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Python Overtakes Java in New Language Popularity Ranking, As Rust Reaches Top 20

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"Programming language Python is now firmly the second most popular programming language, for the first time knocking Java out of the top two places in RedMonk's language popularity rankings," reports ZDNet: It's the first time since 2012 that Java is not one of the top two most popular languages in the developer analyst firm's programming language popularity list. The company's previous rankings in March placed machine-learning propelled Python in a tie for second place with Java, behind JavaScript.

RedMonk's influential programming popularity rankings are based on GitHub and Stack Overflow data. The company combines them "for a ranking that attempts to reflect both code (GitHub) and discussion (Stack Overflow) traction", says RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady, who notes "all numerical rankings should be taken with a grain of salt....

"Python is the first non-Java or JavaScript language ever to place in the top two of these rankings by itself, and would not have been the obvious choice for that distinction in years past," O'Grady notes, comparing it to Perl in its heyday because it has become a "language of first resort" and the "glue" for thousands of small projects, while enjoying high adoption in growing categories such as data science...

Five-year-old systems-programming language Rust, created by Mozilla, has hit a more positive milestone, for the first time becoming the 20th most popular language in RedMonk's rankings.

Last week IEEE Spectrum also declared Python "dominated" their assessment of language popularity (compiled from 11 different online metrics), followed by Java and C (and then C++ and JavaScript).

Syntactically meaningful whitespace

By RightwingNutjob • Score: 3, Funny • Thread
Must be a racist language to privilege white space so...

Re:Java killed by Flash demolishment

By _xeno_ • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Java on the browser has been dead for well before that. Hell, even Sun tried to pivot from Java applets to Java "Web Start" applications - full applications that you launched from the browser but weren't applets.

No, what's killing Java is simple: it's owned by Oracle.

The easy-to-find Oracle Java download warns right on the download page that it's only free for "personal use or development use." The page does link to the OpenJDK, but apparently the OpenJDK is just different enough for Java applications to not run on it. (From what I recall, a lot of this is because a surprising number of Java applications and StackOverflow answers involve using formerly-Sun-now-Oracle JDK internal implementation classes that the official Java spec is very clear are off limits for proper Java applications.)

Companies don't want to deal with the licensing hassle of dealing with Oracle, and so people are just not using Java. (OK, so that may not be true - the company I work for definitely doesn't want to deal with the licensing hassles of dealing with Oracle and was very clear that anyone who requires the Oracle JRE for whatever reason has to go through a management approval process. But I don't know that other companies are the same way. It just wouldn't surprise me.)

Then there are things like Jakarta EE being forced to change the class namespace due to Oracle. This should just be a name change and can mostly be solved with find/replace but it's just another example of Oracle-caused headaches that are making people rethink sticking with Java for future development.

I used to do nearly all my development in Java. I don't think I've touched it in the last five years, and that's basically entirely due to Oracle.

Popular != Good

By cjonslashdot • Score: 3 • Thread
McDonaldsâ(TM) hamburger is the most popular, but not the best. Bud is the most popular beer, but not the best.

Re:Meanwhile....

By Dutch Gun • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Nobody uses C++ for video games any more, except maybe the occassional games framework developer. Except for a few hold outs everyone has finally realized they don't need to reinvent the wheel so they use things like Unity to develop their games and deploy it to multiple platforms.

Well, that's just complete nonsense. I can speak with a bit of authority on this, being a professional videogame programmer with a few decades of experience. Unity is just one game engine among many, and is more popular among indies and hobbyists than AAA developers. There are lots of other game engines out there, many of them custom in-house tech (more common than most people realize), and just about all of them require significant amounts of game-specific C++ code.

Sure, lots of languages are used, but C++ is pretty much still the cornerstone of the videogame industry.

Re:Please tell me I am not the only one...

By thegarbz • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Indeed. We need to get back to what's important, like how much better vi is compared to emacs.

NASA Astronauts Are Undocking SpaceX's Crew Dragon from ISS, Returning to Earth

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"NASA and SpaceX are going ahead with plans to bring NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken home from the International Space Station for a splashdown this weekend, even though Hurricane Isaias is heading for Florida's Atlantic coast," reports GeekWire.

"Fortunately, SpaceX's Dragon capsule is heading for waters off Florida's other coast." NASA said weather conditions are all systems go for the targeted site in the Gulf of Mexico, close to Pensacola, as well as for an alternate site off the coast of Panama City, Fla. That opened the way for preparations to proceed for the Dragon Endeavour to undock at 7:34 p.m. ET (4:34 p.m. PT) today, with a splashdown set for 2:41 p.m. ET (11:41 a.m. PT) Sunday.

The plan could be adjusted, before or after the docking, if the weather forecast changes. NASA and SpaceX had made plans for seven potential splashdown targets, but due to Isaias' strength, NASA concentrated on the westernmost sites.

Live coverage has begun online, and will continue for the next 19 hours.

Tomorrow's splashdown "will mark the first return of a commercially built and operated U.S. spacecraft from orbit," reports GeekWire, "and the first at-sea return of U.S. astronauts since the topsy-turvy splashdown of NASA's Apollo-Soyuz crew in 1975..."

"The next SpaceX Crew Dragon launch to the space station is scheduled for as early as next month. And Bob Behnken's wife, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, is due to be part of a Dragon crew heading for the station next spring."

awesome

By goombah99 • Score: 3 • Thread

Very great to see this. Wish them the very best

Difference between NASA and SpaceX

By surfdaddy • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

A few random observations:
1 - How smoothly SpaceX mission has gone, and what a trainwreck the Boeing Starliner mission was last December
2 - Congrats and good luck for tomorrow's splashdown
3 - SpaceX Hawthorne Mission Control - every body socially distanced, all wearing mass. NASA Houston - No masks.

Just saw Dragon Overhead

By crow • Score: 3 • Thread

I just saw the ISS fly overhead with Dragon right behind it. It was only a half hour after sunset here, so it wasn't completely dark yet, but the ISS was still super bright, and could even be seen through thin clouds. Dragon was hard to spot, but you could see it following closely behind.

