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Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 4, Informative) 262

Apple has been generally pretty good with that. Older iPhones will still run newer software, although in some cases its debatable if its actually a good idea to do so, if the software is written under the assumption of a more performant processor. At least with the laptops, my Macbook 2011 is running the latest and greatest OSX at a cracking pace, and my GFs iphone 5 is fully updated and running well.

Comment Re:TECHNOLOGY SOLVES EVERYTHING (Score 3, Insightful) 184

If they have no problem trampling on people, why would they have a problem with ignoring a computer telling them to speed up or slow down?

Clearly you've never been in a crowd stampede. I have, at a festival about 15 years ago,. Nobody *wants* to trample or be trampled, its the panic that sets into the crowd that starts turning thousands of individually rational responses ("flee the danger") into a very irrational crowd ("lets all run into each other"). Nobody is individually making a decision against their own interest or against others interest, its just whats happens when a lot of those decisions collide with each other.

Comment Re:now it needs to play other computers to impress (Score 1) 95

To some extent neural nets do model what happens in a human brain, but they also do things that we're fairly sure human neurons dont, most notable being back propagation, or at least not in the format we do it with neural networks. Thats not to say there are analogous mechanisms, in fact there *must* be one (how else to explain the elasticity of inputs). But there are critical differences.

Now that doesnt mean of course that a computer neural network is stupider. In fact cell for cell our neural networks out perform the shit out of biological neurons , its just the brains have so much more , both in terms of mechanisms and sheer neuron count + connectivity.

Comment Re:Sounds stupid (Score 1) 100

Yeah im the same. I'm often working in fits and starts. Often I'll get into the office, smash down a coffee and blast a couple pages of code out, then hit a snag, lose steam and not really achieve much for half an hour, then blast back into it for another 10 minutes, then completely zone out for an hour before hitting the groove again for an hour straight. Some bosses see this and whilst they might note I *always* hit my deadlines want me to spend less time non productive. The problem is, programming is brain work, and brains dont work well by constant pumping. They are muscles that need to relax and turn off to recharge for more work. And sometimes the best ideas happen during that zone out. I'll be idly reading some wikipedia page on a particular algorithm, and then it strikes me that its the solution to a problem that I've been wrestling with. Or I'll be out the back having a cigarette with the boss talking over the job and we'll stumble over a great way to move forward.

Productivity isnt just a constant flow of key strokes. Thats just makework metrics. Productivity is the whole ugly process, and as much as we try and structure it with various time management techniques, at the end of the day, creativity is chaotic.

Comment Re:if you are that ignorant of his work... (Score 1) 842

Yes, but still significantly less evil than the crew that replaced him.

The problem with the Iranian revolution wasn't the iranian revolution, but the people who hijacked it. The revolutionaries where great people who wanted democracy and a liberal and free Iran , but unfortunately a lot of Iran where illiterate and conservative and this allowed the far right religious conservatives to sweep in and sieze control from the people. And the first thing they did was not only round up and execute the shahs men, but also the very people who overthrew the shah.

Irans revolution is a modern tragedy, and something we are seeing repeated in Syria as ISIS snatches victory away from the people for their own sinister ends.

Comment Re: Profiting on the Backs of Others (Score 2) 457

The reason they used their own bytecode was because of the Sun vs MS thing. Google wanted to add apis that where needed for modern android, but feared doing so would put them at odds with Sun, so they created a whole new bytecode system to avoid copyright entanglements.

Regardless, Androids about the only reason Java is still relevant. Sure theres the enterprise java thing, but even thats getting eaten away by web apps in more agile languages. Last job I had was at a government department where we where rewriting clunky old java apps to django and ruby on rails.

If it was about "the future of Java" Oracle should be thanking Google. But its not, its about getting a slice of that android pie.

Comment Re:simple and cheap solution (Score 5, Interesting) 190

I wont say which one it was, because the walls have ears, but I worked at an Australian govt department and we where doing just that, moving what we could over to Postgres

The big problem was Financials. There just isn't a replacement that'll suffice at a government level, so theres still a bit of stickyness in that area.

Mostly though we where doing a lot of our stuff in modern MVC stuff and phasing out a lot of crufty java and oracle stuff, and thats a pretty good time to start reducing the oracle crackpipe addiction

Comment Re:Does anyone remember... (Score 1) 248

I wonder though if thats Bill Gates acting from his own conviction. Bill Gates has been singularly obsessed with IP rights right from the Altair 800 days when he penned his "open letter to hobbyists" thing and confused the hell out of everyone by claiming his software was copyrighted (prior to this code was seen as just stuff that made the hardware work. you paid for the hardware). I think he really believes this to be the right way to go. I mean I dont think he's being malicious,its just his ideological blinkers at work.

Comment Re:Why should this be funded? (Score 1) 103

Sure, it's interesting that American ancestors included native Australians. The summary indicates a desire for more funding to be allocated to such research. I'm failing to understand why this work is worth funding and how it affects us today. We face a lot of dire problems including food and water shortages, climate change, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and deadly viruses like Ebola. Even projects like exploring space result in new technology being developed that eventually makes its way into our lives. I just don't see any of those benefits from throwing more funding at researching our ancestry. Why should this work be funded? Most proposals to government agencies don't get funded because the money is just so scarce. Why should something like this be funded, quite possibly at the expense of other research?

Science boo!

Comment Re:Does indeed happen. (Score 2) 634

I'm even seeing this in my early 40s. Where as before I could just waltz in, display a little attitude and walk out with a job, I'm getting passed over for candidates *clearly* less experienced than me, in companies where even the boss looks like a kid to me.

Its a bit frusturating, to be honest. I'm bloody good at what I do.

Comment Re:Smaller vs. thinner (Score 1) 152

Yeah I'm kind of miffed at this. I love macs. I have my PC for games and when I need to do windows or linux coding work, but my main tool is my macbook. I'm still on the 2011 macbook pro however, because I can service it, replace most of its parts, upgrade it and what not, and frankly she's still a pretty snappy laptop. If I get a newer macbook pro, I cant update the memory, I cant update the hard drive, I cant even replace the battery. If I get drunk and spill beer in it I cant repair it at all. As a result, I'm not going to upgrade until apple starts making expandable laptops again. Which might never happen :(

Comment Re:Forget Esports (Score 1) 46

Some suckers still believe that Half-Life 3 will eventually be released?

If HL3 is released, and its anygood, theres a billon dollars worth of sales for possibly the most hyped vaporware of all time. Duke Nukem forever flopped, because it was terrible, but Valve doesn't do bad games.

Its absurd they'd leave that money on the table. Its there for the taking and it makes no business sense not to.

Comment Re:Something to hide? (Score 2) 203

I wouldn't say he was in the closet. He didn't make any announcements, but it was widely known around Apple and nobody cared.

I imagine he likely however would have taken his time before letting his folks know, which is usually a big reason people stay in the closet. Many "in the closet" folks are out to their friends and workmates, but hide it from their parents , who might be religious or bigoted or whatever. Whatever the case is privacy is *very* important to people who are gay or transgendered or whatever.

Comment Re:This isn't surprising (Score 1, Insightful) 156

Don't be so eager to chant for AMDs downfall. Competition from AMD (Both to intel in processors and Nvidia in GFX cards) keeps intel and nvidia honest. Without competiton they'd have no incentive to innovate and keep prices down. The browser wars prior to firefoxes rise showed what happens when a market is without competition, it stagates, and thats bad for everyone.

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.