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Comment Re:I don't like the higan dev. (Score 1) 153

Let me make sure I have this straight. You think it's "karma" that, in exchange for engaging in bad practices in an open source project (that anybody else could have come along and fixed if they cared so much), he's lost thousands of dollars of potentially irreplaceable hardware. Yeah, that sure sounds fair to me...

Comment Re:Fundamental problem with this project... (Score 1) 153

How is he supposed to KNOW that the bits in the cartridge are correct?

Well, most of the time it's obvious by just playing through the game. Corrupted bits usually cause serious glitches if they don't render the ROM completely inoperable. A single pixel change in a sprite would be relatively rare.

The easier way to know is to dump from multiple different cartridges and then compare the results. It's astronomically unlikely that random corruption would occur in the exact same way on two different cartridges.

And if you've only got a single cartridge and it somehow has a bad pixel, that sucks, but it's better than having nothing at all.

Comment Re:If you're sending something "worth $5000"... (Score 1) 153

...then you're a fucking MORON not sending it fedex, and/or insured.

Funny story, at my workplace we recently shipped a 700 pound, $100,000 robot across the country via FedEx.

When it arrived at its destination, somehow they had managed to rotate it vertically 90 degrees, even though every side of the crate was clearly marked as to which side was up. Sensors were smashed, cables were torn apart, joints were broken. The base frame wasn't ruined, but it was damaged.

We had it insured, fortunately, but getting paid for it didn't suddenly make our schedule not slip by several weeks.

Since then we have decided not to use FedEx again.

Comment Re:too late (Score 4, Insightful) 436

after 8 years of Obama we have more racial tension than ever before

No, we don't. All of that racial tension you're seeing was already there. What happened was that having a black president encouraged black Americans to speak up about the ways in which they're systematically oppressed, which means that you are now more aware of the existing racial tension.

Comment Re:Just another mindless attack (Score 1) 436

Hillary did exactly that, but the left doesn't seem concerned that they are constantly hypocrites. She had an unsecured device that they told her not to use, and she did anyways. Likely was hacked while she was in Russia.

Yes. That's a terrible breach of security when a Secretary of State does it.

It's about a hundred times worse when a President does it.

Comment It's all about the merger (Score 4, Informative) 98

The merger with Verizon got in real trouble with the latest round of security revelations. While there are good reasons to have a delayed delete, this may be a case of keeping the active user count artificially high in order to keep the merger on track. The whole goal of the merger is to get access to (what remains of) the Y! user base, and letting everyone get away before the it closes just devalues the deal and makes Verizon look like a chump.

Comment Re:Lucky few? (Score 1) 102

I realize that the point of this is to generate buzz, but what's the point of buzz if you're going to follow it up with, "Ha ha, just kidding. We're not actually going to sell you the thing we're advertising."

The thing they're advertising is the shake, and they'll absolutely sell it to you. Now, you may not be interested in buying it if you don't get to try the funky straw, but advertisers know that a lot of people who see their ads won't be interested in buying the product. But some will.

And... would you ever have heard of this shake if it weren't for the straw? I wouldn't have. And neither, I'm sure, would many people who actually might be interested in a chocolate mint shake.

This is pretty much the definition of a successful advertising campaign, at least in nerd circles. We're voluntarily discussing a novelty shake from McDonalds! I can't comment on how it will play to the wider audience, but it worked on you. And me.

Comment Re:The work is more important than the idea (Score 3, Informative) 353

Parallel computing, virtualization, all these things were either developed on paper or implemented in some form long before many of us were born.

And yet none of them were available to me for the majority of my life. Why is that? It's because nobody had gotten around to the hard work of turning into something actually useful.

Available to you. Mainframes have made extensive use of both since the early 80s, at least. The hard work was done, it was just done in an environment that relatively few people interacted with directly.

Comment Re:RICH AMERICANS (Score 1) 130

While there are some Stockholm syndrome poor and middle class people who might balk, the majority of us WOULD like the health and safety regulations in place worldwide, mostly because it would be a barrier to the cost effectiveness of domestic firms outsourcing to foreign locations.

It's really those other countries who would object strenuously. In most of the developing world, the only competitive asset they have is low-cost labor. If you could legislate that away from them, they'd have nothing, no way to lift themselves economically. All of the education resources, all of the intellectual capital, all of the big markets... they're all in the rich world, especially the US and EU. We have every possible competitive advantage, including much higher per-hour productivity, the only thing they have is being cheap because their standard of living is so low.

Comment Re:Not going to happen (Score 1) 400

of course the consequence of that is that 'the young and reproductive' of other countries are entering and replacing the indigenous population that has stopped reproducing. Darwin would claim that the more productive shall win. I guess we will see.

You missed the point. The global birthrate has peaked and is declining. That includes those young and reproductive. They're still reproducing at more than replacement rate, but they're trending downward, too. And much of the developed world is already well below replacement rate. Some northern European countries have actually started public service advertising campaigns encouraging couples to make babies, because the declining population numbers are playing havoc with their labor market and their economic structure (especially pension systems).

It turns out that birthrate is positively correlated with infant and child mortality and negatively correlated with wealth and female education. Better access to medical care reduces infant and child mortality, which appears to reduce the motivation of parents to make lots of 'em, just in case. Wealth and female education both enable family planning, and while women generally like babies, they also don't want to have more than they can really manage or care for. And given the very low baseline much of the world is at, wealth and education levels are exploding. People are still living in what you and I would consider unbearable poverty, but it's dramatically better than what the last generation had.

These facts also point out exactly how we can take action to reduce population even faster: Work harder to empower and educate more people in the third world. Actually, great progress is being made in the poor areas of Asia. The big opportunities are in Africa. Teach African men to farm more effectively, make education more available to men and women, make medical supplies and facilities more accessible, and provide international oversight to reduce the damage done by their kleptocratic (and in some cases, genocidal) governments, and you'll make peak population happen sooner, and at a lower level.

Comment Re:Rex Tillerson (Score 1) 95

The way I see it, there's only 2 benefits to a startup

There's a third, and an even more important one: Having it be yours. Even given the significant freedom that Googlers have (and we do have a lot... and as you move up the ladder it increases), there's no substitute for seeing if you can really build something from scratch, with absolutely no one to question you, and being able to look at it at the end of the day and say "I did that"... which includes all of the business stuff. It's about playing the grand game and winning, and you can't really play it while drawing a paycheck.

Also, Google's founder's award didn't really compete with the open-ended possibilities of a startup payout. I mean, you could end up with Larry Page money. You won't, but you could, and you could never get that at Google. Unless Larry Page gave you all his money, which he won't.

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