If you're interested in seeing it, sign up for alerts at https://spotthestation.nasa.go...

Re:Difference between NASA and SpaceX

By ddtmm • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
Well it wouldn't be Texas if they had masks, would it...

frogmen jump from a helo?

By k6mfw • Score: 3 • Thread
I was thinking back in the days where frogmen (maybe also frogwomen?) jump into the water and put flotation collars around capsule? Or simply have the recovery ship bring Dragon onboard with Doug and Bob still onboard like Gemini III. Though long time since last water landing, tracking technology much better. Only need one ship per landing site, unlike back in the days needed a carrier and 20 other ships.

YouTube Criticized For Ending Its Community Captions Feature

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Long-time Slashdot reader xonen quotes the Verge: YouTube plans to discontinue its community captions feature, which allowed viewers to add subtitles to videos, because it was "rarely used and had problems with spam/abuse," the company announced. It says it's removing the captions and will "focus on other creator tools." The feature will be removed as of September 28th.

"You can still use your own captions, automatic captions and third-party tools and services," YouTube said in an update on its help page. But deaf and hard-of-hearing creators say removing the community captions feature will stifle accessibility, and they want to see the company try to fix the issues with volunteer-created captions, rather than doing away with them entirely. Deaf YouTuber Rikki Poynter said on her channel in May that community captions were an "accessibility tool that not only allowed deaf and hard of hearing people to watch videos with captions, but allowed creators that could not afford to financially invest in captions." She tweeted Thursday that she was disappointed with YouTube's decision.

YouTuber JT, whose channel has more than 550,000 subscribers, highlighted the downside of the community captions feature last year, showing how viewers were adding abusive comments to videos by popular creators. But many creators say they relied on the captions not only to better reach deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, but to help translate their videos into other languages, giving them a larger audience.

YouTube is offering a free six-month subscription to a subtitling service for regular users of the community contribution feature — but not everyone is satisfied, according to the Verge. A petition calling on Google to reverse the decision has now garnered more than 155,000 signatures.

No more kpop stars

By Aighearach • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Without community subtitles, English-speakers will lose access to Korean media.

SAP in Espanol?

By The New Guy 2.0 • Score: 3 • Thread

This reminds me of the early efforts to get Spanish translation into the SAP channel of American TV channels... the crew doing that frequently went off topic back then. There were so few listeners, that the violations were hard to detect.

So, YouTube wants paid caption writers, not an unaccountable community.

100% false

By slashmydots • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
I saw the comments and thumbs up/down ratio on the youtube creators video on this topic and basically everyone was in favor of it due to widespread abuse, inaccuracy, and other reasons. Basically nobody was against this. Plus, you can simply authorize another Google account to do captions now in the new system.

Re:Why not let creator chose?

By Waccoon • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

It's already been that way for a long time. Community captions was an option that the channel owners had to explicitly turn on, and I know plenty of channels that did with no problems. I've done plenty of translations for various channels I watch.

But... heaven forbid a channel have control over their own content! As I've found in my own stint with administrating BBSes, moderation problems are almost a problem with the platform tools, not the creators or community.

Re:Makes sense

By vlad30 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Actually I found this to be a great feature being able to watch youtube with the sound off meant howto videos could be watched anywhere and didn't have the problem of "what did they say?"

Pre-Clinical Test of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Shows It Protected Monkeys from Covid-19

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"Johnson & Johnson's experimental coronavirus vaccine protected macaque monkeys with a single shot in a pre-clinical study, potentially gaining on other vaccines that are further along in testing but require two doses over time," reports Bloomberg: Five of six primates exposed to the pandemic-causing pathogen were immune after a single injection. The exception showed low levels of the virus, according to a study published in the medical journal Nature...

The health-care behemoth kick-started human trials on July 22 in Belgium and in the U.S. earlier this week. Although other vaccine-makers have moved more quickly into development, with AstraZeneca having already administered its experimental vaccine to almost 10,000 people in the U.K., gaining protection with a single dose could prove an advantage in the logistical challenge of rolling out massive vaccination programs worldwide.... The primate data show that the coronavirus vaccine candidate generated a strong antibody response, and provided protection with only a single dose, said Paul Stoffels, the drugmaker's chief scientific officer.

J&J aims to embark on the last phase of tests in September, compressing the traditional timeline as it races against others including AstraZeneca, Moderna Inc., Pfizer Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline Plc for a shot to end the pandemic.... The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based drugmaker will test both a one-dose coronavirus shot, and a shot coupled with a booster in its early-stage studies of more than 1,000 adults, which launched this month.

That's great and all

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
but how are we going to vaccinate all those monkeys? They've got no pockets, where will they put their insurance cards?

Spacecraft Made From Ultra Thin Foam Could Reach Proxima Centauri In 185 Years

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An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek: A hypothetical spacecraft made from an extremely thin layer of a synthetic foam could technically make it to our closest neighboring star Proxima Centauri in just 185 years, scientists have said. If Voyager were to make the same journey, it would take around 73,000 years, according to NASA.

In a study that is due to be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, René Heller from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany, and colleagues, propose the spacecraft as a precursor to interstellar travel — beyond our own solar system. They estimate a prototype would cost around $1 million, while the launch of an interplanetary mission would be around $10 million.

The spacecraft would be made from aerographite. This is a carbon-based foam that is around 15,000 times more lightweight than aluminium. It is versatile and light enough that it could be used to create solar sails — "which harness energy from the sun for propulsion, a process called solar photon pressure... In most cases, photons would have little impact on an object. But if the target is an ultralight material, such as aerographite, then the target can actually be pushed to significant speed," he said.

"We found out that a thin layer of aerographite, with a thickness of about 1 millimeter (0.04 inches), can be pushed to speeds that are sufficiently high to let it escape the solar system. Once it has gained an initial push from the solar radiation pressure, it will simply float through space...."

Heller said these spacecraft could travel far faster than any probe ever sent by humans before.

Re:Solar Sails?

By NateFromMich • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Wasnt this taken from an episode of Star Trek DS9?

Not unless they're talking about tachyons.

Why?

