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Comment: Re:Transformative Platforms! (Score 1) 182

by sunderland56 (#47905753) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

List of transformative, disruptive, game-changing, paradigm-shifting technologies that have changed education forever:

9) Eight-Track Tape Recorders

I hesitate to ask what sort of an education you got that involved eight track tapes..... did it also involve the back seat of a 1970 Camaro?

Comment: Re:Damaged reputation? (Score 1) 191

by sunderland56 (#47161889) Attached to: Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

Several reviews of Ford and Cadillac models I've read, particularly models with older versions of SYNC/QUE, have been overwhelmingly positive with the exception of the infotainment system.

Every review of BMW models is overwhelmingly positive.... except for the *bleep* infotainment system.

All car owners want entertainment along the journey. Some get their entertainment from music, maps, and the like. The others get their entertainment by hitting the cloverleaf at 90 MPH. Intel can help the first group; Intel can do nothing but frustrate the second group.

Comment: Re:Cinema-like (Score 3, Interesting) 261

by sunderland56 (#47123617) Attached to: Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

Samsung and LG claim that the curve provides a cinema-like experience

Then why are the screens in a real-life cinema flat?

The answer, of course is that the camera (either film or digital) uses a flat sensor. Taking a picture with a flat sensor, and then displaying it on a curved screen, is just distorting the image. So the consumer thinks they're cool - but in reality they are watching an inferior picture.

Comment: Re:What could go wrong with the Vomit Comet? (Score 1) 64

I have seen bathrooms like that in Japan

In Japan you wash yourself - soap down and rinse - *outside* the tub. You only get into the tub after you're clean. So yes, the entire room *is* a shower stall.

That's why the toilet is in a completely different room from the tub.

Comment: Re:"OpenSSL C dialect" (Score 1) 164

by sunderland56 (#47029631) Attached to: 30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

OpenSSL has basically wrote their own version of libc

The language you use and the libraries you use are different concepts.

C - especially in the (most excellent) Whitesmiths compilers done by completely separated the compiler itself from the libraries; the ones they supplied were completely and totally different from what is now called libc, but everything worked.

This model has been (sadly) broken by things like c99 and c++.

Comment: "OpenSSL C dialect" (Score 1) 164

by sunderland56 (#47028545) Attached to: 30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

What is this "C dialect" of which you speak? Last I checked, they are using standard compilers for the various platforms.

Writing cross-platform code is tricky, and you need to avoid using some things that appear fine, but work differently on different platforms. That will make your code look a tad peculiar to the regular single-platform programmer; but I'd hardly call it a "dialect".

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead