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Comment Asteroid TV (Score 1) 96

Thanks to progress in technologies, in telescopes (quality and price, China stuff ...) we have more and more asteroid news. Of course NASA needs to justify a budget, and any scary news is welcome. People are always glad to broadcast any news in regard to their new glass equipment. Thus, even an asteroid half the size of the one that illuminated the Russia sky a few weeks ago makes the headlines.

Comment Thanks for asking (Score 1) 1215

From the very early days of Windows, ie DOS, I knew that technology is not for me. To begin with, I preferred the Motorola assembly language / chip topology, compared to Intel and its segmented memory, LSB first etc... Then, the cumbersome, ugly, counter intuitive, and often weird DOS commands and BAT language didn't win any more sympathy - neither to me, nor to my friends at the time.

Then... came Windows. Just the name. Say, you create a new car - how do you call it? Pistons? Wheels? Really, looks like the MS guys has to throw a name [and an OS] in a hurry... Everything in Windows (3.x), from the design, to the OS implementation, was a disaster. We had to work on Windows, because it was - already - everywhere (fortunately, important work could be done on SunOS, and later, Linux).

What keeps me on/off Windows? I've never been "on", and I don't see how I could be nowadays (thanks to clouds, Internet, Macs and Linux). I even gave a try, after years of abstinence, to Win 8 (had to), and really, MS didn't change much in they way they look at how to implement things.
Some people are really "on" Windows... the only tangible reason for that is beyond me - maybe because thanks to MS propaganda, MS schools injection, etc... some people know only one OS well, Windows, they built a business on that, and they don't want to change now. Understandable.

Comment Re:Power vs algorithm (Score 2) 143

Interesting, indeed. The brain power comes mainly from a huge "3D true parallel network" which emulation with current technologies, simultaneous memory accesses etc... makes the current computers power somewhat relative...

As for "bruteforcing" the brain behavior, that's probably not that simple. For instance, the Travelling Salesman problem, while very hard to solve algorithmically, has at least a bruteforce solution easy to implement (while it'd take a long time - M years - to complete with even a rather small number of cities...). The brain? Do we even know how to model the "problem"? Then, bruteforce... That makes the TSP rather easy, in comparison...

Comment Power vs algorithm (Score 2) 143

Is the current "lack" of power of current computers an excuse for not being able to make a "clever" computer? In other words, is main the problem computer power or is it the design of algorithms that run on the computer (Power vs method)? Hard to say until someone realizes that clever computer, but the recent "history" of electronic devices would let me think the problem is the method (algorithm).

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