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26 Nuclear Power Plants In Hurricane Sandy's Path

Edmund Blackadder Re:Took you long enough, Slashdot (392 comments)

The fact that you are not that smart and very gullible is a little relief for the rest of us.

about 2 years ago
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26 Nuclear Power Plants In Hurricane Sandy's Path

Edmund Blackadder Re:Took you long enough, Slashdot (392 comments)

Yeah, ask the people of Japan if it was a non-issue. The Fukushima disaster was caused by a flood. Now we have a coming flood with and some of the reactors in the northeast are of the same type that blew up in Fukushima.

But yeah, just keep telling yourself that it is a non-issue.

about 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Has Gone To Manufacturing

Edmund Blackadder Re:Not vapourware! (374 comments)

I know, seriously. We need Windows on this. What will I do without 5 minute start-up times and without having to restart the thing twice per day??? My crochet work will seriously suffer. Also I am going to be pissed if I get one of these and I do not have 25 pieces of crap-ware I have to remove before the computer becomes usable. Those crap-ware cleanings are an integral part of my budhist training.

And wait. What happens after I own it for a while? Will it slowly slow down and degrade until I have to buy a new one after a year? Or will it run just fine like I hear those "Lin-sux" computers do. Are you telling me I might be using the same computer for many years? What are we, savages?

more than 2 years ago
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New Theory Challenges Need For Dark Matter

Edmund Blackadder Re:what's going on in italy lately? (302 comments)

Electromagnetic force can be easily and cheaply measured here on earth and is thus measured all the time. I find it hard to believe that we have had the wrong formula all this time and nobody noticed. And if this is the case, and Electromagnetic force decreases linearly and not quadraticaly you should be able to provide experimental proof pretty easily.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

Edmund Blackadder Re:iOS (1040 comments)

iOS is great for touch devices. If someone put iOS on my desktop, it would drive me mad.

more than 2 years ago
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US Copyright Czar Cozied Up To Content Industry

Edmund Blackadder This tarnishes the dignity of his royal personage (162 comments)

I think this really tarnishes the dignity of his royal personage. A US Czar should not be personally involved in such shady deals. He should have sent one of his boyars to do it. Or at most a low level copyright Knyaz.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Love Things We Build Ourselves

Edmund Blackadder Riight keep telling yourself that (263 comments)

It is funny how some people keep repeating that "the market resists open source" while open source software is taking over bigger and bigger chunks of the market. Currently open source absolutely dominates web server operating systems, and web server software. It mostly dominates web application databases and is invading in the territory of other databases. It is on the way of dominating embedded operating systems including cell phones. It dominates new programming languages.

So yeah, we do not have desktop domination yet, but open source is doing quite well and it is constantly encroaching on new sectors.

about 3 years ago
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Was .NET All a Mistake?

Edmund Blackadder Re:Of course it was a mistake... (688 comments)

Every interpreter must eventually convert the incoming code into machine code. That is the case because an interpreter must execute the incoming program somehow and the only way you can execute anything on a CPU is by sending that CPU machine instructions.

An interpreter is merely a program that executes another program. The .Net CLR does this, so it is an interpreter. It is also true that the .Net CLR performs an interim compilation step, but that does not prevent it from being an interpreter.

more than 3 years ago
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Was .NET All a Mistake?

Edmund Blackadder Re:Of course it was a mistake... (688 comments)

It is compilation but it is compilation that is done by an interpreter. An interpreter is a program that runs another program. The JIT type of interpreter runs the other program by compiling it and executing it while the JIT is running. So yes it is an interpreter, just one that performs compilation as an intermediate step.

more than 3 years ago
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Was .NET All a Mistake?

Edmund Blackadder Re:Of course it was a mistake... (688 comments)

A "just in time" compiler is a type of interpreter. I know it sounds confusing but that is the way it is.

more than 3 years ago
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How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

Edmund Blackadder Re:I am an HFT programmer (791 comments)

You do realize that for your dumb conspiracy theory to work you have to show that Warren Buffet has actually caused any increases of estate taxes. He hasn't. Furthermore, the owners of Buffet companies usually run their companies for a long time after Buffet buys them, so it is doubtful they were distressed because they could not pass them on to their children.

