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Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 2) 374

The counter point, for me, is that's a very complicated way to produce the universe we actually live in. What is the purpose of the simulation? Is it to be similar to Conway's "Life", in which case why build something so convoluted, and why cheat as apparently the programmer did with 2 and 3?

If not, if the aim was to create sentient beings (well, me at least, I can't speak for you idiots), then, again, why create a system that requires fourteen billion years to actually produce them, with them being around for a mere 50,000, and each having a life span of (almost always) less than 100 years?

And if you're about to argue the universe was created ten seconds ago, well, no, because there's apparently information in it covering about fourteen billion years. To ensure the system is stable, the logic and current state has to fit that fourteen billion years AND has to be stable right now. One off-by-one error and the Earth will go spiralling into space, or get sucked into the Sun, or just disintegrate, or turn into a black hole for a split second, or...

I can explain why John Carmack created a number of "virtual reality" (Doom and onwards) games, but he didn't create some overly complex physics model, just the bare minimum to work for the observer. Our universal engineer, however, appears to have created this enormously convoluted system for no apparent reason. I'm not seeing the reason to assume intelligence when a more likely reason for the things you note is that our universe is more complex than you want to believe it is.

Comment Re:Make my words (Score 3, Insightful) 128

Slashdot did something similar in the early 2000s, and survived. That's why you have "Friends and foes", not a personal blocklist, which would be more useful.

It'll have little affect on Reddit itself, but might or might not succeed as a feature. If it succeeds, more power to them, because Facebook is awful, and Twitter is managed terribly and limited by its very nature.

Comment Re:Honest question: what is the best... (Score 1) 103

HP makes some decent Windows tablets around the $100-200 range, depending on screensize and built-in cellular broadband (3G, 4G, etc.) I have a Stream 8 and I'm very happy with it - alas it's discontinued, but the Stream 7 is still around. The only issue is a lack of memory, but that's not as noticeable on these devices as you might think.

HP has a good reputation for producing adequate hardware at prices that are not anything special. Whenever I'm in the market for computers that are just about good enough I generally check them first, so there's that.

Comment Re:With a non-stop stream of (Score 1) 320

It's very nice for 2 in 1 devices - laptops that convert into tablets. I don't use the latter feature often, but when I do it's a godsend. The same thing is why I haven't switched my brand new laptop to GNU/Linux yet, despite the latter being an OS I massively prefer. None of the major desktops that support the desktop paradigm (that is GNOME 2, Cinnamon, and MATE - both GNOME 3 and Unity go some way to avoid being that) are particularly touch friendly, and the concept of the UI switching modes depending on environment seems to be foreign to FOSS developers right now.

Other than that, and the ability to run Ubuntu command line applications, it's not much better than 7 and has a lot of downsides, particularly the UI latency which in some areas, such as the Start menu, is ridiculous.

Comment Re:A conundrum for small government (Score 1) 164

I'm sure some people who really think they are small government proponents will chime in here and claim they exist, but if you look at it on a macro level, so-called "small government proponents" usually just want laws they agree with, and not ones they oppose, and think there's something unusual about that position.

The reality here is that a State wants AirBnB type businesses to succeed and wants nothing to stand in their way. This isn't about empowering residents against supposedly totalitarian cities, it's about one entity deciding what the law should be, and making sure that law covers everyone it has power over.

Nobody is doing this because of a belief that city governments should or shouldn't have particular powers. They just don't want a city government to disagree with them.

Comment Re:I am curious if people think this is good or ba (Score 1) 164

Sure, because HOAs are famous for being democratic and accountable to the homeowners, rather than infamous for imposing draconian rules on members and being virtually completely unaccountable.

Oh, wait...

I'd like to see HOAs abolished, not given even more powers. Cities, at least, provide services and - given their role in planning - have every right to want to control what buildings function as hotels. HOAs have pretty much no responsibilities whatsoever, they have absolutely no need to regulate homes being used as hotels, they're just a way for neighbors to find ways to hurt one another. Fuck 'em. They shouldn't exist.

Comment Re: This is silly (Score 0) 322

It isn't. This is seriously a problem with politics, not technology.

PulseAudio, initially, had some bugs, and as a result large numbers of GNU/Linux users don't trust it (or trust systemd: yes, PulseAudio is seriously 90% of the reason Slashdot is full of diatribes about systemd - it was written by the same person, therefore is tainted by so-called neckbeards.)

PA, today, works fine. systemd had minor, really pathetically minor, problems in the early days but it works great and is a huge improvement on init scripts. There's no good reason to be upset about distros supporting both, nor on major desktop applications having hard dependencies on these technologies.

Sound, on virtually every mainstream distro, works out of the box and has done for the best part of a decade. It's just politically a sizable portion of GNU/Linux so-called neckbeards disagree with the choices of software used to provide sound.

If this sounds silly, that's because it is. Something doesn't work? Don't blame you if you don't like it, or if you get pissed wasting hours trying to get it to work. But boycotting something ten years later, long after it's become a proven technology, because it once didn't work is absurd.

Comment Re:Harrison Bergeron (Score 1) 151

This is not a lawsuit, it's a criminal investigation. It's a criminal investigation because law enforcement believes that the perpetrator performed their act with the intention of causing a seizure to a specific victim.

What you're arguing is the equivalent of someone defending a violent felon beating a baby to death with a baseball bat by arguing somehow that this impedes your right to use baseball bats for anything at all, and that really it's the baby's fault for being weaker than everyone else.

No, you can't do that. You cannot perform an act knowing it'll cause serious physical harm to someone specific (except in self defense) no matter what technology you choose to use, and justifying it because, hey, the technology allows it, and evolution amirite, is repugnant.

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