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Comment: Re:toxic microbeads? (Score 1) 158

by istartedi (#49756749) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

It turns out that when you take materials that are usually not a problem, and change their surface chemistry, they can become problems. Take carbon, for example. Pencil "lead" is graphite. Not a problem. OTOH, take a look at a bottle of graphite lock lube. It's the same element, in a fine powder form. There are all kinds of warnings on it because it can get into your lungs.

IANAChemist but I think a real chemist would agree that surface chemistry is an exciting new field, and we don't know enough about it. Sometimes you can get exposed to things in weird ways because they're small.

To take an oddball analogy here... jumping up and down on a mile high peak is not a problem. People do it all the time. Now shrink the mountain down to six feet and try jumping up and down on the peak. Ouch.

Comment: Windows for Workgroups (Score 1) 171

by Mostly a lurker (#49756557) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
I had limited exposure to Windows 3.0 (and 3.1). From a support angle, it was mostly a matter of it worked or it didn't (give or take memory limits). Windows for Workgroups (3.1 and 3.11) on the other hand holds many memories for me, almost all horrendous. To this day, I still do not understand why it would sometimes work Monday and Thursday, but simply refuse to network Tuesday and Wednesday. The hours I spent trying to make that garbage work ...

Comment: Re:forever and ever? (Score 1) 364

by fermion (#49749979) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever
Also think about Pascal. It too changed programming as it let a new generation of not very good coders generate applications. Who does Pascal now?

Not sure if Java is better or worse than Pascal. A similarity is that part of it's popularity is that it is a teaching language, perhaps more than a production language.

Comment: Don't like a story? Don't read it. (Score 4, Insightful) 369

"... isn't this completely unrelated to what slashdot is about?"

Please don't post comments to stories that don't interest you.

The sociology of technology is something I must deal with every day. It's interesting to me to read stories about that.

Comment: Re:Why not just... (Score 1) 367

by Mostly a lurker (#49746069) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?
Correctly spoken, TCP and UDP are two completely separate transport layers available within the Internet protocol suite. When people talk about TCP/IP, they should be talking about using the TCP transport layer and IP (v4 and/or v6) internet layer. This does not include UDP. Of course, as with most complex technology, the wrong terminology is often used. I am sure you can find references where the "Internet protocol suite" is called "TCP/IP" and all the distinctions between different layers and protocols confusingly blurred. That does not make such terminology technically correct, and it certainly does not promote correct understanding. Wikipedia actually has a superb and very readable description of the Internet protocol suite and all the different components that are currently part of it.

Comment: 1080p, flash were the big criteria for me (Score 1) 45

by billstewart (#49744141) Attached to: Rate These 53 Sub-$200 Hacker SBCs, Win 1 of 20

Last year I was looking into getting either a Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone Black. BBB had a newer ARM rev for the CPU, so it can run more kinds of OS. But the RPi has the removable flash as its drive, so you can easily load whatever OS image you want, change OSs by switching flash chips, and if you hose it too badly you can take it out and reload, without worrying about whether you've bricked the board. Also, the specs at the time said the RPi had a better GPU, and could do 1080p at 60 Hz vs. only 30Hz for BBB, which means I can plug it into TVs and monitors without as much flicker. I chose the RPi.

BBB nominally costs a bit more, but by the time you buy cases and power supplies and flash and such, it pretty much balances out.

Comment: Re:Corollary: It's difficult to be "clever" in Jav (Score 2) 403

by Waffle Iron (#49743689) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

It is not difficult to be "clever" at all. Look at various "bean" frameworks. Use their object marshaling features. Throw in some of their aspect-oriented programming features.

Now you usually have a bloated, incomprehensible mess. Sure you can easily read any couple of lines of code in isolation. But the system as a whole is a huge pile of gratuitous redundant layers of abstraction and confusing action-at-a-distance creepiness.

Comment: Re:Stupid reasoning. (Score 1) 1073

by Alomex (#49741757) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

You have no idea if I support government expenditures or not. I.e. "statist". I'm just pointing out that your figures are flawed, and since you are loosing that argument you try to shift it into ascribing views to me that are not even part of the conversation.

It's clear you lost, you know you lost and you are trying to shift the target by claiming I'm a statist. Thanks for participating. Next!

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson