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Comment Re:Ah, the noble savage (Score 1, Insightful) 162

Yes, yes, humans 45,000 years ago were "bad" for the big animals, who knows, maybe they're the ones that turned the Outback into a desert, too; we're certain that humans desertified the fertile crescent more recently.

However, modern man is so much more capable - we're scraping the oceans clean, and if we stay the course, we can bake the entire planet into the biggest and most thorough extinction event ever. 100 million years from now, the intelligent descendants of cockroaches will study our culture and chitter gleefully about how they have risen above their pesticide spraying overlords of the early 4th billenia.

Comment Re:The "math" of AOCP very important in real world (Score 1) 165

On second thought, building web pages and "coding" in assembly or even C have nothing in common.

Oh, so true... nonetheless, in the 1997-1999 timeframe, guess who was the only guy in the company who could build a web page, or fix anybody's broken e-mail? The same guy who had been coding in C/C++ for the last 10 years, of course.

People who don't do IT, or web dev, or programming themselves view it all as one big mystery basket. Consequently, many people who "get into" one of the fields also think they're just like programmers.

Comment Re:The "math" of AOCP very important in real world (Score 4, Funny) 165

Such things are useful, even essential, well beyond the domain of research, in many areas of the real world of software development (coding).

Shhhhhh! We need monkeys to "code" the web pages, as long as they don't know the math code monkeys get grapes, they'll be happy with their cucumber slices.

Comment Re:Need more info - (Score 1) 171

Just as the PS3 was a Sony retail store in your living room.

It's the new model - we just have to decide if whether or not it's worth having this crap in our lives. Personally, I pushed broadcast and cable TV out of my life because of the advertising content, half the computers in my house already run Linux, if the ads from Microsoft continue to get injected into our lives, their entire ecosystem can go the way of our cable box.

Comment Re:IoT is already here. (Score 1) 142

What if your toaster could mine bitcoins and use the heat of the mining process to toast bread? Essentially free bitcoins!

This would be going down the same road as capturing heat from the air-conditioner in the hot water heater - it works well on some paper calculations, well enough to get installed sometimes, but rarely does the TCO work out for the better.

I mean, picture a three card crossfire video array setup to toast bread in-between the cards, toast slots on top of your gaming rig - now, how critical does the design of the crumb tray become?

Comment Re:IoT is already here. (Score 2) 142

Sadly, no, you cannot buy a decent full sized refrigerator anymore without it containing some (expensive to replace) microprocessor control "brain" - they're not all connected to the network, yet, but give that 5 or 10 years and the network ports will be present on all of them whether you pay for the option or not. Eventually, you'll be paying extra to not connect your fridge to the network (and, in some cities you already do pay extra to not let the power company "load balance" your major appliances to manage peak demand loads.)

Comment Re:*Up to* mumble-mumble bps (Score 1) 142

Thanks to the limits of physically available bandwidth, the bandwidth appetites of consumers for HD, 4K, 8K, 16K! streaming video and the ever-increasing population density of cities, your dream will always be just that: a dream. We will never satisfy all bandwidth appetites in dense urban areas with a ubiquitous, robust, single wireless solution that also works out in the boonies.

Just settle in and prepare for a confederation of wired, satellite, long distance wireless, cellular wireless, in room high frequency wireless, and other connectivity options all pushed by competing vendors (and, as compared to the telcom monopolies of old, I'd say that's a good, or at least preferable, thing.)

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