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Comment Re:This is a bit absurd... (Score 1) 223

My gods, programmers have gotten lazy. What's next, extra CPU consumption for bold text? The system slowing down every time it beeps?

Or, we could at least allow for the possibility that the behavior was unintentional. If you've never written a program that inadvertently spins a core rather than correctly blocking while waiting for the next event in the event loop, then feel free to cast the first stone, but I imagine most programmers have made that mistake.

Comment Re:The Lemming Society is pathetic. (Score 1) 385

You get five stars for being over-the-top judgmental and insulting -- apparently that's a requirement on the Internet -- but unless you have the time and money to see every movie, try every restaurant, etc, then you have to decide which ones to try and which to avoid based on something. What you're advocating is either making random decisions (which can be fun occasionally but also leads to wasting a lot of time and money suffering through crap), or making decisions based on other, less relevant criteria (such as which movie has the most competent advertising team, or which restaurant happens to be located in front of your eyeballs when your stomach rumbles).

If you want to make your decisions based on subconscious reasoning that you don't even understand yourself, go ahead, but don't blame others for trying to make an informed decision.

Comment Re:Poor business (Score 1) 385

The problem is that any given reviewer wont "mesh" with what *YOU* like. Or what *I* like.

That's the point of aggregation sites like RottenTomatoes. Any given particular reviewer might have tastes that differ from yours or mine, but if 999 of 1000 reviewers all say the movie stinks, then it's very likely the movie stinks. Sure, you might be the rare exception whose tastes are similar to the lone holdout, but that's not the way to bet.

Comment Re:So, it's not only the Russians that hack, huh! (Score 2) 110

Prior to this, I'd have thought America and especially its government agencies do not hack.

Why would you have thought that? Spying has been going on since pretty much the dawn of time. It's what spy agencies do, and hacking computers is one way that they do it. Being surprised that the CIA does hacking is like being surprised that the Army shoots people.

I guess I was wrong. What troubles me is that the media only talked about the Russians, yet the act was taking place in our backyard!

What makes you think this spying was taking place in our backyard? The fact that the CIA was installing spyware doesn't mean that the CIA was installing spyware on the property of US citizens. (it doesn't mean they weren't, either -- but as a matter of law, they are not legally allowed to spy inside the US)

Comment Re:All too true (Score 2) 266

Sayeth the noob who didn't think about how long testing the change would take...

Agreed that replacing tested/working code with new "more efficient" code does incur a re-validation cost.

On the other hand, that's also an argument for writing the more-efficient implementation the first time, rather than waiting until some later release. Since you know it's all going to have to go through the testing cycle at least once, why waste your QA group's time testing slow/throwaway code, when you could have them spend that time testing the code you actually want your program to contain? (Assuming all other things are equal, which they often aren't, of course)

The shortest distance from A to B is a straight line.

Comment Re:Good news! The grays do not want to eat us! (Score 1) 307

Many people think Trump is an idiot. He is not. He knows exactly what to say in order to make enough people vote for him.

A non-idiot would also know when it is time to stop campaigning for votes and start governing. (or, if his plan was to retain support by remaining permanently in campaign mode, it isn't working)

Comment Re:Berkley didn't do this to be jerks (Score 5, Insightful) 554

It was going to cost a ton of time and money to get all the material ADA compliant, and they would have continued to be in violation the entire time they were working toward that. So they did the only thing they could, and removed everything.

I don't know about the legal issues, but from a common-sense perspective it would make more sense for the captioning to be performed on-demand on a per-video basis; i.e. if a disabled student needs access to a particular video, he/she can request that it be captioned. The captioning is then added to that video and made available to everyone.

That way the ADA students get the captioning they need, and everyone else gets the benefit of the videos as well; plus the captioners don't spend a lot of their limited time captioning video that nobody will actually use the captions of; rather they spend their time captioning videos that actually need captioning sooner rather than later.

Comment Re:Recipe for disaster (Score 1) 149

In other words, you could push the most intrusive, malevolent, destructive code to a user's device at will with no oversight.

Isn't this also true for Javascript-embedded-in-a-web-page?

In both cases, the only thing standing between the user and catastrophic fiery death is the security of the execution environment -- either the sandbox keeps the malware from causing damage, or it doesn't. At least in the Apple Store case, the downloaded code is authenticated as coming from a known/registered developer, so there is some (slim) chance of them being held accountable for anything negligent/malicious they might do to your phone.

Comment Re:Nuclear (Score 3) 172

The issue with Wind and Solar is that they require large areas to be installed on (and power distribution, but I'll focus on the former).

That is an issue. Fortunately there are large areas available to install them on, both on land and at sea.

Progressives have been brainwashed by the Renewable cartel, just like Conservatives were by the Fossil Fuel Cartel.

Or, they realize that we'll continue to want to use energy long after fossil fuels are no longer practical to use, and are making sure we'll have the ability to do so.

Would nuclear plants help solve that problem? They absolutely would, but only if they get built -- and post-Fukushima/Chernobyl, not many people want them built; fewer still want to pay the huge amounts of money it takes to secure them forever against all conceivable failure modes. Is that "brainwashing"? I guess you could call it that; another way to look at it is that people have seen what nuclear power is capable of, and decided they don't want it.

I'd say that nuclear-fission power is in a similar position to fuel cells -- advanced technology with lots of promise, but trailing so badly behind the competition at this point that (barring some miraculous technological leap forward) it probably won't ever catch up and be competitive against other approaches.

Comment Re:ATM could sell you an adjustable rate mortgage (Score 1) 644

Only for the first few years, when you are paying the introductory "teaser" rate. Then the rates are "adjusted" upward, even if overall interest rates don't rise.

That's what I would expect as well -- however, when my ARM adjusted (in 2011), my interest rate went down significantly. I think it was an aberration due to the zero/near-zero interest rate policies put in place by the Fed after the housing crash, but that's what happened.

Comment Re:Bull (Score 5, Insightful) 644

Technological advancements can't result in long-term widescale job loss. Because if it does, the masses wouldn't be able to buy as much stuff, and it would reduce the country's net productivity, meaning a smaller pie for the rich to take their disproportionate slice from.

That seems like an argument for why it would be bad for technological advancements to result in job loss -- which is a very different thing than an argument for why they can't result in job loss.

If you think the individually-rational decisions of various companies will always guarantee a universally-positive outcome for the market as a whole, then you've never experienced a market crash or a tragedy-of-the-commons. The "invisible hand" is not an infallible guide.

because only a government can deprive people of freedom to make their own economic decisions

Another canard -- there's nothing particularly unique about governments in that respect. Any sufficiently powerful entity can deprive people of freedom to make their own economic choices, and private corporations also do it all the time. Read about the "company store" for miners, or the conditions in which migrant agricultural workers were (and are) held. It's no good to say "well, they're technically free to walk away whenever they want" if, as a practical matter, they do not have the economic resources to do so.

That freedom is what allows people to increase their standard of living - by individually choosing more productive activities over less.

And what do you do when there is no activity that you are capable of that is economically productive, because anything you could do, a machine can do better and more cheaply? Hope that other people will buy your (inferior and more expensive) products/services out of sympathy for your plight?

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