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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

beelsebob Re:Am I reading this right (141 comments)

70% of the time over the ocean, 99.99% of the time over somewhere that isn't populated. It's a 1 in 10,000 occurrence that this happens over a populated area. Given a rate of 2 a year, that means once every 5000 years on average, and many of these will not do any damage. So I'd say this is pretty much pure hype.

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I expect to retire ...

beelsebob Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (323 comments)

The reason for 75 and later is simple - we're living much longer. That means you need to contribute to society for longer. You can't live 30% of your life off everyone else's work without actually contributing anything back, it just doesn't work like that.

2 days ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

beelsebob Re:I would think (374 comments)

Actually, you (oddly) do very much care about speed in OpenSSL. One of the most successful types of attack against security algorithms involves measuring how long it takes to do things, and inferring the complexity of the calculation from that. Taking any significant amount of time makes measurement easier, and errors smaller, and hence this type of attack easier.

3 days ago
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3 Former Astronauts: Earth-Asteroid Collisions Are a Real But Preventable Danger

beelsebob Re:Astronouts are experts? (70 comments)

Why do they need to be experts? Who said that it was because they were astronauts that we should believe them, and not because they have a valid point?

4 days ago
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Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

beelsebob Re:Why? (126 comments)

Because often, what you can't see is as important as what you can. Imagination is important. Composition is important, and emotion is important.

4 days ago
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SpaceX Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

beelsebob Re:Not sure about the recovery test (125 comments)

No, the plan was to land in the sea, and to have helicopters near by. Only in the future do they plan to do very accurate landings.

5 days ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

beelsebob Re:So much nonsense in terms (256 comments)

Ah sorry, I simply misread then. I assumed that it was a simple typo for "hydroponics light" - as in, a light used for growing things using hydroponics. It didn't even occur to me that it could be misinterpreted.

about a week ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

beelsebob Re:So much nonsense in terms (256 comments)

They don't care if it's inefficient, they just tap into the neighbouring house's electricity meter, or tap into the line into the house directly.

about a week ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

beelsebob Re:Better leave now (239 comments)

If you can get there in 11 years, you would have to be travelling at 45 times the speed of light on average. Since you can't accelerate to, or above the speed of light, you're either assuming that you started above the speed of light, or your maths is really badly wrong.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

beelsebob Re:How is this remarkable? (466 comments)

You're missing the point. We all know our options for how and where to invest money. The point is that the root of this chat thread talks about "it's simple to save a million dollars, just stick $5000 into a typical savings account a year". That's why people are discussing savings accounts.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

beelsebob Re:How is this remarkable? (466 comments)

Because the grand parent specified a typical savings account explicitly.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

beelsebob Re:How is this remarkable? (466 comments)

No, we can do compound interest maths...

The sum, from i = 25 to 0, of 5000 * (1.138 ^ i) is just barely over a million. So for the maths to stack up, you need to be being paid 14% interest. That's not even close to reality.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

beelsebob Re:How is this remarkable? (466 comments)

Well, with your maths, it's not surprising that you think it's easy to become a millionaire. Unless you think your working life is 200 years long. That, or you think a typical savings account pays nearly 14% interest. Both of which are... Rather off the scale.

about a week ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

beelsebob Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (359 comments)

Poor white people are not nearly as violent as poor black people. Check the stats yourself. Blacks are about 13-14% of the population but they commit 50% of the murders alone (usually they murder other blacks).

As much as your racist mindset would like that to support your conclusion. It simply doesn't. Being 13-14% of the population does not imply being an even distribution within the demographics of the population. If all 75% of that 13-14% is poor (not unreasonable), but only 10% of the white people are poor (also not unreasonable), then that would give you pretty much the exact same number of poor people of either race. The result - an unsurprising 50/50 split in crime rates too.

Ever wonder why things never change?

No, because it's clear.
1) They do change. We've gone from blacks, women and gays (amongst many others) being ostracised, to many of them being productive members of society, and people like you being frowned upon. That's great!
2) The change is slow, exactly because of people like you, trying very very hard to make sure that these people get held back as much as you can. Thankfully idiots like you are getting rarer and rarer.

At one time it was not politically correct to advocate heliocentrism either. But it was still a fact.

That's an interesting comparison. You seem to be suggesting that we generally go from poor understanding of the situation, to more enlightened understanding of the situation. That our knowledge of the situation improves. One way that this has improved is that we've realised that the earth is not the centre of the universe, and then even realised that neither is the sun. Another way is that in the past, we thought that blacks, women and gays were somehow inferior, and not just normal human beings who happened to have a different pigmentation, sexual organ, or preference. Thankfully we've advanced past that point now.

Black men can start by seriously trying to parent their children instead of leaving them to be raised by single mothers in broken homes in bad neighbourhoods.

This is almost as laughable as "The poor just need to stop being poor, then they could afford health care."

about a week ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

beelsebob Re:PHP IS the worst (188 comments)

Yes... and as I said, this is completely missing the point. Holes in language implementations can be fixed as they come up. Bugs that are caused because of bad language design, and lack of the language helping the developer hold all the necessary concepts in their head at once, those can not trivially be fixed like language implementation errors. Not only that, but they'll be several orders of magnitude more common.

An example. A language with a decent type system can completely eliminate SQL injection attacks, and invalid pointer dereferences. A language with a dependant type system can completely eliminate buffer overruns.

There are huge classes of security holes and bugs that can be prevented from happening entirely by the language.

about a week ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

beelsebob Re:BS (359 comments)

That's a bit of a straw man.

The point is that not too long ago, property values were only around 4-4.5 times the value of a normal wage. Now, even on a very high engineer's wage (around 150-200k) in the bay area you're looking at about 6-8 times the value of your wage. On an more average wage, more like 10-15 times.

Prices really have got very out of control.

about a week ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

beelsebob Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (359 comments)

s/black/poor/ and you might have a point.

Unfortunately for you, creating ghettos for the benefit of the rich has had a history of being a pretty amazingly bad plan. SF needs to figure out how to deal with this properly and fast (generally, the answer is, build more houses, faster).

about a week ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

beelsebob Re:So basically... (287 comments)

Not when they're in NYC they don't. And people doing the jobs listed above get paid far less than the salaries listed above when they're not in NYC.

about a week ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

beelsebob Re:Completely missing the point (188 comments)

Yes... That's my point. This is exactly what they should be testing for - does the language allow you to do dumb things, or does it moan at the first sign of something that could be insecure? This is what they should have tested. Not whether the implementations were any good.

about a week ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

beelsebob Re:PHP not the worst!!!! (188 comments)

php is not the worst because they measured completely the wrong thing. They measured how many bugs they found in the implementation of the language, not how many bugs a programmer using that language would introduce that the language would not catch for them.

about a week 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 5 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 5 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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