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Comment: Re:OK, but ... (Score 1) 77

by sumdumass (#48269303) Attached to: Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

Or, shes outvriding her bike, cuts herself and bleeds a bit. An animal sniffs the blood and because infected, and because animals do not practice the same hygenes as humans, pass it along where it ends up infecting humans.

You don't think there is some powerful being in africa saying you need punished so here is an Ebola outbreak every 10 or 20 years do you?

Comment: Re:Use the technology on a chromebook (Score 1) 58

by swb (#48269219) Attached to: Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

I think some of the technology issues involving size, etc. will eventually get fixed. The price may actually end up being less if the value proposition includes using modules in multiple devices, desktops, etc.

The software issue is two-pronged -- one, hardware advances so rapidly right now that I mostly give OEMs a break for bad support of older devices (maybe more nods to Apple, less to Android).

The biggest obstacle for both software and an Ara-like system with modularity is the economics of monolithic device release cycle. OEMs know they can count on a huge amount of sales as entire devices get bought every year.

It's hard to see Apple or Samsung giving up those economics for the economics of incrementalism or even bothering to support incremental component upgrades.

Comment: Re:Politically correct travel restrictions claptra (Score 2) 77

by sumdumass (#48269205) Attached to: Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

Why is it that people in africa cannot follow science or these top expert's advice? Why is it that all 3 people mentioned above bt the GP have demonstrated that they cannot follow the science? Why is it that with everyone being an expert and the science already settled, is the outbreak still happening and people who know better are getting infected?

Here is the problem which is the same problem that happens in engineering, software development, sports, and quit a bit of other things in life as we know it. What works on paper, what works in theory, does not always work in practice. There are a number of reasons for this, a lot of them may not even be in your control. We just had a rocket explode on launch and i'm certain that everyone involved thought they did everything correctly, everything was right- until it was obvious it wasn't.

Almost- if not every state that requires a drivers license also requires the use of a seat belt for at least the driver when operating a car. Cars are completely safe and damage is rare when the rules are followed yet people mess it up all the time.

The experts can say anything they want. The mortality rate with Ebola is sky high compare to getting cancer and dieing from smoking yet we banchildren from doing it and restrict where people can smoke. Doing the bare minimum with Ebola is not rational considering the risks results in death more often than not. Statistically, you are less likely to die from a gunshot if a gun is shot around you than you are if you get Ebola. Quarentine is akin to wearing seatbelts, to laws against discharging firearms in certain areas, to smoking in certain areas, to wearing helmets while operating motorcycles.

Comment: Re:CP/M needs to buried ... (Score 1) 62

by LWATCDR (#48268503) Attached to: Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

CP/M was written for hobbyists. PIP was from a time when even floppy disks were uncommon. As far as ease of use CP/M beat the daylight out of toggle switches. The issue is that once CP/M became mainstream it was going to be hard to change the syntax. Kind of like MS-DOS using \ for paths and / for switches.

Comment: Re:A Theif's Dream Come True (Score 2) 58

Imagine... a phone you can steal tiny little parts out of, rather than the whole phone. It might be minutes or even hours before anybody even notices.

Are you serious? You think your little armchairy-10-seconds-of-analysis thought on the security of this device hasn't been covered by google's team of engineers?

Oh, it has:

Google says that there will be a “manager” app on the smartphone that controls some kind of locking mechanism, which keeps the modules from popping out when the phone is dropped or twisted.

Comment: Re:Why not the Golden Age? (Score 3, Interesting) 305

by Spy Handler (#48267135) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

I wouldn't go so far as to predict a golden age. In fact I think overpopulation will be a problem in the future. Let me explain.

There have been numerous cycles of warm/cold periods in recorded history that we know about. Roman Warm Period, Medieval Optimum, Little Ice Age, and so on. We know that when the climate got warmer, we got longer growing seasons, more food was produced, populations grew, and nation-states grew in power. The reverse is true during the cold periods. Witness the blooming of grand Gothic cathedral building during the Medieval Warm period, which abruptly stopped when the Little Ice Age hit.

But all that was when the total global population was paltry. During the past warm periods, increasing arable land and and a growth in population was not a problem because the planet was so sparsely populated. Nothing but good came out of it. Today it's different. Modern technology has enabled 7+ billion people to live on the planet and we already have *too much* land under cultivation. Habitat destruction is a huge problem and pollution is an even bigger one. Humanity as a whole is not going to benefit from any further warming or population growth.

Furthermore, the areas that will benefit the most from continued warming are in places like Canada and Siberia where there the population isn't gonna increase (due to societal habits) no matter how much food you can grow there.

If I'm sounding like a weird combination of green conservationist and a AGW skeptic, well I guess that's because that's what I am. You can care about the environment and want to save endangered species and conserve natural habitats and limit population growth, while still having enough sense to see through the climate change / cap and trade bullshit.

Comment: Re:Use the technology on a chromebook (Score 1) 58

by swb (#48266707) Attached to: Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

There's all kinds of reasons this won't work, but I'm glad someone disagrees and is spending time developing it anyway because it seems like a cool concept and the idea of a modular phone/phablet/tablet/laptop/desktop system is appealing.

I think a lot of components are rapidly approaching the point where they're good enough for most people -- how many more ppi is Joe Sixpack going to want once a phone is over 300 ppi?

Comment: Re:Tip of the iceberg (Score 1) 605

by sumdumass (#48266125) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

I hate to tell you but that site is no more accurate that someone trying to claim their religion is real. It makes assumption in specific ways in order to contrive its explaining away.

False implies you take it for fact. The problem is that the majority of what i first saw while skimming through it can be explained away as false too. Don't get caught up into belief around it.

Comment: Re:BS, they just use their iPhone (Score 1) 214

by sumdumass (#48265935) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

They probably have a newer and nicer car than you. I remember as a teen, going to visit a girl form school who lived in a low income government housing project. My 15 year old beater was actually in decent shape (faded paint, no dents, tires matched and had decent tread, engine ran smooth) but everyone at the complex had a 5 year old or newer car and some actually made fun of mine.

Some mysteries in life will never get solved I guess. I delivered pizzas for a while too and saw all sorts of nice and new cars in the low income areas. So many that I doubt they were there looking to score some crack or something illicit. They belonged there.

Comment: Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (Score 1) 214

by NewYorkCountryLawyer (#48265833) Attached to: Power and Free Broadband To the People

You know that you don't have to just add useless and uninteresting words to something that already had substance, right? At least borrow some quotes from Socrates' Dialogues to spice things up: There is admirable truth in that. That is not to be denied. That appears to be true. All this seems to flow necessarily out of our previous admissions. I think that what you say is entirely true. That, replied Cebes, is quite my notion. To that we are quite agreed. By all means. I entirely agree and go along with you in that. I quite understand you. I shall still say that you are the Daedalus who sets arguments in motion; not I, certainly, but you make them move or go round, for they would never have stirred, as far as I am concerned. If you're going to say _nothing_, at least be interesting about it, post anonymously, or risk looking more clueless / foolish. This is why the moderation system is in place, and mods typically don't listen to inanities like "Well said" when deciding on what to spend their points.

1. I'm too busy to sit around thinking up additional words to throw in so I can score "mod" points

2. The people I like on Slashdot are too busy to read a bunch of additional words I only threw in so I can score "mod" points

3. It's not in my nature to waste words, or to waste time

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