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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Alomex Re:Another value of anonymity (181 comments)

I know, so if i had been saying something even more controversial I would have posted it as AC. For the purposes of my previous posting pseudonymity suffices. For others I want full AC protection [say when uploading whistleblower files].

6 hours ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Alomex Another value of anonymity (181 comments)

It greases up communication. If I had to attach my name permanently to this comment, at best I would have to spend 15 minutes fully thinking out every implication of it, at worst I would likely not make it at all.

However using either AC or a pseudonym I can post my initial thoughts and let someone else support/refute some of the points using their own personal experience and knowledge.

One arrives to the truth much faster by collaborative debate than by solitary thinking or not posting at all.

8 hours ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Alomex Re:NO, all candy bar (540 comments)

The other thing they are missing is a long battery life cellphone which is also a smart phone. Here's what I mean: a smart phone such that when the battery goes low it switches off all smart functions and is left with just enough battery to operate as basic cell phone+bare bones contact list for two days.

3 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Alomex Re:surpising (168 comments)

Let's imagine Amazon runs a script and raises all their prices, every single one of them, by 1% Would anyone notice? Would anyone care?

Yes, as every one with retailing experience can tell you it's a cutthroat business with profit margins in the 1-3% range, so a 1% change is huge.

about a week ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

Alomex Re:Or maybe... (309 comments)

that all too often gets mistyped into

if (a=b)

about a month and a half ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

Alomex Re:Or maybe... (309 comments)

Why the fuck do we need more? Why does everyone feel the need to crank out new 'languages', when 90% of them are just derivatives of existing stuff and don't actually provide anything of value apart from making things that much more difficult for developers in general?

You answered your own question there. First we need things that are a bit more than derivative. But we also need a language that truly cleans up all the messes of the C/C++/Java family, starting with

if (a==b)

about a month and a half ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Alomex Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Careful since some of those teenagers choose to be unemployed since they live at home. Give higher wages and some of them might voluntarily leave the ranks of the unemployed thus driving total unemployment down. Around here it is very hard to fill McDonald's positions. Kids just rather chill out in the summer. I bet this wouldn't be the case if they offered 30% higher salaries

about 2 months ago
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Linux Sucks (Video)

Alomex Re:Basic misunderstandings and self-contradictions (293 comments)

I've looked into Wayland, and it really does sound like X12. Grab the parts of X11 that are still used, clean them up and ship them.The real question is as you say, why exactly did it take them this long? X11 was long in the tooth by the year 2000.

about 2 months ago
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Linux Sucks (Video)

Alomex Re:Basic misunderstandings and self-contradictions (293 comments)

It seems to be that his definition of "sucks" is "has room for improvement" ... Everything has room for improvement, so apparently everything sucks.

The point is we need people like him to remind us that certain things suck and need to be replaced (cough, X11, cough) otherwise we ae stuck with old badly architected technology for decades.

about 2 months ago
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Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

Alomex Re:Survivalists (131 comments)

This much I agree with. It will buy you a few months. Thereafter you better have a plan B.

about 2 months ago
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Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

Alomex Re:Survivalists (131 comments)

That hasn't really been the case since the invention of the firearm

I must have imagined concrete bunkers and pill boxes all over Europe.

A single person (or a few people) with a bunch of bullets in a reasonably well selected location

Erh, nowadays we have this thing called artillery. A band of marauders is likely to have availed themselves to at least one piece.

about 2 months ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

Alomex Re:Will computers ever be as smart as us? Briefly. (189 comments)

Sure, computers can do a lot, and what they DO accomplish, they tend to do very fast. But what they accomplish is not "AI". Even Watson is not "intelligence", it is only the illusion of it.

Since we don't have a clear idea how (human) intelligence operates the statement above is pretty vacuous, and likely not at all relevant.

Sure, cars do not "run" in the literal interpretation of the term, but for all practical purposes they are better than humans at "running". If we end up with computers that effectively outperform humans in most "intelligent activities" how they achieve it would be incredibly irrelevant.

about 2 months ago
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Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

Alomex Re:Survivalists (131 comments)

If civilization collapses a few rounds of ammo won't do you any good. Furthermore going alone is the worst plan ever. Band of marauders desperate for food would eventually over run you in no time. The closest thing we have for a guide was the medieval period in which fortified city states were created. Kind of like in Mad Max but each settlement would be substantially larger, in order to assemble a substantive defense force.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Alomex Re:Unstoppable? (784 comments)

Actually when planes stopped flying during 9/11 the temperature drop noticeably. The short term correlation between C02 and temperature is rather weak (this remains a Nobel prize caliber puzzle for whoever can explain this), which also suggests that rapid decreases could potentially be felt rather early.

Climate change is a reality and scientific consensus, long-into-the-future predictions of gloom and doom are speculations over which little is (yet) known.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Alomex Unstoppable? (784 comments)

West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable,

The "unstoppable" part is gratuitous and meant to create a sense of urgency. The melting is supposed to take place over hundreds of years, so if by some miracle of science we could reduce C02 production by 50% in 30 years, likely the melting process would stop. If only we had a clean source(s) of energy growing exponentially that could replace fossil fuels. I don't know something powered by either nuclear fusion on Earth or fission high above in outer space where it is safe to store a massive fission reactor from which we could collect energy in the form of radiation.

about 3 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Alomex Re:BMI is a lie! (329 comments)

Dude, the header is not mine. I wouldn't call it a lie. I would say "often incorrect".

about 3 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Alomex Re:BMI is a lie! (329 comments)

BTW you haven't posted health risks in future for the individuals by whose photographs you declared them non-overweight.

Neither have you posted the contrary. This is just a random request. Anyhow, I've posted links showing that waist to height is preferable and given examples how it is incorrect (estimates range around 5-10%). I'll leave it at that for those who are interested about the facts.

about 3 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Alomex Re:BMI is a lie! (329 comments)

Do you have an alternative ?

Yes, waist to height ratio which is superior. I posted the link elsewhere in this thread.

about 3 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Alomex Re:BMI is a lie! (329 comments)

I'm wondering if you're one of these of people who's in denial about being overweight? :)

Nope, my body fat percentage is in the lean range and this can easily be glanced from my waist measurements, apropos of which:

Waist to height ratio 'more accurate than BMI'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/hea...

about 3 months ago
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Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

Alomex Re:This may be crass but... (283 comments)

This may sound crass, but this is a problem that'll solve itself in a couple of decades,

Erh, if couples are having less than two children on the average, as indeed they are, the problem won't "solve itself in a couple of decades".

This trend will simply carry on for many decades with the population steadily dwindling. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since not long ago Japan had less than 60m people, but the skewed ratio ain't going away.

about 3 months ago

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