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Comment: Re:Video Speed? (Score 1) 115

by Shalcker (#44208063) Attached to: Modeling How Programmers Read Code
Maybe what actually gets committed to short-term memory is "there is definition of performed function _here_ (eye position)" - transforming it into memorized conditions and intersection would take longer then to simply reparse it, so brain takes easy way out. Programmer can remember function, but doesn't if he doesn't have to.

Comment: Re:Amazing (Score 1) 768

by Shalcker (#32400480) Attached to: BP Says "Top Kill" Operation Has Failed
Alot of people seem to have misconceptions about how exactly "Nuke option" could be done.

What you DON'T do is drop nuke right into oil/gas and detonate.

What you do is dig smaller hole (definitely not going down to where actual oil is), put nuke inside, and calculate payload so that it shifts ground nearby and breaks oil pipe (we're talking about moving kilotons of ground just a bit further then width of the pipe, not blowing a crater). Once that is done you should have leakage stopped completely, or at least reduced enough to stop it with other methods.Actual radiaton is buried many meters under ground by the same blast, so there shouldn' t be any contamination.

That's optimistic scenario, but still, it has almost no risks mentioned by others (blast NEVER touches actual oil and cannot make another hole).

Comment: Re:Yeah we can really trust the Russians (Score 1) 715

by Shalcker (#30472568) Attached to: Russians Claim More Climate Data Was Manipulated

Russia profits either way.

They got lots of carbon credits when they signed Kyoto treaty to reduce carbon emission levels, and then had their industry production drastically drop from collapse of Soviet Union. Estimated worth of those carbon credits is about 20-60 billion $.

Comment: Group speed (Score 1) 393

by Shalcker (#18247826) Attached to: Speed of Light Exceeded?
While you cannot exceed speed of light, sure having faster-then-light group speed can help in some applications!
Look at it from a simple example - a sattelite flying above the Earth that sends some file. As long as it covers large area, you can propagate this file faster then it'd took sending it through wires. Yes, it'll require "preparation" (you need to upload file to satellite first), but you'll get faster file distribution in the end. Each recipient gets his file at a speed of light, but group bandwidth increases immersely.

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer