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Comment: Re:Trolling Douchebags (Score 4, Insightful) 211

by beelsebob (#49688985) Attached to: FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones

The problem is that this doesn't solve the problem. The problem that NSI calling addresses is that not everyone is prepared. Maybe I (as a brit) visit the US, and don't get a temporary SIM while I'm there - my SIM can't be used to make any calls at all... Except for that crucial 911 call that I wasn't prepared for.

Handing out free 911-only SIMs doesn't make it so that someone who is unprepared can call.

Comment: Re:Trolling Douchebags (Score 3, Insightful) 211

by beelsebob (#49688969) Attached to: FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones

Well, the question is simple. Do receiving 70% of the calls from NSI phones being trolls cause more irreversible consequences than not receiving the 30% that are not trolls.

It may well be that more than twice as many trolls in fact cause more legitimate emergencies to go unattended than simply not receiving the legitimate NSI calls causes.

Comment: Re:Get SpaceX crew-rated soon. (Score 1) 105

by beelsebob (#49682003) Attached to: ISS Crew Stuck In Orbit While Russia Assesses Rocket

Bear in mind that KSP doesn't model several important aspects of returning to the earth (or Kerbal). It doesn't cover keeping the thing pointing in the right direction so that you don't die in a fireball. It doesn't cover keeping the thing from entering the atmosphere too steeply so that you don't die in a fireball. It doesn't cover keeping the thing from (not) entering the atmosphere too shallowly so that you don't die in the frozen wastes of space.

Aside from these basics of getting the thing flying the right way, it also doesn't cover keeping the temperature/oxygen level/g-forces/... within the capsule at reasonable levels.

Comment: Re:Look for PC gaming, not mobile (Score 1) 175

by beelsebob (#49680597) Attached to: The Decline of Pixel Art

"pixel" blocky art is also a cost saving measure.

Not at all - good pixel art takes way more man hours to produce than good 3D art. Heck, even bad pixel art does. It's much harder to convey an idea in a limited pallete and limited resolution than it is with all that beautiful smooth space available.

Personally, I hate the result, but that doesn't mean it's easy to make.

Comment: Re:No (Score 2) 276

by beelsebob (#49665059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?

But that, in and of itself doesn't disprove the existence of a trend which does not show any sign of slowing.

There's a trend? It doesn't show any sign of slowing?

Where's your data? Show me the trend line, and show me that it's not slowing. As far as I can see, some people moved email to the web a decade or two ago, and since then, nearly nothing else has moved into being a web app.

Comment: Re:Contract (Score 1) 353

Being there to profit from my work, and being my friend are two entirely orthogonal concepts. In fact, him profiting from my work, and me profiting from my work are two orthogonal concepts too. It is entirely possible (and very common) for an employment contract to be a win/win scenario for both parties - one party is getting work, the other party is getting the necessary environment to make their skills valuable, both are getting profit out of it.

Comment: Re: Such is C (Score 0) 264

by beelsebob (#49640077) Attached to: C Code On GitHub Has the Most "Ugly Hacks"

Why cheaper? What if the hardware is already owned? What if the systems therein are running just fine as expected? If it ain't broke, don't fix it

Because when that existing hardware breaks, it'll be much more expensive to completely rewrite everything than it would have been to just keep it properly maintained all along.

Comment: Re: Such is C (Score 0) 264

by beelsebob (#49637799) Attached to: C Code On GitHub Has the Most "Ugly Hacks"

The only reason you would have that code still running on those chips is because it's not forward compatible with something more modern. Otherwise someone would have transitioned to some much cheaper, more recent, commodity hardware, and saved the business a lot of cash.

That's definitely not good engineering, or something to brag about.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz

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