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Comment: Re:Where are all the "moderate" Muslims? (Score 1) 241

by mrops (#49113379) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

Speaking as a muslim, I do always condemn them.

Unfortunately, your logic is flawed, I live in North America, these people are killing muslims in their own countries. Those children that died when Taliban carried an attach on Peshawar school were all muslim's.

So its idiotic to think that these extremist will listen to me, who lives in Canada, shops in these malls and hell, condemn them every opportunity I get.

As a side note, heard an interview from a Taleban lunatic recently, you may not know, but he sounded like G.W.Bush, literally saying that you are either a Taleban or against them, which means you (me) a valid target.

So please, rest of muslim's are already with any other sane person and condemn them, vocally too. But you don't go out condemning every lunatic christian, nor will I, I have a 9-5 job, kids to look after. Medical appointments to meet and car to service. When was the last time you went to a street to protest, I never have, likely won't either. Those who understand this, I appreciate them, those who won't, I don't care.

Comment: Re:node is going away. (Score 1) 319

by mrops (#49082535) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare

Being a Java Developer, I am biased. Java lets you do things, large projects, deliver goods that need to be delivered. Tons of developers and extremely good set of third party libraries. Complete technology stacks from the likes of Apache and Spring.

Tomcat is one such solution, Java has such a large open source momentum behind it that I can't imagine the problems you are describing are show stoppers, else someone would have fixed them.

Last I checked, Maven had 860,000 artifacts, hard for a language to become so large if it has glaring holes. Hard for people to submit that much open source code and not fix the issues you describe.

I guess I am one of a million qualified madmen you talk off, 9 out of 10 times a stack trace tells me what the issue is, so don't blame java because you don't know how to read a error log.

Comment: Not just Russia.. its global internet isolation. (Score 1) 157

by mrops (#48582033) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Resources have a way of not having boundaries, radio waves, land, water... and internet.

We have already put man made boundaries on other resources, so why not internet. It is just inevitable. The sad bit is that internet is not like land or water, there is abundance of it, unfortunately we just don't know how to handle abundance.

Comment: Re:Why do we call remote quadrotors "drones"? (Score 1) 42

by mrops (#48451009) Attached to: Ohio College Building Indoor Drone Pavilion

$1000 is way too much. I can build one for $300 that can take off, take (waypoint/altitude) mission off an Android device or PC (wireless). Navigate all on its own, trigger a few relays or servos (to do what ever) come back and land. Fly time around 17-20 minutes with a payload of 500g and a total weight of say 1.5 kg.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 263

by mapkinase (#48117189) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

I do not believe in democracy. I do not believe general population should play any role in making complex important decision. It should be left to technocrats and leaders, true leaders.

I state again: if someone wants to know about science, he should study science. All those colorful analogies do not worth a damn, they do not increase understanding of public, their only purpose is infortainment like news or weather.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 0) 263

by mapkinase (#48105931) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

I never liked so called popularizers of science. You know who is the best popularizer of science? Good lecturer at the university.

Kapitsa Junior was a Professor giving lectures to fellow students from the same year. They bloody moaned from his inept lectures. On the TV he was an established host of the popular sci program, in the classroom he was nobody.

Feinman was never a popularizer like Sagan. He was a brilliant lecturer for people who want know, who were serious about physics.

Sagan, Dawkins, etc are all from the same cohort of nobodies.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_

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