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Comment Re:Perl? LOL. (Score 1) 49

Perl still has a place, however it isn't the golden child language it once was.
Perl heyday was during the mid-late 1990's when having a Relational Database was considered an expensive (in software price and/or in system requirements) so for Web Applications, that needed to do a server side data processing there was a lot of reading flat text data. Perl is still king at flat text processing. However with MySQL, PostGreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 being created and designed to be good enough to handle the large data sets, and with system resources that can fit on your mid range server. So PHP, Java servlets, ASP took Perl golden child status, as they are better designed to interact with the database, as well the ability to embed your code with your HTML simplifying the process.
So its place as the de facto language for all things web is rather dated... However it is still good for text processing and can do what it needs to do.

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 2) 250

Yeah. This is useful for lots of automated diagnostics functions.

Also, SOME of that data (not all of it) is highly beneficial for augmenting navigation systems (most notably, vehicle speedometer and steering position). Google even explicitly mentioned how this data would be used by Android Auto in a presentation somewhere (I don't have the link to it now...) It's hinted at a bit past one minute in to but I'm fairly certain I saw a presentation somewhere explicitly stating that vehicle GPS, steering position, and wheel speed would be used for location sensor fusion.

Comment Re:Just (Score 1) 136

And yes, I am well aware of danger to linemen if there's a general outage and a residence is still supplying power. I would put in a transfer switch capable of intentional islanding and some form of intelligent grid AC resync and reconnect if I were to do this.

It's simple enough to just mandate these for interconnect. Everyone will need them anyway, if they want their solar system to work when the grid is not feeding them power.

Comment Re:Monopoly on what exactly (Score 1) 205

Lol. This isn't civil disobedience! Where is the human rights violation??

You don't need a violation of human rights for civil disobedience. But there is one, anyway. It's prohibiting licensed drivers in good standing from utilizing their vehicles as they see fit, including for profit, in a world in which you are required to have money or be treated as a criminal. If they're not safe to be an Uber driver, they're not safe on the roads and/or in public period, and you should address that issue.

Comment Re:incomplete sentence... (Score 1) 129

There is some truth in parts of what you say but its still a highly biased view point. Firstly the relatively small size of the Native American population made all that land management easy.

Before the Spanish showed up with many fun new diseases, their population was up to at least 50 million, if not 100 million or more. It was smaller than what we have now, but not as small as people think.

Simply burying your shit works when you only have a handful of people living on a large acreage. That does not hold up when your numbers get much larger.

If they get much larger you have to actively compost the crap, sure.

"The flyover states" are also "America's bread basket" they are not empty.

Actually, most of the food comes from California.

They do have a good deal of forest, more than they once did

Forested area is nice, but forest biomass is what really matters, because old trees fix more carbon (and so on) than new trees covering the same area.

The rest of space is very much being used to group the wheat and corn that went into your breakfast cereal this morning.

Stuff we should be eating less of. Actually, I'm eating oats. 40% of our corn goes to make ethanol and 4.7% for HFCS. Only about 50% of the land is actually used for crops, and if we cut the HFCS out of corn we could save approximately 27 million acres there alone.

Comment Re:Monopoly on what exactly (Score 1) 205

Who says civil disobedience is acceptable for people? In a civilized society, that is not how we change things.

It is if you want things to change. All the great movements of change now occurring in this nation were preceded by long periods of civil disobedience. Things like (ostensibly) equal rights for people of all races, for example, or the medical use (let alone legalization) of marijuana would not have been possible without civil disobedience.

Comment Re:Sincerely, good luck (Score 2) 468

Problem is Linus in terms of Linux has been granted God Like reputation. And no one is willing to dispute his power. He may had been a nice guy back in the 1990's but the power had made him more willing to just speak his mind, and not listen to the little guys.

I personally like to hire people who is willing to tell me I am wrong so I can learn.

Comment More than that... (Score 1) 99

I'd worry about their self-esteem - I mean, being lumped into the same conversation as a company that clearly values profits over honesty is bound to make any robocar flinch when unrelated topics try to occupy the same space at the same time. No wonder skynet went all wicked-witch on mankind.

Comment Re:Does the real name policy curb trolling? (Score 1) 217

Perhaps, but imagine for a moment that you're an LGBT (or otherwise marginalised) teen living in a fairly hostile community. You'd want to reach out and communicate with people who could empathise, but wouldn't want to reveal your identity lest it lead to retribution.

That can be handled with the security settings. And I'm not accepting any friend requests or allowing access to any of my data whatsoever to unknown people.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen