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### FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

Re:GCC isn't an IDE, Codebench source is free (1098 comments)

Well, maybe because it's the strictest checking compiler you can get for Fortran? It certainly has helped me find bugs that gfortran, ifort and other have missed. You seem to be unaware of the fact that despite gfortran being free and quite good, there are at least five (that I can remember without googling) commercial Fortran compilers available today, e.g. from Nvidia/PGI and from Intel, that are quite popular in the scientific community.

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### FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

Re:stretching indeed. Recommending != selling (1098 comments)

Well, yes and no. Their product is by definition useless without a C compiler. Many (most?) people will use what's recommended, so many (most) people are using nagfor with gcc. A Core i7, on the other hand, works fine without a C compiler of any sort (as long as you only run precompiled binaries, which is true for (definitely this time) most people). But I see your point.

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### FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

Re:GCC isn't an IDE, Codebench source is free (1098 comments)

I'll give you an actual (but perhaps a little stretching-the-rules) example though:
NAG's Fortran compiler. It costs money. It's a Fortran-to-C compiler, and they recommend gcc if you don't have any other preferences. To me (as a compiler user) it's not a great difference if they make a Fortran-to-C compiler where I must provide the C compiler, or if they just shipped a C compiler and did the translation "in secret".

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### Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Really? To what end?

Well, why not? I found my right-hand little finger was cramping often. Coul be 'cause I use an "ergonomic" keyboard, which is quite good except the slightly bad position of the BackSpace key.

I see you've bound it to the Compose Key. That's utterly useless to me, since I very rarely write non-ascii characters (with the exception of æøå, and those I have dedicated keys for). When I want to write greek/fraktur/whatever, I write
$\alpha \to \infty \implies \sum_0^{\infty} n = -\frac{1}{12}$ etc. and then have the rendering engine (LaTeX) take care of it.

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Customers are frequently wrong, and sometimes their actions are outright hostile.

Quite. I find this page to be a fun insight into the world of stupid customers.

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### Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

On my work keyboard, I've swapped CapsLock and Backspace. I occasionally get frustrated by it, but that's mainly when I ssh into that machine from a laptop at home. I think there's some mental association between "being on the work machine" and "having Backspace on the left hand".

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### Paging Dr. MacGyver: Maker Movement Comes To Medical Gear

Re:Hard to see this flourishing in USA (61 comments)

I doubt that Pierre and Marie Curie would have discovered so much about radioactivity if they had to go through all of your red tape.

Probably not. But their original papers are still too radioactive to touch without wearing protective equipment.

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### Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

You could do the same already using scuba tanks made from carbon-fibre-titanium-nanotechnology (yeah I'm just adding buzzwords here). Those would be able to hold much more than 300 bars of pressure. You now why no-one's done that? Because during a normal plain-air dive with a 10 L 300 bar, you're not limited by the tank capacity. You're limited by how long you can stay submerged before you need to do decompression stops.

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### Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

Yes, pure oxygen becomes toxic below 6 meters.

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### Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

Re:So what happens to the hydrogen? That's usable. (375 comments)

Very good point. Pure oxygen becomes toxic below 6 meters.

Also, looking at TFA and following the links, this looks like premium-class bullshit. No actual science, no pictures of the proposed device (just 3D renderings), this is just science-fiction.

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### Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Because it's required by the rules of the sport. Where the rules allow the helmets to be removed (e.g. an alpine ascent), the cyclists remove them.

That doesn't rule out the possibility that the sport only allows the helmets to be removed in cases where the risk of a serious collision is much lower (e.g. an ascent, like you mentioned, where the speed is much lower).

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### Faster-than-light neutrinos may be error caused by loose cable

semi-extrinsic writes "Everyone remembers the faster-than-light neutrinos reported by the OPERA experiment in collaboration with CERN last year. ScienceInsider now reports that the headline-causing result may turn out to be a measurement error caused by a loose cable:

"According to sources familiar with the experiment, the 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to come from a bad connection between a fiber optic cable that connects to the GPS receiver used to correct the timing of the neutrinos' flight and an electronic card in a computer."

The report comes from an anonymous source, and is yet unconfirmed, but if confirmed would be a disappointing result for all those hoping that we had stumbled across new physics."

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