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Comment: Cut the crap. What energy density/price ratio? (Score 1) 380

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47327537) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Because in a world of capitalist systems, that's all that matters. At the moment, I buy 25 miles of transportation for about $3.45 cents.

I'm pretty sure that ammonia doesn't have anything like the energy density of gasoline, and that it costs more per unit of energy. Feel free to show me how wrong I am.

TL;DR: Another horseshit, "we're saved! There's never going to be an energy problem again!" article.

Comment: No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oooooo........ (Score 1) 309

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47222953) Attached to: Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

We don't need even ONE more programming language. We need at most one or two programming languages that aren't shit.

IMHO upgrading javascript to a full blown programming language that can run in, or outside of a browser would be sufficient. Contrary to beliefs of idiots who think programming should be difficult, there's no value in making anyone learn an entirely new syntax and language to get some mundane work done. It's a programming language. They all do the same thing.

Bottom line? Expanding a current programming language to do more work makes ECONOMIC sense. Forcing any programmers do something new to satisfy the vision of a 20-something whiz kid or clueless CEO (Cough,...Ballmer, Cough) who has no awareness of the money invested in existing code bases, technologies, or your business model does not.

Comment: And how is everyone else's error rates? (Score 1) 200

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47099911) Attached to: Wikipedia Medical Articles Found To Have High Error Rate

And who makes those judgments? I can go to right now and find quite a few contradictory articles, and more than a few that might charitably be described as "fluffy."

If the goddamned medical community is so concerned about this, they can come up with a web site that's peer reviewed by their selected group of experts and pretends to be the last word on medical data.

No word yet of course, on how the esteemed "medical community" missed the problems with Vioxx, post-menopausal hormones, cobalt hip implants or any of that sily stuff. Because they're like, you know, infalible.

I read Wikipedia, knowing it's inaccurate. I cross reference and look at multiple other sources like a big boy. I read *everything* knowing that there's inaccuracy somewhere. Sounds like it's time for everybody to grow up. There's no great, all-knowing source of information *anywhere.* No group of wise thoughtful, beard stroking authorities who know all and see all.

It's just us, doing the best we can with the crappy information we're given.

Comment: For those who think programming should be hard... (Score 1) 294

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47031745) Attached to: Fixing the Pain of Programming

You're a bunch of over-testosteroned, machismo idiots.

Offense definitely intended.

First point. Machines and software exist to serve *people* and for no other reason. To the extent that they do that, they are "good." Anything less is "bad." Simple enough for you?

Second point. Programming is not about "overcoming intellectual challenges." Don't flatter yourselves. Nobody cares how you feel. Programming is either about money or masturbation. If the latter, make it as hard as you like. Go for it. Wheeeee! Look at meeeee! Look how smart I am! Whoo hoo!

But if you're trying to make *money* programming, or actually have to get a task done, you need all the help you can get. If you have a manager or officer breathing down your neck to GET IT DONE so millions aren't lost, or someone doesn't die, you need effective tools.

Bottom line? Get over yourselves. The IDE is there to make accomplishing a task as easy as possible. It serves no other purpose. It should make everything easily known and obvious. Moreover, it should actually HELP YOU solve your problems. Otherwise, it's just another idiotic software failure.

Comment: Re:Dear developers: STOP HELPING ME! (Score 1) 522

Then your Dad is the exception that proves the rule. I've tried it dozens of times over the years. I think it did work, once. The rest of the time, it was the usual troubleshooting with a healthy dollop of trial and error. Like all Microsoft diagnostics and error messages, it never seems to give you enough *relevant* information to solve the problem yourself, or even "enough *relevant* information." /End rant

Comment: Dear developers: STOP HELPING ME! (Score 4, Insightful) 522

George Martin said it, but I feel like screaming this about a dozen times a day. Don't change my words, my punctuation, or my URL. Don't suggest sites I might want to visit, items I might find interesting, or settings more befitting someone my age. Don't give me the ability to change all things *trivial* (e.g. appearance) but nothing that matters. If you're going to help, help me fix real *problems* and not just appearances. ("Ohhh, Microsoft helped me fix my network problem!" - said No one, ever).

In short, BUZZ OFF (And get off my lawn).

Comment: Bullshit! It's what's for dinner! (Score 1) 426

If the mathematics implies that machines can't be concious, it implies that humans can't be concious. The math is the math, whether the bits are in silicon or some goopy stuff between the ears.

Seriously. The obvious implication of this claim is that organic humans are some kind of super duper special thing beyond mathematics. This is sheerest horseshit and there's not a shred of objective evidence indicating this.

Comment: But they're NOT a front for the NSA. (Score 1) 57

I'm sure they'll work for *anybody.* The NSA, the CIA, the Chinese, the Russians, the NYC police department, NASA, BP, Exxon....

Heck, the beauty of it is that the intelligence can be sold over and over to different parties to the highest bidders. It doesn't even have to be accurate, just convincing.

Of course, if the NSA hopes to shield itself from controversy by outsourcing to these front organizations would never allow that to happen.... (Ahem). Unless, perhaps, there was money to be made.

If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, then a consensus forecast is a camel's behind. -- Edgar R. Fiedler