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Comment No Sympathy (Score 2, Insightful) 532

Ireland has similar rules too, including no indoors smoking in anything that could be called a workplace. This includes pubs, which had a major impact, as you can imagine.

I have no sympathy. Smoking is entirely unnecessary. People keep doing it only because they are addicted to it, not for any other positive reasons. It can go entirely without any objectively negative impacts whatsoever.

Comment Obligatory Pentax Fanboy Comment (Score 2) 160

I'd rather get a Pentax K-1 for half the price. Full frame, 36MP, image quality way up there, superior in some cases (particularly for static scenes using Pixel Shift), in-body stabilisation (doesn't need new lenses). Video facilities not as good, though: the K-1 doesn't do 4K but does do Full HD @ 60fps.

It doesn't do everything, but what it does, it does very well. Besides, why get what everyone else gets? Canon and Nikon are the Toyota and Nissan of camera companies. Boring. ;-)

Submission + - Seymour Papert 1928-2016 (

stereoroid writes: Professor Seymour Papert, mathematician, educator and computer scientist, died on 31 July at the age of 88. He was a strong early advocate for the use of computers in education, developing the theory of Constructivism, and was one of the authors of the Logo language in 1967. In the same year he was appointed Professor of Applied Math at MIT and became co-director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory alongside Marvin Minsky. In his later career he was directly involved with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, and his book Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas inspired the LEGO Mindstorms robotic kits.

Comment Re:Y Combinator experiment (Score 4, Interesting) 1052

What part of "experiment" was unclear? You might think you know what's going to happen, based on your jaundiced, deterministic model of human nature, but in a world of network effects and unintended consequences, we don't actually know.

One caveat I do have, personally, is that people should not get extra money just for having children. We don't want to encourage procreation for the sake of money. The world is overpopulated world, people should not hve children unless they can cover the cost.

Comment W10 On Probation (Score 1) 982

I'm expecting to have to support it, so I went the Insider route on a tablet PC I have that didn't work for me with Windows 8. Happy enough with the results. I haven't yet found a program that doesn't work. I even got a Windows Phone (Lumia 640) a year ago, because I was bored of Android. That's running W10 too, and I haven't regretted it. (The "no apps" whining is largely bogus: half or more of the apps people complain about Windows Phone not having are basically websites in app form: just use the mobile website instead.)

I've supported Windows Server systems for years, and long wondered when someone was going to do an Internet-based Single Sign-On (SSO) service like a Windows Domain. That's basically what M$ did, though understandably feature-limited. No "roaming profiles": too bandwidth-intensive, and it might not be necessary in a "cloud" world.

I consider Microsoft to be on "probation", how they behave will determine whether I stick with Windows. From a career point of view, I might even go for W10 certification, just to be ahead of the curve - it wouldn't be a major pain to do, in my opinion. If they screw it up, I can still get work done on Linux. I'm not so "invested" in Windows that I would get upset either way.

Comment Re:...and... (Score 1) 346

OK ... and what drives a hydroelectric power plant, then? It also uses "fuel", in the form of the gravitational potential energy of water. Which it gets for free, essentially. You can even use "spare" power from e.g. intermittent wind power to pump more water in to the dam (pumped storage).

Besides, plants and animals don't get their fuel from sources that were formed deep underground over millions of year.

Comment (Open)Processing (Score 1) 414

I'm playing with graphics stuff at the moment, and so I want a language that makes graphics easy. There are dozens of languages that can happily puke text stuff out on the console, but which make you reinvent the wheel if you want to throw some shapes. There's even a web-based system, for it, OpenProcessing.

Comment It's Warped (Score 1) 406

I remember trying ti buy a train ticket at the Charles de Gaulle airport station after flying in, in 2005. The queues were horrendous, and then one of ticket machines crashed, and all the people in queue swore and walked away. Except for me, since I recognised that the machine was running OS/2 Warp. By having the patience to wait a couple of minutes for it to reboot, I effectively jumped the queue. It took only three tries to get the machine to accept my credit card ... I hope their systems are a bit better today.

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