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Comment: Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 869 869

by Talchas (#29124055) Attached to: Flickr Yanks Image of Obama As Joker
Charisma isn't necessarily that - its getting people to believe said promises, whether or not they are true. And whether or not Obama was lying when he made those promises, he has been very good at getting people to believe in him. I don't think it was just because he "said the correct things to the correct people no matter what his actual plans were."

Comment: Re:I have to agree it is idiotic (Score 2, Insightful) 264 264

by Talchas (#28744273) Attached to: Security Threats 3 Levels Beyond Kernel Rootkits
It might be idiotic if A/V programs didn't totally ruin system usability for on-line protection. And if you just run random scans, or scans of known-downloaded things, you'll still lose against any sort of automated attack (which is where anyone reasonably computer savvy might get attacked through).

Comment: Re:You are asking the wrong question. (Score 1) 564 564

by Talchas (#28588777) Attached to: RAID Trust Issues — Windows Or a Cheap Controller?
Thats interesting. I haven't lost any data to any of those but the first. I'm very skeptical of your claims that anything is likely to hose your filesystem other than user error, or maybe malware. And I've never had data mysteriously disappear due to software bugs, nor have I ever heard of it happening to someone. Still, backups are definitely the right solution much of the time.

Comment: Re:Malware? (Score 5, Insightful) 318 318

by Talchas (#28460399) Attached to: AV-Test Deems Windows Security Essentials "Very Good"
Even against viruses, trojans and worms, it really won't stop them from getting owned. It may help against old viruses spreading, but it is unlikely to help much against new ones. And new ones often will take out the antivirus, leaving you with an even falser sense of security.

Comment: Re:outsourcing and unemployment (Score 1) 1144 1144

by Talchas (#28422277) Attached to: Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"
Speaking as someone currently in university for CS, I pretty much agree. Thats what internships and more practical classes are for. On the other hand, if its just that they don't know the particular language you're using, they ought (bad colleges and incompetent students aside) to be able pick up the language quickly.

Comment: Re:Drove over 800 miles in last three days (Score 1) 319 319

by Talchas (#28320441) Attached to: Open Source Car — 20 Year Lease, Free Fuel For Life

That's just plain stupid. Take a look at the map of the city I live in. It's 30 miles in diameter, and there's nothing but other cities outside those city limits. There simply is no means by which a mass transit system could replace the road system in my city, as there is absolutely no "center" that people go to--- everyone lives somewhere else and goes to a different place to work. You probably live in one of those "cities" with 300K people that can easily be served by two light rail lines and a dozen buses. When you have a greater metropolitan area that's home to 12 million plus people that spans a dozen city entities in two counties, mass transit becomes a much bigger problem than can be solved by an idiotic handwave of "just ban cars from city limits".

That's perfectly doable. It would cost a lot, but I bet it would cost less then everyone buying those cars.

I won't even begin to address the issue of what you consider "cars" and what constitutes a legitimately necessary vehicle. No... I will. Do you expect supermarkets to get food deliveries by bus? Is the plumber going to bring tools and 10-foot lengths of copper pipe to your house on the subway? Are old people who can barely walk expected to somehow drag 30 pounds of groceries home a kilometer from the nearest transit station? No, I'm guessing you'd suggest some sort of "permit" system that'd allow certain "special" classes of people to have personal vehicles... and like any such system, those with money would be able to game it and drive as they please. So what you're really suggesting is that poor people should be banned from driving in the city.

Now thats the actual legitimate argument for cars. They are in fact very useful for transporting heavy stuff, and often that sort of thing is a many-many relation. I suspect that with a good enough system you could do this just fine, but it would definitely be tricky.

Comment: Re:Oh come on. (Score 1) 794 794

by Talchas (#28293695) Attached to: Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?
I can understand the arguments behind learning assembly or c++. (Well, scratch assembly, you shouldn't start with that, and I'd recommend C over C++) But I really don't see anything ML buys you over python, and fortran is only used in certain narrow fields. Saying they should learn Visual Basic is just a joke.

Comment: Re:Reference Counting != Garbage Collection (Score 1) 587 587

by Talchas (#28144197) Attached to: Java Gets New Garbage Collector, But Only If You Buy Support
If you are getting an allocation failure in Java when you actually have the memory available (if you include garbage), then your VM probably sucks and should be changed. The sun VM may eventually not check extremely long lived objects, I don't recall, but in general if you would run out of memory when allocating the VM should do a GC pass first before throwing an error.

Comment: Re:And not illegal to handcuff him (Score 3, Insightful) 1232 1232

by Talchas (#27931697) Attached to: Man Arrested For Taking Photo of Open ATM
There are several very important differences there. First is that a police officer is a public official with significant power, and thus should be held to a significantly higher standard than any random person. Second, detaining someone is much more severe than being a minor smartass.

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