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Buttons a hack?
Now I understand why buttons disappear without reason in Gnome applications, leaving one clueless as to whether a modifcation was transacted or not. Yep, gotta close the window instead. It's intuitive and all that.
"vol +10; set channelalias 10 -name 'my porn channel'; open 'my porn channel'"
I think every designer should be forced to first design a CLI interface to his gizmo so as to really THINK about what he's actually doing and to weed those out that are better off designing Magic Hollywood Machine Interfaces as seen in movies.
Too much Asterix!
I remember the catastrophic consequence of opening a Corsican Cheese in the hold of a pirate ship... gas emissions resulting in poisoning of bystanders and subsequent conflagration through contact with an open flame.
Before the "Higgs Boson", which Peter Higgs calls "the boson that has been named after me", there was the now so-named "mechanism", called the "Anderson, Brout, Englert, Guralnik, Hagen, Higgs, Kibble and 't Hooft mechanism" by Peter Higgs, which was developed by quite a few people, working together or in competition over many years (a UK postal strike was even involved in determining what paper went to print first), so you have to toast to them all:
Re: Burn all the fucking lawyers
In this case, you would also need to euthanize the jury I reckon.
Re: Phuck around and learn the hard way
Probably posted by Anonymous Basement Dweller Cum Internet Vigilante who faps to illegally downloaded porn mags all day long.
Don't call this a tumor. It's just showing unexpected requirements.
"handle the size and/or scope of Government cont[r]acts"
I think you have identified the problem.
Is this a lost episode of "The Prisoner"?
Who will read the Cryptonomicon instead of playing board games?
"Cookies are small text files that record internet users' online activity."
If we start off with a bad description of what cookies are, and worse use the loaded words "record" "users" and "activity" in sequence, where do we hope to go from there?
Sadfrog says: You will never apply two noncommuting operators in arbitrary order
Question now: Isn't "polarization" actually the spin (or rather, its direction)? And is that even a variable subject to an "uncertainty principle"? Doesn't the spin operator commute with the position or momentum operator (I think it does)? So aren't you are quite free to measure the heck out of spin without changing or affecting position or momentum at all?
Note that the "Heisenberg Uncertainty Relation" is not magic. In a Schrödinger Wave Equation is appears quite naturally as the tradeoff between the localization of a function and its Fourier transformtion (strong peak in the time domain leads to wide bumb in the frequency domain and vice-versa), it is thus a mathematical consequence. Richard Feynman can do without it in his explanation of QED as it is a natural consequence of the sum-over-all-trajectories, and I cite:
"This is an example of the 'uncertainty principle': there is a kind of 'complementarity' between knowledge of where the light goes between the blocks and where it goes afterwards - precise knowledge of both is impossible. I would like to put the uncertainty principle in its historicla place: When the revolutionary ideas of quantum physics were first coming out, people still tried to understand them in terms of old-fashioned ideas (such as, light goes in straight lines). But at a certain point the old-fashioned ideas would begin to fail, so a warning was developed that said, in effect, "Your old-fashioned ideas are no damn good when..." If you get rid of all the old-fashioned ideas and instead use the ideas that I'm explaining in these lectures - adding arrows for all the ways an event can happen - there is no need for an uncertainty principle!"
Primo, it's "Voilà", not "Viola!"
And then, Venus is drier than an old mummy roasted in the desert, most of the water having been cracked and the hydrogen blown into space.
There still MAY be Heechee tunnels, but don't put your money on these.
Re: Your conspiracy theory
No but Space Nazis will definitely be in it!
Re: "all it does is make people disrespect the entire system"
There is still a system to disrespect?
Really, it's all down to "nearer the state makes right" anyway. Why care?
Sorry to say so, but its articles are oftentimes better than those of the government-sanctioned "leak propagator" and neocon platform "The Washington Post". I won't lose any words about the New York Times and the War Street Journal.
" Apple doesn't invent anything. All they do is trawl around at others ideas and stick them together in something pretty and sell it with immense marketing muscle they have."
That IS "innovation".
Innovation is NOT inventing portals to go to the moon. It's mainly repackaging or tweaking something that exists so that an appealing product results, enabling you to rake in the money.
S'Truth. Marginal utility and all that.
Prices are highest where customers are most chained to their supplier (by choice, lack of competition, strong "IP protection" or worse) or where customers have loads of cash floating around that they don't know what to do with. Another possibility is that the supplier has miscalculated and will soon revise his prices.
Apart from that:
"Microsoft Windows Server Standard Single License/ Software Assurance Pack OPEN 1 License No Level 2 PROC"
What does that gibberish even mean?
Re: Junked junk DNA junks ID junking?
God has a bad compiler, a self-written compression library and moreover codes bad dung when it comes to anything high-level.
Gotta say though, the trick with using abstract algebra for the low-level physics part was neat. Nice one, God.
“provides a stunning vindication of the prediction of intelligent design that the genome will turn out to have mass functionality for so-called 'junk' DNA”
Interesting. Do they specify what part of mass this is mean for? Ave marias? Partaking in the Blood of Christ ritual? Gobbling tasteless bread? Kneeling? Singing?
Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi! Non-Java languages on the JVM are my only hope!
> managed languages seem like tinker toys for freshouts
It's 2012. The fact that people still like their balls feel the hard warm touch of the CPU instruction set and are still coding in C or C++ is NOT a testament to either - it mainly shows how fucked-up, conservative and driven by primate hindbrains this "industry" actually is- It's the anthrophic C principle - it's still with us, so it must be good, right? No.
> bloated, buggy, poorly written
Opinions can be had for 15 cents at the next corner.
> The language itself though it has some flaws is useful enough
The language is useful enough, but that's faint praise. It doesn't seem to progress. It has lots of problems. Many cannot be solved because one needs to stay backward compatible. As for the API, it's generally adequate only and often rather HERP DERP. Just looking at java.util.Calendar will make you age by 10 years. It's that bad. Then people use it and also forget the synchronize keyword....
And it's not getting better. JEE uptricks the program semantics with runtime and composition semantics, not to mention persistence semantics that are hard to grasp, resulting in JEE managed programs croaking with mysterious exceptions under mysterious circumstances. It's not pretty. No sir I don't like it.
Java should be put out to pasture. The JVM can stay. There are lots of interesting languages for it.
Re: I think we are all agreed
You are not talking about an Applet, so your point is moot. Could be your boss has a point.
Re: If you don't like being ripped off, don't trade with Uzbekistan
> like being boiled alive
Err no. AFAIK, "The West", always into democracy and stuff, nicely asked him to stop boiling people alive otherwise they would have to reduce the doubtlessly merited subsidies (as he helps in providing access to Afghanistan). So he has taken to freezing people alive instead, I suppose by dunking them into liquid nitrogen?
As for the russina telco buisness, it's bound to be a competitor to the telco run by the Prez' daughter, no? Never good. I have a first-hand account of a Russian delegation which, immediately after a telco deal went bad, actually speeded to the airport the second the door closed. Tough business environment, indeed.
What are you getting at here?
> those MIPS figures seem absurdly low
Could be because they are S/360 instructions or some other old CISC instruction set
> A 96kB cache just about the same size as a 1MB cache?
Could be because the transistor count per cell is way higher for L1 than L2
> the year numbering in that other graph ... wishful thinking
It's a picture of the past, not the future
> IBM can go full-out in car salesman mode
IBM sells well sure. If the buyer is ready to pay the price because he cannot or won't deal with commodity hardware, what's the problem? Faster machine keeps your existing software infrastructure running and that's worth more than the pricey upgrade in most cases. If you want to have x86 you know where to find it, but chances are you don't want it in the first place.
As someone once said,
"Commodity hardware is like violence, or XML - if it doesn't solve your problems, you are not using enough of it"
"It never existed!"
> Implying that slimy megacorps would use freelancers to disappear a site 90's X-Files style
> Instead of using the IP police or run-of-the-mill lawfare
Posting this on my way to the organic food store.
