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Comment: Re:Context (Score 1) 58

by nitehawk214 (#49784759) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

That is a good point, Orbital ATK was more of a vertical integration move. This seems like it is more possible to create efficiency instead of trying to screw the customer (the US government) out of more money.

Though it is a nice system. Thiokol got government contracts to build way too many ICBMs, and Orbital gets contracts to turn those ICBMs into satellite launchers.

Either way, they understand the future is their own completely new rockets. Antares will be flying again soon.

Comment: Re:Context (Score 1) 58

by nitehawk214 (#49783955) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

ULA was the result of exactly this. The four biggest aerospace companies all merged into two, Boeing/McDonald Douglass and Lockheed/Martin, then those two formed ULA as a joint venture. This is why ULA's Delta and Atlas are entirely different systems. They were created by different companies. They realized it was smart to not compete since they had nearly all big military launches.

Presumably their next rocket, Vulcan, will be a replacement for both Delta and Atlas.

Also, Alliant bought Orbital to form Orbital ATK, doing the exact same thing.

Comment: Union what. (Score 1) 278

by nitehawk214 (#49779031) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

I think the union just acknowledged that nobody is safe with their drivers, no matter what. Shameful that they are pressing the attack in light of the fact that one of their drivers is responsible.

No I am using the term "drivers" divisively. If they truly were engineers, they would be demanding safety protocols to be implemented and equipment to be installed.

Comment: Re:It's not that great (Score 1) 414

by nitehawk214 (#49745005) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

Let me guess, you and GGP write Python? Starting out in C, I can't get my head around any language that doesn't have a bracket system.

I am not saying you can't do dumb things with {}. (I am not sure what the term for the brace style is called.) In fact it makes it easier to do dumb things in some instances. But it also lets you do one liner things to make the code more readable. (such as the parenteticals in this paragraph (of course sometimes they make it harder to read such as this one))

What do you suggest as an alternative?

Comment: Easy to read, simple language? (Score 1) 414

by nitehawk214 (#49744347) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

I wonder if with Java 8 and the ability to do lambdas and more complex functional programming techniques will hurt Java in the long run. I do Java as my day job, and have only recently finally been able to do Java 8 at work in the past few months. I am a big proponent of functional programming practices, and we do a lot of Javascript front end.

Pre-Java 8 I was always concerned that the language would decay since it is syntatically decades old, and become the COBOL for the new millenium. I know I can jump into whatever the flavor of the month is, but I have always been happy doing this. Of course, flavor of them month became flavor of the year, then flavor of the decade... and now I have been doing Java for over 15 years. It sill might become the next COBOL, but it is flexible enough that you can do pretty much any business programming you ever need, while being interesting enough to bring in new programmers out of school.

But my work has a small number of highly experienced developers. If I was still working at a big soulless corporation with dozens of bottom tier developers mixed in with the seasoned pros, I wonder if this would result in the code being unreadable? I have seen some terrible code in java 4 and 5, I can only imagine the horrors an idiot could wreak with lambdas. Granted, I am sure most of them are still doing java 6 compatible code, since only small companies can afford to change momentum and upgrade.

Comment: Re:Freestyle Machine (Score 1) 270

by nitehawk214 (#49700087) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything

Oh, these fucking things. I guess the point behind them was to create such annoyingly long lines for drinks that people stop going back for refills. Continuously out of ice, touch screen does not work consistently, takes forever to navigate menus. Could have been awesome, but totally missed the mark. People behind me in line get annoyed when I want half lemonade and half-soda water. Oh sorry, the v2 interface calls it "sparkling Dasani" (really) Fuck you, Coke.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy