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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

halfdan the black Re:Why use these hybrid rocket engines (445 comments)

I was talking about these hybrid (rubber / NOx) vs liquid (kerosene / O2) engines. I know conventional solid do make more thrust, but are not controllable -- hence they make a good booster but not a main engine. It would seem like for a main engine, conventional liquid would give the most thrust and the most controllability.

about a month ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

halfdan the black Why use these hybrid rocket engines (445 comments)

Don't conventional liquid engines give significantly more thrust per weight of propellent. From everything I've read, these hybrid designs are also far less controllable and have all sorts of odd dynamics as the solid propellent burns away.

about a month ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

halfdan the black Every hardware component?!?!? (162 comments)

So, you're telling me that the FreeBSD kernel now has to be compiled with support for every piece of hardware out there?

Are you fucking serious? FreeBSD no longer supports drivers that were not statically compiled into the kernel?

This is either a joke or has to be the most idiotic thing I've ever heard of.

about a month ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

halfdan the black Fact Check Please!!! (367 comments)

Is this even true? I did some goggling, and could not find *any* official or otherwise direct statement from PETA.

In any case, I think PETA badly dilutes its message by frequently saying borderline ridiculous statements.

No living being should be subject to the kinds of torture in medical tests, period!.

That begin said, there is no problem with animals and humans cooperating. Camels carry a load, and in return they are fed and cared for. Whats wrong with that. Its called a *symbiotic* relationship in case you forgot sixth grade ecology. If farm animals are well cared for, and killed instantly for meat, well, I guess I'm sort of essentially OK with that.

about a month and a half ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

halfdan the black Re:It's okay when I do it... (429 comments)

They already have, why do you think I switched to a local ISP. When I used to have comcrap, the moment I turned on a bit torrent client, they throttled my connection both ways down to less than 100 k.

about a month and a half ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

halfdan the black Delphi has been dead for a long time (547 comments)

Has anyone seriously used this for anything other than writing Windows shareware in the 1990s?

I really have no problems with the language, even used it in the 1990s, actually pretty decent. But what an idiotic company behind it. Basically Borland's company strategy was: "Lets go muzzle to muzzle against Microsoft with our closed source language that only runs on Microsoft Windows, and lets charge a lot of money for our language thats completely incompatible with, but sort of resembles Microsoft C# when Microsoft lets you have Visual Studio for free".

If they would have open sourced so it could be cross platform, it or had some way of using your existing C++ code they might have had a chance. But yet again, a half way decent environment ruined by a completely idiotic company.

* yes, evidently the new version is "cross platform", but it a joke. The thing only runs on Windows which generates a binary that looks like it has some sort of emulation environment in it, then copy and hope that it runs on a Mac. And, they don't even remotely resemble Mac apps, looks similar to an Gnome/Qt app running on Linux with an OSX theme.

about a month and a half ago
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Startup's Open Source Device Promises Gamers "Surround Sound For Your Eyes"

halfdan the black Software overhead (43 comments)

Seems like a cool idea, just concerned about how much overhead the software will cause.

So, basically, it needs to continuously poll the frame buffer, copy over a fairly huge block of data, rip through the pixel data to determine the mean colors, and then set the device color though the USB port.

I really would have preferred an all hardware solution where its a pass through of your DVI / HDMI, and there would be a DSP that analyzed the HDMI stream and set the color accordingly.

about a month and a half ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

halfdan the black Re:This is Java code (349 comments)

Right, I was expecting something exactly like this, and I'm pretty sure there's the equivalent in .net.

I would say, probably 99% of Windows apps are written in either C++ or .net, they would just call either GetVersionEx, or whatever the .net version is, and they would have the exact major and minor version. So, it basically makes no sense using a Java example of getting the OS version string, as essentially nobody uses Java for any tightly integrated desktop app where you need to know exactly what version of Windows you're on.

I do use a number of libraries in my code (C++), and all the ones I've seen give you standard major and minor versions which I check.

about 2 months ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

halfdan the black This is Java code (349 comments)

Does anybody seriously write any platform specific desktop code in Java that needs to check the Windows version??

What's the standard Windows API, or .net function to get the Windows version string? Doesn't this return actual version numbers and not a string that you have to parse?

about 2 months ago
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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

halfdan the black What about 3D printed adamantium Jaw? (71 comments)

Now that would be cool.

Can't believe I'm the first one to comment about adamantium replacement bones.

Once adamantium is set, it can't be broken, so an additive printing system like 3D printing would be perfect for making adamantium parts.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

halfdan the black Only need TWO (272 comments)

They probably only need just TWO employees, a CEO to get the money, and a secretary to collect it.

