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Comment Re:Still Crap on Linux (Score 1) 50

I would not say game devs are clueless. The key point is that they try to get the most out of the hardware as possible and to do that they are ready to do anything, even a pact with the devil. I have seen the most abhorrent code in game engines and shaders and all in the effort of a few frames per second more. The key problem is that the hack that worked one generation of hardware is broken in the next. When game development spans years, in which multiple hardware generations may come out, this creates are huge mess...

Comment Re:When You Can't Get A Date...Blow Something Up (Score 1) 491

The watershed moment is when that nerd finishes his engineering or computer science degree and get a 50k-100k job. Engineering is one of the few jobs that consistently have high entry salaries. Other areas that may have huge salaries, generally have really low paying or ultra high steess entry conditions, such as law, medicine or business administration.

As a result you have a slightly weird guy with mediocre fashion sense, not very high self esteem and a high paying job. They suddenly get catapulted to the top of the dating pool without actually realizing it. The reason why you see many nerds being married, is because any woman with a sense knows to put a ring on his finger before he realizes that he actually is at the top of the dating pool.

Back to the terrorist thing; conservative and religious; that seems odd. This does not hold up with my anecdotal experience. Most engineers are quite rational and that generally preclude believing in imaginary people in the sky. Also the conservative moniker does not really hold up; most doe not hold any profound political views; but they sure can get riled up about naming conventions or editor choice. What they generally are, is antisocial to some degree. Hating people in general and certain anointing groups in particular can lead a certain inclination to violence.

Comment Re:Pastafarianism protects other religions' rights (Score 1) 518

Generally the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is an atheist gathering that tries to show that when strict laws collide with exemptions for religious freedoms, nonsense ensures. Either you implement a strict rule set and enforce it irrespective of someone's religion or you loose regulations to a sane level.

Comment Re:This one's easy (Score 1) 195

Fun fact, creating a good work life balance for your employees may actually have a positive outcome to the bottom line. First, motivated workers generally have something like a 10x higher output. Second, when you have a nice place to work, employees are ready to be payed less; generally they tend to favor a better place to work over a higher salary. Third, having a nice place to work will attract talent and retain it. At least for the tech sector, creating a nice place to work is the egoistical approach.

Comment Re:add a clause. (Score 1) 190

What he did was the right thing. Since Sony (Epic Records) where in violation of their license terms. He politely informed them that they had 48h to rectify the issue. When the time was up he issued a claim against the now infringing music video. In contrast so Sony, he has a valid claim that will also stand in court. That got Sony to act and they lifted the strike. But at this point the music video was still without a valid license. So as condition Martinez demanded he be credited in the music video's description and he would consider the issue resolved and the license valid.

Comment Re:add a clause. (Score 3, Insightful) 190

The real issue here is not that some automated system flagged the video, but that after the counter claim some human still insisted that Sony still owned the entire copyright. Granted, the person who handles these counter claims probably sees hundreds a day and basically is trained to say "nah, we still own the copyright and no it's not fair use". Which probably is correct most of the time. The shame lies with Sony that fails to do is due diligence when reviewing counter claims made by the automated systems.

Comment Re:Well, obviously (Score 1, Informative) 137

Not everybody lives in US suburbia where space is plentiful and the houses are made of cardboard. (Yes, I know, wood beams and drywall.) I live in an apartment in a beautiful old building. The apartment is 90 m (968 sqft) but only three large room (plus bath and kitchen). Being a family of three you get my child's bedroom, the living room and bedroom. In out case the bedroom also doubles are office.

Once you are over a certain age, social convention has it that you don't have a PC in the living room. Many have an office, but that commonly gets converted into a bedroom for a child once that's on the way. The result is that, unless you are exorbitantly wealthy and you have a dedicated office, the PC moves back into the bedroom.

Comment Re:It should be obvious (Score 1) 375

The issue is not that they are not science, but that they are darn hard to isolate. Neuroscience is quite straight forward, it's basically applied chemistry. Psychology becomes harder to isolate. Although it technically is just applied neuroscience, but unless you constantly take blood samples, monitor the brain waves and have an exact map of the brain, it will contain allot of fuzzy guess work. Sociology is get worse, since it is applied psychology to a large group of people. The key problem is that the system they are trying to describe is constantly changing. Even worse, policy makers are tying to influence the system based on the findings of sociology. Economy is basically just sociology centered around money. Here the feedback loop is even worse, people are constantly trying to influence the system. The key problem is if ever the system is sufficiently well described (it that is ever possible), this model becomes invalid the moment people try to game eh system using that model.

I like work; it fascinates me; I can sit and look at it for hours.