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Comment: Re:Then it happens less in science than in general (Score 1) 374

by HiThere (#47951133) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

IIUC, this is not a survey of the *level* of sexual assault, but of the rate. And if the sample questions quoted above are typical, then I'm surprised that it isn't higher.

OTOH, the questions that were listed above (in the discussion about poorly worded questions) don't distinguish between a bit of uncomfortable humor and forcible rape. One presumes that actual criminal activity is rare, but this isn't evidence of that.

That said, in groups that are predominantly male and relatively isolated from external contact, one might expect that undesireably agressive sexual behavior would be relatively common. The real question to me is how moderate is the degree of undesireably agressive sexual behavior. (The rate would be interested *IF* coupled with the degree.)

Comment: Re:There is no "almost impossible" (Score 2) 224

by HiThere (#47942583) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

I believe that there are theoretical designs for computers (using reversible computation) that can compute without using any energy in computation. What I'm not sure about is that there's anyway to retrieve the results of the computation. (I've also got no idea of the speed of the computation. It might depend on random motions for all I can remember.)

Whatever, that's merely a theoretical quibble about your point. But then your point itself was a theoretical quibble.

The real weakness of 256 bit keys is poor implementation (of something). And you can't know that everything is properly implemented.

Comment: Re:This is so 2012. (Score 1) 103

by HiThere (#47942521) Attached to: Dremel Releases 3D Printer

Weeel....sort of. Depends on what you mean. I looked at a lot of (well, several) computers before the Apple ][ was released. They were all interesting, but not quite interesting enough. Then the Apple ][+ was released with a Pascal card, and I bought it. A lot of other people made about the same choice at about the same time. That was when the PC bacame notable. A few years later IBM released the IBM PC with no significant advantage over the current Apple product...but that was when it boomed.

This is sort of like Apple releasing the Apple ][. Not the ][+. OTOH, Dremel is a much bigger name now than Apple was then. Perhaps that will be a big enough kick...but my expectation is that there will turn out to be the need for much fine-tuning of the design. Then Dremel will release a greatly improved model. And then someone who's the darling of a business segment will release a different, probably incompatible, model with some useful differences, and many user drawbacks...but it will sell into businesses, and Dremel will be edged out of the market...though not completely, and they may continue to dominate among home users and certain niche segments.
But THAT will be the boom.

Makerbot, etc. is just like the S-100 computers that predated Apple.

N.B.: This is all reasoning from analogy, and therefore not to be trusted. But it's still a good guess.

Comment: Re: So everything is protected by a 4 digit passco (Score 1) 491

by HiThere (#47942309) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

You're assuming that the universe is deterministic, or at least that the past is. I don't believe that to be correct. I believe the past to be as probabilistic as the future. Granted, it's probably that every backwards simulation will end up at the big bang, but in between now and then it's an uncollapsed wave function.

OTOH, I also believe in the Everett-Graham-Wheeler interpretation of quantum mechanics...but not in quite the same way that they did, as I'm considering branching to be essentially symmetric between the past and the future, so that not only does the present lead to multiple futures, but there are multiple presents connected to multiple pasts in a probabilistically branching net in both directions. Each present has multiple pasts, and each past has multiple presents (futures?). In a connected lattice that (perhaps) teminates in one single instant in the past where all the lattice links join (called the big bang) and less probably terminates in on single instant in the future where all lattice links join (called the big crunch). The big crunch, however, doesn't seem to be extremely plausible at the moment, given current knowledge and theories. And neither join is required by the theory.

FWIW, as far as I can tell this model is consistent with everything known about physics, but I'm neither a cosmologist nor a quantum mechanic.

Comment: Re:Thunderbird too (Score 1) 109

by HiThere (#47942175) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Yeah, but are they ever going to fix the filters they broke with one of those updates? Doesn't appear so. If there were a decent and maintained email program I'd switch to it immediately. Unfortunately the others all seem far...until they break more stuff and decline to fix it.

Comment: Re:Blame C++ (Score 1) 109

by HiThere (#47942131) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

The question is, what language would they write good code in?

FWIW, C++ has many features that are strong improvements over C. Class encapsulation, e.g. OTOH, it's also full of things that are only worthwhile if you are really interested in run-time optimization. Or maybe they serve some other function that I don't understand. Like the STL. Most of the code in the STL would be far better implemented as libraries, even if it might not be quite as fast. I also strongly dislike their implementation of iterators. Python, Ruby, D, hell, even Java, have much better designs for their iterators. I'd include Vala and C but I'm not sure that just iterating through a loop counts. (I know that in C++ you can iterate through an array just like in C, but Strings are a different case...and so it anything else that C++ calls an iterator.) Even Objective C is a better language than C++, but it has the major problem that nearly all the documentation and development is tied to the Apple version, and I'm not interested in accepting their EULA.

If Vala weren't so tied to GTK, and if it would ever get out of beta, then I'd consider it one of the best languages around. Pity about those two problems.

N.B.: despite the way I may have phrased things a few times, I'm well aware that my opinions are not universal, and also that different use cases result in different choices. So this is just my point of view. But I seriously consider Ada more often than I seriously consider C++.

Comment: Re:You're an idiot. (Score 1) 109

by HiThere (#47941987) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

They broke the filters quite awhile ago, and have shown no intrest in fixing them. If I could find a decent replacement I'd use it. Unfortunately, KMail isn't any better. (It's worse, but with different problems...don't use it these days so I don't remember quite what they were.) Seamonkey doesn't seem to work well on a 64-bit system. And every test of a new version of email package means that a bunch of emails aren't searchable. It would be worth doing if I could make one switch to a good program, but I've made several switches to programs that turned out to be worse, so I switched back.

I'm not pleased...but I don't really see what decent alternatives are...pine? Sometimes I actually DO want to enable html in a particular email.

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 488

by HiThere (#47930011) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Well, as a Californian I'm on the fence about that split. (Not that that's the one people were trying to get on the ballot. The North-South split actually makes *some* sense. And has ever since the Supreme court decided that the Californian Senate couldn't be elected based on geographic considerations rather than population considerations. (Even after the split, though, the agricultural areas would be underrepresented...for cetain definitions of underrepresented.)

In the current situation it feels as if the Southern counties are using their dominance in population (i.e. representation) to pillage the Northern counties...though that's a bit more extreme that what they are actually doing. But as the drought deepens, the folk in the North are forced into severe water control measures, and the folk of the South are still watering their lawns and letting the overflow flow down the gutter. And some farmers are being forced to cut down parts of their orchards because they can't afford enough water for all of the trees. (So even in the North, the city dwellers are less pressed than the farmers.)

That said, even were such an amendment to pass (in the state) it would need the concurrence of the feds. (I don't know the details, but such an agreement is unlikely.)

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 488

by HiThere (#47929797) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Charles Stoss seems to believe that Britain is extracting wealth from Scotland. Perhaps he's wrong, but an earlier post above voiced the same opinion...and also agreed that DevoMax was the better choice...but one which had been manuvered off the ballot by politicians.

I think that Stoss is hoping that the nationalist party will become a lot less radical once they get the vote for independence. I don't know them (I live in the US and don't have any close ties to Scotland), but I'm a bit dubious about that.

Comment: Re:Absolutely false (Score 1) 180

by HiThere (#47922981) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

Why do you think that would prevent them from being criticized as uncivilized after they had already lost? I'll agree that it's a silly reason, but political decisions are often based around something equally silly...

Were they criticized for it? Not that I know of. This doesn't mean it wasn't a part of the reason. (OTOH, there's no evidence that I know of that *does* indicate it was part of the reason.)

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.