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Comment: Re:Logic! (Score 1) 776

Neither article (OP or this response) seem to support the assertions made in the posts.

Also, is "amount of radiation" a good metric for harm done? Seems like that leaves out a lot of factors that would affect the real world impact.

One thing that seems clear is that (even ignoring climate change) fossil fuels cause a lot more deaths than nuclear.

Comment: Re:You can't afford it, by your own admission. (Score 2) 120

If you can't afford the expert then you can't afford to collect such data. Move away from this project to something you have the ability to do.

I'm surprised it took this long for someone to say that. The people who will exploit your system and extract something valuable from it can afford those experts.

Comment: Re:Computer Teacher? (Score 1) 317

by Mike610544 (#41050397) Attached to: Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

They're talking about the sci-fi version, which is basically a specialized AI that has access to all that information. If you've read The Diamond Age, the Primer is a good example

Even in that vision of the distant future, human intervention was required to make it work completely.

The type of real GOFAI implied by "Computer Teacher" is probably the most valuable tech on the list, but it seems like it's a lot harder to do than the rest. The fact that our best "human simulations" are basically Eliza with a few hard-coded gags is kind of depressing.

Comment: Re:I know the answer! (Score 1) 448

by Mike610544 (#40305863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
It's hard to accept, but digital now means "on a hard drive" or something. CDs and DVDs aren't considered digital. I bought a blu-ray a while ago and it actually said on the box "Includes bonus digital copy!"

It's maddening, but sometimes I find it best to just accept these things. It's not as bad as the whole hacker == criminal thing.

Comment: AKG K271 (Score 1) 448

by Mike610544 (#40305709) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
AKG K271s are quite good. More expensive than $50, but OP did ask for opinions on other price points.

noise isolation (not cancellation)

Excellent. Wear them for an extended period and when you take them off it's shocking how noisy the world is.

flat/near flat response (I need to be able to hear bass, but I don't need my eardrums blown out)

Not flat, but very pleasant sounding. Bass isn't hyped, and highs get a subtle emphasis.

long-term comfort (earbuds usually hurt for me) and durability.

They're comfortable to wear for hours, and the cable's detachable/replaceable, so the vast majority of failures can be remedied.

Comment: Good Idea (Score 2) 127

by Mike610544 (#40072405) Attached to: Emacsy: An Embeddable Toolkit of Emacs-like Functionality
Emacs is awesome, but there are some things that more modern IDEs do that are nice. In Eclipse you can get a list of all calls to a function from the spot where it's defined. I haven't been able to find a way to do that with Emacs. etags works great for jumping to the function definition, but not the other way around.

That's not enough to convert me to a pointy/clicky bloated thing for coding just yet, but at some point, it seems like there will be enough features like that that Emacs - even with a lot of customization - just won't be viable.

If I did move to another editor, at least it would be nice to bring the good parts of Emacs along.

Comment: Re:No bubble. (Score 1) 192

by Mike610544 (#39923731) Attached to: How Long Before the Kickstarter Bubble Bursts?
Agreed. Mass media is optimized for getting you to watch/buy the thing, not to like it. They get the same payoff regardless of whether you passively tolerate their production or really love it. Firefly's a good example. It didn't take off, but the people that liked it really got into it. I imagine they would have funded season 2 easily if it was on Kickstarter. Maybe the fact that they're not directly responsible to anyone will lead to trouble, but I'm hoping my donation to the Wasteland project will result in a true Fallout 3.

Comment: Re:Pffft. (Score 2) 421

by Mike610544 (#38322190) Attached to: Why We Need More Programming Languages

There are a few problems with functional programming languages that have prevented their true adoption anywhere.

That's true (mostly; if you've bought a plane ticket in the last 5 years, there's a good chance that functional code priced your fare.)

1. Limited paradigms - I always prefer languages that let me write my code the way I want, a la C++, than a language that requires a strict paradigm from academia like Lisp. If I want to use the inherent hardware property based side effects of certain code structures, let me. Programming languages =/= mothers.

Are you from bizarro world? You can say a lot of bad things about Lisp, but "limited paradigms" is not one of them (unless you've got extremely specific criteria or don't like parenthesis.)

2. Difficulty. 90% of programmers ...

I'll give you that one, functional programming is hard to grok.

3. Most functional languages except Ocaml are like Ruby and Python in that they have tremendous performance overhead...

C's going to win on I/O and other low level stuff, but modern Lisp compilers can produce some pretty efficient code.

With all the disadvantages accounted for, there's still a reason some people use functional languages. There are a bunch of things you can do that are near impossible otherwise.

Comment: Re:What happens? (Score 1) 149

by Mike610544 (#37962704) Attached to: A Brief History of Failed Digital Rights Management Schemes

I now downloaded all my media and buy it when it hits a price I agree with.

I was going to accuse you of just being a cheap bastard, but I thought about it, and I'm just as bad in a slightly different way.

If I can't download/stream a thing legally, I'll usually get the torrent. I really don't care what it costs (within reason).

It's annoying when I want to give a company money for their content, and they don't let me do it.

Comment: Re:It's like WoW... in SPAAAAAAAACE. (Score 1) 125

by Mike610544 (#37505294) Attached to: <em>Star Wars: The Old Republic</em> Launch Date Announced
Not paying attention to WoW would be dumb, but it's like they just copied it exactly and decided to tweak a few things.

Judging from some of the videos, combat consists of standing a couple of feet in front of a guy and repeatedly shooting him in the face until he's dead.

Maybe that's a bit lame in sword/sorcery games too, but for some reason it seems to really stick out more in this case (and I guess all gun based MMOs).

I'd rather play T'Rain

Comment: Re:You mean that cell phone store? (Score 1) 413

by Mike610544 (#36277378) Attached to: RadioShack Trying To Return To Its DIY Roots

Last night, I was trying to do JUST THAT, looking for some sort of power supervisor, or even an HC gate package I could use to fashion a reasonable Power-On-Reset circuit ...

ANYWAY, Here is what the Radio Shack website lists under the category Microcontrollers and DIGITAL ICs.

They're trying to help you think more creatively! All three of those products - combined with a motor or electromagnet of some type - could provide the functionality you're looking for with extra Rube Goldbergy style. :)

On topic: That video was pretty bad. What was the point of saying their projects don't involve "LED lights" and capacitors? And then the phrase "maker and DIY consumer" seemed really awkward/wrong. The request for feedback seemed like it was going in the right direction until they made us limit our request to three products. I don't know if I'll need germanium diodes or opto-isolators or tantalum capacitors ahead of time. The whole point of radio shack is that you can go there and overpay to grab that random part when you need it.

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