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Comment Re:And who was the big believer in carbon credits? (Score 1) 130

Every country gets some credits to play with. China demanded a buttload more because we'll just step it up and inhale whatever everyone else saves anyway and nobody cares. I sure don't.

We won't recognize the world in 100 years, and I don't mean global warming. The faster we get there by tech advancement, the better.

Comment Re:Glad they didn't read the books (Score 3, Funny) 186

Jesus was the prophesied one and he came back to life after being killed by soldiers of the powers that be, after being betrayed by a trusted colleague.

He could heal people and cast out demons that invaded their minds.

He was, wait. Oh my god. He was just like Neo in The Matrix. They must have based him on Neo.

Comment Inevitable (Score 2) 51

"It took a few years," the wise one continued, "but once they polished a cure up, the clamor for smoking in public places built gloriously until a few years later, when those pollies removed the laws. They knew what side their bread was buttered on, which was the only reason they changed it in the first place."

"What a bizarre little period that was," we stated.

"Yes. It was."

"What did the fussbudgettry turn their attentions to, then?"

"Oh, I don't know. Anti 3D printed sex slave robots or something. They didn't have mouths genetically engineered growing outta their taints to give the what-for to their own junk, as guaranted by International Rights today, back in those days."


Comment Re:This kind of stuff is Exhibit #1 (Score 2) 282

From Snowden, there were essentially no technological barriers to abuse. This makes it trivial for a G. Gordon Liddy type to spy on political opponents of some bigwig.

Just knowing who they talk too can yield devastating info, to say nothing of actual phone conversations at the flip of a switch.

Comment Now get rid of "save file" at user level. (Score 1) 166

Stupidly written programs will still have problems, even if there is no corruption at the filesystem level -- a partially written save state, written in two parts with file closure (or to two separate files, more likely), will be corrupt from the program's point of view, if the computer resets between the two writes.

This also suggests a need for a transaction-like system at the OS level -- you open and write a ton of data, and then the crash occurs when almost done. The OS must have been writing to a temp file rather than the "real" one. Unless that is too high level in this context -- the article has no technical details at all.

Comment Shame on you, Twitter. (Score 3, Informative) 113

Politicians are not any old user. They sought power and we want to track them; they have their thumb on our neck artery, and can press at will, especially in many of these other countries.

It is important to know their thoughts -- before handlers and lawyers buff them up or delete them.

Shame on you.

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -- John Kenneth Galbraith