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Comment: Re:Why to develop anything? (Score 2) 184

by bucky0 (#48662109) Attached to: Devuan Progress Report Published

People don't magically create software where there isn't a gap to fill (fucking about user interfaces excepted of course).

Everything systemd aside, that's not true. The NIH-syndrome is alive and well. Instead of working on and improving existing software, a LOT of people want to start from scratch just so they can have their braces in the place they like to see them. For instance, I was poking around with protobuf earlier and saw that there are five javascript bindings.


An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man 342

Posted by timothy
from the that-trick's-not-so-weird dept.
Any gathering of 65,000 people in the desert is going to require some major infrastructure to maintain health and sanity. At Burning Man, some of that infrastructure is devoted to a supply chain for ice. Writes Bennett Haselton, The lines for ice bags at Burning Man could be cut from an hour long at peak times, to about five minutes, by making one small... Well, read the description below of how they do things now, and see if the same suggested change occurs to you. I'm curious whether it's the kind of idea that is more obvious to students of computer science who think algorithmically, or if it's something that could occur to anyone. Read on for the rest; Bennett's idea for better triage may bring to mind a lot of other queuing situations and ways that time spent waiting in line could be more efficiently employed.

Comment: Re:Haswell has a chance if it can emulate ARM inst (Score 1) 321

by bucky0 (#44816377) Attached to: Intel's Haswell Chips Pushing Windows RT Into Oblivion

since you wouldn't even need to recompile applications for different platforms if the backend is handled properly.

I'd say that's a huge "if", given the number of apps that put the "magic" in C shared libraries to make it easier to port to different platforms

Comment: Honest question (Score 3, Interesting) 321

by bucky0 (#44816341) Attached to: Intel's Haswell Chips Pushing Windows RT Into Oblivion

Intel has a mountain of money, the various ARM SoC guys have a pretty large revenue stream (though it's fragmented...). Is it reasonable to say that Intel's money they have to devote to pushing their power usage down is large enough to overcome ARM's advantage, or does ARM have some sort of inherent advantage (+ ARM's supporters' money) that will keep them at least at parity?

Comment: Re:Not a daily-use thing (Score 1) 54

by bucky0 (#39538895) Attached to: Google Maps Directions Adds Real-Time Traffic Estimates

The speed limit is the speed other drivers expect you to be driving at

Absolutely not. I-88 outside of chicago (part of my commute) has a speed limit of 55, and the only two times I've ever seen people traveling under 70 was in rain or if there was a cop in the median. Every city I've lived in has the same effect.

Speed limits are a number of things, but they're certainly not "the speed other drivers expect you to be driving at"

Comment: Re:It's their bandwidth ... (Score 1) 582

by bucky0 (#39182593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

I don't think we're that far apart. Certainly the idea that a university should ban everything is stupid. I was just saying that people who dedicate their lives to teaching appreciate students that pay attention and succeed. Saying: "why should the teachers care if the students or pass" disregards why those people enter education compared to other careers

Comment: Re:It's their bandwidth ... (Score 1) 582

by bucky0 (#39172585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

I might as well have just stopped reading your post there, they might lock you in to studying with them for 4 years but you are allowed to move off campus you know.

Many universities don't allow you to move out of the dorms (the cynic in me says it's for the $$, but who knows). I went to a tiny school in a really rural location and even if we wanted to move out, there were more students in the town than actual people in the town (1400 students, 800 residents), so it would've never worked to have people spread around.

Comment: Re:It's their bandwidth ... (Score 1) 582

by bucky0 (#39172565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

Then why are you bitching about it on Slashdot? Chances are, none of us are the administration you're railing against. It *is* their network and their rules. If you don't like the food, the internet, the dorms then your options are to complain to them or leave. If it's not providing the things you want to have, then you've probably made a bad choice when you were applying to schools. (assuming they didn't mislead you on what they were providing)

  My university didn't allow cable TV in the dorms (they didn't even have the hookups), and I didn't run around trying to find a few miles of coax to string a cable to my room. They also have an amazing cafeteria, and I love eating food, so it made a lot of sense to go there :)

Comment: Re:It's their bandwidth ... (Score 4, Insightful) 582

by bucky0 (#39172459) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

Besides, why should the tutors care? - If people waste the lessons updating Facebook instead of getting smart, they'll simply fail and thus have wasted their tuition. I hope Facebook was worth it, but the tutors shouldn't care less if the students are that stupid.

Because most teachers go into teaching to get students to learn? Because a lot of institutions tie student performance into their evaluations? Because students that aren't paying attention are more likely to distract their neighbors? etc etc...

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe