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Comment Actually much sooner (Score 1) 298

We will definitely be off fossil fuel by 2100, because we will be out of coal in 23 years http://www.dailykos.com/story/... out of oil in 50 years http://www.cnbc.com/id/4222481... and out of natural gas in 87 at the current rate http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/... (much faster assuming consumption goes up when we run out of oil and coal)

The world is going to become a very different place, in our lifetime. OK so we all have electric cars, but how do you travel to Europe without oil ? In an electric plane ? A battery powered boat ?

Comment Re:Debunking the debunker (Score 3, Funny) 172

Even worse, if you watch their promo video - Dave mentions this at the end of his vblog - it goes actually says:

Did you know that every dead battery you've every thrown away had only used up to 20% of battery life.

That's an out and out lie.

Not true. According to E=MC^2, a single AA battery contains 0.023 kg * c^2 = 2x10^15 Joules of energy. When have you ever used more than 20% of that!!?!?!

Comment Re:ok but (Score 1) 409

I believe that JustNiz is the slashdot handle of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After a long hard day of writing a majority decision protecting our 4th Amendment rights, she decided to relax by reading some good 'ol nerdy slashdot stories.

Unfortunately instead of escape, she ran into this story, which understandably griefed her a bit. Now she has to put up with your meany comments about her not caring about rights.

Submission + - Visual Studio 2015 Can Target Linux

jones_supa writes: Phoronix has noticed that the Visual Studio 2015 product page mentions that the new IDE can target Linux out of the box. Specifically the page says "Build for iOS, Android, Windows devices, Windows Server or Linux". What this actually means is not completely certain at this point, but it certainly laces nicely with the company opening up the .NET Framework.

Comment Re:three-factor authentication? (Score 1) 323

That would be two-factor, genius. Something you know and something you have.

Then make sure that the "something you have" stays at home. That way accessing their social media accounts would require a search warrant.

This would require cooperation from the kids not to create other accounts, etc, but for well behaved kids with a good relationship with parents, it might work until some time in High School, at which point you would hope they would have developed enough common sense and self control to avoid unintended inflammatory postings.

Comment Re:Not OCaml, Haskell or SML at most. (Score 1) 100

Your comment is so bizarre that I almost think you must have attached it to the wrong post.

I programmed in OCaml for many years.

Yes, there is no automatic type conversion in OCaml. I certainly never said there was. Some people see this as a feature (you know exactly what you're dealing with at all times), some as an issue (you have to write tedious conversions that some languages handle for you).

Yes, there are different arithmetic operators for different numeric types. It's a little bizarre when you're used to other languages, but once you get used to it it's not an issue.

Most of my code was compiled so I didn't experience issues with compiled vs interpreted.

It certainly had a few rough edges here and there, perhaps because the community was not as large as more mainstream languages. They probably would have been ironed out if the language had really taken off.

Comment Re:Wow ... just why? (Score 4, Informative) 100

I haven't looked at it for a while, but it's basically Microsoft's version of OCaml which is an objected oriented ML variant, (and a very slick language with a long development history).

I'm not really seeing it catch on either, but OCaml's sweet spot was writing fast code that dealt with very complex data structures. It enforced static typing, but used type inference to figure out what the types of variables were. It has powerful operators for assembling and splitting up data structures that let you write very concise code that was checked at compile time for correctness.

It is somewhat similar in flavor to Haskell (although it's probably wrong to say they're going in Haskells direction.. more that they have common ancestors).

Comment Misleading title (Score 1) 78

These aerodynamic characteristics help to explain how the snake can glide at steep angles and over a wide range of angles of attack, but more complex models that account for 3D effects and the dynamic movements of aerial undulation are required to fully understand the gliding performance of flying snakes

Without that information, I doubt we've revealed the real mysteries.

Comment Re:Pffft (Score 1) 723

The problem wasn't so much the amount of snow. It was that the roads started freezing up quickly and the government authorities that are supposed to take action on closing schools and forcing trucks to use chains or divert around the city failed massively.

Once cars and trucks lost traction (we don't really buy winter tires here), stuck vehicles created enormous gridlock.

I have several friends who either spent 9+ hours getting home or just had to sleep at their offices rather than drive 20 miles.

Comment Re:Pffft (Score 1) 723

Not sure which forecast they're using as an excuse. I think that line is just typical CYA.

Tuesday morning, I looked at the forecast, I saw a big line of snow heading right for all of Atlanta. I was really surprised that based upon that forecast, the main county still hadn't canceled school.

When the snow started accumulating, I stopped waiting for the county to get its collective head out of its butt and I picked up my kids. Managed to get them home before the real circus started.

It's just a reminder of how you really have to be careful about putting your trust in certain systems. Each person has to take some level of personal responsibility because when big systems fail, they tend to fail in a big way.

If mathematically you end up with the wrong answer, try multiplying by the page number.

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