By Roger W Moore • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
What's the point of sending something like this that cannot report back whatever it finds at Alpha Centauri? It's great that we are now at the point of being able to send objects to neighbouring star systems but, until we can send a probe that can report back what it finds there, there does not seem to be much point.

The other issue is whether we'll get there faster by waiting for better technology. Voyager was launched ~50 years ago and would have taken 73,000 years. Today we can launch an empty shell which will take 185 years. In another 50 years time, it is entirely possible that the travel time will have dropped by far more than 50 years.

Pointless "thought experiment"

By tiqui • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Many things make this a joke in the real universe we live within. First, and as others have pointed out, such a flimsy vehicle would not be structurally sound enough to withstand the trip - consider hitting even a particle of sand at those speeds. That's far from the only issue however. For the probe to have any value it would need some sensors, a computer, a radio for sending data back home and getting commands from home, systems for orienting the spacecraft and its antennas, etc. This all adds mass, and there needs to be structure linking the solar sail to that mass and spreading the load. That structure has mass too. Then you need to add heaters to keep the systems warm enough in deep space so that systems do not fail for thermal reasons. Then you need to add power supplies for those systems and the heaters, and fuel for the engines used to orient the spacecraft, and more structure to support all that...

Of course, then you need a computer that will run without failure for 185 years. We all know Windows won't do that, but even Linux fanatics have no empirical evidence that their fave OS will run for 185 years without issue. Will modern semiconductors run for 185 years? There's no data on that, but we DO know that modern lead-free solders are guaranteed to fail in far fewer years (look up "tin whiskers").

Remember: You cannot use solar power in deep space, and batteries need a power source to charge them.... so you either need some fuel source that you burn to generate power or a nuclear power source - both have significant mass - and that means more structure which adds more mass...

Then consider the size of the antenna on the spacecraft: if there's no antenna, then there's no data returned to Earth and therefore no point to the proposed mission. Consider that for probes within our solar system, a large dish is needed on the probe and a massive dish at a place like the Goldstone site is needed. A probe in interstellar space might well need a Goldstone-sized dish and an array of such dishes, possibly in a grin on the moon or in orbit might be needed at our end - a signal that's usable might be that weak at those distances. There are a huge number of unknowns here, and none of them likely will go in favor of making this idea easier to implement.

I've only scratched the surface here; the point is that this is not a serious proposal and those proposing it know it. They clearly did not launch it as an actual scientific thing but as a pure day dream fantasy that's valuable only in a college dorm room beer-fueled bull session.

Not interesting without instruments

By joe_frisch • Score: 3 • Thread

We could also send a gold nucleus at near the speed of light if we wanted to. I think the threshold for interesting is when the object has some way so send some information back.

Re:Even if you could...

By NEDHead • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

ET Foam Home

Attention Rogue Drone Pilots: AI Can See You

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schwit1 quotes IEEE Spectrum: The minute details of rogue drone's movements in the air may unwittingly reveal the drone pilot's location — possibly enabling authorities to bring the drone down before, say, it has the opportunity to disrupt air traffic or cause an accident. And it's possible without requiring expensive arrays of radio triangulation and signal-location antennas. So says a team of Israeli researchers who have trained an AI drone-tracking algorithm to reveal the drone operator's whereabouts, with a better than 80% accuracy level. They are now investigating whether the algorithm can also uncover the pilot's level of expertise and even possibly their identity...

Depending on the specific terrain at any given airport, a pilot operating a drone near a camouflaging patch of forest, for instance, might have an unobstructed view of the runway. But that location might also be a long distance away, possibly making the operator more prone to errors in precise tracking of the drone. Whereas a pilot operating nearer to the runway may not make those same tracking errors but may also have to contend with big blind spots because of their proximity to, say, a parking garage or control tower. And in every case, he said, simple geometry could begin to reveal important clues about a pilot's location, too. When a drone is far enough away, motion along a pilot's line of sight can be harder for the pilot to detect than motion perpendicular to their line of sight. This also could become a significant factor in an AI algorithm working to discover pilot location from a particular drone flight pattern.

The sum total of these various terrain-specific and terrain-agnostic effects, then, could be a giant finger pointing to the operator.

Drones typically have cameras.

By SNRatio • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
If the pilot is using the view from the drone's camera to navigate, then movements of the drone provide no information about where the pilot is.

Re:Large amounts of autonomous drones

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

loaded with explosives and all headed to the same target are the future.

That isn't the future. It was last year: 2019 Houthi drone attack on Saudi oil facility

Google Threatens to Remove All Danish Music From YouTube

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YouTube is " embroiled in a very public spat with songwriters and music publishers in Denmark," according to one music-industry news site. They cite Koda, the group that collects royalties and licensing fees for musicians, as saying that YouTube is now threatening to remove all music written by Danish songwriters: The cause of this threat is a disagreement between the two parties over the remuneration of songwriters and publishers in the market. YouTube and Koda's last multi-year licensing deal expired in April. Since then, the two parties have been operating under a temporary license agreement... In a statement to media Friday (July 31), Koda claims YouTube is insisting that — in order to extend its temporary deal in Denmark — Koda must now agree to a near-70% reduction in payments to composers and songwriters.

YouTube has fired back at this claim, suggesting that under its existing temporary deal with Koda (which expired Friday), the body "earned back less than half of the guarantee payments" handed over by the service.

Koda says it "cannot accept" YouTube's terms, according to the article, adding that Google and YouTube "have now unilaterally decided that Koda's members cannot have their content shown on YouTube".

The director of YouTube Music, EMEA counters that "They are asking for substantially more than what we pay our other partners," according to the article — which also shares this statement from YouTube. "We take copyright law very seriously."

"As our license expires today and since we have been unable to secure an agreement we will remove identified Koda content from the platform."

Re:Look

By lgw • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Google may do all sorts horrible things but whether it's music licensing or news licensing, choosing not to include someone's content is a 100% acceptable alternative to paying to include it.

Well put. It's certainly a hardball negotiating tactic by Google, but it's also within their rights.

