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Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 737

by MightyYar (#49346597) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Yes, there truly has been a rash of pilots deliberately crashing into mountains. We should make sweeping statements about the present state of humanity based on a single incident.

And, by the way, I strongly suspect that if this theory pans out, we'll find out that the co-pilot was mentally ill and so "moral relativism" or any other ideology would matter very little.

Comment: Re:What guarantees of longevity? (Score 3, Insightful) 48

by MightyYar (#49341479) Attached to: Facebook Makes Messenger a Platform

BTW, what would you guys suggest to wean non-technical friends off FB chat,

I don't know... we've gone backwards. We started out with competing and non-compatible IM clients - AIM being the biggest. For a while we were trending toward a bunch of competing but compatible IM clients. Then everyone abandoned IM for SMS. Now they are abandoning SMS for a bunch of competing non-compatible IM clients... just on the phone this time.

I currently have WhatsApp installed for a single friend who insists on using it. It's pretty good - give that one a shot. Sometimes people invite me to a Google Hangout - and that also lets you talk or video chat for free. Viber is another one that works pretty well and gives you free calling. The desktop version does video. I have exactly one friend on that.

Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 1) 485

by MightyYar (#49336151) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

The worst is that they DO know, and yet still wrote a whole paper on it. They are concatenating strings in Java and Python - which is slow. Surprise, surprise, it is faster to write strings to a pre-allocated buffer, in this case the disk cache. That is the whole paper.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.