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Comment BASIC, of course (Score 1) 629

Sinclair ZX Spectrum BASIC, specifically. Self-taught from the book that came with every Spectrum.

Later came Pascal (in college), then after a semester of Pascal they switched to C, skipping the basics of C to go straight into second-semester concepts. That spoiled programming for me for a long time.

These days it's XSLT, Windows cmd, Autohotkey and the occasional bit of Python in a mostly non-programming job.

Comment RAM has caught up with CPU speeds? (Score 2) 72

Back in the old days, RAM was clocked at the same speed as the CPU, so RAM could be accessed with a minimum of wait cycles. Then speeds diverged, making various levels of cache necessary.
Does the advertised 4.2 GHz speed mean we're back to RAM that's synchronized with the CPU? Or is the issue more complex than that? The 19-19-19-39 timing mentioned suggests that it is, but TFA is light on detail.

Submission + - SPAM: Why we're dropping Google Ads

Gareth Dawson writes: The Google advertising model is broken: not for Google of course, which is massively profitable, but for publishers who have to put up with poor quality, misleading adverts in exchange for small change. The problem is that nearly all the power in the online advertising relationship lies with Google. Not only do publishers compete for adverts with other media in the same market; they compete with all the shady advert-laden webpages in the world, irrespective of whether they contain fake news, porn, or other attention-grabbers. With AdSense or Ad Exchange, Google’s two mechanisms for delivering ads, publishers have very little say in what adverts appear, and are paid very little.
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Comment Obstacle to repurposing (Score 1) 236

Certain vital components of the ISS are already close to their certified lifetime. Some of these, like the seals between modules that keep the station airtight, are very difficult to replace (imagine having to undock the modules in the middle of the station).

So in any new function, the station would last only a few years before a costly overhaul.

Comment Re:if it were cheaper, yes. (Score 1) 331

There's more animal life than there was before, but they're thriving only in that sense, not in the sense that the radiation environment is healthy for them.

Because animals start reproducing as soon as they're able to (instead of waiting until they're 30), a high incidence of cancer and other radiation-induced illnesses is not incompatible with large population. The radiation damage isn't so severe they can't reproduce at all, but according to the same article:

His research with biologist Timothy Mousseau has shown that voles have higher rates of cataracts, useful populations of bacteria on the wings of birds in the zone are lower, partial albinism among barn swallows, and that cuckoos have become less common, among other findings. Serious mutations, though, happened only right after the accident.

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