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Comment Re: It has its uses (Score 1) 417

Java (like Flash) was always designed as a plug-in, running side by side with the browser, not an integrated part of the browser. T

Uh, what?

Just because Sun developed a Java plug-in doesn't mean that Sun's vision was ever that Java was primarily supposed to be used that way. Java has always meant to be used as a standalone programming language, and the percentage of Java development targeted at the plugin is absolutely tiny. Most of it is focused on back-end applications, websites, and the occasional desktop app.

I'm not sure where this "Java = applets" thing comes from, and it's especially hard to understand why software developers would think this given it's pretty hard to work in this industry for more than a few years without being given a Tomcat/etc application hosted in a JBoss environment to fix up.

Comment Re:Oh noes!?!?! (Score 1) 101

>Just because my opinion that the jury is still out re bitcoin doesn't match your opinion that bitcoin is a complete failure DOESN'T mean you are more technologically savvy on the matter. I make my living consulting in ERP/Financial Reporting Systems and have several large banking clients. I have undergraduate degrees in Economics and Accounting, and a graduate degree in Business - so I'm not exactly naive when it comes to the matter at hand.

Good for you. You don't know shit about Bitcoin, and insisting you do based on irrelevant credentials is just making you look a bit dim witted as well as ignorant.

>So...the time I've spent acquiring knowledge of bitcoin has been wasted, huh?

Yes.

> If I decide to change my opinions on bitcoin to more closely align with yours will my time magically become "well spent"?

Nope. You'd just be aware it was wasted time.

>Tell you what, why don't you take the time to draft a post demonstrating your extensive knowledge on the technology and economics of bitcoin and lay out some well-reasoned arguments supporting your position that "Bitcoin is fundamentally flawed, technologically and philosophically"?

Why don't you try... oh, I don't know, pulling your head out of your ass and reading the millions of critiques out there that very, very effectively tear Bitcoin down on pretty much every single point its proponents have ever put forward as a reason it should be worth something?

> Kinda makes you look a little foolish, don't you think?

Your faith in Bitcoin (and yes, it's faith, because it is totally unsupported facts) is making you look more than just a little foolish. As are your irrelevant claims to be an authority of any kind on the subject, and your apparent compulsion to carry on defending it with follow-up posts days after everyone else has passed this topic by.

Bitcoin is now at the stage where all but the cultists have realised it's a failure. It's not 'first they laugh, then they fight, then you win"... it's 'first they laugh, then they try to jump on the bandwagon, then they realize they've been had'. The net result of Bitcoin was idiots having their money (sometimes in the form of electricity) moved into the hands of scammers, con-men, and a few individuals who got lucky... and also 'blockchain' becoming a buzzword in the financial sector. That's it.

It's time to pack your robe away, put down the manifesto, and move on to your next foolish obsession. Or grow up. Either or.

Comment Re:Trains (Score 1) 150

>of course if the cars were self driving then you could have your "rail provided power" on the freeway be good to go. If we got to the point where freeway access required a self driving car then we could probably increase the speed of those freeways safely.

The nice thing about rails is they're a lot better than asphalt if you want to deliver power with them, and they're also a lot better at steering. Inducted power and reliable self-driving tech just isn't there yet.

>This seems like it is avoiding those requirements by putting the self driving ability on these little carts,

Actually, mostly on the rail. Because we don't have trustworthy self-driving yet.

> but it is bad in that it requires an amazing amount of infrastructure to be built to make this work (tunnels everywhere).

Musk wants tunnels. I'm just talking about leveraging exiting rail, probably just during rush hour and leaving the rail for freight the rest of the time.

I mean, my plan is still impractical because it would require a major rail electrification project, building entrance and egress capability at each train station, and getting everyone to buy a commuter car to get to work. Still, we're a lot closer to that than to having everyone in a self-driving electric car running on induction-based grid power.

Comment Re:Trains (Score 1) 150

Trains are efficient on a cost-per-pound depot-to-depot basis... but the moment you want your trip to start or end somewhere other than a train station, or start or end at something other than the scheduled time, they suck.

Now, if we all drove little electric cars and - when it made sense - drove them onto a train designed to carry them - that'd be efficient. And once you're doing that, you can eliminate the train and just have the little electric car run off rail-provided power during its trip.

If the cars are small enough - can you say 'tandem two-seater'? - you could use existing railway track as dual monorails to instantly support travel in both directions simultaneously without laying new track. (There's still the electrification issue, of course...)

For most suburb-to-city commuting, such a system would be incredibly efficient; you'd get range and speed out of electric cars that couldn't be matched with current battery tech., and you'd get 'self-driving' that's essentially foolproof while following the rails without any advances in self-driving technology.

The rail system would even be more efficient, since it could be filled with almost bumper-to-bumper cars, optimally spaced based on time of day and anticipated traffic levels at each station.

Comment Re:Yeah, but all that will happen is.. (Score 1) 50

Only if my wife gets a deeper vagina.

More likely you'll get old rich people with suddenly youthful skin as they get theirs replaced when it starts wrinkling, sagging, and getting thin with age. And of course it'll be a massive (heh) boost for the breast augmentation industry.

But first you'll see replacement livers, kidneys, pancreases, lungs, etc. New bones for serious trauma victims, maybe to replaced deformed bones, too.

The real jump (not that these new technologies aren't already wonderful) will be when they can regrow and connect nerves reliably. When they can replace a damaged spine, or build a new arm... that will be awesome.

It's exciting to think that it's possible that within my lifetime the only thing that will be irreplaceable might be the frontal lobe of the brain... and maybe we could extend life quite a bit until that part starts to fail.

Comment Re:People really need to educate themselves... (Score 1) 270

I had a similar experience recently, but with diabetes: three months ago blood glucose was 310-450, A1C 10.5. I've yet to do my second fasting test (playing phone tag with doctor's office) but according to my Accu-Chek Connect cloud service, I've been under 160 for two weeks and my A1C should be in the 5.5 range now.

Metformin and a paleo diet is what did it.

What a shock it will be next week when I finally get that 2nd blood test and go to see my insurance company's required diabetic support group for the first time.

Comment Absolutely not (Score 2) 379

It should be positively encouraged. I also believe offices should be furnished with beds, so we can take a nap when we want. And we should all have an additional computer with an up to date graphics card and 4K monitor that we can install Steam on.

This seems reasonable to me. What say you, fellow programmers?

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