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Comment Re:C is the best (Score 1) 73

C is actually quite portable. But documenting it correctly so that someone else (or you a few years later) can understand what's going on it a beast.

C is more portable than either assembler or C++ (to bracket it with similar languages). It's not the most portable, for that you need either an interpreted language or one that runs on a virtual machine. Like Java, Python, Smalltalk, Ruby, etc., but it's probably the most portable language that compiles to native code.

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 196

A lot of people live in apartments where even if you have room for a nice setup, there's little or no opportunity to put it to good use without being a complete asshole to your neighbors. Also, unless you're sitting remarkably close to your remarkably large television, the screen in a theater is going to present a larger viewing angle. Some people don't like that, but for those who do, it's a more immersive experience.

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 196

Attendance has been steadily declining over the past 15 years, even as sales have been increasing. This means fewer people are paying more. Where I live, more cinemas than not have full bars, prepared food, and comfy, reclining seats. Eventually, with the possible exception of less population-dense areas, this is what the theater experience will be going forward, and cell-phone using, popcorn-gobbling, soda-swilling teeny boppers will be relegated to watching movies at home on their XBox Two (or on a phone, at school probably).

Comment Re:Can't decide what's stupider... (Score 1) 575

He didn't. The headline is misleading, but neither was it a joke. What he said was, if they have already hacked the server, he would love for the emails to be released.

"They probably have them. I'd like to have them released... It gives me no pause. If they have them, they have them," Trump added later when asked if his comments were inappropriate. "If Russia or China or any other country has those emails, I mean, to be honest with you, I'd love to see them."

Comment It is done wrong, so no surprise (Score 1) 163

Most Companies pay their CEOs with stock, which the CEO works hard to get its price way up, typically by cheating.
However, if they would pay their CEOs with none publicly traded stock, along with regular salary, then CEOs have a STRONG incentive to get decent dividends rather than focus on the stock price.

Comment Re:anti-science environmentalists (Score 1) 160

Actually, it's thoroughly impossible to tell how the new standards work based upon by the linked articles, but it sounds like in plain language that Florida is using a computer model that could allow more flexibility in discharge permitting. This can lead to better results, whether your definition of better is "more rationally defensible" or "more in line with what my donors want." Determining which way it is better requires review by a competent expert. It might be both.

The real issue here is this phrase from TFA: "one of a kind." That's not so good.

It's important in managing environmental data to do things in the usual way. This is contrary to the way public thinks about new technologies. If there's a new iPhone, you expect it to be better in every way or at least as good. It's not like that with scientific methods; new techniques are proposed because they have certain advantages, obviously. But they always have one big disadvantage: their results are hard to compare with what you already know. You need to do a lot of work to justify doing things a new way, otherwise you can find yourself unable to compare what is happening now to what was happening before.

Fortunately Florida can't do this on its own; it has to get EPA approval. Since this is an administration that is generally favorable to environmental regulation, if they can get this past Obama's EPA that will help give these new methods more credibility.

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