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Comment: Science (Score 4, Interesting) 415

by bug_hunter (#49272371) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science
To be fair, the EPA doesn't have the direct ability to launch cutting edge climate and atmosphere monitoring satellites. There's a lot of atmosphere science to do, and NASA is in a good position to have the (orbit based) tools and the know how to do that. The EPA is in a good position to review the science and enforce legalisation appropriately.

Comment: Troll bidders (Score 5, Informative) 138

by bug_hunter (#48789915) Attached to: Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000
Wired's take is that the price is heavily driven up by trolling bidders

Favourite quote from the article:

What can be especially frustrating about these trolled auctions is the inevitable wave of incorrect news reports that follow, suggesting that the item in question has “sold” for the wildly inflated, unrealistic, fraudulent bid amount, without even a caveat.

Comment: A claim as old as electronic computers (Score 3, Insightful) 47

by bug_hunter (#47071319) Attached to: Why Not Every New "Like the Brain" System Will Prove Important
I remember watching a replay from a news piece when computers first started replacing typewriters in the late 70s.
"These computers, using many of the same techniques as the human brain, can help increase efficiency" the newsreader said as it showed a secretary running a spell check.

I still like Dijkstra comments about the question "Can a computer think?" is like asking "Can a submarine swim?". To which I assume the answer is "sorta, the end result is the same, but different means to achieve it".

Comment: Re:BS junk science (Score 1) 378

by bug_hunter (#46281155) Attached to: Darker Arctic Boosting Global Warming

Thank you.
Adelaide had it's hottest February day on record, 44.7 degrees celsius.

To respond to the parent of your post, yes when a jet-stream pushed air from the north pole over North America, and it got cold.
As you point out, that doesn't mean the entire world is colder.
And of course, obligatory XKCD http://www.explainxkcd.com/wik...

Comment: Declarative eco-system maybe? (Score 1) 155

by bug_hunter (#46147737) Attached to: Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

Maybe a clumsy choice of words, but I was thinking about the heavy use of annotations, or XML or property files used by many of the popular Java technologies.
Things are rarely glued together with scripting in the Java ecosystem, somehow it lends itself to complex XML config.
Eclipse can statically analysis all the XML config (and annotations etc) to show the developer how everything fits together in a more visual and cross referencing way.

Others in this conversation chain have mentioned how this approach often falls apart under complexity though regardless of how good your tools are.

Comment: Giant contribution (Score 3, Interesting) 155

by bug_hunter (#46147055) Attached to: Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

Eclipse and Java make a bit of a unique pair. Java is massively verbose by today's standards, but it's strict typing and highly declarative approach allows your IDE to do amazing things when it comes to refactoring or code analysis. Then there's the fact that Eclipse is by no means just a Java IDE, but that's just part of its giant eco-system.

Eclipse is one of the reasons I was super sad that Oracle bought Java instead of IBM. IBM at least proved they can make a good product using Java, using its strengths and subverting its weaknesses.

Comment: Didn't he just keep up the status quo? (Score 5, Insightful) 406

by bug_hunter (#44666499) Attached to: Microsoft Needs a Catch-Up Artist

There seems to be a lot of looking at Bill Gates with rose coloured glasses.
As far as I've been able to tell, Microsoft is still trying to do the same thing as it's always done since it's inception. Wait for others to define a market, then try to buy or muscle your way into it with a "good enough" product.
Just now with Microsoft's OS monopoly not being an effective control mechanism, and the barrier of entry for other companies not being too high, "good enough" doesn't convince anybody anymore.

From reading the article the main difference between Bill and Steve on recent issues was that Bill resigned to the fact that they were already too late on things like music players and phones and he wouldn't have even tried getting in.
Microsoft couldn't be turned around easily, it's too much of a change to its ethos. Could a better CEO really have got them into other markets propely, or would a better CEO just doubled down on OS/Office/Business Services and saved a bit of money but had no other impact? Maybe Balmer-Microsoft needed to try and flail around in every market as a first step in a (long) transition period where Microsoft comes out the other side as a company with a bit more humility, creativity and modern vision.
Interested to hear opinions.

Comment: Re:IE did it first (Score 2) 252

by bug_hunter (#43353783) Attached to: Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit

Well, the added functionality appears to be remove the redundancy of sandboxing and multi-processing features between chrome and web-kit i.e. non rendering related - so I wouldn't be too worried yet.
Really the main issue wont be how Chrome will play, it's if the remaining WebKit developing companies keep WebKit standard compliance up to date.


Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the cycle-is-nearly-complete dept.
MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.