In some areas, YouTube is a monopoly, but for music in particular they have lots of competition and are just one option among many. This isn't the usual BS between YouTube and content creators. For once, this is honest and open negotiation by YouTube, not some bot with secret rules. I actually have sympathy for them here.

They want to eat the cake and still have it.

By bumblebees • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
The rights groups gets paid so many times over its ridicilous. Here i pay them with my tax( indirectly trough public service tax), My harddrive is taxed for them, and from my business space size (even if i did not really have any customers enjoying the great music im playing them these last months) and then Youtube should also pay them. So they get paid atleast 4 times just for me playing a crappy song from the internet. There must be a better way to do this.

Re:They want to eat the cake and still have it.

By Husgaard • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Koda is basically a monopoly that is abusing it's power in a bad way.

They will - for a fee - license any composition or song text to anybody. And they can legally do this even if the composer or song writer whose copyright they license does not want this.

And danish composers and songwriters may never see a dime of the licensing money Koda collects. If you are not a member of Koda you get nothing of the money they collect from licensing your works. Nothing at all. And you can only become a member of Koda by signing an irrevocable statement giving Koda the exclusive right to license rights for public performances of all your works, including any works you might create in the future.

So as a Danish artist you are either fucked or doomed by Koda: If you don't join them they will sell licenses to your works all over in competition with you, and you get absolutely nothing of what they earn on your works. If you join them you have to sign over your soul and your first-born baby, but you get around 85 percent of the licensing fees they collect from your copyrighted material.

Re: They want to eat the cake and still have it.

By Husgaard • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Yes, Koda has this "problem" that artists who have not signed over their soul to them can legally license their music to anybody. The way they fight this problem is to try to make it as expensive as possible for anybody not getting a license from Koda. They will even threaten to take you to court if you cannot prove you have a valid license (which is bogus, as the burden of proof is on them).

These people do not care about right or wrong. For them it is all about making as much money as possible.

Until a few years ago Koda was one of the largest supporters of lawyer Johan Schlüter and his law firm which ran the anti-piracy group of Denmark. This was about speculative invoicing: Writing people accusing them of illegal copying and threatening with an expensive lawsuit if the accused does not pay an amount slightly smaller than what it would cost the accused to get a lawyer. This racket ran for years and brought in millions. But it got known that people were not sued if they just ignored the amounts. So eventually they had to bring a few cases to court. And they lost big time. Higher courts agreed, so they had to stop.

But Johan Schlûter lost the support of Koda a few years ago. This was when he was indicted on fraud charges regarding copyright licensing fees. He and two of the other partners in his law firm were eventually convicted to long jail times because of aggravated fraud for an eight-digit amount. One of the largest fraud cases in my country for many years.

Glad to hear it...

By ndykman • Score: 3 • Thread

Given how badly streaming treats artists right now (you know, the people that provide 100% of the actual music content) and given that YouTube (and therefore Alphabet) has it's own music service and is almost 100% dependent on independent content to place ads in, I'm glad somebody is at least trying to negotiate better terms.

Now, I don't feel bad for major labels in the USA and elsewhere, but Denmark and other EU countries actually have a great model that allows talented and dedicated musicians to make a reasonable living via organizations like KODA as well as government grants and the like.

Honestly, as a American, I'd rather have 10 billion more a year go to arts and music. Place taxes on large content creators and streaming services to help pay for it. Yea, we can afford it, just need to shift our priorities a bit. I know some people will laugh at that idea and point out that they should just get a real job (I can almost hear the chorus yell "learn to code").

Well, plenty of musicians are more talented and put more effort into their work that a lot of coders I know. 10,000 hours? Some musicians have that when they are twenty years old (or less, even). Just because it looks easy doesn't mean it is. Frankly, I like a world with art and music and literature to feed our minds and souls.

Arm China Goes Rogue, Ex-CEO Accused of Blocking the Business

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An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg: Arm Ltd., the chip designer owned by SoftBank Group Corp., accused the ousted head of its China joint venture of hurting its business there, escalating a dispute that's becoming a test of Beijing's willingness to protect foreign investment in the world's second-largest economy.

The U.K. chip giant in June announced it was firing Allen Wu, the head of its Chinese unit, over undisclosed breaches of conduct, but the executive has refused to step down and remains in control of the strategically important operation. Rather than the peaceful, rapid resolution that both sides have said they want, the situation has deteriorated. Wu has hired his own security and won't let representatives of Arm Ltd. or his board on the premises, said a person familiar with the situation. He's refused to hold a planned event to connect Chinese chipmakers with Arm Ltd. and avoided negotiations despite public statements to the contrary, said the person, who asked not to be named...

Resolving the conflict will be crucial to SoftBank's reported plans to sell Arm, a lynchpin in the global smartphone and computing industry that the Japanese firm bought for $32 billion in 2016.

Re: Oh please...

By jonsmirl • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

That is BS. We manufacture UL approved products in China. Both UL and ETL have offices all over China.

What the Chinese factory said was they'll make anything you ask them to make. If you tell them to print UL on the box then they will print UL on the box. They'll also print "I love Trump" on the box if you tell them to. But that is not really their problem, you are the one responsible for certifying with UL - they are just a contract manufacturer. So of course there are unscrupulous companies that print UL on products without getting them certified. The way you check is to look for the UL file number in the documentation and then look that number up on the UL website. Does the content of that file match what you have in your hands?

As far as I know US Customs does not check UL because UL is not a law. When products get sold in retail stores, they do get checked. The way unscrupulous companies avoid this is by selling on Ebay or Amazon Marketplace which don't check (how could they? Ebay/AMZN never see the actual product). Amazon Marketplace != 'sold by Amazon'. I believe 'sold by Amazon' does get checked. US Customs does randomly check FCC and I know people who have had their shipments impounded for lack of an FCC ID. FCC is a law.

Re:Oh please...

By Dutch Gun • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Previously, western companies set up shop there because the labor was incredibly cheap, giving them an economic incentive to look the other way as blatant IP theft occurred. These days, China's labor isn't quite as cheap, and they're now able to compete with the west on technological parity in many areas. So we see that neither side really has the same incentives to play as nice - or rather, *pretend* to place nice, like they did in the past.

It's true that China doesn't want to necessarily become an international pariah, but I don't think they care as much about foreign investment as they used to, as they've grown their own tech base to compete with other global powerhouses. I think at this point they're more concerned about foreign markets for their own companies. I expect to see it becoming more and more difficult for foreign companies to gain access to the Chinese market, except in very one-sided deals that end up hurting the investors more than helping. Yet the allure of that massive, tantalizing Chinese market is so powerful, some companies will inevitably still try, of course.

We've had this idealistic notion that if China opened up, they might embrace a more liberal and tolerant form of government. Or maybe that was just a cheap justification for cheap labor. Instead, the exact opposite has happened, with now dictator-for-life Xi Poo using an increasingly heavy hand on both his own citizens and his neighbors. I just don't see any reason to keep financing this sort of regime. Yes, it's convenient for us, but I just don't think it's worth the short-term benefits. Why should confer the same trade benefits as we offer to friendly nations and allies? China is NOT anyone else's friend, and I think more and more people are starting to wake up to this fact.

Re: I have a feeling

By SNRatio • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Who has been threatening civil war if the election doesn't go their way?

https://www.google.com/search?...

It doesn't look like the Democrats to me

Re:ARM and all other companies get what they deser

By wilson_mura • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
If it where any other company I may be inclined to agree but all ARM does is the design and sells the IP. JAPAN has been so far the ONLY nation to start decoupling from the tyrannical CCP Land, I will be buying from Japanese companies as much as posible and hope the rest of the true democratic world will follow along.

It is about Nvidia.

By nazsco • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Nvidia produces most of its products on Taiwan.[0] And their very low end and low volume mainland china.

CCP is probably forcing their hand to move more highend/highvolume production to mainland, to boost china-2025 program.

Nvidia is maneuvering this by buying ARM, and effectively having lots of production on mainland.

Some group in the CCP do not like that compromise and Allen Wu is in it.

[0] https://techcrunch.com/2018/12...

William English, Engineer Behind 'The Mother of All Demos', Dies at 91

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An anonymous reader quotes The Los Angeles Times: On Dec. 9, 1968, the then-small world of computer engineering was shaken to its core by a presentation of new technologies projected onto a screen in a San Francisco hall. The attendees at the historic event saw demonstrations of video conferencing, the first public use of a computer mouse, hyperlinking in which clicking a word in a document transported the user to an entirely new document — and more. The man who was the star of the hands-on show seen in the hall was Douglas Engelbart, whose team at the research center SRI in Menlo Park, California, had been developing them for years.

But the man who had designed what is known now as "The Mother of All Demos" and was working behind the scenes to make sure they all worked was William K. English, who died Sunday at the age of 91. Bill English played an indispensable role in more than Engelbart's demo... In 1965 the lab received a NASA grant to invent a technology for moving a cursor and selecting an item on a display screen; Engelbart developed the concept, but it was English who designed the first prototype &mdash the mouse...

English essentially choreographed Engelbart's presentation. Just as important, he made sure there were no technical glitches. That was a challenge, since Engelbart would be in San Francisco demonstrating a system that was being operated 30 miles away in Menlo Park, the two sites connected via a microwave relay. The event went off virtually without a hitch, and a new world was born. "Doug wasn't doing it," recalls Roberta, who had worked as Engelbart's secretary. "It was all Bill." Engelbart died in 2013.

English also participated in an early research project "into the psychological effects of LSD," according to the article.

But a few years after the legendary demo, English was recruited for Xerox's legendary Palo Alto Research Center, "where he helped midwife PARC's invention of the personal computer and other innovations... He subsequently left Xerox to join Sun Microsystems and later the pioneering electronic game console maker 3DO."

Worth your time to watch!

By goombah99 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

While the mother of all demos is Legendary, not 100% of it is worth watching. But Eberhards presentation of the mouse, the gui, the mosue selectable text editor, the picture in a picture, the shared editing of the same document remotely, and the general ideas are just jaw dropping.

basically he outlined the next 40 years of what computing would eventually look like. It just took us time to catch up.

The real gist of this though isn't what he we demoing. He was talking about something entirely different. a big concept. He was talking about living in the future to see what it would be like. That is, they were yes doing a lot of engineering and inventing to make the future early. But the objective was to not just create these things but to experience what having them would be like.

That is not, creat this cool chat app. but instead try running an organization what chat is just there like it was always available. How would your life change. And then what would be the next thing you'd want to do. Actually visit and live int he future to explore what would be needed.

They invented such a full ecosystems compared to what existed at the time that it wasn't like just one cool thing. say a mouse. But shared cocument editing. with Undos (!) (who had ever heard of "undo" back then??? I laugh when I think about that. But how would you live without UNDO now?)

TO give you just a glimpse of the times. A relative of mine was employed as a teletypist for AP news. She could type 100 words a minute without a single letter error for pages at a time. This was important because in a teletype when you press the letter it is sent to the reciever and printed on the paper output page and scrolled up, then read by the raido announcer off the page in real time.. SO no undo for the news then. No line buffers.

SO here is eberhart using electret mikes that few had seen, video conferencing not as a demo but just as a causal zoom to the your co-worker.

And how do you manange Picture-in-a picture video over word processor when no one has invented the "window" or GUI yet? Well they did.

So go wathc it. there never has been a more imporant demo.

But the best part of it is this: No one in the right mind at that time would ever have done a live demo of even one of those let alone all of them. even three decades later, few people would risk doing a power point presentation live. (acetate slides were the only reliable method even into the late 90s)

A major blow to the economy

By Waffle Iron • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The attendees at the historic event saw demonstrations of video conferencing, the first public use of a computer mouse, hyperlinking in which clicking a word in a document transported the user to an entirely new document — and more.

By packing so much prior art into this one demonstration, he undoubtedly wiped out countless billions of dollars of dot.com-era patent IP.

Is It Possible to Implement Faster Binary Searches?

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Last week Slashdot reader scandum described the search for the most efficient sorting algorithm.