Every single action Microsoft makes is met with incessant criticism. This makes a lot of sense as for two decades the Microsoft marketing machine has firmly established this universal notion that anything different than Windows is scary, different, and OMG, *incompatible*. That worked very so well as no Windows user wants anything different than what they have right now.

So, all Microsoft should do is just keep printing copies of Windows XP, since that what everyone wants, and just keep collecting the money. Users would be a LOT happier as they would never have to worry about any change, and the CEO would be happy as he can just keep collecting the money with no effort.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

halfdan the black Re:VIM (359 comments)

I think I might have to give VIM yet another try, thing this will be try 7 or 8 now.

Eclipse used to have an Emacs key binding plugin, but it was abandoned a few years ago, and its !uck&ing annoying going back and forth between Eclipse and Emacs key binding.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

halfdan the black Re:VIM (359 comments)

Funny, I feel the same way about VIM, I tried to learn it, after all a lot of people use it, and finally gave up after trying to remember 5 or 6 mode change seemingly random ctrl + : + ???? key stroke combinations.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

halfdan the black Re:VIM (359 comments)

Thats a fair answer, and a fair criticism of Emacs. Nearly everyone I've talked to who uses VIM, like I said just uses it because someone told them to in the past and have never tried anything else.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

halfdan the black Emacs (359 comments)

I use Emacs and

1: C++, C, Objective-C
2: LaTeX
3: Python
4: Bash
5: Text files

I used to use (also in Emacs):
1: Java
2: C#
3: Fortran

Emacs works for just about any language out there, I use variety of languages and a variety of different platforms, Emacs is the same on all of them and just works. 2:

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

halfdan the black VIM (359 comments)

Just a question. Is there anyone out there younger than around 40 who uses VIM because of their own choice? By that I mean, they at first turned on a Unix/Linux box, investigated some editors and chose VIM. Nearly everyone I know who uses VIM uses it because someone else originally made them use it and they stuck with it. I know this sounds like flamebait, but seriously, its an honest question.
It just seems like Emacs is a lot easier to learn because it one keystroke to get to a menu, and just another to get to a help system.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

halfdan the black Re:Uh, sure.. (359 comments)

WHAT!?!?!

Apple is probably the king of the designated editor group, with microsoft coming in at a close second. These are relatively closed stacks and have purpose built (and pretty decent) tools to work with them, so most people do

If anything, Windows is the absolute king of languages that CAN ONLY BE USED IN THIER IDE. Take a look at Visual Basic, completely tied the VB mouse clicky clicky IDE, then of course there used to be a company called Borland which also made mouse clicky clicky languages like Delphi, a variant of Pascal that was locked to an IDE, I think they also tried to do the same with a version of C++. Then of course, there was Microsoft MFC which was so bad that that they had to write an IDE to even use it.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

halfdan the black Re: It's too slow. (254 comments)

Once the app is up, if done right, performance can be decent for most things, pretty comparable to C++. The big thing is once it's up. The REAL killer of any c#/.net app (or any env that requires a VM like Java) is the load times. Even tiny c# apps take forever to load. So I would really recommend c++. I know if you really wanted you can do cross platform with mono but it's a lot easier with c++, especially if you use a framework like SDL.

about 5 months ago
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Unisys Phasing Out Decades-Old Mainframe Processor For x86

halfdan the black Re:what's the point anymore (113 comments)

Wrong. If Unisys mainframes are anything like IBM s390, then almost everything is written in assembler. So, unless they have a whole hardware translation / emulation layer, you can't just re-compile. Going to a new processor architecture if everything is written in assembler, its much easier just to throw everything out and re-start.

about 5 months ago

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Why does Microsoft develop Office for the Mac?

halfdan the black halfdan the black writes  |  more than 5 years ago

halfdan the black (638018) writes "With the latest series of Microsoft add campaigns, it would appear that Microsoft suddenly sees Apple as a threat, so why not just kill MS Office for the Mac? That would do more damage to Apple than any series of commercials. If Microsoft Office (like it or not, Microsoft Office is the THE world standard office application / document format), was not available for Mac, the I suspect Mac platform would no longer be viable to a significant portion of the Mac user base.

I wonder if Microsoft is asking the question of how much revenue due Mac sales take away from Windows, vs how much revenue they get from Office for the Mac? Also consider that if MS did manage to kill Apple, there would be zero competition (for all practical proposes), and they could jack up the cost of Windows and Office.

So, the question is if Microsoft sees Apple as threat, why to they provide an absolutely critical piece of software that makes the Mac a viable alternative to Windows?"

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