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Comment: Re:Last century stuff (Score 2) 753

by osu-neko (#47445703) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

In America, most stores won't take your card unless you plan to spend less than a pittance. Most stores will deny you if your transaction isn't 5-10$

Not sure what backwards part of America that post came from, but I can tell you for certain that it's absolutely false in every part of America that I'm aware of. I use my debit card everywhere, for everything, including buying a single item at a dollar store if that's all I want to buy. No one has ever once even blinked. $1 at the Dollar Store, $3 at the fast-food joint, whatever, everyone's happy to take my business. I stopped using cash for anything at all over a decade ago, and the only people who don't want my card are the government -- they would rather I write a check for my driver's license renewal or whatever (which is funny, no one else will accept a check anymore around here).

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 0) 753

by osu-neko (#47445663) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

It's not a convenient option. I live in an essentially horseless society, but I don't mind, and it's not really limiting my freedom -- I could get a horse if I wanted, but why would I want it when it's so less convenient?

Personally, I haven't used cash in over a decade. The cashless society arrives the same way as the horseless society, not by limiting freedom but by providing better options, and letting people choose what's most convenient for them. Unless you want to force people to keep using cash, the cashless society is probably inevitable, precisely because people are free to choose other options, and will.

Comment: Re:The Elephant in the Room (Score 1) 95

by osu-neko (#47434407) Attached to: Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

The summary doesn't mention extra terrestrials. Is this because they don't want to jump to conclusions or is it because the nature of the pulses doesn't appear to be organic?

When astronomers point a telescope at the sky and see a large bright object, they tend to assume it's a star, not a giant alien lighthouse. If they see a bright flash of light, they assume it's due to some natural process and not an alien strobe-light. Is there some reason they would jump to an "it's aliens" conclusion in this case? You do understand that light is light, right? Even if the wavelength puts it in the radio-frequencies instead of the visible-spectrum? There's no particular reason light in one part of the spectrum is more likely to be made by aliens than natural phenomena.

Comment: Re:So much wrong (Score 1) 167

by osu-neko (#47264397) Attached to: Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

The simulator is effectively WINE for iOS: it reimplements the iOS APIs under Mac OS X, and the toolchain compiles an x86 binary instead of an ARM binary. No one should have to explain why that's entirely useless for trying to build an ARM app on iOS.

They would if they want to make the ludicrous assertion that that's "entirely useless". Over 95% of the testing you do during development of a non-trivial application is stuff that could be tested perfectly fine under WINE or an even less complete API mimic, indeed could be tested by compiling natively to whatever platform you're developing on. The vast majority of code in a non-trivial application is completely platform/OS agnostic.

Comment: Re:That's odd (Score 1) 66

So it doesn't seem that mysterious.

Once again demonstrating the principle: the less you understand a problem, the more obvious the answer seems. (Related to the old programming adage: Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the problem.) No actual problem has an obvious solution. If it did, it wouldn't be a problem to begin with. Whenever you feel something is obvious, it's a dead-giveaway that you're missing something important...

Comment: Re:jesus, I knew someone would play the gender car (Score 1) 65

by osu-neko (#47142863) Attached to: Grace Hopper Documentary Edges on Successful Crowdfunding

She's mentioned in nearly every CS textbook...

Yes, but that's often where many aspiring software engineers first learn of her, or Ada Lovelace. Ask how many aeronautical engineers first heard of the Wright Brothers from a college textbook on aeronautical engineering.

Comment: Re:"They have an agenda" have an agenda (Score -1) 174

by osu-neko (#47096379) Attached to: Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

Don't take my word for it, look at who submitted this article...

"An ad hominem (Latin for "to the man" or "to the person"[1]), short for argumentum ad hominem, is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument."

I don't doubt that mdsolar has a point of view that could be characterized as an "agenda", but your conclusion about his intent being obfuscation rather than to inform sounds like a bit of propaganda to dismiss anyone who disagrees with you. Frankly, it seems like you're the one attempting to obfuscate things by bringing up irrelevancies to distract from the actual, informative content of the article (which is, as noted, a factual report written in neutral terms and quite newsworthy). Simply put, you don't like the truth, so you attempt to discredit it by deflecting attention away from it and instead to the person who brought it to our attention. The truth is what it is, regardless of who brought it forth and what their motivations were for bringing it to our attention.

Your agenda is no less clear to the folks who really do pay attention.

Comment: Re:why the focus on being your brother's keeper? (Score 2) 192

by osu-neko (#47090561) Attached to: Mental Illness Reduces Lifespan As Much as Smoking

Why do people insist on studying, helping, fixing the mentally ill or the drug abusers?

Healthy human compassion.

What about those who are "healthy" but run into unfortunate events (car crash, cancer, getting laid off)?

We care for them too.

If we're going to treat society as a single organism, wouldn't we want to give to the most capable rather than the least?

That would be a false dilemma. If the two options were mutually exclusive, what you said would make sense. As it is, what you said is just idiotic.

Where is this constant need to fix people coming from?

Again, basic human compassion. You should try it sometime...

Comment: Re:Stop whining, you old farts! (Score 1) 325

by osu-neko (#46872401) Attached to: <em>Star Wars: Episode VII</em> Cast Officially Announced

You know how you can retain your good memories of Star Wars? Don't watch the movies.

Note, by the way, that that includes rewatching the originals. Rewatching them as an adult pretty much killed any interest in Star Wars in me. I find myself wondering why I ever thought they were great. Then I remember I also loved Knight Rider. Children have no standards, and I was no exception.

"Someone's been mean to you! Tell me who it is, so I can punch him tastefully." -- Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse