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Comment Re:Female SF authors (Score 1) 231

Without wanting to pick a side in the sexism war, I had exactly the same impression regarding Andre Norton and whilst I have read thousands of SF books I cannot remember enjoying anything by female authors.

To put it bluntly, only male authors are likely to write something autistic enough with which I can identify. Female authors insist on including relationship crap.

That's fine in regular fiction, but in sci-fi I want spaceships and mayhem.

Whilst I'm on my soapbox, it bugs the hell out of me that when even one of my favourite authors, e.g. Iain M Banks introduces a main character who is female, she is invariably stunningly attractive. Why can't she be just someone ok looking, but a good laugh and handy in a space bar brawl?

Comment Re:Fury Road (Score 1) 231

Sir, I invite you to leave my lawn.

Fury Road was lukewarm at best. It was good in that it was not quite so terrible as 'Thunderdome'. When one of the main characters is a peat bog, it cannot really compare with the truly dystopian 'Wasteland' (1) or the insanely violent 'Road Warrior' (2).

Comment Re:Doing this stuff is hard (Score 1) 89

Exactly this. You would not believe the crippling requirements we are now forced to meet for new commercial aircraft projects. We lost ONE Concorde and scrapped the fleet when it wasn't even due to a fault of the aircraft itself. I was saddened when we lost one shuttle, I was appalled when we lost a second one; that should have been impossible.

Comment Re: Why in the heck should a file server need 2M l (Score 1) 222

True, Python multithreading is only useful to avoid locked windows or the like, it has no speed benefit. Multiprocess works much better but although it is usually more beneficial on Linux than windows; the overhead of the spawn is so egregious in Windows that you need to have processes lasting several seconds to make it worthwhile, not to mention the horrors of getting a multiprocess logging system to work. The real beauty of python is to allow complex structures to be treated by high level commands yet to perform the heavy lifting in C or Fortran using either python's multiprocessing or openmp via f2py.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 21

These devices will work more like a heat pipe as mentioned by the parent. The water evaporates from the chip surface and then condenses on the heatsink surface. You get the benefit of the high heat transfer rate without the temperature increase as you rightly say but the water remains inside the unit in a closed loop. They are very clever devices.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2) 21

You have missed the point of the device, even though you identified the problem it is solving:

Everything else is just a matter of the efficiency or difficulty of how you get the heat to that point..

It reduces the thermal resistance between the chip and the heat sink, so for a given installation and heat rejection rate the chip itself will be cooler.

...bigger things like cars, planes, etc. don't really have a problem... ...a large bit of aluminium somewhere, and probably a cheap fan blowing over it.

You do not add any weight to an aircraft that isn't absolutely necessary and you do not add any kind of active device where a passive one could work because of reliability. Keeping electronics cool in an aircraft is a very complex and expensive problem. Keeping a chip even two or three degrees cooler will have a measurable effect on the reliability over the aircraft life.

Comment Re:Difficulty? (Score 1) 908

You make a good point here about the beauty of maths.

When a friend of mine decided to take the Arbitur exam here in Germany (A kind of high school graduation level) as an adult I volunteered to help her with the maths and promised her I would show her the beauty of it and she would learn to love it.

I failed dismally because the maths she had to study was all the really dull stuff I had forgotten about: solving triangles, calculating probabilities, quadratic equations... I realised that maths only really becomes beautiful when you get to calculus; before this it's just drudgery.

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