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If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

bendilts Scala is a scripting language? (577 comments)

Funny, I thought Scala was a fully compiled, statically type-checked language (at least as much as Java is). A language is not a scripting language just because it doesn't suck.

about 9 months ago
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Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend

bendilts Re:Google, pay attention (301 comments)

The acquisitions that work have been well worth the cost of all the failed acquisitions combined. Android, maps, docs, Youtube, Doubleclick, etc. Well, Youtube may not be making cash right now, but it sure brings in a lot of users to Google properties.

more than 2 years ago
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Apache 2.4 Takes Direct Aim At Nginx

bendilts Re:Defaults still insane? (209 comments)

Insane for whom? We recently had to increase our MaxClients from 150 to 256 to 400 to 800, and we're only running on Large instances on Amazon (7.5GB of RAM). Production workloads vary widely, and I think 150 is a pretty reasonable default for many (if not most) applications.

more than 2 years ago
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A Planet Literally Boils Under the Heat of Its Star

bendilts Re:Holy cow ... (163 comments)

We use about 4.9 km^3 per year. Oil has a density of about 0.9kg/L, so that gives us 4.41 x 10^12 kg per year.

Or, about 140,000 kg/second.

So you are correct, although I did doubt your figures at first.

(Also, could the USA please stop measuring oil in volume, which changes density depending on composition, pressure and temperature. Also, please stop using archaic units like "bbl".)

No, that makes him incorrect. 140,000 kg/sec is not more than 100,000 tonnes/sec.

more than 2 years ago
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Logitech Calls Google TV a 'Big Mistake'

bendilts Re:Cheap PC or streamer (195 comments)

I have the latest Sony Google TV set-top box, and it's actually a pretty great setup. It'll even stream automatically re-encoded video streams from my Windows 7 video library over wifi, including totally automatic discovery of my Windows 7 machine. This is the perfect setup--I have my machine set up far away from my TV, but all the content I have there is available on my TV.

more than 2 years ago
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Meet Siri's Little Brother, Trapit

bendilts Re:Siri, Android and State of the Art (183 comments)

That's fascinating. An Apple fanboy of the highest order came into the office raving about Siri (which, in Apple's infinite wisdom, he was excluded from since he has an iPhone 4). He said, "You can just say, 'text Brian I'm running late for work', and it'll send him a text!!!" I got out my Android phone, held down the search button for 2 seconds to bring up voice search, and said, "text Brian I'm running late for work." Of course, it worked perfectly. "Yeah, but you can use it to find places on maps, too!" "Navigate to the Energy Solutions Arena." Worked perfectly. "Yeah, but it's... you know... it's just better because it works really good. It's the first time this has been done right!" It's incredible to me how some people's critical thinking skills break down in the reality distortion field.

more than 2 years ago
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Sprint Details Shift To LTE

bendilts Re:And nothing of value was lost (183 comments)

I get a pretty steady 6Mpbs down/1.5Mbps up on my Evo 3D here in Salt Lake City. In Las Vegas I get about 10/1.5. Coverage in the Bay Area is a little more spotty (especially on highways), but I had a pretty solid connection in downtown San Francisco, Milpitas, and many other locations.

more than 2 years ago
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Java Floating Point Bug Can Lock Up Servers

bendilts Re:So what if they've known about it for 10 years? (157 comments)

What the fuck are you talking about, Java powers the majority of major internet sites. It has done so for a long, long time.

Quick quiz: How many of the top 10 web sites in the world (as listed by Alexa) are powered primarily by Java?

1) Google
2) Facebook
3) Youtube
4) Yahoo
5) Windows Live
6) Blogger
7) Wikipedia
8) Baidu
9) Twitter
10) qq.com

Hint: It rhymes with "Nero"

more than 3 years ago
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Famous British Autism Study an 'Elaborate Fraud'

bendilts Original article was retracted in *2004* (813 comments)

Um, yeah, this article was already thoroughly debunked and disowned by its original publisher, Lancet, back in 2004. Ten of the twelve original contributing authors made an official statement in Lancet that they'd been deceived by false data created by Wakefield and wanted to get their names erased from that lie. Why is this still news?

more than 3 years ago
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IE9, FF4 Beta In Real-World Benchmark

bendilts Re:SERIOUSLY??? (2 comments)

"block" in the diagramming sense, not as in an HTML div. Each frame consists of handling the mocked-up mouse events, adjusting the model of the diagram, including adjusting any lines that are attached to that block, then re-rendering as much of the page as necessary to reflect those updates. There's actually a LOT of javascript being run there, a fair amount of canvas rendering, text reflowing, DOM manipulation, and so forth. In other words, all the stuff that makes a real web app run these days.

more than 3 years ago

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