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Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 3, Informative) 318

by ShanghaiBill (#49182559) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Many of his books also featured communal living, with many people living together and freely sharing resources, and even sharing sexual partners. Usually this was not part of the main plot, but just happened to be the way the characters were living.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 2, Interesting) 651

by ShanghaiBill (#49175555) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

You have to wonder if the Russians one day will decide they get a better deal turning you over to the Americans what they get by protecting you

Historical trivia: The Russians have done that before. When Hitler came to power in Germany, hundreds of German leftists fled to Russia, assuming they would be safe in a communist country. The Russians turned 600 of them over to Hitler as part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 651

by ShanghaiBill (#49175299) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

You sure? a language with 7 grammatic cases

1. Plenty of Russians speak bad Russian.
2. He only needs to learn enough to communicate, not write poetry.

Getting grammatical cases right is not that important. In English, if someone says "drived" instead of "drove" or "runned" instead of "ran", you can still tell what they meant. I am a horrible Spanish speaker. I also speak Mandarin as a atonal language. In both cases, I occasionally have to repeat myself, or rephrase a question, but I am able to communicate well enough for daily life.

Comment: Re:Good operating systems Dont. (Score 4, Informative) 560

by ShanghaiBill (#49172727) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Just asking, never having used OSX, which I understand to be a Unix system, aren't filename extensions non-functional?

In Mac OS X you can associate an extension with an app. For instance, I have .pdf associate with Adobe Reader, so I can click on a PDF file, and it will pop open in Adobe Reader. These associations are under user control, so you can add, change or delete. But extensions don't change whether a file is executable like .exe, .com, or .bat do on Windows. You use chmod to do that, just like on any other Unix.

Comment: Re:Good operating systems Dont. (Score 5, Insightful) 560

by ShanghaiBill (#49171863) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

The crap ones like Windows and OSX, they hide it

I am using OSX right now. File extensions are not hidden. There are some dialogs that optionally hide them, usually when only one extension is possible, such as .pdf in Adobe Reader, but in general, they are not hidden. But even where extensions are hidden, it is not at the same level of stupidity as hiding them on Windows. On Windows, the extension actually changes how the operating system interacts with the file, such as whether it is executable. So Microsoft uses the extension to convey very important information, and then hides that information from users.

Comment: Re:c++? (Score 1, Flamebait) 395

I'd go with C++

So would I, even for development on Apple. You can mix C++ and Objective-C. So for Mac OS X apps, you can write 95% in C++, and only use Objective-C for the Apple APIs. I try to keep all the Objective-C crap isolated in separate files whenever possible.

Objective-C is an ugly, clunky language, and the only reason Apple uses it is to intentionally make your code incompatible with other platforms.

Comment: Re:Brain drain (Score 1, Interesting) 167

by ShanghaiBill (#49168085) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

flex time and telecommuting used to be part of the SV culture

Telecommuting was a nice experiment, but it doesn't work for people whose work is not easily quantified. Almost all SV firms have stopped the practice. About 20% of workers will get more done if they telecommute, since they have more time to work. Most other people show a decline in productivity, and for about 20% it declines to ZERO. These people get nothing done on their "home day". In theory, it may be possible to identify the people that are more productive, but that takes a lot of management effort, and causes resentment from people denied the privilege, since, obviously, the people that do NO work at home are the people that like telecommuting the most. Although it wasn't popular, Marissa was right to end the practice at Yahoo.


Comment: Re:Lost focus (Score 1) 52

by ShanghaiBill (#49167549) Attached to: Interactive Edition of the Nuclear Notebook

I could tell you stuff about how research indicates ...

Rather than "telling us", why don't you provide a citation. Because I think you are full of baloney.

Scientists ran calculations and warned that, should the zircon-and-graphite-clad fuel mixture contacted the water, it would have created an explosion in the range of several megatons.

Please provide a citation for this as well. I would love to read about how fuel concentrated to only 3% U-235 could possibly cause a "megaton" explosion.

Comment: Re:not the first time (Score 1) 130

by ShanghaiBill (#49167481) Attached to: Photo First: Light Captured As Both Particle and Wave

every dual slit experiment shows light behaving as both particle and wave

Yes, but not at the same time. The light behaves like a wave as it travels, and interferes with itself. Then it behaves like a particle when it illuminates the backstop. But one happens after the other. In this experiment, the light, supposedly, can be observed acting like both a wave and a particle simultaneously, not sequentially.

Comment: Re:Lost focus (Score 2) 52

by ShanghaiBill (#49166971) Attached to: Interactive Edition of the Nuclear Notebook

Unless the number of each of those "billions" is only 2, then that's just about the entire human species.

Except that it wouldn't be. The people in remote rural areas would be the most likely to survive the initial blasts. They would also be the most likely to survive the ensuing economic disruption. If all the nukes in the world were detonated in maximum casualty producing air bursts, they would destroy about 0.2% of the Earth's land area. Air bursts produce minimal amounts of fallout. If they were detonated in sub-surface bursts (to destroy underground silos) the fallout would be worse, but would still mostly be contained in the ground locally, and almost no one would die in the initial bursts. Today's nukes are more efficient and cleaner than the WWII era bombs. They produce far less fallout for a given yield.

Even within target urban areas, there would be survivors. Some people in downtown Hiroshima, and many more in Nagasaki, survived the blast, and the radiation, and went on to have children and grandchildren. Most people in Hiroshima didn't die from the blast or the radiation. They died in the firestorm. But Nagasaki was mostly made from stone, instead of wood like Hiroshima, so there was no firestorm, and many more people survived there despite the bomb being nearly twice as powerful.

If people 200 meters from ground zero can survive, I am sure someone on New Zealand's South Island, 5000 km from the closest impact, will be okay.

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