The Ugly State of ARM Support On Linux
There are basically three x86 processor manufacturers. The two smaller players work hard to stay compatible because their livelihood depends on it. Most of the interface functionality is off-chip.
There are many well-known ARM processor licensees. They all strive to differentiate their product offerings. In the majority of cases all of the major peripherals (which are one of the primary opportunities for differentiation) are on-chip.
As such, where minimizing differences by processor was clean and relatively straightforward for x86, expecting it to continue to work well for ARM is nonsensical. I really think Linus is missing the forest on this one.
FCC White Space Rules Favor Tech Industry
alternative to developing complex new sensing hardware
Please expound on "complex new sensing hardware." Like a poorly performing TV tuner? Or a crappy microphone receiver? Which of those strikes you as particularly new or complex?
You sound like someone who knows too little to be very functional but speaks too much to be easily ignored. Manager, am I right?
Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain
It was a simple slip of the tongue. He didn't mean a million lines of code. He meant a million boxes of flow chart. It's a trivial difference.
Feds Bust Cable Modem Hacker
Generally it isn't illegal to install tint, it is only illegal to operate a vehicle on public property with illegal tint installed.
As an aside, in Oregon it is only illegal to have windows tinted over 35% if your car could not be reasonably deemed an off-road vehicle, or if does not have off-road equipment. What that means in practice is that if you want to have limo tint on your personal vehicle, all you have to do is buy an SUV. Then you can hide even more people with guns in the backseat than in a conventional vehicle. Perhaps you could even add a winch or bull bar to your Porsche to accomplish the same effect.
I guess the moral of the story is laws are often bullshit.
US Nuclear Power Industry Poised For a Comeback
Let me first disclaim that I understand the offense you've taken with respect to the article, and by and large agree with you.
Yes, I agree: the fear surrounding Three Mile Island is based more on Hollywood than physics. The article makes at least one other mistake:
Many scientists and environmentalists still distrust nuclear power in any form, arguing that it can never escape its cost, safety and waste problems.
How is that a mistake? Let's borrow from m-w.com for a minute, and let's select definition number one.
it's not true that many scientists oppose nuclear power.
Now, for the preceding statement to be true, the number of scientists that make up 27% of the population must fall short of the (admittedly loose) definition of many. Assuming the Pew Research Center uses decent polling methods, and pulling our numbers for the number of scientists in the USA (2,157,300) from the National Science Foundation, your statement equates to the following:
582,471 does not constitute "many."
While Coding, How Often Do You Refer To Language Docs?
Incompetent employees who are not lazy generally focus on the easy part of the job. Memorization is easy. Good design is difficult.
A boss early in my career told me that there are four types of employee: competent and lazy, competent and hardworking, incompetent and lazy, and incompetent and hardworking. Surprisingly to me at the time, he said most harmful to a company fall into the final category (as does your interviewer), because they cause the most damage, and they do it with pace and enthusiasm.
It is the same reason I get worried when I see a sports referee concentrating too hard on checking rosters and expiration dates. Their focus betrays the fact that they fail to recognize why they are really there.
On Realism and Virtual Murder
So again: when you have something beyond your imagination to support your position, please share it.
I'll relate an anecdote from Grand Theft Auto.
I had some free time and set about playing GTA III for three weeks straight, in my apartment, in a vacated college town. Now, that may suggest I am OCD, but little else.
I drove for the first time in three weeks once college was back in session. I was turning around in a parking lot, and the part of my brain that said "you're probably not going to clear that car" was overridden by the part that said "ah, fuck it, I'll just grab another one." I plowed into the back of the car. Turning around, at a reasonable speed, in a parking lot.
My point is that certain somewhat realistic gut reactions can be overridden by repeatedly doing so, at least in my case. For me, it was more of a "failure to act" than taking an action. It's not like I had an overwhelming desire to flip my car off a berm or drive into a crowd. It also didn't extend beyond the car simulations, my hypothesis for that being that they better emulate reality.
14-Year-Old Boy Smote By Meteorite
I don't want to tear into the kid, but the close up of his hand in this article really looks like the eraser burns that kids occasionally give themselves in middle school.
My guess is that he saw the meteor hit and thought it would be really cool to say it bounced off him. Then, using a trick he learned from his friends, presto - instant burn mark.
I prefer to work ...
So, to put it more briefly, you prefer working out of your truck?
In the next 12 months, I expect to travel by air ...
given a choice between one hour and 27, I'll take the 1 hour every time, no matter how much more relatively comfortable the 27 hour option might be - and that includes elements such as phobia of flying [...] (which I don't have, though I appreciate some do).
So, let me get your points straight.
- You have no idea what a phobia of flying is like, but you're fully confident you're capable of suppressing it.
- You express that you're open to any level of discomfort to save time. Two under-clothed, morbidly obese people with skin lesions, one on either side of you? No cabin pressure?
Is your world really this black and white?
Security Flaw Hits VAserv; Head of LxLabs Found Hanged
I'd be like Kevin Spacey in American Beauty...
You did see the entire movie, right?
Notable characteristics of Kevin Spacey's character: in the middle of a mid-life crisis, hated by his daughter, hates his wife, has sexual contact with a minor. Oh, and he happens to work at a fast food restaurant.
This is just a friendly suggestion, but before you tell this story to people you actually know, maybe refine your role model selection a little?
Best kind of engineering:
Best kind of engineering:
This resource is no longer valid. Please return to the beginning and try again.
Oh, nevermind. It appears no software engineering was involved in this poll.
My favorite simple machine is ...
the wheel itself is really just a lever rotating around its fulcrum
A lever rotating around its fulcrum would completely suck as a wheel.
Even assuming the fulcrum to be round (which generally makes for an unstable lever), the opposite radii of your 'wheel' would each change length, in opposite directions, by the circumference of your fulcrum - one length per revolution.
Using WiMAX To Replace a Phone?
Wireless technologies? Such as those used by the cellular companies?
Using WiMAX To Replace a Phone?
It depends. I live in Portland, Oregon and tried this with Clear, Skype, and call-forwarding.
For me personally (and I assume at least multiple other people reading this website), I primarily use my cell phone at home and at work. It works reasonably well in this situation assuming you have good coverage at both ends. The battery life is a non-issue because it is primarily plugged in. I don't answer my phone when driving anyway, so most of my friends will leave a voicemail.
The biggest issue is network latency. It is like having a conversation over (forgive me) NAT-blocked Xbox Live. There is a very noticeable lag in the conversation.
When going out, I used my cell phone for texts. You can have Skype transcribe your voicemails and SMS you with their contents. Then you can respond via email/SMS.
All in all it worked decently, although it was fairly involved to set up. I stopped using it in the end because of the lag, the fact that Clear wouldn't support the Nokia n810, and finally I got tired of lugging the netbook around. It was an interesting experiment and you could probably make do with it, but it is not very practical just yet.
Smile! Urine Candid Camera!
I'll keep my castle secure primarily with ...
My castle will also be invaded by very nasty criminals. So nasty.
Hot Oil: Wrestling
Water: T-shirt contests
Fire: Crotch? Not good.
Pointy objects: Obvious, but potentially injury-causing.
Electricity: Shocking, although it is kind of a small niche.
I think Hot Oil is probably the victor there, mostly because I don't think many women want to douse their shirts in moat water. This is in opposition to the throngs of them just waiting for an opportunity to wrestle each other while covered in oil. Ah, my castle.
To What Age Do You Expect To Live?
Absolutely correct. My age + 3d20 is 3d3a. No bell curve there!
Record-Breaking Model Rocket Launch Set For April 25
I was waiting for an editorial comment to the effect of "knock on wood."
He could very easily become the person who exploded the largest model rocket before it left the launch pad.
Using Net Proxies Will Lead To Harsher Sentences
I really think the AC was confused and just understandably concerned about toilets continuing to function.
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