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Comment And all the other shit? (Score 1) 257

So, are you going to fix the annoying CDN/download system, ie the one that doesn't give simple URLs, but instead force every download through a CGI script, instead of using a proper fucking CDN, DNS round robin, or load balancer?

Do you have any idea how annoying it is to want to download a tarball from Sourceforge to a remote system I'm SSH'd to, but I can't copy the URL to the clipboard and paste it into the command line without escaping the ampersands, or having to manually rename the file?

Plus, let's be honest here: you're not fixing this crap because you all care about the open source community. You're fixing it because projects left in droves and your advertising revenue dropped. Stop pretending this is about anything other than money.

Comment $52/yr is a lot for a subscription (Score 4, Insightful) 579

Since there's no pulp to push, the economics of the price are astounding.

If ads were more intelligent and higher class, they wouldn't be so annoying. Nothing like continuing to see ads for something you bought, or putting up with taboola's brain-dead stupid tricks.

Ads should be as good as the articles they parasitically feed off of.

Comment Arleady problematic now (Score 4, Informative) 569

...when they finally go big time, given that the white lines currently are used to guide them on multi lane roads.

No need to wait for autonomous vehicle.
Current safety devices use it already:

- Lane Departure Warning:
vehicle uses the contrast of white lines on dark asphalt to guess where the lane is, and can either alert the driver (e.g.: Volvo cars) or correct course (e.g.: BMW) to stay in the lane. The driver needs to explicitly switch on the turn signal to tell the car that he indeed intend to turn the car.
No lines, not easy for the car to tell what exactly the trajectory should be. Whereas humans can more or less guess based on the surrounding and know where the "virtual lane" should go (and TFA's idea is that this guess-work will force drivers to be more prudent and slow down. My own feeling is that the first 2 weeks, the drivers will be watchful, then they'll get used it, and then everything will be back to normal)

- Forward Collision Avoidance:
vehicle have a forward facing radar that can detect other vehicle in front. So the car can see if the other in front breaks (when they are both in the same lane, i.e.: a traffic jam) and automatically slow down the cruise control (and in some car, resume driving once the traffic jam clears and the car in front starts again).
Also, the cars can detect incoming vehicle or vehicle that are on a crash course and prevent by applying breaks.
For that to work, again the car's computer need to have some basic idea of where lanes are. Other wise, there's a risk that the car will hit the break, even if the stoped/slower vehicle was in another lane, or the incoming car is in the other half of the road (like in TFA's case).

It seems similar to what i believe they did in the netherlands where they removed any distinction between the road and the pedestrian areas which apparently slowed down traffic.

...well at least, pedestrian and cyclist collision avoidance (more usually called "City Safety" by constructor, and currently slowly becoming a strandard option on most vehicle in europe), is entirely Lidar-based or shape-recognition based.
(i.e.: the car doesn't stop on its own because you're dangerously close to a pedestrian area or a bicycle lane, but because it recognised the object in front of you).
So at least *that* idea isn't disrupting existing safety device. But still...

I'm more proponent of some European city which have buried some of their highway network underground.

I don't think that forcing people to think about the security themselves by removing safety marking will actually work on the long term.
I strongly suspect that people will slowly adapt and get used to the missing markings, and start driving as carelessly as before.

If you think about it, large swaths of road miss markings, specially in developing countries. And those countries aren't exactly known for lower incident rates (though other reason, like vehicles to broken to be road-safe, missing driving education, etc. are other factors in play).

Comment (TFA citation) (Score 2) 502

Now, why not have them roleplay this (with an AI, or with a partner that would accept "playing" the subserviant) ?

Which is also shown as an example in TFA itself:

Interestingly, some AI assistants out there do cater to this sort of thing. CEO of Robin Labs, Ilya Eckstein claims there is a high demand for AI assistants that are "more intimate-slash-submissive with sexual undertones".

To each his own liking. And better to molest a virtual entity in roleplay that is designed to respond this way, than molesting a real person.

Comment Or the other way around... (Score 1) 502

Or you could consider the opposite:

Some of the people that you qualify "idiots" might have weird urges. They might *want* to degrade women even if they know it's bad.
Now, why not have them roleplay this (with an AI, or with a partner that would accept "playing" the subserviant) ?

Fed up that girls that you know / you (depending on sex) get constantly cat called?
Hey, why not build a special cat-call bot that the cat-callers can cat-call, and leave uninterested human females alone ?

Comment Intel Cores Schmores (Score 1) 136

Perhaps cores-schmores is one way to approach this? Lots of small cores with relatively slow clocks, as higher clocks tend to worsen power efficiency.

Which is also the road that Intel themselves pursue with Xeon Phi (the currently used descendant of their failed GPU).

I'm not discounting Intel's success with single-core performance per se, but I sometimes feel it's aimed at speeding up legacy applications

Yup, the drawback is that not a lot of current application are able to run on tons of separate threads.
Not only "legacy" but even applications recently produced or currently being produced.
But the architecture can have some success on servers, and some scientific workloads.

Comment Re: We are returning to the dark ages. (Score 1) 100

We are descending into a dark age. We have a culture of death, where we've replaced reproduction with immigration. This has been true for decades, and is becoming more pronounced with the passage of time. We have too many elderly, and our women are facing ever increasing pressure to choose service over family, creating a spiral effect. We will reach a point where we don't have the numbers to keep the infrastructure going. Our modern technological society relies on myriad resources being available, and as those resources become unavailable, all the knowledge in the world won't matter. Once we're unable to implement our discoveries and designs, people will forget them.

As we became more advanced, our creations became more delicate. The more delicate they are, the quicker archeological evidence of them deteriorates. There is no reason to believe this hasn't happened before.

ISIS are standing in opposition to this pattern, but I doubt they will be effective enough to prevent it. I'd say a dark age is pretty much guaranteed.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 459

Sorry, let me clarify.

During those 8 weeks or so it is a full time job. And honestly, some of the laws and especially the budget are so complex that it isn't something you just whip out the pen and start writing. Maybe full-time research staff, but honestly that is the job of legislators.

And I personally believe that they should spend as much time reviewing old laws for relevance, modification and possible repeal as they do making new ones.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 459

I don't know. This was the way things were set up back when it all started, a couple hundred years ago. The intent was that government was small enough to not be a full time job.

The problem is that belief has become a religion. We are no longer in the 1700s and the complexities of governing such a large and varied State have greatly evolved. It really isn't a part time job anymore, but not enough people are willing to admit that.

Comment Re:Real liberals need to stop this (Score 1) 667

You're so close to dead on. I've broken it down to:
The recent manifestation of liberal "micro-agressions" are just them being intolerant of other people. It is what happens when they don't want to be held responsible for controlling their own emotions, making it your fault that they are offended. Because we know they can do no wrong...

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