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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

C - One of the Best Programming Languages

Shlomi Fish has written a new essay titled "When C is the Best? (Tool for the Job)". Its theme is giving several reasons (besides high speed and low memory consumption) why some code should still be written in C.

Each language is different and has it's own styles and quirks. A language provides a programmer with a set of conceptual tools and forms a platform (Launch vehicle) to carry out the tasks.

C (the portable assembly language) being simple, clean and as well a effective language to write/perform highly effeceint tasks is definitely the one of the best programming languages.
To be frank, its only C that provides thef scope to perform the ISR programs with ease and have lots of funny tricks. :).

Friday, November 11, 2005

Amphibious Houses

This seems to be a Great Architecture indeed.

These Dutch houses are designed in such a way that they float if the ground they sit on gets flooded, rising along with the tidewater. Truly Amphibious!!...
Infact, the Dutch are gearing up for climate change with amphibious houses. If rivers rise above their banks, the houses rise upwards as well.

At first glance, they seem quite unremarkable. The cellar, in this case, is not built into the earth, but on a platform. The hollow foundation of each house works in the same way as the hull of a ship, buoying the structure up above water. To prevent the houses from floating away, they slide up two steel posts - and as the water level sinks, so they sink back down again.

"The columns have been driven deep into solid ground," explains Dick van Gooswilligen from the construction company. "They are even strong enough to withstand currents you would find on the open seas. As global warming causes the sea level to rise, this is the solution."

There would have been no damages, if this were to be followed in Mumbai,Chennai and Bangalore cities.
This can as well be propsed for the areas that run a high possiblity of getting affected by floods.

More:
Amphibious Houses

Archimidis Death Ray -The Preconceived Myth

"During the siege of Syracuse in 212 BC, Archimedes made a burning glass to burn up the enemy Roman warships".

This happened to be one of the much debated Archimidis technology. Also recently caught sight in the MythBusters that busted the Archimidian Death Ray to be a myth.

Again Archimidis Wins, but this time its not the victory over the Roman War ships, but over those who preconceived it to be a myth and the MythBusters.

The Work from MIT definitely seems to put to an end for this controversial debate. The Effort is really worth the results.

See the Video.
Video of the Test

Links:
Archimidis Death Ray Principle
Death Ray - A Feasibility Testing from MIT