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Comment: Fact doesn't have to make sense... (Score 3, Insightful) 238

by denzacar (#49789491) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

...only fiction. Like that "Feral Kid" theory.

Fact on the other hand is that the Director/Writer of ALL MAD MAX MOVIES, George Miller... doesn't give much fuck about continuity.

You know that character in the MM2 played by Bruce Spence, the gyrocopter pilot? Who ends up going with the convoy to the North and becoming the chief of the "Great Northern Tribe" at the end of the second movie?
Not the same character as Jedediah the pilot in the third movie, THOUGH he's also played by Bruce Spence and also has an aircraft and is a pilot.

George Miller doesn't give much fuck about continuity.

Comment: Re:You're missing the point. Reread the post. (Score 1) 133

The first thing I do when I arrive at any remote office today is plug the laptop in

Then obviously, the selling point of "thinnest and lightest" is not aimed at you.
You are carrying ADDITIONAL hardware. Probably even in a bag of some kind.

"Thinnest and lightest" (which is the cause of the whole non-replaceable battery thing) is aimed at people trying to dazzle their clients with toys - and crawling under the desk to plug in the cord does not count.
They WILL have to throw it out.
You on the other hand might even try to connect it to an additional external battery of some sorts.
And it might work.

But that still makes that laptop an overpriced and badly designed toy whose major component will die in a couple of years, without a way to replace or restore it.

Comment: Re:Cyanide is a natural material too... (Score 1) 247

by denzacar (#49778533) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

I'm not suffering from the 'natural is good' delusion;

Followed by...

natural substances have been around for a long time, so nature has had time to adjust to them.

That is EXACTLY an example of appeal to nature with added appeal to tradition on top of it.

Petrochemicals have been around for a long time too and are also PERFECTLY NATURAL substances.
Oil comes from nature. A great part of it from - HA! - the sea.
Plastics are nothing but petrochemicals. See?

Who are we to argue with nature? Nature wants plastics. And oil spills. And ice ages. And tectonic shifts.
Even asteroids slamming into the planet and killing nearly everyone on it. Nature just LOVES THOSE!

Whatever harm plastic may cause, we are not liekly to have a good defence against it

And that is both appeal to fear AND appeal to ignorance.
"We don't know - therefore it must be bad."

Also, it is shifting the goalposts cause now it is "we" and not "nature" who are in trouble.
And if that is the only problem... solution for all plastic everywhere is very simple.
Dump it all in the ocean and don't eat the fish if you're queasy about a little plastic getting in your system that way.
There. "We" no longer have a problem.


Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned 322

Posted by Soulskill
from the hang-on-my-clicker-isn't-working dept.
An anonymous reader writes: An editorial at the Washington Post argues that Microsoft PowerPoint is being relied upon by too many to do too much, and we should start working to get rid of it. "Its slides are oversimplified, and bullet points omit the complexities of nearly any issue. The slides are designed to skip the learning process, which — when it works — involves dialogue, eye-to-eye contact and discussions. Of course PowerPoint has merits — it can help businesses with their sales pitches or let teachers introduce technology into the classroom. But instead of being used as a means for a dynamic engagement, it has become a poor substitute for longer, well-thought-out briefings and technical reports. It has become a crutch."

Comment: Not same prices. Cheaper. (Score 1) 201

by denzacar (#49777939) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

Remove the licenses for other taxi companies, and they will offer the same price as Uber.

Those companies already got the cars, trained drivers, a complete support network, decades of experience...
They would bury Uber in any case where they would be allowed to play by the same rules.

Hell... they could probably forgo on the whole "mobile app" thing.
Calling a dispatcher and getting assigned and forwarded the closest car is nothing particularly innovative and has worked since... well since one was able to use a phone to call a taxi.
No need for GPS or touch screen or whatever...

Hell... call it a feature. "Retro-Taxi". For all the hipsters out there.

Comment: You're missing the point. Reread the post. (Score 1) 133

A bit harder to transport to a client's office, though.

Do you want to dance the extension cord dance at your client's office?

I'm talking about a situation few years down the road where supposedly thinnest and lightest workstation turns into a stationary object which has to be constantly powered from the mains.
And all over a few millimeters and grams of style over functionality.
Making a $2000+ machine useless as far as its main feature (portability) is concerned - when a $50 dollar replaceable part could give one decades of work and hand-me-down use.

Comment: Re:You can replace Windows... But not the battery. (Score 1) 133

And had your mom stuck to being fucked in the ass and giving blowjobs to sailors she would have had enough strength to choke you in the toilet where you were plunked out instead of just choking you enough to produce a thoroughly mentally retarded bastard like you.

Comment: Re:It's not limited to the US (Score 1) 220

"As far as cold in Europe, cherry picking a few UK averages doesn't actually impart much information about what's happening."

You chose Britain. If your cherry picking backfired, don't blame me. Just learn to realise that if you're going to cherry pick based on some factually incorrect newspaper article then you're going to look a massive fool when it backfires.

You talk of facts, science, and actual data. I've provided that all along - you're still just spouting bollocks without managing to back it up in the slightest with anything other than the exact opposite of facts and data - you're backing it up with others opinions who agree with yours. That is not fact, that is not science, and that is not data.

Stop being a zealot and get over the fact your argument is broken and there's a severe lack of data to back the points you've made, and, if anything, an awful lot (as I've pointed out) showing the opposite.

You spoke of cold winters in places like Britain that had bad CCD, I pointed out with actual data we have had incredibly mild winters in those years, I showed the temperature records, and you still try and deflect and call me the zealot. I can only assume you either work for Bayer, or are actually retarded.

