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Submission + - FAA system runs out of memory->

minstrelmike writes: "The culprit of the air traffic snafu that left 492 flights delayed and 476 flights cancelled at Washington, D.C. area airports was related to a recent software upgrade at the Leesburg, Va., high-altitude radar facility."

The software had been upgraded to display customized windows of reference data that was supposed to disappear once deleted. They ran out of memory (although the article doesn't say if it was because the controllers didn't delete or because the delete function failed).

Wonder what programming language they used?

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Comment I still have a javascript bug (Score 1) 285

I have a bug in javascript that I can't fix.
I can't remember what it is now but it's documented in the code that if you remove the Are you sure? prompt (or remove the now-hidden debug statement), the code doesn't work. When you display the variable, or just wait and ask, then the code does work.

Every couple years when someone scans thru the code, they'll spend a day or two trying to figure out what's really happening.

Comment Re:Kickstarter forever (Score 1) 91

first, define "angel" investor.
Now define kickstarter investing.
If you're getting a guaranteed return, it isn't called investing, it is called "buying."
Purchasing a stock certificate in order to hold onto it is called investing. That's different than "playing the market" even tho you buy stocks in companies in both cases.

Comment Suggesting the uniqueness of life (Score 1) 208

This isn't a proof, but the Drake equations are actually wrong. You can never add huge amounts of time to a probability statement. Otherwise you end up with monkeys typing Shakespeare. Multiplying odds by enough time guarantees shit happens, such as life.

For a better approach, still full of swag, start with today's number and count and assume.

If there are 10 to the 11th power stars in the Milky Way, then all I need are 11 events in a row with a 1 in 10 chance of occurring. Life doesn't seem so inevitable now. Rocky planet (1/10) in the right zone (1/10) in a stable orbit around a stable star (3.5 billion years of evolution requires stability 1/10). A big moon so water life can spread to land. 1/100 (having a moon is a biggie). Assume cyanobacteria happen. You still need eukaryotes and prekaryotes to evolve and combine, multicellular life to occur, life to move out of the ocean, a magnetic core to save land life from cosmic rays.

I think life is a lot more unlikely than folks assume. Regardless of what assumptions you do make, remember that multiplying probable odds by enough time is as invalid as dividing by zero. You can claim whatever results you want.

Comment Re: Potholes? (Score 1) 183

You don't have to recycle it. We aren't talking about pulling out toys. There are a bazillion "original" plastic pellets infesting the oceans, the same pellets they use to make plastic stuff in the first place. Filtering that out shouldn't be too much harder than running a gravel pit operation.

Comment Re:Potholes? (Score 1) 183

In Chicago, to prepare for global warming and more rain, they are replacing the alley pavement with similar stuff that lets the water soak into the ground. It's one way of not having to triple the size of your storm water drainage systems. apparently, within 90 years, they expect a climate similar to Baton Rouge Louisiana.

Comment Re:Perl is better than you think (Score 1) 133

You have obviously never coded in any language, let alone Perl. Comments like these are usually from people with zero real life experience.

Ditto. I remember trying to write reports for people in Fortran and C out of an Oracle dbs.
When I discovered the text processing capability of Perl, I was hooked. And so were my users.
Seems the almost all of our important data, on the reports, is text, not id fields like we use in the dbs.
I can use Perl to resort the reports any which way at all without retouching the dbs.

You can write poorly in any language: C#, JavaScript (the LAMP stack replacement) and different folks either write well or poorly in Englyshe.

Comment Re:Already covered over at Hacker News (Score 1) 311

What do you mean? Every single web view on iOS uses Safari's renderer. It's against the App Store rules to have your own renderer. The problem is that sure, if you design a website around Safari it'll work everywhere else, but it's a pain in the ass to design it to a 5 year old standard when all the other major browsers support other upgrades, extensions and capabilities that can make code easier/faster/better. It's most apparent when an open standard has replaced an Apple designed one that's inferior, and Apple refuses to change, such as WebSQL/IndexedDB.

Like I/E used to force you to do. Write for them and then write for everybody else that was current.

Comment Re:I never knew (Score 1) 311

But surely iOS users don't all stick to Safari. Safari came with my work Mac, but nevertheless, I use Chrome. Why wouldn't other people do that? Just because someone blunders into the Apple Trap doesn't mean they all have to drink all the Apple koolaide, does it?

uhhhh, I think that was kind of the point of the title of article. You didn't even have to RTFA ,just understand the title.
You know how Internet Explorer came with Windows but people would install other browsers like Netscape?

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