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Comment: Re:Sort-of-worked. (Score 1) 44

by Bruce Perens (#49633129) Attached to: SpaceX Launch Abort Test Successful

What I am getting from the videos is that this test was a success but that there was indeed an engine failure and the system recovered from it successfully by throttling off the opposing engine. There was less Delta-V than expected, max altitude was lower than expected, downrange was lower than expected, and that tumble after trunk jettison and during drogue deploy looked like it would have been uncomfortable for crew.

This is the second time that SpaceX has had an engine failure and recovered from it. They get points for not killing the theoretical crew either time. There will be work to do. It's to be expected, this is rocket science.

It sounds to me like the launch engineers were rattled by the short downrange and the launch director had to rein them in.

Comment: I have a solution. (Score 1) 389

by Lumpy (#49629055) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Hospital bills are null and void if they are not easily read and understood by someone with a 10th grade education. If they are unable or unwilling to do a full explanation then the bill is invalid and does not have to be paid and can not be reported to credit reporting or sold to collections.

Maybe that will get the morons running hospitals off their asses.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 5, Insightful) 232

by msobkow (#49627677) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas

Exactly. I'm tired of articles (including this one) which try to portray Uber's operations as legal and above board, when they've built their entire business on skirting the regulations around liability insurance, driver testing, and a host of other legal requirements that are supposed to ensure the safety of the passengers.

I'd be quite happy to see Uber booted the hell out of every market on the planet if they're not willing to follow the laws for taxis in the regions they serve. Claiming "I'm not a taxi company" while providing exactly the same services as one is disingenuous at best, and outright fraud at worst.

Comment: Re:Most CAD Modeling still uses one core. (Score 1) 44

by msobkow (#49626747) Attached to: Intel Launches Xeon E7-8800 and E7-4800 V3 Processor Families

Pre-Haswell Core i7 dual core laptop chips run roughly 4 times as fast as a 3.8GHz P4 single core -- per thread. And that is without overclocking. Haswell cores are even faster, and the desktop chips run at much higher clock rates than the laptop chips, so I've no doubt you could see 5-6 times the performance on a current generation CPU.

Comment: Re: Total bullshit. (Score 1) 91

by msobkow (#49626601) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Chromebook-Like Unofficial ChromeOS Experience?

Same here, and that's on an *ancient* NVidia card (fanless 8600 IIRC) and a P4 3.8GHz with only 800 MHz memory.

Raw Debian had some issues with tearing prior to their latest driver updates from NVidia, but I've no doubt those issues have been addressed with their latest stable release (which has newer drivers.) Most of the tearing was with Flash playback, though -- VLC did a pretty good job with upscaled 720p videos.

Comment: Oh goody. Back to daily reboots. (Score 0) 137

by msobkow (#49623745) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

Things may have improved, but you still have to reboot for far too many Windows updates for a daily update cycle to be anything other than frustrating as hell for most people. Microsoft used to be hated for that before "Patch Tuesday" was started. I guess they never learned their lesson, and are going to drag the public kicking and screaming back into the daily boot cycle.

What a shame they couldn't have learned their lesson and either started issuing patches that don't require reboots for the most trivial of changes, or stick with "Patch Tuesday" to minimize the pain for the user.

Comment: It boils down to luck (Score 1) 253

by msobkow (#49623405) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

I was lucky enough to learn how to program in Neuron Data's toolkits before the 1.0 release of the GUI components were released to the public. I rode that gravy train for about 15 years before the market imploded, with a peak of $120/hr. in the mid-late '90s.

But I didn't choose that route -- I got lucky that something I knew well turned out to have relatively high demand (at least compared to the number of people who really knew that tool well.) I could just have easily been unlucky enough to learn one of the other two GUI toolkits that Northern Telecom was evaluating at the time.

On the database front, I missed out -- I was tasked with evaluating the first release of Ingres, and have never seen that product again in my entire career. Fortunately I was able to wrangle some Oracle work and training with my Ingres SQL experience, and from there sidestepped to Sybase ASE, DB/2 LUW, and SQL Server. But I had to work at becoming an SQL expert (cross-platform); with the GUI tools, I just got lucky.

On the major downside, most of my GUI experience is now useless because the only place you'll find Neuron Data left in are old legacy/maintenance-mode applications. There is no new work being done with Open Interface Toolkit.

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"