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Comment Re:Obligatory post for all Unicode articles (Score 1) 190 190

but that costs a lot of money and the ones that will really fix things tend to be rejected anyway.

Yeah things which will cause massive worldwide breakage are not going to get fixed. And if it's expensive to put a new language in, well someone has to pay. Complaining it's too expensive is essentially putting the burden on someone else to pay.

It is a serious problem that some people can't write their names in Unicode,

Yeah, sure, but given that two native speakers of the same language couldn't agree, it's a bit silly to lay the blame with unicode. The thing is they're damned if they do and damned if they don't. If they try to do something without enough consultation, you wind up with Han unificaton---though I'd note that east asian representation was notably NOT absent from that whole progess. And if they don't do anything, peope whine all over the internet that they haven't.

Basically this stuff is really, really difficult and if a native speaker of the language doesn't step up to the plate to get things fixed, then it isn't going to happen.

Passport issuing services avoid Unicode because they can't enter people's names. Airlines avoid it for the same reason.

That's disengenuous, on both counts. There is no single system out there that allows everyone to enter their names. And machine readable passports are limited to capital ASCII characters, which is hardly an improvement. In both cases, the systems are vastly more limited than unicode. Snarkily, I wouldn't be surprised if the airline systems were running on EBCDIC not ASCII.

Comment Re:Obligatory post for all Unicode articles (Score 2) 190 190

Actually that got posted top slashdot a while back, and pretty thoroughly taken apart.

Firstly the unicode consortium is largely voluntary and relies on proposals for advancement. A large amount of the article is him complaining that no one's submitted a proposal. Secondly he got into a big argument (in the comments or another article) with someone from the same culture/background because they strongly disagreed on how the symbol in question should be dealt with.

Expecting the unicode consortium to be magically solve a problem like that (writing is HARD) when even he can't solve it to his fellow language-speakers satisfaction is frankly whiny and entitled.

Comment Re:Not all Open source is good. (Score 1) 177 177

VistA is a shit legacy system,

From Stroustrup's FAQ:

What is "legacy code"?

"Legacy code" is a term often used derogatorily to characterize code that is written in a language or style that (1) the speaker/writer consider outdated and/or (2) is competing with something sold/promoted by the speaker/writer. "Legacy code" often differs from its suggested alternative by actually working and scaling.

The VA system probably works. 50 bucks says the $9,000,000,000 system will never work.

Comment Re:VistA is a nightmare (Score 1) 177 177

You can write MUMPS like that, sure, but then you can either write a good kernel in C or win the IOCCC. If one sticks to modern conventions such as using full length keywords, not refedining keywords and actually indenting (pretty much all things you can also do in C, even if redefining keywords is technically illegal, I've never seen it not work), then the code as far as I can tell looks fine.

But even if all the code looks like that, for $9,000,000,000, you could reformat then refactor the entire lot, then write a new mumps compiler which enforced some coding standards and you'd still save more than $8,000,000,000.

Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 329 329

Copyright is covered by international treaties; that is, it is mutually recognized everywhere. It is under those international agreements that Hong Kong agreed to cooperate with the US.

There has never been an actual conviction and yet the assets were seized. It was extraterritorial, extrajudicial enforcemnet of holywood lobbyist whims.

The equivalent here would be for France to ask the US government to help with enforcing France's privacy laws against a US company operating outside France.

That's not remotely equivalent because google has operations in France via a subsidiary.

Comment Re:Hmmmmmmm (Score 2) 31 31

It's similar to how they developed their high speed trains. The government did the basic research and development, and then it grew into a huge business where Japan lead the world for over 50 years.

Interestingly that's the exact opposite to the way the UK works. You see we put in all the risky research money to develop tilting trains. Then because "reasons"[1] it was shut down and sold off and we're now buying tilting trains from Pendolino (a foreign company which bought the rights cheap) at great expense. The original tilting train still holds the speed record on the relevant routes.

Which is a better investment, I shall leave as an exercise to the reader.

[1]The reasons were bogus. Some people claimed it made people feel ill. There was an early problem because the tilting compensation was too good. Dialling it back a bit solved the problem and the trains became no worse than the modern ones in that regard. Basically the reason is that no matter who is in power, parliament hates local industry for some reason.

Comment Re:This test was flawed (Score 1) 368 368

Using error correction to achieve 0% loss over cheap ethernet cables is cheating.

Cheating how? This is a test of network cables. If the cable gives you 0% errors by any usable meant then it works perfectly. If I want my 60 kbit MP3s transferred losslessly over the network, I really don't give a crap if it's using trellis codes or retransmits.

Comment Re:sometimes it seems to me (Score 1) 368 368

[**NOTE: To be clear, I am NOT saying all wine is the same. There are a lot of different varieties and flavors. But I do believe you should just buy what you like. There are $5 wines that have easily beat out $100 wines at blind tastings. So, if you like a wine and discover it's only $5, keep buying and enjoying it. If you like the $100 wine, and you like the taste enough to pay $100, fine.]

I keep hereing this, and where can I find these cheap wines? Or is it that plenty of $100 wines come with a lingering afterburn too?

Comment Re:Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 2) 368 368

As with many things there's a grain of truth, which is enough to get someone hooked. Oxygen free copper is a real thing and you can buy it in bulk. The main property is that it has far fewer small inclusions of copper oxide (hence oxygen free). While this does lower the elctrical resistance very marginally, that's not what it's for.

The problem with oxyide inclusions comes when working with compressed hydrogen. The hydrogen diffuses through, and slowly strips the oxygen from the copper creating tiny pockets of very high pressure steam. This causes serious embrittlement problems.

So unless you're operating your hifi deep on jupiter, in the native atmosphere, you probably don't need oxygen-free hifi cables.

Comment Re:Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 1) 368 368

That needs to go away. We need an Ethernet protocol extension with BCH or Hamming code support.

Ooh good call. But I suggest you go with the much more modern and effective LDPC codes. You can then call your suggestion 802.11n or 10GBase-T. Maybe you could go for simpler weaker codes like trellis coding. I think 1000Base-T might be a good name for your system.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein