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Comment: Re:Que the outrage (Score 1) 138

by aardvarkjoe (#47410885) Attached to: BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

Complaints of "no one is innovating anymore" followed closely by "look at BB, stupids, phones HAVE to be one handed and pocketable! No innovation allowed!"

To be fair, "let's make our smartphone bigger!" isn't exactly groundbreaking innovation. It's exactly what everybody else has been doing for a few years now.

Comment: Re:Earnings reports are in XML now. (Score 1) 29

by aardvarkjoe (#47389497) Attached to: Algorithm-Generated Articles Won't Kill the Journalism Star

Here's the raw XML behind that data. Turning that into verbiage isn't that hard.

Not hard, but does it actually make sense to do so? Serious question, since I don't read the reports in question, but if they're so standardized it would seem like it would be easier for everyone involved to just stick with a tabular format of some sort, rather than trying to translate it into a "written" report.

Comment: Re:wtf does baseball have to do with anything? (Score 1) 265

by aardvarkjoe (#47327009) Attached to: Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

But... they do!

A Brazillian refers to himself as American if using the english language.

It's kind of amusing that your link starts with the assertion: "America is the name of a whole continent."

Which is, of course, incorrect. There is no continent called America.

Comment: Re:wtf does baseball have to do with anything? (Score 2) 265

by aardvarkjoe (#47325469) Attached to: Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

As much as I hate "USian", what's the preferred alternative? American? America isn't a country, it's a pair of continents. Argentinians are no less American than New Yorkers are. Argentinians are no less American than New Yorkers are.

Nobody uses the term "American" to refer to a resident of one of the two American continents. That would be as dumb as referring to somebody as a "Eurasian", or an "Afro-European." Argentinians aren't "American;" if you insist on referring to them as residents of a continent, then they are "South Americans."
The "USian" name is an attempt by the PC brigade to solve a problem that doesn't actually exist. In English, the term "American" when applied to a person always refers to citizens of the United States of America.

Comment: Re:The Songs of Distant Earth (Score 1) 323

Aside from the whole organic-3D-printing-of-entire-humans angle...

The article doesn't actually describe anything similar to 3D printing either. The justification for calling it that is pretty much: 3D printing involves assembling a final product from raw materials; the proposal also involves assembling a final product from raw materials; therefore we're talking about 3D printing.

In general the idea is interesting -- although it's hardly new, and we're so far from the technology level required to do it that it's still in the realm of science fiction -- but the 3D printing angle is nonsense.

Comment: Re:Frosty (Score 3, Insightful) 483

by aardvarkjoe (#47076467) Attached to: Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

If people don't want to die a a horrid painful death they should choose their parents better

If people don't want to die a horrid painful death, they should avoid being born in the first place. What do you think most of us have to look forward to in the last couple years of our lives?

Comment: Re:Not to sound cold... (Score 1) 552

by aardvarkjoe (#47075387) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

Not to sound cold, but this type of situation a good example for why you should make a living will.
Does this poor lady want to go on tied to machines or does she want to be unplugged? The choice should be hers, but without knowing her wishes, that makes it a no-win situation.

Since she's conscious and communicating, presumably they could just ask her.

Comment: Re:Only safe place... (Score 1) 213

by aardvarkjoe (#47075041) Attached to: Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

Reason we don't? No one thought of it when everyone was signing the agreements not to do weapons stuff in space.

... and it's really difficult (takes an awful lot of energy) to fly something into the sun. And it's wasting what will in the future be a valuable resource. Not to mention that no matter how safe your rocket design is, strapping your nuclear waste on top of hundreds of tons of explosives is inherently more risky than putting it into a hole in the ground.

The idea is nothing new; I'm sure people have been bandying it about since the first nuclear power plants came online. But it's really not a good idea.

They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos