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Comment barely a nodding acquaintance (Score 2) 95

"computer scientists who had barely a nodding acquaintance with the disciplines at the heart of the problem"

I don't think who wrote this has any idea how much math is in the university curriculum for computer science in different parts of the world. While far from "proper" mathematicians, there are lots of places where CS grads have much more than a nodding acquaintance.

Comment land of the ... past (Score 1) 48

"TSR changes will stop telemarketers from dipping directly into consumer bank accounts by using certain kinds of checks and "payment orders" that have been "remotely created" by the telemarketer or seller"

Well, I'm actually very surprised the U.S. as an economy still stands. WIth credit/debit card security features still in the stone age and quite disturbing news like the above (well, the news is actually good, but the fact it tries to fix ridiculous idiocies this late are anything but) what's surpising is that there is any person at all in the country that has a yet unstolen card number and/or never been successfully schemed out of every penny.

Comment Re:Except they used regular SMS (Score 2) 291

"This is what they want to achieve, as when encryption is backdoored anywhere, its much easier to argue that everybody who uses non-backdoored encryption is a has something to hide and is a criminal suspect."

That's why strongly encrypted e-mail communication was doomed from the start - nobody wants to be treated a criminal or terrorist just because they are tech-savvy and or trying to protect actual - e.g., industrial - secrets from everyone, including prying government eyes.

Comment Re:Mixed (Score 2) 350

"I can think of many times I wish others would get pulled over for tailgating."

While I also hate tailgaters, as a European who spends many months each year in the U.S. I have to say average American driving habits sometimes make me pull my hair out. I know driving rules and habits are different, still, if most drivers would at least try to keep to the right, to at least try to drive fast enough to be close to the speed limit on highways (not forcing 65-goers to constantly change lanes), to signal lane changes (left and right, yes, both), and not to break randomly on the open road (i.e., even when there's nobody ahead for hundreds of yards), well then maybe I wouldn't curse so much while driving. Oh, and for f* sake, if you enter the freeway and don't plan to leave at the next exit then you might sometimes consider shifting left 1-2 lanes.

Well, going back to going "slow", that can be really annoying, however, speed limits are upper bounds and I don't think going 25 instead of 35 would warrant a fine in any circumstance.

Comment Re:This one's easy (Score 1) 195

"creating a good work life balance for your employees"

Well, what I expect from an employer is not to "create" a good work-life balance, but to provide an environment where a day's work can be ended (I didn't say 'finished' on purpose) at the 9 hour mark - unless the employee explicitely wishes to make longer hours for whatever reason - and not have any influence on the out-of-work time at all aside from making it possible to actually have out-of-work time.

"when you have a nice place to work, employees are ready to be payed less"

Yeah, I call BS on that. Most people actually work for a living, and deserve proper compensation for their invested talent and time. A "nice place to work" should not be a perk, but expected, and should not feel as something extra that one should be thankful for.

Comment Re:Is he saying keeping tracks of inventory (Score 2) 94

>but a stable legal market.

Like the stock market, stocks never change in price. Or gas prices at the pump, they stay stable for long periods of time, right?

You seem to be very confused how markets work. Some markets are real time priced markets and the price and inventory is expected to fluctuate moment to moment. Other markets are stabilized by huge amount of production and rarely fluctuate, such as the price of a candy bar at the local store. Weed is not a 'white' market, the feds still randomly bust suppliers, and at the federal level it is still illegal. Also customers have personal tastes, if everyone wants the strain *dank memes*, demand dictates that the price goes up, especially if supply is limited. Until you see a futures contracts for supply of marijuana there will be volatility in the market.

Comment Re:Spaghetti sort (Score 1) 82

To sort spaghetti by size, doing it by hand sounds very inefficient.

A sorting method where it slides down a plane with slats that increase in size until the entire length can fall into a slot, much like a method for sorting coins, sounds a way to solve both the length and order problem. Of course that will never scale 'faster' than the number of sorting elements you use.

Comment Re:science is inherently political. (Score 2) 127

Until you have unlimited energy, unlimited storage, and unlimited time, science is going to be political.

There are unlimited truths out there, you have to somehow decide what and where the available resources you have will be expended. One person may not want to die from old age, another wants to avoid dying of AIDS. Now you have a conflict for resources based on differing goals. How are you going to decide who gets the funding?

Comment Re:All things are political (Score 1) 127

>How on earth could observing world and recording said observations be POLITICAL?

First question.

How much time do you have? How much energy do you have to expend? How much can you observe?

Now, you should easily see that the answers to those questions are 'exceptionally limited'. To further observe the world you are going to need to convince others that they should share your same goals on what you want to observe. Once you have more than one person involved in a project, politics is involved.

You: But science is observation, bro.

Right, and getting any science done in a possibly limitless universe means filtering out massive amounts of information. That filter works at many levels. From limitations in tools that gather data, to inability to store it, data that is useful but doesn't lend itself to the goal at hand, etc. How those filters get applied, what subprojects are funded, where manpower is assigned is all political.

Comment the story of our lifelong learning (Score 1) 102

As always, it's the small-thinking idiots who start such pissing contests. E.g., they read some articles, take it as being some sort of unusual accomplishment and think, hey we should record this somewhere so we can brag about it to the other idiots out there. Meanwhile, real people read, watch, think, learn, and get by just fine without such lunacies, while these flocks of idiots spend their time gathering whatever idiotic records of their perceived accomplishments and whatnot.

We're living in a golden age. All you need is gold. -- D.W. Robertson.