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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Whammy666 Re:I never cared for STL (435 comments)

Staying with rudimentary C/C++ gives you cross-platform compatibility. And it may come as a surprise, but there are still a lot of legacy systems out there that don't have the latest and greatest C++ libs. As for map libraries, you think those didn't exist before STL?

about 6 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Whammy666 I never cared for STL (435 comments)

I never cared much for STL. I don't find it all that useful. But I grew up learning programming thru assembly language and later plain-old C, so I'm biased towards keeping the languages at their core without the window dressing. There just isn't anything in STL that I can't replicate quickly using basic C/C++. It avoids a lot of compatibility/portability issues as well.

about 6 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Whammy666 If it ain't broke... (641 comments)

I'm still on XP and probably will be for some time. The fact is there is no reason to change. It works and it's stable. Plus, all my software works with it, not to mention that replacing the OS is a major pain in the ass. And finally, here's a clue for Micro$oft: ** A DESKTOP WORKSTATION IS NOT A GODDAMN SMARTPHONE! QUIT TRYING TO TURN IT INTO ONE! **"

about 7 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

Whammy666 Re:Or a tax. (342 comments)

I'd support a transaction tax so long as the funds were used for better enforcement and prosecution of Wall Street crooks.

about 7 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

Whammy666 Install random delay (342 comments)

A better system is to install a random delay of between 1 and 5 seconds. This would level the playing field completely and kill off the HFT parasites.

about 7 months ago
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International Space Station Infected With Malware Carried By Russian Astronauts

Whammy666 Root access? (226 comments)

So who's idea was it to to allow a foreign USB stick to get plugged into a ISS system with root access? This seems like a major security protocol problem rather than a weakness of Linux.

about a year ago
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Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

Whammy666 Why would anyone ..... (415 comments)

Why would anyone place critical hardware on the internet? I'm going to assume by now that Iran has figured out that the US is trying to sabotage their equipment. You would think that Iran would take any sensitive equipment offline and avoid applying any patches from foreign sources. And why isn't this considered an act of war on the part of the US? Didn't we declare cyber sabotage as such? No wonder why we got so many countries that hate us. Do as we say, not as we do.

more than 2 years ago
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Protecting State Secrets Through Copyright

Whammy666 Public documents are now copyrighted? (142 comments)

I seem to recall that works done by a government entity belong to the public and are not subject to copyright. Even so, this seems like a rather petty move. Of course, they tortured and held Bradly Manning is solitary confinement for a year without any charges so I guess expecting any sort of civility in the matter is unrealistic.

more than 2 years ago
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Fly-By-Wire Contributed To Air France 447 Disaster

Whammy666 Feedback is important (319 comments)

I wondered why the pilots didn't respond to a stall by instinct. The feel of the plane should have been a major clue that something was wrong with their course of action. A lack of feel in the FBW system would certainly be a contributing factor in this kind of situation.

more than 2 years ago
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Congress Considering CISPA Amendments

Whammy666 Getting the foot in the door. (85 comments)

The amendments are an attempt to get the foot in the door with CISPA. It's likely they hope to get the basic framework of CISPA in place and then do incremental revisions to the bill over time when the attention has died down.

The best part of the proposed amendments is the supposed liability for the companies violating privacy and handing over info to the government. How'd that work out with the massive illegal NSA wiretapping? Oh that's right, everyone was granted retroactive immunity and the whistle blower got criminal prosecution for his trouble. Somehow, I seriously doubt that the privacy provisions will carry much weight or have any teeth. This bill needs to die.

about 2 years ago
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Millions of Subscribers Leaving Cable TV for Streaming Services

Whammy666 Re:Costs much? (380 comments)

Pay TV is not as attractive as it once was. One of the biggest draws was the ability to watch ad-free programming. Now pay tv is absolutely infested with advertisement. I think there's more commercial interruptions on pay tv than broadcast at this point. Why are we paying for this again? Add the fact that most of the pay tv programming is repetitive and pay tv starts to look a lot less attractive. Finally, toss in the high cost and the lack of a-la-cart options and it's no wonder why pay tv's business model is losing its appeal.

