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Comment: Re: Zero Research (Score 0) 284

by DarkOx (#49197609) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

You know what I am just going to come out and say it. Its not a human rights violation or a violation of equal protection.

I frankly don't care if two same sex people want to get married or if a "transgender" person wants to use a bathroom with a picture on the door not reflective of their body type or not.

Nobodies rights are being violated though by banning same sex marriage, or this bathroom nonsense.

Homosexuals are just as free to marry someone with the opposite set of genitalia as everyone else, and just a restricted from marring someone with the same genitals as everyone else. Love has nothing to do with it. There is no law that requires you to love the person to whom you are married or the person you intend to marry.

Same thing with this bathroom stuff. Got a penis, use the damn mens room, got a vagina, ladies room. Its about how you look not how you feel.

Its all prefectly EQUAL

Comment: Re:Well done, smart guy (Score 1) 230

by DarkOx (#49197291) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

Hell, ISIS were born from the Iraqi insurgency, which was only as successful as it was because of the poor decisions made after the invasion.

No contest. Its Bush's fault, but Bush nearly had it fixed. Things were going quite well in Iraq when he left office. Obama should NOT have agreed to remove the troops, have not consented to turn the security operation over to the Iraqi government. He should not have done Libya and we should not have backed the rebellion in Syria, we should be treating the ISIS government in Egypt as a the coup it is/was.

Those are the reasons ISIS is what it is. Those are all Obama/Hillary decisions. The outcomes were all highly predictably too, for anyone who was paying attention to the immediate after math of the Iraqi invasion. Obama and most of the people who seem so proud of their opposition than and now were to busy rubbing everyone else's face in it to learn anything. If they had the draw down would have been delayed. You can see this attitude still reflected in the media bias. Libya is a failed state now, and ISIS is there. Yet you hardly hear about anything buy Iraq. Face you and a whole bunch of others are trying to give Obama a free pass, but the fact is he made LOTS of AVOIDABLE mistakes, the SAME MISTAKES Bush made. When you have the benefit of seeing what the guy right before you got and do the exact same things, that's deeply pathetic.

The sensible alternative is just let ISIS have its day. Don't go back to Iraq, don't fight them in Syria or Libya. ISIS can't govern its not like the Taliban in Afghanistan was. The Iraqi, Syrian, and Libyan people know what a modern society looks like, they won't stand for ISIS style brutality for long. At worst it will be a perpetual series of unending uprisings and tribal conflicts. It will keep them to damn busy to attack us or Western Europe, Iran and Egypt are almost certain to be drawn in as well. We will get to find out how effective the Iranian army really still is. The nuclear issue will go away because Iran will devoting all its resources into boarder security.

The ONLY choices are go big or go home. Either we need a large enough occupying force and enough direct influence of the the decision makers in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and possibly Egypt or we should get the hell out! To do otherwise is going to result in spending a steady stream of treasure and American lives that only keeps things to a slow simmer over there with plenty of lawless territories for terror cells to workout how to blow up Western shopping malls and magazines. It will never end.

Comment: Re:Well done, smart guy (Score 1, Insightful) 230

by DarkOx (#49195523) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

No actually Obama handed Iraq to ISIS. I can agree Bush went in there with some very naive thinking and it was probably a bad idea. After the fall of Sadam and some initial missteps by Rumsfeld and Bremer the Bush administration learned from their mistakes.

The Iraq situation was in point of fact one of nearly continuous improvement from that point forward until Obummer took office. Obama having campaigned on getting out of Iraq elected to ignore all of the advice the out going Bush people tried to pass along. He essentially went back to the failed Rumsfeld policy of trying to believe hard enough the Iraqies were ready to self govern.

Predictably without constant council and American support Nouri al-Maliki turned to his Shiite friends, who would not agree with you about being religiously similar to their Sunni counter parts (who ISIS and Al-queda are mostly made up of). The Iraqi army turned and ran not because they did not want fight ISIS but because they were incapable of doing so and knew it. Thanks to Obama not keeping some control of the reigns in Iraq Maliki and his Shiite supporters had replaced the well trained professional folks in the Army with Shitte flunkies. Which by the way still make up the Iraqi Army/Government today!

Remember Sadar City? Yup its that Sadar that is contributing a huge part of the force we are now backing against ISIS. The idea we are assisting some legitimate democratic government in Iraq is a pure farce, Obama admin propaganda and nothing more. Its just a slightly different group of Terrorists that are we hope in the short term slightly less hostile to us. Iraq will always be Bush's fault, he got us into that mess. Still Obama has done quite literally nothing right since he has been in control. Obama's failure to accept and of the painful learned lessons by the Bush administration is what so much of Iraq is in the hands of ISIS today.

