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Comment: Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (Score 1) 194

by Mr. Slippery (#48423465) Attached to: Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Capitalism (private ownership and operation of property) in a free market system (system free of government intervention)

There is no such thing as private property without government intervention. "Property" in any sense more than what a nomadic human could carry with them, is a government creation. To "own" something means exactly and only to be able to call on government force to obtain or maintain control of that thing, or to be free from the usual government sanctions for such use of force. Land ownership is rooted in government-issues pieces of paper. Every physical good ultimately comes out of the land. So-called "intellectual property" is entirely made up by the state.

Property is not a right, it is a human invention that at best we can use protect rights -- or at worst can use to protect the power of a ruling class. Capitalism is a system where the state the notion of uses property to preserve the power of a small artistocatic owning class.

Anything that reduces individual freedoms is less moral than anything that increases individual freedoms.

And capitalism reduces individual freedoms, and is thus immoral. QED.

Comment: Seems to be a theme... (Score 1) 316

It is certainly interesting that deciding whether or not to kill some fleshy humans can be demonstrated to be circumscribed by the halting problem; but it's always a bit irksome to see another proof-of-limitiations-of-turing-complete-system that (either by omission, or in more optimistic cases directly) ignores the distinct possibility that humans are no more than turing complete.

Humans certainly are enormously capable at approximate solutions to brutally nasty problems(eg. computational linguistics vs. the average human toddler); but that is very different from a demonstration that, say, humans possess an Oracle, or are some sort of hypercomputational system, rather than simply being enormously good at hard-but-not-theoretically-intractable problems in certain areas.

In this instance it's especially galling because we've only been philosophizing about acceptable losses, 'just war', legitimate causus belli, 'proportionality', and whatnot for about as long as we've been chucking spears at one another. It's a pure commonplace that a mixture of overkill and underkill is an effectively certain outcome when you go to war. It is interesting that, in principle, kill/no-kill is subject to the halting problem; but has anyone (aside from sleazy assholes hyping 'smart' weapons) ever asserted that kill decisions would be anything but imprecise?

Comment: Re:40em column widths (Score 1) 132

by Mr. Slippery (#48413335) Attached to: HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

So how should a web site provide a good reading experience the majority, who apparently are "so fucking retarded as to maximize [their] browser window" even on a 1920px-wide screen?

Gee, if only there were a way to suggest (but not mandate) that the browser render a piece of text in a certain manner. A "style", if you will. The specification of such a "style" might include a maximum width. Well, I guess no such thing could ever exist, so in order to format that text the server will need to send a whole pile of executable code.

Comment: Re:Dumping (Score 1) 75

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48411433) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions
I don't doubt that China could. Half the fun of being a nation state is that you can do all kinds of stuff with no more risk than a stern letter from the WTO. That said, taking action against a private company, selling at a loss out of its own pocket, would likely play differently than taking action against a company being supported by the state to sell at a loss. They could still do it; but the diplomatic angle might be less favorable.

It'd also be interesting to know if they would want to or not: Aside from some very feeble stirrings(I think some of the Loongson 3 MIPS64 stuff was supposed to have hardware assisted x86 emulation; but nobody seems to have heard from that recently), China has basically zero domestic x86 production, so they may well prefer to just get cheap silicon for themselves and more demand for (Chinese-assembled) devices built around cheap Intel silicon.

Comment: Re:To be expected (Score 1) 468

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48409671) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player
The question is whether or not you go the way of bnetd, which worked just fine; but couldn't take the legal heat.

(Also, if it's a console, or a PC title with nasty DRM or a 'warden' style thing, convincing it to connect to something that doesn't have the vendor's SSL cert could be a bit of a trick, even if you have a protocol and behavior compatible server.)

Comment: Re:only greyneckbeard dinosaurs use PCs anyway (Score 2) 75

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48409609) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

Phones, tablets, laptops, all is mobile. The days of tower rigs are over.

