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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 323

by frd1963 (#47930437) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album
Probably more like this: Do you like Tofu? Well we don't care whether you like it or not; lots of people do like it so we are going to keep it in your fridge in case you change your mind and decide to try it. Either way, it is there taking up space. You can search for it and put it somewhere else to make room and it won't go bad, but as long as you own that fridge, you own that tofu and it is there for your enjoyment or torment.

Comment: Re:Maybe because normal humans can't code (Score 1) 608

by frd1963 (#47425339) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Humans are good with spatial things. ... Humans are terrible at numbers and algorithms.

Now, this guys gets it, but fails to connect it with the original article.

Programming is all about algorithms and numbers, meaning that good programmers will be those who can think in term of algorithms and numbers. And that's the problem.
The examples of pictures and objects to relate algorithms to a spatial model is spot-on. For programming to be accessible by the 'normal' human, it must be made spatial; and not just in explanations, but in practice.
I am sure that many will argue that the nature of programming is numbers and algorithms, so that's just how it is. Not true though. Programming is a layer on top of the physical world (material, time, electrical potential) that maps it to something that can be dealt with logically. Of course the people who did the mapping were those who were smart and thought in terms of numbers and algorithms. This is the first generation of computing though, and though it may last until the end of the human race, I hope not. I would like to see the next generation be a format that is more widely accessible, even if I don't live to actually 'see' it.

Comment: At least... (Score 1) 98

by frd1963 (#47326603) Attached to: George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum
... they're doing it while many still have somewhat of a high regard for the franchise. Once Disney's marketing prodigies butcher the upcoming installments, I think that Star Wars may become the poster-child for the evils of unchecked corporate oversight. It may take until the 25th century for that stigma to wane; just in time build a museum in New Chicago.

Comment: Re:Maybe if they shipped better (Score 1) 276

by frd1963 (#46488495) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee
Not only are the suggestions weird, but I suspect they are often lies. "Frequently bought together" usually shows items that are too similar or contradictory to have been actually bought together enough times to make it "frequent," unless the majority of Amazon's purchases are from resellers, in which case the recommendation are ill-targeted at best. You look at a backpack, and it says that it is frequently purchased with another backpack?

Comment: Re:Efficiency. (Score 1) 937

by frd1963 (#45919221) Attached to: Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

There are any number of fuzzy logic problems that the computer will never be better at solving as fast and correctly as a human is, simply because the data will be missing. Everyone who claims that the new robotic car overlords will be better and safer at doing everything for us are hopelessly naive.

I look forward to the day that this post will be dug up from the archives as a jocular look back at how the ludites almost prevented the new age of safe commuting.

Porsche: there simply is no substitute. -- Risky Business

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