Re: And the IT angle is...
"Quantum Vacuum Plasma Thrusters"
Oh man, crank alert. Fat chance for success on that. Unfortunately this universe is boring and insists on conserving momentum. And as no-one knows what the "quantum vacuum" is, the math is gonna be dodgy in the extreme. Yes I looked at the presentation. It is extremely fishy. High-school algebra is supposed to illustrate that this idea has any merit?
Re: @Ken Hagan Nobel?
Although lately the discussion has been started whether that rule should be overruled in order to award the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the Higgs mechanism (and the Higgs boson) to more than three of
And even that would be unfair to the CERN collaborations.
The time of easily identifiable "core individuals" responsible for a scientific discovery has passed I think.
"and I'm sure I know how to Google what that is"
But doesn't that mean he doesn't know what that is and moreover is not 100% sure how to Google what that is?
"We don't need to do anything, apart from just stop him entering the room."
"Leaving the room!"
"Leaving the room ... yes. "
Use a big dish, precisely pointed to capture the photons, select a frequency band with little interference so that the whole universe looks as quiet as a Lovecraftian underground cave, reduce bitrate to accumulate more energy in order to reliably decide whether a 1 or 0 was sent, increase redundancy to keep acceptable distance between the symbols of your language.
http://www.uhf-satcom.com/misc/datasheet/dh2va.pdf <- Impressive dB numbers in there: 314 dB at 100 AU
"I've just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit"
Wherein we read among others:
"Manpower estimates for software development ranged from one programmer in 1974 and 1977, with a peak of four full-time programmers in late 1975."
Clearly not an enterprisey solution.
Re: Apple still needs needs some help
> "No, however it was not the function of this jury to ask that. We were bound to use the law as it is today.
Doesn't know what a jury is about.
Hmm.... sounds good. Really good. I am intrigued.
Wait ... did I say that?
Re: Isn't about time we built another Voyager?
"The Pluto Fast Flyby was later cancelled due to a lack of funding, but it was replaced by the Pluto Kuiper Express."
"The mission was cancelled for budgetary reasons, but later replaced by the similar New Horizons mission."
"New Horizons is a NASA robotic spacecraft mission currently en route to the dwarf planet Pluto. It is expected to be the first spacecraft to fly by and study Pluto and its moons, Charon, Nix, Hydra, S/2011 P 1, and S/2012 P 1, with an estimated arrival date at the Pluto–Charon system of July 14, 2015. NASA may then also attempt flybys of one or more other Kuiper belt objects, if a suitable target can be located."
All right then. Phew.
I think it's time that wealthy people of interest picked up some tabs. Spend some money, guys, I will vote against the tax harpies.
"Good afternoon, Mr. Amer. Everything is going extremely well"
Nevertheless, it's NASA's longest-operating craft ever, rocketing through space for the last 35 years.
"Rocketing" is not the word I would use. "Falling", "following a geodesic through spacetime", possibly "careening" or "hurtling" would be more appropriate.
Nice doing, Judge
[Also said Oracle] didn't even defend its intellectual property until it became clear some of its patents were being struck out in other legal actions.
That is called pouring cyclohexane onto burning gasoline.
High-powered IP lawyers are already downing large cups of black coffee while deciding who to sue right now, immediately, I'm sure.
I said keep it together!
So far, so Roosevelt
In other words, they are angling for "contributions" from the "rights holders" as well as from well-connected insiders that will see freshly printed paper money flowing their way once the "wireless broadband for everyone" industrial policy rides out of the door. That's a good plan for success.
"which largely focused on ways to get the economy moving again"
Ridiculous. The apex of insanity is when you wreck the economy with cheap money, pump in more money to paper over the cracks, have a gigantic debt hole, increase governmental expenditures, especially in regards to military affairs, then still think you have the intellectual nous, not to speak of the economic wherewithal, to get the festering zombie moving again. Of course, once the economy has unf*cked itself in spite of all this (only a decade or so later), politicians will take pride in telling everyone that it was their merit that etc. etc. etc.