Given that a 'tower rig' is basically a server turned on its side, with fewer 40mm fans and some of the classy reliability features cut, that category will take a great deal of killing. On the other hand, the CPU in a server or tower is almost certainly using nearly as many of the power gating, adjustable clock speed, and various other thermal protection and power saving strategies as the mobile CPUs are. Overall efficiency is still going to be lower ('eh, we're on AC, just keep the PSU energized so a USB peripheral can wake the system!' isn't god's gift to brilliant standbye power numbers); but 'mobile' and 'desktop' have been on something of a collision course ever since the P4 flamed out, almost literally, and Pentium M derivatives took over.

Comment: Re:Dumping (Score 4, Interesting) 75

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48409597) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions
It tends to be; but I think regulatory authorities only get nervous if it shows signs of being dangerously effective, or if there is reason to believe that the pockets behind it are deep enough to ignore losses almost indefinitely(as with international dumping/tariff slapfights, where a mixture of xenophobia and the fact that a nation state can typically afford to keep dumping longer than a company can afford to keep competing).

In the case of Intel trying to break into tablets, my understanding is that it's a known matter of fact that Bay Trail parts are being practically given away(along with a nontrivial amount of Intel software work, including an emulator to handle ARM NDK stuff and general porting and polishing to make the x86 Android not look like, say, the blasted hellscape that is MIPS Android); but it is less clear whether Intel has been able to dump hard enough to actually damage competition.

The one product line that they definitely helped bury was Windows RT (which was mostly an unloved bastard child anyway, even before you could cram an x86 into the same chassis, and definitely had no reason to exist afterwards); but that didn't hurt MS much, since the quality of Windows tablets went up. In the wider ARM ecosystem, ARM Ltd, themselves seem to be riding high and unbelievably cheap SoCs continue to pop out of the woodwork.

Their Bay Trail pricing has definitely made x86 Android something you might actually see in the wild, and tablet-Windows something you might actually consider at a sub-Windows Surface price point; but it doesn't seem to have crushed the ARM market very much.

Comment: Re:Which says what? (Score 5, Insightful) 276

The part that worries me was: "The hardest challenge was explaining the language of the test to a five-year-old. But he seemed to pick it up and has a very good memory."

Sounds like the kid is pretty bright, might well be pretty impressive in a few years; but 'explaining the language of the test' is pretty much a (much easier) equivalent to 'identifying the problem to be solved'.

As an exercise in mental capacity, I'm definitely not going to knock the kid, I certainly wouldn't have managed it at 5, and those capabilities will likely come in handy, I hope for him that they do.

For the MCP, on the other hand, it seems pretty dire that it can be passed by somebody with an excellent memory; but a need to be coached on what the questions mean. Real life is an open book (and/or google) test; but it is notably unsympathetic about telling you what the questions mean, what sort of answer a given question requires, which questions are actually on the test, which answers trigger a surprise exam about disaster recovery 18 months from now...

If somebody is a 'Certified Professional' I'd much rather seem them have an elegant grasp of what the problem is and what the solution should look like; but check the manual for some registry settings, than be conceptually befuddled but have a perfect grasp of the details.

Comment: Re:Why isn't then the price exploding ? (Score 1) 322

by Mr. Slippery (#48398039) Attached to: MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

I am willing to bet that there is some non-free-market shenanigan going on here.

If the price of cocoa was exploding, then people would plant them...When reality does not follow the course your ideology says it should, sometimes it's not the result of fraud. Sometimes it means your ideology is bunk.

Otherwise as cocoa goes missing the producer would get better price, and more people would plant them..

Saith TFA, "The problem is, for one, a supply issue. Dry weather in West Africa (specifically in the Ivory Coast and Ghana, where more than 70 percent of the world's cocoa is produced) has greatly decreased production in the region. A nasty fungal disease known as frosty pod hasn't helped either. The International Cocoa Organization estimates it has wiped out between 30 percent and 40 percent of global coca production. Because of all this, cocoa farming has proven a particularly tough business, and many farmers have shifted to more profitable crops, like corn, as a result....For these reasons, cocoa prices have climbed by more than 60 percent since 2012, when people started eating more chocolate than the world could produce."

Comment: Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (Score 2) 322

by Mr. Slippery (#48397905) Attached to: MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

One, it's amazing the things some people would rather have than money.

Money is pretty useless. You can't eat it or shelter yourself from rain with it. I'd rather have almost anything than money. The relevant question is, between two things (including potential future things) I can have rather than money, which do I prefer?

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