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Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 4, Informative) 497

by beelsebob (#47414933) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

If you don't want to get left behind the fads, don't choose an area that's all about fads.

Any kernel developer will currently be using basically the same toolset as they used in 1980.
Any driver developer will currently be using basically the same toolset as they used in 1980.
Any game developer will currently be using basically the same toolset as they used in 2000.

Not everyone jumps on a new shiny framework every 2 years because they're struggling to overcome the limitations of a crappily designed language like javascript. If you don't want to jump from fad to fad... just don't be a web dev.

Comment: Re:Or Maybe Self-Driving Vehicles (Score 1) 576

by beelsebob (#47377081) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Right, but I've even seen what you're suggesting happen. This is when this "kindness" is at its most frustrating.

You sit and wait for a gap to get out of a junction. You see a gap, and you get yourself ready to slot into it. Then the jerk in front of the gap decides to be "kind" and slows down to try and let you out. He inevitably miscalculates, and ends up not letting you out, and also closing the gap behind him.

Comment: Re:Serously? (Score 1) 398

by beelsebob (#47267325) Attached to: Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

If you want to add a dozen orders of magnitude, you're talking about 2e12 minutes, i.e. 3800 millennia. Yet, people are happily living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nuclear weapons are in general designed to consume all the highly radioactive things in them - after all, each of those radioactive elements is something that can be turned into energy for an explosion to occur. They don't generally have significant contamination issues.

Comment: Re:Logical Consequences (Score 4, Insightful) 398

by beelsebob (#47264605) Attached to: Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

Japan are probably worried that they are not in any way protected by the US nuclear program. They worry that the US would stop short of getting involved in world war 3 if China really did want to invade Japan. By building their own nuclear arsenal, they remove that possibility and maintain MAD with China.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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