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Comment: Re: No, not good at all. (Score 1) 99

by NReitzel (#45692807) Attached to: SpaceX Wins Use of NASA's Launch Pad 39A

When companies (Microsoft?) get into the business of doing business by hiring lawyers to hobble their competition, we all lose. Those companies spend a lot of money that could to go R&D (remember that?) on lawyers, instead, which benefits no one but said lawyers.

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Comment: Re:Not just kids (Score 1) 207

by MikeBabcock (#45692803) Attached to: Excite Kids To Code By Focusing Less On Coding

You argued a point that inferred that you misunderstood me. Don't bother with your reading comprehension argument; its silly sophistry to get out of making an asinine remark I suspect. Please feel free to debate my 'most' remark but you haven't yet. You've instead debated everything but (likely but not necessarily because you like the language I said I found boring to learn). If you want to debate the 'most' remark you brought up, post something with numbers in it -- that's how 'most' is defined. If you wish to define special-purpose programming languages as generally as Wikipedia's entry on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain-specific_language then I'll just let you win, because including HTML and CSS as programming languages is beyond laughable to me.

I should have perhaps said that "the vast majority of commonly used programming languages are general purpose" since including esoteric randomness into an argument is often both irrelevant and circumspect but I didn't so there you have it.

My usage of LISP is very limited, and I'm the one who pointed that out in my own original remarks. Your comment about me not using it recently because I'm old enough to know it was originally always spelt in capitals makes me think you seriously lack the logical capacity for sophisticated conversation.

Also, 'like water off a duck's back' is most commonly used as a positive expression to show that a person doesn't get easily bothered by things. You used it correctly, but you seem to be trying to use it in the negative.

Unless whatever reply you come up with actually contains cogent arguments, I will not be replying again.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 99

by Frosty Piss (#45692797) Attached to: SpaceX Wins Use of NASA's Launch Pad 39A

Pipe dream or not, competition spurs innovation in an attempt to either improve quality or reduce price.

Competition is good, but Blue Origin does not (at this time) represent competition to SpaceX. Certainly, they have no real use for a rocket launching pad of the scale of NASA's 39A.

Blue Origin is mostly just Jeff Bezos playing with his big pile of money.

Comment: Re:Is this legal? (Score 1) 155

by zippthorne (#45692795) Attached to: Indiana State Police Acknowledge Use of Cell Phone Tracking Device

The major phone companies can sue the Indiana State Police for whatever the corpdne customers for violation of their civil rights. The cops may not go to jail, but their employers may face big financial settlements.

That's hardly a victory at all. You know who their employers are, right? Hint: they probably live in roughly the same area where the cops are active....

Comment: Re:Finland is not exactly pro Russian ... (Score 1) 65

by drnb (#45692791) Attached to: New Baltic Data Cable Plan Unfolding

As noted initially the article in question is written for a US essay competition. As a result, it dodges the nastier parts about NATO quite nicely.

That is a gratuitous assumption. I grew up in the cold war. The evil uncaring nature of the "other" side was always grossly exaggerated. I expect that NATO was exaggerated by politicians to help promote the neutral stance of the country. Note that the Finish military, those in the best position to evaluate NATO, seemed to be some of the more pro-NATO folks in the country.

Realities of the Cold War on the other hand were pretty clear. NATO and Warsaw Pact avoided direct conflict with one another at all costs, to the point of claiming that their people dying in proxy wars ...

The situation in Finland seems about as far from a proxy war as there can be. No internal conflict with pro-NATO and pro-Warsaw pact factions willing to battle it out. **Everything** written about the spying and planning is in the context of a WW3 style mass invasions of the west by the east or nuclear exchange between the west and east. This proxy war notion just does not make sense.

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Google and their robot army is headed your way, and will be a part of your future very soon. Google has acquired eight robot companies just this year, their most recent one being Boston Dynamics. Should you, will you, be afraid, or will you welcome your new...
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Iran says it has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time this year as part of a programme aimed at manned space flight. President Hassan Rouhani said the monkey - named Fargam, or Auspicious - returned from space in perfect health.
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Google News Sci Tech: Great: Universe might implode sooner than thought - DVICE->

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The Universe is not immortal. Eventually, it will either expand to the point of heat death, or it'll collapse. Either of these will likely take a very, very, very long time to happen, but a group of scientists from the University of Southern Denmark now believe that a...
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Comment: Re:The worst thing... (Score 1) 575

by x0ra (#45692779) Attached to: GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language
I meant gun owner are wrong to use starbucks for political means, and starbucks is wrong to ostracize a minority group. It is not considered OK to discriminate on sex, skin color, religion, or sexual preference because there are all seen as "progressist" causes, but it is OK to discriminate on gun owner, because the "progressist" agenda wants unarmed law-abiding citizen. This is an unacceptable agenda-based double standard

