This issue was described far better than I can in William Kahan's essay, How Java's floating point hurts everyone everywhere
2) the NSA is spying on everybody and recruiting by injecting banner ads into TCP streams to recruit TechCrunch readers?
4) That Dan Tynan, a TechCrunch writer and O'Reilly author, doesn't understand how ad distributors do business?
A single generals opinions does *not* make a countries policy, i hope so at least, otherwise i would be pretty worried about the things said in the US electoral campaigns.
A valid point, and one I considered when making my post. I would submit that it might be indicative of the general culture over there. However, the general in question is the dean of the National Defense University. I'm pretty sure his opinions have a not-inconsequential effect on the officers and future generals coming out of there. And by not-inconsequential, I mean defining.
A look at the map reveals that China has surprisingly small territorial conflicts with other countries - and these are fueled mainly by the fact that some of these countries are under US protection. Or does anybody believe tha Japan would insist in owning some islands if they would have to pay for their own security?
This statement is not even remotely accurate. The China-Japan issues can easily be characterized as a China-US issue, but are you going to claim the same for China-Vietnam? China-India? Both tried to stand up to China in the last 12 months and both had to back down. This is what Xinhua calls "improved relations". What was it called when the US was waving its big stick around in Central America? Imperialism? Bullying?
Oh, you mean NOW. How about a Chinese general advocating a nuclear first strike policy against the United States in 2005? This is not a friendly nation. This is an expansionist, dare I say, imperialist, nation, that expects to go to (nuclear, see above) war over Taiwan, disputes territorial claims (violently) with almost all of its neighbors, including the ridiculously large south china sea "exclusive economic zone", using cheap currency to buy influence and soft-power through-out oil-rich Africa, supporting violet Maoist rebel movements in Asia, basically, acting like post-war US and doing everything the US was so heatedly condemned for.
Frankly, the US is too small and becoming too irrelevant to safely classify the large chunk of humanity called China as an enemy.
So, what you're saying is, they are a dangerous enemy. Okay.
A transistor isn't much of a computer, but it is a switch, and three of them is a logic gate. 3 nucleotides is not a genome of a living thing. There's no point in extrapolating the length of a genome below the minimum length of a viable genome if the question you're trying to ask is "when was the first genome?" The graph shows billions of years of very short genomes starting at 9 BCE.I don't know what the minimum genome is, but I'm sure it's not 1 pair, or 3 pairs. A good guess would be the 4 BCE mark on the graph, though.
A single base pair is not alive, not even in a primitive way. The extrapolation is invalid. A more interesting statement would be the minimum complexity of the first living things 3.5-4.0 billion years ago.