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Comment: Re:"xxx hate this man!" (Score 1) 203

by Jeremi (#48186795) Attached to: Favorite clickbait hook?

With xxx being power companies, doctors, etc, because this man supposedly knows something that will save you lots of money and put xxx out of business.

I always wonder about the psychological mechanism they are trying to exploit with that -- do people really gravitate towards blood-in-the-water scenarios like that? "Oh goodie, finally I can find out the way to put my local grocer out of business!"

Comment: Re:Cumulative? How about other quantities? (Score 1) 418

by Jeremi (#48186753) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

I just had an argument about this with my lady, my contention was that soda fountains were a great thing but that soda in a can is a monkey on society's back.

I can't speak to old-fashioned soda fountains (with a soda jerk, etc), but modern American-style self-serve soda fountains might be a problem as well -- in my experience at least, when a person can walk up and pour himself another refill "for free" without even having to ask for it, the amount of soda consumed in a single sitting tends to double or triple.

Comment: Never mind the new font, the new font looks fine (Score 4, Insightful) 367

by Jeremi (#48180535) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

What really causes my eyes to bleed is the new "flat" buttons that don't really look like buttons; they look like text labels. The top of every window now looks like someone gave a junior high student a screenshot of a Mavericks window and told him to reproduce it using construction paper, scissors and glue.

And the frosted-glass semi-transparency effects are just a pointless and unnecessary in Yosemite as they were in Windows. I get the feeling that the Apple UI team has run out of useful work to do, and now they are just changing things because they're bored. The next OS/X release will no doubt change them back, and then add in some other dubious changes that be reverted in the release after that.

Comment: Re:Golden Hammer (Score 1) 192

by Jeremi (#48178131) Attached to: JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Browser-side application logic is a nightmare and cannot ever be reliable or secure. If you really need client-side processing, do a real piece of software for it.

I don't see why a browser-base app could not, at least in principle, be as reliable and secure as "real software". As an example, say I write the real application you recommend, and then I also find a way for it to run inside a web page. Will it become insecure simply because there is now a web-browser window wrapped around it?

Comment: Re:Why the hell... (Score 4, Informative) 192

by Jeremi (#48178105) Attached to: JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Why the hell are we still stuck using Javascript for the web? Why have we not got some virtual machine (not a language specific one like the JVM), that we can compile any language we like to?

JavaScript is the 'bytecode' to compile to these days.

Not saying that's optimal, but if JavaScript is what the world's web browsers run, then JavaScript is what people will target to get onto those web browsers. At least you can still use your language of choice to do so...

Comment: Re:Value (Score 1) 155

Of course it's not perfect. I seem to recall hearing about that issue. I wonder if they considered giving people a choice.

I don't think it's a real problem. Any laptop on the market today can go from sleep mode to fully usable in less than a second; barring implementation bugs, why shouldn't the electronics in the Tesla computer be able to do the same?

Booting up is something that only needs to happen if the batteries ever completely drain.

Comment: Power VR sucks (Score 4, Informative) 97

by Hadlock (#48160179) Attached to: Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

Power VR is terrible, Intel released a ton of low end Atom powered devices with Power VR GPU, but due to licencing agreements never released drivers except for the 32 bit variant of Windows 7 and never for Win 8 or Linux drivers worth a damn. Means Linux users were SOL when they tried using these machines for anything media related. And I doubt the situation with Power VR is going to be any better this time around. Avoid like the plauge any Intel hardware that's hard wired to a Power VR chip.

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 3, Interesting) 564

by Hadlock (#48150769) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

No, I am referring to the NERVA rocket engine, a nuclear reactor that shoots superheated hydrogen out the back. The program was so successful followng the Apollo era that Congress cancelled all funding as it would have made a very expensive Mars trip viable using even 1970's technology (shortens the trip from 6 months to 2 months).
Clearly someone doesn't play Kerbal Space Program. This has nothing to do with RTGs.

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 5, Informative) 564

by Hadlock (#48149483) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Nuclear reactors aren't a whole lot larger, they managed to make them small enough to fit on a space rocket, a submarine and back in the 1960's, nine of them on an Aircraft Carrier. It's the support systems (like cooling) and maintenance buildings that end up taking up several acres. Dissipating the waste heat of a 20MW reactor safely, indefinitely, is no small feat.

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