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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Dusty Re:Can Someone Help Me With the Budget Math Here? (225 comments)

I couldn't comment of the budget figures. But usually with international projects the project is required to spend the budget in-line with contributions it receives from it's members. So if the USA contributes 9 1/6 % of the budget, then the project has to buy 9 1/6 % of it's stuff from the USA. This usually adds a whole load of management overhead, along with making sure different stuff from different countries all works together. This, the delays, and that it is cutting edge science usually results in spiralling budgets and timescales.

The biggest winner in international projects tends to be the host country, as they end up with a load of boffins spending their pay in the area where the project is located. But everyone involved in the project benefits, after all the money doesn't just disappear, it is spent on employing folks to do things.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Dusty No (731 comments)

Betteridge law of headlines applies:-

Betteridge's law of headlines is an adage that states: "Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." It is named after Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist, although the general concept is much older. The observation has also been called "Davis' law" or just the "journalistic principle".

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge's_law_of_headlines

about a year ago
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ESA's Vega Launcher Has Successful Maiden Flight

Dusty Re:europe's spaceport? (32 comments)

Why is "Europe's Spaceport" in South America? Isn't that South America's Spaceport?

"Europe's Spaceport" is in Kourou, in French Guiana. Which is a French colony in South America.

more than 2 years ago
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The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers

Dusty Re:Perspective (438 comments)

Would having wireless carriers be dumb pipes really be so bad?

Not as far as I'm concerned. The sooner the carriers work out where the future is taking them, the sooner they can change their 'investment' in phone branding to improving their network infrastructure.

more than 2 years ago
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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

Dusty Re:VMS (763 comments)

VMS FTW!

Fantastically consistent command line interface. Tools that were designed to do the job rather than just thrown together. Sadly the only current hardware OpenVMS runs on is iTanic. So it's days are numbered.

about 4 years ago
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Mozilla Unleashes JaegerMonkey Enabled Firefox 4

Dusty Re:Who cares? (279 comments)

Not exactly everyone but you. I'd guess anyone, like me, who blocks almost all Javascript is going to find an improvement in it's execution speed fairly irrelevant.

more than 4 years ago
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BeOS Successor Haiku Keeps the Faith

Dusty Re:BeOS: still my favorite UI (448 comments)

I don't know how BeOS was engineered to achieve this, I only know that no other OS I used during and since then, achieved this sort of responsiveness.

Fine grained multi tasking, and avoiding mutexs. I think BeOS uses message passing to implement inter process communications. In engineering terms, it is the most modern desktop operating system.

more than 5 years ago
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BeOS Successor Haiku Keeps the Faith

Dusty Re:BeOS: still my favorite UI (448 comments)

I fail to see why NOT having one (a command line) is good?

It is difficult to get a buffer overflow exploit to run the command line interpreter, when the operating system doesn't have a command line interpreter.

more than 5 years ago

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