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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

BigFootApe Re:Ready in 30 years (305 comments)

Nope. Plasma physics was very young, and nobody had truly studied plasma turbulence.

about a month ago

Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

BigFootApe Re:Am I Asking Too Much? (479 comments)

It's easier to use section breaks, for a variety of reasons. Of course, that's like saying it's easier to knife off your testicles with a scalpel rather than an axe.

about a year ago

South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

BigFootApe Re:Ethics (185 comments)

Compared to malice or corruption, I think sufficiently dangerous incompetence is equally undesirable. Bad results and bad methods are bad.

about a year ago

Two-Laser Boron Fusion Lights the Way To Radiation-Free Energy

BigFootApe Re:Er, wait, what? (140 comments)

Please watch this video:

about a year ago

SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

BigFootApe Re:I call BS (167 comments)

The input energy for the heat engine is less than the total amount of energy transported. In an example of a heat pump acting as a chiller, there is significant waste heat which must be dumped into a heat sink.Total energy transported is more than the input energy, but overall energy is conserved.

about a year and a half ago

Why Can't Intel Kill x86?

BigFootApe Re:A hard time keeping on the forefront? (605 comments)

1) Supercomputers are populated with x86 heritage CPUs because they're cheap.
2) The most power efficient supercomputers are made with IBM PowerPC SoCs.
3) ARM is coming to the data center with their new 64 bit variant.

about a year and a half ago

Linux Is a Lemon On the Retina MacBook Pro

BigFootApe Re:Translation (780 comments)

Webkit had to be contributed to comply with the licensing of KHTML.

about 2 years ago

How Apple v. Samsung Was Explained To the Jury

BigFootApe Re:Why? (330 comments)

My Palm OS device preferred stylus, but could work (badly) with finger touch as well. Resistive touch screens.

more than 2 years ago

France To Invest One Billion Euros In Nuclear Power

BigFootApe Re:They will make a fortune (308 comments)

Just use all that wonderful hydrogen to do this:

more than 3 years ago

Help Build the World's First Community-Funded CPU ASIC

BigFootApe MIPS (140 comments)

While poking around a couple of weeks ago, I found a couple of HDL sources for MIPS R3000 cores. Would these run into licensing issues? They could be adapted to something similar, or perhaps other uses with the addition of on chip I/O and perhaps a vector unit, IMHO.

more than 3 years ago

William Shatner Wakes Up Crew for Final Discovery Mission

BigFootApe HAL! (185 comments)

I take it nobody asked Douglas Rain to do the job?

more than 3 years ago

Private Space Shuttle Flights

BigFootApe Re:Big RC tugs (244 comments)

Atlas V uses a Russian RD-180 LOX/Kerosene motor in it's first stage. It's derived from the RD-170 used in the Energia booster, except it runs two combustion chambers (instead of four) off a single turbo pump.

more than 3 years ago

Kodachrome Takes Its Final Bow Today

BigFootApe Re:Paul Simon / Kodachrome (262 comments)

Yeah, I don't think he's suffered.

I mean, he did bone Princess Leia. Several times.

more than 3 years ago

Intel's Sandy Bridge Processor Has a Kill Switch

BigFootApe Re:I know what I'm getting for christmas... (399 comments)

The word everyone is looking for would be obsolescent. Just because a newer processor comes out, it doesn't mean that the old ones stop working en masse.

The statement isn't even true, however. Not as long as the older gear is still useful and the inconvenience of replacement outweighs the advantages.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle Asks Apache To Rethink Java Committee Exit

BigFootApe Re:They reconsidered (266 comments)

The days of gentlemen skippers are long gone. America's cup teams now use professional crews and professional skippers. USA 17 (the current cup holder) was helmed by Russell Coutts. Larry didn't "command the crew", Russell did. Larry's most important task was to support Russell financially and organizationally.

I don't mean to take away from Larry's abilities as a sailor, but simply to point out the commitment required of sailors at the top levels of competition. It's no longer the hobby it was 30 years ago. It is a life and a career.

more than 3 years ago

Windows Cluster Hits a Petaflop, But Linux Retains Top-5 Spot

BigFootApe Re:So why would anyone want to do this? (229 comments)

The only "advantage" is when you're defaulted to Windows because an ISV has a required shrink wrap application available only for Windows.

more than 3 years ago

Mystery Missile Launched Near LA

BigFootApe Navy Test Site? (858 comments)

I'm guessing this is the command that lit off the rocket. It seems like it's still used for a lot of weapons development testing.

more than 3 years ago

New York Judge Rules 6-Year-Old Can Be Sued

BigFootApe Re:Weird. And then what? (799 comments)

The lady didn't die because of the bicycle accident. She died 3 months later due to an unrelated cause.

more than 3 years ago

How Much Math Do We Really Need?

BigFootApe Re:Math is recursively important (1153 comments)

Math has an axiomatic basis, and those axioms have no natural validity to them. We don't strictly know any mathematical assertions are true, we believe they are true.

more than 3 years ago


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