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Comment: Re:Festo has been doing this for years. (Score 3, Interesting) 36

by rioki (#46777511) Attached to: The Squishy Future of Robotics

The reason why Festo's robots are so different from other robots, is because Festo is not a robotics company, but a producer of pneumatic components. Many of their creations are along the lines, if all you got is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Many of them are really interesting, because they are so radically different, simply because they approach the problems differently.

Comment: Re:Patching.... (Score 4, Insightful) 285

by rioki (#46777483) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

I totally agree with the above. These change review rigmarole is often done for reasons of security and operational stability. This is a laudable goal, but often the added red tape make the entire system more vulnerable when they want to decide which security fixes get applies. You need to hammer it home that each second between the time the security fix is published and the time the fix is applied the systems are vulnerable. This is because, once the security fix is published, every hacker knows about the issue too. If you have something worthwhile to protect, which is probably the reason why a change review board was established, you do not want add more time to that time window. If they need red tape, you should get a blanket agreement that you apply security fixes from vendors for critical software (OS, databases, etc.) ASAP and they get a notification of when and what patch was installed.

Comment: Re:Proprietary or open seems irrelevant to discove (Score 1) 580

by rioki (#46765009) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Why are you so adamant that it was not "eyeballs". So they fizzed their own infrastructure and found the issue. The article you posted is scant on the details if the tool and a google search did not turn up any salient details on the tool. From the description it appears to be black box testing SSL/TLS for obvious overruns. Was this not open source software, we may not have had such a quick response to this issue.

Comment: Re:We might be. (Score 2) 800

by rioki (#46764795) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

You can have a meaningful election. In almost all cases there are more than two boxes to check. For a change do not check the first two. Changing America can be quite simple, the first step is to get out of the current gridlock by introducing more parties and actual politics. I america the entire political spectrum is concentrated in two parties. For example the Tea Party, that is not a party they are Republicans! Why?! I don't agree with them, fine but they could do the first step and found an actual party that would fracture the political spectrum. But alas, the average American is to narrow minded fore more than two parties.

Comment: Re:Farming (Score 1) 731

by rioki (#46745675) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

We are talking apocalypse here. Part of that would also be drastic reduction in population. The reason why almost universal sanitation systems are in place only recently is because of the rising population density. For a very long time communities could get along with no running water to their home and an outhouse. But then again the life expectancy was not very high.

Comment: Re:Wrong way to go about it... (Score 2) 477

by rioki (#46713925) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Why should that be?! for example with flex time and all that it can very easy be that I will email someone who is already home with a "This is important, can you do this ASAP." I fully expect it to be done first thing in the morning the next working day, no more no less. Why should I not be able to do that?!?

On the other hand I also am sort of against all this private device / access company services outside of work thing. Why should someone access their work email outside of work? Outside of business hours I am not reachable, nor do I expect you to be, end of story. The only exception to that are people that are "on call", but they should get paid for that.

Comment: Re:Do you need a database? (Score 1) 272

by rioki (#46713697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

So default answer to "Which NoSQL database should I use?" is always "Don't use NoSQL."

This! When people come to me and ask what NoSQL database they need, I let them describe the data and the requirements they have. Almost all cases the data is highly structured and need strong query capabilities. In almost all cases it turns out that the problem is not a that SQL DBs will not do the job, but rather a poor understanding of DBs in general and a koowl new hawtness vibe. I am not saying that MongoDB, CouchDB or Redis are not interesting tools, but with all their advantages, they have strong drawbacks.

Basically, if you look at the available options and do not know which to pick, you did not do your homework. You should research your requirements you have and the different options, including the classical SQL databases. In my experience, a clear option will normally jump at you once you have sufficiently invested time and effort.

Comment: Re:The spokesman for the AHA said... (Score 1) 408

by rioki (#46713243) Attached to: Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

The odd thing about homeopathy is that is regularly outperforms placebos and in many cases even real medicine. Sounds like nonsense, but it shows that convalescence is more complicated than just the medicine itself. Many "traditional" doctors have little time for patients and basically just handle them as "take this and come back next week if it did not get better". On the other hand homeopathic "doctors" listen to their patients and talk about what the issue is. The result is that many minor issues are resolved basically without taking any medicine.

As anecdotal evidence, my wife had really bad back problems. No doctor could (or would) help her and she took relatively hard pain medicine. She went to a alternative practitioner that talked to her and gave her homeopathy and the issue resolved itself within a week. This was the first "doctor" to actually listen to her. If you think about it, it sounds like utter nonsense and that a psychiatry would be the better address than the orthopedy. But this is common place and in many cases you just do not need medicine. Most of the medicine you get is feel good medicine, like painkillers and few cases they are even counterproductive.

The important thing is that you need a doctor that knows the point where you need to switch to "hard medicine". In France for example, you need a medical degree to give medical advice and thus all homeopathic doctors have traditional medical training. Although I don't know how much they actually believe in the underlying idea, but the good thing is they will prescribe antibiotics where needed.

I think you can't dismiss homeopathy directly, for many it works. The real important thing that classical medicine must learn from it. Here and there there is interesting research into the placebo and nocebo effects. Doctors could learn to listen more to their patients and in some cases prescribing a placebo may actually help the patient.

Comment: Re:where is the controversy? (Score 1) 640

by rioki (#46711717) Attached to: Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Dude! Who said these "foundations" need to be make from, say stone? Just because someone is to daft to imagine gravity, does not mean God could not work it out. For the Sun bit I also have an obligatory XKCD: Centrifugal Force. Just because someone is also incapable of doing coordinate transformations, does not mean God can not do them. In addition, the Psalms are "just songs" and as thus are at maximum "inspired" and not divine word as such, in contrast to for example Genesis.

Why the hell does an atheist need to point out their narrow minded interpretation of the text?!?

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I became an atheist.

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