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Comment Re:Share Market =/ Economy (Score 1) 101

If your startup can't gain enough traction with a couple of 100k it was never going to happen for you you anyway.

Depends on the business you are in. If you are a mobile game startup, then 100k might be enough to see if the idea has legs. If you are an enterprise software platform startup, you need $50m to be competitive and even then you need better tech than your competitors with much deeper pockets. If you are starting a bank, even $50m might not be enough. If you are starting a restaurant, $500k or $1m might be a good amount to start with depending on your location and type of restaurant. But $100k is rarely enough to start more than a small 1 person shop which needs to be in a smallish niche to be successful.

Comment Re:wow, super insulting and prejudiced. (Score 1) 207

Though I should probably also mention that usability, by necessity, targets the broadest range of users. You've seem a lot of complaints about Ubuntu's UI, but it's about as simple as it can get. All the most common things are lined up neatly on the left.

No, that's not what usability is about. Usability is effectively and simply communicating a mental model to the user that enables them to feel "in-control" and allows them to do what they want in the way they expect. Different user environments have different usability requirements based upon frequency of use, average time of use and size and makeup of the expected user base.

Unity (and gtk3) removed a lot of useful functionality and is less stable than what it replaced and still hasn't caught up several years later. Those are real reasons to complain. My HCI prof founded that field with a study that proved that a specific known text interface was superior to a new GUI one for telephone operators. The reason for this was mostly a lack of keyboard shortcuts coupled with a known user-base that has a long average time of use, which is exactly what Ubuntu removed/changed and messed up with Unity.

Protip, if engineers can pick apart your UI design and your target market is engineers, you are doing it wrong...

Comment Re:Neo-Luddite scaremongering wins again (Score 1) 361

Make it cost $1 per pound less to make soy and farmers can sell soy for $1 per pound less and make exactly the same profit. This makes all your food cheaper by $1 per pound soy used. This means more poor people can eat, while more middle-class people have more money left in their pockets (residual wealth).

If only that were actually true. The problem is that in real life companies pocket that $1 (return part to investors, the rest to executive compensation). Only competition can correct that and it doesn't quite often in mature markets like oil and wheat.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 361

Aren't all crops genetically modified?

No, not by humans. By natural selection, yes, but that rarely would produce Antarctic teleost genes in vascular plants or other extreme HGT effects now "readily" possible.

Completely false. Almost everything we eat on a large scale we have transformed. Corn in its "natural" state only produces ears that are about 1.5" long (so they are about 12x their original size). Wheat, rye, and most of our livestock has undergone similar transformations. In the cases of the grains, its likely that it began as a "natural" process that humans observed and accelerated. There are entire books written on this topic alone and literally dozens of counterexamples to your claim and I know of no crop that humans haven't artificially modified through breeding, often for 100s or years or more.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 904

The sea change is already happening - car ownership of all kinds is lowest among millenials.

I think you mean seed change. And young people often don't have high rates of ownership of any kind for obvious reasons. Just because you like Uber doesn't mean switching to a "sharing" model works for most people.

Comment Re:Staying 5 years behind... (Score -1) 30

Mesa has been about 5 years behind OpenGL, seems this follows the trend, not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. After all it's not falling behind but it really doesn't seem to be closing any gaps either. So 4.0 is DirectX11 generation hardware, CodeWeavers have said they hope to have DX11 support in WINE within a year. That would be nice, several games I play that are no-go in WINE and would be at least one obstacle in going back to Linux.

If you are playing games with Mesa you are doing it wrong. You should be using the native OpenGL driver for your graphics hardware. Mesa is a software reference implementation/compatibility layer. It allows drivers with missing functionality to fill in the gaps and for ports of OpenGL to other hardware to see software implementations of the spec for comparison. Also, for systems without dedicated graphics it can provide software level OpenGL functionality but you probably wouldn't want to play 3D games on those platforms. Its very useful in the graphics ecosystem but probably shouldn't be directly used by end users looking for the highest performance their gaming system can offer.

Comment Re:There is no cure for absolute fucking stupidity (Score 1) 232

LOL! Women in infantry tend to be very good soldiers, well motivated with only physical strength as a limitation. How about you stop commenting on stuff you don't know shit about? That would be most things I gather.

While women tend to do better on marksmanship, I'm not sure that alone makes them very good soldiers. Soldiers are war fighters and that includes a lot of heavy lifting. Are there women who make good soliders, sure. Do I think its a 50-50 split in the population, no...and I doubt a good female soldier would think that's true either. I bet they would know that they are far better than the average female at war fighting that that's probably something that they take a great deal of pride in.

Comment Re:There is no cure for absolute fucking stupidity (Score 1) 232

The US probably has their own small and quiet equivalent (or has had).

The US has a whole slew of these spec ops groups. Here is an (very) incomplete list in order of selection (easy to hard):

  • US Army Rangers
  • Delta Force (Army)
  • Navy Seals - amphibious
  • Air Force Special Ops -- includes training as an air traffic controllers to coordinate air strikes
  • Several others that are less well known but are like COM1 in that they are sole operators and usually work for CIA or DIA

Comment Re:MUMPS is nothing special (Score 1) 166

If you are interested in schema-less/noSQL databases, I would suggest you have a look at MongoDB. It has all the features MUMPS does, but without the ancient programming language attached to it. It also has powerful searching capabilities, can store terabytes of data and supports transparent replication and distributed storage.

MongoDB is not ACID compliant. Makes it a non-starter for something in the medical field.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 166

Except NoSQL databases are not guaranteed ACID compliant.

Except when they are:

"Despite having a simple architecture, Berkeley DB supports many advanced database features such as ACID transactions, fine-grained locking, hot backups and replication."

Except that Berkeley DB predates NoSQL by a few years/decades. Its more of a DB library than a DB and really intended to be used when writing a DB. And no, there isn't currently a NoSQL DB that is ACID compliant.

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