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Comment: Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (Score 1) 197

by sg_oneill (#48422303) Attached to: Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

You misunderstand how libertarians use the word free. To them, freedom means being able to do whatever they want whenever they want in any way they want without any form of responsibility to anyone or anything. In other words they mean anarchy, and they're deluded enough to think they're all Ayn Randian supermen who will rise to the top in such an environment. Holding a rational debate or explaining anything to someone like that is a waste of time, it's like trying to convert the pope to Buddhism.

Hey hey, don't go blaming anarchists for the libertarians and the ancaps. Theres a damn good reason why anarchists are anti-capitalist and have sworn by the motto of "Property IS theft" since Proudhon first said it in the 1800s.

Comment: Re:Other particles (Score 2) 137

by sg_oneill (#48346763) Attached to: CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

Yeah, it's always worth keeping in mind that the universe wasn't designed to be elegant... It wasn't designed at all. It just is.

I'm actually often surprised at how elegant physics can be in spite of this.

True, but a universe that arises from a simple mechanism makes more intuitive sense than a giant hairball of complexity that exists for some reason nobody can quite work out.

Comment: Re:We can do that thing you like (Score 2) 230

by sg_oneill (#48276047) Attached to: Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

Disk space ain't that cheap, especially if you install the applications on a SSD. Furthermore, a large application is using literally gigabytes of shared DLLs which would otherwise be saved separately. Disk space usage would astronomically increase.

Its actually how the Macs have been doing it since forever. You know those .app files macs use? They are actually directories with a little XML file telling the OS how to run them. Its traditional to include the .dylink and .so files (the macs version of .dll) inside that .app directory under /Contents/Resources. This way you NEVER get .dll hell.

Well until you install two different package managers on top of each other and all your unix command line apps start freaking out.

Blame early osx unix devs who tried to turn OSX into linux for that mess.

Comment: Re:left/right apocalypse (Score 4, Insightful) 495

by sg_oneill (#48267501) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

And if you think science has nothing to do with politics, you really haven't been paying attention. Scientists are no more or less idealists than anyone else, no more or less corruptible, and in the absence of data that people admit falsifies their hypotheses, can spin their wheels for a generation agreeing with one another and accomplishing nothing (see: string theory).

Yes, but you seem to be suggesting a conspiracy dating back to the start of climate science in the 1800s which if true involves millions of scientists constantly lying, a complete rewrite of some very fundamental physics, an entire world of weather stations and satelites being deliberately made wrong, AND a mechanism to make the world seem like its following physics despite it not following physics. All for reasons nobody can work out, and all being done so well no one ever discovering it, well until a plucky band of conspiracy theorists, anti-science activists and oil industry lobbyists blew the top off the whole thing.

Its a bit on the David Icke side of crazy, if you ask me.

Comment: Re:left/right apocalypse (Score 1, Insightful) 495

by sg_oneill (#48267493) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Hypothetically, what do you suggest for when the experts are untrustworthy? Or is this impossible in your worldview?

Academia has processes to deal with this, as other experts will issue studies showing faults in the previous ones.

One thing to note though, without qualifications in the field you are almost guaranteed to be unable to determine if a particular scientist is trustworthy.

Fortunately in climate science however there IS a mechanism, which is the IPCC reports which use extremely wide scale peer review to synthesize findings from vast quantities of research.

Here are things that are not reliable:
* Blogs, notably by untrained conservative commentations or known crackpots.
* Conservative thinktanks
* Politicians.
* Aristocrats.
* Pretend Aristocrats (like "lord" monckton)

Comment: Re:left/right apocalypse (Score 3, Informative) 495

by sg_oneill (#48266985) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

"As for global warming itself, it could be fully or partially man caused. I don't know, but again, I don't think it's a problem either way, so I don't really give a crap. "

See that bit where you write "I think...". Stop thinking , if you don't have a qualification in climate science, and go and look up what the experts say because on a fundamental levels your opinions are no guide at all to anything useful if you don't have the training to have a reliable opinion on the matter.

And if thats hard to understand, google "Dunning Krueger" for more explaination.

Until then, sorry dude, but its a reasonable reply he gave. This really has nothing to do with left or right wing politics, since science doesn't work that way.

Comment: Re:really? (Score 2) 185

It just took them until 2014 to write it all down, eh?

Why would Science publish an article tell us what we already know?

No. The models have included oceans as a thermal body for heat storage for a very long time. The part they play however has been under active investigation and debate however.

Don't get fooled by clickbait headlines.

Comment: Re:Recognition (Score 1) 150

by sg_oneill (#48200765) Attached to: 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

It's not exactly the name recognition, it's the name's reputation.

Nokia: well recognized, well liked brand with positive reception everywhere,except amongst developers that actually programmed for Symbian.

Microsoft: well recognized, universally hated brand, regular finalist in "most hated company" competitions,but appreciated by developers for their excellent dev tools/environment.

Marketing 101 says: they picked the right name but for reasons that aren't readily clear to the general public

Spot the "hasn't programmed for pre smartphone era winmo" guy.

WinMo was as mangled as Symbian (And trust me Symbian was *BAD*) ,except you where coding in an OS for people who didnt understand telephones, and you where coding in an API that looked like the familiar Win32/16 api except it was completely goddamn different, nothing worked like it did on "real" windows, had different app lifecycles and was an even bigger nightmare than symbian to get your apps signed.

But now, finally the worlds are combined. Symbian and WinMo together at last , like lovers embracing in an endless vista of sewerage.

Ok yeah so now its all "slightly more sane" dot net winmo. But its still bad guys, face it.

Comment: Re:not news (Score 1) 124

by sg_oneill (#48192977) Attached to: Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

Governments are trying similar shit, by silencing dissent with summary penalties for as-yet undefined "trolling".

I can assure you the word "trolling" does not appear in legislation anywhere on the earth (except maybe in the misguided title of some legislation, perhaps). You'll find the law would be somewhat specific about what it defines as prohibited behavior, simply because the courts would shred the legislation if it isnt. At least the US, UK and Australian ones would.

Comment: Re:Are you patenting software? (Score 0, Troll) 224

by sg_oneill (#48155161) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

You patented n-tree storage in databases? How the f*** isn't that obvious?

Holy shit dude, you are EVERYTHING wrong with the software industry.

If you turned up at my workplace looking for work, you wouldn't just be rejected by our techs, you'd be strung up by them.

Bad people don't deserve to take jobs away from honest people.

Old programmers never die, they just branch to a new address.