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Comment: Re:Let's get this out of the way... (Score 1) 57

by frank_adrian314159 (#47785301) Attached to: Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

So maybe if you loaded the magnets into a shotgun, then fired them through your brain, you'd notice an effect.

You know, I've heard that you get the same effect by using rocks as with magnets. You don't hear about that as much because the medical industry wants to keep you in the dark and hooked on expensive magnetic technology instead of actually curing the issue for once and for all, cheaply and effectively. But take my word for it - rocks work just as well and only costs the time it takes to find the right sized chunks of gravel. It's just like how the medical industry suppresses cannabis.

Comment: Re:Can we stop using the word 'TAPE' (Score 1) 599

by frank_adrian314159 (#47778089) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

So, I think we may be stuck with "tape" as a synonym for "record," probably for decades to come.

Yes! And isn't it great?

Think of how barren English would be without the presence of archaic phrases - you'd not be able to bridle your enthusiasm, take a particular tack, or a million (OK, maybe a few hundred) other things. Languages change, but they have inertia, too. And I can't stress enough how good that is! I as a man of advanced years would sound particularly stupid using the vernacular of today's hipster, as both he or I would sound if either of us brought up phrases like "23 skidoo" or called a woman a "tomato", unless doing so in some ironic manner after viewing an ancient black and white film.

Or just look at it like what it is... Something that makes fuck all for sense, just like our fun, fun language.

Comment: Re:The US slides back to the caves (Score 1) 512

by frank_adrian314159 (#47775249) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Pushed too hard, too fast? Horseshit.

In reality, this was something rolled back by a Republican administration because (a) it would cost money, (b) it was instigated by a Democratic Congress and President, and (c) the fact that it was a chance to kick the Dems because they were being "international" (as if that's bad in and of itself) and to promote jingoism and American exceptionalism, was just icing on the cake. So, of course, it had to go. But it wasn't because it was too hard, too fast. It was pure political calculation wrapped up in a political campaign to kick the Democrats. All brought to you by the Republicans (Their motto: "Wrong since Roosevelt and proud of it").

Comment: Which is why... (Score 1) 185

Knowing this, I would also assume that various forms of senility and other issues are baked into our meatware. Instead of spending so many research resources dicking around trying to fix these faulty vessels, we should instead focus our efforts on uploading consciousness so that it can be preserved. Once we know how to do that, we can start working on new, more reasonable body forms, or just start cloning folks to use serially, replacing their minds after we've purchased them. Because what better way is there to accumulate funds than being eternal? That's what economics is all about, huh?

Comment: Re:Zooooom! (Score 4, Interesting) 233

Well, that depends on the amount the jobs pay, doesn't it? Have average salaries for manufacturing jobs (with respect to inflation) increased, decreased, or remained the same over the past 20 or so years?

That's how you can have an increase in the number of jobs while simultaneously collapsing a middle class. You can also convert full-time positions with benefits to part-time positions without, decrease sick and vacation days, require people lucky enough to have health benefits pay increasing amounts for them, etc., not to mention taking actions that simply raise stress in people's lives like making people work more erratic shifts, threatening them with off-shoring or outsourcing, basically any psychological gambit that makes the employee feel powerless - which has the follow-on effect of making them too cowed to asked for a fair share of the company's profits, again leading to less money for what was equivalent or better work. Plus that latter thing makes it less likely that workers would organize as a labor block or politically in their communities - a fine multiple win for the factory owners vs. their employees.

So yes, I can see several ways that a middle class can be hollowed out, even while increasing numbers of even worse, lower-paid jobs are created (and taken). That you don't see how this doesn't make things better for most demonstrates that either you are unaware of how the real world has been working for quite a while or you have some sort of odd ideological ax to grind.

Comment: Re:Everything new is old (Score 1) 129

by starfishsystems (#47710285) Attached to: Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World
To clarify a bit, I was referring to the period between 1960 and today, when multiprocessing systems established what could properly be called the "historic norm" for the industry. That's the lineage, starting with mainframes, which led directly to virtualization. In fact we were working on primitive virtualization and hypervisors even then, though for the sake of faster system restarts, live failovers and upgrades rather than anything like the cloud services of today. I hadn't thought to include hobbyist systems in this account because they're not really part of this lineage. It was a long time before they became powerful enough to borrow from it. What they did contribute was an explosion in commodity hardware, so that when networking became ubiquitous it became economical to dedicate systems to a single application. But that comes quite late in the story.

Comment: Everything new is old (Score 5, Insightful) 129

by starfishsystems (#47709657) Attached to: Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World
"The operating system is therefore not being configured, tuned, integrated, and ultimately married to a single application as was the historic norm, but it's no less important for that change."

What? I had to read this a couple of times. The historic norm was for a single operating system to serve multiple applications. Only with the advent of distributed computing did it become feasible, and only with commodity hardware did it become cost-effective, to dedicate a system instance to a single application. Specialized systems for special purposes came into use first, but the phenomenon didn't really begin to take off in a general way until around 1995.

Comment: Microsoft is a spent force (Score 4, Interesting) 142

by Ckwop (#47707005) Attached to: Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Microsoft doesn't have many fans on Slashdot but even the most die-hard of fans must now see that they're in a real bad position.

The used to be invincible in the consumer space but now the computing device of choice is either the tablet or the smart phone. Precious few of these are Windows based.

The used to be invincible in the business user space but the move to mobile computing means business people are using iPhone and iPads, not Windows Phones and Surface.

Then there's Bing, who's only claim to fame is being the world's greatest search engine. For. Porn.

Then there's Azure. We actually looked at Azure and discovered that the same hardware in EC2 was half the price. If you going to twice as much you might as well give up and go home.

Then there was the own goal of the latest generation XBox. They managed to piss everyone off for no discernible gain.

The only area their grip is still strong is PC gaming. For how long, who knows?

Microsoft is a spent force. They're out of ideas. In a few short years they've gone from being the 800lb gorilla to just struggling just to remain relevant.

It reminds me of Brazil versus Germany at this year's world cup. I'm not celebrating any more; it's just sad at this point.

Comment: Re:agreed (Score 1) 426

No, the main issues with Vista were the fact that for most of its life, its driver support sucked (It was v1.0 of a new line, what do you expect?) with many really broken ones out of the gate (because they released the OS way too soon for the hardware manufacturers to be ready) and it's broken security model which incessantly asked its users if they were sure whether they wanted to let this or that do something or the other.

They fixed both of these issues (for the most part) in Win7. Which is why people still want Win7.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein