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Comment: Re:Not a problem... (Score 1) 261

by argStyopa (#47941151) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Except that doesn't actually seem to matter.
People in the most godforsaken areas of the planet, well past their carrying capacity, continue to have children like it's going out of style.

If you claim "people can't live in that dense a space because there's not enough water" I'd point to the Sahel.

Comment: What? (Score 0) 283

by argStyopa (#47936329) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Isn't this sort of a 2014 version of the phrase "Let them eat cake!"

Parallel statements:
Poor people shouldn't have to ride the bus, we should all just give them cars - and not crappy econoboxes, something nice.
We should give homeless people luxury condos on the seaside.

I mean, if you're talking about a SUBSIDIZED service, shouldn't it BE subpar? Asserting otherwise is to say, in effect, "people who can't pay for stuff, should get stuff as good as everyone else" Why, then, would anyone pay for anything?

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 2) 931

by argStyopa (#47930591) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

You link one paper from Harvard on "why terrorism doesn't work".
I'll refute that by pointing to:
1) 8 guys sneaking onto planes with boxcutters and crashing them into buildings is terrorism
2) 15000 psychos taking over chunks of country with astonishing brutality is not terrorism (as referenced in that paper), and 'thousands of psychos taking crap over' HAS worked* repeatedly through human history; from the "Barbarian invasions" of Roman times, to the Huns, the Mongols)

*maybe not in the longest scales, but certainly enough to enmiserate a generation or three.

Comment: it's not a coding thing (Score 1) 227

by argStyopa (#47925477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Fdd isn't a coding thing, it's a shitty-manager thing.

And that's in every business everywhere.

I might have said that as coding drops down the labor ladder (ie the margins become tighter, profits less, that such muggy be more common...but at least in my case, some of the tiniest post little companies I worked for had some great managers, and the great wealthy ones had more assholes....So no, I'd guess that it's universal.

Comment: There is no "safe" solution, only "safer" (Score 1) 265

by argStyopa (#47911111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Any medium will ultimately fail, over long enough spans of time.
Further, just the transcribing process itself has chances of introducing errors.

- back them up to the cloud. That's about the closest thing you're going to get to "permanent" storage, as you're outsourcing your (individual) chance of hardware failure to some online entity that (at least allegedly) backs up things redundantly across multiple methods, and/or
- just stop being OCD about it. At a certain point, trying to 'preserve' things forever just becomes silly. If you have the only unique recording of some substantial historical event, that's one thing. If it's your child's first steps, understand that while that might be important to you and maybe even to them, nobody else cares about it. Really. While losing it would be sad, it wouldn't be tragic. After all, there are billions of person-years of lives that have vanished, unrecorded, and life goes on.

+ - Antarctic Ice at Record Extent->

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argStyopa (232550) writes ""Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began. Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent. ... "This is an area covered by sea ice which we've never seen from space before," he said. "Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we've never seen that before, that much area. "That is roughly double the size of the Antarctic continent and about three times the size of Australia."""
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Comment: So essentially (Score 1) 290

by argStyopa (#47889413) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Google can comply with the ruling by simply un-checking the 'automated response'.

So your emails vanish into a black hole, *never to be responded to*, rather than you getting something confirming (what you suspect) that nobody will ever read it.

Is that really better?
Having dealt with "customer service" (seriously, I can barely say that with a straight face) with German companies for years, suddenly things make a lot more sense, however.

Comment: Re:Eat real foods, mostly veg, not too much (Score 1) 291

by argStyopa (#47882289) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

This would be sort of a que sera sera thing except for the pervasive role of government today coupled with the speed of information. The impact of a fad-belief on a single population will normally be along a distribution curve, probably directly relateable to how much it contradicts 'current' or 'conventional' wisdom:
  - some will believe it wholeheartedly and take it as gospel
- some will guardedly believe it
- some will reject it ...with the end result being a distribution of results. If over time it seems to be beneficial, it becomes universalized.

Vaccines "might" be dangerous? An uninformed (but pretty) celebrity makes a public statement and the next day thousands follow it like unthinking sheep.
Eggs are (believed to be in the fad of the moment) bad? Some bureaucrat swipes a pen and eggs are expunged from every school meal program and officially 'frowned on' across the public, leading to a decrease in consumption of what may be a perfectly healthy food, replaced by high-sugar, high-fat breakfast 'snacks'.

PERSONALLY (I am not a dietician) being alive since 1967, my observation of the (somewhat sudden) increase in obesity across American society seems to dovetail with the whole 'cholesterol' thing - the early-80s crusade drove out what seems to be to have been a relatively unprocessed staple of civilized human consumption. But I'm aware too that the latter-20thC saw the unprecedented industrialization of food production so there could be a host of chemicals at fault that happened at the same time.

Comment: Am I the only one hoping for another space race? (Score 1) 100

by argStyopa (#47880139) Attached to: China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

Seriously, I hope that this would be enough to make the US government take seriously its long-term strategic responsibilities in regards to securing the "high ground" at critical points in our gravity well.*,**

* like the Lagrange points & the north and south lunar poles. These will be as critical for the 21st century as coaling stations were in the L19/E20th centuries.
** Don't get me wrong, I don't expect this to happen. Politicians see a far better immediate funding return to favoring their giant-megacorp friends, or (in a longer view) vote-to-government-largesse RoI to dumping government money on the overbreeding underclass or swarming illegals. In short, space stations don't vote, and neither (today) do the US citizens in a century or two who'll have to live with the missed strategic missteps of today. (shrug)

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir