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Some of us remember when "goto-less programming" was going to fix everything. Sigh....
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Will the latest fad be the last one? (said breathlessly)
Some of us remember when "goto-less programming" was going to fix everything. Sigh....
What difference does it make where he was headed or what he does in his spare time? He could have been headed to the local fluffy-kitten sacrifice cult annual BBQ and he still wouldn't deserve to get shot for explicitly following a cops orders.
Being a cop is not terribly dangerous compared to other jobs. Being a crab fisherman is considerably more dangerous, but we don't use that as an excuse to allow crabbers to shoot people.
Having grown up around cops I can say quite confidently that most cops are racist assholes who are incredibly insecure anytime they are not 100% in control. There are some good cops out there, but they've been bullied into just going along with the rest.
Here I am typing on a wonderful Mac II ADB-interface mechanical-switch keyboard connected to a current round Mac Pro. Works just fine, thank you, and is the best keyboard this side of a Selectric.
I have a stack of 5 more of them in the closet just in case, but I can't kill this keyboard no matter how hard I pound on the thing.
Yes, I use an ADB-to-USB converter, but still...
...all of the ISIL "supporters" on Twitter are actually FBI agents trolling for marks for the next sting operation.
And those FBI boys like their pron almost as much as the Secret Service guys.
I'm sure the EUTELSAT folks will be surprised that SpaceX is "taxpayer funded", considering that they paid $60 million+ for the launch of their satellites.
Or does receiving government contracts for one thing mean that everything else you do is "taxpayer funded"?
Since case-insensitive is the default setting for HFS+, what is it that you think makes it "not work (properly)"? Locale handling? Honest question.
Yes, there are issues with HFS+, mostly just showing its age. Not sure anyone is going to argue with you there. But whatever follows it is sort of by definition the "next-gen," at least for Apple.
ZFS appeared to get canceled by Apple's legal department, not because of technical issues.
Since we talking about case sensitivity, it's "Xcode", not "XCode".
But there is no evidence in this article that Broadcom is abusing patents via submarining or patenting the obvious. These 10 patents are well known and widely licensed and, as the article noted, were previously licensed by Sony.
It's possible that it's an oversight on Sony's part, but if Broadcom has really contacted them then an oversight could have been quickly remedied. More likely Sony is using their lawyers to try to cut a better licensing deal as part of a settlement. ("Well, you could continue this expensive patent litigation for a few more years, or we could just license the patents for 10% of what we were previously paying. Your choice.")
Yes, Macrovision. The company that used to provide "copy protection" for VHS tapes.
Utterly unrelated to Macromedia, which is why they have different names.
Using the phrase "dependent on taxpayer dollars" is what is known as a "tell."
These issues have been voted on: in Congress, which determines the labor laws.
It's just that Uber chooses to ignore those laws and objects to being called on it. And it's the judges and juries who have the task of doing something about it. That's the way the system is set up, and there is nothing special about Uber that exempts them from the process.
If you want to have some kind of voice in it, get Congress to change the laws. Uber is certainly spending a lot of lobbying money on that effort, perhaps you joining their effort will make a difference.
As for me, I'm not likely to expend much effort at ensuring my right to be someone's serf.
And as for the awful thought that Uber might be forced to comply with labor laws and thence go out of business: boo fucking hoo.
Back in the late 80s I hired a guy as a software development manager whose previous experience was as a rocket nozzle designer. Laid off in 1971 as part of the Apollo wind-down (Orange County/Long Beach designed and built a lot of the Saturn series rockets). But he recognized software was where it was at (back in those days, anyway) and moved on. Had some good stories relating to hypergolic fuel accidents. (Do not put ear to engine when you hear an unexpected hissing if the fuel is unsymmetric-dimethylhydrazine.)
Great guy, successful hire.
Wow. Somebody's been drinking the Kool-Aid.
There is no shortage of qualified IT personnel in the US. It's all a product of wanting to pay very low salaries and not even interview people over 40.
Hire some "olds" (i.e., experienced workers) and raise salaries to attract more people and the problem is solved with local talent.
I pay well over the market and am always amazed at the quality of applicants I get. The extra salary expense is easily recouped from having extremely low turnover, thus little downtime getting new hires up to speed. But then, as a private company, I'm allowed to think beyond the current quarter.
The Voip-Pal patent went snicker-snack, I guess.
...of applying perspective to the chart?
Does distorting the values accomplish some useful purpose?
Or does someone fancy themselves an artist? If so, think again.
Of course, to acquire that increase in salary, you'll have to become comfortable using terms like "reskilling."
In other words, at the cost of your immortal soul.
"and to tell Apple to fuck off when they threaten to sue because ProRes is proprietary"
You first. Let me know how your legal battle goes, and how your lawyers like their Veyrons.
