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Comment: Silly Dichotomy (Score 1) 373

The question is silly. Which language to choose depends on the task at hand, not arbitrary religion. I was using C++ when it was "C with classes", wrote books and articles about it -- and my answer is to use the tool best suited to a given task and target platform. I've used Objective C when it fits my goal. I dislike questions asked only to invent false reasons for making a choice.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 674

by rs79 (#49167151) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Nye is a dangerous undereducated idiot. Feynman was a scientist, Pauling was a scientist, Nye has a mech eng degree, a patent on ballet slippers, published no papers, his books were commercial efforts for Disney that had princesses on the cover and he's been a comedian for most of his life.

He reads what others write for him to present, he's a talking head who reads what he's paid to and does not abide by the principles of science.

My kids know more science than he does and he is the last person you want adjudicating anything to do with science.

Comment: Re:Viewing Launches (Score 1) 22

by Bruce Perens (#49166815) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dual Satellite Mission

With luck, they'll start incorporating our radio transceivers. I hear that SpaceX flies with several USRPs now, so that's not completely unrealistic. That might be as close as I can get. Anyone who can get me a base invitation, though, would be greatly appreciated and I'd be happy to do some entertaining speeches while there. I need a base invite for Vandenberg, too. I got in to the official viewing site for the first try of the last launch (and that scrubbed too), but this next one is on Pad 6.

Comment: Viewing Launches (Score 3, Interesting) 22

by Bruce Perens (#49164783) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dual Satellite Mission

I was in Florida to speak at Orlando Hamcation and went to see the DISCOVR launch at Kennedy Space Center. I paid $50 to be at LC-39 for the launch, an observation tower made from a disused gantry on the Nasa Causeway between the pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building. A crawler was parked next door! A hot sandwich buffet, chips, and sodas were served. It was cold and windy! I watched for a few hours and unfortunately the launch scrubbed due to high stratospheric winds.

The next day, Delaware North Corporation, which operates tourism at KSC, decided not to open LC-39 or the Saturn 5 center for the launch. This was the third launch attempt and I guess they decided most people had left. I was annoyed.

The closest beach was going to be closed in the evening, it's a sensitive ecological area. I ended up seeing the launch from Jetty Park. This turned out not to be such a great location, the tower wasn't visible at all and the first 10 seconds of the rocket in flight were obscured before we saw it over a hill.

What's a better viewing location?

Comment: Re:how ? (Score 1) 316

by rs79 (#49164095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

I used to write hard drive firmware.

Here's what I would do: pull the controller board off a drive. Write a piece of software that emulates the physical drive to take it out of the equation.

You have to find a way to read the firmware. If you have to desolder a chop ad read it that's ok. Do this to many drives and eventually you'l find one of these that isn't like the other.

Now figure out what it's doing.
The firmware on those drives is not in the slightest bit complicated it's actually very straightforward.

Old SCSI drives circa late 80s is where I'd start looking.

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