Comment: Actually "the BBC" is not saying any such thing (Score 2, Informative) 835

by Raging Bool (#32824592) Attached to: Avoiding GM Foods? Monsanto Says You're Overly Fussy

If you look at TFA more closely, you will see that this is a contributed piece, not the BBC's view at all. The author is credited at the foot of the article as being an external contributor.

By all means, let's have a discussion about GM foods, but please let's not confuse the medium and the message in the original post.

Comment: Re:Pretty amazing forensics (Score 1) 223

by Raging Bool (#26282105) Attached to: NASA Releases Columbia Crew Survival Report

Sorry to be pedantic, but the aeroplane that crashed in Lockerbie following mid-air detonation of a bomb was Pan-Am flight 103, not TWA.

(There was a TWA mid-air explosion more recently, after flight 800 took off from New York, believed to be due to frayed electrical wiring inside the fuel tanks.)

Comment: Re:How Many Cores is too Many? (Score 3, Insightful) 347

by Raging Bool (#15913079) Attached to: AMD Announces Quad Core Tape-Out
Actually, yes. Four cores would do very nicely for several of the applications developed by the company I work for.

We produce real-time data acquisition and analysis systems for multi-channel data in the audio bandwidth and above. Some of our programs have several threads per channel, and on a 128-channel system I believe we have seen over 500 threads running...

Anything that can allow our software to do more real-time analysis on the captured data without compromising the low-latency display update rates demanded by our customers is great news. Admittedly our application area is not a typical case, but I'm sure we're not alone.

Computer Science is merely the post-Turing decline in formal systems theory.