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Comment Re:God, not this again. (Score 1) 292

It is with nonsensical replies such as yours that I end up wondering if eugenics was such a bad concept.

But im sure you are otherwise a wonderful caring person....

Lots to discuss, but to point out your consistent failing in all your responses is that you seem determined to understand things within the context of your own knowledge. But i suspect your mind is big enough to understand its own limits (like every human mind). That is what i was alluding to when i stated that "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail". For a mind to grow it has to consider things it is not presently capable of understanding.

Yes one word can describe many different things, and many different words can also be required to describe one thing. Language is not supposed to be a science, and the human brain is not a scientific instrument. The right meaning is usually interpreted from context, its supposed to be fuzzy.

When Heraclitus said (paraphrased) "You can never step into the same river twice" he was using two meanings of the word river (as a flowing body of water, and as a path) to make a statement is moronic on the surface and yet on another level is profound. Some statement are profound not because of its meaning, but because of thought process it promotes in the reader. You could persuade yourself of almost anything, but the path you choose is your choice, a choice you can learn from.

You look for complex answers and ignore the simple ones, something exists subjectively if they think it exists. And for all sciences advancements from objective truths, what a person thinks subjectively will always be of immediate importance. You cannot measure love, security or happiness of a Human objectively, with good is your m-theory or spacetime static waves theory of existence then.

One of the greatest failings in the field of physics is the failure to understand that time is just a concept, stuff exists and that stuff changes. The fact that stuff changes doesnt make time (a measure of relative change) real.

Comment Re:God, not this again. (Score 1) 292

"Science is not done by straw poll, so the views of most (uneducated, I might add) people is unimportant. What matters is that physicists and mathematicians ..."

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Regarding your simplistic definition of existence, ask yourself, does a person exist after they die ?

Comment Re:God, not this again. (Score 1) 292

Look, this is very simple. We don't even know if THIS universe is a computer simulation. (See arXiv for constraints.) If this universe is a simulation, it is by definition a cyberspace. If cyberspace does not exist, then no law governing anything within this universe is possible.

Since laws governing this universe are possible, one of the statements in that chain must be false. The one most likely to be false is that cyberspace does not exist.

I think most people would say the most likely statment to be false is "this universe is a simulation"

Also, define exist please.

Comment Re:Kids (Score 1) 393

"I really hope you don't mind some faceless organization dealing with your bouts of dementia and incontinence."

People spend much of their life planning and working so they can have a happy and graceful death, they dont try to have a happy life.

Comment Re:Why does C++ matter? (Score 1) 476

C has an advantage in corner cases due to the flexibility of its lower level.

So if there is a need to use two separate abstraction layers, then a 'hand rolled' version might be able to find savings that a compiler wouldn't look for as its treating them separately for external reasons.

But like i said initially, the benefits only get less meaningful with time.

Programmer/team preference is way more important than any real technical difference between C and C++

Comment Re:Why does C++ matter? (Score 1) 476

I say C++ is slower than C because; as more abstraction is placed between the programmer and the hardware, it gets more difficult for the compiler to achieve the same quality of code.

C++ is Object Oriented, to do OO requires more abstraction, OO is used to make problems easier for Humans to understand, not to make it easier for hardware.

Comment Re:Why does C++ matter? (Score 1) 476

C is and will always will be more efficient with hardware than C++ (for equally skilled programmers). Its also true that hardware resources will only become cheaper, so that advantage becomes less and less meaningful.

A lot of older programmers value hardware efficiency more the programmer efficiency, and younger programmers dont see the value in that.

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