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Comment: Re:It's funny (Score 1) 155

by Opportunist (#49153839) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

And this is where the whole deal breaks down, because there will never be such a thing. Nobody will be forced.

The only ones that could enforce something like this are the politicians, leaders of states that can create laws. Such laws will not come into existence, though, since that would require a global consensus because one country doing such a move alone will invariably cripple its economy. Global treaties that are supposed to be more than a stack of paper with letters, i.e. treaties that will be enforced and heeded on the other hand require the backing of industries that have an interest in such treaties coming into existence.

And industries have no interest in such a treaty. Quite the opposite. So if anything, we'll see a lot of resistance for such an international treaty taking place. Hence ... well, it's nice that we might know the world is fucked, but nobody who could give a shit gives a half of one.

Comment: Re:It's funny (Score 1) 155

by Opportunist (#49153801) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

I'm generally detached about things I'm powerless to influence. I'm usually the only calm person in a plane flying through a hurricane. Is there anything I can do? No. Why bother getting worked up about it?

Believe me, if I had to fly that plane, I'd be nervous as hell, but in the passenger seat... lean back and enjoy the roller coaster ride.

Comment: It's funny (Score 1) 155

by Opportunist (#49153003) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Really. I can't help but laugh every time there's a climate change bickering here on /.

It's absolutely stunningly awesome. You have two sides, zealous in their quest to convince everyone and their dog that they're right. Both sides have various "studies", produced more likely than not in a dark, rather warm but also quite smelly place and pulled out of there with little ceremony. Both sides accusing the other side of shilling, resorting to name calling and whatnot.

And neither side has any idea what to DO if they're right.

That's the actual joke here. Let's say, just for argument's sake, that there is global warming and that the whole sky-is-falling scenario will happen (which, I will freely admit, I think actually will happen). What now? Does anyone where really think there will be anything REMOTELY close to global consent on laws to lower the impact? Seriously? Fuck, we can't even get international consensus on stuff that presents an immediate and direct danger rather than a maybe-kinda-could-be-sorta danger in half a century. Even if we DID know for a fact, no doubt about it, 100% sure, proven FACT, that in 50 years life on earth as we know it would be impossible, you would NOT get any kind of international law going. No chance, no way.

But hey, keep talking. If nothing else, it's entertaining.

Comment: Re: Who did the study? (Score 1) 155

by Opportunist (#49152975) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Nah, it's never been more easy to shill than today.

In the old days, publishing was something reserved for those that had anything to say, well, at least for the most part. Publishers didn't just print any kind of crap for it easily tarnishes your reputation if you do. And soon people who not have some reputation and hence reach high volumes because other people want to read what they have to say (read: those that you WANT to publish) don't want to publish their serious and scientifically sound facts with you if your house is known to print stories about how ancient alien astronauts built the Pyramids.

Today, editors are hard pressed to publish. Publish or perish. Even reputable houses resort to printing pretty much anything that doesn't immediately cause a "c'mooooooon" reaction in people who don't send money to their televangelists. Plus the internet that made it possible for every idiot to present his "findings" in ways that look serious and sensible on the outside.

Now add that people have learned to take anything and everything printed in a "scientific" book by an "expert" as gospel without even bothering to try to question it and it becomes immediately obvious why you can shill today way easier than you could ever before. Need "proof" for your harebrained idea? Google will help you find an "expert" that agrees with you.

Comment: IR5 (Score 1) 116

by pla (#49150753) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Allows Customers To Legally Download Windows 7 ISOs
because after all, it's not like they can be taken utilized without a legal key

Who you trying to convince, there?

Win7 had such a flawed, easily circumvented activation system that many suspected MS did it deliberately just to get market share on a new OS post-Vista.

You can literally keep using Win7, fully functional, forever without a crack (note that the tool mentioned in my subject line doesn't "crack" or install anything, it just automates a few steps you can run, from the command line purely by hand, on a stock Win7 box).

Comment: Re:About time... (Score 1) 144

by pla (#49148487) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome
Minimize the amount of work necessary to complete your work. (emphasis mine).

Some of us aspire to a bit more than shuffling tasks from our in-box to our out-box. Some of us want to produce functional, resilient, maintainable code. Some of us want to actually understand how it works, not just trust that it works. Some of us want to write code, not the compiled equivalent of shell scripts that do nothing themselves but pass inputs and outputs between different external blobs.

I'm paid to build. I don't get paid to pat myself on the back.

I get paid to meet an SLA, not just to say "well it compiled, didn't it?" and throw my hands in the air with vague complaints about bugs in library X. If I build some fragile piece of shit out of a dozen other fragile pieces of shit all held together by spit and string, I haven't done my job, no matter how quickly I did it.

Yes, "not invented here" counts as its own problem; it surprises me to hear that its opposite can count as a problem, though, because why does any organization with that culture employ programmers in the first place?

Comment: That's the problem with a sequel. (Score 1) 213

by khasim (#49146961) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

If you watch the original with the understanding that Deckard is a replicant then the unicorn origami and the ending have specific, complex, implications.

Now if the sequel shows Deckard as a human then they piss off everyone who prefers those implications. So, in effect, the sequel ruins the story for some people.

If the sequel shows Deckard as an aged replicant ... robots get old? So replicant Deckard is either killed or kills or runs away again at the end. ALREADY BEEN DONE IN THE FIRST MOVIE!

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 429

by pla (#49144341) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
It's a machine before the TCP/IP and Internet times.


I remember the joy of using machines back then, and that convinced me of the awesomeness of Linux... Flat memory? Every device (with suitable physical capabilities) can act as storage, or network or an input method? Awesome!

The "right" answer here, pull the drive. The second choice, install Linux to a FAT partition and tell it to use either SLIP or PLIP to talk to the outside world, then just transfer the files via RSync. Simple as that.

Vax Vobiscum