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Comment: Re:And was it really a punishment? (Score 1) 91

by DarkOx (#49191235) Attached to: FTC Targets Group That Made Billions of Robocalls

The telemarketers probably are the NSA. Think about it you have the three steps bullshit. We are looking at Jane, who regularly gets calls from this number XXX-XXX-XXXX (so happens to be their own telemarketing front).

Next, they want to look at John and tap his phone too, but oh damn he isn't three steps away, it won't be covered by their FISA warrant. So they have the telemarketing co place a class to John.

Great now John is within three steps. Its all nice and legal....

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 154

by DarkOx (#49191103) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

There is no reason to think the court would require the entire stack / product to be opened. I don't anything any sensible read of the license would dictate that either.

At most vmkernel would have to be GPL licensed to use the code. The big question with the GPL (IANAL but have paid attention to this for a long time) is who can claim harm when its violated. Will the court agree the anyone who says they were harmed were harmed, is only the author harmed, are only users of the code harmed, is only the current copyright assignee harmed?

That all will have effects on standing. I can't succeed with a civil suit against you based on the claim your dog bit someone else kid and I read about it in the paper. I have not been harmed. This what the nature and magnitude of the harm is often affects the remedy in these cases too. If the court agreed for instance that everyone who used VMWare was harmed, the remedy might be they have to release the current version of vmkernel source and GPL it. If the court decides only the copyright holder(s) was harmed, who knows monetary valuation on code they don't sell won't be easy. The court might just say well you have to cease infringing their copyright if they ask you to. Which might not mean anymore than EMC has to remove the Linux code an issue a patch to existing customers.

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 2) 355

by DarkOx (#49189071) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

And they're still lower than the costs of fossil fuel based technologies, which is global warming.

I think this viewpoint is incorrect. Society is pretty good at absorbing slow on going costs, like cancer deaths from burning coal and we actually do a pretty good job at addressing things like global warming. We will find a solution to that problem. It might be higher levies and sea walls or it might be some kind of geo engineering. Either way is a slow change we can adapt to.

A nuclear accident on the other hand is a sudden catastrophe that can destroy large areas. Unlike one of those possibly global warming storms, or an oil spill we don't have good ways to render the affected area safe for human habitation again in the short term. So there is a time value component that simply can't be ignored.

Comment: Re:Daily Treadmill (Score 2) 132

by DarkOx (#49179403) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

I think it naturally does in that your ability to run on a treadmill for an extended period is quite indicative of your overall health (if the study is correct). I don't think that is really much of a surprise. Health and fitness are pretty tightly coupled.

I am in my early thirties. I do a fair bit of hiking and I can tell you there are lots of 60 years out there that I can't keep up without it being workout. Most of them look great and will tell you they feel great. Is it correlation or causation? I suspect both, the older folks you meet 30+ miles into wilderness on some trail are both the ones healthy enough to get themselves there but one of the reasons for that is very likely the fact they undertake the regular exercise of doing it.

Same thing here, the folks that stay on the treadmill and don't peak out in terms of heart rate are probably pretty healthy. That is going to make them more resilient when it comes to recovery from disease etc. If they are already to sick to do it, they are kinda of by definition already less healthy and are therefore likely to have inferior recoupreative powers when they do get sick.

Comment: Re:*sighs* (Score 4, Informative) 150

by DarkOx (#49163245) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses

The point of the emitters is not block IR but screw up the camera's exposure. Ever take a picture of someone standing in front of bright light source, and had the subject come out all dark? Its fooled the camera's light meter.

Same kind of deal here, either the IR will wash out the image of the rest of your face, over exposing, or fool the camera into thinking the reflected light is greater than it is, under exposing. Either way the resulting image will be less detailed. There are darkroom/photo editing tricks to overcome this to a degree but it will complicate the process greatly for automated systems.

How the TSA will feel about it remains to be seen.

Comment: Re:About time... (Score 1) 158

by DarkOx (#49149731) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

It might not have been too bad to go through and make sure it was just passing everything it used, but it was a lot of code and it kind of all needed to be changed at the same time.

I say this as someone who is generally sold on TDD being the best approach. At first it seem tedious never being able to write more than an handful of code line before having to stop and write a test, but the ultimate freedom it gives you to fearlessly refactor is worth it.

On the other hand I would never (have learned the lessons of trying) attempt to go back and create tests for a software project like the one you describe; and as a general rule anything substantial which does not have them.

It sounds like you are doing lots of shotgun surgery to nurse some spaghetti code along. One of the things TDD does for you is make you keenly aware of all the cross-cutting, coupling, and cohesion in your code. If you have organized something badly you discover its difficult to author a test for, that's clue something is wrong.

Trying to go back and write tests for code that isn't well organized is FAIL you won't write good tests because you can't and if you don't have good test coverage "passing everything" does not really tell you things are alright. Its painful pointless wheel spin.

Just live with it. Address the compiler warnings, try and diagram us much process flow an interactions across those globals as you can so you have a good picture to look at why you plan groups of changes, do your best and hope the QA test guys catch anything you break prior to release.

