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Comment Re:Huh, someone was paying attention to Firewire (Score 2) 105

What open standards are you referring to?

Do you mean Apple deciding to ditch their proprietary ADB in favour of USB?

Apple adopting using UNIX as the core of their OS and having it certified as conforming to the Single UNIX Specification?

Apple using an implementation of the OpenStep specification as their GUI app development framework?

Apple replacing ADC with DVI?

Apple contributing their mini DisplayPort plug to the DisplayPort consortium, royalty free?

Apple replacing their proprietary MagSave power connectors with USB-C?

Or did you have some other examples in mind?

Comment Re:cool (Score 2, Informative) 197

Marijuana has a history going back thousands of years, with essentially zero fatalities related to its use. I don't believe for one second that anything else is safer for you when it comes to recreational or medical use.

Depends on how you're consuming the marijuana. If you're eating or drinking it, I might believe you, but the negative health impact of inhaling burning hydrocarbons is well documented, even ignoring the drug content.

Comment Re:didn't you get the memo (Score 1) 263

If you want an historical perspective, here's the big difference: Growing food in Europe is much harder than growing food in Africa. The need to improve efficiency led to the agricultural revolution happening in Europe (and it's no coincidence that it happened to the north of Europe). This, in turn, provided a sudden glut of available labour, which drove the industrial revolution. This, in turn, drove a wave of colonisation and exploitation of less technologically advanced parts of the world, in particular Africa.

Comment Re:How about the doctor that reviewed it? (Score 1) 200

Exactly. It also depends a bit on what you mean by 'AI'. If you mean 'correlation engine' (which seems to be what the media means most of the time it says AI), then whoever decided that it's safe to use it without checking that there's any causal relationship and deployed it without human oversight. If you mean 'expert system', then it's just another tool and depends heavily on the input from the doctor or nurse to work towards a diagnosis. If it goes wrong, either the tool was faulty or the operator was incompetent.

Comment Re:So is life (Score 2) 353

The other thing TFA seems to be missing is that we're not trying to teach everyone some programming because we expect that they will become programmers, we are teaching them programming because it is going to be as relevant to any job as writing was a hundred years ago. Sure, there are some jobs that don't require it and more where you can get away without doing it or doing it badly, but they're increasingly few.

Even if the only programming that you do is a little bit of VBA to automate some common task in Word or Excel, it will probably save you a lot of time overall. Even people who don't work in offices end up having to do some programming. Before he retired, my stepfather was head groundskeeper on a golf course, a job about as far from computers as you'd hope to find, yet he was responsible for an irrigation system that was configured using a domain-specific (graphical) programming language.

Comment Re:Sue Islam for killing innocents. (Score 1) 136

The grandparent is referring to the Official IRA, which is commonly referred to simply as the IRA as it has had the greatest claim to the name since 1969. During the period the OIRA was active, The Republic of Ireland was (and remains) an independent Catholic country. Northern Ireland is part of the UK, but has a majority Protestant population who do not wish to become part of the Republic of Ireland. Attempting to incorporate Northern Ireland into The Republic of Ireland against the wishes of the majority of the population of Northern Ireland sounds like conquest to me.

During the period that the OIRA was active, they killed more people in the UK than Islamic terrorists have done in total. They did not cause Catholic churches to empty and their supporters toured America (particularly New York) raising funds to buy weapons. The US Government refused to block this. It only ended when, for some reason, around 2001 it became unfashionable to fund terrorists.

Comment Re: Don't think Uber will be alone with this (Score 1) 235

They can only do so because Google and Apple are siding with app developers to the detriment of their real customers. Don't know why (perhaps app-revenue/payment intermediation)

App developers are Google's real customers. Both Apple and Google take a cut of any app sales through their store, but of the two only Apple gets any money from the person who buys the phone directly (and so has two sets of real customers, the phone users and the app developers).

Comment Re: um... (Score 4, Informative) 234

You don't know what the word "democratically" means

Not the GP, but in this thread the person who doesn't know what democracy means is you. Democracy means rule by the people (literally, by the city). Implementations of democracy are referred to as either direct democracy or indirect / representative democracy. In a direct democracy, eligible voters are permitted to decide issues directly. In a representative democracy, the people select, via some mechanism, representatives who decide issues on their behalf. Nothing in the definition of a representative democracy requires that the representatives be selected via a straight first-past-the-post single-constituency election.

You seem to have been taught a fallacy that is common in the US, that a democracy and a republic are different and incompatible systems of government, rather than orthogonal aspects of a system of government (you can have a democratic monarchy and an authoritarian republic, for example, but you can also have a democratic republic).

Comment Re:I used to work at Hanford Site... (Score 1, Insightful) 94

If you work at a site that stores and tracks nuclear waste, then you probably know that a smoke detector contains radioactive materials and so shouldn't be just thrown away. You put it in your backpack to take it somewhere to dispose of safely. You forget that you did it and go into work with that backpack. Not a particularly far-fetched set of circumstances...

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