more than 2 years ago
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JBI's Plastic To Oil Gets Operating Permit

Whammy666 Sea of plastic (2 comments)

This is pretty cool. Waste plastic is a real problem for landfills since it takes up space and doesn't decay well. You could probably fuel the US for a 100 years with all the waste plastic that's floating out in the middle of the pacific ocean right now.

more than 3 years ago
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George W. Bush Live From Facebook

Whammy666 Interview on facebook? (372 comments)

He should be doing the interview from a prison cell, awaiting trial for war crimes.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Under Denial of Service Attack

Whammy666 The leaks are not the problem (870 comments)

The leaks are not the problem. The root of the problem is the hypocritical policies and unsavory conduct that the leaks are exposing. The best way to keep your dirty laundry from being aired is to not engage in dirty conduct in the first place.

more than 3 years ago
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Going Faster Than the Wind In a Wind-Powered Cart

Whammy666 Re:The reason that I don't believe it. (315 comments)

The math is not too bad, but it does involve propeller theory which is where the magic happens. The goal is to make a propeller and cart that requires less energy than is provided by the wind pushing against the prop thrust. The energy supplied is:

E = (wind speed * prop thrust) - (cart drag * ground speed).

So if the energy required by the prop is less than E, the system works. You use the difference between cart speed - wind speed for the velocity of the air thru the prop.

more than 3 years ago
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Going Faster Than the Wind In a Wind-Powered Cart

Whammy666 Re:store and release energy? (315 comments)

Not necessary to store energy to go faster than the wind.

The reason this works is that the propeller is able to "push off" against the tail wind. Think of it like sitting on a skateboard and pushing off from a moving wall behind you with your arm. The difficulty in making it work is that you need very little drag and a very efficient propeller. But the energy equations for traveling faster than the wind do balance and there is no violation of energy conservation.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials

Whammy666 Re:Well, there goes my "Fast Forward" button (434 comments)

What they've done is poison any reason to have the service and offer incentive to pirate the programming. I watch very little TV now since it's become an ad infested crapfest. Subscription TV is just as bad, if not worse than broadcast TV. I've totally quit listening to the radio for the same reason.

about 4 years ago
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PA's Dept. of Homeland Security Shared Oil-Shale Protester Info With Companies

Whammy666 Re:Tell me again... (293 comments)

Fascism: When govt and corporations actively work together to the detriment of the general population.

more than 4 years ago
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Amiga Demonstration Helps Win Against Patent Troll

Whammy666 Re:It's True. (239 comments)

I still have a working Amiga 2000 from the late 80's with a 24bit graphics card. Yes, it has vintage porn on it.

more than 4 years ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Return To the Cutting Edge

Whammy666 Re:lasers? (569 comments)

A company called PureSpectrum is in the process of releasing a line of CFLs with a 0.97 power factor. They are also linearly dimmable and expected to be price competitive to current CFLs on the market. Unfortunately, they still use mercury, but it's down to only 1mg instead of the typical 4mg/bulb. PureSpectrum is also making a line of ballasts which have high power factors and are also dimmable for daylight harvesting applications.

more than 5 years ago

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JBI's Plastic To Oil Gets Operating Permit

Whammy666 Whammy666 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Whammy666 (589169) writes "JBI, Inc. announced that it has entered into a formal Consent Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 9, which will allow the Company to immediately run its Plastic2Oil (P2O) process commercially and begin construction of an additional processor at its Niagara Falls, New York P2O facility. JBI has developed a process that takes waste plastic destined for landfills and converts it into diesel fuel, gasoline, and natural gas with very little residue. The process is said to be very efficient thanks to a special catalyst developed by JBI and an attention to process optimization. That plastic water bottle you tossed in the trash could soon be fueling your car instead of sitting in a landfill for 1000 years."
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