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Comment Doesn't know Fortran (Score 0) 300

Guy might know Javascript; but, he doesn't know Fortran very well. Fortran 90 or 95 added a lot of modern programming features, including pointers and dynamic data structures. Fortran 2003 added object oriented programming structures. It also improved interoperability with C and the like. Fortran 2008 explicitly added parallelism and multiprocessing capability. Fortran is not a dead language, is not the FORTRAN 77 people use as a reference when they try to make a point about "old languages". It is still used widely in engineering and science applications. That code running the simulation on the big supercomputer: good chance it's Fortran.

Comment Wrong. (Score 2) 100

Wow. OK, And you're modded "insightful" Toshiba (Westinghouse) has decades of experience in the nuclear industry. Their Westinghouse division is one of the oldest players. I'm certain they understand the costs quite well. What you're seeing here is something else (accounting or engineering controls issues at the company they purchased, perhaps) Reactors only go down for months at a time when something major needs to be replaced. Steam generators. Turbines. entire cooling towers. Same is true of any coal, petroleum, gas, or biomass fired steam boiler. So, to be clear, if you have to overhaul the turbine(s) on your gas fired plant, it's going to be down for a couple of months. Refueling a reactor takes a couple of weeks, a significant chunk of which is waiting for the core to cool off due to decay heat, and bringing the core safely back up to operating temperature afterwards. Uh, uninhabitable for thousands of years? I think you're exaggerating a bit.

Comment Re:Reminds me of this car I sold. (Score 1) 271

Guy is talking about a rebadged Chevy Cavalier from 24 years ago. Cavalier was never a very good car... built as cheaply as possible using the cheapest materials and processes available. Back then, the big U.S. manufacturers believed the typical economy car should be trouble free for 3 years and have an average life expectancy of about 7 years. Hell, if you had the V-6 you had to unbolt the engine from the chassis and tilt it forward to change the rear spark plugs. Quality and fuel economy are what allowed the Japanese manufacturers to grab a substantial share of the market. It caused everyone to step up their game. Your now benefiting from this, and from efforts to meet continuously improving fuel economy and safety targets. Now get off my lawn.

Comment Re:Cue up Elon's fanbois (Score 1) 271

Kia and Hyundai offers 100,000 mile 7 year warranties because their early products were SO bad that they typically were scrap by 100,000 miles. Catastrophic CV joint failures between 70-90k miles were a common problem in first generation Hyundai cars. They had to offer this warranty to attract people back to the brand, to convince them they might have fixed their problems and would stand behind their product. Once they offered the 100,000 mile warranty, it was impossible to reduce it for risk of a perception that their quality had dropped. Having had to diagnose and repair a number of them in the '90s, I still won't go near the brand.

Comment Nothing new to see here folks, just move along... (Score 1) 387

This happened (happens) all the time. Not new to Windows 10. Happened with Windows 8 updates. Windows 7 updates. Vista updates. Windows XP updates... I think you should be seeing the trend now. They make this mistake from time to time. Every time it happens, the same story comes out Then they either apologize or say it was done for security reasons. So, please, just ignore this non-story and move along.

Comment Re:Because physics and engineering. (Score 2) 383

This. It is not uncommon for valve springs to put just shy of 100 lbs of force on the seat, holding the spring closed; and, 300-400 lbs of force on the spring when the valve is open in order to guarantee that the valve closure acceleration is high enough during high RPM operation. These are the kinds of forces you have to replicate with your hypothetical actuator. It can be done; but, it is so energy intensive that the current generation of engines using roller cams and VVT are the more efficient solution.

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