Comment: Re:Just y'know... reconnect them spinal nerves (Score 1) 210

by DarkOx (#49146885) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

I think that is the idea behind the 'electrical pulses' the plan is to depend on neural plasticity, I would guess. The idea is you keep the patient comatose, stimulate nerves all over the body and up and down the spine. This should tetanize various groups of nerves, "cells the fire together wire together" with some luck the brain with figure it out.

Seems suspect to me, but IAMNANS

Comment: Whats the value proposition here? (Score 2) 210

by DarkOx (#49146821) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

I know brain injuries for events like near downing occasional leave bodies that can recover to health but the brain so damaged they will never escape a vegetative state. Certainly other brain injuries due to head knocks etc can have similar results.

How many of these bodies are really available? Hollywood would have us believe quite a lot but I am not sure that is the case.

That said how many of these potential donators are really out there ethically speaking? The body deteriorates when we are talking about a persistent vegetative state requiring feeding tubes and ventilators and such. Can we, will we in the foreseeable future be able to better identify when the patients brain won't recover. Right now there is already a financial incentive to pull the plug. What will happen to these patients who can't speak for themselves when those making decisions for them are under pressure to give their body to someone else? Will these lead to prematurely giving up on some folks?

Seems like there should be some lower hanging fruit to go after in terms of modern medicine than head swaps. In fact just focusing reconnecting the sever spinal cord in the same monkey without adding the additional trauma and unknowns associated with the rest of the head swap would probably do more to help the disabled, which I am sure far out number the persistently comatose.

Comment: Re:Simple methodology (Score 1) 347

by DarkOx (#49142743) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

That should not happen as often as it does though. Part of being a "professional" where it comes to software architecture is anticipating reasonable future needs and planning for them.

If a one-line spec change blows the estimates out of the water many times that probably indicates major rework had to happen. It should not be that way most of the time. If it is the development team did a poor job of planing a head, likely, not always if someone changes "suitable for car wash automation" to "suitable for nuclear reactor automation" fine, you can toss the old estimate out the window entirely and none of the fault is your own.

Comment: Re:The big thing that is missing (Score 1) 631

by DarkOx (#49141425) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

more control is not the same as less freedom

Control and freedom are really synonymous.

The government now has more freedom to define how Internet providers operate. Internet providers now have less freedom to run their business as they saw fit.

The government now has more control of how Internet providers operate. Internet providers now have less control of their business.

Its all semantics really.

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 2) 631

by DarkOx (#49141299) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

second world country called the United States

Can you people please learn what first, second, and third world mean/meant.

First world - Connected to the United States and the West diplomatically.

Second world - Inside the Soviet sphere of influence, I guess this applies to Russia today.

Third world - Nations not allied with any side in the cold war. This had a connotation of rather backwards less developed. This was not necessarily the case of all Third world places though. It simply meant they were not strategically interesting enough to First or Second world parties to have a close relationship. Often the reason for that was because their economies were small and the natural resources they controlled were few, hence the associate with poverty in common language.

Comment: Re:God created man, man created robot (Score 1) 531

by DarkOx (#49140623) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

What I meant was if we are made in God's image, than the droid are made in our image, the droid are second generation copy of God's image.

As you continue making imperfect copies from imperfect copies the quality degrades. Therefore if the AI adopts the christian viewpoint of man being made in God's image but also holds it was made in mans image, it will always be less divine than man.

Comment: WINE (Score 2) 199

by DarkOx (#49139455) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

Rather than targeting Windows game studious should just target a wine release. If it works there it will work on Windows version X. If they simply started doing there development to winelib and worked around stuff that is stubbed or does not work on the front end, they probably would get a product that would reliably run on most Linux Distro's and Windows with little added effort.

Wine + the staging patches (RH uses this as their packaged version now) is pretty damn good.

Comment: Re:Instilling values more important (Score 5, Insightful) 698

Adding to this no matter what you do suffering the loss of her father at such at an immediately per-adolecent age like this is going to be a hurt she will probably always carry. Keep in mind she is old enough to have a pretty good although not complete idea of who you are, you are I am sure important to her if she shows it or not, and she is going to recall both her own pain at your loss and the pain of your wife etc.

That isn't a hurt she might want to work thru in the midst of other big life events. She might be really having fun with her friends on graduation day and not feel like opening that wound, and if she does not sit down and watch the video of day feel guilty at betraying your memory. Other events in her life might simply not take the shape you imagine, suppose you make a video for advice on marriage but she chooses not to or worse feel pressured to marry because she thought you expected it of her?

I think leaving videos behind is a wonderful idea but if it were me rather than making event specific videos I'd make age specific videos, titled like "For Winter Sometime your 25th Year" you can talk about some of things you were going through at that age, ideas about the world you recall having, how you felt about things etc. I am sure she will find your thoughts very interesting. There is still plenty of time to give adive an things as well, like "Spring of you 15th year".

This way she can pick a time when its emotionally convenient to visit with the memory of dad and you can still say what you want to say to here around given stages of her life.

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