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Comment: Re:Run more native Windows apps on Linux (Score 3, Insightful) 217

by common-lisp (#46654229) Attached to: .NET Native Compilation Preview Released

If you care so much about all that windows crap, why are you running Linux at all?

Because Linux is much easier to develop with.

Some Windows technologies (WPF, .NET, C#) are well designed, as are many Linux technologies. Seeing the benefits of one platform isn't mutually exclusive with seeing the benefits of another platform.

However, what is mutually exclusive is a tribal mindset and the ability to see two sides of the situation.

Comment: Run more native Windows apps on Linux (Score 2, Insightful) 217

by common-lisp (#46653497) Attached to: .NET Native Compilation Preview Released

From the article:

the .NET Native runtime [is] a refactored and optimized CLR

According to the article, the .NET Native runtime is a (not yet complete) implementation of .NET. This means that Wine + .NET Native = a Microsoft-built .NET runtime on Linux. This is good news because this may be a way to take those .NET technologies missing from Mono, such as WPF, and still use them on Linux.

Another reason this is good news is, we're one step closer to being able to develop Windows installers in .NET. Lately I've been using NSIS and it is the most stupid, idiotic language I've ever used. It's been described as a mixture of PHP and assembly.

Another thought: the article doesn't seem to mention it, but judging by the design, the .NET Native compiler may be able to compile any .NET DLLs and EXEs, not just C# ones.

Comment: Aircraft that fly in V formation like ducks (Score -1) 461

by common-lisp (#46459221) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

Only partly relevant to the article, but I just had a thought: I wonder if it would be efficient to have smaller aircraft that fly in V formation.

This would mean fewer empty seats, more reliable problem reports (because there would be eyewitnesses to any crashes), and still it would have some airflow efficiency--at least better efficiency than aircraft flying the same direction but not in a V formation.

Any thoughts?

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy (Score 0) 917

by common-lisp (#46341089) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Oh, and I should have said: locating your business based on your beliefs about right and wrong, is discrimination. Also, Apple isn't just deciding to locate their business elsewhere, they're trying to use their ability to do so as leverage to prevent Arizona from allowing Apple's type of behavior. I hope that's clear enough.

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy (Score 0) 917

by common-lisp (#46341031) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

What do you think the basis for Apple's free will decision is? It's Apple's sense of right and wrong. (And by Apple, I mean the people in charge of Apple.)

The hypocrisy of protesting by doing the thing you're protesting is quite obvious--if you can think critically, without regard to whether or not you have a horse in the race.

Comment: Please RTFA (Score 1) 513

by common-lisp (#46323693) Attached to: Why Is US Broadband So Slow?
This article is NOT recommending competition from the government. Instead, it's recommending that the government get out of the way of the ISPs so that they can lay cable cheaply. The biggest expense in laying cable isn't the actual construction, it's paying off the municipality (who has a monopoly on the digging rights that are required to lay cable).

Basically, when a city is approached by Google as a candidate for new fiber, the city has two choices:

  1. Allow a new ISP to enter the market--one that will NOT pay a lot of kickbacks to the city government, one that most people will end up using
  2. Keep the current ISP, which is paying the city off handsomely for the right to provide internet to the populace.

Obviously there is still greed on the part of the ISPs. But that doesn't mean that city governments are innocent in this matter.

Comment: Re:Doesn't want a hash (Score 1) 97

by common-lisp (#46314271) Attached to: Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions

Not only that, but DNA varies from ape to ape just as much as from ape to humans. So unless they use a hash function like you specify, it would be impossible to tell if you're looking at the hashed-DNA of two members of the same species or two members of different species.

IMO if they're trying to use hashes to provide a unique identifier for species, they probably don't care about the ability to measure the similarity between species. It would probably be difficult to write a hash function that would have few collisions and still guarantee that similar numbers result in similar hashes. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Comment: Re:Ah, so there we go.... (Score 1) 212

by common-lisp (#42252131) Attached to: UN Summit Strikes Climate Deal Promising "Damage Aid" To Poor Nations

Foreign aid does not go to poor people. It goes to their oppressive governments. Foreign aid builds and sustains third-world style governments and economies--and for what? So you can have a clean conscience?!

If you are actually interested in helping poor people, look up the works of Peter Bauer. Do research. Check out the Wikipedia article on Aid. Here's an interesting quote:

James Shikwati, a Kenyan economist, has argued that foreign aid causes harm to the recipient nations, specifically because aid is distributed by local politicians, finances the creation of corrupt government such as that led by Dr Fredrick Chiluba in Zambia bureaucracies, and hollows out the local economy.

People who like foreign aid are blocking the progress of third-world countries. They are ignorant, self-righteous hypocrites. And by all appearances, you are one as well.

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