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Comment Re:Why would you want tech companies in the downto (Score 1) 183

nominally they are "cities", in reality they are incorporated neighborhoods in a much bigger, continuous metropolis. You wouldn't know it's a new place/city/town exept for a map or maybe a label on the street sign.

Or the "Welcome to XXX" sign along El Camino Real (assuming you're reading signs in the medium or along the curb rather than watching traffic).

(Or the color and/or font of the street sign, but see previous parenthetical note.)

Comment Re:Understandable (Score 1) 183

I can understand how the mayor feels because software coding is just like finance, it does nothing to contribute to the economy other than offer a service. We need a manufacturing economy to bring jobs back.

Presumably manufacturing stuff that has no processors in it, otherwise, you'd have to write software for those processors, thus reducing the contribution to the economy of that manufacturing.

(And what about the engineering work done designing the stuff being made? Does that also do nothing to contribute to the economy other than offer a service?)

And the number of jobs offered by a manufacturing economy depends on the volume of production and the productivity of the labor - the higher the productivity, the fewer jobs offered per unit produced. Enough robots and you don't get as many jobs back as you might want.

And those manufacturing companies may even need finance to grow, although it might not involve some exotic financial derivatives and an huge pile of servers doing high-frequency trading to get the finance.

Yes, it's reasonable to ask to what extent the software or finance industries are contributing to the economy, and whether we'd be better off with smaller versions of either of them, but that's different from casually dismissing those industries.

Service economies are third world.

So an economy with 75% of its citizens working in service industries and with 70% of its GDP coming from service industries is a third-world economy?

Comment Re:With a reason? (Score 1) 216

So long as there's rhyme and reason to the numbering scheme, I have no problem with it.

BMW does this, and it's awesome. The first digit is the body style (3 is small, 5 is mid, 7 is large), and the next 2 digits are the engine displacement.

Except when they aren't; these days, the next 2 digits may, or may not, have any connection to the engine size. For example, both the BMW UK page giving technical data for the 3 series and the BMW USA page for building your own car, after selecting the 3 series sedan indicate that both the 320i and the 330i have a 2-litre turbo 4, with the 330i just having a more powerful version.

Comment Re:Citizen-Fueled?? (Score 1) 156

"We are building a citizen-fueled clean power plant,"

A new twist on "Soylent Green?" A conspiracy against cemetery plots? Trumps "Final Solution" to the Immigration problem?

Or maybe it's just a way to use the results of a bean-heavy diet, given that the goal is to get "as much power as a small natural gas-fired plant produces" - get enough, umm, natural gas from citizens, and you've solved your problem!

Comment Re: Google beat you to it (Score 3, Informative) 240

That's weird, this is what I got. I guess it's a sponsored link? It even showed a blurb from the site above the link as if Google were just answering my question.

No, Strassler's a Real Physicist, and that link does show up, later in the list, in my search.

However, whilst the Higgs field might be a force field (in the sense of something that can change the motion of an object, i.e. can transfer momentum), it's apparently not considered one of the "fundamental" forces; the Standard Model has only four "fundamental" forces. The proposed new force would be a fifth.

Comment Re:Google beat you to it (Score 2) 240

If you google "what are the forces of nature" the first result says there are 5.

When I searched for "what are the forces of nature" (without the quotes) in Google just now, the first result was the Wikipedia disambiguation page for "Force of nature", which says "In physics, there are four fundamental forces." as the second line. The second result is the Wikipedia page for Forces of Nature , a romantic comedy starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, and the third result is for a HowStuffWorks page entitled "What are the four fundamental forces of nature?".

Below that are some news articles about this "maybe a fifth force" story.

Comment Re:RTFA this time (Score 2) 264

But, hey, he's first to break the news about Julian Assange's sex change:

In a manifesto that he wrote during the early days of WikiLeaks, founding member Julianne Assange observed that security services, confronting the threat of internal data breaches, would have to be extra vigilant in order to fly under the radar.

(emphasis mine).

Comment Re:1995 (Score 1) 225

"the point of Token Ring"

Enlighten us.

Slower than TCP/IP, but 100% deterministic network behaviour and speed.

So how does it compare to TCP/IP over Token Ring? :-)

Basically it's what you want to run your Nuclear Power Plants, live-saving medical devices and bizarly expensive "failure is not an option" Space Equiment with.

So what protocols are run atop Token Ring in that case?

(Or did you really mean "Slower than Ethernet, but 100% deterministic network behavior and speed"?)

Comment Re:1995 (Score 1) 225

> Same thing as with TCP/IP vs Token Ring

They are not even on the same level. Token Ring is layer 2, and you can run TCP/IP over it, the same way you can run it over the various Ethernet protocols (wired or wireless).

IPv4 and IPv6, so it's not "vs." in the sense of "using Token Ring rather than TCP/IP".

So "I instantaneously "got" TCP/IP, and only much later understood the point of Token Ring" presumably means "I understood why you'd use TCP/IP on various networks, and only much later understood why you'd use Token Ring for a network segment (rather than, say, Ethernet)", so it's not quite the same as "HTTP vs. Gopher".

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 146

I have to agree The OS market has got really boring. Back in the old days we had a bunch of OS
Dos/Windows for the PC
MacOS (No X) for Apple
UNIX/Linux for servers (each one designed for different platforms)
VMS for digital systems servers.
Z/OS for IBM mainframes
PrimeOS for prime mainframes...

Now in 2016 almost all of our OS are based in 1970's or 1980's technology.

VMS - from the 1970's.

z/OS - it's still around (and, unlike VMS, not at end-of-life), but it's a descendant of the 1970's MVS, itself a descendant of the 1960's OS/360 MVT.

(And Prime machines were minicomputers/superminicomputers, not mainframes.)

Comment Re:GooglePlex??? (Score 2) 100

... SGI's former campus in Mountain View, California, is now the site of the Googleplex ...

I thought the old SGI building was now the Computer History Museum...

SGI campus. One of the old SGI buildings now houses the Computer History Museum; the rest of the campus is now the Googleplex.

Comment Re:So nobody has the fastest internet? (Score 1) 101

The last thing I want is every ISP commercial followed by 25 seconds of a guy reciting disclaimers like we are at with pharmaceutical ads. Fucking lawyers.

How about every ISP commercial avoids saying "the fastest in-home Wi-Fi" unless the facts justify such a claim without 25 seconds of disclaimers? Don't say anything that requires disclaimers, and you can avoid the disclaimers. If you need fine print, perhaps you're making a claim in order to fool people into making incorrect assumptions if they don't read the fine print, rather than to actually inform people.

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