Comment: Why the Hate? (Score 1) 190

by connor4312 (#45692773) Attached to: Google's Dart Becomes ECMA's Dart
As a web developer, I'm quite excited for Google Dart and am interested in seeing where it leads; I'm not sure what's with all the bashing about it, except out of pure ignorance. Javascript is a very useful and neat, but rather strange language, riddled with tricks, "gotchas", and downright strange behavior. I do use it on a daily basis, and I've learned to love it (the NPM ecosystem is wonderful), but I wouldn't go so far to call it a good language in and of itself. That's why things like Typekit and Coffeescript exist. Dart looks like it'll bring more structured programming into the web (along with some performance gains). I've not yet jumped into it - learning Python at the moment - but am excited to do so, and I think it has potential.

Comment: Meanwhile, in reality... (Score 2) 201

by Ben Hutchings (#45692771) Attached to: Under the Hood of SteamOS
It's a stock Debian kernel with some minor packaging changes and support for a new game controller. All those realtime patches? Not actually used by default. The full list of exciting changes:
  • Make the binnmu regexp also reconize our build suffixes
  • New XBox controller driver
  • Disable Intel P-State driver as it causes issues with sound being choppy during BigPicture trailer video playback.
  • Hard-code parallel build for now since our OBS infrastructure doesn't know how to set these options yet.
  • Add postinst step to touch /var/run/reboot-required

Comment: Re:When would Space-X launch a moon expedition ? (Score 4, Insightful) 99

by Frosty Piss (#45692767) Attached to: SpaceX Wins Use of NASA's Launch Pad 39A

China has just landed their space craft on the moon. Just hours ago.

When will Space-X do that ?

SpaceX is a commercial "lift" company. Their objective would include landing something on the moon only if someone paid them to do it.

SpaceX is challenging Lockheed Martin and Boeing's United Launch Alliance

Comment: Re:Fragmentation: preventing Android success (Score 1) 201

by recoiledsnake (#45692757) Attached to: Under the Hood of SteamOS

You got my OP wrong. I was pointing out about needless fragmentation of things that are just conventions. Having the buttons in any one config would be better than different configs even if it weren't optimal, consistency is important. Is any one of those configs better than the others? How easy it is to fix? Hope you can see how this is different from Windows fragmentation of XP vs. 7.

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Comment: Re: They have the money to do this (Score 3, Insightful) 250

by cusco (#45692753) Attached to: Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

consists of Russian technology

So what? If the Chinese want to build an aircraft should the reinvent the airfoil as well, so that it doesn't "consist of US technology"? Really? Technology progresses by building on what went before, if it works you use it and you add to it. It's just bizarre that I keep hearing this same stupid non sequitur every time the topic of the Chinese space program comes up. "They're using Soviet/US/EU technology!" Big fucking deal.

Comment: Good (Score -1) 99

by Frosty Piss (#45692731) Attached to: SpaceX Wins Use of NASA's Launch Pad 39A

Blue Origin will almost certainly end up being an "also ran". It is essentially an extension of Jeff Bezo's ego. I expect an announcement soon that Amazon will be launching groceries at its Amazon Prime customers with Blue Origin rockets... Certainly, they will not be launching any paying payloads into space any time soon. Blue Origin is just another Amazon Pipe Dream.

Comment: Re: The worst thing... (Score 0) 575

by fredprado (#45692729) Attached to: GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language
Women, gays, and black people aren't taking over. That is a silly fallacy on your part and has nothing to do with the satire to which this article refers. Some groups are using cultural Marxism, polarizing people, creating enemy classes, manipulating the masses and gaining a lot of money and political power in the process. Feminists, LGBT groups, and racial some of most proeminent of those. The current activists subverted the objectives of the original movements with the same names, which were basically the achievement of equal legal rights and then in thought police enforcement units.

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BEIJING – Chinese state media early Sunday began transmitting images and video taken by its moon rover, a gold-hued unmanned exploration vehicle named the Jade Rabbit after the story of a mythological Chinese moon goddess who kept a pet rabbit.
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Yahoo Mail's redesign—reportedly meant to be an attempt to clone Gmail–this past October and the technical failure immediately after has been causing problems for users for months. The head of Yahoo Mail, Jeff Bonforte, has been dealing with a massive...
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Comment: Re:Call it flame bait if you must (Score 1) 201

by Chaos Incarnate (#45692719) Attached to: Under the Hood of SteamOS

"Often none"? How many games work without being signed into Steam? (Hint: that's DRM.)

Among the services that prevent resale and force you to be online to play*, Steam is the least bad of them. Far preferable is something like the Xbox 360, where you don't need to be online or have an account to play, and can let your friends play too.

*Yes, I know Steam nominally has an offline mode. It's been sufficiently unreliable for me that Steam requires online as far as I'm concerned.

Comment: Re:They have the money to do this (Score 1) 250

by mathew42 (#45692717) Attached to: Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

The two problems you need to solve are decedance and entitlement.

In Australia we've seen distinct waves of immigration: Europe after WWII, Vietnam in 70's. The parents work hard in low skilled jobs and push their kids to study hard. The kids become the doctors & lawyers, but the grandkids start to assimilate and don't work as hard. Coupled with this, the majority of society expects handouts from the government, but do not contribute back.

As for real men, what you are asking for is a benevolent dictator. The problem is very few have the moral character suitable for the job and they are almost always betrayed by corruption of the next couple of levels down.

Finally, I find it sad that rather than celebrating the achievement of the Chinese, there is more discussion about decay in the USA.

Comment: Re:They have the money to do this (Score 1) 250

by khallow (#45692713) Attached to: Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

In every bubble in history the predictions of collapse were wrong every time, except one.

Trying to determine the timing of a bubble collapse is something of a fool's game since as the saying goes, the market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. But actually predicting that a bubble has happened is not that hard. For example, a common sign that things have gone too far is that serious errors and fraud are ignored.

For example, during the recent real estate crisis, some loans had faulty paperwork such that it couldn't legally be determined who owned the loan. During the California electricity crisis (of 2000-2001), it was a bubble for electricity producers. A key player was Enron who was already engaging in huge levels of fraud to cover huge mistakes it had made. And there were many, many crazy businesses with insane plans during the dotcom bubble.

Another indicator is that outsiders get involved. For example, here's a story about Bitcoins. The relevant part for us is the first few paragraphs where the narrator is talking with her family at dinner while a few of her relatives consider whether Bitcoins are the get-rich ticket they've been looking for. When you see people with very little knowledge of a market jumping in, that's a big sign of a bubble.

Huge volatility is often a sign of a bubble. If something rises and falls greatly for little reason, that's an indication that the price of that good or service is based on fellow traders' perceptions not any underlying value.

Finally, there's the psychological side. A sound investment with good return isn't going to be hurt by people talking bad about it. When people get upset over negative talk, it's a sign that the market in question isn't healthy.

Comment: Re:They have the money to do this (Score 1) 250

by thrich81 (#45692709) Attached to: Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

Everyone gripes about how the "US has given up in space" or fallen behind or some other bull, but it is just wrong. The US currently has two functioning rovers on Mars (which is two more than anyone else) , a probe on the way to Jupiter, a probe on the way to PLUTO, a functioning orbiter around Mercury and a probe which recently left orbit around the asteroid Vesta on the way to orbit the dwarf planet Ceres, and a functioning orbiter around the moon. The US spends more money on space operations, both civil and military, than any other country. The US has a temporary gap in the ability to launch crewed missions but has at least three funded projects in place to build human-rated launchers (Space-X Falcon 9, ULA Atlas 5 , and NASA SLS) and at least three funded crewed capsules in work (Space-X Dragon, Boeing CST-100. Lockheed Orion). Other countries are doing things in space, -- great!!, but the USA remains the premier spacefaring nation in the world, due to the nation's technology and will to devote the resources to do it. China or anyone else putting crews on the moon is a great thing, but the US has been there, done that, and is moving on.

Comment: Re:NSA/CIA Chilling effects, billion lost. (Score 1) 204

by AHuxley (#45692707) Attached to: Investor Lawsuit Blames NSA For $12B Loss In IBM Value
Yes the fun part after Snowden is the aspect of not 'knowing' and still been able to buy "made in the USA" based on price, a good lunch after 10-20 years of great deals, or speed, trusted needed standards.
Now countries might be a bit more wise and air gap the deep back end of their core databases and only offer a daily networked cash flow and orders.
The global firms still get to enjoy just in time orders but the ability of outside spies/govs to easily look deep into past orders might need physical access.
The change might be a total distrust of any US networking, US cloud, US networking, US encryption products offering speed, depth, history and tracking in one lucrative turn key service.
Globally domestic options might get more sales and support with US software and hardware been used as need for very limited international connections.
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Comment: Re:Possible countermeasure... (Score 1) 155

by C18H27NO3 (#45692701) Attached to: Indiana State Police Acknowledge Use of Cell Phone Tracking Device
I won't pretend to know how they do it either but even if that were the case it would still show that tower ID in a different location from where the valid one is. eg., The map would show tower 00699 499m away at -72dBm but at some point before or after would show tower 00699 (the real one) 742m away at -65dBm. That certainly wouldn't jive for a static tower to have been in two different places.

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