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Comment: Re:Actually, we've already stopped... (Score 1, Insightful) 245

by NoOneInParticular (#49152917) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.
You're right, temperatures have not gone up. The ten warmest years since 1901 are not all in the last two decades, and the last 38 years have not all been above the 20th century average. It's all a hoax, North-East America is experiencing harsh winters so there can be no global warming.

Comment: Re:Darwin never suggested "survival of the fittest (Score 1) 249

by NoOneInParticular (#49074447) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

Traditionally, 'most fit' is measured in the units of fecundity, the expected number of offspring that reach reproductive age. So, 'survival of the fittest' actually means 'survival of the ones that get most offspring'. Although it has been argued, by Karl Popper no less, that this is a tautology in its own right, some relatively recent research has shown that in pre-biotic life, this is not necessarily true. You might get something best characterized as 'survival of the first', i.e., if you're first in the game, you can out-wit better adapted individuals by sheer numbers. Although a new breed can produce more offspring, once this game is iterated, the advantage disappears after a few generations, and the status-quo is maintained.

So, essentially, nothing really trivial or tautological about 'survival of the fittest'. And going back to the article itself, it might be that the paper actually shows some circumstance in which survival of the fittest is untrue.

Comment: Re:Forced benevolence is not freedom (Score 1) 551

But of course, in reality, Greenplum nor Netezza would have developed commercial offerings on GPL based software. They would have chosen some other starting point, or, if no such point existed, would have built from scratch. So there would not have been any giving back.

Comment: Re:Oh yeah, that's a great idea... (Score 1) 690

by NoOneInParticular (#49019783) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

Right now, Angela Merkel has a problem, because she guaranteed the German public that all the money that they lent to Greece would be eventually paid back.

Angela Merkel has a problem because she deceived the German public in order to save the German Landesbanken that owned most of the Greek debt. Instead of letting the banks go bankrupt, and thereby creating a political problem (these banks are state owned, and run by politicians), she created enough time for the banks to offload the debt to the EU public at large. In the German case: profits go to politicians, losses are socialized. Pretty Soviet.

Comment: Re:One important use left for Pascal (Score 1) 492

by NoOneInParticular (#48907159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

struct TRTPHeader {
unsigned Version : 2;
unsigned Padding : 1;
unsigned Extension : 1;
unsigned CSRC_Count : 4;
...
unsigned Data : 8;
};

And now I can say packet.Version = 2. I can also see that 'padding' is not at the byte boundary, so that's probably a bug. So why is the Pascal version better?

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by NoOneInParticular (#48760995) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
The same reasoning holds for capitalism as worshiped by free market fundamentalists. There's a supernatural agency (the invisible hand of the market), both to suspends disbelief about actual human behaviour (who form cartels and monopolies to dismantle competition) and to explain why things aren't working as expected (all evil is caused by regulations). Checks all of the boxes as well.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?

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