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Google Earth API Will Be Retired On December 12, 2015

Goaway Re:Asm.js is such idiocy. (75 comments)

Summary:

1) I hate Javascript.

2) asm.js is bad because I say so.

3) I hate Mozilla.

Number of factual statements about asm.js or its problems: Zero.

5 days ago
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Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted

Goaway Re:Whence Occam's Razor? (65 comments)

It does. That is why dark matter is the leading theory at the moment. It is the simplest one, with the least additional elements, that can actually explain all available observations.

There are plenty of simpler theories that can't, though, if you prefer things that are known to be wrong.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Goaway Re:Transparency is supported. Pronounciation? (377 comments)

It is technically possible but practically impossible, for two reasons: One, it is very hard to get even backwards-compatible extensions approved for addition to PNG. See the failure of APNG for an example. Two, such a change would not really be backwards-compatible, and the files would be named "png" but would not actually open in any current PNG reader. There would thus be very little advantage of adding this to PNG rather than creating a new format.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Goaway Re:Transparency is supported. Pronounciation? (377 comments)

PNG is quite old and tired at this point. Both BPG and other newly proposed formats such as WebP have lossless modes which easily beat PNG at compression.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Goaway Re:Transparency is supported. Pronounciation? (377 comments)

WebP has lossy and lossless modes, just to clarify, and is actually a good candidate to replace JPEG, PNG and even GIF, as it also has animation.

about a week ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

Goaway Re:Security through Obscurity (129 comments)

Did you actually try doing that? Because IIS is doing quite well on that score, last I checked.

about a week ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

Goaway Re:Security through Obscurity (129 comments)

And it's far better to make the code visible to all then to wait for the exploit to be found in the usual ways while everyone was in the dark about it.

That is quite a strong claim to make without providing evidence to back it up.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Goaway Re:Yeesh (584 comments)

Do cite your examples, then, and argue why they are equivalent.

about two weeks ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

Goaway Re:AI researcher here (455 comments)

Intelligence, as a very baseline requirements, should be adaptable.

Pretty much every single AI implementation is designed specifically for a given task. It can not adapt itself, without outside help, to a problem outside its initial scope.

That is not intelligence.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

Goaway Re:Not a security risk, but a fake risk (178 comments)

It's not that the flash is low grade, it's that it just plain doesn't exist, and the card will just discard data after a while. What flash there is in there probably works, but is useless.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

Goaway Re:I'd be more worried... (178 comments)

The price is the dead giveaway that it is a fake. Flash memory does cost money, and it is sold at minimal margins. One fifth of the price means less than one fifth of the memory, every time.

The card will pretend to be as big as they claim, and it will silently just lose your data.

about a month ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

Goaway Re:The Paradox of Tolerance (181 comments)

Remind me again who has lost their right to hold opinions here?

about a month ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Goaway Re:SpaceShip Two is not a technological dead end . (594 comments)

The difference in gravity is negligible. The lack of drag does help, but you don't need to go quite that high for that. At 7 miles you're past most of the atmosphere already.

about a month and a half ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Goaway Re:SpaceShip Two is not a technological dead end . (594 comments)

"Microgravity" is irrelevant in this context, it just means the ship is falling. Sure, it's a little bit easier from 68 miles than from 7 miles, but again, that's just the altitude, which is already the easier part. It does nothing to help you gain orbital velocity.

And, rocket engines have not developed that much in 30 years. We are still stuck with the weight-to-energy limitations of chemical reactions.

about a month and a half ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Goaway Re:SpaceShip Two is not a technological dead end . (594 comments)

"Suborbital" is a very different concept from "low earth orbit".

"Suborbital" means you don't have enough speed to stay in orbit. Getting to the required altitude is the easy part of getting into orbit. Once you're there you need to stay there, which takes far more energy to achieve.

SpaceShipTwo is strictly suborbital, as is apparently ASM-135.

about a month and a half ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Goaway Re:Who fucking wrote this? (594 comments)

Sending up balloons very, very rarely causes people to die, you know. That was kind of the issue here. That what SC2 is doing is not worth dying for, not that it's not worthwhile at all.

about a month and a half ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Goaway Re:SpaceShip Two is not a technological dead end . (594 comments)

Sure, there are some niche scientific uses for suborbital flights. But that is still isn't the same as managing orbital flight.

The ASM-135 was also suborbital, you'll note.

about a month and a half ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Goaway Re:Well (594 comments)

No, what I am saying is that if the Wright brothers started today, nobody would think they were doing useful work.

about a month and a half ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Goaway Re:Well (594 comments)

I seem to be arguing with a child. My mistake.

about a month and a half ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Goaway Re:SpaceShip Two is not a technological dead end . (594 comments)

No, being a kinetic weapon it would gain a lot of destructive power by not being in a nearby orbit. The satellite would slam into it at orbital speed.

about a month and a half ago

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