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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.

Comment: Re:Pointless (Score 5, Informative) 165

by osu-neko (#46839473) Attached to: Former US Test Site Sues Nuclear Nations For Disarmament Failure

If someone burned down Congress today, half the country would be cheering...

But yes. It's quite amusing what they teach American kids about the War of 1812.

When they started negotiating the treaty to end the war, the British, having won it (Canadian troops did much of the winning, but they were still part of the Empire back then), started by demanding territorial concessions, as is the usual case when winning a war. The Americans asserted that the British couldn't hold the territory they'd taken and refused to give it up, and the British were tired of fighting several wars at once (they were busy fighting Napoleon for most of the war and didn't devote much effort to the minor sideshow that was the war with the USA) so they gave in and agreed to simply return to status quo ante bellum, i.e. the state of affairs before the war began. Some would try to spin that as a "draw", but the British were fine with the state of affairs before the war, it was the US that declared the war in the first place, claiming that the state of affairs prior to the war were intolerable. Although no territory was lost, it was, in fact, a unequivocal defeat for the US. However, several of the reasons the US declared war to begin with were over measures the British were using to fight Napoleon. With Napoleon defeated, those measures came to an end (not because the British gave in, they continued to assert they had the right to do as they did -- they just had no more need to continue doing them). That plus some battlefield victories that occurred after the war was over but before news reached America of the signing of the peace treaty enabled the politicians in Washington to spin the defeat into an illusion of victory, and to this day, you will find many Americans who think they never lost a war before Vietnam, that we actually achieved our objectives in the War of 1812, and that the major victories weren't pointlessly fought after the war was already over but news hadn't reached us yet. Some of this comes from a slanted and incomplete way the story is taught in American classrooms, and some from flat-out misinformation. But in any case, don't be surprised if most Americans are completely incredulous when you try to remind us of the fact that we actually fought a war with the Canadians once... and they kicked our asses.

Comment: Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 149

by osu-neko (#46817475) Attached to: VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control
Unfortunately, deregulated markets also lead to centralized planning, and it doesn't cease to be a problem when the central planning occurs in a corporate boardroom instead of a politburo. I find it ironic that since the collapse of the Soviet system, America has been moving closer and closer to centrally planned economies, with power consolidating in a few (sometimes even one) corporation in every major market sector, while the supposed anti-communist party cheers on and aids in the deregulation, forgetting that a true free market requires regulation, or it soon is captured by the biggest fish and ceases to be a free market in any meaningful sense.

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.

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