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Comment: broken idea from the start (Score 1) 60

by rewindustry (#49362179) Attached to: Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

if you make the frame from wood, you lock up carbon. steel is a total waste of resources, also conducts lightning through the frame of the building.

plastic is the worst possible choice for the panels, almost anything else is better, as long as it is reasonably fireproof.

sometimes long life is a bad thing - plastic is damned hard to keep clean, and harbours disease - it would be far better if the panels were made of something local, cheap and recycleable, that needed to be replaced at least yearly.

with a little bit of careful thought, just about any country could produce it's own emergency shelter system out of local resources.

funny how the western world becomes less and less competent at anything, the fatter and more ikea it gets.

these people should give up saving the planet, and learn how to feed their own children properly, they are becoming as dumb as the cows that seem to be the only thing they eat.

Comment: this is NOT news (Score 1) 481

by rewindustry (#49347719) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

the tests they show only serve to demonstrate how slow python string concatenation is.
they then go on to say that disk writes are bufferered more sensibly, and this is why they are faster.
the key thing to notice is that disk buffering happens in **memory**.

memory is still, and will remain, much faster.

you just have to use it properly.

Comment: the australian government (Score 3, Interesting) 328

by rewindustry (#49074843) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

(or related agency) published a detailed study on this subject in the late 90s.

as far as i remember i found this report on The Well, but i have since lost track of the file, and if anyone knows about it, i would really appreciate a chace to study it again.

the report was notable, as i remember, because it actually went so far as to suggest that weed makes better drivers - basically because they are more relaxed and therefore more likely to make the correct decisions in an emergency.

Comment: i am not responding to the OP at all (Score 1) 95

by rewindustry (#48799029) Attached to: AirAsia QZ8501 Black Box Found

please read the reply (currently scored 5, informative) to which i am responding. according to that, they are not different devices, they are redundant units - there are two, and BOTH record BOTH cockpit voice AND flight data, i presume on the same media. at last word the bbc is reporting that the cockpit voice is still missing, but this does not make sense, if the AC i am replying to is correct.

Comment: please read the reply (Score 1) 95

by rewindustry (#48799013) Attached to: AirAsia QZ8501 Black Box Found

(currently scored 5, informative) to which i am responding. according to that, they are not different devices, they are redundant units - there are two, and BOTH record BOTH cockpit voice AND flight data, i presume on the same media. at last word the bbc is reporting that the cockpit voice is still missing, but this does not make sense, if the AC i am replying to is correct.

Comment: mandatory open source (Score 1) 258

look at the damage that closed source has done to us, in the virtual world, and project this onto the physical world.

you must not give machines the same private autonomy you allow microsoft (for example) to take.

it is bad enough we permit closed source to handle our data, and the lessons from this are obvious.

a closed source AI operating in the physical world is a golem and should be considered evil by definition.

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