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Comment: Stop developing 64bit (Score -1, Troll) 233

by gelfling (#48251797) Attached to: OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

There is no earthly benefit to running Windows as 64bit and no one can articulate what that benefit is. Oftentimes it makes things worse as one is required to run parallel versions of things and not even Java is a one-size-fits-all across the board. The vaunted promise that 'things will run better and faster' is complete nonsense and hardware vendors as it is find it difficult or impossible to create useful distinctions in drivers or even sort out which version is a maintenance fix for what. So they killed off XP? Fine. Killing off Win7? Fine. Killed off Win8 with no clear path forward whereas 8.1 isn't an upgrade it's a replacement? Fine. And now Win9 is Win10 and once again Redmond will give us 36 dozen different sub-versions? Wonderful. But let's at least disabuse ourselves that 64bit is meaningful.

Comment: Windows? They won't have seats (Score 1) 286

by gelfling (#48250655) Attached to: The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

The plane of the future will pack in the human cargo like rail cars to Auschwitz. There will be straps from the ceiling to secure the human cargo. Windows will of course be eliminated, so will overhead lighting and a pressurized cabin. Human cargo will be given a face mask type oxygen supply. Human cargo will be charged for waste removal, eg. the 'lavatory'.

Comment: Be as awful at driving as people. (Score 1) 317

by gelfling (#48245441) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

Just today I was behind someone who for no obvious reason took both hands off the wheel, waved them out the window for about 30 seconds, veered out of their lane and hit a stopped car. Robo-cars I think have to be able to be no BETTER than that for acceptance. I think they're on the wrong track with trying to be BETTER than humans. They should aim for being just as terrible because people don't want to feel the machines are mocking them.

Clearly no one cares who dies right now so that's not a problem.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354

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