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Comment Re:I find it amusing (Score 1) 57

Because Wayland is being written primarily by former X developers who have pushed X to its limits but have no choice but to start from the ground up to get modern features such as tear-free drawing.

Strictly speaking that's not true, from the Wayland FAQ (emphasis mine):

Why not extend the X server?

Because for the first time we have a realistic chance of not having to do that. It's entirely possible to incorporate the buffer exchange and update models that Wayland is built on into X. However, we have an option here of pushing X out of the hotpath between clients and the hardware and making it a compatibility option.

I guess the main reason Wayland doesn't take so much flak is that it's obvious the mission scope has vastly changed from the 1980s display server to the 2015 display server. And it's main deficiencies are most visible in the markets where it's barely present (desktop) or has been replaced wholesale (Android), while the init system seems like you're changing a winning team, honestly when was the last time init scripts was a deal breaker for anything? It has a much more "nice-to-have" feel to it or at least fixing corner cases most people never noticed.

Comment Re:Not Right Away (Score 1) 231

That only works as long as you have a clear separation of responsibilities and you know what it will and won't do. Driving around with an AI that occasionally spectacularly fails would be like co-sitting a driver with a learner's permit, you're not less tense you're more tense because instead of the ordinary reaction time you only have the time from when you realize the AI won't handle it to react yourself. Not to mention the AI might surprisingly do something wrong creating a situation out of nothing with no warning. I'm with Google on this one, past a certain point either the car is driving or I am, you can't have two masters giving opposite directions. For example say that I intend to make a somewhat optimistic left turn, the car decides uh-oh the road's not clear so it slams the brakes just as I turn the wheel to cut ahead of the opposing traffic, we limp into the opposing lane and bang. Not to mention humans aren't very good at long intermissions, we'll start thinking about or doing other things instead of watching the road. They said they saw this the very first time they let non-project Googlers drive this extremely experimental vehicle, asking ordinary people to do it is pointless. The car will crash roughly as often as the car's AI screws up.

Comment Re:Thanks, SJWs (Score 1) 138

It sounds like a lot of this is due to Millennial SJWs and the fact that there's a war on masculinity.

I can't believe it took this long for some cuck to blame "SJWs" for this story.

MRAs, you are slipping. A story like this should have been an "all hands on deck" moment for you, and the best you can come up with is one pitiful anonymous coward who thinks this is "anti-masculinity".

Comment three-page spread (Score 1) 138

I don't think anyone has bought Playboy for the nudes in a long time. For over a decade, anyone literate bought Playboy for the articles. In the '70s, it was nice to check out Miss November, but by the time I was in college, and I found the stories by Nabokov, Marquez, DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, and articles by the top essayists, journalists and fiction-writers in the world (and coincidentally found out about web porn), the nudes in Playboy had ceased to be much of a draw.

Comment Re:Stupid people getting a stupid certification (Score 0) 232

Although it's likely that if you ask both of these developers to develop an efficient algorithm/data structure to do something novel, the one with the traditional four year degree is more likely to come up with a better solution

You're assuming the self study guy somehow mysteriously can't read up on algorithm design.

But here's a much more realistic scenario:

You ask the two guys to solve a new problem. You don't actually specify "you must design your own algorithm" because that's not a business or product requirement. The guy fresh out of university wastes a huge amount of time fucking about with designing his own ad-hoc data structures and ends up producing a crappy, inefficient solution that's poorly documented, buggy and probably contains his own reimplementation of a hash table. The self study guy spends a couple of hours on Google and finds a pre-written library that he can adapt to the particular circumstances of the issue.

Comment Re:It's a TRAP! (Score 2) 298

Oh Please! Sweden showed it was nothing but the USA's bitch when the Ecuadorian diplomat made it clear that all they had to do was agree they wouldn't ship him to the USA and they promptly REFUSED.

Do you REALLY believe they went to all this trouble for a rape charge where the "victim" not only didn't call the cops while he was sound asleep in the bed, but instead actually went out, bought groceries, and then made him breakfast, really? If you but that horseshit I have a bridge you might be interested in.

We all know that if Assange tried to go back to Sweden he'd never get to touch Swedish ground, they would divert the plane in the air to the USA where he would get stuck in Gitmo as an "example" of what happens when you dare to not bow down. they even have a name for this, its called a "rendition ride", look it up.

Comment Re:This is how the Borg get their start (Score 5, Informative) 67

How much longer before you get your iPhone embedded in your head?

Funny that you mention that. Last night at the theater, there was a guy who kept getting texts on his iPhone during the movie. I was thinking of how much longer before I embedded his iPhone in his head. His girlfriend finally took his phone away and turned it off. I thanked her on the way out.

Comment Economic theory is sound, speculation isn't (Score 1) 354

There's a massive bulk of economic theory that explains the applied math of running a business. Can you figure out if $1000 now is more or less than $1100 five years from now given an inflation rate of 2%? The relations between price, quantity, marginal costs and profit are also quite sound. The thing is though, all this information is allegedly available and equal for all, so if everyone agreed to the same model there'd be no profit to be made. Sure, the future would be unknown but it would be like a lottery ticket being scratched, everybody knows at all times the exact value of all the possible outcomes so everybody prices in the same expected value of the future. If you can find a way to make arbitrage, you've found a flaw in the way the market works. For example if you discovered you could make money selling products in one currency and buying them in another, or transporting goods from one market to sell in another for more than the transport and insurance costs.

Speculation is all about betting on these flaws, but sometimes the market has priced in risks you haven't imagined. Or there are forces that only become dominant at a certain size. In this particular case it was more like you create a theory of chemistry and when the market goes to an extreme you have nuclear fusion instead. That doesn't make chemistry wrong, but at certain times it's irrelevant and you can't rely on it to always produce correct answers. Oh and just to put a nail in that coffin, no scientific theory is proven to be universally valid since there's still the future and it hasn't happened yet. There's no absolute guarantee gravity will work the same five minutes from now, if it suddenly starts behaving different it just will. In that case reality will be right and the formula wrong, no matter how correct and comprehensive it might have looked.

Comment Re:Irrelevant (Score 1) 190

He did a LOT of things that a lot of people didn't like, almost all of which were for the longterm good of the country...

Like raise 90% of the population's taxes?

Like sign an amnesty bill for illegal immigrants?

Like give arms to Iran?

Like send death squads to Central and South America?

Like crap his diaper in the oval office?

Yeah, I'd say that Reagan did a lot of things that a lot of people didn't like. I would have to respectfully disagree about the "good of the country" part, though.

"I never let my schooling get in the way of my education." -- Mark Twain