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Comment: Re:Makerbot Technology? (Score 1) 22

by Darinbob (#48928845) Attached to: Scientists 3D-Printing Cartilage For Medical Implants

If I needed one of these for myself, I would sincerely hope that the hospital could afford better than an entry level cranky 3D printer. It only works in this context because they're experimenting and because a scaffolding does not need to be very precise.

In some ways, 3D printing gets used because it's a way to promote 3D printing, even if you could get something cheaper and faster by just having someone carve the same thing out of styrofoam. Makerbot is like Arduino, hyped enough that people think they're intended for more than hobbyists.

Comment: Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (Score 1) 257

by Darinbob (#48927643) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

The only person I know who regularly uses an iPad is also a small plane pilot. It seems like a good solution for that environment. Easy enough to put on the passenger seat or to use in your lap to follow maps and update plans, slides into a backpack, etc. Mostly not being typed on, but you can when you want.

Comment: Re:Incredible! (Score 1) 182

by Darinbob (#48927407) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

Today though "bytes of RAM" is vague. A lot of chips have very tiny RAM but a (relative) lot of Flash. Ie, the Microchip PIC has instruction lengths of 14 to 18 bits, so these don't even fit into common notions of bytes.
Then again the instruction set you work with is incredibly important as well. Faster is not necessarily smaller here. Also if there's ROM you can leverage that (the program in question most definitely uses the BIOS for a normal 16-bit 8086, the Sinclair also had ROM).

Comment: Re:And all this without Jobs (Score 1) 469

by quantaman (#48924857) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

It just goes to prove no one is irreplaceable; not even Jobs.

Not necessarily.

Jobs' brilliance wasn't in his management, it was in his design sense, personal charisma, and knowing when to throw his company behind developing and pushing a new product (OS X, iPod, iTunes, Tablets).

Tim Cook doesn't have the same epic level of charisma but that could change, and he clearly hasn't screwed up the management part, but we've yet to see his signature on the design and product fronts. I think you can call Apple Pay and the iWatch products of the Tim Cook era so their success will be the first real test of whether he can keep the Apple innovation machine turning.

Comment: Re:inflation embiggens numbers (Score 1) 469

by tburkhol (#48924127) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

I was refering to the media who is constantly bashing oil for their "profits" when they say nothing about apple

You do see that there's a fundamental difference in the business of oil and Apple, right?

The oil guys are, basically, taking stuff out of the ground and selling it to you. Their profits derive from carefully controlling the supply so that there is always a shortage. So that their customers are always competing for the privilege of giving them money. People give money to the oil companies because they have to.

Apple is in the business of creating technology that didn't exist before. They're moving society, if not culture, forward, and making the world different than it was before. Their profits derive from being more creative or more fashionable than other tech companies, not from artificially restricting supply (much). People give money to Apple because they want to.

Comment: Re:Not their fault (Score 1) 390

by hey! (#48918827) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Something worth considering. We associate snow with cold, so it's tempting to see more and frequent snowstorms as disproof that the planet is warning. However temperature is only one of the constraints on snow. The other is moisture.

I have lived here in Boston over fifty years, and in the 60s and 70s the December climate was bitterly cold and *bone dry*. In recent decades there has been a marked tendency toward warmer AND wetter Decembers and Januaries, and thus frequent significant snow storms in December (almost unheard of) and January (rare until the 90s).

This storm was particularly intense, and in my town got two feet or more. This has happened on six prior occasions, once in 1888, and five times since 1969.

Comment: Re:Accidental bugs? (Score 1) 205

by quantaman (#48918073) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

I have yet to have one such buffer overflow bug in my code.

That you know of. Besides, I'm sure you've had many that you've caught during the standard code -> compile -> run -> segfault -> debug cycle, but the more subtle ones are harder to trigger.

It's the most basic rule to check for buffer boundaries that even beginner programmer learns it quickly.

Depending on what the code is doing and what kind of legacy cruft you're dealing with it's not always trivial.

There must be agencies seeding these projects, commercial and open source, with toxic contributors injected there to deliberately contaminate the code with such bugs. The further fact that one never sees responsible persons identified, removed and blacklisted suggests that contamination is top down.

More likely the other devs feel like it's bad form to drag the names of past contributors through the mud in public. Particularly when the reviewers missed the bug as well.

Comment: Re:This doesn't sound... sound (Score 1) 318

by Darinbob (#48917449) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Borrowing and spending their way out of it, combined with a national past time of cheating on the taxes. Combine with politicians elected based on angry backlash instead of logic and there's going to be a lot of upcoming economic troubles to make austerity look like the good old days.

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar