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The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

CODiNE Re:Maybe... (195 comments)

Nice story thanks. :-)

2 days ago
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The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

CODiNE Re:Maybe... (195 comments)

Don't worry I've seen Zardoz. :-)

I feel the idea that immortality = boredom is way off for several reasons.

#1 Death isn't everyone's motivation to do things. Sure it works for some people, but those people should pause before throwing around such blanket statements.

#2 Shades of the "everything has already been invented" thinking. The idea that we'd run out of things to do. That's hubris. Seriously that's "Watch me predict the entire future of humanity right here in 10 seconds" kind of thinking.

#3 Motives? Do people who find this idea attractive enjoy a bit of "see! You can't be right!" schadenfreude when discussing this with religionists? It seems a bit of a reactive secular theology or philosophical trolling.

But really most speculations and predictions tell us more about the people who pronounce them than the future.

3 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

CODiNE Re:Spock is awesome (880 comments)

Like recent research into sociopaths, Vulcans have the ability to turn off their emotions... we like to think they don't have them all, but deep inside it's all lumberjacks pressing flowers and putting them in their hair.

That explains the urge to kill.

3 days ago
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The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

CODiNE Re:Maybe... (195 comments)

That says more about you than the nature of a being that doesn't die.

3 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

CODiNE Spock is awesome (880 comments)

He's a moral sociopath. An excellent example of a kid without regular feelings of empathy and love raised with good principles that allowed him to be a benefit to society and those around him.

Unlike Dexter where they had to cop-out and fall back on the typical "people can't change who they are" crap.

As crazy as it sounds, Spock is a role model for some of us less emotionally endowed.

3 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

CODiNE Re:What did they expect? (182 comments)

Not only that, they are using completion to rate success. I disagree.

I took the massively parallel computation course online somewhere... It was great, I got a basic understanding of CUDA, compute units, transferring data, running carefully designed and constrained code on it, I learned about memory access issues and ordering data so it can be easily streamed. Etc

To me that was extremely valuable information. I did not complete, stopped about halfway because I didn't need to learn it in depth and I don't plan to specialize in that.

However now I know what kind of data the GPU can process, the basic workflow for doing that and approximately how much time it would take me to get up to speed and make something using that if I needed to.

I feel the course was a success to me, but to them I'm a failure statistic. Perhaps a large percentage of their students are joining classes without the intention of completing them and they need to reevaluate where their value lies to different users.

4 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

CODiNE Re:Who would have thought (193 comments)

I also wonder if this test included turning from and into one way streets.

Recently I actually turned into the wrong way while making a left from a one way to a 2 way street.

O_O
Not cool. That's very easy to do when you're circling a block looking for parking with one ways and two ways all mixed up.

5 days ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

CODiNE Training (485 comments)

Another problem is that these busses often have very high voltage on their batteries requiring special certifications to work on them.

about a week ago
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3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

CODiNE Re:Standing Desks? (155 comments)

Eh I did my own with IKEA shelves. Two 8 partitioned KALLAX shelving units with a wide board suspended between them. Found a treadmill on Craigslist for $80, whipped up something to hold my wireless keyboard/trackpad with the handles. It's holding up 2 x 27" screens and I can comfortably walk and type several hours a day.

Not bad for $210.

about a week ago
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How Astrophysicists Hope To Turn the Entire Moon Into a Cosmic Ray Detector

CODiNE Re:By that logic (74 comments)

Oh yeah?? Well your GRANDMA is a visible light detector every time anyone looks at her!

about two weeks ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

CODiNE Re:Why buy American? (249 comments)

Yes but remember that programming is mostly about eliminating other jobs. So it does have a cannibalizing effect but in general everybody else has it much worse.

about two weeks ago
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Willow Garage Founder Scott Hassan Aims To Build a Startup Village

CODiNE Not really (62 comments)

I'm working at home and I think it can easily lead to burnout. I need to figure out some kind of mental partitioning scheme. PLUS being surrounded by workmates 24/7? Yikes.

I know startups aren't exactly paragons of balanced living, but burnout is already a problem with them. Perhaps the physical use of space will help avoid it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

CODiNE Duck typing (728 comments)

Yeah with Javascript being such a huge language these days a lot of youngsters don't know how entirely bizarre and hackish it's type system seemed back in the day.

"Huh? NO type?? You just slap things on it?? But, but, what about classes??"

about two weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

CODiNE Re:Deblasio has been working hard (170 comments)

Some smaller police departments give out trading cards of the officers to kids.

I remember it was pretty hard to get them as each officer only gave out his/her own cards at parks and schools. Still I managed to acquire one of only two known complete sets from my hometown when I was a kid.

Forcing positive social interaction can help lessen the "us vs them" mentality. Plus officers get a sense of pride if people know them by name and care more about their reputation.

about two weeks ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

CODiNE Re:Which Invasion? (205 comments)

Isn't it a show of power to be able to blatantly lie and yet nobody calls you on it?

If global leaders know exactly what you're doing and can't simply say it in public, does that not show fear?

about two weeks ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

CODiNE Re: Recently sighted... (212 comments)

Let's not forget her battle with the possessed one. And what would an unknowing bystander think was going on?

about two weeks ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

CODiNE Recently sighted... (212 comments)

Reports are coming in of a girl riding on the back of a giant wolf, apparently hunting large boar with a spear.

about two weeks ago

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