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Comment Automated driving should summon Darwin (Score 1) 198

I am fed up with the "lesser evil" solution of killing the less amount of people by self driving cars. i.e. the proposition is that if there''s one passenger in the car and three people are crossing the street and the car options are to ram the pedestrians or fall to a cliff killing the passenger, then the second option should be taken because it preserves more lives. Wrong. The system should choose to kill the dumbest. If the three people are jay walking on a highway and should not have been there, then there's your answer. Summon Darwin and ram the pedestrians.

Comment Just stopping by to say: Thanks! (Score 1) 109

I am impressed by all the sour bitching about RoR in /. If you tried, and cannot learn it, then programming just might not be for you. Granted, it might not be the perfect fit for everybody, but RoR has an impressive merit on the growth of the web. 10 years ago I discovered it, and the framework taught me how to structure complex business applications and back them with proper unit and integration testing. Today we run a company on the 6 digit revenue that is backed mostly by RoR. Thanks Daniel!

Comment Economic Implications (Score 1) 249

A part of modern Turkey's wealth was built upon what they took as booty from the Armenian Genocide.
For Turkey to admit the Genocide is not a matter of not having the courage to say "sorry" but a matter of facing the consequences of their actions.
Consequences that imply repair to the victim's families and borders to Armenia. That is why the negation of the Genocide is so important for the Turks. To the point they'll jail their own scholars if they mention it.
I am a descendant of a survivor of the Genocide. My great-grandmother who died at 96 when I was ~10, told me, and I now 45, remember clearly, how all her children, but my yet unborn grandmother, were killed in front of her and her husband eyes. She could later escape disguised in a carriage of dead bodies.

Comment cost benefit (Score 1) 233

If you are asking /. you might not be convinced, or worse, not passionate about it.
What other thing you desire or better yet, you really need, can be attained with the same amount of money, time and sacrifice that you'd pour in a postdoc?
Most people do not realize there's better ways to invest in time, money and sacrifice.
Some need to pay for the education and be chased with deadlines to learn and/or get something done.
If you must go for formal education, I personally find more benefit in studying something new I don't have a remote clue about.

Comment Install your own PBX (Score 1) 497

For a while (until the computer died) I used to run an Asterix server at home.
It let me do all sorts of call management, white-listing, black-listing, special automated menus, (you can even program an infinite looped one for them).
Call bridging, and petty much anything you'd like to do with an incoming call.
You'll need at least an old PC and one card to plug the phone line in.

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