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Comment: not an uncommon problem (Score 2) 106

by confused one (#47634869) Attached to: Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived
Her experience is actually not at all uncommon. Many astronauts report being uncomfortable for extended periods because of the shift in fluids messing with the body. Nausea is not uncommon because the middle ear ends up filled with fluid and there's no "down" for the vestibular system to reference. People in extended missions find they suffer from discomfort of muscles and joints. They experience vision changes and bone loss. The human body is just not adapted to zero G. Some never adapt; but, astronauts being a group of over-achievers by definition, the hide the symptoms and don't report them.

Comment: Re:So.. what? (Score 1) 255

by confused one (#47626513) Attached to: TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor
No one's going to actually go in and look at the reactor (or what's left of it) for a long time. What it does tell us is that most of the fuel is in the bottom of the containment vessel, and not hanging in the reactor pressure vessel. While TEPCO how they will use that information today it will affect their decision making process as they move forward.

Comment: Re:memory management circa 2014 (Score 1) 637

by confused one (#47618485) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
Sorry. coding 8-bit, 32-bit and 64-bit embedded, as well as desktop apps. You missed the point. parent said

go out and buy another gig or two of ram for a few bucks. seriously...its hard enough to find professionals to build software without getting bogged down with mallocs and leaks for god's sake. when java first hit in the 90's, prettty much the #1 feature was its automated garbage collection...why now are we debating this now?

The reason I'm arguing it's important is that there are still a lot of applications out there where dropping in another gigabyte of RAM isn't an option. Embedded doesn't always have gigabytes of memory; sometimes your cost constraints put you in a 25 cent processor with kilobytes of memory. I'm coding 8-bit processors because I write code for embedded application which are cost sensitive. I'll use a 32-bit processor if the design specs show it's called for.

Comment: Re:The Story of Mel (Score 2) 637

by confused one (#47616513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
I just went on a rant at work because one of our programmers decided, at some point in the past, to write blocks of code in inline hexadecimal. With little to no comments. It had a bug... five bugs actually. I spent two days in the code, finding and fixing problems which should have taken at most a couple of hours, all because someone decided to be a "Real Programmer", aka elite ass. I don't care what the esteemed Mr. Raymond and Mr. Nather (the author of the article in catb.org) believe; we created higher level languages, like C, to make it easier to write and maintain code. I can write code directly using machine instructions too; but, I have too much work to do. As the parent said, don't be like Mel, we all have real work that we have to get done and someone will hate you later.

Comment: Re:Vaccine is coming (Score 1) 409

Of course they're saying a vaccine is coming. You don't think they're trying to keep a general panic from occurring? Step 1, tell everyone it can't happen here. Check. Step 2, tell everyone it can only be passed via contaminated body fluids. Check. Step 3, tell everyone that a vaccine is imminent. Check. Step 4, ... you don't want me to tell you about step 4.

Comment: Your bulding is wired with 3 phase source. (Score 1) 260

by confused one (#47543199) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter
Based on your commend, I suspect someone wired out your building in 230V 3 phase, since it's "close enough" to get away with in place of 120V/240V split phase; and, lets them put in more efficient 3 phase pumps and air conditioning systems. Some residential buildings and residential neighborhoods are wired out in 3 phase but the private residences only uses 2 of the 3 phases, except for the A/C system. Usually that's done in 208V 3 phase; but, it's conceivable someone could have put in 230V transformers.

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