And ffmpeg doesn't allow for retrieving random frames from GOP encoded codecs, making it useless for most video apps. (And the fork that does (slowly) provide for that is GPL (not LGPL) which rules it out for commercial software.)
There are a lot of video apps that rely on the QuickTime for Windows SDK to support common video formats (e.g., ProRes). If you uninstall all of QuickTime best case is the apps lose some functionality. Worst (and most common) case is that the apps will refuse to launch for lack of the DLL.
I suspect a bunch of high-end video cameras who are launching ProRes support at NAB next week will be thrilled to discover that there is no way to access their video files on Windows. No doubt Apple will be very forgiving about that ProRes license fee (ha!).
What Apple should be advising is removing the QuickTime Player app and the browser plug-in. No loss there.
Instead of deorbiting it and letting it burn, they should keep it nearby so that after they launch a few more for testing they can use the Candarm to twist them a bit and make space animals.
Might be a real treat for some astronaut celebrating a birthday on the ISS.
There is little chance of Congress cutting funding for SLS in the short term. NASA doesn't even want the thing. It's all a congressional pork barrel project which certain congresspeople will protect.
I'm in favor of funding space to keep the A&D industry alive over building hanger queens like the F-35, but unless funding appears for missions that exploit the SLS heavy lift, it will end up as a white elephant after the first manned launch. And the leftovers will become lawn ornaments like the (flight ready) Saturn V's did back in the 70s.
I can't think of a bigger growth market for Microsoft to enter than the design of radial aero-engines.
Good thinking MS marketing!
"I believe it's the People's Job to take care of each other"
I agree. That's why the people (as in "we the people") banded together to, amongst other things, "promote the general welfare." Compare and contrast to libertarian paradises like Somalia.
[Obviously speaking American here, but most countries have something similar, in theory if not in practice.]
So 1/3 of the population of the US could and probably should be working but isn't?
You're promoting child labor, aren't you?
Hmmm...my recollection is that the original estimates of LOC (loss of orbiter and crew) were around 1 in 250. After Challenger a review put the odds at a little worse than 1 in 100. And after Columbia it was (quietly) put at around 1 in 30, hence the retirement of the Shuttle.
They didn't refurbish anything before test firing the returned booster.
For a paying customer, I'd expect that they'd at least run it through a car wash to get the soot off. Who wants their satellite launched on a dirty rocket?
Also, the fact that the engines don't need any refurbishment (unlike, say, the Shuttle engines) doesn't mean there aren't other parts of the booster that might need some refurb.
I suspect that the thief who tries to steal a large tank of Prussian blue will be fairly easy to identify.
(Old enough to remember handling real blueprints, not diazo bluelines.)
"Do you wear tinfoil-hats to protect yourself against their feminine man-controlling mind-rays too?"
Surely you know that their man-controlling rays don't come from their minds. Likewise we men need to wear the tinfoil lower down to be fully protected.
Alternatively, you could just treat co-workers as co-workers rather than as everyday (or weekend-only) man-hating feminazis.
I have nothing against mesons, but I just don't think they should be allowed to marry.
I don't expect any such marriage would last, in any case.
Over many years and some painful experiences, I've learned that anyone who says "we'll create a special language" needs to be fired as quickly as possible. They've revealed that their priority is not solving the problem at hand. They are absolute poison.
I can easily hit the power lines 2+ miles from my house using a 500mW green laser pointer held in my hand.
I've never tried hitting a plane because I've mastered the whole actions/consequences thing, plus they are already at about 15,000' by the time they're over my house.
As others have pointed out, the atmospheric backscatter makes the beam easily visible. Which is why it works so well as a star pointer, the reason I bought it in the first place. (Although I suppose some Jovian pilot may have complained when I pointed out the planet to my wife the other night.)
And to think my very first (paid) programming job was working on the "Date 74" project on a PDP-10 where all dates were going to roll over in 1974. Seems that TOPS-10 only allowed a 12-bit field for "days since 1962" in the file system.
It's fuzzy, but as I recall they stole some bits from some other field which allowed an extension to some time in the 1990s, by which time *surely* no one would still be using the system. Hah! It wasn't Compuserve's only problem, but it was one more nail in the coffin.
> You need experienced, talented programmers writing tests
Yes. But at most places I've worked you would also need to an "and cheap" to that list of qualities.
QA is a great place to not only cut personnel costs, but the testing period is a great place to steal schedule time from when the developers run late (again). Or so I'm informed by various MBAs.
Good thing there are no tax returns involved in collecting excise, sales, and other consumption taxes.
Sheesh. Another overly simplistic solution hiding a massive tax break for the wealthy.
Most of what I've seen talks about actual use of this is in a hybrid configuration. Use batteries to power the motors for takeoff, then switch to conventional turbofans for cruise at which time they can also recharge the batteries.
