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Comment: Re:common man (Score 1) 194

by matfud (#49108253) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings

Built by smart people and less smart people and those who work in factories. Who is to say how smart any of those people are?

It is known that those who designed it were smart. Those who built it may or may not be smart.A thousand people brute forcing it are unlikey to break a code. A couple of people who know can use a thousand people to build a machine that can.

Comment: Re:UX (Score 1) 323

The GP is correct. To display most things you do not need javascript.

For most things there is little reason to use javascript. High bandwidth then reloading the page is not slow. If you have low bandwidth then initially loading the few hundred k of random javascript is slow and it tends to behave badly. (let alone the random adds that you will force on people (guessing your type))

Comment: Re:Great for Cuba (Score 2) 165

by matfud (#49063341) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US

Have you seen how much it costs to become a graduate of anything in the US?
Perhaps the High tech companies should start training people. Even starbucks can train people to make coffee. Coding to the standard these companies seem to want is not that expensive and they may earn some loyalty.

Comment: Re:Another language that has a fatal flaw (Score 1) 520

by matfud (#49062985) Attached to: Nim Programming Language Gaining Traction

Part of the concept of writing is to make meaning unambiguous. It is a very hard problem even in mathematics which is pure in and of its self (unlike spoken language). Over thousands of years it was figured out how basic algebra could be communicated well. How precedent worked. How to present it without ambiguity (more complex math still has specialized peculiarities) and now someone wants to fiddle with that using hidden characters? Do they even know how many non visible characters are in Unicode?

Comment: Re:Why isn't this influence peddling or corruption (Score 1) 62

by matfud (#49062827) Attached to: How Big Telecom Tried To Kill Net Neutrality Before It Was Even a Concept

There are many such organisations.
Be careful though as many have many more than one side to them. The lobbying is not necessarily what joe public thinks it is and is not necessarily what the companies paying into it think it is. The NRA is a prime example.

Why do politicians get good pensions and health care and if high up security for decades after they have left office? Hrmm.

Comment: Re:Another language that has a fatal flaw (Score 2) 520

by matfud (#49060689) Attached to: Nim Programming Language Gaining Traction

The manual does not even hint at why the experimental strong spaces may be a good idea. As far as I can tell they are a way to confuse people.

People do not learn arithmetic that way for a very good reason. You can't write it down reliably. I would claim that anything you cannot write down or write as plain HTML (as we are in the interweb era) is sort of broken.

Comment: Re:Martian Maintenance Infrastructure (Score 1) 105

by matfud (#48708501) Attached to: 10 Years In, Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers From Flash Memory Degradation

I'm not sure where you are going with that. Both rovers are still active even if one is stuck. The solar panels seem to work for them even if there have been issues wrt dust on them. Curiosity is Nuclear powered as it is much much larger and has vastly larger power requirements to even move let alone perform experiments.

Comment: Re:if there is no evidence presented in how they.. (Score 1) 52

"The perverse effect of permitting police to go ahead with a mistaken reading of the law, she wrote, is to prevent or delay clarification of the law "
And it is a good point. If the police can just say "I did not understand the law in question" where are the rest of us left?

Force needed to accelerate 2.2lbs of cookies = 1 Fig-newton to 1 meter per second