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Comment: Re:inbuilt scrap capabilities (Score 2) 272

by jandrese (#48186973) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea
Again, it's the third world. The only thing they care less about than their employee's wages is the environmental damage.

Taking apart a multi thousand ton machine that has been in operation for decades will never be a clean process. You can contain the contamination with a lot of work, but it's never going to be a clean process.

Comment: Re:Do it like a virgin (Score 3, Informative) 405

by jandrese (#48141045) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated
United has a cheesy video too, where the presenter is in a bumpy taxi talking about seatbelts and on a beach talking about stowing tray tables and putting your seats in their full upright and locked position for takeoff. It's only on planes that have video screens though, on smaller and older planes you get the traditional spiel.

Comment: Re:What A Weapon (Score 1) 478

by jandrese (#48114187) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola
I'm thinking they would be wiping their nose on their hand first or something. The flaw with this plan is that you have to have someone willing to infect themselves with a horrible disease like Ebola. This is harder than finding regular suicide bombers because Ebola takes a long time to kill you in comparison and the death is so horrible. Also, most people with Ebola are under quarantine, you can can't just walk up and lick them. Then you have to get your Ebola sufferer back to the west before they start showing symptoms and even then everybody flying out of a hot zone is going to come under increased scrutiny. Your Ebola bomber could very well find himself trapped in customs when the symptoms emerge and never carry out the attack.

As always, the devil is in the details.

Comment: Re:Disease spread is fractal (Score 2) 478

by jandrese (#48114123) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola
The glut of cases in Liberia are mostly thanks to poor education and unfortunate burial traditions too. In the western developed world there's basically no chance of catching Ebola at the moment. If you know someone who just came back from East Africa then you have a small reason to be concerned, at least for a couple of weeks, but beyond that you can't catch Ebola because there is no Ebola to catch.

Comment: Re:Ebola threat (Score 1) 478

by jandrese (#48114063) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola
She got sloppy and didn't follow the procedure properly. When you're dealing with late stage Ebola there is no room for error. Which sucks because you're wearing a sweaty biohazard suit in Africa and dealing with extremely stressed people and chaotic environments where you might be running out of supplies and can do little to help the people regardless. Maintaining strict quarantine procedures is doubly challenging in an environment like that.

Comment: Re:They _Should_ Replace It (Score 1) 180

by jandrese (#48113787) Attached to: CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today
CSS Zen Garden examples always kill me because they fall back to fixed positioning (which is horrible on phone screens, and one thing we were trying to get away from with CSS in the first place!) way too often. My first exercise with CSS was to create a slashdot style layout, with fixed columns on the left and right and the remainder of the space taken by an automatically re-flowing column of text/pictures in the middle. For a bonus I wanted the left and right columns to collapse if the screen got too narrow (smartphone). This turned out to be...challenging in CSS.

I also think that too many people threw the baby out with the bathwater when they ditched table based layouts entirely. There are lots of places where you have to got through a lot of effort to replicate in CSS what was relatively easy with tables, like making webforms. That three column layout I mentioned above is also dirt simple to do if you allow yourself to wrap the whole page in a giant table.

Comment: Re:Perl? (Score 1) 547

by jandrese (#48103595) Attached to: Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World
Perl 6 is one of the most blatant examples of the Second System Effect in modern times. Perl 5 wasn't exactly small and svelte, but it worked. Perl 6's design had the ambition of fixing all of Perl's problems in one go with a gigantic rewrite and complete rebuilding of the underlying architecture. I'm not saying Perl 5 is the last version of Perl that will ever be widely used, but I am saying that Perl 6 in anything resembling its current incarnation is not likely to be the replacement, especially as more and more of the really useful fixes get backported into Perl 5.

Comment: Re:Graphics Card News (Score 1) 29

An external graphics card is a lot less useful when it's attached to the soda straw of a single PCIe lane. I've seen the idea of external video cards for laptops come up every few years, and the reality of the situation just kills the idea. You have an expensive and awkward dongle that has to be plugged in attached to a bus that's way too skinny to feed it properly and driver issues for days. It's just miserable.

Comment: Re:Why so slow? (Score 1) 132

by jandrese (#48082791) Attached to: Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone
It would be quite acceptable fast at loading 1998 webpages I think. The problem is that our demands for our web browsers have gone up. Javascript is remarkably memory hungry, and its performance suffers enormously when memory constrained. Also, FirefoxOS was never intended for a device this constrained, unlike early iOS or Android versions that were built from the ground up to get decent performance on this kind of hardware. Some of the problems sound like straight up bugs too, like the horrendous camera performance. 2MP is absolutely enough to get a decent picture that doesn't look like some abstract painting. That's an encoder error on the phone, and if it had support (it's $35 so probably not) it's something that could be fixed with a firmware patch I'd bet.

Comment: Re:How can you (Score 1) 171

by jandrese (#48077511) Attached to: Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy
There would have been additional challenges from the fact that both products are manufactured by different companies. I don't think they had anywhere near enough time to take on a risky idea like this for the 6. Once the Sapphire glass failed to pan out they would have already been rushed to place the order for the Gorilla glass replacement.

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