Meanwhile there is Libya. You'd think after opposing the Iraq war while in the Senate because its a bad idea to just topple governments with no plan and create a power vacuum Obama would have enough sense to not under take a "kinetic military action" to topple Qadffi (who had been recently cooperative with our war on terror efforts) but no he is just so much smarter than Bush, his foreign invasion would just naturally be successful right? Nope Libyians today are not better off, and ISIS is using Libyan territory too. Similarly helping the Syrian rebels has done nothing but prevent Assad from crushing them as he likely would have if we'd stayed out of it; ISIS is leveraging that mess as their central home.

We have Obama's policy failures to blame fore ISIS being more than a tiny disowned branch of Al-queda operating in the fringes of Iraq. Iraq might be Bush's fault but the blame for ISIS false squarely on Obama and Hillary.

Comment: Re:We each have oour favorites. (Score 3, Interesting) 174

by KingSkippus (#49194347) Attached to: Musician Releases Album of Music To Code By

Have you listened to their new album, Endless River? It's almost all instrumental and has many of the same riffs from Division Bell. It's familiar enough to sound great, but new enough that it's novel. If you listen to Wish You Were Here while coding, I suspect you'll really enjoy this one as well.

Comment: Re:And was it really a punishment? (Score 1) 96

by DarkOx (#49191235) Attached to: FTC Targets Group That Made Billions of Robocalls

The telemarketers probably are the NSA. Think about it you have the three steps bullshit. We are looking at Jane, who regularly gets calls from this number XXX-XXX-XXXX (so happens to be their own telemarketing front).

Next, they want to look at John and tap his phone too, but oh damn he isn't three steps away, it won't be covered by their FISA warrant. So they have the telemarketing co place a class to John.

Great now John is within three steps. Its all nice and legal....

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 174

by DarkOx (#49191103) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

There is no reason to think the court would require the entire stack / product to be opened. I don't anything any sensible read of the license would dictate that either.

At most vmkernel would have to be GPL licensed to use the code. The big question with the GPL (IANAL but have paid attention to this for a long time) is who can claim harm when its violated. Will the court agree the anyone who says they were harmed were harmed, is only the author harmed, are only users of the code harmed, is only the current copyright assignee harmed?

That all will have effects on standing. I can't succeed with a civil suit against you based on the claim your dog bit someone else kid and I read about it in the paper. I have not been harmed. This what the nature and magnitude of the harm is often affects the remedy in these cases too. If the court agreed for instance that everyone who used VMWare was harmed, the remedy might be they have to release the current version of vmkernel source and GPL it. If the court decides only the copyright holder(s) was harmed, who knows monetary valuation on code they don't sell won't be easy. The court might just say well you have to cease infringing their copyright if they ask you to. Which might not mean anymore than EMC has to remove the Linux code an issue a patch to existing customers.

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 2) 379

by DarkOx (#49189071) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

And they're still lower than the costs of fossil fuel based technologies, which is global warming.

I think this viewpoint is incorrect. Society is pretty good at absorbing slow on going costs, like cancer deaths from burning coal and we actually do a pretty good job at addressing things like global warming. We will find a solution to that problem. It might be higher levies and sea walls or it might be some kind of geo engineering. Either way is a slow change we can adapt to.

A nuclear accident on the other hand is a sudden catastrophe that can destroy large areas. Unlike one of those possibly global warming storms, or an oil spill we don't have good ways to render the affected area safe for human habitation again in the short term. So there is a time value component that simply can't be ignored.

Comment: Re:Daily Treadmill (Score 2) 133

by DarkOx (#49179403) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

I think it naturally does in that your ability to run on a treadmill for an extended period is quite indicative of your overall health (if the study is correct). I don't think that is really much of a surprise. Health and fitness are pretty tightly coupled.

I am in my early thirties. I do a fair bit of hiking and I can tell you there are lots of 60 years out there that I can't keep up without it being workout. Most of them look great and will tell you they feel great. Is it correlation or causation? I suspect both, the older folks you meet 30+ miles into wilderness on some trail are both the ones healthy enough to get themselves there but one of the reasons for that is very likely the fact they undertake the regular exercise of doing it.

Same thing here, the folks that stay on the treadmill and don't peak out in terms of heart rate are probably pretty healthy. That is going to make them more resilient when it comes to recovery from disease etc. If they are already to sick to do it, they are kinda of by definition already less healthy and are therefore likely to have inferior recoupreative powers when they do get sick.

