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Comment: Theres a way microsoft could dominate the market. (Score 1) 352

Ubuntu's phone OS has one extremely attractive feature that if adopted by microsoft and working with intel could make for an absolute winner of a phone. What I want is to be able to get a functional and attractive smart phone, plug it into a dock and have a fully fledged computer, with a desktop keyboard and mouse that I can installl intel standard windows software on. It would require intel to pick up their game, but it would be awesome. Not a cut down RT nonsense windows that forces me to use a reduced catalogue of windows app, but a full blown windows OS with all the bells and whistles. Note, Apple could do this too, as I'm probably more comfortable on a mac than windows these days.

Comment: Re:Cheaper method (Score 1) 122

by sg_oneill (#49178565) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

If you're a climate scientist who says there's no Anthropogenic Climate Change, there are lots of Fossil Fuel groups that will shower you with money - much like Tobacco companies would to any Scientists that said Smoking doesn't cause Cancer.

And predictably its often the very same "scientists" who where tobacco "experts" in the 80s saying that tobacco is harmless who now are "atmospheric scientists" claiming that CO2 violates physics and doesn't heat up when exposed to infrared light.

Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 3, Insightful) 422

Agree 100%. Cheer-leading for SJWs makes me sick. But, it makes sense. Many people have trouble seeing consequences past the next 30 seconds. Pretty scary, isn't it?

Is this ever expanding definition of "SJW" now including protective fathers pissed off that creeps are harassing their daughters?

Well I guess I'm an SJW then, because anyone hurts my little girl and I'll put a bullet in their head.

Comment: Re:Objective C (Score 3, Interesting) 391

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.

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