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Comment: Re:Two million lines of code (Score 1) 160

by cb88 (#49591145) Attached to: US Switches Air Traffic Control To New Computer System
One thing to keep in mind is that ADA is super verbose... much like its cousin VHDL.

Mainly to aid in compile time detection of errors... I've never programmed in ADA but a little VHDL in school and it looks very familiar.

And let me tell you... VHDL has the potential to be extremely verbose (behavioral models help as do other new features.. but thats off topic realy).

Comment: Re:not just them (Score 2) 44

by cb88 (#49457703) Attached to: Google Battles For Better Batteries
Costly batteries are only a problem when you want batteries that are lightweight and high capacity for vehicles... Potassium Hydroxide batteries (among others) already solve the low cost solar storage problem for fixed high reliability installations.

The only thing stopping people from switching to solar is themselves... its not even that expensive anymore relative to the cost of a new house.

Comment: Re:Tank Armor (Score 1) 106

by cb88 (#49071763) Attached to: Nanotech Makes Steel 10x Stronger
Eh... I want to read the sequels to Count to a Trillion. Its a pretty far out there SciFi but it read quickly and kept me interested.

One of my favorite SciFi novels is The Excalibur Alternative which happens to be a free baen ebook... I want a sequel to that so bad.

Ender's game was pretty entertaining as well but I don't really have any desire to read the shadow series of it.... since it occurs chronologically at the same time as the rest of the stories I just feel it is rather pointless though I could be wrong.

Well, I hope you recover from nonfinishitis soon.. and whatever you do do not read the Hot Zone (This is the one that triggered ny nonfinishitis).

Comment: Re:Bring it on, folks! (Score 1) 215

by cb88 (#49052573) Attached to: New Encryption Method Fights Reverse Engineering
Yep that trick totally evaded me... I don't doubt that would work fine though.

Now.. what about if it had to be connected to the internet to validate the installation at startup >:W

And the server had to give it's response in a reasonable amount of time ie 100ms and you couldn't fake it on the PC due to encryption. Now I don't doubt that could be broken but it would be a tad harder at least perhaps ... maybe :D

Comment: Re:ExFAT (Score 1) 229

by cb88 (#48861831) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software
It probably is capable... when it is running Windows :D .... seriously though they may have certified it with a different OS.

I don't really care what OS it was certified with as long as it can read and write the blocks correctly on an SDXC device... and noone should really care about ExFAT its just anohter MS lock in file system.

Comment: Re:ExFAT (Score 1) 229

by cb88 (#48858403) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software
An SDXC card is a block device.... ExFAT is a filesystem which can be accessed with this open source code https://code.google.com/p/exfat/.

Sure the spec may specify it but that doesn't mean you can't use something else. I am fairly sure Richard Stallman's camera doesn't use ExFAT and probably has the resolution of a potato making the need for SDXC moot anyway since the file sizes won't be very large at all!

And of course you can format an SD card with ext2.... you can even parition the card for smaller FSs if the card size exceeds the max FS size for the given FS.

Comment: Re:Pullin' a Gates? (Score 1) 449

by cb88 (#48718717) Attached to: How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again
There is pretty good hard data that says.. HTML rendering is embarrassingly parallel... thus Mozilla is working on Servo.

That is 99% of computer use right there... parallel is here to stay and knowing the web it will get vastly more parallel once a browser engine is out there that can do it.

Comment: Re:Pullin' a Gates? (Score 1) 449

by cb88 (#48718703) Attached to: How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again
I did read it... but he did say 4 cores is enough for most people and I refuted that.

Even though largely in the context of his rant... he is correct. That single statement is rather horrendous.

1 core even is "enough" for most tasks... however it doesn't give the best experience no one wants to wait on thier computer more than necessary.

Comment: Re:Pullin' a Gates? (Score 2) 449

by cb88 (#48715117) Attached to: How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again
It already is wrong...

Linux Workstation: 16cores = way faster builds than 4 cores.
CAD workstation: I imagine alot of geometry processing is parallelized... the less waiting the better (either format conversion or generating demo videos etc.. eat up alot of CPU)
Video workstation: Thats just a blatantly obvious use for multiple cores...
Linux HTPC: I wanna transcode stuff fast... more cores
Linux Gaming: These days using at least 4 cores is getting more common...

Things that I often seen that are *broken* for instance 200Mb work documents that hang the entire system when you scroll (yes windows thats bad). Linux isn't much better though disk IO starvation is a long time pet peeve there... 4 cores is the wrong place to draw the line currently maybe 6-8 cores + improved disk IO would be a realistic ideal these days.

Granted alot of programs will *ought* to run just fine on my Sparcstation LX @ 50Mhz and 128Mb ram... but that isn't the future unless we have a nuclear apocalypse. Also, there is a good chance that alot of my cores will sit ide even so power management is better than it used to be and more cores can improve latency because now I have more available CPU time even though the individual cores are probably slower. Overall thats is a good tradeoff.

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