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Comment: Re:The Dangers of the World (Score 1) 778

by umghhh (#48835245) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
I suppose this being US of A a proper investigation would find a number of legal problems and thus make an arrest a reasonable approach to these criminals, if tried hard I am sure one could have arrested them for possession - if they are normal people they would have smoked weed at least once, so they belong to prison. It is a free country after all....

Comment: Personal Preference (Score 1) 264

by TheNinjaroach (#48807229) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?
My personal preference is web-based, with apps running on a Linux webserver (dirt simple & highly reliable) and data being saved to SQL Server. It's a fairly rare combination, which we used to accomplish using the FreeTDS library but more recently switched over to Microsoft's official ODBC Driver for Linux.

As a big fan of RDBMS, I would say stay away from MySQL, it can be convenient but it's generally crap. (Citation: ALLOW_INVALID_DATES) If I had to use an open-source DB it would be Postgres all the way.

Programming language? For you, I'd suggest Java based on your familiarity with C#. That would open you up to doing both web and "fat client" development and as a bonus your fat clients would be cross-platform.

Comment: Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (Score 1) 388

by umghhh (#48804377) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

I am sure there are pupils like you and possibly I was like this too (albeit I doubt that I ever had motivation and ability), yet neither knowledge in particular subject is all, nor claims of knowing more than a teacher are always correctly depicting reality. I am not a teacher but I do teaching at work by virtue of having students assigned to me for a year to do some menial jobs - they should be learning the right stuff mostly programming but more so around programming - because as far as I can tell nothing has changed much since I started - programming is a vital but minor part of developing software(*). I regularly fail to know all details that my newbies know about any chosen programming language yet I beat them every time on the actual programming and developing albeit I have to google more than they do. This will change of course and part of the course is for them to learn as much as possible. The point is - you may know all details but as so often in case of cohders - you fail to see the bigger picture.

* - some things changed since I started though - the division of work changed thanks to progress in communication technology which may make coding (and other things) being done in far away places (or in another office which is just the same if I do not know person doing the job). The system people cut jobs into small pieces and let Turks do the stuff for 10$ an hour. Yet I doubt that any big project can be done effectively only by outsourcing. If a company is a software house delivering software solutions then they most likely need to have in house competence in coding as well as developing, project management, communication and cooperation culture, decision making skills, presentation skills and much more. How often project fail because any of these were not there. Then again it all depends on the project of which part is people doing it.

Comment: Re:The 3 Laws of Robotics (Score 1) 258

by umghhh (#48797775) Attached to: AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines
First of all the current 'intelligent' systems are on a level of an ant or bee. This does not make them less lethal to humans however. The problems are already there then and the biggest is - even systems that are meant to be friendly may become lethal because of oversight, bug, miscalculation, abuse or because they may 'think' that humans are danger to other humans (which is mostly potentially and in quite many cases actually true). What about systems that are meant to kill or at least disable humans? In old good times a gun shot by itself once a year but it did so only if somebody pulled the trigger. Now the autonomous systems may pull the trigger all by themselves and they may have to decide themselves as humans in control loop are too slow. I think in most cases making system robust and reliable may be a shot in the right direction. Alas in the real world scrum team may decide this feature is to be move to next sprint or demo it albeit it is not ready etc... In other words - is anybody ready to pay for robust systems that are less likely to kill by accident? Yea I did not think so. We solve problems that come out of ant like creatures that have enough power to kill many, move on to quality and robustness and then when AI is on horizon we can start thinking about 3 laws and some such things.

Comment: Re:Why the overreaction? (Score 1) 166

by umghhh (#48794357) Attached to: Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million
In most of the cases those commissions are not needed and are a waste of time but we just do not know in advance which plumber's fuckup can be really problematic, so we assume any can be.
Bureaucracy is not a good solution to the problem but it seems the only one that can prevent many accidents. It seems to me that this attitude made nuclear industry surprising safe. At least when one does not think too much about waste disposal.

Comment: Re: Renewable energy ist cheaper! (Score 1) 166

by umghhh (#48794101) Attached to: Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million
This is probably one of the few intelligible posts on this thread. I too think that the question is badly formulated and problems are not what we think they are. It is not accidents but waste, it is not energy production but energy production and very important weapons production that stimulated development of fission plants, it is not either nuclear or coal but rather the question of how humanity affects its environment. So far the raise and fall of civilizations followed the path of: develope, shine, destroy environment beyond repair and if move to another place is possible - move and rearrange elsewhere. Problem with this is that we live now everywhere. That is typical of any living organism really - if conditions are good - develop and occupy as much as is possible. Overpopulation causes collapse usually. Sometimes renewal. I hope for the later although I know that usually the former happens.

Comment: Re:Give Uber a dictionary (Score 1) 160

by umghhh (#48763589) Attached to: Over 30 Uber Cars Impounded In Cape Town
People do not really hate Uber or rather most of us had unsettled view of the company and its methods till more and more stories about criminal or almost criminal activities came out. This is topped with all comments on these evil commies 'banning' Uber in say Berlin i.e. on requiring Uber to follow the law as all others do. Stop throwing verbal abuse at opponents and use arguments of reason instead, then maybe the 'hate' will become reasonable doubts about revealed business practices. But I guess that is too much to ask, is it not?

Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol 573

Posted by samzenpus
from the from-my-cold-dead-printer dept.
giulioprisco writes On January 13th Come And Take Texas (CATI) will be manufacturing 3D-printed firearms on location at the State Capitol. In 2013 Defense Distributed made public the 3D printable files (STL files) for the world's first fully 3D printable gun. Their more recent Ghost Gunner is designed to automatically manufacture publicly created designs with nearly zero user interaction. According to CATI’s website, “In the last year and a half Texan Gun Rights Groups all around the Lone Star State have walked, assembled, and engaged in Humanitarian efforts all while Open Carrying their Long Guns and Black Powder Pistols. This has succeeded in Educating the Public as well as Law Enforcement, to show that the presence of Firearms in Public is not only Safe but Highly supported.”

Comment: small stones (Score 1) 182

3strikes are for wankers and liberals - let them criminals make small stones from big stones for few years and then release them into free marketplace with a permanent criminal record. That will teach them.
If they are abroad drone them down - no need for a court order then.

Comment: Posting from MacOS.. (Score 1) 598

by TheNinjaroach (#48741063) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive
Apple's last 12 month's at software have been pretty impressive. The iCloud / Continuity / Handoff stuff is awesome and well-integrated into their OSes and I don't see Microsoft replicating that soon enough. Google without a real desktop OS isn't even in a position to compete with it yet.

That said, their hardware and software both have their fair share of frustrating warts. Finder sucks, Yosemite broke GPU-switching and some of the newest Macbooks suffer embarrassing Bluetooth vs Wifi conflicts. Some good, some bad, Apple seems to be the way they've always been.

Are we running light with overbyte?