* Posts by Dave

6 posts • joined 1 Jan 2008

Israelis' invulnerable, 60-tonne robot bulldozer force to double


balance of blame

Actually, I think the balance of blame is in the 60%-40% region. With it being 60% for the Palestinians and 40% for the Israeli's circa 1990. Now it has shifted to 60% for the Israeli's and 40% for the Palestinians.

And as for the Palestinians not fighting? If they weren't fighting they would lose. It would be 2nd class citizenship for Palestinians, think Alabama in the 30's.

Of course, the Israeli's can't stop fighting either, not with settlers getting hit with rockets.

Both sides have a lot of blame to bear, and any solution will require action on both sides.

Child porn in the age of teenage 'sexting'


perfectly normal

Children playing a game of "if you show me yours, I'll show you mine" is perfectly normal. Parents punishing them for it are only teaching the children not to trust their parents.

NASA: The Moon is not enough


To hell with...

To hell with humans in space. At least until they put up a space elevator.

How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew


AVG declares war on webmasters

AVG shocked and surprised webmasters are cranky. While smirking, AVG spokesperson says they should bend over and "take it like a man".

AVG is committing seppuku. They are making enemies of people, some of whom where recommending AVG a few month's earlier. Attacking (a subset of) your products evangelists is never a good idea.

Besides, Linkscanner is a dumb concept anyway as implemented. Every firewall product worth anything implements that kind of scan using a transparent proxy.

Anyway, when AVG finally dies, the party is at my place.

Academics slam Java

Gates Horns

@Joe M

For starters, I'm a Java programmer. Cobol, C++ and Java were the languages taught to me during my 3 year higher education. This was a vocational training. I did not learn any higher maths there. I was taught programming, program design, a (very) small course on opcodes (decoding binary to opcodes with pen & paper for example), pen & paper simulation of a idealized CPU machine, databases, various other things that I'm not going to keep typing out here. But everything came down to the fact that I only got the basics handed to me.

Becoming good in IT, is something no place of higher learning can do for you. They can help you sure, but in the end you have to do it yourself.

So, in my first week when I heard we would learning Cobol, I went down to the school library during lunch, took out the 2 syntax manuals and the manual for the compiler, and I started to read. To this day, I have not stopped reading about programming.

It's just a matter of attitude.

Anyway, Joe, I'm very sure the engineer who handled the assembler programming will take about as long to learn Java at my level, as I will take learning asm at his level. So, yes, I can change places with a assembler programmer. I just don't want to.

And, incidentally, I have only once regretted not having more computer/math theory in my training and that was while implementing Reed Solomon codes. Only time I (for a while) felt myself out of my league.

UK.gov New Year resolution: must build nuke powerplants


ow please, we know how to do this already

@Anonymous Coward

Science already knows how to deal with nuclear waste and knows how to reduce it to a minimum. We already know how to operate nuclear powerplants that kill a lot less people for the same amount of energy generated than ordinary coal or oil powerplants.

It's just not politically correct anymore to say that we have the solution to that.


We have more than enough fuel to last the human race till somewhere close to the end of time if we use breeder reactors.


It all depends on what type of nuclear powerplants you have and what you do with the waste. If you just stick it in the ground, then yeah, that's stupid. If you instead reprocess and reuse it, then no, it's not going to be that dangerous. In any event, it's going to kill less people than a normal coal plant, even if viewed over a million years.

Read: http://www.phyast.pitt.edu/~blc/book/BOOK.html


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