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Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 1) 377

Well, Hawking was an example to illustrate the flaw in the reasoning of this guy. No need to be a superstar to have a right to live. You contribute life long to this society, you support the elders by your work and making the company you are working for profitable and improving the society. When day come it will be your turn to grow old, you are perfectly legitimate to believe the society will do the same for you, at least. Otherwise, the social contract is broken. The society is of no use for you, you are only an instrument for it and a disposable one. It changes many things about how you will live your life if you know in advance you are just used and disposed.

Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 1) 377

I don't believe Hawking is a bad example. The rational behind the reasoning of this guy is that Hawking should have die and let it go. And Hawking is proving the rational is wrong. It may be an extreme case, but it illustrates how the reasoning is wrong. Small contributions are still contributions and even if you no longer contribute, you still have people for whom you may be significant and nobody should decide at what age people should die or we should stop helping then to keep living. You have contributed life long and you are entitled to believe in your old days you have some right being taking care of. During your active life, you supported other old people and you should expect the same for you in your old days. Breaking this hidden social contract has consequences. Nobody will live his life the same way if he knows he will be treaten like a dog in his old days.

Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 0) 377

Exactly! I wonder how he would rate the declining Stephen Hawking's contribution? There is many ways to contribute, being grandparents is one important contribution to society at my humble opinion. I can remember very well the contribution of my own grandparents. This guy is an idiot. For him, human beings are utilitarian and the next step is probably to have the society to terminate those he thinks are no longer contributing enough to it.

Comment: Re:Edison missing a lot (Score 1) 75

by AchilleTalon (#47914275) Attached to: SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)
Because it was cheaper to put them right there instead as a stackable option. Stackable options are justified when you have to plug something into it. BT and WiFi do not need anything in extra. For the BT interface, it is really cheap in quantity and surely doesn't add more than 1$ to the board.while a stackable board will cost much more than that.

Comment: Re:Helium? (Score 2) 296

by AchilleTalon (#47867377) Attached to: WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

Easy? Do you know how helium is produced? The helium we currently have access to is the result of Earth crust radioactive elements disintegration.

How do you think you gonna produce efficiently and in a cost effective manner He in volume? Tell us, I am very interested to start a business to produce it and I will give you half the shares for your effort.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 282

by AchilleTalon (#47857493) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

Since I read beyond the first couple sentences, I believe the OP is absolutely right. This has nothing to do with splitting Linux in two or many other forks as you wish.

It is the job of the distro to configure properly a kernel and everything else to fit the intent usage. You can compile your kernel and tweak it to be more appropriated for a server than a desktop and vice-versa. For those distros the customer expect everything to be done for him, this is up to the distro to provide the appropriate "customization". When I build my kernels, I pick the appropriate options for the intent use and tweak it up to the point I wish it to be. I install the packages I need for the exact usage I want and I customize them for the intent use. Yes, I am among those silly guys installing Gentoo. However, if I had to go with another distro, I would expect them to do this for me. That's why I would pay for a distro on a server, for example. But, since I am fluent enough with the kernel and everything else, I don't need this. But everyone must know you don't need to split anything to get what you want.

In short, this suggestion just let me think this guy doesn't know enough about Linux.

Comment: Re:And if they hade a place to store the waste. (Score 3, Interesting) 258

by AchilleTalon (#47796575) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go
There is many places which are really good to use as radioactive waste dumps. The most stable rock plate in Canada, known as the canadian shield is 4,5 bn years old to 540 millions years old and is stable since then. Of course, you have to make an agreement with government of Canada to use it and pay some kind of fee to monitor and secure it, however it is a perfectly acceptable solution.

Comment: Re:So, THIS is putting the cart before the horse? (Score 1) 258

by AchilleTalon (#47796429) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go
Rhetorical question, since without disposal sites, there is no need to have a way to get there and the solution was then to stock the waste on site until the political issues get resolved some day in the future. That wasn't putting the cart before the horse, that was putting the horses behind the cart and pushing it. However, the cart is hard to move like all political carts. The energy was needed and urgent problems had to be solved first.

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