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Comment: Re:Find the source code on GitHub (Score 1) 60 60

Brilliant, people can start translating the comments in the source code from Italian to English!

Comments in Italian is actually a blessing for English speaking coders. Dijkstra's dictum was: "Never debug the comments. Always debug the code". (I could not find the reference, if he did not say it, someone equally great said it, because it is certainly not my original idea. ) Often comments are redundant, insanely stupid, misleading or obsolete. The only useful comments I find in my own code are along the lines of: "Yes, this function searches through the entire edge list, we tried to speed it up, but the complexity and the cost of maintaining a sorted set of edges were not worth it". Something that documents a dead end code that had been removed.

Comment: Re:No hardware or software fault? (Score 2) 45 45

I would guess "fault" is their word for crash. This one did not crash, some audit method failed, it entered a safe fall back mode.

Can't blame NASA though, when the commands are transmitted over 3 billion miles, the signal would degrade so much it is possible some critical command or an command argument was not correctly received.

Comment: 67% is 75th percentile (Score 1) 191 191

Group 1: Between 0% and 25% flops (25 th percentile) in the classification set

Group 2: Between 25% and 50% flops (50 th percentile) in the classification set

Group 3: Between 50% and 67% flops (75 th percentile) in the classification set

Group 4: Over 67% flops in the classification set

(Emphasis mine)

The study, available in MS-Word format in a link posted by a kindly slashdotter, contains this gem. 67% is 75th percentile? People who trust the findings of such articles are the harbingers of onslaught of stupidity.

Study seems to based on popular household products like swiffer, arizone iced teas, diet crystal pepsi, etc.

Comment: Re:What they are cheering about? (Score 1) 1062 1062

Mind you - I am Polish and here also people HATE to pay taxes - they know that their taxes are being spent in wrong ways usually, the taxes fuel a caste of mindless clerks etc. but nevertheless Polish people DO PAY taxes like VAT and icome.

So you're proud to be paying taxes spent in the wrong way? Congratulations on being part of the problem.

Comment: Re:I hope for an agreement (Score 1) 1062 1062

Should each state in the US have its own currency?

If you live in California, Texas, or Alaska, you probably would say yes. We lose money to the federal government every year, to pay for things in other states that we (at least in California) can't even afford. If you live in some other state, you would probably say no.

Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 5, Insightful) 1062 1062

just to pick one category, a military without any hardware isn't much of a military. But the concept that Greece can't pay back its loans is a lie.)

Greece can't pay back its loans and basically remain Greece. You never give an order which you know will not be followed. And you should know ahead of time whether your orders will or will not be followed.

(Note: the Troika isn't faultless either. In exchange for loans, rather than focusing on trying to improve the raw numbers with austerity, they should have been focused 100% on trying to force you to fix your structural problems so you can be competitive enough to stay in Europe. They tried to tackle the root problem in a totally counterproductive way and ended up earning a lot of hate for that.

Notably, austerity tends to shut down the economy, which will only lead to further financial insolvency.

Comment: Re:kernel developers on Macs - that would be me (Score 1) 271 271

Meanwhile, Snap-On, Mac and Matco break less often to begin with. When they do break, the local distributor shows up the same day in their truck with a replacement and you still get the customer out the door by close of business.

All of this, and maybe Apple support too, works really well when you live in the city, near one of their facilities. When you live anywhere else, it all goes to hell. The delivery trucks don't go to most of the shops, so you get stuff from whichever truck actually shows up. And when you need a machine serviced, they expect you to either bring it in, wait, or ship it and wait. It's not just Apple, I don't mean to pick on them alone; my fun stories involve HP... but only because I didn't buy Apple, or Sony, etc etc. (The Sony machines ordered alongside my HP which finally died of nVidia GPU die bonding failure plus HP tech with bad habits died long before my HP did.)

Comment: Re:Range and recharging time (Score 1) 620 620

I think it would be wicked cool to build an electric rock crawler. It seems like a natural fit because you get an exquisite level of control over wheel slip, and you also get massive torque from 0. It would be a sort of ultimate stress test for the components, but that could only lead to building better speed controllers... or going broke :)

365 Days of drinking Lo-Cal beer. = 1 Lite-year