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Comment: Re:Does it dance yet? (Score 1) 269

by wootest (#43258109) Attached to: GCC 4.8.0 Release Marks Completion of C++ Migration

C compilers aren't well served by having GUIs, but IDEs are well served by compilers being libraries since it makes accurate and consistent analysis possible. If an IDE continuously uses compiler-like logic all the time anyway and has several files pre-parsed and in a known state, compilation can happen faster by not having to start over from scratch every time. And that's before we get to real semantic/static analysis and refactoring assistance.

GCC has been usable as a component in making some stuff happen, but as the OP pointed out, it was an explicit goal of RMS's to not make embedding too easy lest someone bake in the smarts without going whole hog GPL.

Comment: Re:Proprietary Hardware (Score 1) 151

One of those two projects I helped fund so that it ended up happening at all, and in the second of them I said that I was willing to order something, so that they could negotiate the right kind of price and put up enough money to start production.

Not sure when "funding" or "capitalism" became "begging for handouts", or when "asking a thousand people collectively" became filthier than "asking one bank".

Comment: Re:Proprietary Hardware (Score 3, Insightful) 151

As someone who's currently reaping the rewards of both projects I sponsored on Kickstarter, I reject the insinuation that many or most Kickstarter projects are frauds.

There are crooks everywhere. Kickstarter, by making it easier for people to collect money, makes it easier for those people just as much as the legitimate users.

I understand where their position on refunds comes from even if I probably wouldn't be very happy about being in that situation. It's up to local law enforcement to deal with fraudsters, and as long as they've done reasonable due diligence (to the extent that they even can), I wouldn't be more comfortable if they suddenly had more power available to them.

If you want to raise complaints about Kickstarter, why not complain about their policy of blaming the stalked woman for being stalked? Their reaction and their policy is entirely under their control.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 1359

by wootest (#40195835) Attached to: In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

I think you read more into "implausible" than I do. Implausible just means not probable and is a relative term. Saying that we are circling around a giant nuclear fireball is "implausible" if you rewind human history enough, but it can be proven by observation once you figure out that stars are not celestial monuments of the dead but large nuclear reactors and that everyone's made up of parts of dead stars. You're right that there's nothing objective that you could point to to say that the idea of God is something that seems implausible, but is actually true, and in this way it is not science. However, I don't see why noting that is flamebait.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 1359

by wootest (#40195787) Attached to: In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

I said God to mean the idea separate from religion that means a higher power that controls, created or interferes with the universe or its building blocks. If you say that just outside of all that we can perceive and measure, there's a guy named Thor with a big hammer, I don't think it's possible to prove that or disprove that, because it's built into the concept that he would then be immeasurable. (Don't worry, this doesn't mean that I think he does exist either, or that people that assert it is right.) For all I've heard, this is the argument that's actually being made whenever someone defends the idea of a God.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 1359

by wootest (#40195743) Attached to: In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

Utter bunkum. Science has nothing at all to say even about dualism let alone about God because it (intentionally and by convention) only speaks to the material, while the "rationalizations that support the concept of God" have never been mere questions about how the material has changed from state to state.

Which definition of God have you heard that includes there being something that you can actually prove about it? Everything I've heard is inference of causality. X, therefore God exists because Y. Y is never objectively universal, X is often flimsy and the connection is never explained or defined.

The constant droning about imaginary tea cups is a bare faced straw man

Thus why I said "attempts". Just like everyone carrying the idea of God doesn't have a united front, there are people coming at it from all sides with varying arguments of varying quality. Doubting the existence of a tea pot doesn't disprove God, but it's supposed to illustrate that you don't have to assume that God does exists just because someone holds it on faith. Where it really falls down is that you actually could find the tea pot, whereas no one ever produces anything that unambiguously, to widespread agreement and without fail would prove the existence of God.

The way people "believe" in infinite universes is probably fraught with misuse too, but if there was no way of holding a working hypothesis in your head temporarily in order to work from it to build a model that could be tested, there would have been a lot less scientific progress.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 1359

by wootest (#40185757) Attached to: In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

Science can't disprove God for the same reason that God can't be proven, but it can remove many of the rationalizations that supports the concept of God in the first place. What's left is something very implausible that you deliberately have to take on faith. The constant droning about imaginary tea cups in orbit (or not) around the moon are attempts to demonstrate why the same arguments wouldn't fly with anyone if you just changed the case from religion to something else that can't be proven. Without historical and cultural context, there's no reason to believe anything on the same premises other than simply wanting something to be true.

Comment: Re:Not likely (Score 1) 232

by wootest (#38506368) Attached to: DigiTimes Lends Credence To Apple-Branded TVs For 2012

> Apple is not going to enter a market that is already in an aggressive price reduction war.

They're not going to enter it with the same product that everyone else is pushing. The point is that the current TV market, plagued with razor-thin margins for years, is making all those cheap TVs to meet demand, but none of the players are turning profits from doing so. 3D and internet/"smart" TVs (with apps) are grabs to differentiate their product. They all want something that's so clearly more than "just a TV" that you'll pay the premium required for them to start making money again.

They did enter a similar market with their box, the Apple TV, but they're just now starting to really differentiate themselves there too with Airplay, with more widespread coverage from iTunes and with Netflix. It's not like Airplay-like functionality hasn't been on offer for years; it's that it's been buried under seventy different acronyms, some of which map to competing and incompatible standards, and the vast majority of those who could potentially be using them didn't know about them, get around to it or get it working. Apple TV alone is not enough.

People started talking about an Apple phone years before iPhones, an Apple tablet before iPads and Intel Macs before Intel Macs. Even longtime rumors sometimes come true, although not ever on account of being longtime rumors. In this case, it certainly helps that they've been having an average time with Apple TV for years and that Steve Jobs was quoted as saying he'd cracked the secret to "television".

Let's go back to what will save "TVs". Computers and mobile phones be damned, this industry has been fundamentally unchanged for 80 years. All you've really gotten is a better picture and new ways of bringing a repertoire of channels to your house. Every recent TV innovation of any value has been a case of patching the current system or taking advantage of the inadequacy of the medium - making it suck less. If you rewind all this and build a TV from the ground up based on what people really want, fundamentally closer to YouTube and podcasts and maybe some Tivo-like features, the world is your oyster.

Comment: Re:Reflections (Score 1) 960

by wootest (#38196236) Attached to: Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

Didn't say that in the slightest. I said that when they need it, they should be able to get it so that the IT policy won't get in their way. This also means that if they don't need it, they don't necessarily have to have it. And it definitely means that when the time comes that they probably need it, getting a sysadmin to write scripts for them is probably not a good use of resources or indeed letting the right person do the right job.

Comment: Re:Reflections (Score 1) 960

by wootest (#38193234) Attached to: Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

I don't think they *always* need them, but I suspect you're missing some combinations by saying "VM, next question". I can't name them offhand right now, though, although forcing some developers to essentially do all of their work inside a VM on an otherwise capable machine also throws away a bunch of computing power just to be safe.

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