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Comment: Re:u wot m8 (Score 1) 565

by conquistadorst (#46755601) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Just thank your lucky stars that you're not in Linux-land, or some other godawful free software environment, 'cause you would have to type

>apt-get upgrade

in a terminal. This is obviously way too difficult for any human being, so bless Gates and Ballmer and whoever came after him for letting us not have to type that

While I agree everyone should have a minimum level of technical expertise to survive in today's world. I'm picturing my mother calling me asking how to open a prompt, type in the command, among 1000's of other commands... everyday. No thanks!

Comment: Embryonic stem cell research (Score 1, Flamebait) 86

by conquistadorst (#46697121) Attached to: Stem-Cell Research Funding Institute Is Shuttered
Makes good research but I wonder if it could ever by economically viable. Maybe someone can enlighten me and explain otherwise.

I imagine if it ever hit mainstream with usage on a public daily basis, you'd need millions of embryos, perhaps even every day? What? Would women be expected to line up for embryo drives like we have blood drives today?

Comment: Re: Really? (Score 2) 169

Bit coin is reliable. The shitty exchanges are not. If you have someone access to your paper wallet then the effect would be the same.

Except nobody's paper wallet is connected to the internet, and few people carry significant hordes of cash in their wallet anyway so this isn't really a fantastic comparison. Yes, one could say, "well you can move it offgrid" then you can also do the same thing with your wallet and toss it in a safe or bank security box, only then would they become equals?

That being said, your wallet is anything but a "safe" place but I'd still say a networked computer is worse. Bitcoins on a networked computer would be probably be akin to someone leaving their cash in a safe, unattended, in an inconspicuous, publicly accessible place.

Comment: Re:Startups Aren't Really Job-Creators In Practice (Score 2) 303

Tech startups don't create the kinds of jobs that the 99% actually need. Oh, sure, many of them will eventually hire one secretary, and will pay into their building's contract for one part-time janitor.

I have to admit that saying they're jobs we don't need sounds a bit misguided. Who says? Why wouldn't they be? Are you suggesting we shouldn't have a technical work force? That's what it sounds like... but if I were to guess how you'd respond if asked that, you'd say that's not what you're trying to say at all.

That being said, technology already permeates every industry. Even service, manufacturing, construction, and it continues to increase more and more every year. There's a growing need (and gap) in tuning our workforce to be more technical. Hence the growing calls for pushing math, science, and technology in schools. While there will always be a need for blue collar jobs like manufacturing/construction/service for the foreseeable future, those won't last in the same state as they do today either. So it's kind of inevitable. And in reference to exporting those jobs exported oversees, you probably already know the same jobs would only be a 100th in size over here because of the automation we'd employ.

As for taxes in my opinion, we already have a sliding scale that almost works OK. If we could eliminate some "loopholes" - first being special treatment on specific types of income like dividends and capital gains and instead treat them as ordinary income - second eliminate all interest deductions including mortgage interest. I believe those changes alone (allowing for no exceptions) we'd fix 80% of our tax problems and also simplify taxes for everyone across the board.

Comment: Gah... (Score 3, Informative) 401

Regardless of whether or not mankind is fully, partially, or trivially responsible for climate change. Calling it a weapon of mass destruction is fully moronic. It's a distortion of reality for the sole sake of sensationalizing the issue. It's not worth tainting the argument for the sake of getting the point across.

Now it's just a matter of time before we start arresting people for starting bonfires or driving to work. Gas guzzler, hybrid, or all electric you'll all be terrorists wielding WMDs! /tongueincheek

Comment: Contracts (Score 1) 716

by conquistadorst (#46228039) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
Any builder will also sign a contract stating to such an effect, or at least verbally state as much and take them on trust. It's certainly not some magical worldwide automatic assumption. That's what "binds" them to rebuilds/repairs. No contract, no binding agreement. Depending on project type and size, a builder may or may not add that stipulation to their contract. However a smart builder that wants to stay in business tomorrow, will price accordingly with that stipulation in mind.

Also, people get their panties in a twist over contracts. "But you signed the contract, you have to do it!!!!" Yes they do, but a contract is only good if it's followed. If someone chooses not to follow it, the only recourse is taking them to court.

Now slightly off topic but that's why imho trust >> contracts. Trust is "free" but hard to obtain, little nebulous but it's also far more reliable. Drafting a contract is easy and unambiguous (assuming the work is specified in there) but enforcing it can often be prohibitively expensive from both time and money. Dealing with bonded contractors can remove some of the burden because you have a small "guarantee" that someone else will do it if they don't.

Short answer: it doesn't apply to you unless you agreed to it upfront. So, the analogy is working off of fictitious assumptions.

Comment: Please no (Score 1) 321

by conquistadorst (#46140271) Attached to: James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering
Probably not a good idea. I suspect it will probably attract the students that shouldn't be going into engineering in the first place. I don't know what would be worse, having more subpar engineers or having fewer superb engineers.

Instead, all the focus should be made during childhood education. By either family or schools, preferably families. Along with touting maths and sciences, we should also drill children on how to use and how not to use money while we're at it. But those pesky 20-year-solution-plans are so distasteful, quick useless bandaids sound so much better tasting...

