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Comment: Transition to 5D (Score 1) 309

by nethenson (#35558422) Attached to: Was the Early Universe 2 Dimensional Spacetime?
The Universe will eventually be promoted again, to a five-dimensional state, at some point in the future.

I guess that the transition to 5D means that all the matter that we know (atoms, light, ...), will be destroyed. But somehow, I imagine the transition to be a really beautiful thing (in my mind it happens with music by Gustav Holst in the background)

Comment: scary (Score 3, Interesting) 88

by nethenson (#35449124) Attached to: Drupal 8 Development Begins — 15 Bugs At a Time

I will not pull in a big change if we know there are known bugs.

At no point in time will there be more than 15 critical bugs

I find that differentiation between 'bugs' and 'known bugs' scary (to say the least).

Does he mean that there will be no more than 15 critical bugs (whether known or unknown)? Or, does he mean that all bugs are always known (and that when the 15 errors mark is reached, one simply has to stop writing new code to keep on that mark -since undetected bugs don't exist-?)

In any case, it is very naïve. Naïve and frightening.

Comment: The value of privacy (Score 1) 323

by nethenson (#35430284) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Privacy Paranoia
Two proverbs say it best: Quis custodiet custodes ipsos? ("Who watches the watchers?") and "Absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Cardinal Richelieu understood the value of surveillance when he famously said, "If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." Watch someone long enough, and you'll find something to arrest -- or just blackmail -- with. Privacy is important because without it, surveillance information will be abused: to peep, to sell to marketers and to spy on political enemies -- whoever they happen to be at the time.

Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we're doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance.



- Schneier: The value of privacy

Comment: That is the cost of not requiring open standards (Score 1) 901

by nethenson (#35277418) Attached to: German Foreign Office Going Back To Windows
The cost of adapting and extending it, for example in writing printer and scanner drivers, and of training, have proved greater than anticipated.


That is the cost of not requiring open standards: German government ability to upgrade their systems now depends on manufacturer cooperation, because that is the only reasonable way to get drivers for their devices.

They are having problems with Linux, and they might have problems with Windows 8, or whatever future migration they want; PostScript is a standard that will always be supported, their current SecretProtocol.dll won't.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 74

by nethenson (#35277116) Attached to: Smithsonian To Feature Video Game History

I love video games, and view some of them as artistic, but I look at the majority of these games and don't immediately think "this is great art".

I feel the same when I look at the majority of pictures, books, etc... And yet many of they are considered art and are in museums.
The story of 'Deus Ex', the soundtrack of 'Final Fantasy VII', or the cinematics of 'StarCraft: Brood War' are art by themselves and deserve to be in a museum.

Comment: only ATI with ATI, NVIDIA with NVIDIA... (Score 1) 102

by nethenson (#29512211) Attached to: Promised Platform-Independent GPU Tech Is Getting Real
Lucid is offering up scaling between GPUs of any kind within a brand (only ATI with ATI, NVIDIA with NVIDIA)

Strange... Is the difference between a 10-years-old NVIDIA card and a current-year NVIDIA card really smaller than the difference between a current ATI card and a current nVidia card?

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