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HighFlyer The Economics of Software Quality (352 comments)

by Capers Jones.

Provides empirical evidence _why_ we need to write good code.

Here's an interview with the fella I just stumbled across yesterday:


about 9 months ago

Astonishing Speedup In Solving Linear SDD Systems

HighFlyer Re:Sounds like multigrid (157 comments)

I had the same thought but I guess multigrid is limited to specific matrices while the new algorithm seems to be more generic. Not sure though, my last contact with multigrid lies 14 years ago (when algebraic multigrid was a hot topic in science).

more than 4 years ago

IBM's Patent-Pending Traffic Lights Stop Car Engines

HighFlyer Not necessary (423 comments)

I don't need smart traffic lights. My MINI turns off its engine all by itself...

more than 4 years ago

UK's FSA Finds No Health Benefits To Organic Food

HighFlyer Title misleading (921 comments)

Replace "Health Benefits" with "Nutritional Benefits" and it's ok. You certainly won't starve eating non-organic food. And you'll get pretty much the same level of basic nutritional elements (vitamins etc.).

But you will get more pesticide contamination, more genetically modified food, more additives and a few other nasty bits and pieces. And you will create more impact on the environment.

And keep in mind that this was a meta-study, just looking at existing publications. Their selection criteria pretty much guaranteed the domination of conventional food studies carried out by the industry.

more than 5 years ago

UK's FSA Finds No Health Benefits To Organic Food

HighFlyer Re:from TFA (921 comments)

No need to expand anything. People just need to eat less meat. There's a conversion factor of around 8 to 15 converting plant-based food into any kind of meat. You loose around 90% of your nutrional energy by that conversion. We could easily feed the world if the industrial nations wouldn't insist on their daily hamburgers and steaks.

more than 5 years ago

Next Generation SSDs Delayed Due To Vista

HighFlyer Re:Unbelievable (600 comments)

Every time you boot into Vista, god kills a little kitten!

more than 6 years ago


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