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Comment Re:Oh boy. Another scam. (Score 1, Troll) 69

1) The USA can just say "Give me that guy". And have his head handed over on a plate.

If he's handed over it will be after years of extradition proceedings, involving significant due process, which is the exact opposite of how you characterize it.

2) The nation of which you are national will not lift a finger to help you.

See above.

3) That a stupid copyright issue is the reason for all this. In this case.

He didn't burn a CD for his mom. He ran a huge organization with billions of visitors and tens of millions of dollars, with most of that coming from sharing copyrighted materials.

4) That and more means there is no place on Earth safe from the corporate greed propagated by the USA.

Yes, America invented greed. And copyright law.

Comment Re:eh (Score 1) 314

I don't think it is; the article doesn't say kernel, and ends with "Do you use any Linux-based operating system? Share your experience with it. What changes would you want to see in it in the next five years?" I mean inviting criticism of the kernel wouldn't really be productive I think, unless you are a kernel hacker yourself or a developer or sysadmin who has an issue with some technical aspect of the kernel that affects your work.

Comment Re:And the other end of the deal? (Score 3, Insightful) 274

What I find somewhat hilarious are the legions of resentful male developers who will complain for years that they are not hired or underpaid or overworked or not promoted or criticized or whatever, inconsistent with their true worth, because: (a) workplace politics, (b) human resources are idiots; (c) their boss doesn't like that they're smarter than them; (d) nepotism; (e) they don't have the right degree even though they're smarter than the PhDs they work with; (f) their coworkers undermine them; (g) etc..

But, the second a woman complains that she is unfairly paid less than them, these developers suddenly develop massive cases of amnesia and insist that their companies are true meritocracies where talent is universally recognized and rewarded, so obviously the accusations of discrimination against women are unwarranted.

Comment Re:Ok (Score 1) 274

"I'm in this exact same situation and no, the female developer is not more qualified or better at her job." Are you the most objective person to evaluate whether you or someone else is a better developer? "My reward is getting told that I'm somehow responsible for the entire world's ills" Dude, not getting a specific job is not being punished for the entire world's ills.

Comment eh (Score 3, Interesting) 314

I first ran Linux back in the mid-90's though it's been a while since I did much with it (maybe like 5 years). Back when I started it was 2 generations ahead of Windows at least, destroyed it in terms of performance and stability, and was just a lot more fun to use. Fast forward to today and any lead has pretty much evaporated. Recently when I got too annoyed at how slow Windows 10 was running on a cheap laptop I picked up (4 gigs of RAM, AMD a4-6210 and a SSD), I decided to replace it with Linux and was honestly pretty underwhelmed. Performance was about the same, and this was a Linux Mint distro running XFCE with bells and whistles turned off. It was still sluggish to the point that it was annoying. The user experience was pretty much identical to what I remember from 10 years ago. Honestly, if I installed a 10-year-old distro it would probably scream. I'm not a programmer so not sure what could be done at this point; even Torvalds has admitted the kernel is bloated, and as a user it seems like the graphics system is just an increasing number of layers, managers, and toolkits piled on top of each other.

Comment Puritans. (Score 1) 399

Anti-vax, anti-gmo, and anti-promiscuity, are all driven by the same moral imperative of "bodily purity". If you are the kind of person who puts a high value on purity (a puritan) then you are likely to subscribe to one or more of those views. People on the left are drawn to anti-gmo because it fits in with the environmental movement, people on the right are drawn to anti-promiscuity because of its religious links. Anti-vax tend to be from the left because it fits the "big pharma" narrative but the politics is not as clear cut as the other two forms of puritanical nonsense since anti-vax and some religious beliefs go together like ham and cheese..

Comment Re:Duh! (Score 1) 399

Excellent post, may I add that Science is not an axiomatic system, the closest thing to an axiom in science are the fundamental forces and space-time. We can describe their behaviour in exquisite detail but have no idea why these things exists or what they are, you just have to accept they exist and are part of the universe.

That's what happens when you follow the "why" questions all the way to the bottom (reductionism), you end up at a point where you just have to accept some things exist on face value because nobody has a clue as to why they exist. Finding such a rare and valuable clue will not help with the philosophical problem for the same reason "finding god" won't help, it will just push the "why" question one level deeper.

Comment Re:Emotion vs Logic (Score 1) 399

I like the comparison to a neural net. Experience is the accumulated summary of events we have processed over time, we don't remember the entire event we remember tiny snapshots that leave us with an impression. The snapshots we remember are those things that triggered a release of adrenaline (I read it and my blood boiled) or endomorphs (I heard the news and was so happy I could cry). None of this means our impressions are wrong, it just means they are not as reliable as we would like to think.

As for FB, one of the greatest benefits of modern social media is that politicians are now finding it extremely difficult to get away with telling different groups different stories in different locations. For example they cannot tell farmers they are anti-fracking and tell miners they are pro-fracking, these groups are now easily able to compare notes and spot the sycophantic contradictions before someone is elected.

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