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Comment Re:Is the news cycle the only explanation? (Score 1) 115

The environment getting much worse -- mass deforestation, global warming, declining fresh water supplies, much of it abetted by ever-spiraling population growth?

The environment is getting better. You should have seen how bad the air pollution was in the 70s, for example. Rivers have been cleaned up and come back to life since then.

Comment Re:Denied! (Score 1) 56

Aren't all these climate talks the political/economic equivalent of a BSOD?

These talks are mostly meaningless. The last big climate agreement was the Kyoto accords, and in the following years, the countries that had refused to sign/ratify collectively reduced their carbon emissions by more than those that did sign up. Signing an agreement to do something is very different from actually doing it.

Comment Re:Missing the point a bit? (Score 2) 98

i'm really curious about what could possibly be the use case for this. it seems like a giant pain-in-the-ass way to do symbolic algebra, so i'm trying to figure it out. apparently you need to regularly perform symbolic derivations which mma can do, but the free alternatives (octave, sage, etc.) cannot; however, your uptime and latency requirements are low enough that you are willing to deal with a duct-tape ssh solution. i really have no idea why anyone would want to do this. care to enlighten me?

Comment USB is a support nightmare (Score 4, Interesting) 151

Unlike ethernet, which is pretty much standard from platform to platform and basically trivial to support, USB code is completely different between linux, OS X, and Windows, and is a mess, API-wise.

I write software defined radio stuff, and after one incredible nightmare getting a USB SDR to work on all three platforms using conditional compilation (I did succeed), I swore off. No more. If it doesn't have an ethernet interface, or a USB-to-ethernet server app compatible with the standard SDR protocols that makes it appear to me as an ethernet SDR, it's not happening.

Luckily, some of the best SDR manufacturers out there have done it right. Andrus, AFDRI, and RFSPACE. And there are some servers that have been built to hide the abortion of USB, but so far they are very much platform-specific, for the very reason I described above.

USB. Ugh.

Comment Re:Yeah, but that just means... (Score 2) 115

I'm sure you mean "education" as the indoctrination of peoples with beliefs that you yourself support of course.

Just basic literacy will help a lot. Most conflicts in the world involve illiterate soldiers on one or both sides. Modern war is very expensive, and very destructive. War almost never makes economic sense. Most countries have market economies, so if your neighbor has resources that you want, you don't need to take it by force, you can just buy it.

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.