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Comment Re:How does it "eat up CPU cycles"? (Score 1) 133

There is the time taken to read the file into memory, but I'm going out on a limb that the calculated 5MB isn't going to make much of a difference were it purged.

It doesn't read the file into memory. It only reads the pages that need to be read. You can have a 100mb file, and if you only attempt to read a 1mb chunk in the middle, then the rest of it won't even be read off disk.

Comment Re:Bricked or not? (Score 1) 93

Some people distinguish betwen "soft-bricked" (the device stops working but can still be revived with user-available measures going beyond normal configuration*), "hard-bricked" (the device stops working and can only be revived with tools unavailable to an ordinary user**) and "broken" (the device is dead and can only be replaced***). In this case the routers appear to have been hard-bricked as they stopped working and had to be physically accessed by the vendor in order to restore functionality.

* E.g. using Fastboot to flash a new firmware to an Android phone.
** E.g. using JTAG to flash a new bootloader as the device can't even go into Fastboot mode anymore.
*** E.g. my Zuk Z1.

Comment Re:Vigorous debate? Surely you jest (Score 2) 510

I would add - the comments section of typical left-leaning news sites have become absolutely fanatical if even one dissenting opinion is expressed. If you agree with 90% of a topic/idea and provide criticism of the other 10%, you are dismissed as a racist nazi and shunned from the group. Try it some time as an experiment.

You are wrong.

I've expressed quite a few dissenting opinions on Slate.com (as typical a left-leaning news site as there is), mainly objecting to various criticisms of Trump. For instance on the first travel ban I said the numbers showed that you couldn't call it "targeted at Muslims" for what the phrase "targeted" usually means. There has been disagreement, sure, but I was never once dismissed as a racist or a nazi, and I wasn't shunned. Here are my posts so you can verify it yourself. (On Slate, you have to click the speech bubble to view the comments, and wait a few seconds while it loads).

Why haven't I been dismissed as a racist nazi? or shunned? I think it's because I am mostly polite, rational and fact-based in my posts, and people see this and respond positively to it. Usually not *agree* with it, but at least respect me for it. I think you generally get out what you put in.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/fut...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the...

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http://www.slate.com/articles/...

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(the following is about the travel ban)

http://www.slate.com/articles/...

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Comment There is always a reason. (Score 1) 120

There's really no logical reason that famous film stars are also billed prominently for animation, and yet that's what we have.

The vocal performance and personality of the actor shapes and defines the animation of the character.

Disney understood that from the beginning, which is why three generations of stars from film, radio, television and theater have recorded for Disney. Try imaging the animated Aladdin without the manic improvisation of Robin Williams.

For bonus points, try re-casting the voice of Rocket Raccoon and see if you if you still have a CGI and motion capture character that audiences will actually give a damn about, help anchor a new franchise and deliver a billion-dollar pay-off at the box office.

Comment Re:Will never happens (Score 1) 270

but if they can put them close go city centers, then they could have a huge advantage over airplanes

Approaching the city center implies rapidly escalating costs for right-of-way.

If I understand the Hyperloop correctly, it is more or less as rigidly constrained in its design as a pneumatic tube or a pipeline. Even the gentlest of curves become a problem. You can't simply route around obstructions that would be too expensive to clear.

Comment Re:Discounted labour! (Score 1) 356

You hear that corporations? There's a discount on labour! Save, save, save! Apparently if you hire black women they have identical skills, experience, and work just as hard as the average person in your company. Why are you hiring anyone but them? DISCOUNT!!!

Everyone says companies are willing to do anything to save a buck, but apparently, when it comes to labour, they won't. Weird, eh? I wonder if there could be another reason...

From my experience in the industry, the difference in wages highlighted by this article would be insignificant next to the much larger wastes due to building the wrong thing, or building stuff that customers don't want, or running around in circles with changing requirements, or pursuing middle-manager pet projects.

I think the "another reason" you mention is that no one in the industry has figured out how to systematically use software engineers to the full potential, not by a long margin.

Comment Re:Contract negotiation... (Score 1) 316

Are you a screenwriter? Just because things work that way in your industry and region doesn't mean they work that way everywhere.

I mean, we all know how companies are desperately trying to hire even mediocre workers, right? It's practically impossible to not get a decent job; even casually mentioning a hobby to a stranger on the street can net you a job offer. So why are there unemployed people? Because what I said only applies to IT workers in Karlsruhe, Germany, and most people don't fall into that category.

I'd wager that the screenwriting industry is rather unlike yours. For instance, you're probably not paid on a unit-of-work basis with a hard limit on how many projects you can do per year and ever-shrinking project lengths.

It's not like the writers are making less in terms of studio accounting. They get paid the same amount of money per episode as before. It's just that a few years ago they got paid for 20+ episodes and now they get 10 and their contracts often forbid simply working on two or more shows per season. From the producers' perspective everything is hunky-dory; they still produce vaguely the same amount of content (spread out over more shows) and pay vaguely the same amount of money to writers per season.

From an individual writer's perspective they're getting paid much less per season. I can see how they might want to take action there.

Also remember that the entertainment industry is rather famous for its use of creative accounting to keep royalty payments low. These people are not exactly known to be generous when it comes to monetary compensation.

Comment Re:And the barrier for Rust isn't? (Score 5, Informative) 149

You want an app that's supposed to protect your security online to be written by someone who hasn't studied or used the language but decided they could do well enough "within a day"? Yeah, no thanks.

Honestly, yes. A clean language like Rust means that you won't get problems due to misuse of the language no matter how new you are to it; only due to misunderstanding of algorithms or architecture or security principals. The whole point of the comparison with C is that after a decade of experience in C you'll still find accidental security flaws due to unspotted buffer overruns or read-after-free.

Comment Re:And the barrier for Rust isn't? (Score 4, Insightful) 149

I'm pretty sure the number of programmers who know C is several orders of magnitude higher than Rust.

I can't imagine that being a problem. Rust is a familiar looking language designed not to have shoot-yourself-in-the-foot holes. I'd expect a good developer, who's already familiar with other languages, to be contributing good PRs in Rust within a day.

Comment Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 366

Think of football (or hockey, or ...) camp for 8 year olds. Very few of those kids are going on to a brilliant professional sporting career. So we should shut them down, treat any parent who enrolls their child in such a camp with derision, etc. Right? No? Why not? -- Because sometimes the experience is more important then the result...I remember feeling the world change.

I have nothing to add. I just want to say thank you for a well-written spot-on post. Your analogy was good, and your inspiring "feeling the world change" description gave me goosebumps to read.

Comment Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 366

Put aside your trolling for a moment and understand the difference. One was a CHOICE, the other was FORCEFULLY FORCED DOWN YOUR THROAT. Can you figure out which one. You'll get cookie when you do.

Yeah, it's called parenting. My three year old hates broccoli but I force it down her throat. (well, I insist she takes minimum one bite). That's because I know it's for the best that she be exposed to it. She's likely not going to grow up a broccoli farmer or a vegan or a chef, but she should still be exposed to it.

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