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Comment Re:Anonymous Grammar Nerd (Score 1) 145

Well duh, what do you think he needs all the fiber optics for?! Everyone knows that time travel requires lots of fiber optic cables.

What's that, he doesn't steal the cables, just cuts them? Well, that just doesn't add up.

I guess the submitter should have just said "The attack follows 11 previous ones in California in the preceding twelve months.", considering that "preceding" is also used again in the very same sentence.

Comment Re: Voting - how to ensure a secret ballot? (Score 1) 69

At which point this solution degenerates into the same solutions that already exist, with the same problems. Take voter ID cards. Lots of people don't like them because they say it disenfranchises people who would have problems acquiring them, like the poor. A digital signature is going to have the same arguments.

But, I agree: that's not the point of the block chain, its ancillary. But involving the blockchain adds about as much towards solving the real problems with voting as saying "Hey! What if wrote down the votes, but not the person!" Ballot stuffing is about all the blockchain solves.

Comment Re: As much as possible (Score 2) 350

Same here with Maya. I've even thought about bumping it up to 64 GB from its current 32.

Really, anytime I see these kinds of articles pop up, I just substitute its title with "How much X is enough for our product's target market" anymore. They're really not useful as a general analysis, the desktop market is just to broad.

Comment Re:I've said it before (Score 1) 391

and I'll say it again - technology INCREASES jobs, never decreases it - over the long term.

If robots don't cause total human working hours to decline, then what the fuck good are they?

In this instance it's not about reducing human working hours, it's about increasing productivity. Factories might increase productivity exponentially with robots and yet still require about the same number of staff either working around the edges where robots aren't capable or managing the robots themselves. But the point is that you're producing much more with about the same labour cost.


The Cure Culture: Our Obsession With Cures That Are 'Just Around the Corner' 204

citadrianne writes: Cures for major disease always seem just a few short years away. We constantly read about promising new treatments for cancer, diabetes, HIV, ALS, and more. While the prognosis for these diseases has improved over the years — sometimes greatly — we still focus doggedly on the cure. "The idea of a cure is simpler, it's more appealing as a fantasy." This article takes a look at so-called "Cure Culture" — the focus on reaching for a cure when our scientific efforts may be better expended attacking a disease in other ways. It asks, "Why are we telling our children, our friends, and our family members that we are going to cure them? ... What does it mean to be cured of a disease that is encoded within your DNA from the moment you become a zygote until the moment you are dead? ... And why are we eschewing or overlooking treatments—real, honest-to-god treatments—that can let patients lead longer, more normal lives?

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"