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Comment Re: North Pole (Score 1) 496

This is a question of naming convention. You'd still be on the equator, because the equator is a circular belt around the Earth. You may be in a different location on the equator, but you'd still be on the equator. Further, Rotational mathematics is modular, so technically any direction is due south from the south pole. E.g. rotation along the complex plane from the positive real number line will always end up at the positive real number line again. Hence the roots of unity always end up back at 1, no matter how close to 1 they may start. Therefore poles is correct.

Comment Apple has $178,000M. (Score 3, Insightful) 102

Apple literally has $178,000M in cash on hand, and the state had better ensure that $40M go to educating their future workforce.

Seriously. The good press Apple would have received to fund that project would be mind numbing, and probably pay for itself in terms of the PR and 'free' advertising that would result.

Comment Re:Theory vs Empericism (Score 1) 249

... Because Game Theory is math?


That's like saying we'll call exponentiation into question because a population's growth didn't follow an exponential rule. Mathematics is inviolable, therefore if observation doesn't line up with it, we must amend our understanding of our observation (i.e. find new mathematical models to use instead.) E.g. if science says animal populations increase exponentially, and we find a population of animals that has not increased exponentially, we don't throw out mathematics, we throw out the model that says populations increase exponentially!

Game Theory stands forever. Empirical observation, however, is infinitely more flawed than math. It's much more likely we failed to understand how natural selection works, and that our mathematical models were wrong. Calling into question fundamental mathematics when your science doesn't make the cut is absolute dogmatic thinking. "Math disproved my theory... MATH MUST BE WRONG!" Seriously.

Comment If you don't know what it does, don't touch it. (Score 5, Interesting) 233

Seriously, you never know when some previous programmed made a "duplicate" function to do something bizarre, like force a particular initialization order of static-class-member variables between translation units. Sometimes deleting pointless code can do... terrible things. Just be careful, test your changes, etc.

Comment Re: "There is a problem with the law, so ban scien (Score 1) 180

Better to have robots fight than people. Also once we have a lot of machine control APIs it won't be hard to make killer robots. I can make a paintball gun that shoots everyone but myself using a computer, a couple of high powered servos, a linear actuator, two cameras, and IBM's machine vision API. The fundamental technology just needs to be repurposed, so you're never going to stop the threat of killer machines.

Comment Re:Consumer computer (Score 1) 333

Well, I will admit my latest experience loading Ubuntu on a VM has been a pain in the rump. VirtualBox couldn't get the resolution right, but connected to the Internet fine, Hyper-V got the resolution right but couldn't get the Internet to work. Pft.

Comment Tablet-PC hybrids show a lot of promise. (Score 1) 333

I owned an iPad 2 since its launch, about three months ago someone broke into my house and stole it (among other things.) I decided it was time to go shopping, and finally settled on a first generation Surface Pro.

After using it for three months, I can say I prefer it over my laptop *and* my iPad. When I want to develop software, I switch to the desktop and plug in an external monitor (which means I get a second 10-inch screen to load documentation or whatever.) When I want to browse casually, I just unplug it from the extra monitor and go mobile. I don't like the screen aspect ratio (too tall and skinny in portrait) and the battery life needs work. It's also a bit heavy, and the app store isn't as rich.

Still, it has been incredibly nice to have access to my desktop and tablet all in one package. As a desktop, it's actually pretty solid. I don't do heavy media editing (most of my software development involves financial accounts) so it hasn't so much as hiccuped with what I've thrown at it. Now, I don't feel like the Surface Pro is better than an iPad as a tablet, though it's a solid desktop and a decent tablet. Still, having my desktop in such a small form factor has been a dream.

It feels like the natural progression if technology. When someone gets the hybrid-OS to work right, I could see desktops, laptops, phones, and tablets all becoming the same product in a way.

Comment Re:April Fools stories are gay (Score 1) 1482

Lets not mince words; These "activists" want the man fired over his private political views. That's what this is about: They want heads to roll, they want someone to lose their job over a private donation. That is hateful bologna. It is sick and wrong to try to get someone fired over something like that.

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas l'Informatique. -- Bosquet [on seeing the IBM 4341]