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Comment Re:Study is right, but needs more.. (Score 1) 161

A nuclear accident could easily release a lot more radiation than a coal plant. You are confused by the often-quoted fact that when operating normally, a coal plant can release more radiation. An accident though means the plant is not operating normally.

This may mean that the risk from the radiation from either type of plant when operating normally is pretty low. It's fun to point out that more radiation comes from a coal plant, but I'm pretty certain the danger from breathing the other crap that comes out of the coal plant way outweighs the radiation danger.

Comment Re:What a bunch of stupid Republicans (Score 1) 584

I believe the "stupid Republicans" posts are a troll, possibly from somebody who is actually right-wing. They are designed to look like they are posted by as stupid a person as possible. Have seen a couple equally ludicrous ones for the opposite direction, though they tend to use "Liberals" rather than "Democrats". Sometimes they use the exact same wording as the republican attack. Not as common, however, for whatever that means.

Comment Re:123D Catch? Autodesk already has an app doing t (Score 4, Informative) 48

The differences are significant:

1) The Microsoft app works in real-time on the phone, rather than 123D Catch processing in the cloud
2) The Microsoft app shows real-time results, so you can see where there are issues, and continue to photograph until they are resolved. With 123D Catch you patch errors in post.
3) The Autodesk 123D Catch app actually exists, and the earlier web-based version has been around for about four years.

I'm kind of surprised that Microsoft isn't using the acceleration and magnetic sensors in the phone to help determine the camera position. It's one of the features that phone cameras have that DSLR's don't.

Comment Re:Why would you want this? (Score 1) 66

The intention is to have the database update when the close() is done, not on every write().

It is pretty obvious that the desired functionality could be done by fuse, where a get() is done on open and a put() is done on close if write was ever called.

I think the modern day applications that only write a part of a file are nearly non-existent (and in fact partial update where another program can see your unfinished writing, is usually a bug, not a feature). So there is no need for any api other than put().

There is a nice subset that only reads part of a file (and that part almost always includes the start of the file) however. So I can see this as being an argument for being able to access blocks of data from the remote.

Comment Wish we'd built the F-20 (Score 2) 732

Northrop built the F-20 back in the late 70's. It had better dogfighting performance than the F-16, and was cheaper and simpler. To some extent, it's dogfighting performance was too good; of the three that were built two were lost due to the pilots losing consciousness during high-G maneuvers.

They built it because the US government had said that they wouldn't sell F-16's to the rest of the world, as it was too good. Unfortunately for Northrop, they changed their mind -- and as the F-16 was so well known it won out.

The remaining F-20 is hanging in the California Science Center in LA, it's a beautiful plane.

Comment Are we in Norstrilia? (Score 1) 234

In the Cordwainer Smith book Norstrilia , the protagonist buys Earth, and is astonished when he comes to visit that the rivers are not covered, that evaporation runs rampant -- unlike back on his home world of Norstilia. Over the three decades I've lived in California, and especially over the last few years, that part of the book seems more and more like reality.

Comment Partners told me not to come back (Score 1) 179

I entered the last entry "Does being fired count?" as that's the best fit.

At Hammerhead Productions, I was one of four partners. We had some disagreements, and while I was taking a leave and working for Universal on Fast and Furious , the other partners told me that I could no longer work there when that movie was over. C'est la vie.

Thad

Comment How does growth help? (Score 2) 206

There are two ways that I can see growth helping Uber:

1) They are expanding their locations; and using the profits of their existing locations to develop the new ones. At some point, they will stop growing, and the profits should increase.
2) If they are losing money in cities where they are well established, then by growing they will destroy the existing taxi industry; then they can raise rates dramatically and increase profits

The thing is, it's hard to see where Uber's costs are. They develop software, but that's a pretty small investment considering the hundreds of thousands of rides a day people take.

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