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Comment: Pales in comparison (Score 0) 179

The amount of energy used by game consoles in sleep mode across the world pales in comparison to how much energy is wasted running VMs and JIT compilers on Android phones around the world. And that pales in comparison to the number of Petawatt hours (Exawatt hours?) of electricity is wasted per year running Javascript in browsers across all devices. Seriously people, higher-level languages that aren't easy to compile (or don't compile into efficient code) are ridiculously wasteful.

Comment: Re:People are creative (Score 1) 498

by thisisauniqueid (#49237815) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide
The impact of a suicide goes far beyond delaying a few hundred people's commute by 3 hours. My friend is a nanny for a family whose daughter knew the kid who jumped in front of the train. This girl was biking past the tracks when the mother of the suicide victim showed up, and subsequently got to watch the reaction of shock and grief of the mother when confronted with the result of this horrific act.

Suicide is always an incredibly selfish act. You think you're just ending your own pain and suffering, but instead you are bringing a lifetime of pain, suffering, shame, unanswered questions and grief to a lot of other people that care about you even if you think they don't.

Comment: People are creative (Score 3, Insightful) 498

by thisisauniqueid (#49223151) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide
This feels pertinent to me because this morning I was woken up at 6:45am by a loud helicopter hovering overhead for over an hour. A teenager had jumped in front of the CalTrain by where I live in Palo Alto in an apparent suicide. Turns out this is the 8th such CalTrain suicide so far this year, up from 8 suicides total (10 deaths) over the whole year last year. Locals are loudly requesting for the crossroads to be made into underpasses, and for improved fences etc.

On the one hand I keep thinking that if someone is determined to commit suicide, they'll find a way. (There was a police guard posted at the crossing after previous suicides to prevent this, but the teenager simply jumped the fence 200 yards from the crossing and jumped in front of the train there instead.)

On the other hand, I see the wisdom in trying to make the world a place where it's in no convenient way to commit suicide. As Banksy tweeted this morning, "Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse, suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better."

Comment: Actually (Score 1) 375

by thisisauniqueid (#49162281) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links
Actually, Google stopped using PageRank as their main ranking signal a long time ago. Their latest "Hummingbird" engine still has PageRank in the mix somewhere, but even Google engineers talk about it like it's basically a non-PageRank algorithm at this point. There are so many layers of complex ranking and anti-gaming heuristics and scoring functions and other black magic that the summary of this article is based on an incorrect premise.

Comment: Write something better (Score 1) 755

by thisisauniqueid (#49064227) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System
Systemd is as worrying to me as the next user, especially since there are *still* stupid PulseAudio bugs that have persisted for years since Lennart got his hands on the audio system. But since I don't have the time or inclination to write a better alternative, I'm just sitting back and watching the show, and therefore I guess I need to be OK with the outcome.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990

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