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Comment: Re:at&t wasn't welcome anyway (Score 4, Insightful) 88

No, there's no "fascinating question that makes this debate interesting". The government should prevent any market condition where a hostile monopoly may manifest. Full stop.

AT&T and Verizon has proven that they can and will abuse their oligopoly position and not compete. This will not change in any foreseeable circumstance short of being forced into a competitive landscape. The duty of government then is to lower the barrier to entry, which, in this case, the barrier is the amazing amount of cash AT&T and Verizon has to outbid everyone else.

And if you object to taxpayers subsidizing, then I can simply point you at the cost of running any government agency that (ostensibly?) promotes fair competition: e.g. SEC. The cost to hire lawyers, set up offices, conduct audits, litigate -- none of that is free. Do I see you label "preventing and punishing insider trading" as an "interesting debate since it has no objectively correct answer" in a cost analysis? No, of course not, because it's desirable and everything has an associated cost to begin with.

Comment: Re:Let it die (Score 1) 509

by non0score (#46711835) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

As soon as you are shrinking the community, these people who are left behind are becoming completely isolated and left alone.

What? So let more deaf people be deaf and let them feel what it means to be deaf? That's one of the silliest things I've read.

Sharing among deaf people is also an important part of pain relief.

What does that even mean? So we should stop looking for cures for cancer and stop using existing cures because people with cancer can't share their pain? I mean, It's not like existing deaf people can't get implants. Even if these people are so resistant to changing their situation and are adamant about preserving their culture, they don't have to drag others into it.

Comment: Re:Alright, alright,alright (Score 1) 94

by non0score (#46695013) Attached to: For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal
Annnnnd we have people who domesticated them to make man's (and woman's!) best friends. I think it's pretty obvious who's right there. =D
In all seriousness, how is aging any different from a disease? That'd be akin to calling genetic diseases that manifest later in life a "natural occurrence".

Comment: Re:Ah... (Score 1) 217

by non0score (#46657405) Attached to: .NET Native Compilation Preview Released
While I agree with you on most points, I don't think the last sentence is warranted -- because people aren't perfect. Just because you can write a piece of code doesn't mean you should. 1) If the problem has been solved exactly like you wanted, and the resulting code has 5 years of bug fixing associated with it, it's probably a good idea to use it (contrived e.g. are you going to rewrite Linux?). 2) Why waste time solving a problem that's already been solved by someone else (assuming it aligns with your specs). Your job is to solve problems, not write code -- computer/code is there to help you solve problems. 3) If you launch a product on the internet with, say, a privacy bug because you wrote that piece of code yourself...well, your company may not be around long enough to fix that bug.

Comment: Re:risk aversion (Score 1) 112

by non0score (#46558513) Attached to: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Controls Learning Speed
Can and will are two very different things. Just like you can go out and masturbate in front of the city hall in daylight, you (most likely) will not. Just like someone can fry their moral parts of his brain, doesn't mean he will (most likely fry some other portion, or a big portion altogether...if he manages to fry it in the first place). If everything happens with the merest possibilities, we'd either have a big black hole where the earth is right now, or you would've won the jackpot many times over.

Comment: Re:The truth is (Score 1) 147

by non0score (#46465727) Attached to: How St. Louis Is Bootstrapping Hundreds of Programmers
Your point being that it's an "art", implying not everyone can be good at it, implying people good at the art is few and far between, implying there's a shortage? If so, yes, I get that, and my point is that it isn't as much of an art as people want to say it is. If not, perhaps you can clarify your point and be less of an ass about it.

Comment: Re:The truth is (Score 1) 147

by non0score (#46464597) Attached to: How St. Louis Is Bootstrapping Hundreds of Programmers
It's not the way the "art" is. It's poor teaching and a lack of will to learn. Sure, maybe not everyone can become an excellent programmer without putting in at least 15 years, but almost everyone can be a good programmer with a good few years of learning/training. And no, college doesn't teach you everything you need to know to be a good programmer.

Comment: Re:Journalists love calling out google for everyth (Score 1) 259

by non0score (#46321251) Attached to: Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?
Exactly. And the goal of educational websites is to promote education amongst the underserved -- targeting the "haves" is kinda counter to their state goals. And if any of the popular education sites misses that point, then in theory the "invisible hand" should guide the smarter education sites to offer low bandwidth versions (and this would quickly be reflected in enrollment counts).

Comment: Re:New ChomeCast Device ? (Score 1) 104

by non0score (#46148037) Attached to: Chromecast Now Open To Developers With the Google Cast SDK
I-frames may cost that much. However, most of the frames are P-frames (using VP8 parlance), which cost a lot less. There is even more room for compression when you consider temporal coherence in additional to adjacent block coherence. (There are Golden frames and alt-reference frames, but those are details of the algorithm/implementation.)

Comment: Re:Not really (Score 2) 76

by non0score (#46107421) Attached to: Is Amazon Making a Sub-$300 Console To Play Mobile Games?
I would agree with 2 out of the 4: open SDK and courting indies. I'm a dev, and yhy the hell do I care about open OS or open hardware? I'm not going to make my own hardware, and neither am I going to ask my customers to install custom OSes (which means the OS has to be full-featured and bug-free before I support said platform). Game developers need ways to make money (most likely just to put food on the table), not to fulfill some ideological desire.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"