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Comment Re:Senile? (Score 1) 951

It's not that we don't understand the rules of quantum mechanics, it's likely they are truly unknowable, at least, by beings living in our universe. From our perspective, and that's the only perspective we have, the universe is non-deterministic. Once you accept our universe is non-deterministic then it's not a big leap of logic to accept free will.

Again, this is from our perspective, not some hyper dimensional god/programmer/being who can see the dice being rolled and might think our notion of free will is silly.

Comment Re:10 years was a decent rest (Score 1) 438

The Xindi arc had it's problems (time travel for example) but at it's heart was a good old Star Trek style social commentary. The whole plot was a mirror on the US's reaction to 9/11. I liked how the Enterprise crew left space dock with an idealistic view of the Universe only to have to take less than noble actions when faced with realities. It was good stuff.

Comment Gravity ... (Score 5, Insightful) 242

The force, not the movie.

I was hoping this would be the first sci-fi movie to get the gravity right on Mars.


I have no idea how they could have accomplished this from a SFX perspective and maybe it wouldn't have added to the story. I was disappointed with the scene where he was disassembling the MAV and the pieces were falling to the surface at a very Earth-like speed. Seemed like a easy place to add a little SFX magic to mimic Mars gravity.

Great movie overall though!

Comment Re:The downside is taxpayers... (Score 1) 283

If I want to take my hypothetical basic income check and spend it on crack, why do you care? At least I'm not out on the street robbing people for the money. If I spend my check on fancy clothes and can't afford my rent, why do you care? I'll learn my lesson real quick when I get evicted.

Or maybe I'll take my check and use it to start a small business and bootstrap myself into a better life.

I couldn't do that with food stamps, and housing vouchers.

Comment Re:Look to the past (Score 1) 257


In 1990 Windows 3.0 came out, which can still run in a VM today. Considering today's slower pace of change in computing technology, I think it's a safe bet any modern OS will run, in a VM, on future computers.

Just pick a popular and open VM container format so you're not tied to a vendor. OVF for example.

You might want to also consider visualizing the version control system as well. Source history may be important to future developers making changes. Use a decentralized VCS like git, so version history gets archived with the development machine automatically.

Comment Re:Doing it now... (Score 1) 267

If you're expecting Mono to cover every aspect of the .NET runtime you're missing the point. I look at Mono as an excellent, open source, managed runtime environment and language that also happens to follow the ECMA standards Microsoft released for the .NET CLI and C#.

People expect Mono to be able to run any .NET app under the sun on any platform. That sometimes works, sometimes doesn't depending on the app. It's much more suited developing a new apps that you want to be cross platform.

As other posters pointed out, this is all a mute point anyway. .NET is now open source under MIT license. The Mono team is working closely with Microsoft on merging the two code bases.

Comment Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 4, Insightful) 430

There is only so much space on the utility polls and under the streets. The number of companies who are allowed to run network cable has to be limited. It's the same with electric, gas, and phone line. I don't see why people don't understand this. It's government enforced monopoly because it's the only practical way to do it.

With common carrier regulation the companies that have the right to use PUBLIC lands for profit must lease their lines to other companies at a fair market value.

The real solution to all of this is the government should build the infrastructure using tax dollars and then lease it to private companies. If I was Bush/Obama in 2008 during the economic crisis I would have used the bail out money to build a nationwide Internet service. Would have hired a lot of people for quite a few years and we'd be better off as a nation for it.

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