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  • Titanic 2

    @BitFlipper: those aren't exactly uncharted waters... a collision with another vessel might be kind of justifiable if all the electronics went berserk, but hitting a rock is just ridicuolous (not in the funny sense).

    What I'm hearing hints at gross incompetence and negligence. Hard to believe that something like this could happen to Costa.

  • Energy Usage for Math = Dark Energy?

    @ScanIAm: Math stores energy as mass. This can be readily proven by observing that an old well-worn laptop weights a lot more than a brand new one. Smiley

  • Kinect for PC cost 250 USD?

    @figuerres: the way I undestand it, the main point of the new sensor is "near mode", which might provide a viable alternative to touch on the desktop (where touch doesn't work that great to begin with). It's unlikely that the optics of the old sensor would work well.

    If that works, I wouldn't be surprised if sensors were integrated in PCs and laptops sometime in the future, with the obvious consequences on price.

  • Jetbrains Kotlin demo running online

    , Ray7 wrote


    Does make me wonder why they have decided to put colons all over the place. Doesn't do wonders for readablity in my opinion.

    Apparently, Pascal postfix typing is all the rage these days, not sure why. That's one of the mistakes lots of wannabe Java killers are making... they add a few long needed features to the platform, and tons of syntax sugar, but they shoot themselves in the foot imposing an alien syntax.

    This said, the language includes a couple of features that I'd like to see in C#... the most interesting being the automatic type inference in code, as in:

    if (o is Foo) {

  • I'm liking the new Nokia Lumia 900 but the 800 is nice too

    @dentaku: the display looks awesome, which fixes one of the very few things I don't like about the 800. On the other hand, it would seem they moved the WP buttons closer to the lower edge of the phone, thus undoing on of the things I liked most. Oh, well...

  • Duolingo

    @JoshRoss: Interesting, but I'm not sure I understand how it would work in practice. The main issue I see is that English is by far the most popular language on the web these days _and_ it's also a popular choice as a second or foreign language at school in several countries.

    Think of Sweden, for instance: 85% of the population speaks English more or less fluently, so they are unlikely to sign up to learn it online. It would be up to the remaining 15% (minus non-Swedish speakers, minus those too old, too young etc.) to provide enough translators to make the whole effort noticeable. Paint me skeptical.

  • WP7 Odd USER feebacks.

    , magicalclick wrote

    @Blue Ink:

    back button does not close Zune MP3 player and last .fm radio.

    That's the reason for the "kind of works", and why I think that a better mechanism would be good to have.

    @Bas: probably the same way you find out that you need to flick up the lock screen, or pretty much everything else: by accident.

  • WP7 Odd USER feebacks.

    @magicalclick: Actually that looks like a good idea. Closing apps with the back button kind of works, but it's hopeless if the app happens to be using the back button for something else (e.g. IE).

  • I'd rather just pay more taxes

    @W3bbo: just to set the numbers straight, according to FAO, the energy required by a light or sedentary worker for 24h is 1.53 times the Basal Metabolic Rate (i.e. the energy required to lay awake in a well defined resting condition). By comparison, a heavy worker requires 2.25 times the BMR.

    Once you consider that the brain consumes pretty much the same amount of energy regardless of its activity (or the quality of such activity) and that the BMR varies a lot with age, gender and body weight, you get enough evidence that thermodynamics is not a good way to measure effort.

    @evildictaitor: while I'm in nitpicking mode: you keep quoting the comparison between the net worth of the top 400 with the bottom 50% of the population. While that number is impressive, I don't think it's very relevant as even redistributing all that wealth wouldn't make much of a difference (even more so once you consider that you can only redistribute it once). The figure I would use from the same source is the fact that the top 1% of the US households earns the same amount of money of the bottom 50% combined. While the ratio is a lot less spectacular, those are incomes that could potentially pay higher taxes every year.

  • Has Climategate 2.0 just started?

    @DeathByVisualStudio: Yup, looks somewhat redder on the forehead. Expecting smoke from the ears by page 22.