Re: How ?
Simplest way of thinking about this is:
You want to execute one instruction. That instruction can be divided into several tasks - fetch, decode, execute, write. Suppose executing the whole instruction takes N seconds, always.
If the processor is "single stage", it will perform one instruction every N seconds, with most of the circuitry idle as it waits for something to do:
If you manage to design the processor (and the program) so that each of the instruction tasks listed above can be done independently, you have a pipeline 4 stages deep. In that case, you can issue a new instruction every N/4 seconds and more of the circuitry is active at any given time. Big win. In reality instruction interdependence and jumps may force the processor to "flush the pipeline", i.e. discard the partially executed instructions, which evidently slows throughput. See in particular "vector processing".
You can now deepen the pipeline by dividing the tasks into subtasks to issue even more instructions per N. Depending on your expected workload, this may or may not make sense.
In the limit, you would get a processor that works asynchronously, without a central clock, where each logic gate does its work as soon as all its inputs have been set.
This has nothing to do with overall clock speed, though as frequency increases you cannot reliably give a good clock signal to all of the chip area "at the same time", so you are forced to compartimentalize anyway.
"Windows NT, which ushered in the era of client/server"
It was neither the first, nor did it really work. Well, it gave us file sharing and printer sharing... which we had on the Mac network already. Meanwhile real client/server was done command-line-wise on the unix host and using X.
Ey RICHTO how ya doing?
I see ya'r still hailing from the Microsoft Dimension of Wishful Thinking, one of the spacetime bubbles in the marketing string landscape that can only be attained through transcendantal medication and whalesong.
Keep it together now.
Re: Right problem, right application, right system, right CPU
Really, Matt. You should leave dissing to people who can actually rap. paralise? Fugeitso? Pchao.
I remember Matt Criswell predicting with 100% accuracy that Oracle would drop Sparc Processor immediately. Hmm.... maybe your CPU design consulting biz is not perfect.
Re: Usual Windoze FAIL
Re: #1 reason why GNOME is not ruling the world
> Nobody in the Linux world is interested in .NET.
But what is .NET? After > 15 years, do we finally know? I always assumed it was a marketing term underneath which unsurprisingly grew "Microsoft's attempt to derail Java as a hardware neutral software platform" (to quote Andrew Orlowski).
Oh the modern world. There are two platforms. One is held by Microsoft, the other by Oracle. We then get told to uninstall the one by Oracle because "ZOMG JAVA IS THE SUXXOR!!11". How did it come to this?
Re: Linux is a TOOL
"so that IBM and Google can make money from it"
I though Linux was Communism? What is it now? Get back inside gramps, be a good boy.
> did I dare espouse a personal opinion
No, you just trolled like a /b/-tard on the very second post.
Palestinians are semites, too!
Journalist working for a newspaper based in New York?
Randomly and accuses people of being anti-semitic?
Could that newspaper be the Gray Lady?
In the next episode: "Gimme one for free or I will attack Iran!"
I don't understand at all
De Icaza stated that within the GNOME project there was too much focus on bits, bytes, engineering excellence and technical purity that meant the platform was a constantly moving and evolving target - software interfaces would be broken and tweaked across versions, which is a nightmare scenario for third-party developers who want their apps to run on as many systems as possible rather than one particular build of GNOME.
So the problems are indeed inherent to the Gnome approach, then?
So many questions...
- Doesn't Gnome focus far much on aesthetics [because they are things that Just Don't Work - that's not focus in engineering excellence, no sir!]
- Sounds like there is a problem with centralizing decision making. Too many prima donnas pulling in all directions? Time to hire an Apple Disciplinator.
- If Gnome wants binary compatibility, why doesn't Gnome provide it? Don't tell me it's because Linus disses it.
- Who are those third-party developers who want binary compatibility?
- Why would the third-party developers want link to the Gnome library?
- Wouldn't the third-party developers use Java and an SWT interface instead, possibly supplemented with a thin JNI layer to the system, "outsourcing" the mutant morphing UI thing to Oracle?
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