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Comment Re:we've been stuck at 4 core for too long (Score 2) 162

There are certain scientific and data processing applications

Amazing, that's exactly what I need them for! More the merrier. If you see me on Facebook, it's because I'm waiting on my PC to do something. I use "the cloud" for jobs that are worth the effort of setting up there. But most of the time I'm waiting on my local PC, and double the number of cores would approximately halve that wait.

Comment Re:Next up (Score 1) 68

Apple could get most of those benefits by "simply" requiring submissions to the App Store be universal binaries compiled for Intel.

For me, the availability of Windows in virtualization trumps the ability to run iOS apps outside of virtualization. Frankly, most of them would be bizarre on a huge laptop screen - like viewing a mobile website on a desktop computer. The only thing keeping me on Mac is its "universal" status. I can run Windows, Mac, various unixes. I can compile X11 apps, develop for iOS or Android, etc, etc. A move to ARM can only happen if Windows becomes available for ARM, at least for my purposes.

Comment Re:Artificial Gravity (Score 1) 152

Applying force in space is much more difficult because of the lack of free energy given to help you fight it via friction. It's that energy that any "artificial gravity" would have to supply constantly to let you do anything (e.g. walk across a room).

Stopping your own mass quickly is dead easy - you just hit something. It'll be like a fall (no 9.8m/s/s to fight) in slow motion for a frail old man. It all cancels out. If you're going fast, you're dead anyway. Because you have NO way to stop no matter how strong your arms are.

The problem is that you have to find something that will stop you, that's not going to move significantly in the other direction, that you won't damage, that won't damage you, and that won't be moving too fast relative to you (big spinning, large-mass to generate gravity are spinning against you quite fast on a 50-50 basis!)

Comment Technology Disruptive like Wars/Catastrophes (Score 2, Informative) 344

Yes, technology levels the playing field.

That is because, like major wars and catastrophes, it can devalue established wealth and power and empowers others to succeed based on their ability. The great thing about technology though is that it usually does this with far fewer people dying and it does not require wars to spur it on even though they often do.

Comment Re:lack of foresight (Score 2) 158

Make all the rationalizations that you want, SCOTUS has already decided. This is not a matter of opinion or rightness, but fact. Non-citizens do not have constitutional rights. They do have human rights and any rights granted by treaty or specific laws, but constitutional rights are only guaranteed for citizens.

Fact: the consitution, in literal and clear words, say A.
Fact: a branch of the government, because it's more convenient for them, says B.

I demand rights I have, not rights a government wants me to have. That I cannot exercise those rights at present is why I'm complaining. And I'm among people who can, if we got off our asses, fight back: while we can't fight the way the congresscritters prefer, by the Golden Rule, as we don't have the gold, we can research ways and educate people how to get your data unmolested in face of unlawful searches and forced password exposure.

Comment Re:lack of foresight (Score 5, Insightful) 158

Americans should not be subject to unreasonable searches and seizures.

Note the wording: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, [...]. It doesn't say "Americans" anywhere. So while I can't run for US president, if I visit, I am supposed to have thugs keep the [expletive] out of my "papers and effects". Which does include my phone.

Comment Monte beat PHP by a year! (Score 2) 180

My beloved Monte https://monte.rtfd.org/ beat PHP to this by a wide stretch. While it's true that PHP is a big established language, that doesn't mean that they get to claim sudden leaps in innovation which didn't happen. I've tweeted at the author of the blog post https://twitter.com/corbinsimpson/status/834175224736157696 with timestamped commits from the Monte codebase.

Comment I'm not sure this is a good idea (Score 1) 180

I'm torn on the idea of having one particular crypto implementation having first class citizen status in the language. It should help adoption and alleviate deployment headaches, but if that library turns out to have problems or just becomes obsolete it's even more of a hassle to work around it. Crypto algorithms are unusual in computer science in that they come with use-by dates. Most algorithms are timeless, but crypto changes constantly. What are the odds that in 5 years this becomes "that thing you shouldn't use but everybody uses it anyway because it's the default and its built in"?

Comment Some hints (Score 1) 114

I have a few suggestions for people, having used computers from a very young age and having my own since 7th grade, eye strain has always been an issue.

(1) If you are near sighted (which I am), have your the prescription *slightlt* detuned, so it isn't perfect. Mine is detuned by I think around 0.25. This reduces eye strain by a HUGE amount. You won't be able to read highway signs from far away but who needs to do that any more with gps nav?

(2) Tinge your desktop foreground coloring scheme more towards the greens and do not yet a dead-black background solid, and do not have a bright background picture relative to your windows. This reduces excess contrast while simultaneously allowing you to reduce the brightness of the screen. Excess contrast is a major source of eye strain. If you see characters burning into your retina excessively you have too much contrast.

For example, for xterm's I use the following resources:

xterm*background: #100010000000
xterm*foreground: #7FFFDFFFDFFF
xterm*cursorColor: white

(3) Monitor(s) should be arms-length from your eyes with your fingers stretched out. If they are any closer, you are doing something wrong. Any closer and your eyes will get strain for excessive crossing.

(4) Glasses vs Contacts. I don't know. I prefer glasses myself, but I've never really liked to use contacts so mostly I just don't any more... its glasses all the way.


Comment Re:thank you gemalto (Score 2) 47

The eSim isn't necessarily a software device. Think TPM.

"Upcoming new generation of SIM is called e-SIM or eSIM (embeddedSIM), which is non-replaceable embedded chip in SON-8 package which may be soldered directly onto a circuit board. It will have M2M and remote SIM provisioning capabilities."

It's just that rather than having to produce secure, tiny, portable, replaceable chips, they build a chip into the device that can be programmed (maybe only one or a limited number of times, or only with a signed update) to any number.

So rather than having to mess around with cards, you just identify the chip in the device directly.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 889

"IP" is a bogus, meaningless term. What do you actually mean? Copyright? There are fair use exceptions to copyright in the USA, and fair dealing allowed uses in other parts. Note that in the USA, reproducing copyrighted material for the purpose of "criticism" may be considered fair use.

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