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Comment: Re:Is this really just a symptom of societal decli (Score 1) 531

by germ!nation (#35816582) Attached to: The End of the "Age of Speed"

You could argue that it is a case of wealth being held away from the pockets of the people who would be willing and able to spend it on researching and inventing. Most of the major brilliant moments of discovery and invention in the past were works of single humans funding (at least in part) and carrying out their own endeavours. Now wealth is held by large corporations who restrict the kinds of people who in the past might have been the inventors to specific paths, and overall this leads to little genuine new thinking in the industrial fields.

Comment: Spending is negative, preventing is invisible (Score 1) 341

by germ!nation (#35665202) Attached to: California Healthcare Provider Wants Illness-Predicting Algorithm

Isn't the wider problem that no one has "Money that didn't have to be spent" on their balance sheets? If people regularly claim on their health insurance (I assume that's how it works? UK resident here) won't their cover suffer in some fashion down the line even if the times they picked to claim where 100% right decisions that removed the need for much more expensive future claims?

Comment: Re:Worse than Tjernobyl. (Score 5, Informative) 580

by germ!nation (#35514882) Attached to: US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

This is the least informed comment I have ever read on /.

"We now have four rectors that needs to be cooled down, built in and kept under close watch for a couple of hundred thousands of years"

That doesnt even bear any resemblance to anything that is actually happening or going to happen at that plant.

Comment: Re: Hopefully (Score 2) 747

by germ!nation (#34498704) Attached to: Doubling of CO2 Not So Tragic After All?

the physics of greenhouse gasses seems to be quite well established

In isolation yes, but we really have little to no idea of how all the various mechanisms will interact with our input. We have been in a relatively stable era in Earths history in terms of global weather fluctuations (for 10k years or so), so our "normal" is not really very normal in the history of the planet, where normal is fairly brutal extremes and feedback loops.

Comment: Re:A point to note (Score 1) 565

by germ!nation (#31480954) Attached to: Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

Other than for control of masses ideas of what is and isn't possible Russia and China should not be seriously disccussed as Communist societies. Both used the veneer or Communist ideals to garner grass-roots support but then actively destroyed any traces of worker controlled industry when they got into power. That is just Totalitarianism.

Infact the practicalities of worker controlled industry were even taking off in northern Italy after the WWII but clearly that was unacceptable incase it worked, so was actively destroyed.

It could be said that the way Capitalism has been approached by western powers is closer to a religion, full of interollerance and crusades. I'm not sure we even have a large scale real example of Communism to use as an example.

Comment: Re:well yeah, downside (Score 1) 185

by germ!nation (#31450726) Attached to: China To Tap Combustible Ice As New Energy Source

This was kind of the point I was going to make, but I wasn't going to turn it into a reply that would get downvoted straight away as bait.

The assumption in the story was that it was going to melt anyway, if that is the case then using it for energy is of course a big win. But the obvious question is whether it was actually going to melt. I assume the deposits are old enough to have gone through an number of global temperature changes, so why would it all suddenly melt in the next 90 years?

Comment: Re:They're just rocks. (Score 1) 176

by germ!nation (#31217018) Attached to: Stone Tools Found On Crete Push Back Humans' Maritime History

See those repeated scallops that define the edge? That is not a naturally occuring stone.

I always take issue with statements like this. Given enough time and situations there is a probability of 1 of stones with that shape occurring and human brains (and cognitive bias) are fantastic at reading into things that aren't there. I grant you it may well just be shorthand by specialists in the field when talking in general public though.

Which is not to say these aren't the real deal.

Comment: Emails sent for free, letters cost you Â&poun (Score 1) 360

by germ!nation (#29679671) Attached to: Why the FBI Director Doesn't Bank Online

I don't even know why anyone would even read emails from any bank. They tell you that any important messages are sent to the in-account message system and at the very least, in the UK anyway, if anything is so wrong with your account that a bank deems is necessary to get in contact with you instead of the other way round then they will gladly sent you a letter that costs you £25.

It amazes me at the level at which people can't even stop and think.

Comment: Does no one just develop anymore? (Score 1) 434

by germ!nation (#29241273) Attached to: Highly-Paid Developers As ScrumMasters?

We use scrums and things at work purely so no 1 developer is lumped with a task called "build this e-learning course" and then waste a few days trying to figure out where to start and generally sink. We implement it poorly and it works great for us.

But honestly, does no one just like write code and get on with things anymore? The overlap of academic programming theory and just everyday programming roles in business (facilitated by t'internet) goes way too far, to the point where I know developers who spend so much time on their patterns, lose coupling and complaining about how things arent "properly" agile that they end up doing most of a day cocking around and then have to do 3 hours overtime just to do their days work.

People need to just breath in a lung-full of stfu and go back to just working and getting things done.

The flush toilet is the basis of Western civilization. -- Alan Coult