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Comment: Porting (Score 3, Insightful) 241

by gmuslera (#48854873) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

If they want to have a chance, they must not have just bundled with a few new phones. It should have good enough ports for other samsung devices (even done officially by samsung) and open enough devices from other major manufacturers. They need to build a critical mass of actual users and a community behind it. And need to be very open. If they want (or must do, if done by another company) may keep some key part (i.e. optional android compatibility app/libraries) as what they sell or license of it and is not fully open source, but the rest should be.

Meego/Maemo failed mostly because it was available mostly on one particular device from one particular manufacturer. They could learn the lesson this time.

Comment: Missing (Score 4, Interesting) 245

by gmuslera (#48801089) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

PHP is far more available in cheap hosting solutions. The apps are simpler to deploy (simply put them along your static html files in a web server that supports its extension), and simple apps are simpler in php. The ecosystem around was not touched in the review, Compose vs npm, joyent vs the community behind php, the future of both platforms.

In the other hand, PHP is (or at least, used to be recently enough) a fractal of bad design

Comment: What happens if i cut this red wire? (Score 1) 319

by gmuslera (#48769917) Attached to: How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Scientists that had their lives dedicated to the study of climate and consequences still getting surprised by some of the newly discovered consequences of global warming. Tinkering with a very complex system that you don't understand could have even worse or more urgent consequences than the original problem you were trying to solve. And if you make big mistakes there you not only lose the future of mankind, but also all the past.

Whats wrong with solving it in the plain, simple, ordered and pretty studied solution of diminishing our influence in the change?

Comment: Re:ROI (Score 1) 287

by gmuslera (#48744167) Attached to: Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?
Not sure whats new will come, what new technologies will be enabled, what new discoveries will be made, whatever that comes from this that will be integral part of our future lives. But we know the past, the ROI of what already invested is still coming. That is the math that should be used, including the big part of it that impacted defense. How would be the world without any of it?

Comment: ROI (Score 3, Insightful) 287

by gmuslera (#48744127) Attached to: Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

Maybe they should be aware of how much they got back from the investment. Just going to orbit, not landing elsewhere, the impact on everyone's life is all around, from weather/climate prediction to GPSs on phones. And maybe some activities that would have even more impact on our everyday life (zero-g manufacturing/alloys made from captured asteroids?) need more funds to be able to be done. And if well things in the space could give obvious returns, reaching other planets could get us unexpected yet (or only suspected) benefits.

Landing elsewhere and planting a flag is nice as a symbol, but things that have economic return may sustain a complex space program a bit better.

Of course, there are things that may end having infinite ROI, if by standing there we could avoid the end of mankind (detecting threats and avoiding them, or at least having a backup copy elsewhere). Delaying it till is too late will be much more expensive than doing it now.

Comment: Re:250,000 - 470,000 years to go . . . (Score 1) 272

by gmuslera (#48721509) Attached to: How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy
That the sound changes leaves the main phase will take millons to billons of years. In the other hand, our civilization has been around for 10k years, and in the last 100 we developed (and actually used against ourselves) a lot of technologies that could end mankind or even all life on earth, and with time the opportunities to do it with more severe consequences will be more, not less. I would give more chances that we manage to actually travel 14 light years (with all the complexities involved) than mankind and/or our civilization would last for another 10k years.

"The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was." -- Walt West