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Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 367

People died while being locked in cars.
Two examples are : car fallen in the water, and people sleeping in a car while owner and friend locked it. The owner came back after a long hot weeken, his friend was dead inside.
Double lock is a dangerous feature.

Came here to say that. Doesn't need a long hot weekend, just a hot morning can do it (aided and abetted by a little alcoholic dehydration . . .)

I have an emergency glass-breaker hammer hammer in my glove box for this situation.

Submission + - House Science Committee Tweets Climate-Change Denying Breitbart Article (

xtsigs writes: On Thursday, The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted a misleading article published by Breitbart about the state of the global climate.

"Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists," the tweet read, citing an article from The Daily Mail. Apparently, the portions of our government responsible for overseeing public funding for science are getting their information from tabloids.

Senator Bernie Sanders responded to the tweet, asking, "Where'd you get your PhD? Trump University?"

Comment Re:Could somebody summarize the summary? (Score 1) 220

That summary reads like an article. Since I rarely RTFA, why would I want to read the summary?

That's irony/sarcasm, right? Because reading, critical thinking, and emitting reasoned discourse is what all this is about.

One of the main problems is the Web 2.0 system. Either you have a feed and get every short comment as it comes -- but that's if you want to context switch for every single one-line comment. Otherwise, you read a web page, and once you're done you're not going back, even if an interesting comment comes in a few seconds later. If you come later to the party, you get to read all the good comments, but no-one will read yours. StackExchange is a little better than that, in that people involved get a note that a comment has been made (but unless I've missed something, I can't select a topic I haven't participated in so that I get all the updates).

I am nostalgic for the days of News, where you selected a general topic, killed threads or subthreads that did not interest you, pre-selected ones that did, and expected pages of text in an article, addressing one by one each point made in the previous article, and expected people to reply. That type of discourse has migrated to mailing lists . . . wouldn't it be wonderful to combine that with social upvotes/downvotes/moderation?

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 403

Why the fuck would any Linux developer want to do this?

As far as I'm concerned, two reasons: First,because I'm developing cross-platform software, and if I don't have to reboot or go to a VM, bonus. Second, because Visual Studio is a fucking fantastic IDE compared to the IDEs available on Linux. KDevelop is alright.

If your application is linux-only, and you don't need it to also run on windows, then yeah, I'm with you. Work in the environment the app will be used in. However, their new ability to build for Linux from Windows, if it works well (and that's a big if), will definitely benefit me.

You know, I almost preferred the Gates-Ballmer Microsoft, because it was brilliantly maniacal. The new Microsoft is just a whining pathetic pack of halfwits who can't really even decide what direction their company should go. Sure, they may be more open source friendly, but so the fuck what?

So I get more tools and more options to work with? I mean, that's the entire benefit of open-source friendly. Why are you complaining about Microsoft doing better? You don't have to use their stuff if you don't like it, but why do you want them to be evil?

Comment Highlights from "scientific" paper (Score 2) 137

"If they do otherwise y are blamed," -- y was not defined beforehand, nor was x... But Y?

"for example the sort of actions which people in a prisoner-of-war camp have been force to perform." -- Use the Force! English conjugations are so freaking difficult!

"What sort of acts, we must ask, should be we call compulsory?" -- I didn't find the sentence in which he accidentally a whole verb, but I did find where the verb ended up!

"It is by reason of erroneous reasoning of this kind that we become unjust and in general evil, or worse, slytherins" -- Aristotle . . . was he in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw?

"for who would bear fardles unless the person who does not understand these acts involuntarily?" -- and some editors should fall upon their bodkins

"But that is a topic for another day." -- This is probably the only sentence which is good enough for a fourth-grade paper . . . not good enough to get a good mark, of course.

Comment Re:No, this seems wrong (Score 1) 69

There are pure grammar examples too. In English we use the personal subject pronouns "I, you, he/she/it, we, you, they". Note that using second person plural has replaced the second person singular "thee". That means that "You are the best" can apply to one student or a whole class.

In French, second person plural is used to be polite. That means that "Je vous ai compris" can apply to one person or to all the inhabitants of Quebec.

In Spanish and German, it is third person that is used to be polite, but in Spanish you add a word to signify that you are being (today perhaps excessively) polite, while in German you use third person plural.

What's my point? It's that when you translate "I love you" from English to French, you may easily make the assumption that you are intimate, and you arrive at "Je t'aime" instead of "Je vous aime", but when you translate "Ich liebe Sie" from German to French you should arrive at "Je vous aime", because if you are (extremely) polite in one language, then it should be the case in the other. Even worse, "Ich liebe euch" should absolutely be translated "Je vous aime", but it isn't . . . unless the correction I just suggested to Google Translate is taken into account!

