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Comment Re:And for what? (Score 1) 170

If you are reaching for the stars, then god dam it reach for the stars, build the fucker on the moon and build the base around it to support it. Stop with these stupid half arsed set ups pretending you are doing something. I want a big arsed telescope on there on the moon where it belongs. Want more build some out in the asteroid belt as well, time to stop dicking about with token efforts at space exploration, time to get serious. Whose is the cheap luddite who is afraid to leave the surface of the earth and make real, serious investments into the future of humanity as a galactic species and not just a bunch of mud monkeys as entertainment of the rest of the galaxy. Stop fucking dreaming small, start to dream big and work to making it come true.

Comment Re:A machine... (Score 1) 222

Yeah, my neighbours leave their emptied bins out on the street for days at a time resolving that particular issue (when their parents visit they often end it by bringing in the bins themselves).

So basically M$ has decided to shove size 1000 feet into their own mouths by stupidly emphasising the idea that cortana is a female slave on purpose, just so fucking stupid. A computer assistant should be sexless unless the end user chose to put an personality in there. Whether that personality be grammy or gramps, or mum or dad, or brother or sister or revenge against a particular annoying drill sergeant (you get to swear back and it must apologise and obey) or what ever the fuck the end user finds amusing at any particular time but never ever specifically a female slave, stupid, stupid, stupid.

Apple got away with it simply because first to the post and hence people where more tolerant. Google smartly made it adjustable to preference with default largely being empty of personality computer voice. M$ should have grown half a brain and created customisable user based choices personality but of course M$ has always be 100% solidly anti-customer choice, demanding customers do it the M$ way no matter how much it sucks balls, so does cortana suck balls or just M$ management.

Comment Re:The technical problems with this are immense. (Score 1) 150

Fast vs cheap, when it comes to major environmental savings for the majority use, fast has to be ignored in favour of cheap. So flying wing, no windows (use VR), more leg room (it comes with the substantial increase in floor area made available by a flying wing, so mass no leg room limits number of passenger), no banking rudder turns only (being further away from the centre line makes banking very, very undesirable, only sufficient banking to counter centrifugally balance out the turn). Big area, means solar panels become worthwhile, especially sitting waiting on the tarmac between flights.

You also need to separate take off from flight. So say hydrogen fueled combustion engine for take off and gaining altitude as well as a weather boost (wind blowing the wrong way), bit fat wings provide loads of storage space and only a percentage of the required energy for the total flight. Batteries need to provide structural reinforcement, hmm, say the floor panels (floor frame supports the seats and people walk on the batteries, connections in cargo space).

Slow will be totally acceptable as long as it is comfortable and cheap. Things like separate cabins become possible, built around wing framing, because the floor area is there, beyond mass limits. Great big fat slow flying wings, very fuel efficient and very comfortable (with big wing tip rudders with landing gear built in, need it for the bank limited turns). Put people to sleep comfortably for eight hours and no time passes, put people together in separate cabins with friends and no time passes.

These planes will also have the advantage in operating times due to low noise output in metropolitan areas.

Comment Re:Slashdot hates technology? (Score 1) 25

VR is hugely problematic in terms of extended use. Sure it's a thrill for the first time and the first few hours but what happens on day three after say 12 hours of use, how long can people keep going before it becomes psychological undesirable and they just stop and put it on a shelf and loathe the idea of taking it down ie negative reinforcement due to psychological stresses.

Now from the Android perspective VR becomes IR and not infra-red but immersive reality, extended a smart phone into a massive in your face big screen, that you control by hand, whilst sitting or lying back and relaxing (well you body, not so much your mind, well, not all the time, sometimes yeah, immersion in an interactive tropical scene with the right sounds).

So comfortable head set ( a lot trickier than it sounds) no motion detection just 3D immersion, quality sound output to feed that immersion and just lying back relaxing whilst flexing you hands and fingers and then power than with an Android smart phone. For comfort, I suppose check out what they are doing with high bike helmets in terms of contact distribution, keeping in mind relaxing you head back on a pillow and what makes a comfortable hat and what are comfortable glasses. Extended contact with the scalp seems more psychologically acceptable than extended contact with the face ie googles. When it comes to appearance, well, admit it will always suck, so play it down, make fun of it, do not try to make it look cool, it never will, until lens design is completely redone and built into nothing more than something like a typical sun glass frame with ear buds.

Comment Re:Anything NK does is suspicious (Score 0) 104

North Korea is simply a insane party for psychopaths, to play with a population to feed the egos of those at the top, something psychopaths all over the world are trying to achieve, whether they are the ones running NATO or US corporations, or terrorist armies, same shit all over the world. Why is the stalemate allowed to occur so publicly in North Korea because it is not worth any countries efforts to deal with it, in any meaningful manner.

Like terrorist armies, the psychopaths pretending to be on our side, like to keep the fear factor going so they can exploit it. So for the terrorist armies, stopping fucking naming them, stop giving them an identity to exploit, they are organised crime gangs and should only be named after their gang lords. This so that anyone joining them knows they are just going to be a gullible idiot enslaving themselves to some egoistic psychopathic freak, so the freak can enrich themselves and feed their ego on the blood of others, no lies of hiding behind religion, those freaks believe in nothing but themselves (this doesn't happen on purpose because our psychopaths want to feed the greed of the military industrial complex, they want to war to keep going for decades to come, they have publicly stated so, decades of terrorist war).

Just the same as North Korea, they do not want it to end, they are pumping the nuclear fear for all the billions in arms sales that it is worth, striving to keep it going and never let it end. Want it to end, simply cut North Korea off from everything and dump it is a problem on China, a constant economic drain an endless source of problems. Don't let them out, don't give them anything, don't supply anything and do not feed into their troll bullshit. They are trapped, do anything too aggressive and their insane psychopath party at the expense of the trapped population ends and so do they (if that trapped population are unwilling to free themselves, then convince them to choose between die trying to free themselves or die a slave, they did so once before, they can do so again). North Korea is trapped in inaction and we can be freed by that exact same inaction. Bar their ships from any port, deny them all trade, inform their population, remind them of what they once achieved and can achieve again. Once North Korea becomes a sufficient problem for China, North Korea trapped with no where else to go, will be a problem solved by China (when it is worth more to China to end the problem rather than just largely ignore it, they will). Stop pandering to North Korea, if they do anything stupid target the chain of command, any escalation and they know the result. They are a totally paranoid government, feed them mass misinformation about betrayal in their own ranks, feed their fears, let their own fears consume them but do not be stupidly drawn into the same trap.

Comment Re:Dumb (Score 1) 180

You think say the Linux kernel isn't useful? They've been on a three month cycle for ages, roughly one month merge window and two months of release candidates. Basically what you want is for everybody to time box what they can do before the next release, but you can't know if you don't know how long that'll be. Maybe if it's two months you'll do some quick enhancements and fixes but if it's six you do a deeper restructuring. If 90% of your developers have finished according to plan and 10% is threatening to hold up the release then the great majority won't be able to effectively use a small extension. It's better to just scrub the parts that aren't ready and say we're releasing now, sorry try again next merge window. Of course assuming that you have a large enough project that there'll be some release-worthy items every cycle and that people don't just submit shit for release no matter what state it's in. There's a lot less drama about who is important and can rush patches and delay releases if the answer is no, you can't. Only bugfixes during RC, if your code breaks shit or needs major rework you're bumped to the next version. If you don't have a person with balls managing that your releases will suck, but if you can't stand up to the developers it'll probably suck on a rolling basis too.

Comment Re:That may be. (Score 3, Insightful) 222

That is true, but also used to describe some pretty ridiculous people. People who genuinely consider themselves in the same league as people who put themselves in the way of bodily harm to advance the civil rights movement back in the day. Except they are just posting stuff on the internet and sometimes fighting against purely imagined circumstances, and sometimes launching into campaigns of harassment against the stray random person who makes even a slightly insensitive twitter message, saying they deserve to be fired and blackballed in the industry, and all sorts of things.

It's the campaigns of harassment that I find particularly unsettling, as they don't take any effort in understanding the perspective of the person who offended. For example a young man I knew in high school would say some pretty intolerant things about gay people. Ultimately it was an expression of his difficulty coming to grips with being gay himself, and fortunately he found the right friends and support to get him through it. I shudder to think if he had to go through that today in a more public forum and earn the wrath of some of these people, going after him relentlessly and trying everything they can figure out to further ruin his life moreso than how screwed up he was by his predicament.

Some of these people are more bully than 'educated caring intelligent people', doing what they can to feel better about themselves first and foremost, thinking they are doing 'good'.

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