* Posts by david 136

35 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Aug 2015

Who needs sailors? US Navy's latest robo-ship can run itself for 30 days

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Unlikely to be operating alone in any event. I could imagine a group with Navy people moving around leaving some "uncrewed" at times.

Tesla Autopilot accounts for 70% of driver assist crashes, says US traffic safety body

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Re: Its a nice headline

The Tesla report seems subject to the spin effect of the now-reported "autopilot turns itself off seconds before a collision" information.

If the Autopilot had done that, and it get's reported as a "non autopilot" collision, that's going to significantly skew Tesla's reported numbers.

We'd have to have data that was based on "autopilot engaged for N seconds before the crash". The NHTSA data seems to be using 30 seconds. We don't know what the Tesla report is based on.

C: Everyone's favourite programming language isn't a programming language

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Re: I prefer ...

rationed as a reward for the salad.

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You just sold a few.

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Re: Nothing new...

My god, what feature was that?

Why not encode the instruction as byte constants referring to processor documentation.

"This code can't be expressed properly in the assembler, but per XXX.YYY, this encodes a <whatever> instruction that is supported by the architecture.

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Re: Nothing new, kinda pathetic really

I liked D, but it lacked funding.

Zig looks interesting.

The problem is in getting enough support in infancy to become a viable adolescent.

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Re: Not like most of C replacements are new

Probably too big for the 70s on most machines. It's on the scale of pl/1, and that did not have traction outside the mainframe world.

80s I'll give you.

IBM looked to reinvigorate its 'dated maternal workforce'

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Re: experience

To be fair, the wheel of reincarnation revolves, and old ideas come around again in new forms, with different twists. The balance between this and that changes too.

In general, though, it's better to wait for generic to show up with Moore's law improvements than it is to try to do special hardware, unless the hardware is likely to produce > 10-20x improvements in something critical.

Journalist won't be prosecuted for pressing 'view source'

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The disturbing thing here is that the Prosecutor didn't actually clear him, and said, "There is an argument to be made that there was a violation of law,"

That should bother us all.

There was no argument to be made, and he should have said so, or said "the argument was made, and it's wrong".

System at the heart of scaled-back £30m Sheffield University project runs on end-of-life Oracle database

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RAC, not RAQ predated inclusion of Oracle Clustering.

Oracle licensed some Tru64 clustering, not VMS clustering. Oracle didn't use the kernel clustering part.

Keen to go _ExtInt? LLVM Clang compiler adds support for custom width integers

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Re: 33bit time

"Our integers go to 33 bits!"

- Nigel Tuffnel, in a future advertisement

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Re: Ugh!

Not buying IoT as a justification. IoT stuff can and does run full kernels with full TCP/IP stacks.

It's only the FPGA-like things that need this, for custom logic at high speed.

Plain IoT devices will be using $0.25 SoCs that don't need this level of tweakage.

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Re: Anyone else remember PL/I?

Also MODULA2/3

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Restrictive rules are an anti-corruption approach

One reason for the rules is to eliminate the possibility of corruption by parking officials. If given the discretion to waive fines, then that discretion is likely to be abused. "Fixing" parking tickets has a long history of being a mode of petty corruption.

Adopting a more flexible approach requires auditing of waived tickets.

Intel couldn't shrink to 7nm on time – but it was able to reduce one thing: Its chief engineer's employment

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FUD. The competitors are fine.

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

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"Torture people with EMACS", ha ha.

You'll pry my emacs from my cold, dead fingers.

There's that phrase again: JP Morgan CIO told Autonomy's first HP boss it was 'a shit show'

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Some might suggest that more diligence was due by the purchasers, and they rather failed to do it properly.

Bun fight breaks out after devs, techie jump ship: Bakery biz Panera sues its former IT crowd

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Solution: move to California.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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Re: Virtual crocodile clip?

Bulldog clips have short jaws, used to avoid short circuits on nearby things. Typically sed in large size for jump start/car charging cables.

Alligators have long jaws, for fine things with some risk of shorting nearby. Good for punch down terminal blocks or relay racks.

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Re: Somebody is not reading carefully

In the logical sense, that's true, but in a practical sense things designed with N=2, always, are quire different from those that are built for N >= 2. You either have a connection to a multiplexer of some kind, or you don't.

Bloodbath as Broadcom slashes through CA Technologies personnel

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Re: As ye sow, so shall ye reap

Couldn't happen to a nicer company.

When they bought ASK, Wang said, "You lost. We bought you cheap."

Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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Re: Alternative solution

You forgot

* FAX to self

* Copy to microfiche, then print

* Copy 4000 times

* Send to monastery for transcription by copyist monks.

* Translate to ancient language for transmission in the oral tradition

* Rely on a stone in a museum to translate back to English

(Order of steps may be varied)

Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

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"Billion" dollar Zuma?

May reports say the payload was a billion dollar expense, with no source for that figure. Anybody heard where that came from?

Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

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I'm for this 1000% if they use it to make it easier to open blister packs.

The ultimate vendor lock-in: High school opens on Oracle campus

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Helicopters -land- at nearby San Carlos, which coincidentally has the airport code SQL.

80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Re: What's the point of all these anecdotal comments???

SMIDSY! (Sorry mate, I didn't see ya)

Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Re: Wasting the courts time

Can you point to any data suggesting appeals succeed often? My understanding is that overrulings are very rare. The first data I could find does not seem to support your view, see page 33 of http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/2016-Court-Statistics-Report.pdf

where just 4% of all appeals are upheld.

Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: To speak to someone?

Phone call contents aren't subject to discovery.

Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Give the user a medal for moving back with a shield.

Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

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Re: "but Android doesn't support that"

"(Why the F*CK doesn't Windows support open file systems like ZFS, EXT, etc!?!), :

Because they are GPL, not open source in a way that MS can absorb in its ecosystem.

Robo-taxis, what are they good for? Er, the environment and traffic

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Re: "shifting to electric, autonomous taxis in 2030 would cut vehicle emissions by 90 per cent"

Nuclear is only the future if it is affordable compared to alternatives, and Hinkley Point isn't giving any indications of being cheap.

Making fission cheaper may involve taking some risks, mitigation of which is a big part of the current cost structure.

What we really need are economical storage mechanisms that can be used to capture excess renewably generated power.

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: It costs more to write new software than to maintain old hardware

compared to what on a real processor?

Walmart sues Visa for being too lax with protecting chip cards

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Re: Zip code for non-US cards

I am still living a nightmare of French toll roads not accepting US cards, two years later.

Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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Obsolete 30 years ago

Why in the world would they make new liquid fueled ICBMs? The US phased out Titan IIs ending in 1987, and they were really obsolete and worthless at that point. This is clearly a dick-swinging operation, not a rational response to anything.

Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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The key reason W95 worked for consumers compared to NT 3.51 was that it played the games you wanted it to play, and NT would not.