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Comment: Re:What a Waste of Fossil Fuels (Score 1) 146

But I understand from your explanation that environmentalism is a special brand of religion whose dalliances must be overlooked for the greater good...

Well, no, but if you can show me the true Scotsman organizations of your world that somehow achieve their goals without stepping over the line into hyperbole and "active fundraising" I'm sure I can poke holes in those, too. You're just being a pedantic douche at this point.

Comment: Re:Critical to the tech community? (Score 1) 223

And 77% of all self-started businesses fail within the first ten years - not shut down - fail. Even at that, self employed people, on average, make less money than those employed by businesses owned by others. And this is what you promote as a strategic choice for peoples' careers? Not to mention that many people don't have the entrepreneurial skills necessary to successfully run their business (see the first report - incompetence and inexperience are the top three reasons for business failure).

I thought probability of success figured into any proper decision calculation. You aren't a Republican by any chance, are you? Not being part of the "reality-based" community seems to be an indicator for that.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1) 461

by frank_adrian314159 (#47963861) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

The WP ecosystem is affected by fragmentation in an Android-like fashion because of how the operating system is rolled out to the devices.

To be fair, the "devices" word of your post is actually small enough in quantity so as to be hyperbole. Although I guess that makes it easier for Microkia to manage the "extensive" fragmentation of its "market".

Comment: Re:Reactive is an extension of event driven (Score 1) 100

by frank_adrian314159 (#47963801) Attached to: 'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

Well, that's about par for the course. An oversimplified example that gets the domain knowledge wrong. Almost no one looks for "peaks" like that in finance. They are either looking for mismatches in market prices from multiple sources or for trends.

Your example is stupid. You might want something like that for a domain needing signal detection, though, so good try. You just didn't know enough about anything in the real world to get it RIGHT.

Comment: Re:BS Naming (Score 1) 100

by frank_adrian314159 (#47963763) Attached to: 'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

They were called actor-based programming systems. They came about in the mid-to-late 1960's and incorporated into languages in the early 1970's (look up Hewitt's work on Actors). Pros: Decentralized computational agents connected by message-passing can increase resilience in a system. Cons: Non-local flow of control and unknown state/functionality within remote computational agents (which always inadvertently leaks out) makes understanding what is actually happening in the system overall difficult, leading to problems in debugging; lack of state within systems (monads, which are a difficult concept for most programmers to fit their head around, notwithstanding) leads to extraneous message passing load, potentially killing performance.

So, TL;DR (OK, so I did read it, sue me...) and tells us stuff we knew fifty years ago. About par for the course.

Comment: Re:agile != reactive (Score 1) 100

by frank_adrian314159 (#47963659) Attached to: 'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

Fine, the reactive document is a manifesto describing a set of architectural principles that supposedly has benefits in the current world. The agile document is a manifesto describing a set of project management principles that supposedly has benefit in the current world (although, in reality, it's twenty years old now and the people who are now promoting it are becoming just as rigid and annoying as the UML/SEI/PDP/heavy doc assholes they replaced). Conflating the two as related (other than in name) was incorrect. Not only was the agile manifesto, short, pithy, and to the point, the reactive manifesto is just another TL;DR page that looks like it hasn't had enough work by actual smart (as opposed to successful) people to be short. Does this help?

Frankly, we need more manifestos released more often. The good ones will be followed; the stupid ones will evaporate in time.

Comment: Well why not? (Score 1) 231

by frank_adrian314159 (#47943241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Christ on a shingle, what's up with the "Will it be a pointless venture?" You already answered that when you said you wouldn't be the next Neil deGrasse Tyson or Carl Sagan. If that's your only limitation, then there's a lot of room between doing nothing and being in the top 100 recognized members of the pack.

And, even if it is a pointless venture, who cares? A person doesn't need to justify his choice of hobby and we all need our recreation time. Astronomy and astrophysics seems to be a place where an amateur could potentially still contribute - there's EM radiation coming down in a lot of different wavelength ranges and not a lot of coverage for what seems to be a very big sky. Sure, it'll be a lot of work, but what worthwhile isn't? Besides, you'll be entertained and you don't seem to have anything else better to do.

Comment: Re:Some people *do* pay for jobs, and quite rightl (Score 2) 183

by frank_adrian314159 (#47932793) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

OK, let's put it this way - if you don't show up in uniform, you're sent home and don't get invited back to the party. The employer gives you a list of place(s) to buy your uniforms. How you pay for those is up to you. This happened at the first low wage job I had (as an orderly in a nursing home), as a construction worker (you couldn't show up in tennis shoes), and I'm pretty sure that's the case in almost any place in this country where low-wage employees are hired. And it's completely legal. So legal that you're allowed to write those off as a tax deduction. So, yeah, it's not "paying for a job" per se, but it does put a financial burden on people who are just starting one.

Comment: Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (Score 1) 491

by frank_adrian314159 (#47930153) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

But if they are actually stupid enough to do that they'll have made an enemy of an economy much larger than theirs, their largest export market, a country they're heavily dependent on for the basic infrastructure of running a government...

I have no dog in this fight (not that it's not entertaining theatre), but I also know that capitalists have very few enemies they will not sell to. If they were willing to deal with tinpot Central American dictators, you know they'll have no issue whatsoever in dealing with the Scots. You're probably overestimating the actual level of dislike between Britain and Scotland, even in the face of divorce. And you're especially overestimating the dislike of bankers cozying up to whomever they can make a profitable deal with - sharks have no national loyalties.

That being said, if the Scots really wanted to piss off the British, they could apply to France to become a protectorate and then keep the nukes.

Comment: Re:You are measuring it wrong (Score 1) 182

by frank_adrian314159 (#47902177) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Because they don't need to succeed, they need to DISRUPT. And disrupt one of the largest and most entrenched institutions in the world - the higher education system, which has been around, adapting, and surviving since the mid-15'th century. Plus they have to do it with a minimum of money to pay for decent course materials. But it needs to DISRUPT! Simple success is not enough. Investors don't pay for success any more. You must DISRUPT the dominant paradigm or you're rubbish. Whether this is a problem with the education system or financial system can be decided by the casual observer.

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 213

This is what the idiots on the House science committee think is their most useful work to do at this time? Making space "safe" for mineral interests? Fuck, I can't believe that this is the most immediate concern in science (or even space, for that matter).

I can hear it now in Chair Lamar Smith's office: So what do we do today to look busy? I know, we'll have hearings on a symbolic bill that is unenforceable and will never get to the floor, let alone pass, but, since most people don't know that, it should be easy to spin it as about good American capitalists (yay!) getting that awful world government (boo!) and pesky things like the treaties we don't like (boo!) out of the way, so our good American capitalists (yay!) can make money (yay!) and create jobs (yay!). I'm pretty sure that's about how deep the analysis goes on the political side. Then there's just the money side with the Democratic congressman from the great state of Boeing providing bi-partisan cover.

Those idiots need to be voted out.

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