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Comment: Re: what if NASA gets the wrong 4 meter-or-so boul (Score 1) 93

I think there's already a 2030 mission in the works to send the boulder back with flowers, chocolates, and an apology letter inscribed on a golden disc that reveals a YouTube compilation of Carl Sagan quotes if placed in a laserdisc player. (The instructions on the sleeve for constructing such a device simply say "This product has been discontinued" in a mixture of pulsar coordinates and atomic oscillations.)

Comment: Hardened gear is important (Score 4, Interesting) 49

Until recently I worked for a company which supplied industrial grade computers, including tablets. All the tablets we supplied ran windows. Google need to push hard to break into that market segment and developing a product like this is a good place to start.

Comment: Re:No, wrong (Score 1) 108

by MichaelSmith (#49309891) Attached to: New Alzheimer's Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function For Mice

Another overblown cure. The amyloid plaques are associated with permanent damage (ie. actual neuron loss), so you won't cure anyone by removing all of the plaques. You'd have to regrow neurons, and only certain portions of the brain can do that - even if you did, you'd still have to relearn and get new memories.

That might be a good thing. We do that all the time and memories lost from the last are not necessarily a bad thing. If you can restore function and record new memories, that would be a huge improvement.

Comment: Koreans have weird ideas about security (Score 1) 95

by MichaelSmith (#49309859) Attached to: South Korea Begins To Deprecate ActiveX

Working in Korea once I needed to install a package with apt-get but the file came down empty. I asked around and it turns out that to download anything on the corporate network you had to install this active-x component which looks to see if a storage device is connected to USB. If a device is connected the download still won't work, but you can still make a local copy of the file, plug in the USB key, and copy the file that way, which is what we did on a windows box.

Half measures all over the place.

Comment: Leap seconds (Score 1) 166

I have seen this with radar processing chains where different component slew the time at different rates, mostly because of differences in the OS and the time synchronisation software. If one part of the chain suddenly steps its time by a second, downstream components reject its messages.

Comment: Re:I dont see the need for this feature... (Score 1) 95

by Eythian (#49280195) Attached to: Facebook Introduces Payment System

Similar deal in NZ, but it may take a few hours, and it costs nothing. It's a pretty standard way of paying someone if you can't be bothered messing about with cash. Ours doesn't use email though, just bank account numbers (and increasingly phone numbers, but I haven't explored how that works.)


Was Linus Torvalds Right About C++ Being So Wrong? 757

Posted by Soulskill
from the harsh-language-about-a-harsh-language dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes: Perhaps the most famous rant against C++ came from none other than Linus Torvalds in 2007. "C++ is a horrible language," he wrote, for starters. "It's made more horrible by the fact that a lot of substandard programmers use it, to the point where it's much much easier to generate total and utter crap with it." He's not alone: A lot of developers dislike how much C++ can do "behind the scenes" with STL and Boost, leading to potential instability and inefficiency. And yet there's still demand for C++ out there. Over at Dice, Jeff Cogswell argues that C++ doesn't deserve the hatred. "I've witnessed a lot of 'over-engineering' in my life, wherein people would write reusable classes with several layers of inheritance, even though the reusable class wasn't actually used more than once," he wrote. "But I would argue that's the exception, not the norm; when done right, generic programming and other high-level aspects of C++ can provide enormous benefits." Was Linus going overboard?

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.