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Comment: Sheilds up (Score 1) 71

by MrKaos (#49600469) Attached to: Space Radiation May Alter Astronauts' Neurons

I thought that if we were going anywhere in the Solar system (which I really hope I can see in my lifetime but I doubt it) that it would be wrapped in a lot of mass. For example I thought ice first because it's water and we would be using it. So if we carry a-lot of water that is what we would be using as shielding. Either that or rocks we can gather up *in* space (maybe a lunar space elevator [a moonstalk iirc?]).

However for our first small ship and given that cosmic radiation may be a lot more energetic than I think and, given that it adds mass to the space craft then why not just go *inside* a big water tank, which would also be your water supply? At first using separate launches with water tanks, however later, maybe a small ice asteroid we capture with a robot and melt - or even carve into, could be a water supply.

Speaking about capturing asteroids maybe we can build a fast, nuclear powered robot ship to explore the asteroid belt remotely and leave robotic mission payloads on large asteroids whilst identifying resources. Maybe when it has built up enough speed we can send it out to the Oort cloud for a look around. I know it sounds science fiction but it is not too far outside our technological capabilities, and, if the world pooled resources to achieve it, something that might bring nations together for a common goal. I know, probably just a fantasy, but I am a geek.

Besides, all children have to start moving out of home sometime.


Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Code Preview For Linux, OS X, and Windows 66

Posted by Soulskill
from the of-proof-and-pudding dept.
ClockEndGooner writes: Microsoft is still extending its efforts into cross platform development with the release of a preview edition of Visual Studio Code, "a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows." Derived from its Monaco editor for Visual Studio Online, the initial release includes rich code assistance and navigation for JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, ASP.NET 5, C# and many others.

Comment: Re:A subset of first-world problems... (Score 1) 393

by MrKaos (#49585973) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

...hipster tragedy*:

"Oh no, my trendy tattoo is interfering with my Apple Smart watch! What ever will I do?"

*also called comedy by the rest of us.

I'd call it irony.

They threw away their watches because the iPhone freed them from wearing it and got sleeves because it was trendy to limit their employment options for the rest of their lives.

The irony is that a new trendy thing can only be worn by people who probably think tattoos are lame and don't really care about being an early iMustGetTheLatestTrendyAppleThing adopter. They're probably thinking 'my tattoos aren't so trendy anymore and it's all Apples fault because iWant an iWatch`.

Now if I could use a voice recognition system on it to link with a bash shell and actually want to spend that much money on a first generation device then this would actually be a selling point. Fortunately idon'tCareAbout iWatch or iTattoos.

The irony is actually delicious from many perspectives. I shall savour it!

Comment: Re:Intimidated by the power of the vag? (Score 1) 493

by MrKaos (#49560117) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Yea, because it's the women who drag them off to jail when they try to marry little girls as is allowed in their holy books. Lolz!

Well their customs allow them to take a little boy as a plaything as well, to rape as they please and they custom has a name. What's your point? A human rights abuse is a human rights abuse, it doesn't matter if it is a male, female, adult or child.

There's these things called "States" And they have laws. And the laws are made to benefit women and take away any reason for men to draw another breath.

awwww somewon got der lil heart broken and hates women. If you had picked a specific part of the law, I may have been inclined to agree, however you just blame everything which is not only moronic but lame. Here is some valuable advice for you:

Get over yourself, the world isn't going to say sorry.

Comment: get em young, get em forever (Score 1) 352

by MrKaos (#49556909) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

I describe what I think the public-school classroom will look like in 20 years,

A grab bag for corporate interests to get the advertising message right into classrooms and capture the market at its youngest and most impressionable through a hodgepodge of incompatible proprietary technologies put there by uninformed school departments and selected from a pork barrel of suppliers who paid the biggest lobbying fees to the politicians responsible for ensuring the "very best for growing young minds".


Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs 304

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-what-users-wanted dept.
writertype writes: Last month, Microsoft began talking about PlayReady 3.0, which adds hardware DRM to secure 4K movies. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are all building it in, according to Microsoft. "Older generations of PCs used software-based DRM technology. The new hardware-based technology will know who you are, what rights your PC has, and won’t ever allow your PC to unlock the content so it can be ripped. ... Unfortunately, it looks like the advent of PlayReady 3.0 could leave older PCs in the lurch. Previous PlayReady technology secured content up to 1080p resolution using software DRM—and that could be the maximum resolution for older PCs without PlayReady 3.0." Years back, a number of people got upset when Hollywood talked about locking down "our content." It looks like we may be facing it again for 4K video.

Comment: Old vs Young (Score 3, Insightful) 349

by MrKaos (#49542637) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

This conversation always seems to forget that everyone who is old was young and that everyone who is young will be old. It's in young peoples interests to make sure older people are respected for what they have learned as much as it is in older peoples interests to help make sure younger people can establish careers.

What we should be criticizing is the myopic view of companies that devalue the experiences of older people to exploit the energies of younger people. It robs younger people of the opportunity to access the experiences that made older people's brains more efficient for problem solving - that is what experience is. It not only robs older people of work opportunities, it also robs them of seeing ideas built on and evolved. That denial of perspective is what holds back the evolution of ideas.

If this is true within Google then it renders their motto 'Don't be evil' hypocritical. The denial of wisdom and experience is a recipe for fragility for companies who don't have access to key knowledge at key times required for them to survive. That is why you pay more for experience, the ROI on youth.

In reality ageism is discrimination against anyone subject to the progression of time.

Comment: Nervous Breakdowns (Score 1) 407

by MrKaos (#49525537) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

People won't be able to cope with being smarter from a drug because they can't cope with naturally smart people enough in the first place, how will they cope actually *being* smarter?

They think they will be taking a drug to make them smarter (actually: "Not distracted by their *phone long enough to actually get some fucking work done") and trade off their ability to socialize for a perceived benefit that they already have were they to take responsibility for their own education, exercise, sleep and state of mind.

Coupled with the increased ability to recognize what people are thinking through an unwanted enhanced understanding of body language, they will quickly understand that additional I.Q is as much a burden as it is a blessing. Worse still they may become voracious readers for a while and start to know a few things they don't want to know once they become dis-satisfied with the droll drivel that is supposed to be 'entertainment' on TV. For a while they may even get shocked out of their ignorance and question everything while they ruminate on solutions. They will push harder and then need more drug.

They won't exercise or sleep any more than they used to, if they use to, even though their enhanced 'brain' screams at them to do so and they will continue to abuse whatever else it is they abuse that held their intelligence back in the first place.

What is the withdrawal symptom? You become so stupid you can't tie your shoelaces and so apathetic that you become a cognitive burden on society (as if there wasn't enough of that already).

Why? Because they need a drug to make them smarter - that's why.

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz