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Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows

Smilodon Re:common and fun (301 comments)

Oddly I was just watching the original "Terminator" the other night (got a cheapie Blu-ray with extras), and noticed some of his "code" overlays were COBOL! Skynet has been around a while, apparently (or else COBOL makes a big come-back in the future).

about 7 months ago
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1 of 3 Dell Inspiron Mini Netbooks Sold With Linux

Smilodon Configuration Advantages (230 comments)

Didn't see this posted previously, but keep in mind that only the Linux configuration of the Dell allows the buyer to order the larger Solid-State hard drive and more than one meg of memory.

I think this means that anybody planning a dual-boot or even XP machine may be buying the Linux one to get more memory and "disk" space.

Not that a lot of folks aren't sticking to Linux as well (in general, netbooks have been good to Linux), just sayin'...

more than 5 years ago
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ESA Unveils Re-Entry Module

Smilodon Finally? (101 comments)

"A REAL re-entry vehicle" (that exists only on paper)? "Finally?" "Useless wings?"

Good grief, who writes this stuff anymore? I'm sure ESA's ideas are interesting and innovative, but making this out to be the savior of the manned space program is a bit facetious to say the least.

Is it not essentially a lifting body (in spite of some new ideas)? NASA pioneered this concept, which was intended to be applied to reentry vehicles at some point. The concept was most recently expressed in the X38B crew return vehicle.

Admittedly, the X38 was canceled, but due to budgetary reasons, not because it was a bad idea. And this program was well along (with real flight hardware) when canceled.

more than 5 years ago

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