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Comment: Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (Score 1) 391

by vikingpower (#48197465) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew
"Plausibly" ? So a theory that takes interstellar travel and the pre-existence of humans on some other planet, light-years away, is more plausible than on-site i.e. on-earth evolution ? And where then, dear sir, did those humans come from who brought their eggs and sperm to Earth ? If not from evolution, then you face an endless recursion backward into time. And if from evolution, why could evolution not have happened on Earth ?

Comment: Re:Please god no. (Score 1) 204

by vikingpower (#48179655) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google
Second this, and mod parent up into the heavens. I have been using Julia for number-crunching ( trial factoring large numbers, finding Fibonacci primes, large matrix multiplication, PageRank on large graphs => eigenvalues on very large matrices ), and Julia is simply brilliant. The two guys behind the project seem to be working day and night, bug fixes are very very fast, speak 1 week. Julia runs on LLVM, is lightning-fast, and has a rather coherent design. A colleague ( researcher ) of mine is still on Matlab, as she has simply no time now to learn Julia; hearing her curse Matlab is as frequent as lunch breaks.

Comment: Re:Don't trust any app these days (Score 1) 180

by vikingpower (#48179639) Attached to: The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Holy shit !

It doesn't take much to realize that some places aren't ready for freedom and democracy.

Are there actually people still believing that Bushian crap ? Obviously, yes ( at least you ). Up to the next interventionist war which will cost the already-bankrupt US a trillion dollars. Well done, well done.

Comment: This basically asks for 2 things: (Score 1) 77

by vikingpower (#48167913) Attached to: An Air Traffic Control System For Drones

1) a protocol

2) sufficiently wide approval of said protocol

So how do we get that ? In our world, there are five ways to build systems: a) technoloy-driven ( done by the Gyro Gearlooses of our world ) 2) purpose-driven systems ( MS Office et al., ain't gonna work here ) 3) sociotechnical systems ( may work here ? ) 4) politicotechnical systems ( basically, things like the entire Internet, or national highway networks ) 5) open source systems ( seems to be the best candidate here ? )

Comment: Re:Don't trust any app these days (Score 0) 180

by vikingpower (#48167699) Attached to: The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users
Do you really believe that, as you have an NRA and a gazillion of shotguns all over the country, you are capable to keep your own government in check ? Then, how come that all those rifle-toting and hard-working rednecks did nothing to prevent your own government from 1) spying upon you 2) running your federal deficit up wazoo, to the point of being, as a state, virtually bankrupt 3) losing three major overseas wars ( Vietnam, Irak, Afghanistan ) in a row with your own money ?

Comment: Re:Don't trust any app these days (Score 5, Interesting) 180

by vikingpower (#48166855) Attached to: The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users
Mod parent up into the sky, please. As a European, I am watching at the sideline, with ever-growing incredulity, how US Americans take all this, and worse, and more, from their so-called "government", from their unbelievably brutal "law enforcement", from what once was their state. What do you people need for an incentive to kick off a revolution ? Maybe if the US government put almost 1% of your population into prison, you would finally protest. Oh no, shit, wait....

Comment: First, corporate, now an independent SW Architect (Score 1) 189

by vikingpower (#47986389) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone
I use a Blackberry. A BB Bold, to be precise. It makes me look with pity upon iOS / Android / Windows Phone users. Security is tight, the OS is as stable as QNX ever was. Someone here complained about the thing getting hot when used for gaming. Heck - a BB is **not** a toy, you use it for doing business. Apps ? Over more than 2 years, I downloaded exactly 2, for very precisely described needs. All the rest I need ( email, contacts management, evernote, calendar, LinkedIn ) was **already** on the phone when I got it. If BB goes down, I'll have a major problem. If not, I'll be one of their staunchest supportes. But then again - I use NetBeans as an IDE, and drive a Saab :-)

Comment: A Dutch poet once wrote... (Score 1) 478

by vikingpower (#47975309) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
"We were not missed before we came / when we'll be gone, it shan't be different". Anyone who realizes that, can happily set him- or herself such a limit as in TFA. Not a bad idea at all. My limit is the day I will be obliged to admit, honestly and only to myself, that I can't do productive work anymore. Wurscht if that is 60, 75 or 80.

We want to create puppets that pull their own strings. - Ann Marion