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Comment: Re:All cloud services story needs this in the head (Score 2) 144

If all stories came with that disclaimer then all stories would be burdened with a load of FUD.

Computers become outdated and useless, hard drives crash, thumbdrives are lost, LTOs break, RAIDs die, etc etc. Everything is temporary, no single solution is reliable and should be solely relied on. The cloud is no better or worse.

On the other hand TODAY while the cloud is still here OneDrive gives me a really nice service to consolidate my data across multiple machines. So why would I toss a great service today because tomorrow it might go away? I got unlimited Gmail 10 years ago or so and it's a cloud service I still use every day. Maybe gmail will implode some day. And when that day comes... I'll find something better.

Comment: Re:I'd be useful if the forensics were released (Score 1) 233

by im_thatoneguy (#48247537) Attached to: Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

Considering Sharyl Attkisson is an Anti-vaxxer and a conspiracy theorist who quit CBS because it was full of too many liberals I doubt that forensic evidence will ever come.

Just another conservative who thinks the government A) cares about them in the slightest B) is trying to stop them from uncovering their secret evil communist plots!

Comment: Re: Boys are naturally curious... (Score 1) 603

by im_thatoneguy (#48243643) Attached to: Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

It's informative to look at the raw numbers:

http://i111.photobucket.com/al...

It's not that women disproportionately left in the 80s. They just haven't benefited from the boom years as much. Men left the industry in the 80s too. But since the high was higher the low was higher.

Comment: Re:ps Good luck teaching AFRICANS to code... (Score 1) 164

by im_thatoneguy (#48204901) Attached to: Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Nah the Tea Part is the PERFECT name for these people. The original tea party was a astroturf protest instigated by wealthy tea importers who looked to lose business thanks to their businesses being made obsolete by a direct sales model combined with a *lower tax*.

England thought they had found the perfect solution: their too-big-to-fail tea company would see increased profits thanks to direct sales and the Americans would get lower prices and reduced taxes.

Instead a bunch of self interested 1%'ers spun something ostensibly *good* for the people into an "evil plot to take your money!" to distract from the fact that they were actually better off with the tea tax.

The fact that they blamed a disadvantaged minority group for their own actions is just icing on the cake.

The parallels are eerie.

Comment: Re:1..2..3 before SJW (Score 1) 781

by im_thatoneguy (#48199247) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Yeah I would say "OMG YOU ARE A STUPID ____" is endemic to the tech industry. I'm definitely guilty of it. Within half an hour you can have two people do it back and forth in half jest. But it's also true of nerdy girls in school and nerdy boys. Nerds are generally the victim of mocking so to be superior gives them an opportunity to take it out on others. It's not helpful--but it is understandable.

Comment: Re:Federal govt + cloud computing (Score 1) 120

by im_thatoneguy (#48198165) Attached to: Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Or neither. Sometimes it's fine to have a website crash and it's not worth the effort for the one time every 10 years that it gets pounded into oblivion. It would be like WalMart needing to redesign their entire store for black friday. It's probably not worth the effort to redesign the entire store for a single day.

Comment: Re:Uneven distribution of talent? (Score 1) 197

by im_thatoneguy (#48191631) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

My advice to anyone who wants to work in IT is this -- there will ALWAYS be downward pressure on salaries.

I think this is good for everyone, not just IT. I had a job on the side for 3 years that was paying buko bucks. I socked every dollar into stocks and launching a side business. Now all of my profits from my side business are gravy since I invested in myself and others. And long after that job is a distant memory I'll still be making money from those paychecks.

I see a lot of people get a really sweet job and instead of treating it like a lottery winning, they treat it like a permanent source of income. Then that sweet deal disappears and they've raised their living expenses so that they have to find a replacement or go broke.

My little windfall has helped me fully fund my retirement account and it's given me a side job that I could parlay into a full time gig to fall back on if I ever was completely unemployed.

The long term trend as far as I'm concerned is near complete unemployment. If you don't own capital in one of the large corporations who own the robots and get a share of their profits you'll be broke looking for a job. You can already see that today. People always complain about how companies only care about their stock holders not their employees. It's true. They'll happily fire you and hire someone for 1/10th the price overseas if it increase their profits. But those profits don't just evaporate, they go said shareholders. So if your company is going to outsource your job, you might as well profit from their increased profit margin.

Comment: Re:Moore's law applies here. (Score 1) 365

by im_thatoneguy (#48163307) Attached to: Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

I agree. And I would wager that compiled languages with efficient compilers are on average more efficient than depending on people to write these systems in assembly and random mistakes being a drag on performance.

But, there is a big difference between the networking stack and some rapidly evolving "feature". For the most part TCP/IP handling is largely static so first-to-market is less important than bullet proof.

Comment: Re:Society is Hostile to Idiotic Billionaires (Score 1) 238

I apparently know more about PayPal than you. It wasn't setup to just make Ebay money. It had far grander designs.

"We're definitely onto something big. The need PayPal answers is monumental. Everyone in the world needs money â" to get paid, to trade, to live. Paper money is an ancient technology and an inconvenient means of payment. You can run out of it. It wears out. It can get lost or stolen. In the twenty-first century, people need a form of money that's more convenient and secure, something that can be accessed from anywhere with a PDA or an Internet connection. Of course, what we're calling 'convenient' for American users will be revolutionary for the developing world. Many of these countries' governments play fast and loose with their currencies," the former derivatives trader [referring to Thiel] noted, before continuing, "They use inflation and sometimes wholesale currency devaluations, like we saw in Russia and several Southeast Asian countries last year [referring to the 1998 Russian financial crisis and 1997 Asian financial crisis], to take wealth away from their citizens. Most of the ordinary people there never have an opportunity to open an offshore account or to get their hands on more than a few bills of a stable currency like U.S. dollars. Eventually PayPal will be able to change this. In the future, when we make our service available outside the U.S. and as Internet penetration continues to expand to all economic tiers of people, PayPal will give citizens worldwide more direct control over their currencies than they ever had before. It will be nearly impossible for corrupt governments to steal wealth from their people through their old means because if they try the people will switch to dollars or Pounds or Yen, in effect dumping the worthless local currency for something more secure."

Biotech

Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon 366

Posted by Soulskill
from the might-be-easier-on-us-to-make-them-super-dumb dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Stephen Hsu, a professor in theoretical physics at Michigan State University, has an article discussing the genetic underpinnings of intelligence, and how our understanding of it will eventually lead to smarter children. Researchers have detected genes that influence cognitive ability, but the effect of any one gene is very small — less than 1 IQ point at best. Genetically modifying such genes is unlikely to happen any time soon, but our ability to analyze an embryo's genome is becoming quick and cheap. As we isolate more and more genes that affect intelligence, this means prospective parents will soon be able to analyze a batch of zygotes and figure out which ones are likely to be the smartest. Hsu says a batch of 10 zygotes will probably have an IQ range of 15 points or more. As our understanding of intelligence genetics grows, that range will only expand. He adds, "The corresponding ethical issues are complex and deserve serious attention in what may be a relatively short interval before these capabilities become a reality."

Comment: Re:So confused (Score 1) 376

by im_thatoneguy (#48155589) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

These WMDs weren't the pretext we used to go to war. Our pretext for war was Nuclear mushrom clouds and small box clouds. It's pretty trivial to make Sarin gas and these weapons predate Gulf War 1. It was pretty much just shoddy disposal of an inconvenient and expensive problem (old weapons). The same problem the US has had. So to save a buck they just burried them in the desert and kind of ignored them hoping they would go away.

When the US arrived we obviously weren't ok with insurgents breaking out their metal detectors and going on a toxic waste scavenger hunt so we kept quiet. In fact many of the stockpiles were already registered with the United Nations. So securing them early in the war was a priority for the military.

Also this isn't just leaking, this was in the news back in Bush's second term.

Comment: Re:"will present results Oct. 17 (Score 1) 315

by im_thatoneguy (#48122731) Attached to: Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

If energy dropped to 1/1,000,000th of the current price and we increased our energy production by x1,000,000 then we would absolutely have to insulate the plant and re-use the coolant. There wouldn't be a large enough radiator nor could we do what we currently do which is take in a bit of river water and expel it a bit warmer. We would have to feed a river the size of the Mississippi into the reactor and turn all of it into water vapor which WOULD warm the planet. But it would also rain like crazy.

x1,000,000 times the heat/energy becomes an unfeasible problem using current solutions. You wouldn't be able to rely on water you would have to run like molten rock through your turbines which obviously wouldn't work either with current material science. :D

Comment: Re:Society is Hostile to Idiotic Billionaires (Score 1) 238

They created PayPal to circumvent government intereference in money exchanges *cough avoid taxes*. And now he's shocked and dismayed that governments aren't spending enough on infrastructure?

It's no shock that the government is hostile to idiotic billionaires who both want to promote tax evasion while also expect a well funded government's services in order to profit further.

Comment: Re:Moore's law applies here. (Score 1) 365

by im_thatoneguy (#48066465) Attached to: Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

I'm all for using Moore's law to overcome deficiencies in applications but I would say that's taking it too far. Yes, if it was an end-user feature I would say it's probably better to ship the product than it is to make it "pure". However if it's a *core* feature like networking that will affect every single application on the computer then do whatever it takes to make it go 2% faster. I'm not saying that C is 2% faster than C++ in fact C++ might be faster but if C were faster... go C for a core functionality.

Put another way. If it takes 2 more weeks to make a feature 2% faster and 2 million users are going to benefit for 10+ years then you're looking at 365 days * .02 = 1 week faster * 2 million users = 2 million weeks == 38,000 years of slow down.

So 2 weeks vs 38,000 years. The 2 weeks wins.

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