Warren Buffet is a hero to many people because he actually did something extremely unselfish, for the benefit of the world and Americans specifically. Naturally this is something you cannot appreciate.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Dilutes Open Source, Coins 'Open Surface'

Edmund Blackadder Re:There's nothing to dilute. (191 comments)

You are wrong, people care. Maybe most end users do not care but Azure is not marketed to end users. It will be marketed to businesses and they care very much about which technology they stake their entire existence on.

And no you do not have to compile from source or even look at the source to get the benefit of open source. The main benefit of open source from a business point of view is that other people can look at the source. Thus, if the technology you are using is popular you can be sure that there will be multiple companies that will offer support. Thus, you are not dependent on the whims of a single company. You can always use the power of the free market to ensure that you get all support and services at fair prices.

Furthermore, if the people that provide the software or the cloud service decide to go away or raise their prices, if you use open source, then you can be reasonably sure that someone else will pick up the slack and offer the same software and/or service (again as long as it is popular enough).

more than 3 years ago
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GE To Sample 500GB DVD-Size Discs Soon

Edmund Blackadder GE can take their time (179 comments)

I am not buying a new disk player for 10 years at least.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Employee Stole $50k Worth of Electronics

Edmund Blackadder Re:Your government dollars at work. (220 comments)

Something like this is bound to happen occasionally whether the TSA does the screening or someone else. The only difference is that if a private company was doing the screening the screeners would be guaranteed to be minimum wage employees and many of them would have previous arrest records as was the case before the TSA started.

more than 3 years ago
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US Army Spent $2.7 Billion On Crashing Computer

Edmund Blackadder Re:Typical... (196 comments)

I distinctly remember John Kerry being heavily criticized during his presidential campaign for previously voting to cut spending for some programs that were obviously unneeded (such as the B-1 bomber, for example).

more than 3 years ago
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18 Months In Prison For Making iPad 2 Cases

Edmund Blackadder You would get a similar results in the US (285 comments)

I am not surprised and if this happened in the US, there could be similar punishments. Industrial espionage is a criminal offense in the US as well, although I am not sure what the punishment terms are.

more than 3 years ago
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Thomas Drake Innocent of All Ten Original Charges

Edmund Blackadder Re:He's innocent? (243 comments)

While would they be happy about it? Drake obviously committed no espionage. I am pretty sure our enemies are planning to commit actual espionage and not merely to do whistle blowing in order to improve our government agencies.

more than 3 years ago
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New Superbug Strain Found In Cows and People

Edmund Blackadder This is scary (144 comments)

Terrible news. And no pasteurization does not make me feel safer. If the stuff was found in dairy cows it would not be surprising if a similar bacteria was found in cows raised for food. And guess what, most people do not cook beef well done.

Furthermore, if cows become incubators of drug resistant bacteria (which seems to be happening), then it is only a matter of time before some drug resistant bacteria that can be transmitted by air mutates up in a cow's belly and gets transferred to a human handler of the cow. And then we have the deadly drug resistant flu of our worst nightmares and our most mediocre science fiction thrillers. It will be transmitted from human to human by air so it won't matter how well you cook your beef or whether you eat beef at all.

We just have to ban feeding antibiotics to cows, period. There is no excuse for exposing us to these risks.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Third-Party Android Vendors Violating the GPL?

Edmund Blackadder Re:What about game emulators? (132 comments)

"The GPL has no statements about the sale of products with GPL code,"

That is because it is assumed that when you sell a device with GPL code on it, you are distributing the GPL code which means that the GPL applies. When a store sells a computer with a copy of Windows on it, they are distributing a copy of Windows and they have to pay for the privilege and follow any contractual obligations Microsoft requires. The GPL works the same way.

more than 2 years ago

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