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Comment: Re:It depends (Score 1) 481

by rioki (#49344833) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

Actually I think with modern OS and compiler the opposite is true. The moment you overwrite your stack canaries and return address you app goes *poof*. (No message box, no error handler, just disappears from the process list.) You can live with corrupted heap objects for a good while; especially if you wrote over the
end and don't try to free / reallocate the following heap object.

Comment: Re:First principle - who pays? (Score 1) 137

It's a matter of mission statement. In Germany the public TV and radio is also payed by a "tax" (it's not called a tax, but it's mandatory). But they broadcast many things, especially the news world wide without restrictions. Up until last year they operated lang wave radio to reach the entire globe. They see it as a service to ex-pat Germans and other people interested in Germany.

The BBC has a long track record of selling their stuff (which is quite good). They have a vested interest to not make it available outside of the UK. But technically you could argue that they are double dipping, since it should be payed though UK TV licenses. (For example in the US this would not fly, since anything produced on tax money is automatically public domain.) The problem is that the BBC relies on these outside of UK licenses to produce the things they do; this law change would throw a spanned in the gears of the BBC's funding. (If would not be totally doom and gloom though, since the only thing that is unblocked is BBC's website's streaming services.)

Comment: Re:Never going to happen (Score 4, Insightful) 137

In this specific case, I would rather think that the northern countries, especially Germany, wanted that their food safety regulations to also apply to the southern countries. "Somebody think of our poor consumers?" (They don't make olive oil in mid and northern Europe.)

Comment: Re:Never going to happen (Score 3, Interesting) 137

Because the worst effects of this stuff hit the poorer and less developed countries the hardest. The richer and more developed countries if anything benefit from it.

Although I understand the sentiment; the "richer" countries, e.g. Germany, already works with these "food safety" measures in place. They have had this drag on the marked already in place, so they did not need to adapt. The problem is when a new EU directive actually kills traditional products; like in France where the requirement to make cheese with pasteurized milk made something like 3/4 of the French cheeses impossible to make. (They resolved the issue with local exemptions.)

But once you comply with "improved" food and product safety requirements, the EU did help trade.

Comment: Re:Good points, bad points (Score 1) 282

by rioki (#49334271) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

I drove a BMW with a speed limit detector. If I am correct, it did not feed that back into the cruise control, but seeing the current speed limit on the side of your current speed in the heads up display, hovering above your hood, was sufficient to not speed by accident. The system worked quite flawlessly, even in medium snow. It is a mix from nav data and forward sign detection. The only mistake I notices was when merging back onto the Autobahn, that was under construction, it showed unlimited on the acceleration lane, until it saw the first sign (at the end of the lane).

Comment: Re:Photosynthesis thumbs up! (Score 1) 65

by rioki (#49224619) Attached to: Solar Impulse Plane Begins Epic Global Flight

The thing with a solar powered plane is that at theses speeds, I think plane it the wrong design. How about a solar powered airship. You don't need power to keep it flying (almost) and it has a way higher surface area to put solar panels on. Additionally Batteries are almost neglectable, since all you need to do is provide more buoyancy through the balloon.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown