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Comment: Re:It doesn't matter what people think... (Score 1) 406

by dkf (#48949079) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

The US has the most corrupt political system... it's really fascism where the corporations and the rich control the government.

That's not true. It's that the rich control both corporations and government. Observe how many senior politicians move in the same circles as corporate board members, and typically have done since early in life. It's not precisely corrupt, it's just that they prefer to do things for their kind of people above and beyond all else. Joe Dumbass can always be told what to vote for on things where it matters through advertizing and related stuff. It's not total control though; they ignore much of the detail of local politics, since who is your neighborhood dog-catcher doesn't matter at all to those with real power.

Comment: Re:Breakdown of adult interaction, oral tradition? (Score 1) 351

by dkf (#48899409) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

How in bog's green earth is any sort of family unit supposed to deal with the current knowledge set? Hell, even a university level professor can barely keep track of what goes on in their own field.

That's what the professor's family is for, to keep track of all the rest of human knowledge that the professor hasn't got time for.

Comment: Re:strawman; nobody's asking him to be "PC" or "ni (Score 1) 361

by dkf (#48841789) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

They're free to go fork the kernel and have their own software wonderland, with neither blackjack nor hookers.

If they want to arrange their own blackjack and hookers, they're free to do so. It's Open Source.

I will screw my tinfoil hat on a little tighter and suggest it might have something to do with the US Army being their largest customer.

I really doubt that that's it. I think you've let the tinfoil slip over your eyes a bit too far, and you've lost sight of reality there.

Comment: Re:Is this a US only problem? (Score 1) 217

by dkf (#48841577) Attached to: FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

The problem in the USA is that people are getting several to dozens of calls a day.

That's not special to the USA. I have some numbers set to auto-block with very good reason. It's significantly less annoying in Europe though, as the caller pays the cost of the call (except in exceptional circumstances, which robocalls don't count as).

Blacklists/Blocking numbers is useless because the callers use spoofed callerID, so the number shown is different every time. Lately, they have been using spoofed callerID numbers that belong to government agencies or well-known businesses.

That's what the FCC needs to crack down on. The easiest way would probably to have a rule change that makes the phone companies part liable for any court-imposed liabilities arising from private actions over robocalls where those robocalls come from a spoofed number. That'll encourage the phone companies to sort out the problem very rapidly indeed, perhaps by making it significantly more difficult for phone users to supply the phone number in the first place. I know this will be inconvenient for some PBX operators, but mechanisms that are too easy to abuse need revision anyway.

Comment: Re:How could they? (Score 1) 179

by belmolis (#48826187) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking
That isn't really true. There are specific rights that you can't give up. You can't, for example, submit to assault except in limited circumstances (e.g. surgery). But, in general, you can contract away all sorts of rights. Lots of contracts require disputes to be settled by arbitration, for example, which forces you to vie up your right to go to court. Such contracts are, in general, valid and enforced.

Comment: nothing like Star Trek (Score 1) 122

by belmolis (#48816041) Attached to: Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator
Google's current effort is nothing like the Star Trek Universal Translator, and it is exceedingly unlikely that anything ever will be. The STUT is supposed to be able to translate languages that it has not been programmed to translate and has never been exposed to before. Existing translators, including Google's, can only work with languages that they already know.

Comment: Re:Editable scientific data? (Score 1) 61

by dkf (#48732623) Attached to: The Next Big Step For Wikidata: Forming a Hub For Researchers

Versioning only ensures that anyone who subsequently performs the calculations will reach the same result - it does not verify the data is complete or correct.

Nothing much ensures that the data is complete or correct now either, other than peer review over a long period of time by people who are wholly unconnected with the original work (and its funding). In fact, in some sciences you're not going to get complete data in a public venue anyway (some sciences work with data that in raw form can identify individual people; think medical research). Correctness is hard to evaluate; what does it even mean for raw data in the first place?

But keeping versioned data does help with some types of analysis, such as working out whether a scientist's hypothesis was reasonable based on what data was available at the time, and whether that hypothesis still holds water or when it ceased to be good. It also makes it much easier to detect fraud, and you can use all the sorts of concepts developed for distributed source code management to make it all more comprehensible.

Don't think "wikipedia for scientific data", think "github for scientific data". That's a much better model.

Comment: Re:IDEs with a concept of 'projects'. (Score 1) 421

by dkf (#48732225) Attached to: What Isn't There an App For?

if they save it to a file

As opposed to what? Saving state by tattooing it on a hairy fairy's derriere? If you're saving state, so that you can shut down an IDE and start it up again in the sam place, it's going to be saved to disk somewhere, and the chance that it's going to be in a file when its going to disk is enormously high. (Technically you could also store it in a DB that is written to a raw partition, but I'm not aware of anyone mad enough to use a full installation of Oracle on dedicated storage devices just to save the state of their IDE...)

Comment: Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 303

by dkf (#48730543) Attached to: Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

In other words message passing works completely dynamic and is resolved by the runtime system while method calls are resolved statically by the compiler.

Am I right in saying that the marks of a message passing solution are that it can handle "calls" of arbitrary methods and that the class/object itself can control what happens in that case?

Comment: Re:Encapsulation (Score 1) 303

by dkf (#48730511) Attached to: Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

No they are not procedural, if at all they are like C++ and are called multi paradigm.

That's largely a crock of shit and C++ programmers are just kidding themselves. The only two paradigms that C++ really implements are OO (for structural organisation) and imperative (for operation description). It's not functional in any meaningful way (it's possible to pretend, but it feels very strange if you do) and declarative programming is rather different. The only declarative language that most programmers normally encounter is SQL.

My point was that there's no real reason why OO can't be used with functional programming, or declarative programming. It just tends to be paired up with imperative programming for historical reasons.

You are mixing up 'imperative' languages (that is actually what the parent meant) with 'declarative' languages.

I forgot the term. Oh well.

Comment: Re:Encapsulation (Score 1) 303

by dkf (#48727231) Attached to: Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

Most OO language really fall under that category, too.

That's because most OO languages are also procedural programming languages (for historical reasons). OO is principally about how to organise data and the operations on it, which is orthogonal to whether the operations are sequences of commands or composite functions to be applied.

Comment: Re:But *are* there enough eyes? (Score 1) 255

by dkf (#48724595) Attached to: 2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

the problem is 'security' software is never as secure as promised

And the problem with OpenSSL is that they start out from the position "this is complicated" and then go straight to "so Joe Working Programmer should deal with all the complexity themselves" without properly spelling this out in very clear letters in a large font. That's abysmally awful. It leaves people exposed to trouble without them realising that this so.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein