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Comment: Re: shame (Score 1) 242

by Euler (#48986505) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

I don't usually respond to AC's, but get a grip. Jeez.

Yes, I'm approaching middle age; own my house; have wife, kid, etc.

My career doesn't revolve around commodity computing hardware, I actually do work with a lot of discrete components for actual embedded electronic products.

You are never too old for toys. You can always learn something by playing. This nostalgia _is_ important, because it served me well. I hope future generations have something equally good even if it happens to be new and different. I'm not sure smartphones, social media, and inexpensive gaming rigs are that thing.

Comment: Re:Not the fault of science (Score 1) 958

by Euler (#48976841) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Being a skeptic is good, but a denialist is a different thing; removed from reality.

Yes, the 'science is settled' camp about climate change is definitely deserving of criticism. Real science is always open to _honest_ review with provable data, not just contrarian opinions. But my point is this article didn't demonstrate any significant science publications that contradict the majority of PHD's who are publishing about climate change.

Comment: Re:Aren't mandated to attend? (Score 1) 740

by Euler (#48966069) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

Yes, taxes absolutely are a socialistic method of distributing costs that seem important to other people. I'm not willing to live in a third-world existence surrounded by people who can't afford to individually bear the costs of school at the time their kids are of school age. If you want your kid to go to private school, that is your choice. But the taxes you pay are not for your kid, it is for everyone regardless of how many kids you have.

And yes you do have the right to elect people making these rules, have a smaller taxable property, or move to a different town.

Comment: Re:Hard to decide... (Score 1) 242

by Euler (#48965937) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

That seems to be the dilemma at a lot of places these days, even the front-runners like Best Buy, Target, etc. Newsflash to CEOs: if I go to your store's website to do research on your products then you need to make it easy and obvious what you have locally _today_. Ship to store is just a waste of everybody's time - I'm going elsewhere online at that point. If I'm in the store physically, you need to have the selection of products people want.

Comment: Re:shame (Score 4, Insightful) 242

by Euler (#48965747) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

Very true. As a kid in the '80s, I really enjoyed Radio Shack. It was more than just a store. It was a culture. They had the battery club, the cheesy comic book, store catalog, toys, science kits, DIY audio parts for your car or home, anything radio, various loose parts for electronics projects. We were fighting the Soviets and science education was a priority. There was no internet to turn to. If you were patient, you could mail order the part you needed or rummage through a local surplus store. But Radio Shack had it on the shelf for $0.99 - even if that happened to be 500% markup. It was worth it.

Comment: Re:Not the fault of science (Score 5, Insightful) 958

by Euler (#48965525) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Yeah exactly, his cynicism is off the charts (and misplaced)

Science did not tell us to avoid natural fats in our diet, it was the: USDA, FDA, AMA, etc. etc. It was government and industry associations, sensational journalists who won't or can't deal with basic stats, not scientists. On the contrary, there is a body of scientific works that are basically saying 'told you so.'

The jump to connecting this to climate change had zero supporting evidence in this article. If there was a pattern of provable deceit by a majority of scientists, then show it...

Comment: Re:he SAID "after it was discovered" (Score 2) 106

by Euler (#48816831) Attached to: NSA Official: Supporting Backdoored Random Number Generator Was "Regrettable"

Exactly. This is not an apology. I read TFA. Somehow, they want to put the horse back in the barn. There was a time that they had a mission to develop technology that was useful to US government agencies, industry, banking interests, etc. I truly respect people who were doing honest work at securing US interests. But there is just no going back, all that work is forever tainted.

Comment: Re:Fraudulent Bureau of Investigation. (Score 1) 303

by Euler (#48752231) Attached to: FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

Doesn't work anymore. In the 20th century the 'wise men' (educated) were the first to be marched off... Then the 'undesirables', etc. They already were identified by the time the situation arose.
Not sure what the 21st century holds for us. But considering how much information is recorded about all of us going back who knows how long, it is probably too late already.

You will have to do more than just keep quiet, you will have to be 'useful' as well.

Comment: Re:Torvalds is half right (Score 1) 449

by Euler (#48716491) Attached to: How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

Even in case #1, there is sometimes things that can be done. For example, speculative execution. If you can boil down to a small number of choices as a result of the first operation, then it may make sense to compute both outcomes. Or there may be some other intermediate value that might be needed in only some outcomes. But this requires application-specific knowledge usually to know exactly what is allowable and what the payoff would be. You wouldn't want to create a situation where executing both cases affects a global resource. So you would need a language expressive enough to hint this information to the compiler.

Comment: Re:For wealthy gadabouts perhaps (Score 1) 129

by Euler (#48704631) Attached to: Peter Diamandis: Technology Is Dissolving National Borders

Telecommuting: I work for a company that is fairly traditional. I have co-workers in Germany, Japan, the other side of the USA, 3 co-workers working out of their homes in different cities. I work with them on a daily basis. The only reason I work in an office is because we work on physical hardware and need to share some resources. The irony is that talking with co-workers over phone, email, or shared screen is often more efficient than with the person in the same office.

Translation: works as well as anything. The only real limitation is that technical jargon in German doesn't pass through to an equivalent US English expression. But that is the same thing that happens when German people speak English. They have very good grammar and accent in English, but they are not taught our technical words or colloquialisms. So technical documents have a lot of instances of "Module", "Technology", etc. referring to different things using the same words when there were more specific words that meant something in German.

Cryptocurrency: true, I think that is a lot of work to do there. But not the least of which will be institutional barriers deliberately intended to regulate the flow of currency over borders.

Comment: Re:No group "owns" any day on the calendar. (Score 1) 681

by Euler (#48698049) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

I'd be happy calling December 25th "Santa Claus Day." Christians still refer to Christmas and go to midnight mass on the 24th and such.

The "Christmas" tree, lights, Santa, gift giving to each other, ham or turkey dinner, having the day off are definitely the norm in this country, and they are not spelled out in the bible as far as I know.

Happy Holidays offends _me_ only because it is so damn generic and politically correct. It is equivalent to say "Happy Holidays" on any holiday such as the 4th of July because we don't want to be exclusive of other nations' dates of independence.

So I think I will just go with "Have a merry Santa Claus Day and a happy new year" (Unless we don't want to offend people following other calender new years.)
Then maybe "Have a merry Santa Claus Day and a happy rollover of the Gregorian calendar"

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"