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Comment The Change (Score 2) 13

For roughly 6 million years, there appear to be multiple species of up-right-walking apes who also partly lived in trees and had roughly the same brain-size as chimps. It was a stable niche. Lucy was one of them.

Then new type of "ape" arose around a million years ago that relied ever more on tools and larger brains. The leading theory is that the climate started fluctuating heavily in Africa around that time, favoring adaptability over metabolic efficiency, and this is where human-ness branches off of ape-ness.

Comment Re:Yay for sovereignty! (Score 1) 72

Yes, it certainly is "winning" to get nothing at all rather than a small percentage of some large number...

Now if it's costing you something, then sure that's a bad deal. But Apple is not costing governments anything the way film crews do who use loads more public services, shut down locations and streets, etc.

Comment How many ports is a lot to you? 300? (Score 1) 90

As long as you get to define "pro model" and "plenty of ports" then sure.

I guess it wasn't clear to you but the context is obviously laptops... and it seems pretty obvious a pro-model laptop IS the one with a lot of ports.

Or, duh, is called a "pro". In fact that alone would be definition enough for me, whatever laptop model Apple felt like attaching Pro to will have a lot of useful ports.

Of course, the topic was Macs, not just Mac notebooks,

The main topic was, not what I responded to. But then as we'll demonstrate in a moment you have no reading comprehension...

the current "Mac Pro" is the very definition of "not plenty of ports"

Well since you are obviously an idiot what's the point in saying anything further?

Mac pro ports:

"Designed with built-in Thunderbolt 2 (6!), USB 3 (4), Gigabit Ethernet(2), and HDMI 1.4 ports"

Who would not consider 6 thunderbolt2 ports alone "a lot of ports"?

Come back when you are substantially less retarded. I know I won't be waiting up.

Comment Re:Next Phase (Score 1) 365

How about a drone operator inform a property owner that he or she would like to fly the drone over the property, and explain why in advance?

I have a friend who has a drone he uses for photography... guess what, he does exactly that!

How many people would not yet you fly for a few beers and some cool aerial photos of their land? And even if they didn't want to let you at least you'd still have a working drone.

Comment Re:Shying away from OOP(s) (Score 1) 674

May be fine for small, isolated projects, but when you are dealing with a whole ecosystem of re-usable modules that can be recombined in any number of ways, internal consistency is just as important as 'my concrete thingy passes the unit test'.

From their perspective you may be creating an e-bureaucracy that only you or a handful of architects fully understand. It gives you the sense of power but slows them down because they can't grasp your "ecosystem" or libraries quickly.

And when they complain you perhaps tell them "be smarter and spend more time learning them, or quit so we can hire faster library grokkers".

That's how communism (or extreme socialism) viewed economic systems: factor everything into as few parts as possible (parsimony) for efficiency and consistency. You don't need 5 brands of peanut-butter like those market nations have.

It sounded wonderful on paper, but did poorly in practice (except for the top-level bureaucrats).

Sometimes reinventing the wheel is more efficient for humans than grokking and managing a Department of Wheels. Perhaps such duplication working is counter-intuitive, but hey, some things just are.

Comment Re:Shying away from OOP(s) (Score 1) 674

Another problem is that "method" and "message" are not well-defined (or consistently defined among proponents).

In many cases one has to first define "object" before "method" is defined, and method is part of one's definition of object. Thus, it's a circular definition.

(I suppose circular definitions are not necessarily wrong or erroneous, as one may define recursion as "something that uses recursion". But it will confuse the daylights out of a lot of people.)

Comment Well-factored [Re:Shying away from OOP(s)] (Score 1) 674

'Well factored' is, to an extent, a matter of opinion.

Indeed. And well-factored is not necessarily the same as "useful". I've made what I thought was "beautifully factored code" and patted myself on the back thinking how clever am I.

THEN the domain requirements changed, and went against the grain of my factoring, creating a mess. Parsimony can show you how to factor an existing abstraction, but says nothing about the future.

The most future-proof abstractions in my observation are bunches of smaller abstractions that can be discarded as needed: a set of little functions or utilities that can be glued together as needed or ignored as needed.

"Big umbrella" integrated frameworks are a disaster waiting to happen because they are too hard to unwind: it's all an interconnected ball of yarn. There is more annoying glue-work between the abstractions when using smaller abstractions, but they handle future changes better. It's better to live with more glue. Break big abstractions into parts that can be used independently.

Comment Read Again (Score 1) 148

I didn't say anything about voting machines. A really good way to rid elections is to know who all the voters are and lots of info about them, then to vote as a lot of them...

Or if you think about it, if you have access to voting system why not insert thousands of new voters so there's no possible conflict with real voters?

Comment Next Phase (Score 3, Funny) 365

If it's not legal to shoot down drones flying over your property, then people will take the next logical step of simply shooting the drone operators so there is no-one to complain... which is what I expected to happen when a bunch of morons started yelling at an armed 83 year old woman who had already demonstrated herself to be a crack shot at long distance.

Comment Re:Chinese Gov't Games? (Score 1) 266

I can partly agree, but their rapid expansion has also left notable gaps that are still third-world-ish. For example, their horrible pollution, and poor working conditions in e-waste. U.S. faced similar problems around 1900. It took a few decades to adjust.

(P.S. sorry for missing the "a" before "double standard". Modnays.)

Comment Nope (Score 2) 90

Lots of people thought a new Apple Watch was coming out at the beginning of this year. Nope! Apple will wait until they have a good set of updates for the second model - though the UI overhaul with WatchOS 3 makes the old ones even more useful and speedy...

I'm still not sure they will deliver a new Apple Watch until next year. No need to rush.

As for the phone, they have a relentless machine that's not rushing anything to market, just incrementally improving the phone year by year, with whatever can fit in with a high level of quality. That's not rushing anything. If they find something doesn't work well they just leave it out until the next model (as they have done in the past).

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