Or use both electric motors and turbofans for takeoff. That allows the turbofans to be optimized for cruise without the high-power requirements that takeoffs currently require. The idea being improved fuel burn and less noise.
And probably coming to commuter planes a long time before you see an electric A-380.
Given that an adverse ruling would put Lyft (and Uber et al) out of business, a $12.25 million settlement seems remarkably cheap.
Always nice to have confirmed that you can always buy your way out of violating the law.
Really hard to insert a probe into orbit considering how fast the probe needs to go to get there in a reasonable length of time. At least Uranus has a deeper gravity well than, say, Pluto, but the probe would still need to slow down a lot for orbital capture, and that takes lots of fuel.
Anyone want to try aerobraking in an atmosphere we know so little about, all the while dodging "dark" rings?
Germans can do no wrong, eh? Or if they do wrong, they should be left off the hook because, I don't know, they're German? No, VW has been exposed as lying cheats and need to be penalized.
You import cars, you agree to obey the rules, which have penalties attached to them. Don't want to obey the rules, don't import cars. Try to cheat instead? You pay the penalties.
The rules are very carefully specified and clear to anyone who cares to read, not "holy EPA scriptures," whatever that implies.
As for test results not matching road results: of course there is a difference. But go back and look at the phrase you chose to ignore: "significantly higher."
If you drive the car on the road and run the same basic profile as the tests, the results should be similar. Not "significantly higher."
And you might want to brush up on US legal forms if you want to understand why there are such odd-sounding things as a "prayer for relief" and an injunction against VW cheating and lying again.
(Rant back at ya)
I don't get the point of Compostable Infrastructure when all these make-some-consultant-rich buzzwords are bullshit to begin with.
Sure, lay people off after the holidays to give them plenty of opportunity to rack up the credit card charges.
Then yank the rug out from under them.
The one where the email content is being monetized for someone else's benefit?
Rustoleum sells this stuff in DIY stores over here in the states. It works as advertised, but does have a milky, translucent appearance. And you can rub it off fairly easily.
Not a big fan of current US patent law, but penalties need to hurt, and hurt badly, if they are to have any deterrent effect.
Too many fines and "settlements" here in the US do nothing to deter behavior because they still leave the behavior as profitable and most money goes to the lawyers not the plaintiffs. If you stand to lose all your profits, then maybe you should think twice (or more) about what you are planning to do.
It may be 400x harder than diamond, but it could also be extremely brittle.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
And he wasn't physically in the Tardis, just mentally as with a "puzzle room."
Good episode, except for the "just like a 3D printer" line. That was kind of jarring for some reason.
If it sells for £50 in the UK, clearly it was meant to sell for $50 over here in the states, not $79.
Everyone knows the Apple exchange rate.
Heck, I programmed in the original IAL, before Jule's Own Version of IAL came around.
I prominently feature that on my resume (along with ALGOL, SAIL, SNOBOL, and Bliss) yet I get no responses. Why is that?
So I guess your world is all WiFi, USB, and laptops? You probably don't need a 10GbE connection.
But there are plenty of 10GbE PCI cards at reasonable cost. and you can even connect them up via Thunderbolt. WiFi isn't up to the task, but they make these things called cables that will work just fine at that speed.
OK, switches are still overpriced, but if more ISPs would offer 10GbE connections prices would not only drop for switches, but you'd start seeing more motherboard and laptop connections. Very much chicken and egg, but the ISPs are the ones really dragging their heels.
As for the home use case, have you looked at 4K UHD HDR streaming bandwidth requirements?
(Not that anyone truly "needs" any broadband. But it does make life more pleasant.)
If there's a fire in the cockpit or passenger compartment, someone will notice far sooner than a fire in the cargo hold. Plus there's a huge difference between the individual batteries used/stored there and a pallet of batteries in cargo.
A flaming iPhone may badly burn an individual passenger, but doesn't threaten the aircraft. In the hold an ignited pallet of batteries is likely to compromise the airframe. A bad day indeed. The "fireproof" cargo containers and fire suppression systems cannot deal with a large lithium fire as they were designed for more conventional fires.
The avionics bay is a bit of a special case as they have more monitoring/alarms and are designed to contain/vent a fire.
Depends on the EULA you accepted the first time you turned the key and activated the starter.
But you had IP rights in whatever it is you create, and apparently bargained them away by agreeing that said creation is a "work for hire."
That's your choice, and presumably you're being compensated appropriately for having given up that right. Most people are more comfortable with the security of a salary or hourly rate than they are gambling that hanging on to the IP rights will pay adequately in the future. Most creative work returns nothing in future IP revenues. Ask any musician or artist. (Of course, a lucky few make a fortune, but it is only a few.)