* Posts by Steve Charlton

8 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Jun 2007

US Navy to test fire electric hypercannon

Steve Charlton

Or how about...

I think they should produce a Railway Gun* instead! Imagine it. An engine, 10 coaches and a guards van all screaming through the air. It would be a sight to see.

* - from Usenet, long ago.

iRobot inks deal for laser-radar droidvision sensors

Steve Charlton


Sorry, couldn't resist.

Arthur C Clarke lists three wishes on 90th birthday

Steve Charlton

"Not for him nightmares of global destruction"

Almost right. Read "Childhoods End" and "Quarantine".

"Earth's flaming debris still filled half the sky..."

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Happy Birthday Arthur

Add Earthlight to the list of fav stories.

German air passenger quaffs litre of vodka

Steve Charlton


Sorry, couldn't resist.

Moon makes us extra special, scientists say

Steve Charlton

But if it was a Dyson Sphere...

... you wouldn't be able to see the stars.

Shocked Shatner shunted from Star Trek XI

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If we're going to get into best space-faring TV series...

then its got to be:-






Space 1999

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How to counter premature optimisation

Steve Charlton

The rules for software engineering cover this.

Rule 1: Keep it simple.

Rule 2: Make it work, THEN make it better.

Rule 3: Better is the enemy of good enough.

Rule 4: Don't change 2 variables in an experiment at the same time.

So, get it to work, then you can optimize it, but only if you need to.

I work in embedded systems, so adding more memory or a faster processor isn't usually an option.