Now he's back, touting a new implementation for binary searches (using the same GitHub repo, and written in 15 to 30 lines of C code) that he says may be "up to 40%" faster for 32-bit integers. ("Keep in mind performance will vary depending on hardware and compiler optimizations.") The most commonly used binary search variant was first published by Hermann Bottenbruch in 1962 and hasn't notably changed since. Binary searches are one of the corner stones of computer science...

The reason the algorithms are faster appears to be a combination of simpler calculations, branch prediction, and a reduction in cache misses.

Re:Really? High School computer class?

By Waffle Iron • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Nobody in their right mind in a real non-trivial application would use a flat area of memory with sorted data and then perform a binary search algorithm on it.

I've done just that many times in the past. It's especially useful for managing data where you want to quickly categorize or access by ranges of the value of one of its fields, and you don't want the overhead of building a big tree structure.

It's common enough that the C stdlib.h header includes a bsearch() function, and Python has a whole "bisect" module supporting binary search variants. Binary search can also be the main component of an insertion sort algorithm.

How about aut-tuning like FFTW?

By pz • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

In the FFT world, the race to faster implementations was taken by storm a while ago by a couple of students at MIT who invented FFTW (the Fastest Fourier Transform in the West), an autotuning version that took into account just about everything about the current CPU, memory system, and problem size to produce the most streamlined version possible that runs on general-purpose hardware. The world is a better place because of their work.

Has anyone done the same thing for quicksort or binary sort?

Re:No change to Order of complexity

By Tablizer • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

>> there is very little reason to actually use binary tree for anything.

> Except any time you are doing range lookups and wanted sorted results. Those are very good reasons to use tree structures.

The best algorithm is

ItDependsOnNeeds(myData);

Interpolated search can be _much_ faster

By Terje Mathisen • Score: 3 • Thread

I made a web page many years ago which allows you to search for any given decimal digit sequence within the first 1E9 digits of Pi (3.1415926...), the algorithm I came up with is exactly the same: I knew that Pi contains an effectively random sequence of digits, so I could guess that in a sorted array of all possible starting positions, a sequence like 18790314 (Albert Einstein's birth date) should occur approximately 18.79% into the index array:

https://tmsw.no/pi-search/

Find 18790314
Found at 18,830,019: 636518371058586 18790314 193020374710719

Total time = 0.001965 seconds (9 suffix lookups)

With a naive binary search I would have needed ~30 iterations instead of the 9 taken by the interpolating algorithm.

When you consider that both the digit array (1GB) and the 4 times larger index array (4GB, split into 10 separate 400MB files) resides on disk at my web host, the response time is quite good.

Terje

Re:No love for Radix sort?

By raynet • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

This is why you should implement everything on 6502 which doesn't suffer from things like cache misses etc. Everything runs at optimum speed at all times.

Google Victory In German Top Court Over Right To Be Forgotten

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Germany's top court handed down its first ruling since the EU's GDPR laws went into effect in mid-2018. The court " sided with Google and rejected requests to wipe entries from search results," reports German public broadcaster DW (in an article shared by long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo): The cases hinged on whether the right to be forgotten outweighed the public's right to know...

In the first case, a former managing director of a charity had demanded Google remove links to certain news articles that appeared in searches of his name. The articles from 2011 reported that the charity was in financial trouble and that the manager had called in sick. He later argued in court that information on his personal health issues should not be divulged to the public years later. The court ruled that whether links to critical articles have to be removed from the search list always depends on a comprehensive consideration of fundamental rights in the individual case.

A second case was referred to the European Court of Justice. It concerned two leaders of a financial services company that sought to have links to negative reports about their investment model removed. The couple had argued that the US-based websites, which came up in the searches for their names, were full of fake news and sought to market other financial services providers.

This is the first ruling by Germany's top court since the EU's general data protection regulation came into effect in 2018. It gives EU citizens extensive rights to demand corporations immediately delete personal data.

This is not the US, mind you.

By BAReFO0t • Score: 3, Informative • Thread

Court decisions have no infuence on future court decisions, and do not set a precedent.

This is business as usual. Privacy is decided on a case by case basis.
Just like freedom of the press had to be weighed against our right to not be recorded without permission (even in public) for a long time.

Non-binding precedent is precedent

By raymorris • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

According to this Standford law article, while non-binding, "precedents play a major role in the practice of the German courts".
https://cgc.law.stanford.edu/c...

In fact, while US case law is pretty much a random pile of paper, Germany organizes theirs to match the statues, so for any German statute section a judge or attorney can turn to the same section number in the Leitsatze to easily see all of the precedent related to that section.

Re:This is not the US, mind you.

By fazig • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
There is a kind of hierarchy in the German judiciary systems where the higher courts do set some kind of precedent for the lower ones.

This case went before the Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Court of Justice), which is the highest court for civil and criminal law in Germany, and of which there's only the one in Karlsruhe. It's not likely that one of the state courts is not going to use this case as a strong guideline on how to proceed with very similar cases.
The only court that could effectively overturn this would be the Bundesverfassungsgericht (Federal Constitutional Court), of which also happens to be only one and it's also in Karlsruhe.
But by now it must have been already pretty expensive for that dirt bag trying to weasel out of the mess he created himself by abusing the GDPR. So I'm not sure he's going to risk going to take it up another 'instance'. But how knows. We'll have to see.

"Right to be forgotten" is an abomination

By mark-t • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

the whole concept is founded on the premise that it should be acceptable to alter what people today are allowed to easily know about the past just because it happens to hurt someone's feelings.

We don't "deserve" to be forgiven for any past mistake, no matter how long ago it was. If it was earned, we would have no reason to be grateful for it, and thereby have that much less incentive to avoid repeating the mistake. I am certainly allowed to hope that people forgive me for stupid shit I've done in the past, but I know I don't have any right to it. I can only live my life the best that I can regardless of circumstance, and be willing to forgive others myself.

Re:"Right to be forgotten" is an abomination

By AmiMoJo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

the whole concept is founded on the premise that it should be acceptable to alter what people today are allowed to easily know about the past just because it happens to hurt someone's feelings.

No. The premise is that certain information about people should not be used to generate profit for Google because disseminating that information has a disproportionately negative effect on them.

