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Comment Re:Will humans or Mars abide by the law on Earth? (Score 2) 99 99

Because it's very unlikely the first expeditions will be completely independent of Earth - they're likely to rely on continued support for survival, much like the ISS needs resupply ships. Closed-loop life support probably won't be solved before we get to Mars.

Submission + - Web browser vendors announce WebAssembly: bytecode for the web

NotInHere writes: The vendors of WebKit, Chromium, Edge, and Firefox announced their united effort to create a binary execution format for the world wide web. Like the previous projects pnacl and asm.js, WebAssembly features near-native performance, but without the vague specification pnacl had, or the space-consuming asm.js format, which had a 20x parsing overhead compared to a bytecode format (now arrays can be used instead of lookup maps, and no heavy decompression step). Besides wider adoption as its plugin-less, and an open specification, the main advantage of this project over plugin based solutions like java applets has been characterized by Mozilla's Luke Wagner as:

[T]he API surface area is that of the Web platform (e.g., WebGL for graphics) and thus WebAssembly use cases will contribute to driving forward the whole Web platform.

The inventor of javascript, Brendan Eich, writes in his blog entry covering WebAssembly about the polyfill plans:

It’s crucial that wasm and asm[.js] stay equivalent for a decent interval, to support polyfilling of wasm support via JS. This remains crucial even as JS and asm.js evolve to sprout shared memory threads and SIMD support.

He further writes:

Yes, we are aiming to develop the Web’s polyglot-programming-language object-file format. [...] wasm should relieve JS from having to serve two masters [FAQ entry here].

Most likely due to Mozilla's envolvement, WebAssembly even tries to address the "binary" barrier built up when dealing with WebAssembly on a client.

Comment Stop making people like things they don't like (Score 4, Insightful) 254 254

I could think of a few other fields that are much more patriarchically male-dominated than tech. Garbage disposal, oil-rig maintenance, construction, homelessness, etc. Take your fake moral crusade elsewhere, or at least stop pretending you somehow support "equality".

Comment Re:Sigh (Score -1, Flamebait) 748 748

Sorry, being forced to "tolerate" someone is, for me, functionally indistinct from being forced to approve of them. I will not sit by idly and let disgusting bullshit happen just because it's now politically correct to do so. Liberals don't want tolerance, they want mind control. It's the 21st century equivalent of the missionaries going out to convert the savages - the same moral crusader instinct, and the same feeling of non-debatable, inherent moral superiority. It's up to us to resist it with all our strength, and acknowledging and king of tolerance for the enemy's ideology goes against that. Liberalism is a disease and must be fought as such.

Comment Re:Why the moon? (Score 1) 237 237

>(which I believe that would run afoul of an international treaty) Not really. The Outer Space Treaty says anyone is allowed to settle other celestial bodies and use their natural resources, it just prohibits signatories from annexing or otherwise claiming sovereignty over extra-terrestrial territories. Signatories are also not allowed to drag nuclear weapons along, and that's the gist of it. It's for the best, really - why bother colonising space if we're just going to use it to prolong capitalism, nationalism and hate?

Frankly, Scarlett, I don't have a fix. -- Rhett Buggler