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Comment Re:Just what the world needed most urgently... (Score 1) 172

You do realize that LISP is one of the older programming languages, around for decades, and apparently, its popularity stagnates on a pretty low plateau?

To me, there is another reason why LISP would never gain popularity these days -- recursive. To be efficient in this language, one should be able to think and program in recursive which requires a complete understanding of what is to be done or the program could easily go into an infinite loop. Most newer (so called) programmers nowadays can't think or program it that way. Instead, they think and program more in iterative way. Also, recursive has a down side which is limited memory. In order to be able to program with limited resources, again, one must understand and have a complete understanding of what is to be done... Not easy to find that type of people these days...

Comment Re:CFAA (Score 1) 128

I mean, we use the CFAA for damn near everything? Why not this, where it actually seems to apply?

OK, an explanation could be found here on LA Times. You could also read below quote (from the given link) for the specific part of the answer.

At the federal level, prosecutors can use the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to target ransomware. But state prosecutors typically must pursue such cases under laws against extortion, or those that target threats to injure a person or property that have not been acted upon.

That doesn"t quite fit computer crime, Hoffman said.

"With ransomware, the threat has already been carried out," he said. "The data has already been encrypted; it has already been compromised. It"s more like data kidnapping."

At least one other state, Wyoming, has outlawed ransomware.

Comment Re:Ryan is wrong (Score 1) 157

...Not for low income people. It is free for them....

I think you are confusing regular state ID with state ID for voting purpose. An example is to look at Wisconsin state ID for voting purpose and a non-government site giving the similar information (but incomplete especially the header).

Comment Re:Most depressing thing I've read all week (Score 1) 139

The human mind is a MASSIVELY parallel computer, ...

No, human brain is NOT parallel computing. You may think that you can do multi-tasking, but your brain is actually switching tasks for you.

..., but its slow as shit compared to even the first intel CPUs when it comes to complex math

Even though it is not as fast as computers, apparently it is fast enough to make you think you are performing parallel computing. ;)

Comment Re:Will marriage still be a legal construct? (Score 1) 366

Why should that matter? You sound like a speciesist. If you went back 30 years, and asked Americans if they would object more to gays marrying, or robots marrying, I think the robots would win.

It does matter. Your argument is actually trying to pull in something else -- inferior feeling among humans -- which is not the point. I'm talking about living and non-living things. And as I said, if one day the human societies decide that robots are living organisms, then I'm sure that the thought would be changed.

Comment Re: More progressive stupidity... (Score 1) 366

Outside of obtaining a particular tax filing status and access to social security spousal benefits, what does it mean to be married? What is the difference between an unmarried cohabitating couple and a married couple?

Hospital visitation? Inheritance? These would come much easier with marriage status...

Comment Re:Will marriage still be a legal construct? (Score 1) 366

Change in attitudes can happen very quickly. A decade ago, a strong majority of Americans was opposed to gay marriage. Today, it is the law of the land, and even the most ardent opponents have mostly given up any hope of reversing it.

That's completely different. Two guys are in the same species. Robot is not even considered as a living organism. If one day they categorize robots as a part of living organism, then your example would hold.

If my neighbor wants to marry his Roomba, I will not object.

I don't have any objection either. It is not really my business.

Comment Re:How can they make money? (Score 1) 156

isn't it like 10 minutes or less from the strip to the airport? say 5 round trips an hour at $14 each round trip. $7 there and back for different people is $70 an hour before expenses. not too bad.

Nope. In reality, the driver app doesn't work the way you are hoping it to be -- allow you to pick up back and fort. Also, in reality, what you said may or may not happen at all. If it does happen, it won't be as often as you think; thus, you can't really make money that way.

Comment Re:How can they make money? (Score 2) 156

The drivers are making money. Try having a conversation with one sometime.

Not sure you really know what you are talking about. Also, define the "making money" when you answer this kind of question. To me, "making money" means the money your earning is consistent and significantly higher than a minimum wage after deducting all expenses involved in doing the business (car depreciation, insurance, gas, etc).

And yes, I did talk to my friends who are Uber drivers. Most of them made lower than minimum wage as a casual driver, and they are doing it for fun, not for money. If they really want to make money, they have to selectively go out during different surcharge at different places. Besides, they have to be lucky enough to get requests continuously. One of my friend who claimed that one night he was making money because he got around $260 working from 6pm until 3am. If you really think that it is "making money" for him, then you fail simple maths because that is close to a minimum wage after deducting depreciate of the car and gas.

Comment Re:My current phone has 2x SIMs (Score 1) 127

its the dual radio antennas that are being patented. Because adding more than one Antenna is considered "innovation" these days.

The patent they are referring to simply combines multiple antennas (2 or more) with multiple SIMs (2 or more). That's what Apple claimed as 'innovation'. It could be a new idea because it is not exactly dual antennas or dual SIMs. The innovation should be able to scale more than just 2 antennas and 2 SIMs at the same time. Thus, it is possible that the way to deal with these multiple antennas and SIMs could be different from dealing with dual.

Anyway, I still think that the patent technology is a bit too vague because Apple wants to cover every possible ways of innovation in this type now...

Comment Re:Oh please... (Score 1) 98

Nobody would review anything if they have an average experience because there is no excitement or anything to talk about. Only extreme experience would be posted especially when it is bad. Bad thing is more memorable than good thing, so people tend to post bad review more than good review.

However, there are those who are paid to give either good or bad reviews, especially in service businesses/industries, and that ruins good intention of the system. Sadly, it is very difficult to verify whether a review is real. Even if it is real (and usually a bad one), commonly people would not have hard evidence to prove the experience if it is a service type business (e.g. restaurant) because recording anything without consent of others being recorded could get yourself sued (in the U.S.)...

Comment Re:Oh fuck (Score 1) 244

They might say that, but that's not the same as Trump will do as they say. Trump said he will talk to companies and figure out why they aren't hiring American workers and then try to solve the problems. During his campaign, he already discovered one reason: regulations. It's much cheaper, faster and easier to just build a plant in Mexico than to go through regulations set by Washington. For all we know he is investigating which specific regulations, which works to push out companies.

I hope half, if not ALL, of what you said would come true. I will wait and see but won't keep my hope up. However, if he fails, I don't accept any excuses he is going to give; especially those that are pointing fingers to others.

Comment Re:Yet another result of decimated QA (Score 1) 256

OpenSSL has a serious vulnerability for 2 years and nobody bats an eye. Microsoft has a network issue for a week and the Linux fags line up to crucify people. What a community of hypocritical fuckwits.

OpenSSL, I believe, is free (and somewhat if not an open source). The vulnerability went under radar for 2 years because nobody publicly disclosed until then. The patch came out pretty soon after. On the other hand, Windows 10 is NOT FREE. Either you bought the OS before or it came with a device you had paid for. You could upgrade it from Windows 7, but it still falls into what I mentioned earlier. You are supposed to get what you paid for...

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