In many countries, for example, some crimes are considered "spent" after some time and don't have to be disclosed to employers, banks, insurance companies and the like. The idea is that once a person has served their punishment they should have the opportunity to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society, rather than having everything carry a de facto life sentence.

The right to privacy in Europe includes the right not to have such information disclosed by for-profit businesses looking to make a few Euros, or in Google's case a few cents serving up ads.

A New Lyme Disease Vaccine Is Showing Promise

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from IFLScience: Promising results have come out of the only active clinical trial for a vaccine against Lyme disease. Valneva, a French biotech company, recently announced its first Phase 2 clinical trial has shown that its vaccine against Lyme disease is both safe and effective. The vaccine works by triggering the body's immune system to produce antibodies for the six common serotypes of the disease that are found in North America and Europe. It does this by introducing an isolated protein of the pathogen to the body, allowing the immune system to recognize and respond to the surface proteins found on the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi.

Over 570 healthy adults in the US and Europe were given one of two dose levels of the vaccine in three injections, while others were given a placebo as a control. Both groups that received the active dose were found to have produced a significant amount of antibodies against each of the six most prevalent Outer Surface Protein A serotypes of B. burgdorferi. [...] This new potential vaccine, known as VLA15, is currently the only active Lyme disease vaccine in clinical development. Back in 1998, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a Lyme disease vaccine known as LYMErix. It was withdrawn from the market just three years later following doubts over its effectiveness and other contentions. Much of the controversy, however, was often said to have been kicked up by the anti-vaccination movement, which was growing in momentum at the time.

So why not revive the original?

By jenningsthecat • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

It's great that we probably have a new vaccine against Lyme disease. I remember reading about the original vaccine and how the project was killed primarily because of political issues rather than scientific ones. So now that the anti-vaxxers have less traction, why not dust off the original vaccine?

It would be a shame to waste the money and effort that went into the first one. It can't hurt to have an alternative vaccine or two, especially when different strains of the bacteria might be more vulnerable to one than to the other.

Awesome!

By theJavaMan • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

This is genuinely exciting! I hate ticks with a passion. Being creepy is the least of it. Have you seen the list of horrible diseases they carry? How does a slow moving bloodsucker get around so much? (Yes I know it's mice carrying them) There's also theories they can spread CWD between deer. Ugh.

Vaccinating against Lyme would be a great breakthrough. But I hope this vaccine won't diminish tick control habits, like spraying clothes with permethrin.

Re:So why not revive the original?

By Registered Coward v2 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Agreed. I find it interesting how today, many special interest advocates want not only freedom to pursue their ideals but want to force others. Why the antivax people aren't happy just refusing but have to try and keep others from making their decision.

As with any zealot, they cannot stand that someone somewhere may be doing something they do not approve of and thus must do whatever it takes too prevent them from doing that. they are so convinced they are right that everyone must just see the light and do what they say. We had a neighbor with an autuistic child who would pass out antivax flyers at neighborhood school bus stops. She never seemed to get why neighbors avoided her.

Using logic and science is useless so It's not even worth arguing with them. they are so convinced they re right and if you disagree you've bought into the big conspiracy between pharma, the government, and Bill Gates.

Re:So why not revive the original?

By Cipheron • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

That's actually a misreading of the case.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

In December 2006, Deer, writing in the Sunday Times, further reported that in addition to the money they gave the Royal Free Hospital, the lawyers responsible for the MMR lawsuit had paid Wakefield personally more than £400,000, which he had not previously disclosed.

The whole thing was initiated by lawyers who wanted to discredit a medical treatment so they could do a class action lawsuit against the medical system, and have the cash before anyone could do a serious scientific study. That's why the trigger was in a press conference held by that doctor rather than in the research paper he actually wrote. Nobody in 'pharma' was actually involved in this.

An Amazon Ad Prompted Steve Jobs and Phil Schiller To Block In-App Purchases of Kindle Books On iOS

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According to a collection of internal emails recently released by lawmakers, as part of the House Judiciary Committee's antirust probe into Apple, a series of Amazon advertisements prompted Steve Jobs and Phil Schiller to block in-app purchases of Kindle books on iOS. 9to5Mac reports: As it stands today, the Kindle app for iPhone and iPad does not allow users to purchase ebooks directly. Users can read the ebooks they've already purchased, but to buy new ones, they have to use Safari. This is Amazon's way of avoiding giving Apple a 30% cut of ebook purchases, which would be required if Amazon sold ebooks directly within the Kindle app itself. What's important to remember is that this sort of arrangement wasn't always the case. Up until early 2011, you could buy Kindle ebooks directly in the Kindle app on iOS. As first uncovered by the Verge, two sets of emails included in the internal documents include conversations between Steve Jobs, Phil Schiller, and other Apple executives regarding this situation.

In one email, Schiller explained that Apple initially made an exception for Amazon because "users would be buying books on a Kindle device and later accessing them on iPhone." As Apple sold more iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, however, Schiller thought it was time to drop this exception. In fact, what actually prompted Schiller to reinvestigate this situation, according to the emails, is that Amazon ran a series of advertisements on how you could still access your Kindle books if you switched from iPhone to Android or vice versa. [...] These conversations were taking place as Apple was also planning to announce new App Store policies for subscriptions. In his response, Jobs said that Apple could say Amazon "must use our payment system for everything" and say the change was triggered by the new newspapers and magazines subscription policies. "If they want to compare us to Android, let's force them to use our far superior payment system," Jobs wrote.

"It's time for them to use our payment mechanism or bow out," Jobs said in a separate email. In response to an email from Cue, Jobs also emphasized that iBooks would be the only bookstore on iOS devices: "I think this is all pretty simple -- iBooks is going to be the only bookstore on iOS devices. We need to hold our heads high. One can read books bought elsewhere, just not buy/rent/subscribe from iOS without paying us, which we acknowledge is prohibitive for many things."

Re:They are professionals

By Cmdln Daco • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Okay, they have the extra infrastucture of 'the store' to pay for. So require Amazon to give Apple 30% of the price of the only thing hosted at Apple, the Kindle App itself. Which Amazon prices at free.

All other 'contact' with a server or infrastructure to buy books or subscriptions only touches Amazon's server. Apple can fuck right off on charging a percentage for that. Amazon should be allowed to set up their own payment system. Guess what? They're pretty good at that.

Re: That's Fahrenheit 451 in a nutshell, folks.

By Cmdln Daco • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Actually all 'ebooks' comparisons fit, especially those tith a copynprotection scheme as part of them. If I can't buy a book and absolutely own the atoms it is contained on, it is 'subject to change' any time the powers that be deem to revise it. Thats the crux of both 1984 and Farenheit 451.

Woosh...

By doug141 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

The last post makes a poor comparison to Bradbury and now you do the same with Orwell. Is it in vogue to compare things we do not like to dystopian novels we clearly have not read?

I think the post is cleverly referencing Apple's iconic commercial, aired during the 1984 superbowl, which uses Orwell imagery. In case you missed it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Re:They are professionals

By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Apple needs to make money like every business.

Many businesses manage to make money without their business model being fundamentally illegal. They are competitive, rather than anticompetitive.

Apple then takes money from the buyers of their phones as well as the stores. This is more fair than you know.

That's not the unfair part. You don't understand the argument.

Or would you as a buyer of their phones rather have all the costs and so the stores have none?

Your logical fallacy there is the false dichotomy.

This is why paper is still better

By quonset • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Every time an article like this comes up I am reminded why paper books are still superior to digital in almost every. With a real book, once I've bought it, it's mine. The proprietor cannot take it away from me.

With a real book, I can sell it, give it away, or loan it to someone without restriction.

With a real book, I never have to worry about my screen cracking.

With a real book, I'm not limited to buying from one seller and locked into their proprietary format.

With a real book, I don't have to worry if it's charged.

With a real book, it will be readable decades, or even centuries, later without having to worry about what software it uses.

With a real book, no one is tracking what I'm reading.

With a real book, I can pick it up and go to any page I want and read it to see if it's something I want to purchase.

With a real book, I can put it on a shelf with my collection of other books to enliven my place.

The only two advantages of digital are you can carry more books more conveniently and can readily enlarge the text if your sight is bad. And the second one isn't even that significant since there are several ways to accomplish the same thing with a real book.

Amazon To Invest $10 Billion In Space-Based Internet System

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Yesterday, the FCC approved Amazon's plans for its ambitious Kuiper constellation of 3,236 internet-beaming satellites. We have now learned that Amazon will invest $10 billion into the space-based internet delivery system. From a report: The U.S. tech giant said on Thursday it is moving forward with its Project Kuiper, one of several systems planned to bring internet to customers without land-based connections. Project Kuiper aims to deliver satellite-based broadband services in the United States, and eventually around the world, and may offer connectively for wireless carriers and 5G networks. Amazon offer no timetable for the project but said it would begin deployment of its 3,236 satellites after the Federal Communications Commission approved the project.

"We have heard so many stories lately about people who are unable to do their job or complete schoolwork because they don't have reliable internet at home," said Amazon senior vice president Dave Limp. "There are still too many places where broadband access is unreliable or where it doesn't exist at all. Kuiper will change that. Our $10 billion investment will create jobs and infrastructure around the United States that will help us close this gap."

Re:So, because many people can't work from home...

By Frobnicator • Score: 4 • Thread

As far as the business is concerned, it is safer this way for when things inevitably go wrong. There is already a problem with space debris collisions. There are currently about 15,000 officially tracked 'major' objects in the form of military, communications, scientific, and other satellites, plus more than 20,000 pieces of dangerously large debris, plus another half million tracked pieces of small debris under 30 cm.

Adding 42000 new SpaceX satellites for 3x the current number of major objects (that virtually everybody who works in space-related fields is against as a terrifying number at this point), and these proposed 3,200 satellites as a starting prototype, we'll be dramatically increasing the odds of issues. Not only will there be the satellites themselves, but also the debris from the launch deployment and occasional mistakes. At the proposed rate we'll exceed 100K cataloged satellites before a decade is over, and perhaps a few million additional pieces of debris that will need avoidance.

It is only a matter of when (not if) a major collision occurs, and if they're all working independently they can blame each other (reducing the stock damage through confusion), form an investigatory committee (making it look like they're taking action) and point out that the remaining thousands of satellites are still doing their job and working perfectly (to avoid a market drop). Of course the nightmare scenario of collisions radically increasing the debris as objects are destroyed will be downplayed.

If they were all working as a single unit the inevitable collisions wouldn't have anywhere to shift the blame. So less risk to work individually.

Re:RIP every astrophysicist, astronomer, etc

By h33t l4x0r • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Musk promised it wouldn't interfere, and if it does, you just get some space telescopes out there. I don't see this as a strong argument for not having satellite internet, especially right now when there's no fucking schools anymore.

I wonder

By jd • Score: 3 • Thread

The main cost of fibre is digging a hole. (Diggy diggy hole, diggy diggy hole.) Sorry about that, dwarves on the line.

But if there's an existing pipe, crawlers that can pull a fibre from one end to the other have existed for decades.

Ten terabits per fibre could supply 1024 households with gigabit ethernet. Rather better than a satellite cluster.

And I doubt a fibre plus crawler will cost ten billion or even ten million.

Re: RIP every astrophysicist, astronomer, etc

By Ronin Developer • Score: 4 • Thread

Can YOU, personally, afford a space-based telescope? I know I canâ(TM)t.

I have been an avid amateur astronomer since I was just a kid. Iâ(TM)ve enjoyed setting up my telescope in the backyard or now, because of light pollution, driving to a dark sky preserve just to get a clear glimpse of the night sky.

Now, that last bastion of seeing the heavens will be gone...not just for a little while, but for hundreds or thousands of years. Kids wonâ(TM)t know the night sky or be inspired by it the way I was as a kid. And, itâ(TM)s all so some dimwit can watch cat videos. Itâ(TM)s really sad.

America fuck yeah!

By nazsco • Score: 3 • Thread

only place where instead of solving the problem (cable provider's state sponsored monopoly) companies drop billions to try to make other billions in profit on top.