Comment: Re:*sighs* (Score 4, Informative) 150

by DarkOx (#49163245) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses

The point of the emitters is not block IR but screw up the camera's exposure. Ever take a picture of someone standing in front of bright light source, and had the subject come out all dark? Its fooled the camera's light meter.

Same kind of deal here, either the IR will wash out the image of the rest of your face, over exposing, or fool the camera into thinking the reflected light is greater than it is, under exposing. Either way the resulting image will be less detailed. There are darkroom/photo editing tricks to overcome this to a degree but it will complicate the process greatly for automated systems.

How the TSA will feel about it remains to be seen.

Comment: Re:About time... (Score 1) 158

by DarkOx (#49149731) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

It might not have been too bad to go through and make sure it was just passing everything it used, but it was a lot of code and it kind of all needed to be changed at the same time.

I say this as someone who is generally sold on TDD being the best approach. At first it seem tedious never being able to write more than an handful of code line before having to stop and write a test, but the ultimate freedom it gives you to fearlessly refactor is worth it.

On the other hand I would never (have learned the lessons of trying) attempt to go back and create tests for a software project like the one you describe; and as a general rule anything substantial which does not have them.

It sounds like you are doing lots of shotgun surgery to nurse some spaghetti code along. One of the things TDD does for you is make you keenly aware of all the cross-cutting, coupling, and cohesion in your code. If you have organized something badly you discover its difficult to author a test for, that's clue something is wrong.

Trying to go back and write tests for code that isn't well organized is FAIL you won't write good tests because you can't and if you don't have good test coverage "passing everything" does not really tell you things are alright. Its painful pointless wheel spin.

Just live with it. Address the compiler warnings, try and diagram us much process flow an interactions across those globals as you can so you have a good picture to look at why you plan groups of changes, do your best and hope the QA test guys catch anything you break prior to release.


Invented-Here Syndrome 158

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-of-this-has-happened-before-and-all-of-this-will-happen-again dept.
edA-qa writes: Are you afraid to write code? Does the thought linger in your brain that somewhere out there somebody has already done this? Do you find yourself trapped in an analysis cycle where nothing is getting done? Is your product mutating to accommodate third party components? If yes, then perhaps you are suffering from invented-here syndrome.

Most of use are aware of not-invented-here syndrome, but the opposite problem is perhaps equally troublesome. We can get stuck in the mindset that there must be a product, library, or code sample, that already does what we want. Instead of just writing the code we need a lot of effort is spent testing out modules and trying to accommodate our own code. At some point we need to just say, 'stop!', and write the code ourselves.

Comment: Re:Just y'know... reconnect them spinal nerves (Score 1) 210

by DarkOx (#49146885) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

I think that is the idea behind the 'electrical pulses' the plan is to depend on neural plasticity, I would guess. The idea is you keep the patient comatose, stimulate nerves all over the body and up and down the spine. This should tetanize various groups of nerves, "cells the fire together wire together" with some luck the brain with figure it out.

Seems suspect to me, but IAMNANS

Comment: Whats the value proposition here? (Score 2) 210

by DarkOx (#49146821) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

I know brain injuries for events like near downing occasional leave bodies that can recover to health but the brain so damaged they will never escape a vegetative state. Certainly other brain injuries due to head knocks etc can have similar results.

How many of these bodies are really available? Hollywood would have us believe quite a lot but I am not sure that is the case.

That said how many of these potential donators are really out there ethically speaking? The body deteriorates when we are talking about a persistent vegetative state requiring feeding tubes and ventilators and such. Can we, will we in the foreseeable future be able to better identify when the patients brain won't recover. Right now there is already a financial incentive to pull the plug. What will happen to these patients who can't speak for themselves when those making decisions for them are under pressure to give their body to someone else? Will these lead to prematurely giving up on some folks?

Seems like there should be some lower hanging fruit to go after in terms of modern medicine than head swaps. In fact just focusing reconnecting the sever spinal cord in the same monkey without adding the additional trauma and unknowns associated with the rest of the head swap would probably do more to help the disabled, which I am sure far out number the persistently comatose.

Comment: Re:Simple methodology (Score 1) 347

by DarkOx (#49142743) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

That should not happen as often as it does though. Part of being a "professional" where it comes to software architecture is anticipating reasonable future needs and planning for them.

If a one-line spec change blows the estimates out of the water many times that probably indicates major rework had to happen. It should not be that way most of the time. If it is the development team did a poor job of planing a head, likely, not always if someone changes "suitable for car wash automation" to "suitable for nuclear reactor automation" fine, you can toss the old estimate out the window entirely and none of the fault is your own.

Science is to computer science as hydrodynamics is to plumbing.