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Comment: Re:Fission is Dead (Score 1) 214

by maligor (#48171721) Attached to: Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Let's say I had a tested, working LFTR design. Do you really think it would be very hard to convince the public that it is inherently safer than other fission designs. Safer than a coal plant. Safer than hydroelectric. It is pretty easy to understand that a plant that is inherently impossible to cause a melt-down might be a different kind of plant than a light-water reactor design.

True, there is radiation, but it is very modest. Few people seem to have NIMBY issues with LWR reactors based on the normal radiation. It is the fear of a Chernobyl event.

I don't think Chernobyl or Three Mile Island is really the problem these days (aside from the green activists that want to enter the stone age), but that the generation experience was lost due to these disaster as well as the passive uranium cycle designs in the company fallout. To be fair, the modern nuclear reactor designs are pretty decent, but the lost generations really hurt the industry.

Comment: Re:I still don't see what's wrong with X (Score 1) 219

by maligor (#48171519) Attached to: Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

X was great for its time. But its time was when graphics hardware was slow and software was relatively undemanding.

Ha-ha-ha... you clearly never used an X-Terminal back when we were all going to have dumb terminals on our desks talking to The Cloud... sorry... super-powerful 68020-based Unix servers The X overhead is miniscule today, unless you're trying to push X sessions over the Internet, or video over the LAN.

It's not like 10 years ago it was enjoyable either to use a dumb terminal, and quite frankly I doubt it's improved (I think they were SUN dumb terminals connected to something I can't remember). These days you're still going to compete over resources over a extremely high latency link (relative to computer performance). Not to mention the increased use of graphical elements in the UI.

Comment: Re:UI processor for a commercial product (Score 1) 146

by maligor (#48132579) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

We're using it to do a web page-based UI for a commercial product. The RasPi people are looking for commercial users, so we decided to try it out. It's far less expensive than other commercial SBCs, and being Linux based, it's a known quantity (no nasty proprietary OS or API to deal with), and the RasPi has a large user base, so hopefully, no unannounced obsolescence. Only drawback is that we need a HDMI converter board between the RasPi and the bare TFT panel. We still come in at around $200 for the entire display subsystem.

If RPI Foundation is actually interested in commercial users, why don't you ask information on how to use the MIPI DSI port (flat flex connector above the SD Card, it's a video output) on the thing and see if you can cut the costs.

Comment: Re:Shellshock is way worse (Score 1) 94

by maligor (#48120889) Attached to: How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

Oh, but it was! In fact, Darwin 7.0 (OSX 10.3) brought Darwin's BSD layer back in sync with FreeBSD 5. There was, indeed, a lot of reimplementation at the kernel level, and most of the userland tools had many parts rewritten as well, but your own source confirms what I have said. It confirmed it before I posted it originally, as well. In case that's not enough, here's another, and another, and, for good measure, one more, though that last one only mentions the use of BSD's userland components.

None of those sources say that Darwin was forked off of FreeBSD kernel. You must realize that a fork implies a shared root source tree, copying subsystems does not qualify as a fork. They do qualify as forks of the specific subsystems, but not the kernel.

That said, I've never been bothered to look at either FreeBSD or Darwin kernel sources, so for all I know FreeBSD might be based on AmigaOS.

Comment: Re:Question of Reliability (Score 1) 276

by maligor (#47714315) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

To me the plan sounds like you end up with every car you use giving you the reliability of a rental, with the "oops no cars are available now" factor of services like ZipCar...

But perhaps in a more isolated culture where people do not abuse things they do not own, the cars will be treated well and availability will work out well.

I do wonder if all these comments are from Americans living in sparse suburb style cities with a deserted downtown. For example Kutsuplus is a bus stop to bus stop ordered service provided by the city transport services (Sort of a random group taxi that goes through optimal stops). I haven't heard of a single company offering rental cars on the sort of plan you mention.

Helsinki already has a portal where you can create bus/walking/cycling routes. I imagine what they want to add to that is services like Taxi or the newer style private transportation services like Uber ect.

Comment: Re:As a European... (Score 1) 81

This law seems quite effective and enforceable really. How many search engines are you going to go through looking for a person before you decide there's nothing out there about them? The approach of stopping search indexes certainly shows a understanding of how people use the internet. Inaccessible data on the internet might just aswell not exist, there will be a special group of people who know the secret, but it won't affect public knowledge.

I'm certainly of two minds about the law, jaywalking and causing a serious traffic incident killing bus full of schoolchildren would probably mean you'd be practically unemployable for the rest of your life. The hard path of being allowed to grow up or being trapped in your past. (Or the abuse that it'll get)

Comment: Re:c/c++, vi/emacs, make, ddd (Score 1) 240

by maligor (#47584287) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding

c/c++, vi/emacs, make, ddd.

Lots of good years of use, likely many more years of usefulness, too.

No-one in their right mind would use vi (I can navigate around it, but it's a PITA). I have to assume you mean vim. which is a very nice editor. And I've never used DDD and I never saw the purpose to it, gdb text mode seems easier to use, and it includes some fancy text mode ui features for register and code tracking, that some people might not be familiar with. I don't have anything against GUI debuggers, but DDD is pretty much an ancient throwback. Something like the QT Creator integrated debugger is actually reasonable.

Comment: Re:Sigh, that's another waste of time then. (Score 2) 149

by maligor (#47548391) Attached to: Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Was rather hoping Nokia would come back with the Android smartphones, into the EU. Unfortunately that seems to not be the case and they inside on flogging that dead horse of their own operating system. They used to make nice hardware designs.

Nokia doesn't make cellphones anymore, the cellphone division was what was sold off to Microsoft and I don't see why Nokia would re-enter the cellphone market anymore, it's pretty saturated.

Comment: Re:svn (Score 1) 64

I hope they don't torture you with SVN at your current job anymore.

Git would actually be more effective for this since it requires the history and the hash that points to it be rewritten, so you can be sure that atleast internally no-one is messing around if you know the hash. Unless ofcourse the person messing with you is a cryptography savant, who's figured out how to rewrite the history without affecting the SHA hash and still make it seem like the history makes any sense.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 619

by maligor (#47276321) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Other countries also have much better public transportation. Which the US lacks unless you're in a major city.

I'm not really sure I buy into that, if you live in the less populated areas of Europe, the puiblic transport is going to suck, and you will need to own a car. On the Internet side of things, it's BS, but on public transport it isn't. Running empty busses every 5 minutes is just pointless, and in low population areas that might be empty busses even if you run them every hour, or longer.

Comment: Re:And with that yoiu get POWER! (Score 1) 420

That being said, solar powered distillation processes would probably work best on small scales.

Why would solar desalination be bad on large scale? Solar Towers and Solar Furnaces are essentially mirrors targeted at a mass.

I guess the initial costs might be quite a big higher than just getting a pump and a semi-permeable membrane.

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