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Comment: Re:Navigation at sea (Score 1) 260 260

You *do* realize there were lots of radionavigation aids before GPS ?


They have been/are being shut down but the time of sextant-only navigation is long past.

Besides, there is always the possibility of using radar to map the coastline (if you're close enough).

Comment: Re:Linux on the Desktop/Linux on the Server (Score 1) 333 333

" a struct which contains pointers to its state and all of the functions related to actions the scheduler needs to take."

Hmmm. Looks like the usual implementation of polymorphism common to mere mortals coding in object-oriented languages (like C++ and vtables).

Or is there something more to it ?

Comment: Re:32b? (Score 1) 756 756

Been there, done that. 64bit kernels bring me nothing I need, as long as I have PAE.

As for "there is no excuse for code that isn't 64bit clean", that may be true in your mom's basement but for a company that needs to turn out a profit supporting an additional platform is a huge cost. We don't have any customer asking for 64bits versions of our software, so why bother ?

Besides, the first affordable 64bit processors weren't available until the early 2000s and they weren't that much of a success (remember itanium ?).

Comment: Re:32b? (Score 1) 756 756

I do.

Most of my company's code is not 64-bits clean, so it's easier for me to run a 32bits OS (Linux) to run 32bits processes, even though I have 8GB of RAM. I usually load 6 to 8 processes simultaneously, as I work on very splittable data sets.

Besides, I expect fewer problems with proprietary software (nvidia drivers, flash) on 32bits Linux.

Your mileage may vary.

Comment: Re:The four types (Score 1) 167 167

Heh. Statistics... :)

I guess that when they say "their completion times was below average" means that they took longer which is considered bad (wtf, how about appreciating the design&graphics ?), so the "completion time grade" was below average. Still, it's a pretty messed-up sentence.

Oh and by the way, there is still a possibility that the original sentence is correct if we assume abysmal results by the Solvers. I prefer my explanation, thoough.

The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker