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Comment: Barnacles, etc.? (Score 1) 216

by Loopy (#46784385) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Considering how badly infested stationary ocean objects can become with various types of sea life, and how much maintenance it takes to keep a small sailboat from corroding and suffering general mechanical failures due to both of the above, I wonder at the amount of maintenance required to keep one of these in operation.

Comment: As someone taught creationism in school (Score 1) 544

by Loopy (#46087673) Attached to: Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

I'm struggling to figure out what teaching it had to do with my understanding of science? Creationism isn't science. I consider myself a Christian but I do not ever conflate matters of historical faith with how fast carbon decays or how electrons move or how likely the next jet I'm on is to fall out of the sky.

Knowledge of the bible has precluded rational scientific theory in exactly none of the self-professed religious people (e.g. Christians, Jews, Catholics, etc.) I've ever known.

Comment: Re:Protecting the arts and artists (Score 1) 442

by Loopy (#44009667) Attached to: Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages

I'm glad someone is pushing this topic (finally) and this is the perfect example. It's one thing to protect artists but the never-ending copyright extensions doing nothing of the sort. They ensure the media companies can generate recurring profits but, by and large, provide limit benefit to those actually responsible for the work. Oh wait...corporations are people now too.

It's funny how you snark about the "corporations are people" thing when it comes to this cause. I'm guessing you don't feel the same way about similar application of consequences/requirements when it's going in reverse (e.g. corporate tax rates)?

Comment: So the elephant in the room... (Score 1) 262

by Loopy (#43596745) Attached to: Siri's Creator Challenges Texting-While-Driving Study that voice-to-text software is so remarkably unreliable that nobody uses it without proofreading the output before sending. I think most people could have told you this without an official study.

And just for the obtuse, it isn't that it completely misunderstands everything you say, it's that when you're sending texts, the things it tends to fail to translate properly tend to be things that get your text posted to one of those autocorrect-joke sites. Or get you in trouble with the wife/husband/parents/boss.

Comment: Diminished experience? (Score 1) 274

by Loopy (#43485427) Attached to: Google Forbids Advertising On Glass

[...] platform should and must be clean and clear of any ads whatsoever, because the technology is designed to facilitate internet browsing and other related activities, therefore, the featured podium cannot be used to advertise products as it will cause the user experience to diminish.'

Funny, most of us have been saying that about our computers/browsers for years and Google hasn't listened.

Comment: Re:Windows has been "over" for me for years (Score 1) 863

by Loopy (#43464537) Attached to: ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

Agreed. My office was primarily an Ubuntu shop for our productivity and development machines. As soon as 11.x hit, everyone who needed to upgrade or rebuilt a machine just jumped ship straight to Mint. A few holdouts are still on Ubuntu 10 LTS but those are machines that really can't change without potentially breaking a bunch of dependencies.

Comment: Re:Is this a blow against sexism? (Score 1) 1145

by Loopy (#43241835) Attached to: SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

I'll give up mod ability to reply.

Anyone ever heard the phrase "hostile work environment?" If anyone is ultimately to blame here, it's the ambulance-chaser segment of the legal profession. If companies didn't have to worry about getting sued for _not_ taking notice of this, stern looks would have been all that came of this.

Comment: Outsourcing (Score 5, Insightful) 101

by Loopy (#42552811) Attached to: GM CIO Says HP Hiring Probe "Not the Best Use Our Legal System"

Considering how HP has been shedding business groups and teams to China, India and Dell after upper management screwed with their unit managers, I can't believe anyone thinks these people are surprised the rats are fleeing the ship. If HP wants outsourced, bottom-dollar employee costs, they're gonna end up with outsourced, bottom-dollar employees. And when you fuck over people who were saving the company millions of dollars per year and were almost universally respected by colleagues and appreciated by their direct reports, it's no wonder those teams feel marginalized and like they're next of the potential chopping block. 12 straight years of layoffs/outsourcing takes a toll on the best of us.

"The greatest warriors are the ones who fight for peace." -- Holly Near