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Comment: Should we put more whites in the NBA too? (Score 0) 593

The NBA is dominated by blacks. How come there isn't a problem there? Shouldn't the NBA have more diversity?

You see how stupid this thing sounds, doesn' it? People are drawn to whatever they are good at or like to do. Let the white males be programmers and the black males be athletes or whatever they like. If the blacks want to be scientists, teachers or anything else, let them be. It's not really a problem...

Comment: Buffer overruns can be prevented at compile time w (Score 1) 231

by master_p (#46911811) Attached to: How To Prevent the Next Heartbleed

Buffer overruns can be statically prevented at compile time without any runtime penalty.

All that is required is that the type system of the target programming language enforces a special type for array indexes and that any integer can be statically promoted to such an array index type by a runtime check that happens outside of an array access loop.

Array indexes are essentially pointer types that happen to be applicable to a specific memory range we call an array. Memory itself is just an array, but for that specific array C gives you special types to access it, namely pointers.

Comment: Re:Sand in our Brain (Score 2) 105

by master_p (#46681713) Attached to: Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

Could it be that neurons simply don't store new information except the first time and that all experiences are stored as an incremental backup, i.e. it's only the changes that are stored?

This solves the stability-plasticity dillemma: the first experience that comes is stored as a whole, and then similar experiences are only stored as a delta from the initial experience - thus allowing the brain to maintain some 'forever' experiences like touching a hot stove but also be flexible enough to remember new experiences.

This can also account for the deja vu effect - recalling experiences that are similar.

Comment: Re:Russia != Communism (Score 1) 870

by master_p (#46583195) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

The problem is that Communism only works on paper. In practice, greed can easily kill it.

Capitalism can be killed too by greed, but at least in Capitalism there are enough conflicting forces to slow down the process.

In Communism, there is only one force, the Communist Party, and so everything can go to hell really fast.

Comment: DRM is fine. Piracy is theft. (Score 1) 281

by master_p (#45713585) Attached to: DRM Has Always Been a Horrible Idea

The basis of our economic system is our right to sell our products in the way we see fit. Thus, content providers have the right to put any DRM system they want on their products. If we don't like DRM, then we simply shouldn't buy those products.

We don't have any right to pirate content, because piracy is theft: for any pirated product in use, the creator is missing a certain amount of money.

The argument "a pirated product is not a lost sale" is a bad argument, because it is a tautology: "a lost sale is a lost sale".

Comment: Re:We've all seen the pie chart. (Score 1) 246

by master_p (#45570733) Attached to: Piracy Offers Heavy Metal a New Business Model

Holding a gun to people's heads and demanding money does not make you liked.Finding what they like is tough, and getting tougher every year

So, according to you, it would be ok to get a Ferrari, ride it for as long as I like, then dump it because it did not like it after all, withouit paying a dime, right?

Comment: Re:Surprised people still use... (Score 2) 192

by master_p (#45563967) Attached to: AI Reality Check In Online Dating

My experience is different. I had a lot of dates with women from dating sites, and I met my wife that way. I have a kid, after 5 happy years of married life.

I think what matters is the initial approach. Many men go for an impressive opening line, but women don't really want that. My approach was very simple. My initial message was: "hi, how are you?." Most women replied back, and then the conversation started.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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