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Comment Re:A Very Old Performance Problem, Mostly Forgotte (Score 1) 266

Only because Fortran stores multidimensional arrays in column-major order, while every other language in the known universe uses row-major order.

Julia is another that I know of, not surprisingly because it continues the scientific computing traditions of Fortran in many ways. From TFM:

Multidimensional arrays in Julia are stored in column-major order ... This convention for ordering arrays is common in many languages like Fortran, Matlab, and R (to name a few). The alternative to column-major ordering is row-major ordering, which is the convention adopted by C and Python (numpy) among other languages.

Comment Re:Why are people obsessed with lack of bezels? (Score 1) 74

I want a phone that is 2X as thick as available today and has a 4 day battery life. Single day battery life today is only because of stupidity. we should be at the 1 week of battery like we had with the Razr flip phone.

I want an android, i.e. a humanlike robot that can take care of household chores. Not some stupid old phone.

(Google threatened to sue a robotics company called Zendroid because of naming similarities with their phone software. I guess the meaning of words doesn't matter any more.)

Comment 2 theories at the same time? (Score 1) 167

the theories are both supported by experiments, they usually don't play well together, forcing physicists to consider a new theory that will allow them both to be correct at the same time...

In relativity, the entire notion of "at the same time" depends on the observer. So I guess for some scientists, GR and QM play well together, for others not so well.

Comment Re:Switched to PulseAudio today - here's my story (Score 1) 322

My stereo headset becomes the active, default output once I plug it in, and the speakers assume that role as soon as I unplug it.

Back in the day, this used to be a hardwired thing, using tiny switch elements in the socket. In my current systems, the ALSA driver presents an auto-mute feature for when you plug in the headset. (The headset will go mute again when you unplug it, using a different kind of magic.) Now if you need a userspace daemon to do this, does it mean the kernel driver should become a lot simpler?

Comment Re:Feature? (Score 1) 322

This. For video and audio on the web, there are much better tools. I basically youtube-dl | mplayer so I can watch the fscking video instead of watching a browser. I'm old enough to remember sharing fun videos online before Youtube, and I guess we can all go back to a decent web again.

Als[ao], those who do not understand ALSA (with dmix) are doomed to reimplement it, poorly.

Comment Re:There is a solution (Score 1) 353

Dude, leave your bedroom, stop jerking off to porn, and learn what the fuck everyone else does with their lives. Fucking around with some half baked OS is not one of them.

I'll tell that to my students in my next workshop later this week. Fortunately, the local school uses Linux, so I don't have to carry around LiveCDs to get an OS that comes with real programming and graphing tools by default.

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