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Comment Re: In other news (Score 1) 119

Another way of looking at it: if you have a team with a single, centralized repository, why waste everyone's disk space by distributing to everyone?

I like Git, and prefer its pleasant UI, but I can see there are definitely reasons people would use SVN. (I can even think of reasons a team would use Visual Source Safe, although that's more of a stretch).

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 512

That's a fairness problem though, not a problem with maximizing resource utility. True, if you had been born with a million dollars, you might turn out to be better at resource allocation than some people who now actually were born with a million dollars. But if you were really good at investing, you could start out with a small amount and turn it into a fortune.

Comment Re:MS used to ban people for useing there own hdd' (Score 4, Informative) 222

And the video game companies already lost the legal battle to prohibit people from using their trademarks as an unlock; if you make that the unlock, then you simultaneously give everyone permission to use it for that purpose.

Specifically, in the case Sega vs Accolade.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 512

Effective? Capitalism gives resources to those who do well with their resources. If you make a good investment, if you allocate your resources well, then you will make money and have more resources. If you poorly manage resources, your poor investments lose money and eventually you won't be around to allocate resources anymore.

Giving money to poor people is equitable, but it's certainly not effective at resource allocation. Poor people don't make capital expenditures, they consume which is an inefficient long term strategy.

Comment Re:Back? It never left. (Score 1) 206

Let's take your homeopathy example. Suppose your kid comes to you and says, "Crystals can cure cancer." Start by getting her to think in a scientific way, with questions like, "That's interesting. How would you devise an experiment to test that idea?" You want to at least get them thinking scientifically. If there a little older, you can ask her what experiments have been done to test that idea. This is really easy now with the internet. When I was a teenager my dad taught me to do research at the library, and it was a pain.

As for the 'definition of Pluto,' you can tell her that it's just a definition, and it doesn't fucking matter, you could call it a rose and it wouldn't change the actual physical nature of the object, and arguments over definitions are a waste of time, best left for potheads and morons.

Comment Re:Probably gonna need more... (Score 1) 272

...Scientists theorized that metallic hydrogen ... could have a transformative effect on modern electronics and revolutionize medicine, energy and transportation, as well as herald in a new age of consumer gadgets.

To do all that, they're probably going to need a lot more metallic hydrogen than was lost in the accident. So I'd suggest the scientists concentrate upon making more metallic hydrogen.

. Luckily, once they've solved the trivial problem of how to keep metallic hydrogen viable at room temperature/pressure they'll be able to use the almost unlimited supplies of metallic hydrogen available to help build more metallic hydrogen manufacturing equipment. Out of metallic hydrogen. . iow, don't cry over sublimated hydrogen.

Comment Re:If it wasn't for the draft (Balkans War) (Score 1) 107

maybe it was just the work of London freemasonry, wanting to cause carnage to please their Osiris-Lucifer idol with blood sacrifice?

Thank God I read to the end of your post and its chillingly rational explanation of the Balkans Conflict. Until now I thought it had something to do with the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the explosion of long-standing ethnic and religious conflicts hitherto suppressed under the rule of Tito.

Comment Re:You expect your car to safely drive itself on i (Score 1) 245

Did you buy a car with the expectation that it'll autonomously drive itself on ice-covered, twisty mountain passes safely, while you watch a movie and drink whiskey? I didn't.

Nor has anyone else yet. The point is that if I buy something which says it is a self driving car, then yes I would expect it to be able to do just that.

Whatever spin car manufacturers try to put on it, saying "it can cope adequately with driving on an empty straight road in sunshine" is NOT the same as it being self driving.

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