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Comment: Operating Systems in future (Score 1) 382 382

Will work that OS's do change much in future you think?

Will their core work still be interfacing filesystems, networking, processes and accounts to the underlying tin?

Will some UI-type tasks typically carried out by applications shift the OS? (UI: voice/video/gaze/gesture recognition... user information management: social feeds, messages... environment management: ... malware detection) Will there be real-time requirements?

Comment: Computing conceit - not an 'education thing' (Score 3, Insightful) 89 89

Its is a peculiar computer science conceit - that people, with their biases and foibles, can be replaced by sufficiently sophisticated computing resources.

The conceit shows up everywhere - from users with 'system says no' responses, to Google's algorithmic approach to everything, to OLPC talking of heli-dropping laptops into remote villages, to apps for everything: no matter how unimportant.

Unfortunately, instead of augmenting humans tech tries to supplant them

Comment: Allstate ... Again? (Score 1) 54 54

Didn't Allstate show up yesterday with a silly patent?

First an overly broad patent (wait until a toilet seat manufacturer patents 'diagnosing- while-enthroned'). Now this.

Thought I don't think there's anything wrong with using a drone for this, as long as inhabitants (i.e. owners and renters) of a covered property have a choice in the matter. But its likely someone in Allstate is already dreams of a fleet of cheap unmanned drones in every Allstate building, sent off on frequent 'combat missions' to increase premiums and reduce claims.

Looks like someone's funded Allstate's Technology department a bit too well.

Comment: Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 1) 609 609

Nukes were and are produced by government owned national labs*. Not by gunsmiths-turned-megacorps.
Nukes = nuclear bombs.
Nukes != yellowcake.
No. Private citizens or corporations cannot lawfully buy nukes. Or import them from Russia.

*Now operated by private contractors to whom the govt. pays a management fee: http://thebulletin.org/us-nucl...

The govt. still owns the labs.

Comment: Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 2) 609 609

By the same token, US citizens should be able to buy nukes!

Now there *is* the small possibility of owners going postal now and again! Perhaps even rendering the place inhabitable. But thats a small price to pay for a free market, right? In the long run, the market always sorts it out (perhaps has a different species take over... maybe cockroaches.... viva la market!).

Comment: Re:Big endowment (Score 1) 348 348

But this comes down to your personal values.

I think that Harvard attracts some of the the world's best and the brightest, especially in the sciences. While MIT has engineering and applied science departments, Harvard has pretty robust physical sciences and life sciences departments, and is trying to grow its engineering schools.

To me, this is a good thing. And I am of the belief that the problems of humanity are going to be solved through science. As much as I would like to think that global warming could be addressed through policy, a technical solution that can cool down the planet would be much preferable (and realistic). Similarly, imagine cheap and easily available food sources, simple water purifiers, cures for AIDS and cancer, space flight and so on.

The truth is, investing in the future of science and engineering at one of the world's top schools is one of the best investments one can ever make.

If anything, Paulson should be lauded -- he is not throwing his money away at non-profits with fat bureaucratic administrations to address short-term solutions. He is investing in the future. The majority of the money will go towards equipment, paying faculty, and graduate students. How is this not a fantastic thing?

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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