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Comment: Proofreading must be quite challenging. (Score 2) 47

by rmdingler (#48946343) Attached to: How Blind Programmers Write Code
It's great we live in a relatively wealthy and enlightened time where the special needs of the few can be borne by the many. The things I'm taking daily for granted that others still only dream to do! And I still can't explain why I continue to allow myself to have an occasional bad day, despite this awareness.

Comment: Jobs was just Driven. (Score 2) 211

by rmdingler (#48946135) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Steve believed you had to control every brush stroke from beginning to end. Not because he was a control freak, but because he had a passion for perfection.

Errr, the two conditions may not be mutually exclusive, but perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

The company alpha can control every brush stroke to his complete satisfaction and still be mistaken in his vision.

Eased out of the company he started in a garage, I believe Jobs was just the right mix of had something to prove and accurate vision. Being a hands-on-every-stage individual often implies an inability to delegate to or trust coworkers, so it isn't always a successful way to manage.

Comment: Re:Lousy AI (Score 1) 29

by rmdingler (#48946035) Attached to: R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism
Embedding AI in the infrastructure of virtually everything in the first World has largely gone unnoticed, and indeed, once something wonderful is regarded as commonplace folks largely forget it is fueled by artificial intelligence.

AI has advanced, simply not in the way popular culture predicted it once would.

There will be little need for human-like replicants running about while humans themselves are inexpensively abundant.

Comment: Re:It would be met by violence (Score 1) 283

I believe the GP has underestimated the ability of earthly religions to adapt quickly to reassure this phenomenon was something they saw coming.

Question: aliens arrive on Earth. They believe in a Creator. Now what do you do?

I assume they have a group of smarter members of the Home World monitoring instruments strapped to their monkeys flight suits.

Comment: Re: They said they weren't doing it.. (Score 1) 103

by rmdingler (#48929273) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Our other rights aren't as firm as America either, here it is Constitutional to limit speech in cases such as child porn or national secrets unlike America where any law limiting speech is unconstitutional and you have the madness of obvious unconstitutional laws being enforced by the courts.

I think I'd rather put up with the madness of the court's evaluation of each individual case of liberty, and whether or not they compromise the rights of others, than to have certain ones crossed off the list to begin with.

We can predict everything, except the future.