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Comment: Re:Looks like the second stage ruptured (Score 4, Informative) 316 316

From Musk: There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests counter intuitive cause. More info after a thorough fault tree analysis. (I left my froot-loops in the stage 2 oxygen tank -- sorry about that Elon.)

Comment: Re:Compiler compromise (Score 1) 119 119

I was thinking about whether they planted a self propagating back-door into LLVM/CLANG, but that seems fragile as both CLANG and LLVM can be compiled with other compilers (recent versions of MSVC and GCC for example) -- that would likely clear out a hidden back door unless they have compromised *all* the compilers. (And I certainly wouldn't put that past them.)

(Waves to friendly NSA/CIA/CSIS/GCHQ analyst.)

Comment: Re:About 1 in 20 ? (Score 1) 809 809

Interesting -- why are you "rebuilding" the team? The events leading to that may (or may not -- what do I know?) have something to do with the quality of your candidates.

As an aside, I worked on a C++ compiler (20 years ago at IBM), but it was the code generator & optimizer. There are plenty of moving parts in a C++ compiler that are pretty far away from C++ features like templates and stl (exceptions and lambdas on the other hand do poke their way pretty deep). You have to go and learn them -- working on a compiler back-end written largely in C (or the C like subset of C++) will not teach them to you. But I can still to this day read a hex dump and disassemble x86 instructions in my head. (not as quickly or fluently for less commonly used encodings as I used to, I'll admit)

But I'm close to the 50 year old mark -- I'm pretty grateful to have an interesting and rewarding job -- I'm quite happy that I'm not looking for work these days.

(Although Apple pings me a couple of times a year :-)

Comment: Re:Yet another Heinlein story turned into dreck. (Score 1) 254 254

I watched this movie recently, and I had all but forgotten "All You Zombies" -- while watching it I realized the story seemed very familiar, and when one character uses the phrase "All You Zombies" it all came crashing back. (I last read it 35 years ago)

It is easily the best film treatment of any Heinlein work I've seen -- not that this sets the bar all that high -- but it was a good movie -- IMDB rates it at 7.5, and I'd agree with that.

The acting is *very* good, particularly from Sarah Snook.

The story itself was *way* ahead of it's time in many ways.

Comment: They Filed on Sep 9 2010 (Score 4, Informative) 164 164

They filed over 4 years ago. If they haven't got a working search engine by now based on this, they never will. 4 years is forever in internet time.

Never mind that any search engine using this is very unlikely to make a dent in google.

I think their strategy is to "shame" google et al into doing more -- "look, see we got a patent on a means of eliminating piracy, proving that it *IS* possible, therefore you have to do more to prevent piracy."
Ignoring the fact that the existence of a patent proves nothing about whether the invention actually *works*. (I say this as someone who holds a number of patents -- all of mine work -- I filed them after I had them coded and working. But it would have been just as easy to make all of it up and code nothing.)

Comment: Re:Just Apple? (Score 1) 207 207

I've got a 3 year old iPhone 4S. Never broken the glass on it, but it does have some minor scratching on the display.

I'm not surprised Apple went with gorilla glass -- sapphire is very hard, but also brittle -- cornings product is a bit softer, but much more resilient.

I'll probably be upgrading to a 6 sometime in the next month or so.

Comment: 2 Garbage Trucks Colliding... (Score 4, Funny) 255 255

When I read of mergers like this, I imagine two large garbage trucks colliding at speed -- the result is inevitably twisted smoking debris strewn wide, and oh God, the smell.

I find, as a metaphor for large mergers, I have yet to find a more accurate one.

Every program is a part of some other program, and rarely fits.