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SpaceShipTwo Flies Again

Bomazi Re:Metric conversion problems (22 comments)

The U.S. defines the edge of space as 50 miles (80 km), the rest of the world as 100 km. The discrepancy comes from the fact that it is a somewhat arbitrary boundary so both chose a round number in their respective measurement system. The two values are however reasonably close. For details: .

about 2 months ago

Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

Bomazi Re:Hormone therapy? (784 comments)

Oh yes we do, it is called psychotherapy.

about a year ago

Time Reporter "Can't Wait" To Justify Drone Strike On Julian Assange

Bomazi Re:Reprehensible (490 comments)

It depends on how you measure success. If you look at things like prison population, life expectancy, homicide rate, treatment of minorities, poverty, access to higher education, access to healthcare, work conditions, protection of civil liberties, freedom of the press, etc..., the U.S. is a shithole I wouldn't want to live in.

about a year ago

NASA Wants New Space Net To Sustain Big Data Dumps; Moon and Mars Trips

Bomazi Re:Universe-wide network? Is IPv6 sufficient? (63 comments)

There are about 10^80 atoms in the observable universe, so we should be quite safe with 128 bits addresses.

about a year and a half ago

Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Airliner Over New York

Bomazi Re:A Parrot AR Drone? (339 comments)

It is trivial to add this capability to any RC aircraft. Just stick an ArduPilot in and you are done.

about a year and a half ago

Researchers Analyze Twitter To Find Happiest Parts of the United States

Bomazi Re:Prison population (160 comments)

Given that inmates don't have internet access, yes.

about a year and a half ago

Can Dell and HP Keep Pace With An Asia-Centric PC World?

Bomazi Re:Easily fixed (218 comments)

What makes you think China can't do the same ? They are probably the one you'll be buying the robots from anyway.

about a year and a half ago

California Professors Unveil Proposal To Attack Asteroids With Lasers

Bomazi Re:What could go wrong? (161 comments)

The problem with SDI was not the science, but the political idiocy of spending a fortune undermining deterrence instead of working toward mutual disarmament, and the economic impossibility of dealing with countermeasures.

Since you can't negotiate with an asteroid, and that they tend not to deploy decoys, this should work a lot better than SDI.

about a year and a half ago

EFF Proposes a Working Code Requirement For Software Patents

Bomazi Re:Once you have working code . . . (130 comments)

I think we could take care of the obviousness criterion with something like this:

To submit a patent you should be required to provide a spec, an implementation, and a reward. Then the spec is published and if anyone can come up with an alternate implementation within a few days (or weeks), or prove that the submitted implementation doesn't work, he gets the reward and the patent is refused, otherwise the submitter keeps the reward and the patent is granted.

In addition, every time you submit a patent that gets rejected, the reward doubles.

about a year and a half ago

North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test

Bomazi Re:"Wantonly violated?" (270 comments)

Rocket technology is dual-use, it can be used to deliver warheads or launch satellites. It is quite reasonable to be interested in both applications. Just because they are emphasizing one or the other depending of the circumstances doesn't mean there is a contradiction.

about a year and a half ago

GNU Hurd To Develop SATA, USB, Audio Support

Bomazi Re:Misguided (274 comments)

Or you could just use Minix 3 and let it die.

about a year and a half ago

DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS

Bomazi Re:Bullshit. (597 comments)

How does that work exactly ? You shoot at a border agent and then what ? Guns are not a solution to everything.

about a year and a half ago

Moving the Linux Kernel Console To User-Space

Bomazi Re:why? (311 comments)

You don't need a terminal emulator for that. A simple output only console is sufficient to display kernel messages.

about a year and a half ago

First City In the US To Pass an Anti-Drone Resolution

Bomazi Re:Yeah, and what'll it do? (198 comments)

Oh thou who art awake, would you care sharing with us exactly what you are doing to curb the police state (apart from ranting on /.) ?

This post is certified 100% sarcasm-free.

about a year and a half ago

Racism In Online Ad Targeting

Bomazi 6ae4caf7-26a5-4c60-997f-fbef065b05b1 (474 comments)

Black Americans represent 28.0% of arrests, and 12.6% of the population, which works out to 2.2 times the per-capita rate of all other Americans. This ratio is higher for murder and robbery. Thus it is perfectly normal that black identifying names correlate better with arrest records.

No bias here. If I was one of this guy's students, I'll ask my money back.

about a year and a half ago

Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

Bomazi Re:printf (425 comments)

assert() causes a *deliberate* termination, in the sense that the programmer explicitly intends the program to terminate at that point if the assertion fails.

This contrast with an unintended termination, as caused by something like a SIGSEGV.

assert() doesn't *gracefully* terminate, as exit() would, but that is a separate issue. And it is done that way because the state of the program can no longer be trusted at that point. Of course you might want to have more granularity than just assert() and exit(), but you need something that can do an "emergency stop" in some cases.

about a year and a half ago

Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

Bomazi Re:printf (425 comments)

assert() doesn't work at compile time anyway.

By runtime error I mean something like an input validation error, an out of memory error, a disk full situation, etc... Basically something that might or might not happen, depending of what happens outside the program during execution.

This is in contrast with a programming error, which could be said to exist before the program starts, and which always happens (when the relevant code runs).

For example, malloc() returning null is a runtime error. Passing a null pointer to a function that doesn't expect it because you forgot to set it, is not. assert() would be an appropriate way to catch the second error, not the first.

about a year and a half ago


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