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Comment Re:allergies (Score 1) 304

Except according to the article it's not that more plants are growing but that plants are in bloom for longer (which doesn't necessarily directly translate to more viable plants) and airborne ash causing asthma.
The only thing that is said to be growing more are insects.

It's fine to be skeptical of that information, but I wouldn't make a leap of "President says - allergies and asthma are getting worse" therefore "more things are growing and everything will be fine"

Comment Science (Score 4, Interesting) 416

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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