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Comment androwish (Score 2) 55

I don't know how well their windows emulator works, but when emulators work they can be very helpful. I was trying to write a simple app for my nexus phone and started looking into it and found it was going to be overwhelming. But then I stumbled on androwish, a tcl/tk environment for android and found it trivial to write my app. So this was a case of a emulator/port saving substantial amounts of time.

Comment Likely parents as well (Score 2) 444

There is another factor which is completely left out, the parents and their culture. Note the article says whites and asians. I would argue a white or asian parent is more likely to push their kids towards getting good grades. My parents were pretty low income and yet we were expected to bring home good grades. No excuses. I certainly see higher incomes as having an advantage, but cultural norms are a factor as well. I don't know how you would fix cultural norms except by taking the kids away from the parents and adopt them into families with high educational expectations.

Comment Money should go towards (Score 1, Informative) 131

I've said before to underwhelming response, we need to spend on protecting this gorgeous planet of ours from big rocks coming at us. It has happened before, so instead of trying to get off this really nice planet on to a crappy cold rock, we should first make sure we can defend the nice home with air, water and food before trying to build on a long shot.

Comment Re:Way too lib (Score 2) 485

There was no holodeck on the original star trek. Vacations were rare for the main characters. Generally the whole ship took a vacation on vacation like planets. And there were many episodes that dealt with "money" and exploitation. Planets for mining like the one with the silicon based creature that was killing the miners, the one where there was a cloud society that was supported by the workers on the ground, Harvey Mudd and the tribles, which were sold for credits, and many more. Dilithium crystals in particular were very valuable and mined if I remember right.

Comment Re: Ban all NUKES NOW - accident waiting to happen (Score 1) 166

U-236 has a half life of 23 million years. To get down to a survival range, many half lives needed, at 10 half lives (230 million years, (1/1024 or about .1% of the current radiation levels) you'd still probably not be able to live in the area of the reactor. In the show, the reporter was very anxious to get out of the really hot spots like the old hospital. They were wearing protective clothing. Unprotected I think the kill time was about 5 minutes, so it was still very very hot. Keep in mind chernobyl was in the 80's so already 30 years later and still deadly areas exist outside of the reactor itself.

Comment Re: Ban all NUKES NOW - accident waiting to happen (Score 1) 166

There was an interesting frontline about chernobyl I saw. There is work going on there to build a new containment structure for the reactor. The old concrete jacket is wearing. The area is so "hot" that the new vessel must be built away from the old area and later will be craned over the old reactor. The thing they are building is massive. The theory is the new structure should hold it for another 100 years. Then they will do it again I guess. The thing will be hot for as long as we have a sun, I think they quoted 4 billion years this thing will need to be covered. It makes me rethink if nuclear is a good idea, given the fukashima thing may turn into the same problem. How many of these reactors can we have around the world that will need to be shielded until the end of times?

Comment Re:Its easier now (Score 2) 114

Or you can write and use a text editor for terminals. I redid the old Rand Editor and called it sre. I have the source on my website. Took awhile, but I use it for coding exclusively. I also have written over the past decade or so a integrated circuit layout editor that has a limited DRC/LVS along with a matching schematic editor. The performance of the layout editor exceeds that of the "big" guys. A solo programmer can do alot with the tools available.

Comment Long way to go (Score 1) 96

So I wish them luck, but to do what they want means they need 3 billion degrees to ignite and they are at 10 million. Over two orders of magnitude seems difficult. I like that their reaction is not radioactive though. It means if they ever do hit the 3 billion, the reaction will not destroy the equipment from the radiation.

Comment I think they may have been hungry too (Score 1) 381

My mom used to tell me her mom would make tomato sandwiches during the war. She loved them and viewed them as a treat. Later she found out that the reason she got them was that was all there was. And my mom was lucky, her parents had some land with some fruit trees and a big garden. I think one of the unfortunate things of today is when you are short of money, it is fast food that is the tomato sandwich, and the tomato sandwich had less calories than a big mac and fries.

Comment Re:Keep it locked wndows up (Score 1) 373

I am afraid we are going to have to agree to disagree. Your commercial aircraft example is true, but the scarce availability of the equipment to general populace provides a good deal of protection, along with prevention cost is much less of an issue on a near billion dollar item compared to a 30k-ish car. Not to mention planes can and are grounded immediately if a problem is found. I do agree the prius was likely a real bug, but went with the "published" car mat explanation.

Comment Re:Colleges are not for education (Score 1) 274

To further the farmer analogy, farmers do not plant weeds. You can't eat them. While weeds may be pretty, they are minimally useful to society. College could be free for degrees that pay off to society, assuming the student holds a B or better. If your parents are rich and want to pay for your weed degree, go for it. If your parents are rich and want to pay for you as you flunk out and party your way thru school go for it.

We can found no scientific discipline, nor a healthy profession on the technical mistakes of the Department of Defense and IBM. -- Edsger Dijkstra