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Comment: The scientists DEFINITELY know. (Score 0) 470

by taylorius (#48017715) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles

How do these scientists know what will be realistic?

If you make the analogy with ocean going vessels, and naval warfare, humanity is at the stage of making a small raft with logs and rope, and gently pushing it out onto a lake, hoping it wont fall apart. If we can't make spaceships well enough to even vaguely contemplate a space battle, how can this lot possibly know what is realistic to expect in some far future space conflict?

This isn't science, it's futurology.

Comment: Too much Blah in the world. (Score 0, Troll) 183

by taylorius (#47915741) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Blah blah, here are 8 reasons why Apple should do this and that, but wont, and 5 reasons why Microsoft will never beat Google at 'X'. Blah blah, read my blah blog.

The world has too many commentators. Go and do something useful. Stop talking about what other people are doing, and go and do something amazing yourself.

Comment: No money and no women - what could go wrong? (Score 4, Interesting) 530

by taylorius (#47405975) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

So with the manual labour jobs being given to robots, and a distinct lack of young women, (thanks to female babies being unwanted) things are certainly looking bright for the tens of millions of young Chinese males.

I'm sure they'll take it philosophically - enormous gangs of angry, sexually frustrated young men usually do.

Comment: Re:Nvidia blows too with drivers (Score 3, Informative) 158

by taylorius (#46987643) Attached to: The Truth About OpenGL Driver Quality

A small correction, Nvidia Quadro has not "turned into the Titan". Quadro cards are largely the same hardware as the consumer cards, but with minor changes to enable certain features. The main difference is in the drivers. Consumer drivers err on the side of speed, whereas Quadro drivers will typically have lower performance in a game type situation, but be better suited for CAD / 3D work.

Comment: Re:Generalizing about averages is bad science (Score 2) 231

by taylorius (#46852699) Attached to: White House Worried About Discrimination Through Analytics

I agree with you, the variance of the distribution is such to make the difference in mean IQ utterly meaningless on an individual basis. It must be incredibly frustrating to an intelligent black man to have that average working unfairly against him.

If you think that's bad though, imagine a world where it is easy to determine the average IQ of a black man from Baltimore, with a dead father,and who drives a car more than 8 years old. Now imagine coming from such a background, and being a great computer programmer. Now imagine the sinking feeling as you're handed a demographic form upon arriving for an interview for a coding job you could do well.

A life under the tyranny of statistics could be a hard life indeed, if we're not careful.

Comment: Re:What's different? (Score 0) 231

by taylorius (#46852489) Attached to: White House Worried About Discrimination Through Analytics

That's the problem. Modern society has decided to act as if every race is equal, and also decided that for the sake of us all getting along, we won't look too closely at whether this is in fact the case, because history shows that going down that road doesn't tend to end well. So far so good, but what happens when the differences (and there are bound to be some) between various groups can be highlighted by a data-mining algorithm, and are in everyone's face? Answer: Trouble.

Comment: Pitchforks + torches (Score 2) 1746

by taylorius (#46655025) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

A lot of chest beating going on here, a lot of flexing of consumer muscles, and talk of the righteous boycotting of bigots. From the outside however, it just looks like a pitchfork wielding mob, using coercion to bend a third party to their will.
People don't like seeing coercion, especially by groups who have no accountability to anyone, and I believe that the result of these protests will be a decrease in public's sympathy for equality of rights for gay people.

Comment: Zuckerberg diversifying (Score 1) 535

by taylorius (#46582421) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

I think it's likely that Zuckerberg knows that Facebook is preposterously overvalued, that the market will realise this, and is diversifying into some other areas with massive future growth while the going is good. Perhaps they'll create a virtual world communication type thing. I don't think this is too bad a development.

Comment: "OMG Your musical instrument Just. Got. Better!" (Score 1) 104

by taylorius (#46055185) Attached to: CES 2014: Stefan Lindsay Demonstrates the gTar (Video)

I suppose some people are so unwilling to take the time to learn, or to do something properly, that there's always a ready market for a stupid device to make it "easier". It doesn't work. What do a load of flashing LEDs, (controlled by a smartphone, what else) add beyond what printed chord charts, or guitar tab provide? It's exactly the same information.

Instead, why not spend that $400 on an acoustic guitar (you can get a really good one for that money), and practice putting your fingers on the right strings and frets, forming the chords, practice picking or strumming, and KEEP DOING IT, again and again, every day until you can form the shapes instantly. Your brain will learn, and your fingers will get sore, but that goes away. It takes time, but at the end you've learned a real skill. Imagine how proud you'll feel, you've got that skill for life - the ability to play songs, entertain friends. It's well worth the effort.

Don't piss about with some gadget that promises to let you skip all the hard work. They don't work, never have and never will.

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