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Comment: runaway globale warming? (Score 1) 273

by peter303 (#47756673) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor
Methane is the thrid most important greenhouse gas after water and carbon dioxide, currently contributing about 10% of the effect. There are tremendous amounts of methane frozen in permafrost and continental shelf hydrates. The fear is ocean warming cold melt more hyrdrates, release more methane and make it still warmer.

Comment: old software is a millstone around your neck (Score 1) 548

As long as your company sells it, it will come back to haunt you 10, 20 years later. When you are bored as hell with it. Or forgotten everything about it. Hardware changes, OS'es change, and old shit breaks sometimes.

Perhaps the main remedy is to change compnaies somtimes. Then somoen else fixes your old stuff. Or you fix someone elses old stuff.

Comment: coding is only a fraction of business (Score 1) 548

Its not like kollege where yu write a program, make it work, and then are finished.
In a business a lot of other thing go on:
check into codebase
fixing bugs
tracking bugs in a databse
selling the idea
selling the software
supporting the customer
managing all the people that do this
learning new technology
teaching the new people
maintaining the computers to some degree

All this stuff occurs whether you are a single consultant, part of a small startup company, or part of a mega-software company.
In a small software company you probably have the mode overall hours devoted to coding.
A single-consultant is probably spending lots of time on non-coding aspects above.
A large company has specialists handling things like selling and testing. The fraction of everybodies hours devoted to coding may be rather small, less than 20%.

Comment: the most common type of identity theft? (Score 1) 171

by peter303 (#47706583) Attached to: Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data
The reference claims medical identity theft is the most common type of identity theft. but I dont beleive because there are relatively few cases in news about it compared to fake credit card and account withdrawals. It might be source of the most general identity thefts, due the looseness of medical record keeping.

Comment: Re:US NFL aggressively enforces copyright (Score 1) 226

I've heard a number of states have considered or passed these so-called "revenge sex" laws. That allows police/prosecuter to investigate entity that first posted with subpoena power and go after them. A lot of these revenge sex incidents are crimes of passion and the poster isnt covering their tracks as well as a seasoned p0rn ring.

Comment: compilers touted as early form of A.I. (Score 1) 427

by peter303 (#47671857) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++
Compiliers allowed you to move from brutal machine-language numbers to language-like or math-like statements; from number to problem-domain concepts. Compilers were complex pattern recognition, rule-base translators that implemented this. I've seen some early ads touting COBOL as programming in "almost English" (har har). As with most soft-A.I. results, once you did it, it wasnt really considered A.I. anymore.

Comment: flash/disk/tape ratios still stand (Score 2) 183

Cheapest retail magnetic disks are about 3 cents a gigabyte and a fraction of cent gigabyte for digital tape.

Unless one is a video hog a terabyte should be enough for anybody. And I'd stream most new content anyways. I only read/watch most stuff once.

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