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Perl Is Undead

ZigMonty Re:"Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

Sure... the only use for pass is to allow an empty block. But outside of canned examples and temporary debug hacking, empty blocks are not exactly used very often. Hence in the vast majority of cases, python has no "end-brace". Claiming that the pass keyword is a closing brace is disingenuous as it implies that it is always required. It *is* a no-op. You can use the pass keyword absolutely anywhere you want, and it will do nothing. It's only "useful" however in the largely useless case of empty blocks.

about 5 months ago
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Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed

ZigMonty Re:Cool but probably not feasible... (533 comments)

The problem I see with this is while it's nice to dream about 800 mph travel, I can't imagine that it would be feasible to construct a track or tube that could follow the terrain at that speed and still maintain passenger comfort. If you are building above-ground supports, you don't want them to be 500 ft tall as would probably be required in order to keep the tube straight enough for passenger comfort and safety.

Luckily, advancement doesn't have to wait for the average guy's imagination to catch up. Have you actually read the proposal or are you just doing the usual slashdot thing?

The guy runs two companies, one in the space business and one that makes electric cars. I'm sure he'll need to ask a construction company for advice about the pillars, etc, but is there any reason to suppose he hasn't run this past the best engineers in those two companies? I'm sure his cost estimates are off, they can only be estimates this early in a design study, but it's not like he doesn't have engineers that know aerodynamics and vehicle design.

I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until real rebuttal arrives, say from someone who can point out actual errors in the proposal.

about a year ago
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Should We Be Afraid of Google Glass?

ZigMonty Re:balancing the scales (307 comments)

Why should you get decide If I'm using a camera at a pub you don't own? Sure, I think it is reasonable to demand cameras off in change rooms and similar places, but if I'm in a place were it would be socially acceptable to take picture with my phone why I should have to turn off my future tech constantly running camera?

Because there's a difference between occasional photos and continuous video? From a couple of photos, you know i was there. With a critical mass of people with always on video recording, you know *everything* I did while there, *every time*.

Just because a little of something is acceptable doesn't mean everyone's keen on the idea of an increased amount of it. It's the same logical fallacy as arguing that because you like a pinch of salt on food that you'd be happy with 1 kg of salt dumped on it.

I don't want every aspect of my life documented. Especially by the likes of google. Do not track?

about a year and a half ago
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Galileo: Europe's Version of GPS Reaches Key Phase

ZigMonty Re:...Why? (328 comments)

You need at least one other sat to fix you in time. The receiver doesn't have an atomic clock and so needs an extra point of data for the extra unknown.

Simple logic might win an argument, but that doesn't make you correct.

more than 2 years ago
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Saudi Arabia Calls For Global Internet Censorship Body

ZigMonty Re:one word! (678 comments)

Except that you need far less, because you eliminate the ridiculously poor efficiency of ICE engines and the Carnot cycle they're based on. Carnot-cycle engines are maximum 35% efficient; electric motors are in the 95+% range.

ICEs aren't based on the Carnot cycle (although carnot is the most efficient possible cycle). Carnot cycle engines are *not* maximum 35% efficient. Why you quote the efficiency of the motor by itself is bizarre (and also excessively high for modern electric motors over a normal drive cycle). Electric cars are not 95% efficient when you start from coal being burned to generate the electricity, and include battery, inverter efficiencies etc. Especially when you consider that coal power stations, also being heat engines, are bound by the same carnot maximum theoretical efficiency formula (although their practical efficiency is generally higher than ICEs).

I don't actually disagree with the thrust of your rebuttal, GP is an idiot.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils Outlook.com, Hotmail's Successor

ZigMonty Re:Why the maximum password length? (368 comments)

The password itself shouldn't even be stored, only the hash. And the hash is always the same length regardless of how long the original password was. Limits on password length really are the dumbest limits around.

more than 2 years ago
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Malware Strikes Apple iOS App Store Again

ZigMonty Re:My Mac Sucks (94 comments)

BSD Linux? Obvious troll is obvious.

more than 2 years ago
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The Math Formula That Lead To the Financial Crash

ZigMonty Re:What really happened... (371 comments)

I've heard this repeated several times but it's a load of misinformed crap. It's one of those "makes sense to someone who knows nothing but is totally false" myths.

When a central bank creates money through a loan and it is later paid back, it is only the principal of the loan that is created and destroyed. The interest portion is considered the bank's profit and is paid out to the bank's shareholders (whoever that may be, it differs depending on which country you're talking about, but usually member banks and/or the government). That money is not destroyed and re-enters circulation. How would it even make sense for the interest to be destroyed as well?? That would totally break the concept of double-entry accounting (which central banks do still follow).

I don't know where this myth started but it's 100% false. I realise the financial crisis has made everyone interested and out for easy answers, but "the only thing it can possibly end in is debt and the enslavement of entire nations... Exactly as designed"? Please. I hate bankers as much as the next person but i wish we could focus on the real problem (outright, unpunished fraud) rather than this kind of fairytale crap.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Find Apple Branded Stoves In China

ZigMonty Re:Just goes to show (212 comments)

No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.

more than 2 years ago
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Is E85 Dead Now?

ZigMonty Re:10% Ethanol (556 comments)

What do you thing pinging/knocking is? It is detonation of the fuel in a non-optimum premature way. I said simple version in my answer, not 100% factually correct version.

Pinging/knocking occurs *after* the spark plug has fired and is the premature ignition of parts of the mix before the flame front reaches them. If the mix self-ignites before the spark plug fires, that's pre-ignition. Two different phenomena with two different forms of characteristic damage (the latter is usually way more damaging). Backfiring has nothing to do with either.

Obligatory wiki link.

You may think you gave the simple version, but in fact you gave the wrong version.

Also, octane ratings are not obtained by the pressure at which the fuel spontaneously combusts, or at least that is a misleading explanation (makes it sound like you put it in a pressure chamber and up the pressure until it pops). The two primary measures, RON and MON, are both obtained using a combustion engine with a variable compression ratio. It's a much more real-world measure than you make out.

more than 2 years ago
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Predicting Life 100 Years From Now

ZigMonty Re:California wants to split off (552 comments)

California is having budget issues mostly because the federal government is raping it, so that its wealth can be redistributed to Republican owned southern and midwestern states. Californians pay far more in federal tax than they receive back in federal benefits. If California was on its own and took those federal taxes itself, its debt would be gone almost immediately.

There is just so much wrong with this statement that it hurts to think about it.

1. Do you know for sure how much of California's state budget goes to the federal government? I do. It is $0. No state pays the federal government for anything (except for fines for various things). State governments haven't paid the federal government since the Articles of Confederation. This is a fact.

That may be a fact (I'm an Aussie, what do i know), but it doesn't address what he said. His claim was that if you took all the federal taxes the people and companies in california currently pay and instead gave it to the newly created national government of california, it'd be better placed financially than it is now. He never said the state itself paid money to the federal government. The contention is that there is a net outflow of money from california (taxes paid vs benefits received). If this is the case, then it sorta does make sense for California to break away. In financial terms anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple To Release List of Companies That Build Its Products Around the World

ZigMonty Re:How many steps? (164 comments)

Sorta like a pencil, taking it to the extreme.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

ZigMonty Move (948 comments)

Seriously, if the picture in the US is as bad as some of you are painting, move. Seriously. I mean to another country. The rest of the western world is just no where near as fucked up. At the very least, drop any delusions that this is something we are all suffering under. No, it's just you. We don't know why you put up with it, but you really don't have to.

I'm an Australian engineer. My boss is always kind and courteous to me (and would be in trouble if he wasn't). He isn't out to screw me, he is part of the team. We are encouraged to take the 4 weeks of leave we accrue annually (it rolls over if you don't take it and there are thresholds where they start whinging at you to take it). We get paid overtime, and any doctoring of timesheets to work past the overtime caps is strictly discouraged. Actually, in truth, getting overtime as an engineer is fairly rare, but there is usually a TOIL system or equivalent such that you are only working the hours you are paid for on average. There are constant campaigns reminding people about work-life balance. There is even one day of the week where overtime is basically not approved and you get in trouble if you stay back to work on a project (meant so that even in busy times, you see your family occasionally). Work on weekends, while not totally prohibited, is extremely rare (i've never done it in 3 years). It requires special approval and they have to pay 1.5x your hourly rate.

I'm not trying to boast here, just trying to counter the hopeless view some of you have that it is the same everywhere and you should just cop it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ford System Will Warn, Correct Lane-Drifting Drivers

ZigMonty Re:Bad idea! (469 comments)

Yes. Well, no, but you could at least point out *why* you think it's a bad idea. Do you have a problem with cruise control too? You do realise that this is meant for long freeway drives, not complicated manoeuvring in urban areas, right?

more than 2 years ago
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Ford System Will Warn, Correct Lane-Drifting Drivers

ZigMonty Re:Is this a poor mans self driving car? (469 comments)

I don't know about ford's implementation, but generally the idea is to give you not quite enough torque to stay in the lane. Take your hands off, and you *will* drift out of the lane. It just reduces fatigue on long drives, as it's the one doing the thinking, and you just provide a minor torque assist to it to confirm you're still awake and have your hands on the wheel.

And yes, of course you can override the damn thing with minimal force. Engineers aren't complete morons.

(I do love all the people who think this is a new invention. It's been in japanese vehicles since the mid 2000s.)

more than 2 years ago
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How Doctors Die

ZigMonty Re:This is what's wrong with private healthcare. (646 comments)

The entire western world bar the united states solved that problem decades ago (hint, doctors here aren't poor). Why is it that Americans think every problem is theirs and theirs alone? Is it that you think you are so advanced that no one could possibly have faced these problems before? Serious question. Those of us on the outside watching these debates go back and forth can't help but go WTF?!

more than 2 years ago
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I am, at present, from the place of my birth ...

ZigMonty Re:At christmas time? (332 comments)

Nope, currently in the house i grew up in for my whole childhood.

more than 2 years ago
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I am, at present, from the place of my birth ...

ZigMonty At christmas time? (332 comments)

Seriously, this is the worst time for this poll. I normally live 2.5% away, but because it's christmas, i'm currently like 1 km from where i was born.

more than 2 years ago
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Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones

ZigMonty Re:Probably not what it seems (1003 comments)

He said van. If it doesn't have windows and you aren't in his mirror, how is he going to see you? Cars do not have a blind spot unless you are a lazy driver, other vehicles *do*.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Releases JIT PHP Compiler

ZigMonty Re:So True. (244 comments)

This is becoming a divergent version of Zeno's paradox.

more than 2 years ago

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