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Comment: Re:Battler (Score 2) 291

by dudpixel (#47480063) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Saying that other people are worse than is not a valid argument. It doesn't improve our score one bit. It just adds to the list of people we should be disappointed in.

Our treatment of refugees is disgusting. I don't care who does it even worse. It doesn't make what we do any better. It most definitely doesn't make it acceptable.

Comment: Re:it is the wrong way... (Score 5, Informative) 291

by dudpixel (#47480035) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

It gives companies who pollute less an advantage, and it gives businesses an incentive to look into renewable energy.

For example:
Electricity prices would go up but only until it became cheaper to get solar, and at that point the price war resumes. Customers will not pay higher prices if there is a cheaper alternative, and so a carbon tax opens up an advantage for technologies that cause less polution.

Besides, the stats in Australia show that the carbon tax was working.

Comment: Re:more leisure time for humans! (Score 1) 530

by dudpixel (#47404863) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

I would like to see a world where Foxconn is free to do this but is forced to find equivalent/suitable work for any employees that are made redundant. If a company is "hiring" robots specifically to save costs, and human jobs are made redundant in the process, then the company should be responsible for those humans.

But alas, I'm probably dreaming and it'll never happen :(

Greed and profits always seem to win out over basic humanity...

Comment: Re:Debuggers (Score 1) 294

by dudpixel (#47035683) Attached to: Fixing the Pain of Programming

Learn to read. I was commenting on people that need debuggers, like in the OP? Using a debugger and needing one are two different things.

Are you kidding?

Yes they are different, but they are related, as follows:

If you need a debugger but don't use one, you're an idiot.
If you use a debugger but don't need to, you're just wasting time.

You've yet to demonstrate that anyone ACTUALLY doesn't need to use one (as opposed to just thinking they are so good they don't need one)...but that's another issue I think.

Comment: Re:Hold on... (Score 1) 112

by dudpixel (#46234971) Attached to: Can Electric Current Make People Better At Math?

Ever heard the phrase "let me put my thinking cap on" ?

This kind of makes that a real thing.

Thinking on a much bigger scale - can this kind of technique be used to raise the limit of human intelligence? Can the world's brightest minds benefit from this? Is there potential for this kind of research to eventually aid in driving humanity further than we could otherwise have gone?

Fascinating possibilities if this is true...

Comment: Re:what if... (Score 2) 716

by dudpixel (#46225447) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

I think the analogy is flawed.

Software development is probably more like engineering and building a bridge.

You need to compare with something where not everything is known at the outset.

I'm sure that bridges sometimes have "bugs" - problems that were not though of in the planning phase. I'm sure no one fixes those for free.

Is the construction of the bridge equivalent to the software development? or the software release and implementation?

I think you could perhaps design a model where developer fix their own bugs on their own time, but don't expect the model to look like the current one. Developers will want more, and the work will take longer, as testing now takes a higher priority (in my experience many companies only give lip-service to proper software testing because it's difficult to quantify how much money it makes).

It's a valid question, but let's not expect we can just stop paying developers for bug fixing and have the world continue on otherwise unchanged...

Comment: WTF? (Score 1) 247

by dudpixel (#45981899) Attached to: Wikimedia Community Debates H.264 Support On Wikipedia Sites.

The unencumbered WebM and Ogg versions would remain our primary reference for platforms that support them. But the MP4 versions 'ould[sic] enable many mobile and desktop users who cannot view these unencumbered video files to watch them in MP4 format.'

Something is fucking wrong with this situation...

try again