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Comment: No, it won't (Score 4, Interesting) 104

by 0xdeadbeef (#49596355) Attached to: Climatologist Speaks On the Effects of Geoengineering

Right winger before denial became untenable: you can't trust the models! Climate change is a hoax!

Right winger after denial became untenable: our models say geo-engineering is safe and will work! Trust us!

If you can't get the political will to do the simple safe thing, you won't get it to do the complex reckless thing.

Comment: Re:Yes, Please!!! (Score 1) 161

by 0xdeadbeef (#49564257) Attached to: Has the Native Vs. HTML5 Mobile Debate Changed?

I've been doing mobile development for the last fifteen years, and my experience with PhoneGap about three years ago was the most ridiculous and painful experience of my career.

Developing with HTML and JavaScript is a pointless chore. It is literally easier to learn both iOS and Android programming and write the same app twice than to put up with and hack around the stupid limitations of hosted web apps. You lose nothing but the ability to write once and debug everywhere shared code, and you gain native performance, native look and feel, and you can use two vastly superior programming languages. Your code can execute in background threads, and you can use a real debugger and whatever IDE you prefer.

That doesn't mean you can't write decent apps using HTML and JavaScript. But be honest. When you use one, you're not actually impressed by what you see. You're impressed the same way you're impressed when you see a demo written for the C64. The accomplishment is not what it does, but what it does given the severe limitations of the platform.

Comment: Re:~1500 App Developers wasted their time (Score 2) 73

by 0xdeadbeef (#49527105) Attached to: Networking Library Bug Breaks HTTPS In ~1,500 iOS Apps

iOS has perfectly functional networking libraries and simple objects that provide an API to them.

Not for doing anything even the slightest bit complex. Like, for example, certificate pinning and certificate validation, which is what AFNetworking fucked up.

Do you think Apple is better? The APIs are shit. They are horribly documented. They don't "just work" with the high level Objective C APIs, but require a lot of low-level tinkering. They don't perform revocation checks consistently.

People use AFNetworking because the standard APIs are not good enough. I would have been using it had I not already rolled my own wrappers long before AFNetworking had the features I required. The average iOS developer cannot do that.

Comment: I eat dogs and cats to be more consistent than you (Score 0) 336

by 0xdeadbeef (#49520425) Attached to: Update: No Personhood for Chimps Yet

I wonder what the intersection is between the people complaining about this and the people who want to do active SETI, aka "METI".

Because we're all fucked if the aliens you alert to our existence share your conveniently simplistic notion of personhood. They'll most likely be further beyond us than we are to our higher primate cousins.

I mean, do you people even believe in evolution? Or do you believe in souls and animals not having them and all that claptrap?

It's also a rational assumption that we'll develop some form of strong AI eventually, even if it requires the complete simulation of human brains. You don't have to drink the Singularity kool-aid to know where that leads. If I were you I'd be a little more circumspect about promoting a worldview that would discard your grandchildren as dumb meaty animals.

Comment: Re:Pioneers get arrows in back (Score 4, Interesting) 138

That has nothing to do with it. The apps themselves are actually running on the phone, not the watch. Even the most basic app is laggy, and all third party apps necessarily have dumbed down, almost WAP-like user interfaces because of limitations in the API and GUI toolkit.

Comment: Re:Great, Let's Build IFR's (Score 1) 417

So, where are all the environmentalists demanding we build integral fast reactors as fast as we can?

Given that it seems everyone who talks about breeder reactors talks like you do, maybe they're distancing themselves so they aren't associated with right-wing cranks?

Anyways, I found some environmentalists, I'm sure at least a few are interested in the technology you're evangelizing.

Comment: Re:Overrated (Score 3, Interesting) 200

by 0xdeadbeef (#49422985) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

If Snowden wasn't made aware of the angle Oliver was taking before the interview, it's pretty obvious is on board with it by the end of it. Being a dick to him and asking "hard questions" was part of the schtick. If you don't perceive that, you probably shouldn't be holding up Idiocracy as your banner.

What I think is funny, especially in light of your "that's the media's job" complaint, is that I thought he was going to take the angle "you don't trust the government with our privacy, but you just trust less competent journalists with our secrets... hypocrite much?" Oliver didn't go quite that far, maybe because it would implicate himself, though the entire exercise is him doing precisely what you claim should be his job and not Snowden's.

Comment: Re:Be careful of the term "terrorist attack" (Score 1) 737

by 0xdeadbeef (#49344511) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Myself, I have a feeling they're going to learn a few things about him during the investigation that they'd rather were not true.

His fleshlight in a box of pictures of Angela Merkel?

I have a feeling the thing you desperately wish were not true is the fact that depression alone can drive people to do things like this, and it makes you uncomfortable given your own paranoid metal state.

Comment: Unexamined privilege escalation (Score 1) 522

by 0xdeadbeef (#49328661) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

Here's how foolish this nonsense is. Assume we have two classes, Woman, and Kitchen, which are written by different women. Passing the Bechdel test:

self.sandwich = [woman getSandwichFromKitchen:kitchen];

I learned something about myself writing that. Objective C really is as shitty as Java. I should stop oppressing Java programmers.

Comment: Re:This is one reason why IT doesn't get respect (Score 1) 765

Geez, grandpa, when did you become a tightwad? Having a conniption over dongle jokes is for Millennial special snowflakes.

You might remember a time when there were more female programmers (as a percentage) than there are now. You might even be old enough to have worked with them. Did you pitch a hissy fit when they CC'ed you on the dirty jokes?

Comment: Re:Civilization IV had a quote... (Score 1) 299

We still don't know enough to prevent unintended consquences or complications

Yes we do, the "consequences" are every human being without the genetic disease, or every human being who already has the desirable trait you're inserting. It's just like rocket science - smarter people than you understand it more thoroughly than you, and every risk you can possibly conceive of they have already considered.

You people talk like this shit is like fucking magic, as if there is a metaphysical price that must be paid for every boon the technology gives you. Me am play gods!

Please no Gattica-style selection of socially prefered traits to create a dis/u/topia of ubermenchen and untermenchen.

Who are you to tell your hypothetical superiors they should not exist? You're not concerned with the risks, you just envy imaginary people.

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