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Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 728

by jovius (#47545143) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

What's professionalism? A job done without emotions, or having the emotions restricted? In the end it wouldn't much differ from working with robots. Or are the emotions a threat because authority figure's emotions can be a sign of a weakness, or do we subconsciously fancy emotionless and calculative psychopaths, for us to let go of the control to somebody else?

There in the very thread he does all he can to help solve the issue and learn more about it. A challenge: find out the Linus expletive and outburst frequency per year.

Comment: Re:The White House isn't stupid.. (Score 1) 272

by jovius (#47493107) Attached to: White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

The time of cheap and unconventional oil is over. Shale and deep water sources are unconventional and they wouldn't be profitable with the oil prices known in the last millennium. Besides in terms of oil used to extract oil they are also more costly.

The most reasonable solution is to move forward from hydrocarbons. That era is soon over and besides the dependency upkeeps certain political trenches. If an oil or energy company is shortsighted they will oppose this, but the companies who develop alternatives will be the market leaders of the future. It's no wonder that the more advanced and rich Middle East countries are heavily investing in solar and renewables. The same names will dominate the energy sector in the coming years.

This is the moment where the ones who don't adapt will not survive.

Comment: Re:Could it be ... (Score 1) 95

by jovius (#47432931) Attached to: Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

While fast radio bursts last just a few thousandths of a second and have rarely been detected, the new result confirms previous estimates that these strange cosmic bursts occur roughly 10,000 times a day over the whole sky.

That's a lot of aliens. Or maybe we are inside of a slow thinking alien's head.

Comment: Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (Score 1) 364

by jovius (#47419989) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

The project has become too politicized. And politicians will always look for their own interests, which keeps the expenses high. And without the political support there's no plane. It's a vicious and expensive cycle. The core of the problem is not the manufacturing costs, maintenance costs or especially the defects, which are only symptoms of the disease.

Comment: Re:Jon Skeet doesn't belong on such a list (Score 2) 285

by jovius (#47407581) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

That list presents the whole problem really nicely. It's not only about being a good programmer, but each of the individuals on the list are there because of their different personalities, which they've put forward along with their skill and talent. The absolutely best programmer would be found out in a competition, where the tasks would have been tailored for just that purpose. Anyway, these lists are like beauty pageants; only those who participate are deemed the most beautiful, excluding the ones who are beautiful enough to not participate.

Comment: Re:Important work - gives handle on earth's dynamo (Score 1) 80

by jovius (#47299311) Attached to: Satellite Swarm Spots North Pole Drift

Satellites may benefit from rolling out long thin wires while rotating in the Earth's magnetosphere. There's so called electric sail project in the testing phase where they are doing just that. The ready mechanism will not work in the Earth's magnetosphere though.

Wind, tidal and coriolis forces can be more easily tapped for energy, although they are not all directly caused by the planet's rotation.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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