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Comment: Re:How about energy conservation? (Score 1) 288

by YA_Python_dev (#49024191) Attached to: Quantum Equation Suggests Universe Had No Beginning

[...] the idea that there was a point in time before which the universe didn't exist [...]

Time is part of the universe, so there wasn't and there will never be a point in time when the universe doesn't exist. On the other hand, there could be other universes, possibly with their own times.

Comment: Don't buy a driverless car: just install the app (Score 2) 386

by YA_Python_dev (#48699023) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

Another point that lots of people, especially in the US, seem to miss is that these cars are (mostly) not meant to be sold. The main use case is that people will just call one when needed. If done on a large scale there will be a much larger number of cars available than current taxis, so one will almost always be nearby.

Transportation is not a product, it's a service.

Much cheaper and requires far less parking space. Also you don't need to bother ever again with repairs and model upgrades. Remember: private cars spend >90% of their time parked. Waste of time and space.

No wonder Google is making its own cars. Conventional car makers are probably scared shitless of this future and would do anything to keep the public in the old world.

Comment: Re:Can you say... (Score 3, Insightful) 266

by YA_Python_dev (#48593201) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

yes, requiring a company WHO IS IN THE HEALTH-CARE BUSINESS to continue saving lives and not taking profits as the first thing.

But the whole reason why they are required to do so is because there are other companies producing the same drug. If this wasn't the case nobody would have cared which of the two versions they produced.

It's fixing a stupid situation with even more stupidity rather than attacking the root causes: patents and excessive effect of advertising on doctors' decisions.

Comment: Re:Hey, dummy, Android IS Linux (Score 2) 97

From the Google Play Store you can install a terminal emulator, an HTTP server, an SSH/SFTP server or client, bash, vim, gcc, make, git, mc, rsync...

Android supports standard keyboards and mice, and many devices have some sort of HDMI output (usually with an adapter).

Comment: Articles about Catholicism are even worse (Score -1, Flamebait) 268

by YA_Python_dev (#47313229) Attached to: Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit
Especially in the Italian Wikipedia pretty much any article about the catholic church is written from the point of view of someone that believes in that religion. Edits that try to follow the NPOV (neutral point of view) rule are immediately reverted, any negative information, even when well-referenced, is deleted or hidden in a brief mention inside a long paragraph at the end of an article.

Unfortunately the people that keep these articles in such bad state seem to have far more free time than the volunteers that want to improve them following the rules, so wikipedia's gradual improvement model fails for these articles about religion.

Comment: This is actually a very bad idea, if true (Score 2, Interesting) 118

This actually decreases security. Browser caching is strictly necessary to make the web work fast, disabling it for HTTPS means discouraging websites from using secure connections for anything where it's not strictly necessary (like money). And $DEITY knows we live in a world where every website should be secure by default. You wouldn't use telnet even for a completely non-sensitive server, so why accept unencrypted HTTP to post on slashdot or anywhere else?

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.

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