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 336

by conquistadorst (#45950111) Attached to: New Home Automation?
It's also not unreasonable to assume a majority of his house will likely be made of wood, a renewable resource. An argument can also be made that concrete, brick, and asphalt is also renewable since that can be crushed and repurposed. If you want to pick on other materials he would use like plastics, metals, and shingles you could still renew those materials if you really wanted to.

Anywho, let he who has not sinned cast the first stone. None of us here are innocent of using resources. I'm just glad you have no real power, you'd be in everyone's business sooner than you need to be.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 77

by conquistadorst (#45855769) Attached to: "Jumping Genes" Linked To Schizophrenia


Sorry, but, please, can we stop this? Schizophrenia is not a "Hi I'm me. 'And I am me too!'" kind of deal. At all. Period. It's not Multiple Personality Disorder, in fact it usually doesn't involve anything like what any media portrayal has ever been. It's more of an intrusive pattern. You know who you are, but there are people whispering, singing, yelling, in your ears - outside your window - in the bathroom - anywhere around you. Telling you to do things? Maybe. Probably not. More like being annoying. But one turns into two turns into many turns into noise and chatter and intense periods of thoughts you can't escape, you can't focus on, and you can't stop. It's incredibly debilitating, but more often than not you have no problem understanding it's not "you" that's in those voices and thoughts - the real problem is understanding that those voices and thoughts are indeed coming FROM you.

The idea that schizophrenia is akin to what you see in Sybil or the media in general is usually wrong. I've yet to see any good reporting on the topic, but people throw it around plenty. "Oh, the market was up, the market was down: it's being schizophrenic." No, if the market was "schizophrenic" it would have trouble concentrating and possibly hallucinate while being extremely paranoid. At times. For the most part it would keep to itself and try to read or at least talk to someone else because it's going through something terribly difficult that no one takes the time to understand.

I've always thought of schizophrenia as those of us who have an imagination like the rest of us, but can't always recognize the difference. If you think about it, anyone can "hear" voices or "see" things in your head, as if they were truly real. We can recreate any experience in our minds because that's where experiences exist. But most people can tell the difference.

Comment: Re:As an Asshole, I support this (Score 2, Interesting) 507

by conquistadorst (#45278721) Attached to: How Big Data Is Destroying the US Healthcare System

Yep, that's why we should have a single payer system of health care coverage. The hell with the insurance company middle men.

I have no problem with a single payer system for health care but everyone treats it as some magic silver bullet that will fix everything. It won't fix anything and if implemented like today's Medicare it will guarantee healthcare will be more expensive because of all of the illegitimate activity that current bilks 10-15% (latest estimates) through improper payments. That's far more than the profit margins of nearly every single insurance company. What most people don't realize is that insurance business is more tightly regulated than nearly any other industry, their premium and losses are scrutinized to be disallowed from making too much money (even though insurance companies try their damned best to get around it).

The US health care system needs to be addressed, point by point, from the bottom up - not the top down. Everyone loves to blame insurance companies because they're the ones holding the bag, but imho while certainly *not* innocent they're a small villain in the very long complicated list of bad guys.

Disclosure: I work for an insurance company

Comment: Re:55% (Score 1) 198

by conquistadorst (#45167285) Attached to: Give Your Child the Gift of an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Don't be so sure that those are really your grandparents. Illegitimacy rates in Western culture run around 1 in 30, and you have two parents.

The problem with some statistics is that some people enjoy regurgitating them in an obscene way that not only ignores their original intent but also abuse them to present a more dramatic falsely supported argument. This twisted behavior is especially enjoyed by politicians.

#1 Having illegitimate parents is not some random 1/30 curse that befalls you because you're now part of a western culture, stop making it sound like you'll never know if your grandparents are your grandparents b/c your parents cheated on each other. Based on demographics, wealth, culture, education... the numbers change dramatically.
#2 The term "illegitimate" doesn't only cover parents practicing infidelity in hidden closets, it covers children who belong to parents that aren't married. So yes, that includes divorce, "whoops", adoption, and modern family who never planned on getting married.
#3 Knowing who your real parents/grandparents are and having them tested instead of your "foster" parents, doesn't stop you from being illegitimate child but lets you continue the test for your sake.

But yeah, see how that makes your exclamation so much less fun and dramatic? Seeking out the truth isn't as fun, is it? Please don't spread crap around like that, it doesn't do anyone any good. Not even yourself.

Comment: Re:so the probability of failure is significant (Score 1) 97

by conquistadorst (#44991113) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Blasts Off From California

After all of these years of rocketry experience, one would think that much new technology would be added to decrease the probability of failure, yes?

In all these years of rocketry experience, controlled entry and landing of the spent first stage has never been accomplished. I don't believe it's even been tried.

As a general rule...
New technology, new problems. Greater complexity, greater complex problems. All of that better technology also requires better talent which is also harder to find. Sure, they undoubtedly probably solved many of the old problems, but they've all been replaced them all with new ones because "problems" never go away. Just look at our modern world, do we have fewer problems than we did a century ago? hah...

Life's the same, except for the shoes. - The Cars