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Comment Re:Uhh... (Score 4, Insightful) 216

Yeah, basically this. Find the software that's closest to what you want to do and get on their community software and ask if there's already a way to do it. Your idea probably isn't unique, but just in case it is, the community can give feedback as to whether it's a good idea or not, and then if it is good their docs or people in the community will tell you how to put in a feature request. At that point, follow most of the advice others are giving about building or buying.

Comment Re:Edge to edge screen hard for me to use (Score 1) 73

Everyone puts their phone in case, so that adds a bezel.

To the contrary - the edge of the case, even on phones with a thin bezel - prevents the edges of the screens from being used. This always gets me with text selection on Android.

With no bezel, you can't have a case wrap around the top edge. From the perspective of selling screens and replacement phones it's a fabulous idea.

Comment Re:Projections are always horseshit (Score 2) 392


The word 'projection' when used by business or government s a fancy way of saying they can the future. Through enough numbers and fancy colorful graphs and people will believe anything.

But that's fine. The voters should allow the bond after a construction company has given a firm bid and demonstrated that it has insurance for up to, say, 5x cost overruns.

If no one company can cover that much, the managers can break it up into small enough pieces until the voters have a guaranteed not-to-exceed cost.

Any voter who believes initial government estimates is a fool.

Comment Re: Assuming all goes well... (Score 1) 101

Very, very few people who live within fifteen miles of Cape Canaveral lived there before they built a space complex. And many, many more of them have been killed driving to the shopping mall since they built a space complex.

Nobody would live there if absolute safety was the criteria for Vespucci or the Seminole - it's an unreasonable standard for real life.

Comment Parallelism (Score 5, Interesting) 338

Say, about fifteen years ago, there was huge buzz about how languages and compilers were going to take care of the "Moore's Law Problem" by automating the parallelism of every task that could be broken up. With single-static assignment trees and the like the programmer was going to be freed from manually doing the parallelism.

With manufacturers starting to turn out 32- and 64-core chips, I'm wondering how well did we did on that front. I don't see a ton of software automatically not pegging a core on my CPU's. The ones that aren't quite as bad are mostly just doing a fork() in 2017. Did we get anywhere? Are we almost there? Is software just not compiled right now? Did it turn out to be harder than expected? Were languages not up to the task? Is hardware (e.g. memory access architectures) insufficient? Was the possibility oversold in the first place?

Comment Re:Is this theoretical? (Score 1) 207

Right. Most people who 'hear' in the 20-28KHz range are picking up that their ear bones are vibrating a bit and that can get translated into sound but it's not real 'hearing' at the high frequencies.

For the vast majority of the population, there's plenty of bandwidth in the 12-16KHz range that speakers can reproduce and most people wouldn't discriminate from fan noise on the system.

Comment Re:But why? (Score 1) 336

The question that never seems to get asked is: Why do these executives get these incredible salaries? Does anybody - apart from the tiny elite at the top - really think it is good value for money?

It's obvious to most people. If you have to pay $2M more to get an exec who's better than the other guy enough to net your company an additional $2B in profit, there's not even a question on the table - you'd be crazy not to.

Comment Re:3d fails about every 10-15 years. (Score 1) 433

Really? I haven't noticed it. I can focus far, near, between. Sorry to hear you have that problem.

Really? How is it that the film is shot with the lens at a particular focal distance and you can refocus the image at will?

Do you have a top-secret lightfield setup and are holding out on the rest of us?

Comment Larry is a cunning linguist (Score 5, Interesting) 187

Perl is great for people who tend to be more "verbal". The total math geeks I know really prefer python, though.

It's wonderful that we have such a joyful abundance of tools to choose from in the FLOSS world, and aren't stuck running VB.net or whatever the craptastic commercial product is these days. Be maximally productive and we can all be happy for that.

Now let's work on getting these things coordinated so I can use a python module in perl6 and the ruby folks can use a perl6 module on rails. That was one of the great dreams of the perl6 project and it doesn't seem to be effective yet.

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