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Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 1) 566

by Sez Zero (#48150511) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

What the article fails to mention is that the new reactor has to be 800 feet tall or buried 400 feet in the ground. Or 400 feet tall and 200 feet buried. It's pretty complicated figuring out the math here.

A related article from the comments below says that the final size will be small enough to fit on the back of a truck (roughly cargo container sized), or 10 times smaller than ITER being built in France.

I found it interesting that 55 pounds of deuterium is needed as fuel, but only a few grams of tritium ('bred' from lithium) is needed, since part of the nuclear reaction makes tritium to feed back into the reaction.

I was then reminded of many Star Trek episodes where power couldn't be generated because of damage to the "dilithium crystals". Maybe those should have been called "trilithium crystals" instead?

Other article, cited below

Comment: Here's the bill: public notice key (Score 5, Informative) 115

by Sez Zero (#48026337) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance
Link to the text of the bill, since TFA is limited.

Probably the sticking point was:

A public agency that uses an unmanned aircraft system, or contracts for the use of an unmanned aircraft system, pursuant to this title shall first provide reasonable notice to the public. Reasonable notice shall, at a minimum, consist of a one-time announcement regarding the agency’s intent to deploy unmanned aircraft system technology and a description of the technology’s capabilities.

There's also some reasonable limitations on data captured by drones (can't be kept long) and a requirement to log who requests drone missions. If only there was some federal body that could come up with some reasonable standard for all states...

Comment: Re:Not sure (Score 1) 118

by Sez Zero (#47372499) Attached to: Chinese Company '3D-Prints' 10 Buildings In One Day

I assume you missed the part about building 10 single-room buildings in a day for $5,000 each.

Well, the price is right, but people have been building modularly for a long time. Single room buildings don't really seem that challenging, especially since it is just a concrete box.

The Hilton Palacio Hotel in San Antonio was built in just 202 days, and that was 500 rooms, fully furnished, decorated and kitted (down to the bottle openers and coffee makers). And this was back in 1968.

Comment: Re:What is "Dead" (Score 2) 283

by Sez Zero (#47304673) Attached to: Perl Is Undead

I can't remember the last time a [major] web site or web framework was done in Perl.

Oh, I dunno, how about (about)? 'World's leading online accommodation provider' where 650K rooms a night are booked (they're owned by Priceline group, if that's a more popular brand where you live)?

A YAPC talk by one of their employees says 99% of their code is Perl. Check out their dev blog.

Comment: Re:Yes, Perl is indeed dead and rotting (Score 4, Informative) 283

by Sez Zero (#47301263) Attached to: Perl Is Undead
Perl 5.20 was just released and "represents approximately 12 months of development since Perl 5.18.0 and contains approximately 470,000 lines of changes across 2,900 files from 124 authors."

That doesn't seem to bad to me, but I'm not sure how that number of core release authors compares to other languages like Python or Ruby.

COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from a corporation whose president codes in octal. -- J.N. Gray