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Comment: Re:Why is the White House involved? (Score 1) 225

by ljw1004 (#48669893) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

I'm not even sure how to react to this... I understand that money buys influence... Either Sony has successfully coerced companies into similar relations in the past, with the White House as a mediator, or vice versa.

Democracy = each *vote* has equal power
Capitalism = each *dollar* has equal power

We're just seeing the first half of "capitalist democracy" in action. It's how capitalism has always worked and will always work.

Comment: Re:Why are critical systems connected to the inter (Score 1) 212

by ljw1004 (#48646037) Attached to: Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

Why is there critical systems allowed to be in the same network as email?

Email from operations to the shop floor: "Hey Klaus, we've determined that for the following job we need parameters set at P=123.79 and Q=119.11". Klaus prints out out from his email-connected computer. Picks up the printout, walks across to the control computers, and starts typing in the parameters from the printout. Unfortunately he has a typo that causes the entire batch to be not quite up to spec.

Solution: come up with a way for the parameters to be taking precisely from email into production, without the error-prone act of typing them out again.

Comment: Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (Score 2) 254

by ljw1004 (#48531655) Attached to: Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

Noordhuis had not one but TWO responses: (1) as you said he dismissed it as trivial, (2) when someone else nevertheless accepted the change he tried to undo it and chided them publically for bypassing both him and (???forgot alias).

Noordhuis chided someone publically, he got chided back publically, seems about fair.

Comment: Re:You will not go to wormhole today. (Score 2) 289

by ljw1004 (#48493193) Attached to: Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

Relativity is a description of the geometry of the universe. If you would rather believe in your own personal fantasies instead of one of the most well-supported theories in science, congratulations, you are yet another variety of religious loon.

There are lots of spacetimes that satisfy general relativity and are still pretty goofy. Malament-Hogarth spacetimes, for instance, are ones where you can jump into someone's infinite future. (or more precisely: they're ones with two paths through spacetime, one of which has an infinite duration, the other a finite duration, so if you travel down the "finite" one and your friend travels down the "infinite" one then you'll still be arrive while he's been dead for an eternity).

Comment: Re:Rather late (Score 0) 313

by ljw1004 (#48475297) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

2c per CD? How does that price work out for those of us who keep our definitive backups on AWS or iCloud or OneDrive? And who also would need to pay for a fatter internet connection to get at all the files?

I have no doubt that FLACworks great for the niche who have lots of CDs, lots of hard drives, and who have time and money to spend curating them. But really, if you have kids or emmigrate or whatever, the FLACs are as good as gone when you realize you don't have the time or money you need to keep them useful.

Comment: Re:A message to Adora Svitak (Score 1) 155

by ljw1004 (#48429879) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

At 17 years of age, you do not have enough life experience to say anything of real importance about anything involving the greater issues facing society. Incidentally, What Adults Can Learn From Kids ~ {null}, which is why society would function much more smoothly if the voting age were raised back to 25.

Wow! That's mean. As a 40 year old myself, I've learnt a lot from my and other kids. I wonder whether you, Anonymous Coward, have enough life experience to back up your claims?

Comment: Re:Even Donations Come with Obligations (Score 1) 473

by ljw1004 (#48413091) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

If it is truly single player why would you need a network connection? If the changes are made centrally then there is no need for an always-on connection: just provide optional updates from time to time.

It sounded to me as if (1) yes they are providing updates from time to time, and that "time to time" is every time you do a commercial transaction. (2) why do they need the network connection? I assume because it was lower-risk for them and their schedule to use the same economy engine than to develop two separate economy engines.

Maybe they discovered that their economic engine felt a bit lackluster unless there are huge numbers of participants (reminds me of Ultima Online) and they wanted to force there to be a higher number of participants, both single-player and multi-player. So they're forcing everyone to contribute to make the economy engine feel more realistic.

Comment: Re:Do they have choise but.... (Score 1) 473

by ljw1004 (#48409301) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Does Frontier even have a choise but do refund? Single player was part of contract that backer bought, you can go back later and change contract to your liking.

To be clear: THEY STILL HAVE single-player. The only thing is that single-player requires an online connection, and is done in a galaxy that evolves.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.