Were many Itanium users running Windows? My impression was that most Itanium users were running some sort of *nix. I don't think it's a huge deal for Itanium.
I also don't see Itanium going anywhere any time soon. As much as people like to talk about its demise, its numbers do grow every year. Or at least they were growing up until a couple years ago; I assume they're still growing. They're not growing very quickly, but they're still going.
It's a shame. It's a remarkably beautifully designed architecture, especially when it was first designed (1991-ish?). It's a shame no one can build a good chip for it or write a decent compiler for it
We're not supposed to make any decision on whether the soldiers acted appropriately or not. Or at least I hope we're not supposed to. We're really not qualified to do that.
What we're supposed to do is compare the video to the official statements from military brass 3 years ago and realize how badly they were lying through their teeth. Nothing the military said about the incident three years ago meshes even remotely to what actually happened. They did their best to cover-up. They ignored access to information requests, possibly illegally.
That's what this video is about. It isn't about the front-line soldiers who may or may not have made an honest mistake. It's about the entire structure of the military that exists for no purpose other than to lie and spread propaganda to its employers (the American people).
I know NASA used Reed-Solomon codes for the old Voyager probes. Maybe they're using something more efficient these days, but I'd have to imagine they'd be using error-correcting codes of some sort in whatever custom protocol they've devised. It would be ludicrous to use simple error-detection (necessitating a retransmit) at that latency.
As for the software itself, the Mars rovers just run VxWorks, right? Once you've got the code uploaded I'd think it'd be as simple* as restarting the process.
* Yes, I'm sitting in my pyjamas eating a bagel right now and describing what NASA does as "simple". Suck it!
That's not entirely true, depending on what you mean by "independent". So long as you are a member of SOCAN and have music tracked by SoundScan, you're eligible for the levies, regardless of whether you're signed onto a major label. This flow chart (warning: PDF) describes the pay-out structure.
The media have been kind of lacking here, though. I have no idea how this pay-out scheme works in practice
This is like saying, "My toaster runs linux and it can boot instantly!"
What would be wrong with that?
They poured a tonne of work into making this happen. Just because they control the hardware their hard work isn't worth anything? I think it's pretty cool what they've been able to do, someone no one else in the history of Linux has ever been able to do.
Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth