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Comment: No Substance (Score 1) 256 256

This was the longest article that I read that said almost nothing. The TFS is basically "People have problems with modern interfaces, please provide a simple accessible interface." At any point in reading the article I was hoping for some salient details and examples, what does not work and what may be better solutions. But I was disappointing, no details, no analysis, nothing. This article is borderline useless, it is a half mute scream of "something needs to be done", but does not provide any guidance as to what and how.

+ - Pluto probe back to normal, cause of snafu found->

Tablizer writes: "Update:...NASA’s New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto. The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter "safe mode" on July 4 has concluded that no hardware or software fault occurred on the spacecraft. The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby. No similar operations are planned for the remainder of the Pluto encounter.
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Comment: Re:This ride may not be suitable (Score 1) 144 144

What's new? VR will have a new and improved iteration on the epilepsy warning label. But then doing anything is dangerous, if you do it wrong or have a predisposed condition.

I demand that beds have warning labels! Excessive lying in bed can cause a plethora of health conditions, not limited to bone loss and muscle atrophy. /s

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 72 72

Actually the FAA has something to say about it, since airspace starts at ground level. If you happen to live "in" B, C or D airspace, you would not be allowed to fly a drone in your back yard hovering at eye level. B, C or D airspace normally extends 4 nautical miles around a towered airport, from surface to 1500 above ground. You can check your airspace at; everywhere where there is a blue or purple circle with SFC as the lower number, no drone flying.

+ - Greek Minister Finance Minister Resigns under Eurogroup Pressure->

rioki writes: Yanis Varoufakis writes: "Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today."
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Comment: Re:Knowing when not to (Score 1) 345 345

I commonly formulate it in the opposite. A master of C++ knows when to use the simpler function. For example, is it more sensible to use 2 overloads than a template, when is a free function a better idea than methods or functor, when is a struct (a real struct w/o methods) a better idea than a fully fledged class. The point is that you should not use the most powerful tool for the job, but the weakest that will get the job done.

Novice programmers write code they don't understand, advanced programmers write code they understand and master programmers write code even the novice understands. (I don't know where this quote comes from.)

Comment: Re:UK needs to be run by corporations like America (Score 1) 266 266

I could not agree more with this sentiment; I don't know where GP got his warped perspective. As an US American and German that has traveled the world (mostly west Europe and north america), I can say I don't know a county that is safer and freer than Germany. I consider to have more freedom of speech and freedom of expression in Germany, than in free speech zoned Murica.

The tax code in German is reasonable and the fact that the agency that enforces it has police powers just a minor detail. This is not so dissimilar to the IRS, though they need to defer to local law enforcement for everything. (A team of people form the Finanzamt or a team from the IRS and some cops does not make a real difference.) In contrast to the USA, the Germans don't have the notion that I need to file a tax report even though I currently have no residence in the USA and am not earning money there...

If you want German nonsense, you should have noted their environment protection, food safety and similar laws. Not really the laws themselves but the bureaucracy that ensured. If you have a production line, they want reports and checks on everything.

Comment: Re:Sheesh! Some numbers. (Score 1) 217 217

Yes, but aren't the steam generators closed loop? If you keep blowing out steam, you need to replenish water. That water must be stored on board or extracted from the sea water. I doubt that it is a good idea to use sea water in the generator; higher corrosion and all that jazz. The advantage of an electric system, is no consumables wasted, save fuel for the initial generation, which you would have used anyway.

Comment: Re:Not a discovery (Score 1) 80 80

This paper is something like the fifth time I read a study aimed at analyzing the validity of virtual training or simulations for real wold stand ins. And not wonder there, if the parameters of the simulation where properly designed, training goal was well defined and the game sufficiently realistic, it was a cost effective training and evaluation tool.

I understand that, for scientific accuracy, a method must be evaluated, but except for pilot, cargo ship and emergency response training, I have not seen much follow up research. Maybe evaluating if VR is cost effective way to a research paper and graduate degree.

Comment: Re:Don't be so far to believe! (Score 1) 86 86

If you it actually was forbidden to sell food, you would not see this story. The Russian government does not fuck around. You may be able to bend laws in central Russia, but not Moscow.

But I can see that the store may have some trouble, since the perception that buying EU food is impossible may well be wide spread. This add campaign basically is clever advertising and a bit of critique of the situation.

Comment: Re:Won't save most of the 4000 lives (Score 1) 615 615

Then again the car will not be able to stop on the spot. it needs to actually slow down with it's breaks. Event the situation where something falls of the back of a pickup truck; whatever falls needs to slow down by friction. The only situation that GP has anything useful is the kid that runs onto the street a short distance away. This situation physics dictates that there is not solution, if you consider stopping distance only. But an autonomous system, as a driver can also swerve to avoid the obstacle. The reduction in response time, may actually save the life of the person running in front of the truck. Then again this exact situation is one of the hardest to handle, since an obstacle coming perpendicularly towards the vehicle may still stop before the paths intersect.

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.