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Comment Re:really... (Score 1) 332

"no one claims it is the literal word of God"

Like most absolute statements, this is false. It might be that most Christians don't believe the Bible to be the literal word of God, but there is definitely a vocal sub group that do claim it is exactly that.

Okay, let me rephrase it: No True Christian believes that ;)

Comment Re:Not really ... (Score 1) 25

Problem is that we will see this problem "fixed" by things similar to Samsung's KNOX, where if someone tries to manually install their own ROM or unlock the bootloader, the device blows an e-Fuse, rendering it either incapable of using a factory ROM, or showing it has been tampered with on boot.

Comment Re:Business and Bitcoin? What could go wrong? (Score 1) 49

That is the classic problem we have had since the early 1990s and PGP.

PGP 2.x and its descendants solved a lot of issues. It is transport independent [1], supported a good web of trust, did well for backing up keys, had a decent provision for revoking keys that were lost (assuming you made a revocation cert), and many other things. However, it took some active knowledge to use, and that is what made it unpopular.

Bitcoin is similar. MtGox presented a point and drool user interface to a protocol, pretending to be a bank. Of course, because the coins were in MtGox's wallet, they were really not belonging to accountholders, so when they went out of business, possession is normally 9/10 of the law, but in this case, possession is the law.

A lot of the exchanges just capitalized on people new to the protocol, and were expecting the currency to behave like dollars with a PayPal account.

Like the above -- this is an education issue, not a BitCoin issue. However people seem to rather deal with a lack of security than have to pack their own parachute. S/MIME versus PGP comes to mind for E-mail.

[1]: E-mail, SMS, MMS, NNTP, I've even used Paperbak (now spelled PaperBack) by Michael Mohr to pull larger from printed codes.

Comment Re: Like the Bible (Score 1) 332

What's wrong with comparison to other religious texts, especially Abrahamic ones.

the Koran is in its original language while the Bible exists only in translation

The old testament is mostly avilable in it's original language (depending on the precise denomination) albeit in txt spk (really---all the vowels are missing).

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 111

A lot of things come at no cost though. I find it amazing how many people for example will spend a fortune on their graphics card, motherboard, processor, ram, hard drives, etc... but then run it with a cheapo power supply.

Let's say that you're one of those (probably the majority) that leaves their computer on 24/7. Let's say your gaming computer's average power consumption, between idling and heavy usage, is maybe 200W. Let's say the power supply lasts an average 3 years. Let's say that the difference between a cheapo 75% efficient power supply and an excellent 95% efficient supply is $50. Then the better supply saves 40W on average, or 1051 kWh over its lifespan. At an average US electricity price of, what, 12 cents per kWh, that's a savings of $126. You not only help the environment, but you easily save yourself money.

It's not just power supplies that matter - the same logic can be applied to processors, graphics cards, and other hardware as well. Always check the power consumption - not just for the environment, but for your pocketbook as well. Often it saves money to spend more upfront.

Comment Re: Well now Patrick will have to make a change (Score 1) 87

LILO has been a fundamental piece of the OS for many years, and has worked quite well. GRUB has eclipsed it for most uses, but for applications where every byte of storage is at a premium, it still has a place.

It is something that is well maintained, and can probably be retired, but still be useful, mainly since BIOS booting won't have the security changed and enhancements that UEFI comes with, so there isn't much that may change with the old BIOS based process in the future.

I'm grateful that it has been well maintained for so long. It is a piece of software taken for granted... but yet essential to the function of a machine.

Comment Re:really... (Score 2) 332

I'm not sure why anyone thinks the Christian Bible is any different, a far as I'm aware the early church was inundated with testaments and apocalypses, prophets running around willy-nilly and whatnot, they just picked the ones they liked best.

Yes, but that is the official church story of the bible. It was written after the life of Jesus and assembled from many different sources, BY the Church a few centuries AD. The origin story of the bible is matter of history, no one claims it is the literal word of God or appeared through mysteries means.

Comment Re:Not far enough. (Score 1) 57

IMHO, countries that care about pollution should set up a Pollution-Added Tax (PAT), equivalent to VAT, replacing their current patchwork of pollution regulations. Since VAT is already clearly in compliance with WTO rules (given that it exists), PAT should be as well. Just like how VAT works by taxing products at each stage of adding value to them during manufacture, PAT would tax them by the embodied pollution in their manufacture during that stage (plus any "delayed" pollution released when the product is consumed). And like VAT, PAT goods for export would receive a full tax rebate, and goods for import from non-PAT states would be taxed on entry.

The main point is that states with weaker pollution regulations cannot gain an unfair economic advantage over states with stronger pollution regulations. Thus it encourages even non-member-states to tighten their regulations.

Comment Re:Sanctioning NSA/FBI for spying all? (Score 1) 57

Things like Stuxnet is not at all what the person was talking about. They're talking about hacks to try to embarrass people or steal corporate secrets. Stuxnet was to take down a nuclear program, which is clearly a geopolitical, not industrial, goal.

My personal opinion: countries breaking into each other's governments or trying in general to gather/use classic "spying" data for geopolitical purposes is fair game. State-sponsored industrial espionage is not. That said, even in the first case, one runs the risk of uncontrolled escalation, so it's important for all sides to keep themselves in check and mutually agree to ratchet down the activity from time to time, for everyone's sake.

Also: it probably hasn't gotten past the US that it's in an advantageous state right now. Russia hasn't been more vulnerable in a long time, and now even China's star has taken a pounding in the market. US industry is benefiting from cheap thermal energy prices due to low cost shale gas. And Europe is probably going to be on the US's side in all of this.

Comment Re:Possible scenario. (Score 1) 262

Double reply because I can't resist.

I do love how your wildly incorrect facts and figures are bracketed by "use your brain" an "ignorant fuck". I think that adds a certain special something that was otherwise missing from the post.

Can we have a "+5 Slashdot classic" mod for the post?

Comment Re:Does Ada count as 'little known'? (Score 1) 390

So you can predict how long a push_back() call on a vector will take every time you call it?

As well or better than I can predict how long a malloc() call is going to take in C.

Btw, STL is the standard library of C++, not the language. You can use the language without using the standard library.

Comment Re:Possible scenario. (Score 1) 262

Use your brain. Imagine it. 80 years ago most ships are still made of wood and are driven by sails.

Um 80 years ago? 1935? Are youuuuuuuu sure?

You might want to look at the kind of ships sunk by U boats in the Battle of the Atlantic a scant 4 years later. Not a lot of wood and sail.

Even the largest ship ever built by that time was tiny by todays standards

Laid down 1937. 65,000 tons displacement. The biggest aircraft carriers today top out at 100,000 tons, which is not enough to make the Yamato look tiny. By any standards ships of that size are very large ships. In fact most cargo ships build today are smaller than that since the Yamato wouldn't fit through the Panama canal. The US battleships of that era were designed to transit the canal of course.

There have been a few modern post panamax ships built. The largest ship ever hit about 650,000 tons displacement at full load (10x the size), but that doesn't exist any more, sadly, and there was only ever one of it. The largest container haulers top out at 250,000 tons displacement. Ships of that size are rare, however and even so a 65,000 ton ship would be considered very large.

The largest ships 80 years ago were comparable to most of the big ships sailing today. In your comparison about military ships, the size increase from 80 years ago is fairly modest.

When it comes to sail, the last ships of the age of sail were the windjammers. They were giants as far as sailing ships went, with steel hulls, 5 masts and a small crew. Production tailed off in 1900 more or less, though some managed to operate profitably on limited routes with non-critical bulk cargo into the 1930s. Mostly though by the 30s they were displaced by steamships.

And planes were still made of wood and driven by propellers

Well sure some of them were (say what you like about the Mozzie, it was a great plane!), but by no means all. The Spitfire first flew 79 years ago and is made of dural.

The equally iconic DC3 also debuted in 1935. Looks kinda metallic to me.

The all-metal Ford Trimotor debuted in 1926 and that wasn't the first all-metal plane.

The all metal Junkers F.13 debuted in 1920---95 years ago and was probably the first all-metal transport plane.

So, you're decades out on the planes and ships. The first successful weather satellite, however flew in 1960---75 years ago this year. By 1970 (65 years ago), there was a whole fleet of satellites, including some in polar orbit giving pretty much complete coverage of the entire planet.

Comment Re:Possible scenario. (Score 1) 262

Yes because the bible/koran/torah/whatever is completely equivalent to a global network of sensors and satellites. Oh not to mention simulations based on the sort of physics completely proven to be correct and that's widely used to successfully design cars, planes, rockets, turbines and so on and so forth.

Believing that the science magically switches off because you don't like the conclusions and/or the pundits involved does not make you a smart, free-thinking individual. It makes you completely superstitious.

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting. -- T.H. White