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Comment Re:unilkely (Score 1) 560

The airline industry pays for the security theater

The traveling public pays for it, as that is where the airlines get their money. You'd think then that the TSA would not be able to take action without concern of the traveling public, but they seem to be able to do so.

Comment Re:my 2 cents (Score 1) 244

Not sure if your assumption is right. First of all the Android VM is an entirely different beast than the standard JDK, it is not a stack based vm anymore but a register based, also the tie in between the vm and the processor is way deeper with the included arms having java accelerating command sets included. Thirdly the bytecode itself is not java anymore either it is post processed and some specific optimization is applied upfront. Third, the class lib provided is huge and a load of methods root directly into native functions instead of trying to implement as much as possible in java.
So so far java as language of choice in the android world works out pretty well, I dont hear complaints that the android development is hard or that you have a speed problem by using java.

Comment Re:ok, so I'll get one then. (Score 1) 145

BluRay players will become more common, regardless of how PS3s do. BluRay won the HD war. Stores are stocking BluRay discs, right down to the Walmart and Costco level. Disney is selling kits containing both BluRays and normal DVDs. And they are being advertised heavily.
A PS3 is just a convenient way to get a BluRay player, especially if you already have a game you want to play as well. (The game controller makes an awkward BluRay remote, though.)

Comment Re:Do we WANT them to ban laptops? (Score 1) 560

its not just that they would not be on, its that you couldn't have them at all. Banned from carry on, banned from checked. Business travel that involves computers of any kind would be impossible. Plus, what about those that get motion sick when reading. I think you'd take clickety click over a nice pile of chow in your lap

Comment Re:Lots of nits to pick (Score 1) 260

The entire point and purpose of this launch is to receive telemetry from the large number of instruments on the vehicle. Being able to compare the data to the models is the single most valuable thing that will come from this launch, since otherwise its mostly a publicity stunt (everything that is not a shuttle SRB is a dummy component) and theres a good chance that Ares 1 will be canceled.

With clouds and the potential to build up an electrical charge on the surface, there's a risk of losing data along the way. The cost of postponing the launch is far less than the cost of wasting this $450M launch.

Comment Re:Help! (Score 1, Insightful) 129

Ridiculous.
Do they really expect to be able to review all 80,000 + iPhone apps, 10,000+ Android apps, and everything else in every other app store? What are they going to do, attempt to pull every app until each one is reviewed? This sounds like some 60 year old executive finally upgraded his aging Nokia to an iPhone and thought it a good idea.
These apps are digital downloads from (generally) overseas sources, I'm sure there are plenty of programs you can download from the vastness that is the internet that contains content that people would object to. Do they review them? No.
And I know not of Stephen Conroy's involvement in this, but he's already under enough fire from the proposed Internet Filtering Scheme. Give it a rest!

Comment Re:Is OOBase finally useful? (Score 1) 377

Ah, a personal attack based on crap you made up, why bother revealing such a character flaw?
From what little you do know, my username, you can assume that I have at least heard of databases for a while. Hence my comments about toy databases used for serious tasks for long periods of time leading to large and expensive amounts of pain when the toy is no longer available.
They can be a shiny but expensive trap for new players as you will see if even one of the collaborators has a slightly different version of the software and mangles the entire thing. Due to the personal computer nature of the things they tend to breed multiple versions of the database and fly under the radar of backups - you find that the most current or only usable copy was on somebodies personal laptop that none of the sysadmins had ever heard of and the user doesn't beleive in backups.
Without extreme care they become toys that are more expensive than the real thing and a source of expensive confusion from multiple versions splitting off the original and failures from attempted merging of the multiple versions of the database.
All of this should be incredibly obvious so you use them only for the situations where they will work - small unambitious projects with very few users and where the data is unlikely to be of any use in five years time so it doesn't need to be migrated to a new version or other system.

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