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Comment: Re:...eventually put people on butt (Score 2) 25

by Greyfox (#49624429) Attached to: Opportunity Rover Reaches Martian Day 4,000 of Its 90-Day Mission
Well another problem is that we actually know what conditions are like there. It's one thing to ask a bunch of religious fanatics who are being persecuted in their current setting to move to someplace nominally more rustic where they'd be free to practice their heathen rituals. It's another to ask someone to leave their gravity well for a long trip to a much crappier gravity well. It's kind of a hard sell. "Yeah, Mars is a shithole with nothing but dust and more dust, but we'd like you to move there so you can scrape out a subsistence living that we'll probably lose interest in the next time the budgets come up." At least in the new world you could live off the land hunting beavers in the event the budget for new world colonization ever got cut.

Comment: Re:It's all politics, all the time (Score 1) 329

talking points to push their cronyism

Both (D) and (R) do this. Your view that the (D) don't (or do it less) while (R)s do (or do it more) is why you're a (D) supporter. I see both (D) and (R) doing what you're claiming, equally and repeatedly. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Cronyism is what happens when we stop fighting for liberty. Neither (D) nor (R) fight for liberty. They just fight over which chains to apply. ;)

Comment: Re:It's all politics, all the time (Score 1) 329

Here is the point between you two, NEITHER of you know anything. Which is kind of the point. How do we know anything at this point? We can't! Which is kind of the point. We should be ABLE to, but we can't. We simply have to "trust" Hilary (not named after Sir Edmund Hillary {two Ls} ) isn't lying to us ... again. Probably another "vast right wing conspiracy" (what she claimed about Monica).

I'm not convinced she did anything wrong. I'd like to verify what she did was on the up and up. Sorry if I don't trust her word, after all she thinks armed guards protects her email server from hackers.

Comment: Re:Oh Fuck Off (Score 2) 42

I'm pretty sure that without a really nice SSD, and custom startup, you can't get boot to login in under 15 seconds on a BIO/UEFI machine.

And to the Ask /. guy, why not just get a Chromebook, drop it into Developer mode and call it good? It will likely to be less headache than rolling your own custom linux setup the borks every update.

Comment: Re:It doesn't require perfection (Score 1) 133

by Greyfox (#49622935) Attached to: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text
It's really not that much of a problem. You just replace any words you don't recognize with "Jihad!" Like "Hey Alex! You want to go to jihad later and get some burgers?" Clearly there's some sort of terrorist activity going on there which justifies an increase to the budget next jihad!

Comment: Nope (Score 1) 206

by Greyfox (#49622553) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?
You get typecast. You could have 3 decades of C/C++ and mention that you studied APL for one semester in college and all the calls you'll get will be for APL jobs. I don't even list LISP on my resume, even though I became enlightened in LISP in the 90's. With LISP, enlightenment is a heady feeling where you suddenly see the elegance with which everything fits together, followed by the sinking realization that if you want to actually do anything with the language you'd have to write all the libraries yourself.

Comment: Re:Lives be damned (Score 1) 261

I don't know if sloppy practice explains the earthquakes in Oklahoma, though.

Apparently the common practice of injecting waste water (which predominantly originated from waste water used to help reactivate conventional oil wells, and only sloppy hydro-fracking waste water processing to a lesser extent because it is more recent) deep underground into other depleted oil wells which were targeted for storage can explain the uptick in earthquakes in Oklahoma and around the Midwest.

The theory goes that when this injection practice started years ago the storage wells were empty, but as these storage wells filled up, more pressure had to be used to inject the water and this triggered the more recent seismic activity. Apparently this theory was corroborated by researchers correlating existing known faults and the locations of storage wells.

Sadly, this "sloppy" practice of injecting waste water into depleted wells continues unabated...

Comment: Everyone's a programmer. Even dead people! (Score 1) 353

by fyngyrz (#49622191) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

A variation of it is quite prominent on Slashdot, with many users inexplicably believing that programming requires a "special mind", dividing people in to two groups: "can program" and "can never program".

Some of us just have different metrics for drawing a line between "programming" and "stumbling around in a programming language doing dangerous, stupid, and occasionally functional things."

But, hey. If you can set your digital alarm clock, or interact with your microwave in such a way as to involve more than one button push (even if you're going to destroy the comestible), you're a programmer, right?

It's like kids with crayons. They're all artists! Special butterflies! Call the Louvre!

Now get off my nursing home's lawn

Comment: Come on. What tripe. (Score 2, Interesting) 353

by fyngyrz (#49622119) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

From TFS:

If you could measure programming ability somehow, its curve would look like the normal distribution.

Since you can't measure programming ability "somehow" or otherwise, you don't know what the curve would look like. Which reveals the entire set of claims here as utter garbage. If you don't know what the distribution is, you don't know what the distribution is. How difficult is that to understand?

"Just think, with VLSI we can have 100 ENIACS on a chip!" -- Alan Perlis