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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

disambiguated Re:Article shows fundamental lack of understanding (183 comments)

You're both wrong/right. In order to supplant Objective-C, Swift would have to play well with the bazillion lines of Objective-C, and coexist with it for possibly a very long time. On the other hand, even if Apple "could not be more clear" that swift is built to supplant Objective-C, that doesn't mean it will succeed, and doesn't mean Apple won't change their mind. It's a gamble and they certainly know it. They keep that to themselves in order to encourage you to drink the cool-aid.

See also: Microsoft and .NET

about two weeks ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

disambiguated Re:Protection from Nuclear EMPs (59 comments)

If only there were some way to simulate physical systems like that. Where will they find the computing power? Plus the software probably costs a fortune.

about two weeks ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

disambiguated Re:1024-fold (210 comments)

RAM generally is, and address space always is.

about three weeks ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

disambiguated Re:How do you measure the entropy of life? (211 comments)

"essence of life" is an interesting choice of words. Here, read this.

Here's a few choice quotes:

Although now rejected by mainstream science, vitalism has a long history...

Vitalism is no longer philosophically and scientifically viable...

By 1931, "Biologists have almost unanimously abandoned vitalism as an acknowledged belief."

about three weeks ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

disambiguated Re:How do you measure the entropy of life? (211 comments)

Life is not one of the great scientific unknowns. Live and dead mice are not indistinguishable. No one today expects microbes to spontaneously come into being. Creating life from scratch is a technical problem, not a theoretical one. If stating so is pedantic then so be it.

about three weeks ago
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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

disambiguated Re:What's email? (203 comments)

How quaint. When I need to know something, my computer travels back in time and alters history so that I always knew it.

about three weeks ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

disambiguated Re:How do you measure the entropy of life? (211 comments)

If all of your measurements are the same, you're either not very good at taking measurements, or you're not very good at killing mice.

about three weeks ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

disambiguated Re:Thermodynamic equilibrium is not required (211 comments)

You better let the Nobel people know to get his prize ready, because he's right. Entropy is unlikely to decrease in a closed system. But it can.

about three weeks ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

disambiguated Re:When can we stop selling party balloons (296 comments)

I suppose it's going to be a while before we run out of alpha emitters. So the Wikipedia page is wrong then, when it says Helium is a finite resource. Last time I trust Wikipedia (yeah right:).

You said it slowly dissipates into space. That means the rate it leaves the atmosphere is low, so the rate it is replenished is low, and that's the limiting extraction rate.

According to this (that didn't take long), the rate Helium leaves the atmosphere is 50g/s, or 3e5 cm^3/s. The National Helium Reserve is 1e9 m^3. So, extracting all of the Helium from the atmosphere before it escapes, it would take 1e9 m^3 / (3e5 cm^3/s), or over 100 years to replace the reserves.

But extracting all of it is hopelessly unrealistic. I don't know, but it seems even 1% would be ambitious. So now we're looking at tens of thousands of years.

So either the national reserve is ridiculously large, or removing it from the atmosphere is not going to be a solution to the shortage. Right? Or am I missing something (else)?

about three weeks ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

disambiguated Re:Device Drains Boots, Goggles and Glasses of Wat (184 comments)

That makes more sense, thanks. I mean, what's so special about booting from the network, why does it have to be wifi, and why do you need a special device?

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

disambiguated Re:Batteries? Seriously? (491 comments)

Here in Seattle, most of the buses that don't get on the freeway are electric trolleys, and many of the ones that do drive on the freeway are hybrids. They looked like this in 1940, now they look like this.

about three weeks ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

disambiguated Re:When can we stop selling party balloons (296 comments)

Interesting. The last sentence on the Wikipedia page for helium:

"Helium is a finite resource and is one of the few elements with escape velocity, meaning that once released into the atmosphere, it escapes into space."

So how does that work?

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

disambiguated Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (491 comments)

I take it you have some reservations about the veracity of his assertions?

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

disambiguated Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (491 comments)

I believe they are only allowed to burn bunker fuel out in international waters anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

disambiguated Re:autoplay sucks anyway (108 comments)

Companies can be and are sued for giving to charity. It's not illegal because it can be in the (financial!) best interest of shareholders in a variety of ways (encouraging further investment, improving the corporation's image to customers, ... many more) Of course shareholders have other interests, but those interests are not why they are investing. They might choose to invest in one company over another for those reasons, but they are investing in the first place to make a profit. Otherwise it's not investment, it's giving to charity.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

disambiguated Re:autoplay sucks anyway (108 comments)

What, besides profit, is in the best interest of all of the shareholder of a publicly traded corporation? Giving to charity and sponsoring events are examples of enlightened self-interest. Take it too far and you will be sued by your shareholders..

about three weeks ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

disambiguated Re:Ted Kaczynski (135 comments)

But they're both named K-vowel-consonant-consonant-vowel-nski.
That can't be a coincidence.

about three weeks ago

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