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Comment: Re:Its even more impressive... (Score 1) 155

by Half-pint HAL (#48926129) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record
Only if you do a one-for-one mapping of instructions. The x86 can take advantage of more sophisticated opcodes (eg MULT) to cut down on the number of instructions and its general purpose registers to reduce Load and Store calls (with the associated address bytes). I'd expect x86 to be shorter, if programmed correctly....

Comment: Re:Dodgy record (Score 1) 155

by Half-pint HAL (#48926097) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record
Which is exactly his point. Even 16-bit x86 processors have more general-purpose register space than z80, so there should be fewer memory calls required. x86 has a more sophisticated instruction set (z80 has no multiplication instruction), so program the exact same algorithm in the two assemblers and you will get a smaller program in x86 than in z80.

Comment: That one looks jewish and that one's a coon (Score 1) 293

Speaking as a veteran (Not a raging libertarian) I can tell you that you would likely see entire units refuse to fire on American civilians. In fact we are taught to disobey unlawful orders.

Officer: fire!

[uneasy silence, some shuffling of feet]

Officer: They're cormanusts! And terrusts! And queers, probably.

Dakka-dakka-dak! Dakka-dakka-dakka dak!

Comment: Re:physical access (Score 1) 167

by Sycraft-fu (#48925467) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

"Of course, this comparison is also patently unfair -- Windows 7 was written in the 2000s, X11 was written in the 1980s. Expecting them to be comparable in terms of security is pretty ridiculous."

Which could be a good argument for replacing X. It is rather old technology, perhaps it is time to update it to something newer, rather than clinging to it and claiming it is all one needs.

Comment: Re:The problem is apps (Score 1) 188

by geminidomino (#48924745) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

I was actually considering a Surface for a brief moment, since to this day, I'd really love to have Writer's Cafe on my Transformer, but it wouldn't run Windows desktop apps, even lightweight ones. I get the whole "different cpu architecture" issue, but seriously, that's the ONE feature that would make a Windows tablet compelling: without it, why bother?

Comment: Re: All the efforts to correct virtual "abuse" (Score 1) 67

by geminidomino (#48924449) Attached to: Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

s/bigot/murderer/

You're an idiot who can't differentiate between "existence" and "action," and it's because of simpletons like you that the SJWs you hate so much are able to continue to spread their hate, hypocrisy, and propaganda and keep their credibility among the other idiots, who parrot their own bullshit memes right back in and endless cycle of reality-defying masturbation.

Comment: Re:first to post Clockwork Orange (Score 3, Insightful) 67

by geminidomino (#48924275) Attached to: Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

Except it's not terribly insightful, nor is it particularly truthful. There's a big gap between "abridging freedom of speech" and "not giving assholes a platform for their bullshit." Let them provide their own, with hookers and blackjack, etc.etc.

It's not any different dropping spammers and that asshole who keeps trying to dictionary attack your SSH teergrube into a blocklist: crying "censorship" because you get smacked down for behaving like a tit isn't "insightful," it just makes you look like a 12 year old.

Comment: Re:Why use a cable? (Score 1) 226

by Half-pint HAL (#48923799) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

"more energy efficient for shorter runs". We're talking about elevators, you know, those things that stop every 3 vertical meters.

No we're not. We're talking long-distance elevators. Or do you think someone will ever get to the top floor of a 1km high building if the car stops at every floor. Every time you're almost there, you'll have to stop for a pee break then wait for the car to come back.

Various skyscrapers have extremely high capacity lifts -- the Petronas Towers have double-decker lifts with a capacity of 52 passengers.

Although the moon is smaller than the earth, it is farther away.

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