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Comment Re:QQ moar (Score 1) 52

It's a fake. The real thing is in the private collection of a Saudi prince who also owns the cocks of Ayrton Senna, Patrick Swayze, Rick James and a few others. He had those cocks surgically attached to each other, side by side, in the shape of a pan flute. He calls it the Zamfir Shrine and if you offer him a good deal on a gold-plated Ford Festiva he may agree to let you play with it. Or so I heard.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 284

The students in his classes didn't seem interested--or even willing to--in solving programming problems. They just expected to be able to come in, download this framework and that framework, find a solution to a tricky problem on Stackoverflow (or wherever), and maybe write some really rudimentary code to just glue the bits together.

This is a fair description of many new hires I have to deal with. But to be honest, I prefer that to overeducated/overconfident dullards who insist on using machine learning and/or functional programming even if all you need is a fucking csv export of a list of products stored in Access.

Comment Re:Programming (Score 1) 284

From her twitter picture it appears that she's semi-cute so instead of letting her know what I think of her coding skills, I will spend a lot of time googling her to try and see if she has big tits.

Just kidding. When I first googled her name, I saw this:

Olga is a staff writer for The Atlantic, where she covers gender and health.

And this was my pretty much my reaction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Blasphemy (Score 1) 284

Are you implying that Slashdot editors misrepresent the content of articles in order to generate more activity on the forum?

Well it doesn't matter. The real purpose of links in Slashdot stories is to take boring people out of the way of a good discussion by leading them to another website. Apparently it doesn't always work.

Comment Re:Because we are distracted by "global warming" (Score 1) 141

How much of that investment is actually planned for use in China versus how much is investment for manufacturing product that will be sold elsewhere?

you haven't actually answered the question (in bold above).

People who are interested in their first washing machine are not necessarily interested in green technology.

Nowadays, most of the Chinese investments in green technologies is for domestic use. It's not out of the goodness of their hearts; it's simply because there is a constant shortage of resources.

That's where the fantastic expertise they have in recycling and refurbishing comes from. Did you know that in most cities, the majority of household garbage is *sold*, not thrown away? It's so common that keeping the trash is often seen as a bonus given to housekeepers by their employers.

Recycling and being green is not a virtue in China, it's common sense. The reason why pollution is still bad is because in many industrial sectors or regions the technology to do things in a more sustainable way isn't available or affordable yet. But it's changing fast, and when a situation is very bad like it happened in a few regions, the local government usually steps in and shutdowns the worst offenders.

Whether it's green technology, software, clothes, food, or anything else, China is now the biggest market for Chinese companies. This is completely different from 10 years ago.

Comment Watch your tone young one (Score 1) 140

look, if you want to act like wesley snipes and put your faith in some completely made up bullshit, have fun. but stop trying to sell insane here, nobody is buying it

It's Mr Wesley Snipes, and the guy is too badass to put faith in anything but his skydiving skills. He's so dangerous they had to unfreeze Cobra Stallone to stop him from killing the guy who produced Don't Fear The Reaper, and on his way to save the UN by winning a street basketball game he even stopped to jam with the boys at the jazz club. He's a true Renaissance man, he's up there with Steven Seagal (the blues singer sharpshooter cop who broke James Bond's wrist just for kicks).

Comment Re:Because we are distracted by "global warming" (Score 1) 141

It's too bad China (who will easily be out-polluting us in years to come) doesn't give two shits about our energy policy

Did you know that last year, China investments in renewable energy was bigger than that of all European countries combined? They accounted for more than 60%of the world's investment in that sector. And it's even bigger in other "green" areas (forest and wildlife protection, etc).

Nobody in China is thrilled by pollution. But over the last decades they had to deal with insane urbanization rates, the constant threat of starvation and other problems that are completely foreign to us, so yes, fighting pollution did not come first, but that doesn't mean they don't care. They just have to juggle many impossible priorities.

How much of that investment is actually planned for use in China versus how much is investment for manufacturing product that will be sold elsewhere?

China is very good at investing in whatever they can then export. I suspect that very little of that product will actually be used in China itself.

The economy of China has changed a lot over the last 5 years. Now the majority of the products they manufacture is for the Chinese market. Same goes for recycling - electronic scrap from the USA used to represent 95% of their recycling/refurbishing market, now it's less than half.

It is expected that by 2020, about 60% of the world's middle class will be Chinese. This is a huge market. When poor workers come to the city to get low-paying jobs doing menial labor (which is much better than starvation on bad farmland), someone gets a bump higher in the food chain and use their new income to buy dishwashers and computers or move to a nicer home. Multiply that by billions and you get an economy that has a spectacular growth.

Meanwhile, the economy in the western countries is stalled.

Comment Re:Because we are distracted by "global warming" (Score 5, Interesting) 141

It's too bad China (who will easily be out-polluting us in years to come) doesn't give two shits about our energy policy

Did you know that last year, China investments in renewable energy was bigger than that of all European countries combined? They accounted for more than 60%of the world's investment in that sector. And it's even bigger in other "green" areas (forest and wildlife protection, etc).

Nobody in China is thrilled by pollution. But over the last decades they had to deal with insane urbanization rates, the constant threat of starvation and other problems that are completely foreign to us, so yes, fighting pollution did not come first, but that doesn't mean they don't care. They just have to juggle many impossible priorities.

Comment Charlatans (Score 3, Interesting) 141

By 2050, about 99.8% of the species studied will have eaten plastic

This sounds a lot like the "one in three women around the world will get raped in their lifetime" bullshit figure that has been repeated ad nauseam over the last 10 years by people who couldn't calc.exe their way out of a paper bag.

Comment Re:Cloud Users (Score 1) 67

It's not the same at all. When you use a cloud provider, you give up physical ownership (and therefore full control) in exchange for the benefits of commodity computing. Large providers have a level of security and resilience that most organizations could never afford on their own, just like they couldn't afford the level of services provided by their DWP for the price they pay.

Just look at AWS RDS. For $15/month you get a small instance of SQL Server that you don't have to patch, monitor or backup - it's all done by AWS, and you can access your backup files 24x7. I guarantee you that the level of security you get with that instance is orders of magnitude better than what you could achieve on your own with $15 per month.

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