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Comment Re: Even if practical technology was 10-20 years o (Score 1) 323

Maybe. My thought has always been that if fusion is close enough to get ballpark figures, we can build the necessary infrastructure and much of the housing in parallel with fusion development. Because the energy distribution will impose novel demands on the grid, it's going to require a major rethink on communications protocols, over-generation procedures, action plans on what to do if lines are taken out.

With fusion, especially, it's expensive at best to learn after the fact. Much better to get all the learning done in the decade until working fusion.

With all that in place, the ramp time until fusion is fully online at a sensible price will be greatly reduced.

Parallelize, don't serialize. Only shredded wheat should be cerealized.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 1) 167

There used to be a web page called "Your Eyes Suck at Blue". You might find it on the Wayback machine.

You can tell the luminance of each individual channel more precisely than you can perceive differences in mixed color. This is due to the difference between rod and cone cells. Your perception of the color gamut is, sorry, imprecise. I'm sure that you really can't discriminate 256 bits of blue in the presence of other, varying, colors.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 5, Insightful) 167

Rather than abuse every commenter who has not joined your specialty on Slashdot, please take the source and write about what you find.

Given that CPU and memory get less expensive over time, it is no surprise that algorithms work practically today that would not have when various standards groups started meeting. Ultimately, someone like you can state what the trade-offs are in clear English, and indeed whether they work at all, which is more productive than trading naah-naahs.

Comment Re:Makes no difference (Score 1, Flamebait) 23

Kinda liked Reagan. He managed to beat out USSR through a well crafted arms race to drive it down financially. Cost the US a lot, but no blood was shed and the USSR broke up.
Bush senior was OK. Gulf was was warranted and he did not exceed the UN mandate. Saddam thought he could screw with Kuwait and he was put in his place.
Clinton (with balls) did wonders for your economy.
Bush junior was a fucking liar and sellout. Part of the murderous bunch that ought to be charged. Will never happen of course.
Obama lacked the balls to truly bring change (and hope) for the US. Of course, Senate and Congress did nothing to ease his tenure. I'm actually surprised he made it through his two mandate without getting JFK-ed out. His drone program (essentially a continuation of the killers' program) made things worse IMO.

Comment Makes no difference (Score 1, Insightful) 23

No one in the USA cares about their privacy or their rights, so long as it's not about burning tires or shooting guns.

No mater how much scandals are thrown to the public, be it NSA related or even fake evidence leading to Iraq fiasco for the benefit of the murderous clan of the Cheney group, from Bush puppet to Rice accessory through 45$/gallon kerosene sold by Halliburton to USA Army corps, hundreds of thousands of civilians ground to a pulp to the blatant misuse of US treasury by lord how many agencies to feed off the public insecurities with TSA leading the front of nosiness, no one cares.

You can throw more of it. Everybody's senses have been reduced to a gentle numb.

So, Symantec can keep publishing their finds. They may make a bit more money off of it, and NSA will continue it's game. Unimpeded.

(wow it's been a long week... I may be frustrated a tad)


Former Apple CEO Creates an iPhone Competitor 130

An anonymous reader links to Fast Company's profile of Obi Worldphone, one-time Apple CEO John Sculley's venture into smartphones. The company's first two products (both reasonably spec'd, moderately priced Android phones) are expected to launch in October. And though the phones are obviously running a different operating system than Apple's, Sculley says that Obi is a similarly design-obsessed company: "The hardest part of the design was not coming up with cool-looking designs," Sculley says. "It was sweating the details over in the Chinese factories, who just were not accustomed to having this quality of finish, all of these little details that make a beautiful design. We had teams over in China, working for months on the floor every day. We intend to continue that process and have budgeted accordingly." Obi is also trying to set itself apart from the low-price pack by cutting deals for premium parts. "Instead of going directly to the Chinese factories, we went to the key component vendors, because we know that ecosystem and have the relationships," Sculley says. "We went to Sony. It’s struggling and losing money on its smartphone business, but they make the best camera modules in the world."

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 56

Nope. Not Siri. It can not act within the context of applications. Can only bring you to it.

That would require the revival of the Open Scripting Architecture (OSA) upon which Carbon Apple Events were and AppleScript was sitting on. Aka, you cane make the analogy that OSA was to AppleScript what JRE is to Java.

But coding for OSA was a PITA. Required lots of App abstraction into the OSA object model and for any App not designed for that in mind, was a major retrofit job. That's the reason it never caught on much.

Comment Re:Much rejoicing (Score 2) 166

It appears he has a more open sense of humor you sport.

He's been quite eager to participate in comedy when invited. Undoubtedly he's going through an excruciatingly debilitating ordeal, four decades longer than his doctor told him. So yes, he can

In the end the joke's on us because few understand what he's talking about. Entirely.

If mathematically you end up with the wrong answer, try multiplying by the page number.