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Comment: Re:Parents fault (Score 5, Insightful) 311

by radtea (#46771207) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Most parents today are horrible.

So, just like all parents have always been everywhere, except in the halcyon myths of ahistorical memory, then.

Stories like this are hilarious. Do people really think that "moral panic over new tech" is going to sell to anyone who's been paying attention, well, ever?

Bad parents will always parent badly. New tech has nothing to do with it. Removing new tech from bad parents won't make them better. It will make them parent badly in different ways.

Comment: Re:Solved? (Score 4, Insightful) 46

by radtea (#46770487) Attached to: Astronomers Solve Puzzle of the Mountains That Fell From Space

Does not sound like they solved it. Headline should be "Astronomers Ponder Puzzle..." perhaps?

No, it should be, "Astronomers Increase Plausibility of Exotic Formation for Iapetus Mountain Range".

"Proof" is not something science does. Nor does it do "disproof", despite Karl Popper's well-marketed myth of method.

Science is the discipline of publicly testing ideas by systematic observation, controlled experiment and Bayesian inference, and the only thing Bayesian inference can ever do is increase or decrease the plausibility of some proposition or propositions. Plausibilities range between epsilon and omega = 1 - epsilon (0 and 1 are epistemic errors, the term for which is "faith").

So in this case they have done more than "pondering the puzzle": they have contributed to knowledge (which is by its nature uncertain) by increasing the plausibility of the proposition that these mountains "fell from space".

Comment: Keep dreaming (Score 5, Informative) 476

by Noryungi (#46714037) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

One point that is not in the original Guardian article is that this is a proposal only, and a proposal that only applies to French companies that are part of the "Syntec" work agreement.

- Huh?

Yes, in France, companies can adhere to negociated work agreements (named "accord") that define more precisely than the French laws what is possible and is not possible. Syntec is one such agreement, and it pretty much covers the vast majority of IT firms.

Now... What you, gentle reader, need to know, is that that the Syntec agreement is not really that nice to IT employees, as it also defines a lot of things (unpaid overtime, etc.) that are not in the interests of the workers, to say the least. And many IT firms choose not to belong to Syntec, but instead to one of the "accords" that are even more constraining. The company I work with (''it-whose-name-shall-not-ever-be-said-aloud'') belongs to an "accord" that is used to define rules... for the steel industry.

And before anyone starts foaming at the mouth about how French workers are lazy and only work 35h per week: I don't know ANYONE, and I mean ANYONE in France who works 35 hours per week, except maybe a few government employees and McDonald's workers. Yes, I know a lot of people in France who work much longer than that and, yes, I am one of them. Just so you know.

Comment: Twas Hinted at... (Score -1) 151

by byteframe (#46615535) Attached to: How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination

^ Did any one catch this hint from weeks past? :)

Now, I love huffing the FB hate fumes as much as y'all, (reminds of the the good ol' days with fuss-beta campaign), but there's really nothing to worry about. This will be an open technology, as it would have to be. It's not as though Occulus will be the only provider of VR hardware -- the many eventual brands and variants are going to be purchased for the purposes of playing Steam games with the OpenVR/SteamVR libraries. You're first kit could be a Sony.

It's all good! YES, there will be a Facebook Matrix/SecondLife, and it _will_ require an account. I imagine like Facebook generally, it will be loosely about dating and sex. That could very well turn many of you into FB account holders, don't lie. If you can feel somewhat assuaged now, maybe it will seem good to you that they now have all them dollars.

I'm mainly upset that they didn't sell out to Valve, the cool company. How much gold did they offer Occulus?

Comment: In other words... (Score 1) 284

by Noryungi (#46602245) Attached to: U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Corporations are people. And people have a right to free speech, right? Which, in the case at hand, is a right to censor. Right?

Well, no. Corporations are legal fictions, and coporate personhood has gone too far.

Corporations are nothing more than a piece of paper, an act of incorporation, and should be treated as such.

Comment: Re:FINALLY! (Score 1) 94

The thing I really want to know is if he translated it while retaining the poetic form, which would be fabulous. Anglo-Saxon alliterative meter was the dominant form of Northern European poetry for almost a thousand years, as near as we can tell. It died out in England in the centuries after the Norman invasion (the last significant poem in English using it was published in the first decade of the 1500's--Willian Dunbars "The Tretis of the Twa Mariit Wemen and the Wedo")

My own belief is that the more rounded, smooth and flowing sound of Middle English was increasingly inappropriate to the staccato, strong, plosive rhythms of this form, but I've experimented with it and it's not impossible to write, even in modern English. It would be wonderful if Tolkien was able to retain that aspect of the ancient ur-language of English.

Comment: My take on it. (Score 3, Informative) 147

by Noryungi (#46543225) Attached to: Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

If you are a sysadmin, and you have a Facebook page, LinkedIn account, social-media-whatever thingmagajig or Slashdot account, the NSA may well come after you.

Remember: this is written in plain sight and the NSA created fake Slashdot account to get into Belgacom.

I am a sysadmin. I have a Slashdot account. Maybe it is time for me to say so long, and thanks for all the fish. What Beta was not able to do, the NSA did.

Comment: Am I the only one... ? (Score 3, Insightful) 38

by Noryungi (#46454019) Attached to: NASA Offers Bounty For Improved Asteroid Detection Algorithms

... Who thinks this whole article is written like a freaking marketing PR announcement?

I mean: "We are excited to partner with NASA" [...] "NASA has been learning and advancing the ability to leverage distributed algorithm and coding skills" [...] etc.

Don't misunderstand me: the idea is great and, if they can detect more asteroids, faster, and with a better precision, we will all be better off in the long term. But I am just tired of these shockingly stupid buzzwords ("excited", "advancing", "leveraging", "coding skills", yadda, yadda, yadda).

And get off my lawn!

Comment: Finances and technologies (Score 3, Interesting) 290

by Noryungi (#46409387) Attached to: Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

OK, tongue-in-cheek question: did you cash in all those bitcoins before Mt Gox imploded?

More seriously: what are your thoughts on the future of ZFS, BHyve, non big-lock SMP, SMP-enabled pf (see NetBSD npf) on OpenBSD?

Related question: what is the future of OpenSSH-based VPN functions?

Even more seriously: in light of the recent Snowden revelations on NSA spying, can you tell us more about the audits realized after a few (past) developers were accused of creating backdoors in OpenBSD for the FBI?

Finally, and this is not a question: all my thanks for a great OS. I use it daily and truly appreciate all the hard work.

As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.