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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Working With Awful Legacy Code?

busyqth Re:One warning sign: (360 comments)

What if the one guy was someone like Dennis Ritchie?

1) I question whether you have ever read Dennis Ritchie's code. 2) Dennis Ritchie didn't work alone. If he had, he wouldn't have done the things he did.

about a year and a half ago
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At $250, New Chromebook Means Competition For Tablets, Netbooks, Ultrabooks

busyqth Re:I don't get it (283 comments)

So when Microsoft locks down the bootloader, it's bad. But when Google does it, it's good.

Of course. That's a well known law of nature.

about a year and a half ago
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520-Million-Year-Old Arthropod May Have Had the First Modern Brain

busyqth And in China.... (60 comments)

You know for sure that the first thought through the minds of Chinese researchers upon finding this fossilized bug: "What does it taste like?"
I mean, that was pretty much my first thought.. well, right after "what's the best way to cook it?"

about a year and a half ago
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Half-Life of DNA is 521 Years, Jurassic Park Impossible After All

busyqth Re:Someone forgot to tell these guys (315 comments)

Why do they need to know? 10,000 years is roughly 20 half-life periods, so they should expect roughly 1-millionth of the DNA to remain.

Since the wooly mammoth genome is approximately 4.7 billion in 58 chromosomes, for an average of 81 million base pairs per chromosome, the DNA fragments would be, on average 81 base pairs long, which should be enough to figure out the original sequence after duplicating and matching. So a full reconstructed mammoth genome should be possible.

about a year and a half ago
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A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now

busyqth Re:Total fantasy (687 comments)

Americans will never switch to metric...

Americans were switched over to metric back in 1893.

So that's why I've started getting gypped out of 24 mL of beer in every bottle.

about a year and a half ago
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A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now

busyqth Re:I stopped at water quota. (687 comments)

In many parts of the world there are shortages of water. If you think there won't be more constrained water supplies as we add a few more billion people you are incredibly naive.

Those few billion more people are going to be in Africa, and their water quota will be a function of how their local well is holding up, whether they dig any new wells, etc.
They won't be worrying about their auto-temperature-controlled shower, and I won't be worrying about a water quota.

about a year and a half ago
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A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now

busyqth Re:Live free or DIE (687 comments)

South-east UK. The UK has historically been mostly on unmetered water, but right now we're in the middle of installing meters as fast as the company can get them plumbed in. It's not exactly a free market though, as we don't have an 'unbundling' regulation as with internet and electricity supply: Whichever company owns the pipe into your house, that's who you'll be buying water from.

That's the way it's been since "forever" in the US, except that the "company" who owns the pipe is often enough the local government.

about a year and a half ago
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A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now

busyqth Re:I'm in advertising? (687 comments)

All products are made by the same Chinese state-controlled conglomerate. Individual companies just buy them wholesale, rebrand, and resell. Advertising is the primary business of all western companies.

about a year and a half ago
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A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now

busyqth Re:I stopped at water quota. (687 comments)

So Soviet Russia is the future a decade an a half hence? I ignored the CID, but the water quota is ridiculous. Unless we have drastically less water due to using as nuclear fusion fuel, we'll still have all the water we have now.

You have completely misunderstood the implication.

It's not that there will actually be a shortage of water, mandatory water quotas will be introduced as a means of beating down and controlling the populace, the original laws being justified by emotional appeals to the need to "save the earth".

about a year and a half ago
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UK Broadband Plan Set To Clear EU Approval

busyqth Important (37 comments)

I think it's very important to spread the dosh around, because everywhere else that this has been done, governments have relied on robust competition between scrappy telecoms companies to provide rural broadband service...

Well except in Korea, where it was all done by Korea Telecom, but then again, they finished their 100 Mbps rollout 5 years ago and are now providing 1000 Mbps service to rural areas, so what do they know about this stuff?

about a year and a half ago
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Space Junk May Require ISS Maneuver In Advance of SpaceX's Dragon

busyqth Re:This is normal. (47 comments)

Let's try that again...

I wonder what the iss would have looked like if Steve jobs designed it?

Brushed aluminum, a glowing Apple logo, possibly cubical.

about a year and a half ago
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Space Junk May Require ISS Maneuver In Advance of SpaceX's Dragon

busyqth Re:This is normal. (47 comments)

I wonder what the iss would have looked like if Steve jobs designed it?/quote> Brushed aluminum, a glowing Apple logo, possibly cubical.

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Dunkels On the Internet of Things

busyqth Re:Interesting (27 comments)

If all you do is dump public funds into the piggy trough then you won't get much back out. But that's not the only way to do it. Studying the economic history of South Korea is quite interesting. In the early 60s, Korea was porer than most sub-Saharan African countries with a GDP per capita of under $100. But then the government began to implement an industrial policy aimed at developing certain chosen key industries such as steel production, shipbuilding and automobile manufacturing.
Some of the companies directed by the government to initiate these industrial projects financed through government grants, externally sourced financial aid, and foreign loans were little businesses named Hyundai and Samsung. Perhaps you've heard of them. Other companies were created out of nothing to pursue this industrial strategy, such as Posco, producer of about 35 million tons of high quality steel annually.
South Korea went from being one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the wealthiest, in about 30 years. I know educated, well off Koreans who are less than 40 years old, who, as children, lived in straw-roofed huts and whose parents and grandparents slung poo in a rice paddy to survive. I'd call that concrete, valuable results.

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Dunkels On the Internet of Things

busyqth Another Thing (27 comments)

Second post... is that the same Contiki OS that started out as a hobby project to develop a multitasking OS for the Commodore 64?

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Dunkels On the Internet of Things

busyqth Interesting (27 comments)

Interestingly enough (to me, at least), I happen to be reading a Korean paper on the ubiquitous computing / wireless networks right now.

What I find interesting is that the concept has received government support and direction as part of a push to develop the "U-Society" (which I suppose is mean to be an abbreviation for "ubiquitous computing society"). In Korea, this is governmental industrial policy with the goal of making Korean industry a leader in producing "ubiquitously networked" products of all kinds. On the other hand, here in the United States, it seems like more of an matter of academic study and, perhaps, seen as a possible cost-saving (as opposed to profit-producing) technology.

Oh well, I guess FedEx and UPS don't mind buying all of their IP-enabled supplies from LG & Samsung if it saves them a few pennies.

about a year and a half ago
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Will Your Next iPhone Be Built By Robots?

busyqth Not only... (251 comments)

iPhone 7 : Not only built BY Robots, built FOR Robots!**

(**Like all iPhones)

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle's Sparc T5 Chip Evidently Pushed Back to 2013

busyqth Sparc T5! (98 comments)

T5 combines 16 CPU cores running at 3.6 GHz on a 28-nm manufacturing process

WOOOOO! Impressive!


...
eh, not really...
What can Oracle offer with the "T5" that isn't offered better, faster, and/or cheaper on Xeon or Power?

Oh yeah, I forgot, Oracle can offer "register windows"... Wheeee!

about a year and a half ago
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Earthquakes Correlated With Texan Fracking Sites

busyqth Reservoirs (259 comments)

Reservoirs are associated with earthquakes too.

about a year and a half ago

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Judge Bans Sale of Galaxy Nexus

busyqth busyqth writes  |  about 2 years ago

busyqth (2566075) writes "After the injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 earlier in the week, A US district court judge has now also granted an injunction against the sale of Google's flagship ICS phone, the Galaxy Nexus. Is Steve Jobs laughing in the great beyond? Is this the beginning of the end for Android?"
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