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Comment Just because... (Score 1) 315

The Palaeolithic era ended 10k years ago.

Get as much sleep as you want, use sleepbot and/or fitbit to measure it and add your own quality ratings, grab the data and run it through R to plot a histogram for yourself. It's more scientific than assuming the past should dictate such things as "people may be meant to sleep".

FWIW I enjoy 7.2hr on average. Over 8 is nice but tends to be met by a sub-average duration the next night to compensate.

Comment Re:So.. (Score 1) 208

*Are* rules about drunk-driving, speed limits and seatbelts actually necessary?

The way to look at it is this: some eejit over ----> there writing a "rule" down on a piece of paper is not going to have a measurable effect on whether I crash or not in a given period. Laws are not there to prevent Newtonian physics. Accidents gonna happen. However, they *are* there in order that, when you wipe-out and take a bunch of folks with you, they then have grounds on which to prosecute your piddly ass - the same set of grounds as anyone else doing the same silly thing. That's where the fairness comes in.

For this reason, I suggest that people chill out about use of mobiles whilst driving - stop treating the act as inherently wrong, but by all means consider it a potential contributing factor when an accident occurs.

Comment correlation my ass (Score 1) 208

Has anyone made a study of how much mobile usage in a car does NOT result in crashes?

I can guarantee that 100% of crashes involved oxygen, so we really must ban oxygen use in cars.

It should be pretty obvious that another missing, presumed unconsidered, dimension is people's ability to choose when they might reasonably use a mobile device whilst driving, and for how long.

Comment Re:So what is the solution? (Score 1) 372

I think it's pretty obvious that no one IDE is going to be the best. What's actually needed is the understanding that, no matter how many IDEs you care to standardize upon, the compiler only cares about the language. It's the fact that you're calling free() before you malloc() that causes a segfault, not whether you push F9 or F2 or type `make' to compile it. Expect text-editors to edit text and choose the one(s) that make your job easiest. The supposed integration between IDE and language just makes for a layer of glue that can come apart.

Comment Re:Who is stopping him? (Score 1) 372

It's the large IDEs that I hate. I've tried Eclipse 3x in my life and each time has resulted in very quick uninstallation.

Kate is quite adequate. A few "sessions" for work and evening projects, and easy switching between them, a few shell functions to build+install projects... I'm happy enough. Lets me concentrate on the project and the language(s) involved with minimal environmental fuss.

Comment Assumption (Score 1) 737

"computer science and related professions useless"

Hardly. All this does is show an assumption that the life of the modern geek is wasted on frippery such as social sites, etc.

Maybe we won't have electricity for a while. We'll remember, and recreate it. Meanwhile, a knowledge of computability, efficiency and optimization, security and ethics is transferable to other fields.

Comment Don't block anything (Score 1) 187

Security by blocking bad things is a very bad idea, a completely false sense of security.

Couple these together instead:
default-deny (got that much correct);
incoming, open stateful continuations of established connections;
incoming, open ports for services you run (e.g. web- and dns-servers, etc), with rate-limiting per source.

iptables will allow this, no problem.

There is no point in "automatic" firewalls that detect bad things and block sources; all they do is clutter-up your firewall rules for the sake of an event that (1) comes under default-deny and (2) is already history - people doing bad things are mostly operating fire-and-forget.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.