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Comment Re:Economics is a social science (Score 1) 553

I'm guessing you don't actually know any real economists.

I suppose you don't consider Friedrich Hayek as a real economist, even though he got the nobel. Because, you may have noticed many of his bold predictions are now revealed for what they were: a political agenda and not actual science.

Comment Re:This could cost jobs. (Score 1) 53

Every machine need less people working on it than the number of people needed to perform the task in the first place. That's automation: allowing fewer people to perform the same amount of work, including the guys needed to maintain the machines.

If it were different, there would be no automation going on. But there is, and it's steadily moving massive amounts of people to unemployment.

Comment Re:Waiting for Nibiru / Planet X morons.... (Score 1) 258

To tell us how this planet oscillates the chemtrails so the 911 nuclear aliens can open up communications with the illuminati and space lizards to bring on the new world order and force us into fema camps.

No problem. We'll just flee and hide in the center of earth, since it's hollow...

Comment Why is that a problem? (Score 2, Insightful) 547

Actually, you need far less people today to produce more work than were needed 100 years ago. Many people are just plain useless for today's society. Less people is the opportunity to have less useless people, that is less angry dudes that don't have a clue of what to do with their life. Unemployment will eventually back down. Overall happiness will probably increase.

Comment Question on cryptolockers (Score 1) 67

I have a simple question about cryptolockers, if any specialist could give some insights, that would be great.

Suppose you generate a big file of pure white noise (several GB), give it a video extension, and store it preciously on both your hard drive and a usb key put in your safe. When you get the cryptolocker, you then have both the original file and its encrypted version. Wouldn't that be sufficient to recover the encryption key? How big would the file need to be in order to allow breaking the key? How much time would it take?

Comment Re:Liberty Minded (Score 1) 388

Both "extremes" have been tried unsuccessfully.

If you want "no rule" based community, you can go right now to Libya and if you want to see what it looks like after a few years, you can go to Syria and see that "no rule" get rapidly transformed into dictatorship of the guys that had the least ethic.

If you want to see the "total collective control" society, take a look at the former GDR (where I was born). People had a house, a job, free welfare and yet they collectively decided it wasn't the good thing. Most thought they could keep their possessions while gaining additional things (rights, more possessions).

To me, both are exactly the same gradient only applied at different spots on the scale between control and freedom.
Maybe I'm too cynical, but there's a good chance greed is the ultimate engine of humanity, which makes you refuse any rule imposed onto you up until the point where you want to impose yours onto the others.

Comment Re:Liberty Minded (Score 0) 388

There is no such thing as a functioning voluntarily welfare. This is either naive or deliberately deceptive. Game theory proves that in a system without constraints, everybody gets screwed by the worst guys in the end.

I'm sure you will provide arguments like gracious donation to public infrastructure. That's bullshit. At best, it's investment to get the non-system in place, at worst taxes optimization. The truth is that in such "voluntarily" system, nobody volunteers for the others very quickly. In other words, the rich agree to pay for the rich, and the poor can die like scumbags.

A bunch of skinflints, nothing to do with liberty.

Comment Re:What about Scientific Linux? (Score 1) 62

SL was so much outdated that we ditched it out of our cluster 2 years ago and replaced it with ubuntu server. Having to manually install a compiler that handles C++11 in 2014 is pretty bad. Hell, we even ditched it out of the whole CS department. I grant you it's robust (even if we had some dirty problems), but it's too outdated to be usefull.

Comment No need for heroes (Score 5, Insightful) 62

Please stop the bullshit of heroes with superpower in science, as science never was about glorifying people and personality cults. Leave that to the entertainment industry.

The whole science star system is doing much more harm than good to the actual scientific outcomes.

People tend to optimize the metric that is used. If that metric is popularity, they'll do as much as they can to become popular, with no correlation whatsoever to the importance of their original field. Publishing crappy results on a new dataset so that everyone can beat you gets you more citations than providing insights to why some methods work and some don't. Publishing a shitty software that allows a million master student to make up wrong results for the master's thesis get you more download than writing a correct implementation of uncommon algorithms.

I went into science because I didn't give a shit about the smoke and mirrors that are so important in other fields. Most of my best technical students now are just disgusted by the "appearance prevails" mentality that is at the core of other disciplines. Please leave science as it ought to be: efficient but careless about the image.

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