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Comment: Re:Github is scary for critical code (Score 2) 114

Technically, it is not China itself which is DDOSing them, but all the people from _outside_ of china which are accessing Baidu servers in China. Basically some part of chinese disapora is DDOSing github. Which is considerably smaller number of people than 'China'.
Plus, it is happening just on browser refresh, not as dedicated trojan running heavy DOS attack from each PC.

Comment: Re: Centralized on GitHub! LOL! (Score 1) 114

You can still get some work done without access to the central server, whether it's down or your WiFi connection is down or your VPN is down.

Same is true for subversion. In both cases you can develop and test your code and review your changes against what was last seen original copy. All the rest (preparing commits early so you can push them faster when connectivity is restored) is just a detail.

Github changes git into centralized subversion-like system, just with a lot better branching/merging mechanism (which is a HUGE difference, don't get me wrong) - but if it is down, your cooperation workflow is going to suffer badly.

Comment: AR has to be lower quality than VR (Score 1) 40

by abies (#49319277) Attached to: Magic Leap's AR Demo Video

If you can create AR device with better quality than dedicated, no-see-through VR, then just slap black box behind the AR googles and you have created better VR. So from very definition, AR is at most as good as VR and in real life (object detection, depth detection, variable lighting etc) is expected to be at least a bit worse.

This is why when I see concept demos which are way ahead of current Oculus/etc offerings and nobody mentions taking over VR device space, but instead touts AR gimmics, I just don't believe it.

If you have killer retina projector, put it into VR and start selling. Then spend another few years on getting all extra AR complexities solved.

Comment: Re:Life (Score 5, Insightful) 117

by abies (#49248343) Attached to: Huge Ocean Confirmed Underneath Solar System's Largest Moon

Except it is not a solar radiation you need protecting against (Sun is very far), but Jupiter radiation. Unfortunately despite magnetosphere, Ganymede gets around 8 rem of radiation per day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonization_of_the_outer_Solar_System#Ganymede), which is bit too much for life as we know it. Fortunately, it is not going to be an issue 300km below the surface - but at that depth, you don't need magnetosphere anyway.

I think that biggest problem for life there would be availability of energy. 300km of crust is probably shielding external energy too well, so internal heat would be probably only viable source of that. Might be not enough to sustain life (or even more, to produce it randomly)

Comment: Gender (Score 4, Insightful) 251

by abies (#49181637) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

They should make same experiment with helping man versus woman. I'm quite sure that male participants would rescue more females than males. I wonder how it would other way - there is a good chance that female test subjects would also rescue females more often.
If this is the case, we would have a perfect proof for gender discrimination and should invest into "leave women to burn" sensitivity trainings for everybody.
With further studies, they would determine than attractive females are more often rescued then ugly ones, by both sexes. We can then do obligatory anti-discrimination 102 course, "Let pretty ones burn to death". We could practice by burning barbie dolls, as they are promoting unhealthy body proportions. Which would be strange, because it would mean that they are pretty, which they should not be. So, we should be burning dolls with more realistic body build. But should they be white? If they are white, we will get sued for saying that only white ones are pretty. If they are black... HR sensitivity training based around burning black dolls... not good. We want WHITE pretty girls to die, not black pretty girls.
Marshmallows ! Maybe this will go into subconcious part of the mind - if you burn enough white marshmallows, it will come natural to you later with real fire.

Now, when I think about our last team building event, there was almost unlimited supply of marshmallows next to the bonfire... can it be already happening?

Comment: Re:Deal with someone else (Score 1) 230

by abies (#49162665) Attached to: How Do You Handle the Discovery of a Web Site Disclosing Private Data?

Adn this will help exactly how versus his private details being available on unsecured webpage? Is process of withdrawing money somehow securing this data? We dont' know details, these things can stay there forever, even if he closes the account/stops dealing with them. Most companies/banks are not allowed to remove traces of anything happening for at least 5+ years.

Comment: Re:I have not kept up (Score 1) 52

by abies (#49158881) Attached to: 42 Artificial Intelligences Are Going Head To Head In "Civilization V"

42 artificial intelligences = 42 instances of same AI.
It is opposite of having a car race where 42 people would drive same kind of car to see who is the best. It is a car race, where 42 clones of same person drive different cars starting in different race tracks under different weather conditions.

Comment: He is linking homeopathy to astrology (Score 5, Insightful) 320

by abies (#49126845) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

"Ninety per cent of pregnant French women use homeopathy. Astrology is a useful diagnostic tool enabling us to see strengths and weaknesses via the birth chart."

At first, I have failed to see the common ground between homeopathy and astrology - these two sentences sounded completely unrelated. But they are actually related - it says
"90% of French women are gullible enough to fall for homeopathy. This means that most of them are stupid enough to also believe astrology crap, so market is ripe"

Comment: Re: Gamma burst (Score 1) 203

by abies (#49125987) Attached to: What Happens When Betelgeuse Explodes?

This is not that obvious.
If hypernova expode 5 LY away from us and points gamma ray burst at us, we boil away.
If 'normal' nova expodes 10000LY away from us, then we we hardly notice that.

Between nova, supernova and hypernova and 5, 600 and 10000LY there is a lot of difference. I was hoping for some more exact data about Betelgeuse in particular...

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