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Comment Re:Just what the world needed most urgently... (Score 3, Insightful) 188

You couldn't be more wrong. New programming languages is exactly what we need especially as we approach the end of "Moore's Law" with the discrete type of fabrication we do nowadays. Sooner or later the world will realize that in order to build really complex software, on the order of functioning neurological networks or quantum systems, we will need to evolve the languages we use to describe those systems so that we can describe them quickly. The software we write currently is dogshit compared what we could be creating, and all these new LISPy functional languages are an attempt to move to the next level. Instead of writing 100 for() loops our languages will need to describe the exact same construct in a handful of instructions. Not machine instructions but language instructions. Creating really advanced software takes so long currently because our languages are primitive. Compare programming a 6502 in assembly back in 1980 to programming in Java nowadays. Using modern languages and compilers you can write code 1,000,000 times faster, clearer and more complex in the same amount of time. Software will never get more advanced without a massive paradigm shift in the underlying languages we use to describe systems that will have ever-increasing complexity, because you can't just squeeze out more lines of code in 8 hrs from the same humans, and you can't just throw more humans at the problem. We need to start coding much much "smarter", almost writing languages that just describe a system in very general terms, and have the computer actually do the "coding." Either way, the future will not be primitive imperative languages like C/C++/Java, but something far more declarative in nature.

Comment Re:...without sacrificing photo quality (Score 5, Insightful) 103

is a lie, it reduces image quality just in a way you cannot see visually

If you can't see any difference then the visual quality is the same. Don't conflate visual quality with informational purity. Claiming it's a lossless conversion would be a lie, but that's not what they're claiming.

Comment Re:Not surprised in the least (Score -1) 125

That's no excuse. We should fine them all, severely. That's money they should have spent on engineers anyway to solve the "impossible" emissions problem. But now, that money's been converted into environmental damage of unknown magnitude that will cost us an unknown amount of resources to correct.

Comment Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 150

I've used Hangouts every day for the past few years and never had a problem that wasn't IT related. Hangouts is fantastic if you use Google for email, photos, etc.. because all their products integrate with all their other products. It's really quite impressive from a software engineering standpoint.

Comment Re:Obviously (Score -1) 370

if you aren't creating new things, you're the first to go

This is exactly what the Republicans don't get, and why Trump's little dream of bringing manufacturing jobs to the US is stupid, because that holds true for nations as well as individuals. Automation is going to decimate these jobs, and we should let it. We should be pumping money into education, science and infrastructure so that the US can be the leader in developing NEW technology. Take the Carrier deal, for instance. Instead of paying Carrier millions to avoid automation, we should spend that money re-educating the workers so they can work on developing newer, better tech, better robots, better automation. Software, robotics, AI, and renewable energy are the direction of the future, but Trump and all his baby-boomer cronies are stuck in the past and think that just because it worked in the 50's means it should still work today. Meanwhile, every other tech nation in the world is catching up and will eventually surpass us while we sit around like dipshits building factories to manufacture more useless garbage for the world to consume.

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