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Comment Re:Never. (Score 1) 158

And what if it is just what is just as it says. A way to save energy.
Optimizing the workspace is not a bad thing. Done right, it is win/win : more comfort for the employee, more productivity for the company.

You are probably thinking about the boss monitoring every movement of his employees in order to punish them later if they take too many breaks. Truth is : the boss doesn't give a shit. In fact, the ideal employee is one you assign a task and forget about him until he gets back to you with the work done.
As an example, I know sysadmins who know exactly what people do on the internet. They know some people spend hours on the internet not working. Their boss know it too, they don't care as long as the work is done and that this activity doesn't endanger the network in some way.
In my own work, I happily go on non-work related sites all the time, with my own session. And yes, they are watching, and I never had any problem. Only once I visited a site that was considered a security threat and they got back at me asking me if I did it willingly, I said yes, explained why, and it stayed there. It wasn't a very good reason but at least, they knew it wasn't malware or an intrusion and it is all they needed to know.

Comment Re:Missing information (Score 1) 357

Just as an aside, I thought the turn right on red idea was crazy and dangerous when I first heard about it. It really isn't though, and it works quite well.

Coming from Europe, I had the same experience.However, it may be in part because streets tend to be much wider in the US. So in busy intersections, the rightmost lane is almost like a right turn only lane. Fast moving cars can usually just pass you on the left.
In Europe, many signaled intersections only have one lane each way, with blind angles and traffic arriving quite fast. When traffic is slower and when there is more space, roundabouts are preferred. There is also significantly more variety, not all crossings are the typical right angle cross.

Comment Re:256m3 (Score 2) 335

256m3, quadtree, it is weird. maybe it is 256m2 squares with 1m height resolution.
With such confusing specifications, bugs are to be expected. Furthermore, this problem sounds a lot like premature optimization. And look at our world, we can't do anything without being overwhelmed by side effects. The creator certainly has good intuition but he is a lousy coder. I'd hate to work with him.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 328

If you argument that coding is meaningless because it will be automated, you probably don't understand what lies behind coding.
What a programmer do is convert vague ideas into something well defined so that the computer can understand. For example the customer will ask for a calculator with number buttons and operators. The programmer will break the problem in small pieces and deal with the details like how the numbers should be stored, what happens when a number overflows, etc... This kind of thinking is independent of the language or code generator.
And programming languages just happen be very effective for this kind of work. User friendly code generators exist and will certainly improve but they are typically limited to a narrow scope. To use the more versatile tool, you start running into the same problems coders have, and soon enough, you will actually want to write code.
Learning coding at a young age, can, I think, teach problem solving skill that may become useful in many fields.

It's like saying that foreign languages will become useless with automatic translators. That's forgetting the part about the culture and mind opening that goes with it. Of course, I also think that replacing foreign language with coding is retarded. The only thing the have in common is the word "language".

Comment Re:and you retards believe in it! (Score 1) 138

The main reason not to take LSD is that it can drive you insane. It is unlikely but the risk is non-zero, especially if you have predispositions to schizophrenia.
It is a substance that can change your life for the better or for the worse, or just give you an enjoyable trip. From what I've seen, the outcome is more likely to be positive, especially if you do what you can to minimize the risks. However the risks are real, and LSD is mostly unpredictable.
And while LSD is not toxic and not addictive, you really need to make sure that what you are taking really is LSD. Due to its potency, adulterants shouldn't be a problem. However, common substitutes like 25I-MBOMe have been linked to several deaths.
That being said, if you minimize the risks and take a moderate dose the most likely scenario by far is a mostly inconsequential good trip.

Comment Re:So, an LSD trip is like, bad TV reception? (Score 1) 138

I think we can model this as an exponential decay.
As in : the molecule has a 50% of coming out loose and being eliminated every 6 hours.

They sure, some molecules will stay in for much longer than the duration of the trip but after a few days, nothing significant will be left, and after maybe 2 weeks, there won't be a single molecule left in your brain.
There are mentions about some kind of "afterglow" lasting a couple of days after a good trip and sometimes subsequent "flashbacks". However, I think they are more likely to be an effect or memorization rather than some of the substance staying in your body.

Comment Re:Placebo? (Score 1) 138

It depends on the dosage.
With very small doses the effects are not that strong. It is more about slightly altered perception than full-blown hallucinations. Colors may become more vivid, you notice small things that you haven't noticed before, etc... You can get the same effects with a placebo. Even experienced trippers can be fooled, at least to some extent.
And the summary explicitly mentioned small doses.

Of course, at high doses, there is no way you are going to say you had a placebo if you were given the real deal, though the opposite may be possible if you are naive.

Comment Re:Depends (Score 5, Informative) 138

There are different kinds of hallucinogens. They usually fall into 3 broad categories : dissociatives, delirants and psychedelics.
- Dissociatives disconnect your mind from your body, causing things like out of body experiences, makes you feel light, etc... Ketamine and PCP are dissociatives.
- Delirants cause hallucinations that are indistinguishable from reality, no matter how strange they are. Making you talk to imaginary people, see monsters, etc... Datura as well as many plants associated with whichcraft are delirants. These effects are rarely enjoyable so these substances are not considered drugs of abuse.
- Psychedelics cause you to "see things differently". While the hallucinations are convincing, you are usually fully aware that things aren't as they normally are. Technically, they are pseudohallucinations. Common effects include light tracers, distorting shapes, divine revelations, etc... LSD, DMT and psylocibin mushrooms are psychedelics.

tl;dr : people under LSD know they are hallucinating.

Comment Re:I'm pretty sure you're full of crap. (Score 1) 93

Another *wow*. Do you realize how vanishingly small the percentage of people is that are willing to pay more for a slower ride, just to avoid security?

Total time, the train is often faster (depends on the distance of course). Security is just one of the contributing factors.
The Shinkansen goes downtown to downtown. There is no need to arrive early, just enough time to walk to the platform before the train leaves, which is exactly the time written on your ticket. You can buy the ticket anytime, even a few minutes before departure if there are seats left, which is often the case.
And even if for some reason, the Shinkansen is a bit slower, it is time spent comfortably in a train, not waiting in line and running from place to place.

I think that if you go to Japan and travel there, you too will be willing to "pay more for a slower ride".

Comment Re:Danger?? (Score 1) 93

Stand the audience to a safe enough distance, and only on the sides of the tube.
If the pod fails to stop debris will go mostly forward, thanks to momentum.
In case of a depressurization, air will post likely rush in, follow the pipe and ram of the end, projecting debris in line with the pipe but not so much on the sides.

So must likely scenario if the pod hits the end of the tube at full speed and nothing is done to absorb the shock : the pods breaks the end of the tube, flying out like a bullet. Through the hole, air rushes in, carrying most of the smaller debris with it, travels at the speed of sound through the tube the opposite way, break the other end, and everything flies like out of a shotgun.
So you have a cannon on one end, a really big shotgun on the other end and nothing much on the sides, which are relatively safe. That's assuming there is no system in place to prevent this kind of catastrophic failure.

Comment This is not a decline (Score 1) 353

Microsoft is still getting more and more subscribers. Office365 is growing, not declining. It is just not growing as fast.

In mathematical terms, we are talking about the _third_ derivative being negative (the function being the money in the bank). For some reason, in the financial world, things aren't good unless you have an exponential growth. And to make sure the growth is unsustainable, it also has to be faster than any kind of inflation.

Comment Re:Correct title (Score 1) 73

I won't tell you who I'm working for but it is not an IT company, which is a good thing since the IT department is abysmal...
However, I think you overestimate companies in general. You know, you, as an individual, forget about things sometimes. Have you ever found something in house house you thought was lost? Have you ever forgotten to pay a bill? Have you ever missed a deadline just because you forgot about it? If you are a normal human, you probably ended up is such situations.
Companies are made of people, they make the same kinds of mistakes. It is even worse because people tend to join and leave the company, information is lost between as it travels the management chain, etc... Proper methods help alleviate the problem but it is far from easy. I've seen many, many facepalm moments, from companies that should know better, both first hand and in the news. And these are companies that are still alive and profitable.

So I think it is very possible for petabytes to go unnoticed, though I think a few terabytes are all what it takes for the bug to appear. And years won't save you, the older things are, the more likely you are to forget.

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