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Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 1058

Paradoxically (perhaps), developing countries are often the first to embrace new technologies because they don't have the inertia of existing industry to content with. For example, many dirt poor countries have excellent cellular coverage. In many cases, this is the only access to phone or internet that citizens have. If self driving cars cut transportation costs dramatically relative to car ownership, then I would expect them to flourish in poorer economies.

Comment Re:On the contrary, say quantum physicists (Score 1) 305

unchanging organisms in a forever changing environment cannot adapt. You need death to promote life in this Universe

First off, that's how, not why. Why is a question of motive, which presumes will, and to which there is likely no answer.

Second, death isn't a prerequisite for life, or even necessarily an adaptation. Trees can live for thousands of years, for example, and perhaps indefinitely. Trees might be less adept at handling change -- although many are incredibly resilient -- but death isn't required for adaptation. Genes can and do change in living creatures, and we humans adapt to a range of environments without dying to do it. If anything, intelligence is a viable alternative to the chaotic randomness and ruthlessness of natural selection, as evidenced by our ability to flourish in habitats that would otherwise be unsuitable.

Comment Re:Catholic tradition is at odds with scripture (Score 1) 305

Like most holy texts, The Bible can be used to justify just about anything.

Paul wrote "to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion."

Of course, that was Paul, not Jesus, but Paul's words are often taken as Gospel, quite literally.

Comment False flag? (Score 3, Interesting) 102

As much as I wish ISPs and their shills would be this transparent, this seems like a false flag to me. ISPs exert enough influence that they don't need to fabricate a grassroots effort, let alone one that's so clearly astroturf. OTOH, I can believe some script kiddy thinking this would somehow appear damaging to ISPs.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 92

The problem is that the ML was trained on existing data, which is itself based on human and systemic biases, which means it's going to reinforce those biases. If someone is more closely watched because of some characteristic (age, gender, race, zip code, online habits), they are more likely to be caught for the same crime as someone who is not watched as closely. It *might* be possible to control for this, but it should at least be identified as a risk.

Comment Re:Owned Macs from before Macs... (Score 1) 219

Talking about running a VM, on a laptop no less, is just muddying the waters. It's a completely separate discussion. Don't use the drawbacks of a VM as a reason for people to avoid it "unless you have no other option."

Also, partitioning is almost entirely pointless. If you can use a separate physical drive with the same or comparable specs, you'll get far better performance.

Comment Re:Why a Hackintosh? (Score 1) 219

Exactly. I find OS X itself to be both more powerful and aesthetically pleasing than anything Microsoft has released since Windows 8. To me, OS X is an adult OS, where Windows is the perfect complement for an Xbox One fan who digs color-changing gaming keyboards and Live Tiles. OS X is a POSIX compliant OS that also has a respectable volume of commercial applications and games, a huge array of command-line software through Brew and MacPorts, vendor support for video cards and most hardware, as well as access to Xcode for iOS development. In fact, it's pretty rare not to find a Mac version of popular software these days... CrashPlan has a Mac client, as does WhatsApp, TeamViewer, DropBox, Plex, all major non-MS browsers, VLC, VirtualBox, VMWare, and even MS Office.

OS X was originally the alternate boot choice on my desktop, but now it's the default. I have a Win 10 VM for the few things I need to use Windows to do, which is usually just using IE-specific webapps. Even lately, where I haven't been doing any iOS development and don't have a business need to use OS X, I find it preferable to Windows in almost every way. The only thing that might send be back to Windows would be if the OS X ecosystem collapsed, but for now it only appears to be growing, not shrinking.

Comment Re:Article sounds like B.S. (Score 1) 135

No they shouldn't. Creating a *policy* of stripping metadata and enforce it through code audits. Embedding resources (or not) into a file is a developer decision, not a compiler decision. The compiler has no way of knowing which bytes of the resource you embed are important and which are not, be they strings, PNGs, or anything else.

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