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Comment: Re:Might not be as profitable as they think (Score 1) 322

by joss (#47624747) Attached to: With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

> That is the nature of competition.

In a situation with dozen's or hundreds of competitors it is, but without government enforcement cartels develop naturally and quickly (unless one company thinks it can bankrupt the others and become a monopoly). It's far more likely Nicaragua and Panama will come to an agreement.

Comment: misleading (Score 3, Informative) 85

by joss (#47008639) Attached to: Autodesk Unveils 3d Printer As It Aims To Become Industry's Android

> uses a laser to harden liquid plastic

ie http://www.3dsystems.com/quick... the tech that i was writing software for 20 years ago..

> you can load in any material you want.

well, sure, it just won't make anything. I mean you *could* load the machine with fucking coca cola if you wanted, but its not going to give you a part.

To actually make something you need a photosensitive resin with very precise material properties. Back in the day that stuff cost $300/litre .. i'm sure its come down a bit, but the i'll bet ya good stuff still aint cheap

Comment: Re:Makers and takers (Score 2) 676

by joss (#46461673) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

> But never give control of the printing press to politicians.

The current system gives a ton of control to politicians. Modern states are pretty much never constrained from doing what they want to do for lack of money. When's the last time you heard them say: no we can't go to war, it will cost too much ? As well as allowing them to spend money however they want, the current system allows them to *not* do the stuff whenever they don't really want to (eg when it would only benefit a group with no political power such as single parents or the disabled) by claiming its too expensive.

If the government invented the money instead of the bankers that would eliminate the need for taxation which would get rid of the main excuse for the government to keep tabs on everybody and everything. The IRS would disappear completely for instance. I strongly recommend http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Gr... . I did a couple of years of economics at university but this was a real eye-opener.

Comment: Re:isn't it also used by request (Score 2) 326

by joss (#46365987) Attached to: The Science of Solitary Confinement

> this lenient justice system

Now there's a statement. If the US justice system is lenient, can you point me at one that is not ?

The US incarcaration rate is 750/100000, in western europe its 100/100000. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

The US jails a larger proportion of its population than sizeable nation ever. In that respect it's the least free country in the course of human history due to its extraordinarily non-lenient justice system.

Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 1) 917

by joss (#46343747) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Anyone can sue for anything but having a strong case is another thing. People's religious beliefs can include any random nonsense and no business could operate if it had to pander to whatever people can think of. You make the responsibilities clear at the start then if they take the job they are agreeing to do the work. If a muslim got a a job in a pork processing plant then claimed his religious beliefs prevented him from handling pigs, well.. get another job.

Comment: Re:Asymetrical warfare (Score 3, Interesting) 147

by joss (#46284443) Attached to: Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months

Most of what you say I agree with but:

> A good bit of the code is actually somewhat amateurish

Citation needed. Or, to put it less politely, are you out of your fucking mind ? Stuxnet is the most advanced piece of malware ever discovered, and it worked. I don't believe you have access to the original source code so, can you justify this comment in any way ?

Comment: Re:jscript (Score 1) 505

by joss (#46133049) Attached to: The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

> NodeJS is an attempt to get cheaper backend programmers because everyone has extra front end developers lying around for projects. The problem is that most front end developers I know don't know shit about big data or working on real problems. Their biggest fear is if a button is pretty and the popup works in IE8 and the latest jQuery UI.

No, it really isn't and nobody with any experience of it believes that. It's for when performance requirements are such that you want to control your own threading rather than letting the operating system do it for you. It's more like programming in assembly than in a high level language and as such requires a much higher level of knowledge on behalf of the server side programmers than something relatively straightforward like java let alone python or php.

Just for the record, I was a c++ programmer for 15 years an EJB (curse its fucking name) programmer for 6 years, and have been doing a lot of front end javascript stuff for 6 years plus some node.js for the last 2 years. I just delivered the server end of a project which deals with more data than youtube ( http://www.manything.com/ ). Get off your fucking high horse about front end web development. Big data is a fucking walk in the park compared to delivering a decent user experience on web platforms.

I'm not here to praise node.js: many environments have pitfalls, but node.js greases the sides, put stakes at the bottom and threw down a bunch of venomous snakes just to be on the safe side. Plus, you're working in a language where
[1, 2] + [3,4] === '1,23,4'

However, having said all that, it has its place, its just not where you think it is.

Comment: it's the monetary system stupid.. (Score 5, Interesting) 732

by joss (#45948677) Attached to: If I Had a Hammer

Computers replacing human's is fantastic, it frees us up to do what we want to do.

Well, it would if it wasn't for the fact that the monetary system is designed in such a way that unless we all work like dogs the economy goes to shit and we end up with a vast uneducated, depressed and criminal underclass.

There is a way out of this, but it involves stepping off the money-is-debt forced march that humanity is on at the moment [http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Grip-Death-Destructive-Economics/dp/1897766408], otherwise the 1% we will end up having to exterminate the 99% [http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm]

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