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Comment: Re:The absolute #1 contribution of Java (Score 1) 228

by tlambert (#49751643) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

so you say that java creates an environment where you can hire developers that don't have MIT master's degrees and you can expect them to be able to do useful work?

This is true, to an extent, for some definition of useful. The JVM is an environment where you can do some types of useful work, without having to be a great coder, and not do too much damage.

I suppose a good analogy would be Commodore 64 BASIC.

Comment: Re:Sudden? (Score 2) 124

by dj245 (#49751377) Attached to: ESA Satellite Shows Sudden Ice Loss In Southern Antarctic Peninsula

There are many cases where even republicans go on record stating man made climate change. It is basicly the Oil industry who is trying to keep the doubt about it. So the politicians Democrat or republican (mostly republican) who come from the Energy Producing states. Will play onto the spew to keep themselves elected.

Politics are not Pro- or Anti-Science. It is weather the science is political useful for them or not. Otherwise they will be happy putting their head in the sand.

Have you ever visited a coal mining town that doesn't mine coal anymore? The end result is almost always a severely depressed area, rampant poverty, high unemployment and underemployment, high drug use and abuse, prostitution, etc. A lot (millions) of people live in oil towns and oil cities in the US. For the good of the world, maybe we need to cut back on oil and gas. But the politicians would not be doing their job if they didn't represent the people who elected them.

I see a lot of people calling for an end to oil and gas but nobody ever makes a plan, or offers to fund a plan, on how to retrain all the workers, repurpose the assets, align interconnected industries, etc. It hasn't been done because the problem is a lot more difficult than environmentalists ever imagine.

Comment: Re:ISRO sponsered by BIC (Score 0) 52

by dj245 (#49751255) Attached to: India Targets July/August To Test Its Space Shuttle

The unmanned shuttle will fly to a height of approximately 70 kilometers before splashing down in the Bay of Bengal. Oddly, the vehicle itself probably won't be recovered.

How can it be called a Shuttle if it's only going to be used once?

And while we are at it, since the beginning of "space" is generally accepted to be 100KM and this thing is only going up 70KM, the "space" part of its name is inaccurate too.

But I guess "space shuttle" sounds better than "big can we're chucking high up into the air and then letting sink into the ocean".

India does things on the cheap. This is what happens when your engineers have degrees from the school of Kerbal Space Program.

Comment: The absolute #1 contribution of Java (Score 1) 228

by tlambert (#49750609) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

The absolute #1 contribution of Java: it has allowed colleges and universities to turn out a generation of coders who are incapable of dealing with pointers, explicit memory management, stack layout, static memory maps, etc., etc..

In other words: a crapload of people with "Computer Science" degrees who could not write an OS or even a trivial part, like the C library signal trampoline, to save their ass, because they are in this walled garden/protected environment where they are "safe" from having to actually deal with real hardware.

Ironically, all of their JVMs on which they are normally running this code are not written in Java, because it's not really practical to do that.

Comment: Re:Rich Family Dies, World At Peril!!! (Score 2) 135

by dj245 (#49750151) Attached to: DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect

If you pick a black person and then pick a random victim, it's more likely the victim will be white than black, because there are more white people than black people.

Then why are there more murders committed by black people (against all sorts of victims) then would be accounted for by their percentage of the population? What is your point, exactly? Yes, there are more "white" people than "black" people in the general population. That's not what's being discussed. What's being discussed is the rate of crime coming out of specific demographics.

Income inequality if the largest driver of murders. Homicide has a r=0.8 correlation with income inequality.. 10% of whites are in poverty in the USA, but 27% of blacks are in poverty. Poverty (income inequality), crime, and race are all related in the USA. That's not good, but it does open options because there are a lot more levers available to pull. Reduce minority poverty, and minority crime will probably drop too. There are lots of ways to do that, but it takes a huge effort to do so.

Comment: For some, a straightjacket is high fashion (Score 1) 76

There's nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't really apply to everyone. And the cost of data security is dimissively low. For the typical Android handset, the simple blow of a hammer instead of trying to recover less than $100 on ebay or craigslist will guarantee security of your old data. Heck, that $100 is less than the differential between an android handset and an equivalent iOS device in most cases.

Comment: Re:New news about Old software (Score 1) 76

I'll remember this when selling my device which I store TS-SCI rated data on.

FTFA, "Individuals buying devices on auction websites such as
eBay are possible attackers. They need to spend a nonnegligible
time to bid and follow up on auctions. Furthermore,
they have to pay a few dollars for commission
and shipping fees for each device. So low-value data
like contacts and email addresses do not seem profitable.
Recovery and analysis of conversations and images (to
blackmail victims) would generally require human intervention
or more advanced tools..."

So you're looking at someone putting finds an time into low level analysis of your phone in hopes of gleaning some data which would either allow them to compromise your financial resources or offer blackmail opportunities. I'm sorry, but the intersection of buyer and financially valuable data which has a payback rate greater than that of acquisition and recovery is small enough that I'm really having a hard time worrying about it.

Comment: Re:would like to see this kind of reply (Score 1) 350

Copyright goes to the creator/composer of the image, not the participants or the venue, by default. Unless there is a prior agreement in place, they belong to him. There are special niche cases (photography of an art work, or of an event staged as a creative endeavor - i.e. not a sport or contest).

Comment: Re:Boys? (Score 2) 88

Fluff piece for clicks. Perhaps non-intuitive, but not really useful from a practical sense as the applications where such precision is necessary are not really dependent on cocktail party conversation starters.

FWIW, The gravitational field of the earth has been fairly well characterized. It can be done very accurately from low earth orbit using a passive mass with a retroreflector following a lead craft and taking measurements of the distance between them using a high frequency pulsed laser. I worked on part of the design for just such an instrument back in the early 90s.

There is one way to find out if a man is honest -- ask him. If he says "Yes" you know he is crooked. -- Groucho Marx