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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

beelsebob Re:ENIAC wasn't the first (120 comments)

As I've said several times through this thread - yes, it was. What it couldn't do (that ENIAC could) is store its program.

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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

beelsebob Re:the first built in the US (120 comments)

No, Colossus was General Purpose - ENIAC was the first general purpose, stored program computer.

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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

beelsebob Re:Except... (120 comments)

Colossus absolutely was general purpose - it just wasn't stored program. You had to set it up fresh for each program.

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

beelsebob Re:What about long-term data integrity? (413 comments)

No, it doesn't. It doesn't protect you against losing data in a fire, it doesn't protect you against losing data to malware, and it doesn't protect you against losing data to making a mistake. All changes are automatically propagated across all disks. Backup protects you against losing data.

What RAID 15 does is protects you against losing a day of work because one disk failed - that is, it protects against loss of uptime.

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

beelsebob Re:What about long-term data integrity? (413 comments)

RAID doesn't protect against loss of data, that's what backup is for. RAID protects against loss of uptime.

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

beelsebob Re:Reliability (413 comments)

Actually, one of the nice things about SSDs is that as capacity increases, reliability increases too. More cells means more options for wear levelling, means more life span.

yesterday
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

beelsebob Re:Or (81 comments)

2) Break the first person's fingers that walk off with your tools

But how... they have your hammer!

yesterday
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

beelsebob Re:Hotel minibar (81 comments)

Why are you adding explosives to the toolbox?

yesterday
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

beelsebob Not what it does... (81 comments)

It doesn't help you not lose tools. It helps you blame someone when a tool goes missing.

yesterday
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief, Part II: Illustrating the Issue of Trust In Altcoins

beelsebob Re:LOL (46 comments)

Hah, if I could mod you insightful, I would, alas, no mod points.

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

beelsebob Re:Wouldn't it suffer eminent heat death? (519 comments)

The heat burns off from converting it into electrical energy to power the space craft. Having heat in a power generator is not a problem.

about a week ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

beelsebob Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

Why would you carry around the mass of the water - that's just going to make the car less efficient.

about two weeks ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

beelsebob Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (641 comments)

You could argue that it cannot fail the test if there aren't women in the game at all.

You could, but I don't think you would be very successful. I would strongly suggest that the test as phrased above is this logical statement:
containsTwoWomen ^ womenTalkAbout(x) ^ x =/= men

In order for your above argument to hold, it would have to be this:
containsTwoWomen => (womenTalkAbout(x) ^ x =/= men)

Based on that, I'd suggest that it's impossible to pass this test if there aren't any women in the game at all. I also suspect that that's intentional to an extent - a book that contains only men, and the opinions of men is meant to be caste by this test as sexist. Similarly, I suspect a game containing a bunch of men doing manly things is meant to be caste as sexist.

It certainly though seems to be inapplicable to a wide range of games though, as many games are abstract beyond caring about human interactions. And even those that do care about humans often only contain a very few characters.

And with that rant over, I'll leave you lot to discuss... Is Bayonetta sexist? Sure, lots of boobs and bums there, but also a strong female lead just doing her thing.

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

beelsebob Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

So you are saying that the opinion that large SUVs shouldn't be allowed in cities is based on the physical characteristics relevant to their size, which is larger than standard passenger cars. These physical characteristics include their width compared to the road/lane, and their turning radius. Your argument apparently is that they cannot maneuver well enough to ensure the safety of other vehicles.

I brought up delivery vehicles, which are as large as or larger than SUVs. I pointed out that they maneuver adequately on city streets. Therefor SUVs should not be a problem, based on their physical characteristics.

Yes - a straw man. You're taking my argument that city streets full of large vehicles with large turning radiuses are less safe than ones with small vehicles with small turning radiuses, and trying to defeat it by saying "yes, but *some* of those are necessary.

By the same logic, we should all be allowed to drive 18 wheelers in cities, and according to you, doing so would cause no problems, because every so often an 18 wheeler needs to come into a city to restock an inner city supermarket.

On the contrary, both us all driving 18 wheelers, and us all driving large vehicles the size of delivery vans are both increasing the number of issues in a city, so no, I don't regard it as unreasonable for a city to impose dissinsentives for people to drive large vehicles within them. I also don't regard it as unreasonable for them to exempt people who are there actually doing a job (i.e. the actual real delivery vans).

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

beelsebob Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

I'm sorry. I thought your argument was about physical characteristics such as turning radius and vehicle width in relation to lane width. That the numbers show large vehicles have no place in cities.

Now it is simply large vehicles you don't like have no place in cities where you are driving your privately owned car.

Sorry, but I'm not following your point. You seem to be suggesting that I changed my stance, rather than simply pointing out your straw man.

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

beelsebob Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

Just because it's possible to have a few of them about, doesn't imply that it's reasonable to have the streets filled with them. Delivery vans are often made exceptions of because they perform a critical service that can't be performed any other way. SUVs on the other hand, in 99 out of 100 cases are just taking up a crap load of space, and reducing everyone else's visibility for no gain at all.

about two weeks ago
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New Trial Brings Skype to (Some) Browsers

beelsebob Why... (55 comments)

Why would I want this in my browser? What's not sufficient about the experience I get in the native apps? In what way is this better that I need a heavy weight piece of rendering technology sitting open, a GUI that's wrapped in my browser's window, and more latency between clicking things and stuff happening?

Seriously... Why would you implement this?

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

beelsebob Re:Cars and even SUVs do not cause much damage (554 comments)

Cube of velocity actually, and cube of velocity times frontal area, times coefficient of drag. The frontal area of an 18 wheeler is much larger... That said, they're also long and slender, which I suspect means that their coefficient of drag is fairly low for their volume.

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

beelsebob Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

Does your totalitarian streak run in the family, or only in your social clique?

Totalitarianism would be "You can not drive SUVs and other monstrosities in cities", not "They have no place in cities", that's merely an opinion. One that can be reasonably backed up by citing road widths, corner radiuses turning circles, car widths etc.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

beelsebob Re:Can't trust robots (223 comments)

That's a strange assumption. Whence did it come?

Well, a mannad mission to mars is estimated to need roughly 800 Mg of equipment lifted into space, and then slung out onto a mars intercept orbit. The orbit required for this comet intercept is thankfully pretty similar (it needs only to get around mars to do a gravity assist back to earth, for a few more gravity assists to get out to jupiter). But a mission to mars would take only 2 years, this requires 10. That means 5 times as much food, and I'd bet a bunch more equipment. So lets conservatively guess at 1.6Gg of stuff that needs to be lifted into space.

Meanwhile, the launch mass for the robotic longer was a mere 100kg. So, even if you assume that you can scale the amount of fuel needed to get all the stuff up there linearly (which you can't), you're looking at 16000 times the cost, i.e. $1.6 trillion.

To me, it appears that the above poster underestimated quite a lot, not overestimated as you'd like to believe.

about two weeks ago

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Apple Switches (Mostly) to OpenStreetMap

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple have started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple are currently not applying the necessary attribution to OSM; they are using an old (from April 2010) dump of the data; and they are not using the data in the USA. Fingers crossed apple works through these issues quickly!

Apple are now one of a growing list (including geocaching, and foursquare) to Switch2OSM."

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OpenCL 1.0 Ratified and Released to the Public

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "The Khronos group announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 1.0 specification described as the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices."
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Apple drops iPhone Developer NDA

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 6 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Today Apple dropped the iPhone developer NDA.

We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don't steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others.

However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone's success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released."
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Squirrelfish takes a bite out of performance

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 6 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "We all recently heard that Google Chrome had introduced a new Javascript engine called V8, that made all the other engines out there look like toys. Today the WebKit team announced that their Squirrelfish engine has been optimized a lot more, to produce Squirrelfish Extreme. The improvements are enough that WebKit now runs Javascript faster than Chrome. The competition between browser makers seems to be paying off for us consumers with some major improvements in performance now."
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beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Very well known is the iBook G3 logic board failure issue, however, less well known is that iBook G4s have been failing with the same symptoms almost as regularly. The G4 variant of the laptop is not covered by Apple's logic board repair program, thus if it dies, it's dead. Or so we thought, until recently. An enterprising guy has posted a fix for the problem that works simply by sticking a tiny bit of plastic under a chip."

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