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I've been on Slashdot forever. This account is old, and I had another account before. I changed the password to that account when I decided to be less of a troll and exercise a little more editorial control over what I say ( though I had excellent karma even with that other account. )

Comment: Re: Who cares? (Score 1) 71

by GargamelSpaceman (#49525613) Attached to: I predict that by next Earth Day Bitcoin will ...

That will be it's downfall. As soon as nobody Is talking about it anymore, speculators stop going into it, a steady trickle leave (or more than a trickle) and it fades into oblivion. And only speculators are in it because Gresham's Law that bad money drives good money out of circulation is working against it.

Ubiquitous replacements for current money must be *worse* than current money yet still be stable enough to use and be as easy/cheap.

Comment: Death penalty is humane. (Score 1) 590

I support the death penalty for humanitarian reasons. Life in prison is the most protracted method of torture to death possible. Any other method is more humane, even Medieval ones.

Nitrogen asphyxiation is probably ok. It'll be over in less than a day for sure.

I think the world record for holding your breath is like 17 minutes?

That's why I don't buy the 'loses consiousness in 10 seconds'

They ought to use CO instead. Still. whatever. A firing squad or hanging, or a gullotine would be fine. Breaking on the wheel, being hung drawn and quartered, even the brazen bull, would be better than life in prison. Life in prison vs Now that's a hell of a choice...

Comment: Re:That's great news! (Score 5, Insightful) 517

The Tuskeegee Airman scenario where pilots who had been discriminated against had gone through more training before they were allowed to fly and because of this had developed better skill than the average pilot is the reverse of what we see nowadays with Politically Correct discrimination.

Whereas once when a member of a discriminated-against group attained a position despite the discrimination they tended to stand as an example of why the discrimination was invalid, discrimination FOR groups produces examples that seem to justify negative stereotypes groups may carry.

Using irrelevant criteria such as sex or race to decide who fills a role, fills those roles with less qualified people than would be normal for those roles, and when statistics are done to determine how those criteria are associated with performance, ironically tend to support the discriminatory views the Politically Correct interference was meant to address.

Comment: Re:Depression is a symptom (Score 1) 187

by GargamelSpaceman (#49469943) Attached to: Acetaminophen Reduces Both Pain and Pleasure, Study Finds

Depression is a symptom of the fundamental fact that life sucks.

Life is pain and suffering, and to create it is to condemn that life and it's progeny on average to hell. Not creating it means that niche will be filled with other life which will suffer on average.

From a utilitarian point of view, while your life might not be bad, life on average is expected to suck, and the most humane thing to do would be to destroy or sterilize life and remove it's very niche so other life can not evolve to fill it.

Piloting the Earth into the Sun would be a saintly action by utilitarian standards.

And unfortunately the utilitarians are right. Those smart enough to see it will tend toward depression if they think too much about it.

Comment: The slow blade penetrates (Score 1) 114

by GargamelSpaceman (#49397933) Attached to: DHS Wants Access To License-plate Tracking System, Again

Persistent lobbyists will get everything they want. Opposition will tire emotionally of fighting and winning, until they lose once, and then they won't have the energy to claw it back. People will be left to make way in their lives for whatever it was so that it doesn't effect enough compliant sheep to ever put up much of a fight to get things back the way they were.

Comment: No paradigm shift (Score 1) 303

[Free windows would 'lift them up' to use other MS stuff] If they’re using Linux technologies that we can’t play with, they can’t be a customer of ours

So they have no intention of ever open sourcing anything but Windows or abandoning the closed source business model. I thought they were going to try and make money off the cloud and support of Windows.

Comment: Re: Money (Score 1) 1089

by GargamelSpaceman (#49316795) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

"Other countries have mandatory voting," said Obama "It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more than anything,

Money? Nope that will just mean people who care nothing about politics will be forced to check a box based on whatever ads they watched the most of - payed for by money. These people can't be bothered to vote, and certainly can't be bothered to be informed citizens. This would completely drown out the voice of informed citizens, and cede everything to money.

Obama just sees the short term 'gain' of groups that he thinks would vote for Democrats being forced to vote more. As if 'Democrat' or 'Republican' are even a coherent things.

Comment: Trackpoint (Score 1) 452

by GargamelSpaceman (#49292547) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?


Full size wireless keyboard with Trackpoint ala/Lenovo and three separate mouse buttons with no Trackpad ( save the space on my lap ). Where the Trackpad would be, put a two function keys that change the function of the Trackpoint to do either horizontal or vertical scrolling. Clicking both enables both axes. Three separate mouse buttons is CRUCIAL.

Trackpoint is insufficient for heavy mouse work. However this is a keyboard. If you have heavy mouse work to do, use a wireless mouse or whatever device you want. The keyboard is mainly for typing and navigating through screens - light duty mousing only.

Comment: Re:Still My Favorite (Score 1) 300

by GargamelSpaceman (#49196575) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

Firefox does what I want about as quickly as anything out there, ( don't notice any difference from other browsers ). And it's the freest major browser out there. Do you seriously want Google knowing anything more about you than it already does?

I still trust that Firefox doesn't have hidden code against my interests. Can you say that about any other major browser?

I did recently switch to Pale Moon, since it's basically Firefox without the Lame. But Firefox isn't really all that lame to begin with. I switched back from Pale Moon, due to a Flash security update that wasn't yet applied to Pale Moon. I have been planning to switch back, but I might not - Firefox isn't all that Lame to begin with.

However Firefox did recently make Yahoo the default search engine in the search box, and then seems to have removed all other choices, and I have not been able to re-enable them.

I tried just using Yahoo, but it soon became too annoying, I wanted to support Firefox by giving them clicks, but I got tired of clicking on the home page button to get to Pale Moon's home page which I set Firefox to use( it's not bad, and it lists stuff I might not have used or heard of - keeps me current on the latest stuff out there ), and then clicking on the Google search link I put there, or searching for google in the yahoo search box. So I installed Quick Search Bar, which is an addon that seems to have given me back my choices of search engine.

I don't own a smartphone. I don't even own a tablet, or 'pod' device. My 9 year old kid does, and it runs Android. My impression is that the OS's available for such devices are Lame incarnate. Everything wants your credit card number so it can charge you for in app purchases, and they've made it purposefully annoying to get gift cards. You can't get Google Play cards online. You need to go to a store that carries them. THey want your CC number SO BAD. At least Amazon lets you buy gift cards online, and email them to the recipient ( though it's not obvious at first how to do that - they want your CC number too. )

If a non-profit like Mozilla came up with something for tablets/smartphones that catered to me, instead of app-makers I might be interested in owning a smartphone or tablet/pod. Until then I don't even want one.

And fsck Apple. Eww.

Comment: Re:Maintainable... (Score 1) 247

by GargamelSpaceman (#49180769) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality

Refactoring IS evil. It's time you spend to make your code more maintainable by others. So it makes you look bad by taking your time, and makes others look good when they work on your code, by making their job easier. And you're probably a temporary who won't get the opportunity to eat your own dogfood if you're a Sri-Lankan coder, anyway....

Also, 4,500 lines of code was used in this study. That is TINY. Who works on 4,500 lines of code? It's possible to analyze that much code without too much troubley ( unless it was written by kindergarteners maybe ) no matter how it was factored. There is a little overhead in abstraction - not much, but enough that maybe 4,500 lines of ok code doesn't benefit all that much in some ways from the abstractions they tested. Whatever. It doesn't invalidate the abstractions, and it's likely down to a matter of opinion whether in a tiny project the abstractions are worth their weight.

Comment: Re:Yes, I agree (Score 0) 564

by GargamelSpaceman (#49173443) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

But they are hard coded into programs. It it were possible to do without problems, the second thing I would do is delete these folders.

Also, 'Program Files' has a space in it.

The second thing I actually do on windows is install cygwin.

Generally I like to avoid spaces in folder names, also long paths, both of which are unavoidable in windows.

Science is to computer science as hydrodynamics is to plumbing.