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Comment: More due to money spent on research (Score 1) 323

by jbeach (#48142359) Attached to: How English Beat German As the Language of Science
...then some theories about German itself falling out of favor. The US leads the world in research spending, while Germany is fourth. No language conspiracy theories needed to explain this. Also, means we better continue outspending China and Russia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

This is a similar reason as to why the Islamic world fell behind, after having such an early lead in science and math. They simply spent less on research than the other nations around them.

http://www.meforum.org/306/why...

Comment: I would reinstate him at the NSA (Score 1) 822

by jbeach (#46082249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
Just RTFA. All the way back to the original NY times article, it isn't specified what Snowden would plead guilty to. Presumably not treason - which he isn't guilty of in any event. He has done the US and even the world a great service.

Sure, there are "political realities" (which should be an oxymoron) dictating that Snowden receives some kind of punishment.

And I would consider letting him run it.

Alternately, and perhaps even better, I would "sentence" him to get together with some very smart people to put together a system which restricts the possibility of these sorts of abuses and the secret rules that make them possible. Then I might put him in charge of a board that oversees the NSA and other agencies, and their uses of their power.

Comment: Isn't this ketosis? (Score 3, Insightful) 440

by jbeach (#45408659) Attached to: Soylent: No Food For 30 Days
The early stage of wooziness and cloudiness, and then the later stage of alertness because his body has switched to burning fat cells? So the caloric intake doesn't matter, unless and until he hits more than 25g of carb a day?

I'm sure the product keeps him from starving to death; I'm just not seeing how his doctor saw the fat loss and other things as such a mystery. Is there something I'm missing here?

Comment: Re:Isn't the Android platform hobbyist-enough? (Score 1) 207

by jbeach (#44910463) Attached to: Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?
I think intuiting the comment is fairly obvious - there are serious difficulties with Java as a language, as it has structural imperfections that encourage exploits.

If you think a comment is necessary, then consider the above.

Friends of mine who are very serious about information security are not interested in having Android smartphones for several reasons - but the fact that Android is built on top of Java is a main and important reason.

You can not like or agree with this if you choose.

Comment: Re:Isn't the Android platform hobbyist-enough? (Score 1) 207

by jbeach (#44906785) Attached to: Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?

Well, those are the people who are too stupid to figure out Java, like OP stated.

Sure, except they're not. I'm talking specifically about people who's living is security, and who don't like the language itself. Whether or not that somehow gives you butthurt. http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/06/03/oracle-promises-secure-java/

Comment: Why so odd that people "don't like change"? (Score 1) 283

by jbeach (#44438551) Attached to: A Year of Linux Desktop At Westcliff High School
People are always down for a change that improve things - if they have a choice and they can refuse if they don't like it.

But how many people would like to sit behind the wheel to drive to work, and suddenly find their entire dashboard reorganized and the wheel moved to a different angle six inches to the left?

As only one example, it always amazes me when supposed computer professionals are surprised when users were just fine with things exactly how they were. I still don't like the stupid ribbon interface of MS Word, and I have yet to find a single office person who actually prefers it.

Comment: Re:start with kicking out Ballmer (Score 2) 387

by jbeach (#44251575) Attached to: Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft

It's only the legacy of the corporate purchases of the Windows OS and Office that keep the Microsoft going.

Everything else, but especially this. And the Windows OS has always been given away with little or no visible cost to the consumer, as a delivery system for MS Office. Which means that the MS Office division has ALL the clout, calls ALL the shots, and when something else interesting starts happening elsewhere in the company the MS Office division starts raiding to get control influence over that project, snag all the smart people, and end up scuttling the technology as a threat to their hegemony.

Probably the only reason Xbox did so well was that its market was in no way a threat to MS Office's power. As a game console, it was entirely unrelated and stepped on no toes, so it was able to actually organically develop.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.

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