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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

simula Re:Boost ASIO (427 comments)

In the WG21 meeting, the networking technical specification group voted to adopt Boost.ASIO as a starting point.

They have been working on low-level details, so this is a surprising turn-around and it is wonderful news.

I'm not sure if it will make it into C++17, but my fingers are crossed.

about 3 months ago
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

simula Re:That's so sad. (625 comments)

If people didn't grow old and die, we'd turn into a society of stodgy, inflexible people lacking dreams and unwilling to compromise over anything.

That is a remarkably pessimistic view of yourself and others. Do you really think that you have become inflexible, lost your dreams, and are less willing to compromise as you have grown?

I speak for myself, but as I have grown to better understand myself and the world around me, I have become far more confident and flexible. I have figured out how to steadily improve my condition and that includes improvements to the speed and efficacy with which I learn new subject matter.

I mean to never stop trying new things and taking on new risky endeavors. It's just that with advancing age and knowledge, I can do so with a better chance of success.

about a year ago
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Qt 5.1 Adds Android and iOS Support

simula Lots of great new stuff! (81 comments)

Digia and the Qt Project has been exploding with great new work.

Qt 5.1 is adding initial support for Qt Quick Controls formerly "Desktop Components". These are packaged Qt Quick controls such as sliders and tables with skins for each of the different platforms.

The Qt Project has just recently started shipping the Qt Installer Framework which is a cross-platform installer framework (that is used by the Qt installers). After managing multiple installers on different platforms for my own open source work, I'm really looking forward to digging into this.

Another huge project is the new Qt Build System or qbs. This is a replacement for QMake and I'm really excited to see how it shapes up against CMake.

With the recent advancements in the C++ standard and Qt, it is a very exciting time to be a C++ developer.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Do So Many Liberals "Like" Mitt Romney On Facebook?

simula Re:Issues (376 comments)

Here is a breakdown of who the 47% are. An interesting point of the pie chart is that 23% of the country is now low-income (an income below $26,400 for a family of four).

more than 2 years ago
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US Navy Funds 'MacGyver' Robot

simula Re:Rip off arm from nearby human (70 comments)

No kidding. Let this be a lesson to human kind.

In the beginning a robot and it's creator are the best of friends. I mean literally nestling you in sweet embrace.

The second that you think it will make a good dance partner and decide to hold onto it's jagged pincers, it will go berserk, breaking cinder brick walls and threatening to throw you from a five story building.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Glass, Augmented Reality Spells Data Headaches

simula Re:digital memory (44 comments)

Glass, search emails keyword spaghetti recipe. Open email to Tim. Open video attachment. Transcribe to spaghetti.txt. New email to hawguy, Hey hawguy, here is that transcript you asked for. I hope you like it as much as Tim did, yummy! Glass, end email. Insert spaghetti.txt. Send email.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Glass, Augmented Reality Spells Data Headaches

simula digital memory (44 comments)

Glass, recall the last conversation I had with Tim keyword spaghetti. Skip ahead 2 minutes. Start point. Double speed. End point. New email to Bob. Bob, here is that spaghetti recipe that I told you about. Glass, end email. Insert video segment. Send email.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Aircraft Carriers Still Rule the Oceans

simula Re:Sunk? (718 comments)

It's not quite an ICBM, but the Chinese DF-21 Medium Range Ballistic Missile (range 1700 miles) is a non-nuclear ballistic missile designed specifically to destroy carriers.

more than 2 years ago
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Gene Therapy Could Soon Be Approved In Europe

simula Re:reaction (44 comments)

Gene therapy creates the opportunity to prevent Gattaca like scenarios. Within the Gattaca universe it was possible to sequence a person's DNA, but everyone was stuck with what they were born with. If you were luckily born with "good" genes, or if your parents selected for the sperm and eggs with the "best" genes with which to make a test tube baby, then your life was set. If you were born with less than "stellar" genes you were deemed inferior and discriminated against.

What is so exciting about this advance is that if you are born with a defective gene that results in illness, for a certain spectrum of genes, it is now possible to insert a non-defective version into a virus, inject that virus into muscle cells, and you are now as good as new.

This advance is about changing what genes you have at run-time, rather than being stuck with what you are born with. At the moment the changes we make are only additive, but give it time :)

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Creates 'Breathing' High-Density Lithium-Air Battery

simula Re:Comparable? (582 comments)

Tesla motors claims that the roadster is 88% efficient at converting electricity into mechanical energy taking into account all losses (battery, motor, etc).

more than 2 years ago
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Linux 3.1 Released With Support for the OpenRISC CPU

simula Re:Where can I get one? (165 comments)

They are attempting to have an ASIC printed Q1 2012, but they could really use more donations. Here is a link to details about the system on a chip. It is really quite revolutionary in that it would be the first completely open source SOC (all the way from the instruction set to the hardware layout).

more than 3 years ago
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Accidental Find May Lead To a Cure For Baldness

simula better link (404 comments)

This is a link to the same research with pictures that address your concerns.

more than 3 years ago
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Google x86 Native Browser Client Maybe Not So Crazy After All

simula Re:but... (332 comments)

Please do the smallest amount of research before posting with such conviction.

more than 3 years ago
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Google x86 Native Browser Client Maybe Not So Crazy After All

simula Crazy smart ISA portability (332 comments)

Native Client was designed to easily allow portability across all popular current platforms using cross-compilation. On a single development machine you can currently build executables for x86-32, x86-64, and arm. There is currently support for Windows, Linux, and OSX. Here is an article on the generals.

Much more excitingly though, the team is working hard on integration with LLVM so that you will be able to compile your application into a single LLVM bytecode package. This bytecode would then be sent to any current or future architecture and the final compilation step would occur on that architecture. Here is a pdf concerning that effort.

You are also significantly underestimating the effort that they have put into this BSD licensed project.

more than 3 years ago
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New Mexico Bill To Protect Anti-Science Education

simula Re:Why not? (726 comments)

I would recommend doing a basic google search before proposing that evolution's predictions are untestable or unverifiable.

For anyone interested in experimental evolution, one of my favorite long-term and currently running experiments is the E. coli long-term evolution experiment. For more than 20 years the team has been taking regular snapshots (frozen samples) of twelve diverging populations from the same original E. coli culture.

The event that brought this experiment fame was that in 2008, one of the populations evolved the ability to utilize an energy source that is not available to E. coli. The ability to metabolize citrate is used to define species divisions in bacteria, so in effect, members of this population diverged into another species while being watched closely by the researchers.

more than 3 years ago
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White House Wants 1M Electric Cars By 2015

simula Re:Great IDea! (603 comments)

The limiting cost for EVs is in the cost of batteries. The success EVs are seeing right now is due to advances made in lithium ion batteries because of R&D for laptops. Within the past few years the price of lithium ion batteries per watt has dropped significantly and with money invested in more cars a great deal of R&D is in progress. Electric motors are amazingly more efficient than gasoline motors (~20% vs. ~95%), simpler, lighter, and provide full torque throughout their performance curve. Once research advances and economies of scale pushes down the price of the batteries it will mean not just more efficient vehicles, but cheaper vehicles for us all.

more than 3 years ago
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White House Wants 1M Electric Cars By 2015

simula Re:Great IDea! (603 comments)

The all electric Nissan Leaf is available for $25,000 after a tax credit. It's cheaper in California.

more than 3 years ago

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