Quite simply, using English as a bridge language can strip meaning that you need to make a correct translation to a third language.

Comment Re:Stop breathing! (Score 1) 559

Switching over to a low/no CO2 economy doesnt just mean shutting down coal plants. It means shutting down coal plants and building solar/wind/nuclear plants. Surely this counts as "economic activity".

Although I absolutely think being environmentally conscious is economically beneficial, that is the wrong argument. You're invoking the broken window fallacy. If I continuously break your windows and you have to replace them every time I do, there's a lot of activity, labor, and money changing hands, but you're not actually adding a positive value to the economy.

The valid economic argument to being environmentally conscious is that CO2 emission has a monetary cost. More extreme weather, effects an agriculture, etc. So even though fossil fuels may *appear* to be cheaper, it's simply because the cost has been externalized and we're paying for it elsewhere, but when you take those costs into consideration, a transition to renewables is warranted.

Submission + - NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) Sees Carbon Emissions From Space (

dryriver writes: Scientists have produced the first global maps of human emissions of carbon dioxide ever made solely from satellite observations of the greenhouse gas. The maps, based on data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite and generated with a new data-processing technique, agree well with inventories of known carbon dioxide emissions. No satellite before OCO-2 was capable of measuring carbon dioxide in fine enough detail to allow researchers to create maps of human emissions from the satellite data alone. Instead, earlier maps also incorporated estimates from economic data and modeling results. The new (OCO-2 based) maps show widespread carbon dioxide across major urban areas and smaller pockets of high emissions. Human emissions of carbon dioxide have grown at a significant rate since the Industrial Revolution, and the greenhouse gas lingers in the atmosphere for a century or more.

Submission + - How Stephen Wolfram Figured Out Interstellar Travel in One Night (

mirandakatz writes: "Arrival" hits theaters tomorrow, and it's heavy on the science. So how might an interstellar spacecraft actually work? Just ask Stephen Wolfram: he was deputized to figure it out. At Backchannel, he writes: "For the movie, I wanted to have a particular theory for interstellar travel. And who knows, maybe one day in the distant future it’ll turn out to be correct. But as of now, we certainly don’t know. In fact, for all we know, there’s just some simple “hack” in existing physics that’ll immediately make interstellar travel possible." Click through for the full (and lengthy) read.

Comment Re:VeraCrypt designer is an authoritarian idiot (Score 2) 75

VeraCrypt forces long iteration on shorter passphrases (>70 sec on my laptop, i.e. unusable), regardless of how secure that passphrase actually is. There is no way to switch this off. No response on a complaint. This and some other things lead me to not trust this person. I am back to the last TrueCrypt version that does not have this brain-dead and insulting limitation.

I agree with you completely, and it's the reason I'm still using TrueCrypt.

Secure high-entropy passwords aside, what the people responding to you don't get it is that the user should be allowed to have a more convenient, but more less secure encryption solution if he chooses. I have a short, low entropy password. I could write software that would crack it and it would complete the work in a day or two. I **know** that, and I don't care. I'm not protecting state secrets with it. I'm not worried the NSA will get hold of it. I just want the random person who finds my lost USB flash drive to not have immediate access to the data. Most people wouldn't care to crack it, from those that would most wouldn't know how to go about it. In the statistically unlikely case whoever finds it both wants to crack it and is able to, the data they'll find will be disappointing to them and not a big deal to me. Some of the things I encrypt are more for privacy than security.

Basically, any decent criminal can lock-pick my front door. I still lock it, and it protects against the opportunist criminal. That's the level of security I want, and it makes no sense to tell me I can't have it. They could just pop a big red and flashing warning when I first create the volume that says, "based on the password and number of iterations you've chosen the average desktop computer would be able to crack your encrypted volume in 32 hours. Are you sure you don't want to choose a more complex password?" At that point, they've done their due diligence.

Comment Re:Economic malthusianism (Score 1) 917

Before using the "Cry wolf" argument, please remember that in the original fable, eventually the wolf did come.

Maybe we'll take this next round of automation in stride, we'll adapt to the technology, and the economy will adjust. Maybe the cries of "Wolf!" will be just cries, again. But maybe not. To say that the cries of "Wolf!" will NEVER be valid is actually a bigger and harder to prove conjecture than that at some point the cry will be valid..

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