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Comment Re: What's the _actual_ algorithm. (Score 0) 77

200 million 32-bit primes in about 100 megabytes of space

That is not 40:1, that is 8:1. Moreover, I looked at your source code - that is so non-portable, my toes cringe when thinking of porting it to e.g. Linux or Solaris. Even if that thing is somewhat of a technical feat, 8:1 compression ratios on pure numbers can be obtained with much less code and much less complexity.

Comment Impressive spec (Score 0) 111

311 seconds of specific impulse in space vacuum is impressive. Combined with such a massive thrust of 3 Meganewtons, this certainly allows - on paper - for lifting heavy payloads onto a trajectory toward Mars. Another point to consider is the speed at which these developments are taking place. They're doing in a couple of years what took the Mercury and Jupiter programs, as preparations for the Saturn program, more than a decade. It remains to be seen, however, how much of this is just for the media and how much will go into actual rocketry and rocket-launching. Regardless of this, still quite the achievement.

Comment Re:What the Idiotic Hell./ (Score 1) 394

“Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California.” – Edsger Dijkstra

Coming from Dijkstra, who once compiled and printed a book named "Famous quotes by Dijkstra", this quote has no real value. And, BTW, OOP did not originate in California. It originated most probably in Norway.

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