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Comment Re:Nukes (Score 1) 228

Windscale was used to recycle fuel from and for NPPs.

The infamous Windscale fire had nothing to do with reprocessing.

You *specifically* noted the Windscale Pile which was (a) where the fire was and (b) nothing to do with nuclear power. It was a device for making plutonium for nuclear bombs.

You can't just ignore it to brighten up your safety statistics.

Touche my man, touche.

Comment Re:the comparison is pointless (Score 1) 69

I care quite a lot about high performance stuff and scientific computing. My stuff hours faster on my Linux luggable and cluster using -O3, and yes I did benchmark it. I don't really care what Apple do, and I doubt they'd listen.

Besides the gp was trying to be smug and superior by claiming that because they didn't do his pet test it's obviously crap and you shouldn't listen. I'm kind of sick of people like that, because they don't say anything to inform or offer insight, they're simply trying to make themselves sound smart.

Comment Re:the comparison is pointless (Score 2) 69

The compilation tests they ran are completely pointless because all it measures is the amount of time required to build XYZ which is not a measure of a good compiler.

It's one of many measures of a good compiler.

What they should be looking at is what is actually being generated for it's size, efficiency and most importantly, accuracy.

They test efficiency, that's what all the benchmarks are for.

Compiling code with -O3 on GCC will get you in trouble

No it won't, at least not more often than incredibly rarely, provided you write reasonably well defined C or C++ code. Stating anything else is just pure FUD. I use -O3 all the time and I've never had a regression test fail as a result or a bug.

However, there was no comparison to how small it could make a binary

-Os frankly is of little interest to desktop developers. Heck, I spend quite a bit of my time on 8 bitters these days, and I think you're being pedantic.

efficiency of the resulting binaries when executed.

Well it's clear you didn't read the article, because performance tests of the binaries when executed was the majority of the article.

Comment Re:Possible scenario. (Score 1) 288

Apparently I can't add or subtract pre coffee.

True they got out of the way, but the did log things.

I'm still entertained by the combination of wooden biplanes and the classic age of sail with wooden ships. Arrrr me hearties run out the long guns and ready the seaplane! Avast!

Comment Re: Like the Bible (Score 1) 572

What's wrong with comparison to other religious texts, especially Abrahamic ones.

the Koran is in its original language while the Bible exists only in translation

The old testament is mostly avilable in it's original language (depending on the precise denomination) albeit in txt spk (really---all the vowels are missing).

Comment Re:Possible scenario. (Score 1) 288

Double reply because I can't resist.

I do love how your wildly incorrect facts and figures are bracketed by "use your brain" an "ignorant fuck". I think that adds a certain special something that was otherwise missing from the post.

Can we have a "+5 Slashdot classic" mod for the post?

Comment Re:Possible scenario. (Score 2) 288

Use your brain. Imagine it. 80 years ago most ships are still made of wood and are driven by sails.

Um 80 years ago? 1935? Are youuuuuuuu sure?

You might want to look at the kind of ships sunk by U boats in the Battle of the Atlantic a scant 4 years later. Not a lot of wood and sail.

Even the largest ship ever built by that time was tiny by todays standards

Laid down 1937. 65,000 tons displacement. The biggest aircraft carriers today top out at 100,000 tons, which is not enough to make the Yamato look tiny. By any standards ships of that size are very large ships. In fact most cargo ships build today are smaller than that since the Yamato wouldn't fit through the Panama canal. The US battleships of that era were designed to transit the canal of course.

There have been a few modern post panamax ships built. The largest ship ever hit about 650,000 tons displacement at full load (10x the size), but that doesn't exist any more, sadly, and there was only ever one of it. The largest container haulers top out at 250,000 tons displacement. Ships of that size are rare, however and even so a 65,000 ton ship would be considered very large.

The largest ships 80 years ago were comparable to most of the big ships sailing today. In your comparison about military ships, the size increase from 80 years ago is fairly modest.

When it comes to sail, the last ships of the age of sail were the windjammers. They were giants as far as sailing ships went, with steel hulls, 5 masts and a small crew. Production tailed off in 1900 more or less, though some managed to operate profitably on limited routes with non-critical bulk cargo into the 1930s. Mostly though by the 30s they were displaced by steamships.

And planes were still made of wood and driven by propellers

Well sure some of them were (say what you like about the Mozzie, it was a great plane!), but by no means all. The Spitfire first flew 79 years ago and is made of dural.

The equally iconic DC3 also debuted in 1935. Looks kinda metallic to me.

The all-metal Ford Trimotor debuted in 1926 and that wasn't the first all-metal plane.

The all metal Junkers F.13 debuted in 1920---95 years ago and was probably the first all-metal transport plane.

So, you're decades out on the planes and ships. The first successful weather satellite, however flew in 1960---75 years ago this year. By 1970 (65 years ago), there was a whole fleet of satellites, including some in polar orbit giving pretty much complete coverage of the entire planet.

Comment Re:Possible scenario. (Score 1) 288

Yes because the bible/koran/torah/whatever is completely equivalent to a global network of sensors and satellites. Oh not to mention simulations based on the sort of physics completely proven to be correct and that's widely used to successfully design cars, planes, rockets, turbines and so on and so forth.

Believing that the science magically switches off because you don't like the conclusions and/or the pundits involved does not make you a smart, free-thinking individual. It makes you completely superstitious.

Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 806

Some people say, "if I ever get rich I won't quit work." Screw that, may ass would be out of here. It would be the last thing you ever saw of me as I ran out the door.

I say that, but then again I've got my own company and I love my job. I like the idea of going somewhere sunny and drinking nice drinks out of a coconut shell, but I'd get bored eventually.

Comment I like slashdot the way it is. (Score 2) 806

Nope, and I like it that way.

Slashdot is forum of the ancient internet and is modelled after usenet. Comments have subjects, just like a usenet thread. And once you post something, it's out there, just like usenet. Sure they could let you edit the post, but then you could make the replies seem stupidid or nonsensical.

I like it like this.

Comment Re:Law goes too far. (Score 1) 716

Yes, you diningenuously provided a citation for the firat bit then made up random shit just after.

If you want to find cases of people being imprisoned in Germany feel free.

No, I want you to back up your claim about 5.5m versus 6m. You keep on evadig that you have no evidence for that.

Seriously put up or shut up.

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.