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Comment Re:Kinda dissagree (Score 1) 223

I have read about people neglecting their kids to play farmville, I have even done a few nasty binges where I would swear to "stop by midnight" only to look outside and see that it was dawn.

The big kerfuffle in the 90's wasn't that games were addictive, it was that they were violent and that we were going to turn into desensitized savages who want to dismember people. Basically this article is about kids that grew up on Mortal Kombat.


And it is the same nonsense that was spouted about Metal, Comics, TV, Movies and Books (that weren't the bible) in the past. Same shit, different target.

Comment Re:Roll-back as in play-back? (Score 1) 66

A little OT: This reminds me though of how Bank Robbers always shared this mythical celebrity status with a big portion of the population. In the 20's people blamed banks for everything and were happy to see them suffer. In 2016 the banks are still screwing the population over at a much faster rate, yet you never hear of hackers being heroes to any but a select few.

Banks these days aren't distrusted and despised like they used to be in the 20's.

People will actually defend banks ripping them off these days because banks do it indirectly and give a pittance to the end user to buy their loyalties. Cashback, rewards, frequent flyer points and what not to get the end user sucked into using credit then they charge the merchant for accepting credit. The merchant is not in a position to say no because they have literally addicted (via gamification) the end user into using credit and nothing is harder for a store owner to deal with than an addict who is denied their fix. So merchants just raise prices to compensate which ironically means the credit addict is paying for their habit, whilst defending their habit.

You almost have to admire the Machiavellian brilliance of the banks here. They've got the end user thinking the bank is their best friend whilst robbing them blind.

Comment Re: What's the viable alternative? (Score 1) 154

That's basically the goal, that we can create cheap code domestic instead of sending the work abroad. What good that would do, well, you can divine by gauging the quality of code you get from abroad.

In the end I can reassure you that it will not work out. Programming is not just a skill you can pick up by drilling it into the heads of people. It's at the very least as much dependent on a certain state of mind (lacking a better term). You will certainly create a few people who will be more or less capable of slapping together some code, mostly in a cargo-cult, copy-paste fashion. And their programs may actually work. Sometimes. And that "sometimes" is exactly the problem. Because these people don't know how to take special cases into account in a way that they don't fuck up the result.

And this is critical. Because the main reason companies want to use computers is to create results fast and without human work. And that entails that it is mission critical that you can rely on the results to be correct. Because if you can not, that advantage you want to get is null and void because you still have to put a human there to at the very least check the plausibility of the results, and in the end you might end up with wrong results which can be VERY expensive to clean up afterwards.

And that's the huge problem here.

With many other things in life you can hire cheap amateurs and if they fuck up, you notice it quickly and can fix it. If your plumber fucks up, you notice it quickly with the huge puddle forming in your basement. An electrician creating a mess usually means that the power is gone. Hopefully nothing worse. A programming error may surface after years, leading to costly all-night repair sessions from experienced programmers who tend to cost an arm and a leg. A security hole in a software you use can easily lead to even worse damage. And again, damage you might not notice until it is far, far too late to mitigate it.

Comment Re: What's the viable alternative? (Score 1) 154

No, but wasting time thinking on where the keys are is. I can't even imagine programming sensibly if I had to actually look at the keyboard and ponder where to find the letters I want to write.

I can concentrate on writing code. You have to concentrate on writing itself. Personally, I'd consider this a huge disadvantage.

Comment Re:Energy in? (Score 1) 96

Actually, it sounds like a perfect process for clean coal or other already existing energy production. The cooling towers alread carry enough heat to raise the temperature. As for pumping, well the generating already runs a bit under capacity so turning it up a little more shouldn't be too costly.

With a little tweaking, it could relatively easily reduce the carbon footprint of existing power plants.

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