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Comment: Re:I don't get why the government is involved at a (Score 2, Informative) 293

by Xolotl (#49502125) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017
The governenet cares because they sell spectrum allocations, and can re-sell the ones taken back from analog. Furthermore because the digital broadcasts use less bandwidth per station and are less susceptible to crosstalk they can sell more of them per Mhz of spectrum.

Comment: Re:Video from the barge (Score 1) 113

If you look at the video posted yesterday, the rocket was coming down straight. Then it deliberately tipped itself over, shed the last of it's vertical and horizontal velocity, and tried to right itself. IMHO, if more of the horizontal velocity was shed earlier, It'd be easier to stay balanced at the end.

Comment: An approach I haven't tried yet... (Score 2) 136

by complete loony (#49475807) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics
Grab one of the available databases of hacked passwords. Train an arithmetic compressor on that dataset, so that if any part of the password is predictable it will be compressed better. It's the kinds of statistics you feed into this training process that are the key. Passing a random bit-sequence through your decompressor will generate something that could be a password, similar to those in the database you trained on. So enumerate through all short bit-patterns to generate a set of easily guessed passwords.

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 2) 125

C# -> MSIL / CIL (CLR) -> LLVM bitcode -> machine code.

The summary is slightly misleading. Though they are working towards using LLVM, they currently have about 90% of their core JIT tests working with LLVM on windows x64, the rest fall back to their current JIT. So you won't be able to use this to run C# on linux / arm for a while yet.

There's been quite a bit of recent development on JIT support in LLVM. They had an old JIT a few versions ago which had it's own machine code generation pipeline. This was replaced with MCJIT, that leveraged the same code generation pipeline as the AOT path. More recently there's an effort called ORC to build a more flexible API to better handle the use cases that various JIT writers typically wish to implement. Their existing MCJIT API will still exist but it will become just one example implementation of using this underlying API.

While it is possible to implement garbage collection and exception handling in LLVM, these areas of the compiler could benefit from more improvement. Particularly in the area of compatibility with the native Microsoft stack.

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 1) 489

by complete loony (#49444311) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

Or you could copy something like Australia's NBN model. A single wholesaler builds and maintains the cables. They *must* run a cable if required for anyone in their service area. But they are only allowed to offer and charge for a link layer transport between end points. Any ISP can then include the rent of the link in the price for internet access and other services for their customers.

Though of course the NBN has screwed up. They bowed to pressure from the incumbents in a number of ways that made running a small ISP unprofitable. They based the pricing of link capacity on the current cost of bandwidth over existing services. And the new government has been trying to compromise the quality of the network by building curb side nodes instead of running fiber end-to-end.

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 1) 489

by complete loony (#49443303) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)
Easy access to credit plays a big part of the equation. Newly borrowed money creates demand, income, jobs and economic growth. Of course exponential growth cannot be sustained. Eventually paying back or defaulting on that credit will destroy demand, income, jobs and economic growth.

Comment: Re:Well they wanted the results (Score 1) 201

Unintended consequences. We want people to be able to afford houses, so we give them a grant so they can pay a deposit. What happens? Everyone goes to the bank with their $7K, the bank manager gives them 95% LVR and allows them to borrow $140k more. Then they go and find the house they want, and offer what the bank manager said they could. End result? House prices go up and housing ends up *less* affordable.

Comment: Re:Yup, added an easter egg in an old PS1 game. (Score 1) 290

by complete loony (#49407279) Attached to: Is This the Death of the Easter Egg?

A couple of little easter eggs in bespoke software;

Hold a couple of modifier keys and click on the icon in the about dialog, "The developers [names] would like to present you with a complimentary cup holder" followed by opening the CD ROM tray. Every new developer checked in a change with their own name once they'd passed their probationary period.

Leave the about dialog open for 5 minutes, the dialog goes black and the developers names start floating around like the game asteroids. Click on a letter and it will disappear, splitting the name in half. With both parts moving slightly faster. Probably should have made it slightly hard to start though. The customer had a ball, but the manager was not happy.

The time spent on any item of the agenda [of a finance committee] will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. -- C.N. Parkinson