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Comment Re:Serious question (Score 1) 1305

Slashdot supported Unicode for some time in the old days. Then someone figured out that they could leave a dangling RTL marker in a comment and reverse the rest of the comment section. Rather than trying to sanitize the Unicode the Slashdot team took the nuclear option and just stripped everything down to 7 bit ASCII. Now there is nobody left who feels qualified to touch the code anymore and the problem has festered for over a decade.

Comment We don't have the technology yet (Score 1) 229

Safe at any speed is just not something we can promise with our current technology. Being crushed between a runaway cement truck and a dump truck while boxed in at a stoplight is impossible for car sensors to stop. Being blown off of an icy bridge and sinking to the bottom is another scenario the car won't be able to protect against.

Comment Re:The irony (Score 1) 545

In fact you'll note that the "law" is just a guideline. It's meant to discourage local jurisdictions from making overly restrictive laws against unaccompanied minors. Probably in response to stories like that kid in suburban Maryland who had CPS called on the parents multiple times because they were walking to the store alone.

Comment Re:Obligatory "when I was a kid" post. (Score 1) 545

It even starts out saying that they think walking is a bad idea "for safety reasons", in what appears to be a nice suburban school district. This is the sort of thing you might be able to change via the PTA, depending on how it is structured. On the other hand, it's hard to break paranoia and the school district might be terrified of being sued if a child is kidnapped on their way to/from the building. While stranger kidnappings are extremely rare, custody disputes are not and either way the school may be dragged into an expensive legal proceeding because some parents can't behave like adults.

Comment Re:SSD's Exist and are really fast.... (Score 1) 100

Really what we're seeing is storage finally starting to catch up with CPU after lagging behind for nearly 30 years. The author is freaking out that ZOMG the disk isn't always the slowest thing on the system anymore, but this is not really news at this point. The exciting part for me is that in some cases you may be able to eliminate one cache from the system. Caches are a necessary evil that introduce big headaches into system design, so being able to eliminate one can greatly simplify parts of your system.

I did find it odd that the use case he kept going back to was someone buying some crazy expensive RAM storage array, and then sticking a single commodity server on the thing and being shocked that the server was CPU bound. The point about the Linux IO subsystem not being up to the task is interesting, but having not looked into it myself I can't help but to wonder if there isn't some kernel tuning or optional module support he could have enabled to improve the situation.

Comment Re:It's probably 99% crap (Score 1) 277

Where do your figures for the replicator energy use come from? Are you just converting E=MC^2? IIRC in Star Trek there is a big tank of "replicator mass" that is merely rearranged to form the desired product. Waste products of all kids get converted back into that mass as well.

Given the widespread use of Replicators in Star Trek, it is safe to assume they don't require titanic levels of energy for mundane tasks.

Comment Re:It's probably 99% crap (Score 4, Insightful) 277

2. Money: Ok we may not need money, but some form of system to make sure the population is doing things that are needed to be done. Jobs that are in shortage but high demand get paid more. Jobs which can be easily filled and are not needed much get paid less. With no incentive people will tend to trend towards the jobs they want to do. So we get a lot of bad poets and street musicians.

This was kind of the point though. Automation had progressed to the point that nobody had to work if they didn't want to, or they could be street musicians and still have a good life.

Obviously it's not completely post-scarcity. Not everybody can have their own Galaxy class starship, or their own planet, etc... But it's more like a souped up socialist paradise where everybody has a guaranteed minimum quality of life and if they want to improve their life they can but if they don't then they won't starve to death or freeze or even have to worry about money. There are no shitty jobs, they've all been automated or replaced by replicators.

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