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Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1744

by Beezlebub33 (#46660307) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

The rules are the same for all — anybody is entitled to marrying one person of the opposite gender. Some people aren't able to use that right, but that's not a reason to redefine the meaning of marriage.

Not long ago, everybody had the same right to marry a person of the same race. Some people didn't want to make use of that right, and it caused a ruckus, and eventually we granted them some crazy new rights. Was Loving v. Virginia decided incorrectly? Was the system fair and equitable as it was before Loving, and were the agitators agitating over nothing?

Based on what I've seen out of some justices (Scalia, I'm looking at you), their arguments make me think that they think Loving was incorrectly decided. Because its not popular, they say that it was correctly decided, but everything else they say and do make me think otherwise. Every decision and dissent Scalia has written on sodomy and race makes me think that he'd go the other way on Loving.

Comment: Re:We do this (Score 2) 119

I'm IT for a company that does this for 95% of dev/test/qa systems. It's worked out pretty well. Most servers are spun up and then chef'ed, used, then deleted after tests/whetever are complete. We do keep our code in house. SVN/GIT/ and Jenkins along with server build farms are all in house. The cloud services are expensive, but since IT has automated the deployment process for the cloud hosts, it works out better than keeping enough hardware in house to meed all test/qa needs. Plus less hardware in house equals less admin time which is a plus for us.

we do something similar. We need a machine up 24/7 to do checkins, builds, automated tests. For that use case, it's better to have your own machine. When we need to spin up multiple machines to do integration testing of our networked app, then it makes sense to use EC2 since we get clean machines, it can get set up, run, and then torn down again.

Comment: Re:We need a PR term for this new kind of experien (Score 1) 535

by Beezlebub33 (#46583585) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures."

We need some PR-friendly slang for this new kind of interaction. I propose that we call it "going outside". There could be entire phone apps devoted to "calling" your friends and arranging to "meet" them somewhere...

1. People are physically distant from each other. My in-laws would love to be able to VR into their grandchildren's world, visit on birthdays, etc. rather than Skype.

2. Have you even watched teenagers interact nowadays? Even when they are physically next to each other, they text each other. They take pictures of each other and send them to each other. It's just weird. Try watching 4 kids, each with a tablet, playing Clash of Clans. They will text each other!! When the person is right next to them!!! With Rifts, they would, literally, sit next to each other and do stuff, either in a shared virtual space, or different spaces, and take pictures and send them to each other.

Comment: Re:No shit (Score 1) 535

by Beezlebub33 (#46583549) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

...I really can't see how there is anywhere near that kind of value to this. It has no market share, no product, it is just a concept in development.

I disagree. They have momentum. They have shipped a cool dev kit to lots of developers. They have a second (improved) dev kit on the way. They have Carmack (hence lots of game devs). They have mind share.

These things are important in the product world and drive who 'wins'. Someone else might have a better technical solution, but they don't win unless they can monitise it, and that requires the sorts of things above. I think that $2B is a lot for Oculus, but it's not completely out to lunch (unlike the WhatsApp deal).

Comment: Re:Myths (Score 1) 352

by Beezlebub33 (#46427873) Attached to: Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

I will be tracked everywhere I go

No, your license plate will be tracked when a scanning vehicle comes by or you use a lot that scans. The piece of information that the scanning company does not have is any information about the owner of the license plate.

No, you will be tracked everywhere you go. While it is true that you are not currently tracked, you will be. The cost of the current scanners is high, but then cell phone camera costs used to be high as well. The costs of the scanners is going down, and as image recognition gets better, then every camera will become a scanner. Our local mall has cameras already in the mall and in the parking lot. Combine that with recognition software, and you will be tracked all the time. And you can't say 'well, don't use that lot / mall / store', because they _all_ have cameras.

It requires a legal solution, not a technical or individual person life choice solution.

Comment: Re:We Need Legal Countermeasures (Score 1) 352

by Beezlebub33 (#46427827) Attached to: Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

Static plates could be replaced by electronic displays that automatically go blank when the car is parked.

Or, you could just invest in a car cover and put it on your car and over the license plate when you park.

Business idea! automatic plate covers when the the car is parked. is that legal? if not, then is covering the entire car legal?

The Internet

Why Is US Broadband So Slow? 513

Posted by timothy
from the midichlorion-concentrations-vary-by-continent dept.
phantomfive writes "Verizon has said they will not be digging new lines any time soon. Time-Warner's cash flow goes towards paying down debt, not laying down fiber. AT&T is doing everything they can to slow deployment of Google fiber. How can the situation be improved? Mainly by expediting right-of-way access, permits, and inspections, according to Andy Kessler. That is how Google was able to afford to lay down fiber in Austin, and how VTel was able to do it in Vermont (gigabit connections for $35 a month)."

Comment: Re:corruption, NOT science (Score 1) 253

by Beezlebub33 (#46162173) Attached to: India To Build World's Largest Solar Plant

... if there was ANY possible real benefit to a giant solar plant, the USA would be there first. When the usual suspects have no interest in this form of engineering, you can take it for granted that it is junk science.

The US is behind the world in a number of areas, high-speed internet being the first that comes to mind. That said, the US has multiple large solar power plants, including, but not limited to, Avenal, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada Solar One, Ivanpah, Solana, and multiple SEGS. There are multiple ones under construction, and many more planned. Most are thermal, not PV, and they are not as large as the proposed one, but solar plants make a great deal of sense in the right location (say, Arizona or Nevada or CA desert). It's also hard to get approval for exceptionally large projects in the US, it turns out to be easier (environmentally, financially, etc.) to make large projects. You can see a list of concentrating thermal plants here.

so, your argument that the US would be doing it if it was of any possible real benefit doesn't work.

Comment: Re:Cameras and phones (Score 1) 87

by Beezlebub33 (#45964595) Attached to: CES 2014: 3-D Scanners are a Logical Next Step After 3-D Printers
Autodesk 123D Catch works pretty well, for some objects, and it is currently free. I have had it fail miserably in some cases, work very well in others. The important thing for me is that I can then read it into Blender, do the cleanup, and I have a 3D model of something much, much more quickly than if I did it from scratch.

Also, the technology will continue to get better. Consider the following SIGGRAPH video: 3-Sweep If you combine this technology with 123D and data from several photos, then you are 99% of the way there. The original article of course is largely about trying to make the technology work for the non-specialist, and 3-Sweep is not there yet, but give it a couple of years.

Comment: Re:I hate to point out the obvious but... (Score 1) 732

by Beezlebub33 (#45957687) Attached to: If I Had a Hammer

The process into a resource based society will be gradually.

Aye, there's the rub. How gradual? How will the transition be handled? If it's too sudden, there will be mayhem. If it happens over 100 years, then the societal expectations about what someone is supposed to do with their lives will change sufficiently slowly that I think it will be fine.

If it happens over 10 years because of the singularity, then I think that the upheaval will be too great. Too many people thinking that they are supposed to be 'doing' something with their lives, climbing the ladder of success or something.

Comment: Re:I hate to point out the obvious but... (Score 1) 732

by Beezlebub33 (#45957639) Attached to: If I Had a Hammer

You must forget what it was like to be a kid on summer break. The whole world is your oyster!

If I didn't have to work, this time of year I'd be skiing and sledding, exploring my world. I'd build furniture for every room in my house. And then rebuild my house. And expand my gardens. Grow some more veggies. Replace my lawn with clover. Maybe I'd play some video games. Probably loooooads of tabletop RPGs...

Maybe my neighbors just want to sit around and watch Idol all day and get fat (is that so different than now?).

To a degree, I agree. I think that there are lots of things for me to do to keep me occupied, if I did not have to work. As I get older, I discover I really like going on vacation and visiting other parts of the world. But, if it was that way all the time, it's not clear that I would enjoy it. What would it mean to visit other parts of the world? Nobody would be doing anything there. In addition, lots of people become depressed when they retire; it's not clear whether it's because they have stopped doing somehting that they had to do for decades, or a societal expectation that has become part of them, or if it is something more basic and that people fundamentally need to 'work' (at something) to be happy.

Why should I care? If they're happy, I'm happy.

That supposes that both they and you are happy. That's not a given.

Comment: Re:Isn't this the ultimate goal? (Score 1) 732

by Beezlebub33 (#45957531) Attached to: If I Had a Hammer

d. Curb population to decrease the Labor pool - Genocide is looked down on, generally.

This is not necessarily genocide. Given control of their own reproduction, it turns out humans often don't breed sufficiently to maintain population (Europe, parts of Asia, Russia [well, other reasons too], etc). The aging population causes problems, but if you have robot AI, then the problems are largely solved.

In my mind, it's largely timing. Can the development of AI happen in concert with aging across the planet, such that we get workers to take care of the elderly as the number of young decreases, while at the same time we are able to encourage demographic transition in other areas? So, it turns out that the decrease in the number of workers happens as the number of robots goes up, and there is a match so that things are stable?

+ - Intel drops McAfee brand, much to John's delight->

Submitted by TinTops
TinTops (2954063) writes "Intel has distanced itself further from the controversial (to put it mildly) John McAfee, but gradually phasing out his eponymous brand from its security products. Re-branding to Intel Security, the only reminder of McAfee's involvement will be the "red shield" icon within Intel Security's logo. John McAfee was oddly delighted:

"I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet," he said. "These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users. My elation at Intel's decision is beyond words.""

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