Science and data aren't things you get to declare, you have to actual do and show them, you've failed hard. Get over it.

Comment: Re:Plant? (Score 1) 382

by Xest (#49768663) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

Have you considered learning to comprehend posts that you read?

Of course Java is used heavily for server-side programming. I know this, because I have leader server side Java software projects.

None of which changes the fact that that's still not even close to a majority of developers, and not even close to a majority of the world's computer using population.

I can only assume therefore that you're either incapable of reading posts on the internet and comprehending them. Or you're just plain batshit insane and like to say things that make no sense in the context of the discussion.

Which is it?

Comment: Re:You can replace Windows... But not the battery. (Score 1) 133

Still not user serviceable for a simple task of replacing a battery on something that should be a workSTATION.
A stationary object used for work.
Where those extra 3-4 mm of thickness and 50-100 grams saved mean somewhere between bupkis and diddlysquat.

So one can chuck that $2000+ "workstation" into the bin in 3 years as the size of the battery does not matter when it comes to the heat-degradation.
It's how many times and how often its cells hit the "overheating" limit, causing them to shrink in capacity to under that limit.

At which point it COULD be made into a cabled-down machine with enough minutes on the battery to MAYBE save the project one is working on in the case of a power outage.
But if it is cable-only in 3 years (or maybe sooner if one likes draining the battery to the core and charging it on a bed under a blanket) - who gives a fuck about how slim or light it is?

One can buy a far better desktop machine and a UPS for that money. And it would be user-serviceable and upgradeable.

Comment: IT'S THAT FUCKIN ASSHOLE SAMZENPUS AGAIN... (Score -1, Troll) 413

by denzacar (#49765227) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

Fucker is SO sensationalism-happy it's amazing he hasn't migrated to Gawker yet. They probably wouldn't take him cause he's too old for them.

Actual summed up numbers are overall positive. From TFS:

Extremely good: 24
On balance good: 28
That's 52% samzenpus, you fucking illiterate hack.

More or less neutral: 17
That's 69% who think it will be the same OR BETTER, you sensationalist troll.

On balance bad:13
Extremely bad (existential catastrophe): 18
That's a mere 31% (less than a third) who are into gloom and doom scenarios. You human cockroach samzenpus.

Oh and BTW...
Those negative numbers mostly come from "the 'theoretical' (PT-AI and AGI)" groups (with PT-AI leading in crying "The END is NIGH!") while those engaged in actual technical AI work gave mostly positive grades.
From TFA:

The participants of PT-AI are mostly theory-minded, mostly do not do technical work, and often have a critical view on large claims for easy progress in AI (Herbert Dreyfus was a keynote speaker in 2011).

But the best part is that out of 170 who responded to the survey (out of 549 queried), 115 (~67.6%) belonged to the more AI-critical group of PT-AI and AGI.
Meaning that EVEN AMONG GLOOM&DOOMERS, majority is NOT buying into gloom & doom scenario.

Which means that the summary is not even wrong.
Seriously, why hasn't anyone yet replaced samzenpus with a script? No advanced AI is needed in his case.

Comment: You can replace Windows... But not the battery. (Score 2, Insightful) 133

From TFA:

Battery 61Whr (6-cell) non-replaceable

So, it is good that that "M3800 is the world's thinnest" mobile workstation, cause they can shove it up their asses with that policy of chasing the "looks" factor over functionality.

Which can be seen in the design of the keyboard as well.
It sits there centered, with HUGE empty spaces on both sides, and no dedicated numeric keys while navigation keys are down to very crammed arrow keys.

This is a glorified e-mail machine that you discard after 3 years.

Comment: Cyanide is a natural material too... (Score 1) 247

by denzacar (#49757639) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

Sand is a natural material, and the environment already knows how to deal with it.

Every time you get the urge to say "it's natural so it is OK" - REMEMBER CYANIDE.
Or Ebola. Or AIDS. Cancer too...

All perfectly natural.

Just like sulfuric acid - which is used to unclog pipes once they accumulate too much sand.
Or even "apricot shells and cocoa beans" suggested by the idiotic article.
Both of which soak up water, sink to the bottom and clog up pipes - calling for more perfectly natural chemicals to poured down the drain more often.

Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 247

by denzacar (#49757585) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

Maybe you can try going to poor towns in West Virginia and tell them that they have to spend millions of dollars on new sewage treatment plants because of toothpaste and skin soap.

Lay off the appeal to the poor and other forms of appeal to emotion and look at your question again.

Then, consider that the article itself argues how California (due to its economy's size) banning this particular product (which article claims is being used because it is cheaper) will FORCE the industry to stop using it altogether.
Meaning that instead of "poow witwe tows iw Wewst Wiwviwia" (Isn't appeal to emotion retarded?) it will affect the economy of the ENTIRE USA and thus indirectly the world - because "estimated 38 tons of plastic pollution in California".

On the other hand...
Why are you OK with California influencing both world economy INCLUDING Wewst Wiwviwia evowowy (OK... I'll stop) in one dictatorial form - but not in another which would be ameliorated by various federal and state grants and caps based on quantity of produced/treated sewage, AFTER it gets voted in on a federal level?
How many poow wi... how many small towns outside California would be influenced by regulations for stricter filtration INSIDE California?
Which would produce cleaner water all-round, and not just from that one form of particles.

And really... California, the 10th economy by nominal GDP, IN THE WORLD, surpassing India and Canada, can't afford better treatment of its water - so it has to shift the cost of its inhabitants fear of plastic onto everyone else's wallets?

On a side note...
Can't wait until it dawns on Californians that glitter is made out of the same stuff, only covered with various shiny metals.
I wonder if they'll ban Mariah Carey?

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