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Comment: Re: China has no choice (Score 1) 313

by galanom (#43528009) Attached to: China Leads in "Clean" Energy Investment

Yeah, right!
The thing is, that if you live in the troubled Europe part, you can't even support yourself with TWO salaries, working all day.
Whereas, in financially healthy part, you can support your whole family.

Newsflash: Europe is not a country, it is a continent, with many different countries, some more developed some less. Some dominating and some dominated.

Comment: Re:Oxymoron (Score 1) 170

by galanom (#41421631) Attached to: Raspberry Pi For the Rest of Us

I was one of these kids. But the learning curve of BASIC, despite smooth, is quite short also. In short time I reached a dead-end. There was nothing more and what was there was slow beyond usefulness. All knowledge I gathered was insufficient to do something serious, and useless as Pascal, C or assembly I learned later had nothing to do in syntax or style of BASIC.

Even Pascal, which was relatively easy it was a pain in the ass with its annoying pedantic-ness and over-protectionism.
C, while steeper, did what I wanted to do, without questioning it all the time (like Pascal did) and it was worth every millisecond I spent learning it. After I passed over the learning curve I could code efficiently and get things done.

Comment: Re:No! (Score 1) 358

by galanom (#41390055) Attached to: Fusion Power Breakthrough Near At Sandia Labs?

That story reminds me our story in Greece. "Buy more weapons or Turks will invade you" arms dealers told us. And we bought tanks, airplanes, submarines, until we reached half a trillion dollars debt, we practically bankrupt and we became slaves of our lenders. Life became so unbearable that I had to emigrate.

Solution would be mutual agreements between the US, Russia and China for controlling weapons - both to cut down costs and to enable such great technology as nuclear fusion to be used in production for the good of the people.

Comment: Re:No! (Score 1) 358

by galanom (#41384765) Attached to: Fusion Power Breakthrough Near At Sandia Labs?

They did use steam engines to open large temple doors. It was a matter of priorities, and gods were given precedence.
That is the same with fusion. The first fusion bomb was made I think in late 40's or early 50's. They all said we'll be capable to have energy for civilian purposes in some 40 years. It didn't happen. Just because gov't (both American and Soviet, the latter produced a 200Mt bomb!!) preferred allocate funds for making bigger and bigger bombs (as if fission bombs were not strong enough) rather than producing clean energy.

I'm not pacifist, ok? But I'm pissed off when great discoveries are first given priority to the military rather to the well being of the people.

Comment: Re:RISC is not the silver bullet (Score 1) 403

by galanom (#41353595) Attached to: The Linux-Proof Processor That Nobody Wants

LOAD and STORE aren't single cycle instructions on any RISC I know of. Lots of RISC designs also have multicycle floating point instructions. A lot of second or third generation RISCs added a MULTIPLY instruction and they were multiple cycle.

Idk for computer processors, but Texas Instruments had some older DSP that could load, store, add, multiply and add-and-multiply in single cycle (TMS320C30 for example). Modern models ('C67xx, 'DM642) may not compute in single cycle but do not block execution - flow continues, and when data is ready it appears at the registers. Even conditional jump is single-cycle as it continues to flow, and 4 clocks later executes the jump (you can fill with NOPs if you please)

Actually it is less than single cycle if you take into account that you can execute (by hand) multiple instructions per clock (granted that you don't use the same resource).

Comment: Re:No problem with this (Score 1) 129

by galanom (#41347673) Attached to: Towards a 50% Efficient Solar Cell

Direct costs of the war in Iraq were $800B, by the time all direct and indirect costs are accounted for (interest, injured and wounded, veteran care and pay), it could hit $4T.

They say that was is business, but I fail to see what kind of businessman would invest $4tn in a high risk bid to control some oil, a control that IF it is gained, may be lost in a regime change, something that seems to get frequent in Middle East.

Comment: Re:No problem with this (Score 1) 129

by galanom (#41347615) Attached to: Towards a 50% Efficient Solar Cell

No, slow progress is not that useful, if it is outpaced by others. Because with or without DARPA progress will be made and solar cell efficiency will continue to increase. That would be a chance to accelerate it.

But I don't care that much. I've seen trillions of stories in Slashdot about huge capacity batteries of bizarre materials, huge capacity storage media for the masses, etc, etc, but never seen these discoveries to bear fruit.

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.

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