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Comment: Re:I want this to be true, but... (Score 4, Interesting) 418

by dargaud (#49596223) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive
But, if they call it an engine, it must have a lot more specific impulse / momentum than just beaming microwaves off the back of the device. You CAN move by pointing a flashlight the opposite way (in space), but the acceleration is so low that you'll be dead of old age before you've moved a meter. So this must clearly be different and quite a few orders of magnitude better.

Comment: I would have said one... (Score 1) 297

...until I recently got a brand new laptop. The internal wifi cannot work properly at the same time than the internal bluetooth (thanks Dell!), so I need to disable one in the BIOS and add a USB wart. Then with all the variants USB2, USB SuperSpeed, USB3, USB Power, to which to add eSata with possible USB, all of those incompatible in mysterious ways, that makes at least 6.

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 1) 132

by dargaud (#49556203) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

An intelligent person from say Pharonic times, would be able to understand modern technology after some exposure to it.

It's something that somewhat pissed me off in the movie The Mummy: they used Imhotep as the bad mummy came back to life. It's an insult to that guy who was a true genius of Galileo/Newton/Einstein caliber. 5 millennia ago he wrote medical texts, built the very first pyramid (still standing), invented collumns, performed surgery, astronomy, poetry, philosophy, was a prime minister, was born a commoner but was accorded divine status after his death... One of his diagnostics is still used in current medical textbooks. Come one Hollywood, have some respect ! OK, besides that, the film was halfway decent.

Comment: Re:i educate (Score 1) 190

by dargaud (#49436055) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?

Proprietary (and supported)

Well, if only that was true... I remember a long time ago (Win95 ?) I applied a service pack in a different language than the OS. The result was a clusterfuck. I called MS and from the conversation I could tell that something wasn't right. After a while I asked: "It sounds like you think I'm using a pirated version", which I wasn't (full on-site license with hundreds of seats). I think it was my beginning of a search for something better.

Comment: Re:Stop Now (Score 1) 626

TL;DR: Attempting to artificially create a human language is a complete waste of time.

Right on the money. The only artificial language I did find interesting is one whose premise that you could use any word that exists in at least 4 European languages. I think it was Interlingua, but I can't find its specs right now. I did find it very easy to read. But then a chinese or bantu wouldn't understand a word anyway, so why bother ?

Comment: Advanced is good enough (Score 5, Interesting) 220

by dargaud (#49397985) Attached to: How would you rate your programming skills?
Although I've been a pro for 3 decades, I wouldn't want to be called an expert. The latest fads or syntax gimmicks of C++ and others can be a hindrance to sharing your code and making it maintainable. Case in point I just upgraded a software I wrote in C 20 years ago and there were no fundamental changes, just some new hardware, removal of now unrequired optimizations and off you go thanks for the check. I'd like to see the same thing with Dart or generic lambda containers or JQuery...

As the trials of life continue to take their toll, remember that there is always a future in Computer Maintenance. -- National Lampoon, "Deteriorata"

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