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Comment: Re:Objective C (Score 3, Interesting) 198

C++ can be clean. The problem is really Macro metaprogramming madness tends to lead to some really strange code and sometimes straight up gibberish. I much prefer Objective C as well, I think its terse, readable and *usually* fairly resistant to a lot of the gunk C++ has accumulated. HOWEVER with that said C++ *can* be well written and clear. Hell even PERL can be. Its just that often it isn't.

Comment: Re:What's not to like (Score 1) 105

by sg_oneill (#49109893) Attached to: "Exploding Kittens" Blows Up Kickstarter Records

Does it really matter how he got popular? Would you be so wary if it was the undead ghost of Charls Schultz instead of Mathew Imman? The guys a great cartoonist. People respond to his work. Its been like that since people started drawing funny men with giant tophats on pennyfarthings shortly after the invention of the printing press.

Comment: Re:Incredible (Score 1) 105

by sg_oneill (#49109883) Attached to: "Exploding Kittens" Blows Up Kickstarter Records

Why? People love the dudes art, he has a reputation for being reliable with this sort of thing, and people feel they are going to get good value for money.

Personally I'm more a poker kind of guy. Traditional cards. But hey, if someone else has a deck I'm sure it'd be fun to have a go. Especially with the kids.

Comment: Re:This Just In! (Score 4, Insightful) 110

by sg_oneill (#49108151) Attached to: Mars One Does Not Renew Contracts For Robotic Missions

Yep.The funny thing about reality TV shows is they don't really rate that well in the scheme of things. They don't rate poorly either, but not great. But they are *dirt cheap* to make, so TV companies just bulk order them because its low investment for medium returns. Star trek shows consistently topped ratings charts, but they where ridiculously expensive to make. So they stopped making them. "Duck tamers vs Nazi skinheads season 19" on the other hand won't get barely half that rating, but because it costs next to nothing, its the safer bet.

The end result however is that TV is dying. People are increasingly just reading the net, and at most maybe keeping up with a few well made cable series. The short term pursuit of profits have killed TV in the long term.

And this is the environment Mars One wants to base the future of space travel. I don't think so somehow.

Comment: Re:And so it begins ... (Score 1) 158

I hear that it frees up people to do more creative things though. ;)

Reminds me of a thing I read by an anarchist writer on how he propsed city tasks like garbage collection would happen. He said the city would ask children to do it, because children "like rubbish" so they didnt have to get paid.

Somehow i don't think the guy had kids.

Comment: Re:More liberal than libertarian (Score 4, Insightful) 580

by sg_oneill (#49043575) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

I'm not even sure if it needs to be about liberties. Just common sense. I can't *force* someone to get vaccinated, but I sure as hell can mock them as harmful teeth grinding retards and lobby my childrens school to exclude their virii infested spawn until their parents wake the fuck up.

Comment: Re:Not anti-science, anti-authority (Score 5, Interesting) 580

by sg_oneill (#49043555) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

I'm actually astounded by how often computer guys can be so bad at the science they claim to be upholders of. In no other industry have I come across so many guys with actual degrees who are convinced climate change is some sort of vast left wing conspiracy, that vaccines are some sort of evil big-pharma plot, and so on.

I mean fine, believe what you want, but don't call yourself an engineer when you hold so much science in contempt guys.

Comment: Re:Can't eat what you don't grow (Score 1) 690

by sg_oneill (#49015067) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

How many failed socialist experiments do we need to see before it's written off as a failure?

As opposed to the trail of wreckage from freemarket austerity?

But for that matter, why are you talking about socialism? Free power isn't socialism (Unless the power generators are owned and ran by the workers themselves) its just free power.

Comment: Re:Bit of a hatchet job (Score 1) 551

by sg_oneill (#49015043) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el

Similarly, there are university labs out there using rickety old 486s etc to run their test rigs. This because a vital sensor driver can't work on newer hardware, and the supplier has long since caved in or discontinued the product. And if they want to replace the sensor they will have to run a long list of basic experiments to make sure the old and new results line up. And that will set the lab back perhaps a year.

Up till a couple of years ago at my fathers workplace they still had a rickety old PDP11 running some software that relayed code to a communication satelite because they couldn't get the govt to approve $80K to port it to a newer machine.

That is until it finally died a couple of years back and it was either pay the $80K or replace a multi million dollar satelite. Of course you can add a half million dollars worth of downtime in to this too, because there was no way of talking to the satelite during development because the replacement was written AFTER the PDP shat itself not before.

Comment: Re:Airports underwater? Maybe 3025... (Score 2) 481

by sg_oneill (#48986949) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation

Thats not the projected rate.

The IPCC based on atmospheric and ocean science gives its best guess as 13 inches over the next 30 years assuming climate change isn't gotten under control. Worst case estimate goes as high as 6 foot by 2100, although thats probably unlikely and based on catastrophic run-away.

What good is a ticket to the good life, if you can't find the entrance?