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Comment Quotes from Superintelligent Robots (Score 1) 391

Far far away in a distant galaxies, robots utter their famous quotes.

  1. "Pardon me for breathing, which I never do anyway so I don't know why I bother to say it, oh God, I'm so depressed. Here's another one of those self satisfied doors. Life!, Don't talk to me about life"
  2. "42"
  3. "Bite my shiny metal ass"

Regards Slashdotgirl

Comment YOU need ENERGY otherwise forget it (Score 1) 352

Let me put it bluntly, YOU need ENERGY to bootstrap a civilisation in space and there are only two contenders.

Fusion and the following are some of the current research being conducted in this area.

There are others, but the above are the main ones.

The other being Molten Salt Reactors in particular Liquid Thorium Floride Reactors .

And if you do not have one of the above you can forget about creating a space civilisation, let alone saving mankind from a fate worse than death.

Comment Let me Reiterate (Score 1) 387

Absolutely Not.

If you cannot read and comprehend and unable to do mathematics. Then you will not be coding. These two subjects alone are the basis for learning all the rest of the knowledge that us humans have acquired.

If you are required to learn coding, then you should also learn to Sew and Cook as well, or some other useful skill. These skills are more important than learning to code, in order to survive in this world.


Comment Copyright is just Censorship, Power and Control (Score 1) 344

You have to realize that COPYRIGHT is and always has been CENSORSHIP. Censorship has always been about POWER and CONTROL and finally Power and Control is a means of getting MONEY.

So yeah, the case is about money, power and control, just your usual trait that resides in us humans.

Regards Slashdotgirl

Comment Missing Robots (Score 3, Insightful) 608

I do want to complain. Yes there are lots of famous robots and I know they cannot not all be included in such a short voting list. A comprehensive list of robots can be found here Famous Robots. You could have at least consulted some famous robot lists that abound on the Internet. Some missing robots for example:
  1. HAL, 2001 Space Odessy
  2. K9, Dr Who
  3. Andrew, Bi Centennial Man, Issac Asimov

It would be appreciated that when you do polls in the future that a little bit more effort is used when constructing them.


Comment A grey area (Score 1) 432

Reverse engineering is the process of discovering how a system, through analysis allows one to determine how the system functions or operates. Therefore software engineers can analyse busybox code and create a technical specification of the system at a higher level of abstraction. This specification can then be handed over to another group of programmers who can then write code according to the specification written.

Under Sec. 103(f) of the DMCA (17 U.S.C. 1201 (f)) says that if you legally obtain a program that is protected, you are allowed to reverse-engineer and circumvent the protection to achieve interoperability between computer programs. The underlying question is, how protected is the busybox's code is?. In the USA courts have found contractual prohibitions (EULA) to override the copyright law see Bowers v. Baystate Technologies. To what extent cases like this can used is questionable and in Europe, Article 6 of the 1991 EU Computer Programs Directive allows reverse engineering for the purposes of interoperability.

The web site http://digital-law-online.info/lpdi1.0/treatise22.html provides further cases that make for interesting reading.

As mentioned in the OP, "just let the violation go and get on with developing better code.'", seems to me the best way to go.


Comment Re:So much for... (Score 1) 250

Anyone can use google.com/ncr (NCR stands for “no country redirect”) to see the original page without geographical redirection.

Unfortunately this is not totally correct. I live in Australia and if I have my cookies cleared (in firefox) and I type in www.yahoo.com/ncr I get redirected to an error page then finally to http://au.yahoo.com/?p=us. So currently I'm using The website tv.com used to be easy then they implemented regional redirection. Suffice to say I was mildly pissed off.

I want to go where I want to go, when I want to and no I do not want you to tell me what I should and should not do. So I got around that by using http://us.tv.com./ After reading this particular article I tried http://us.tv.com/ and it did not work. I even used there American IP adddress but no luck there so I just used Tor, stuff them. As John Gilmore said, "The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."

What Blogspot, Yahoo and TV.com have done and others is censorship at its worse and greed a close second if not a tie with censorship. Because, to impose any form of censorship a government must have the ability to monitor and therefore restrict communication. Therefore local laws are what are influencing these companies so they can continue to operate in those countries.

Kind regards

Comment Price of Hearing Aids (Score 1) 698

Consider that a laptop can be brought for under a $1000 dollars or even a very powerful computer for $3000. Then consider the amount of electronics and materials that are contained in both. Then compare these items with a pair of hearing aids. This is not taking into account that hearing aids may have to be individually fitted and those associated costs with doing so. Starting to get the picture? Regardless of what medical system that is being used either social, or capitalism, the price of hearing aids is just not price gouging, it is not just an exorbitant price for them, but just plain EXTORTION.

Yes, destroy this over inflated bubble once and for all and of course tear it to shreds so that it never grows again.

Kind regards

Comment Alternatives to Explorer (Score 1) 951

Windows Explorer Ribbon is reported to be the next best thing since sliced bread. Yeah right, show me the research that justifies that statement and of course I assume it was independently peer reviewed?. Until then, its what I want not what you want. I want my vertical space on my screens, I want my taskbar on the bottom and I decided what icons or panels reside on my desk space!

One classic example is the difference between the Qwerty and the Dvorak keyboards, yes the Dvorak keyboard is supposedly more efficient and can be implemented easily on modern computer systems. The Dvorak keyboard never over took the Qwerty keyboard which reigns supreme. However, what has evolved is that we have a choice of what type of keyboard we want to use. So if you do not like the Ribbon versions then get a replacement.
Alternatives to Windows Explorer.
  • Free Commander
  • Cubic Explorer
  • Explorer++
  • Xplorer2
  • Explorer XP
  • NexusFile
  • Q-Dir
  • QMMander
  • Total Commander

At least one of the above is open source. As for replacements for Microsoft Office and its ribbon interface, Google is your friend if you want to find proprietary or free version and if you are really lazy then I will list two open source alternatives for Office suites.

  • Open Office
  • Libre Office

For the record I use Microsoft Office, because where I teach that is the default software, however, I install open office and now libre office on my family's and friends computers. You should see there eyes when I tell them its free.

For the record I use opens source software and operating systems and if something gets up my nose like the current Gnome 3 issue then I just change.

Kind regards

The rule on staying alive as a program manager is to give 'em a number or give 'em a date, but never give 'em both at once.