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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

aminorex Re:It Costs Money (213 comments)

It does me no good to read stuff I can't share.

about three weeks ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

aminorex Re:I have been an Illegal Immigrant. Have you? (225 comments)

that a government would want to prevent people from coming or going is a pretty strong indication that the country in question is a squalid hell-hole of human oppression.

about a month and a half ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

aminorex Re:Scientific research never got anyone anything (225 comments)

the centrally planned fusion research program is a huge waste of money, always has been, always will be. a serious research program, in the public interest, would fund diverse approaches to fusion energy technology. ITER is a hogslop feeding trough for a politically connected minority of researchers.

about a month and a half ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

aminorex Re:Logical Consequences (398 comments)

heck, we didn't respond to an unarmed invasion - why would response to an armed invasion be any more robust?

about 2 months ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

aminorex Re:Logical Consequences (398 comments)

naval power is kind of a joke in unlimited war. even modern FAEs could wipe out a carrier battle group very quickly, ignoring tactical nukes.

about 2 months ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

aminorex Re:If I had a dollar... (398 comments)

That pretty much describes Japan nowadays.

Anyhow, it would be criminal not to arm with nukes, given China's aggressive posture.

about 2 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

aminorex Re:Yep. (649 comments)

what passes for "reality" in GB is a sad, soggy cardboard puppet theatre. would you like some tony blair with your crisps?

about 2 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

aminorex Re:Yep. (649 comments)

he advised the disciples to arm themselves on one recorded occasion. like everything else he said there's about a 99% chance that the meaning is not obvious to the naive reader.

about 2 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

aminorex Re:Yep. (649 comments)

There is now.

about 2 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

aminorex Re:Yep. (649 comments)

Regardless of evidence.

about 2 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

aminorex Re:Yep. (649 comments)

Legislating what is science is a very very bad idea. To cast this is stark terms: Argument from evidence has been outlawed in Great Britain.

I would point out that many creationists are both atheists and scientists.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

aminorex Re:Scala (466 comments)

in other words, if you want slow, use python

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

aminorex Re:Java in an IDE (466 comments)

it's not increased productivity if you can't use it. it's just a spurious external dependency.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

aminorex Re:Seriously? (466 comments)

you're the runner up

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

aminorex Re:Programming language in 2 hours ? Yeah, right. (466 comments)

whereas in python, the bugs just never get fixed. try reimplementing eclipse in python, including the ability to actually use it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

aminorex Re:I'd like to give swift a try (466 comments)

> There's been more money to be made with Objective-C

Only for the mediocre. For skilled persons, most of the money has been in matlab.

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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Rossi reactor and Widom-Larsen theory

aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aminorex (141494) writes "Andrea Rossi's Italian patent on the Energy Catalyzer issued on April 6th. The best explanation of the underlying physics is a theory of Widom and Larsen. Given the fuel consumption rates reported from public demonstrations, global annual nickel production would suffice to fuel global annual energy consumption, without affluent, carbon emission, or radioactive waste (with 100 years of present reserves). It seems media shyness from the 1989 cold fusion debacle has managed to keep coverage below radar levels outside of Italy. Will the operation of a 1MW plant in Xanthi, Greece, scheduled for October be enough to overcome the giggle factor, and unleash a truly disruptive energy technology?"
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Alzheimer's Cure Mooted

aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aminorex (141494) writes "Enbrel (etanercept) has been immediately, markedly, and consistently effective in all Alzheimer's patients, according to a report in Science Daily. The original research article is available online at the Journal of Neuroinflammation web site. "We can see cognitive and behavioral improvement in a patient with established dementia within minutes of therapeutic intervention" comments one Journal editor."
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aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aminorex (141494) writes "A vast number of /.'ers, including myself, want to know: Now that we've got these screaming 64-bit laptops, why can't we buy RAM to use the larger address space? When can we expect to be able to buy it? How long will it be before large memories (2GB sticks) achieve commodity volume pricing? If you have insight from the inside of the DRAM industry, please share, so that we know when we can start breathing again."

Journals

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aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 10 years ago

JamVM simpliciter is probably a 50k download.
The class libraries will be the bulk of the
download for the first application. Subsequent
applications will amortize the download of the
most commonly used classes. Applications themselves
will be quite small.

What I'd really like is an OCAML generating jcode.

The only alternative to JamVM under serious consideration
is mono. What are the size issues with mono?
For winxp+ platforms, .net 1.1 is already there,
so it's a null download, but for all other platforms
it is a massive download. Mono probably is out.

The dev env for jcode is Eclipse. For mono it's
probably C#Devel.

Making the class loader in the vm do everything
on-demand over the wire means getting a supportable
library-server architecture running.

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usable vm

aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 10 years ago

In order to make a VM usable for the broadest audience,
it must be available as the smallest possible download
in the correct binary format for the user's platform.

JamVM appears to provide the smallest useful Java
environment. It is written against a Posix API,
and uses pthreads as well as libdl. The major
platforms of interest to me are i386-win32, i386-linux,
and ppc-osx. The missing piece for making JamVM
work (byte-code interpretation only) is win32
support for the libdl API.

GNU Classpath now contains enough of Swing and AWT
to be useful. Here are some reasonable approaches
to providing portable graphics over the platforms
of interest for legacy Swing and AWT applications:

1 - SwingWT, which uses the pre-existing
    Eclipse SWT implementation to provide Swing and
    AWT APIs;

2 - PJA+Odonata+(viewer) which writes its
    graphics to a soft framebuffer and puts them out
    using VNC protocol -- the missing piece is the
    local viewer wrapper which provides the actual
    display.

Any others?

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aminorex aminorex writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have chanced upon this space between what is above it and what is below it, which I now ornament with this utterance.

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