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Comment: Crying about the Oligarchy (Score 1) 172

by mfh (#46836063) Attached to: New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

Oligarchies don't have to listen to anyone, sadly. Everyone needs to learn how to do everything for ourselves or we'll become extinct when all the resources run out. (sooner than you think)

We'll all have to learn how to adapt to space without governments if we are to survive as people. If you were to set a course for a distant nebula, nobody could catch you as long as you kept your heading.

But that kind of travel is very far off. One breakthrough could trigger a chain reaction... a singularity.

Comment: Re:Sure they do. (Score 1) 96

by mfh (#46835145) Attached to: Microsoft, Google, Others Join To Fund Open Source Infrastructure Upgrades

Forgive me if I'm hesitant to trust a company that does everything in its power to crush open source. They are not OSS friendly. MSFT is patent trolling here. Nothing more. They will encourage OSS projects to spring up that violate their patents and wait for the right moment so that their competitors are using the OSS and then wham -- lawsuit. Apple and Google are doing this too for the same probable reason. Of course I could be somewhat wrong, but my caution & cynicism is not entirely wrong.

Comment: Honeypot (Score 1) 104

by mfh (#46779917) Attached to: RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

I've talked to an accountant about this and we're both convinced this was an RCMP sting. They announced there was a vulnerability on their website about six hours before they patched it. That's either totally stupid and insane, or it was a police sting and they were just waiting to see who would be stupid enough to try and break in through the open door. Please have a seat.

Comment: Ergonomics (Score 2) 103

by mfh (#46764227) Attached to: Your <em>StarCraft II</em> Potential Peaked At Age 24

My feeling is that a lot of older computer users suffer from ergonomic injuries as a result of repetitive stress. Eventually this won't be a problem for us as we move computers into the mind-space but for now when we have to physically interact with computers it's one of those injuries that can really lower the quality of life, let alone the scoreboard.

Comment: Re:Autism (Score 1) 588

by mfh (#46747833) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

If there were another smart animal on this planet, as smart as we are and more cooperative and less likely to lie to each other AND being speciist, ie not trusting human beings, then they would have an evolutionary advantage as a species over us. There isn't.

This is totally mind-blowing to consider. Perhaps that's exactly the kind of species we could encounter that was space-faring, and from another planet, solar system or galaxy. When you consider the Borg in Star Trek terms fits this concept perfectly, it's a little chilling. I wonder if it's simply free will and a short lifespan that causes a species to be so completely dishonest as human beings.

Comment: Re:Autism (Score 1) 588

by mfh (#46746303) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

You're falling prey to the foolish notion that someone couldn't devise a strategy around this deficiency. One exists to effectively remove dishonesty from the equation.

We're in the age of dating profiles. A successful nerdy high functioning autistic can mate and bear children easily enough. The fact the autistic doesn't have to contend with hundreds of women eagerly waiting for his sexual attention merely offers up more time to do whatever great things the universe has in store.

Comment: Re:Autism (Score 1) 588

by mfh (#46745935) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

So you're suggesting that evolution relies upon dishonesty? You're not wrong... but at some point we hit a wall where continued dishonesty creates a threat that puts our species at risk (which is where we are today). To survive as a species we have to uphold honesty as a defacto requirement or we'll simply be culled from history like the dinosaurs.

Comment: Carmack (Score 1) 535

by mfh (#46583661) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Listen guys I know a lot of people are complaining about Oculus going to Facebook. Carmack is a total genius.

There are a couple of reasons this probably happened.

This is from Carmack's message when he joined Oculus Rift as CTO last year.

I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message.

Carmack probably started the ball rolling to get Facebook interested. Carmack has always had problems with massive user connectivity to his systems. He has never really been able to manage it very well or he would have pioneered a MMO. His focus has always been geared towards bringing fast paced FPS game engines to market but they almost always lacked very good latency or rendering when more than 16 people would join a game. Facebook has been working on connectivity since day one. Carmack probably wants them involved so he can access their complete knowledge base.

I think this is a calculated move by Carmack. He's also going to shake things up at Facebook.

I think he's gonna have a positive effect on Facebook and also on Zuckerberg, who has lacked a moral mentor that will possibly be found in Carmack.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun