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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Carewolf Re:What is critical thinking? (480 comments)

IMO, the fact that the establishment is the establishment should be reason enough to subject them to constant questioning and criticism. Nobody in authority should be able to do so much as fart on the job being expected to justify their actions -- in front of a jury if necessary.

Yeah, that kind of logic is what anti-science thrives on.

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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Carewolf Nonsense (369 comments)

The distortion is strong in that one. And now he must excuse his earlier brief glimses of reality.

Btw. Helvetica is a classic font that is more narrow and easier to read than Lucida especially on print, on a screen it is best with good hinting, which Apple's fontsystem doesn't do.

about a week ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

Carewolf Re:iMac? (108 comments)

Yeah, I'm wondering if they're going straight for 3D gesture and voice control type stuff.

They've already got the mind control covered.

It just too bad they made it work the wrong way. I would prefer a machine I could control, and not the other way around.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Carewolf Re:outsource your wedding (447 comments)

Really...with 1000 dollars you can already have a luxury wedding in the Phillipines. Plus, you are already on your destination honeymoon.

Yeah, but how do you get 200+ people there for the party, without the cost going up?

about two weeks ago
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Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

Carewolf Re:Our PC society will be our demise! (193 comments)

the news increasingly censors any opinion that would be against socialism or popular accepted opinions

I find it incredible that in the 21st century Internet-connected Scandinavia, there are no independent contrarian news outlets.

There are. Don't conflate Sweden with the rest of Scandinavia, and even if Sweden there are contrarian outlets, it is just that most Swedes pretend opions they don't like don't exits.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

Carewolf Re:Relative sizes (213 comments)

For speakers of Commonwealth English, 'a fourth' is American for 'a quarter'.

Did you buy that information for a fourth?

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Carewolf Not going to happen (547 comments)

That is not dead which can eternal lie, in unmaintained hardware burried deep in your organization.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Carewolf Re:Loosely translated: (152 comments)

Dolphin to Orca: Hey man, you need to get checked out. It looks like you blew a seal.

Orca to Dolphin: Nope, it's just ice cream.

Are you sure you are not confusing it with a sperm whale?

about two weeks ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

Carewolf Helicoptor (151 comments)

Does a helicoptor count? If not, why not?

about three weeks ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

Carewolf Re:Yet "intelligence" genes have little effect (154 comments)

Yeah. And as I remember the twin tests from a decade ago, they did show genetics played a large role in how well the kids did in early school, but by the time they twins were 18, the environment was a much bigger factor. In other words the article here has it backwards. Genes doesn't predict intelligence in adults very well, upbringing does, but what genes do predict is how easy a time you will have in early school, which may help you if you have bad school. However, if you don't have an easy time early in school, know that, by the time you are out of school and university, the genes doesn't matter as much as how hard you worked (and how good schools/parents you got).

about three weeks ago
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Bugzilla Bug Exposes Zero-Day Bugs

Carewolf Headline does not match subject (34 comments)

So you can register an account with an email from another domain? Still I know of no-bugzilla where security bugs are allowed to be seen by everybody from a certain domain. They are allowed to be seen by certain number of emails, and since they are already registered, you can't create a new account with one of those.

So, not really that much of an issue unless you have really wide permission to everybody from specific email domains.

about three weeks ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

Carewolf Re:Serving staff (126 comments)

So can we expect all the junk food emporiums to now start recruiting fatties to serve their customers?

Sound reasonable. Though with the current overweight ratio in America.. Don't they already by simple stastical chance?

about three weeks ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

Carewolf Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (365 comments)

The importance of this is underestimated. With a sanely written C++ program (merely sticking to the modern approaches) memory and resource leaks are a thing of the past, but you still get the completely predictable and deterministic resource management of C.

Unfortunately, you can't use any of that in the kernel [overloading create/destroy new/delete operators won't cut it]. Spinlocks, rwlocks, RCU, slab allocation, per cpu variables, explicit cache flush, memory fence operations, I/O device mappings, ISRs, tasklets, kmalloc vs vmalloc, deadlocks, livelocks, etc. are the issues a kernel programmer has to deal with. Nothing in C++ will help with these and some C++ constructs are actually a hindrance rather than a help.

For instance, copy constructors must be disabled. This was part of a proposal a few years back to make a C++ subset suitable for realtime/embedded. It isn't acceptable to have "x = y" invoke an unexpected amount of code simply because you inadvertantly invoked a copy constructor.

Kernels by their nature are messy. Anybody writing kernel code must be fully aware of the implications of doing something and must be aware of the state they're being called in. Abstraction just makes this job harder not easier.

For example, all kernel code must be compiled with -mno-red-zone because of the threat that any base code could receive an interrupt at any time [even between 2-3 machine instructions that comprise the red zone setup code].

Linux already does a pretty fair job of keeping things clean. If you don't believe that, actually go read the kernel source code. And, if something ends up being crufty, it gets cleaned up. Even if that means that some 100 or so modules need corresponding changes.

As someone who have tought kernel programming and C++ at the same time, I call bullshit on all of that.

Overloading allocation is exactly one of the useful features of C++, and copying is no different than on C. You can in fact even explicitly disable copying or explicitly enforce default copying in C++11. Things that is error-prone and boiler plate code in C is easy in C++. As for memory barriers and all that, C++ is again no different from C. Usually you use compiler extensions or assembler for kind of feature, but it is much easier in C++ where you can create templates and wrappers do use all of this correctly, convientenly and safely.

The abstractions of C++ makes handling most kernel issues easier, but it does require more skill as C++ is greater language, this is also why it was great to teach students C++ by letting them write a kernel, they had to learn what C++ features actually did and which to use and what not to use.

Unfortunately C programmers are a religous sect at this point. The believe C++ is witchcraft because they don't understand it, and refuse to learn.

about three weeks ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

Carewolf Slash 2? (122 comments)

When did the slash get added, and why? Anyway it is just a cleaner modern verison of SPDY should be trivial to support for most browser assuming it is actually final final.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Carewolf Re:People I've seen don't upgrade Windows (554 comments)

Microsoft does not make money on making hardware obsolete, on the contrary, as long as it doesn't take them too long to support something, they make MORE money on supporting old hardware.

Unless they use only the version of Windows that shipped with the computer and don't buy a new version for use on the same computer. In my experience, people stick with outdated Windows until it's time to replace the hardware.

True, but I would give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt that they know how many on average upgrade, and can calculate whether it is worth to support or not. Since most cases where iOS or Mac doesn't support older hardware is increased defaults for fancy graphical effects, and can't imagine it is too hard for Microsoft tone down new unnecessary graphical effects, especially since fancy graphical effects has never really been their thing (and the extremely wide difference in even modern PC hardware means they still have to support some pretty shitty integrated Intel GPUs).

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Carewolf Re:Apple has no problem leaving old hardware behin (554 comments)

My Mac is no longer supported (hasn't been for a couple of releases) by OS-X because the CPU doesn't do 64-bits. It's not even 10 years old yet, and it isn't supported by OS-X.

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It was the first Apple computer I bought. It will be the last Apple computer I ever buy.

Apple is a hardware seller. They make money on leaving old hardware behind in their software. Microsoft does not make money on making hardware obsolete, on the contrary, as long as it doesn't take them too long to support something, they make MORE money on supporting old hardware.

about three weeks ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Carewolf Re:The problem with double standards. (292 comments)

Global Warming isn't a rational/scientific debate. If it was, the idea wouldn't have taken off as a result of Al Gore's film. That's not science, it's a popularity contest.

I'm not debating whether the science is there or not. I'm simply pointing out that the idea of Global Warming didn't take off because of the science. And Karmashock is right in saying that when in doubt (there is contradicting evidence for or against some event being caused by Global Warming) the Global Warming crowd goes nuts when people dare to question it. You need to be able to admit that not everything is caused by Global Warming.

Science is not well served by shouting down people who disagree with you. It's served by providing evidence to back up your claims and explaining why your opponent's claims are factually incorrect. Labeling people skeptics without actually proving them wrong is counterproductive.

What the fuck are you talking about?

The movie was a cash in on the already substantial interest and science in global warming. Stop lying, and start opening your eyes.

No need for profanity.

In my personal experience, there was no "substantial interest" in global warming before the movie. No one was talking about it. I never heard about it once in the news or mainstream documentaries in the preceding 20 years.

It might have been all over the place for people looking for it, but it wasn't mainstream in the sense that same sense that search engines didn't pick up popularity before Google came on the block (there were plenty of them before Google but your parents didn't ever mention their name).

So the Kyoto agreement never happened and was never signed by president Clinton? You were either a kid not watching news in 90s, or you are still lying.

about three weeks ago
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UK Copyright Reforms Legalize Back-Ups, Protect Parody

Carewolf Re:Also interesting for what they missed out (68 comments)

At least it's not illegal to [circumvent technical measures].

Yes, it still is. That's the point. Almost all of the theoretical benefits of these changes can immediately be nullified, because all the content provider has to do is apply technical measures and then breaking those measures remains against the law even if the copy would otherwise now be legal.

This is not America, there is no DMCA. Though there is a murky EU rule saying otherwise to placate the US, that rule hasn't held up in court and even if it did, any clearer law saying something is specifically allowed would overrule it.

about three weeks ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Carewolf Re:The problem with double standards. (292 comments)

Global Warming isn't a rational/scientific debate. If it was, the idea wouldn't have taken off as a result of Al Gore's film. That's not science, it's a popularity contest.

I'm not debating whether the science is there or not. I'm simply pointing out that the idea of Global Warming didn't take off because of the science. And Karmashock is right in saying that when in doubt (there is contradicting evidence for or against some event being caused by Global Warming) the Global Warming crowd goes nuts when people dare to question it. You need to be able to admit that not everything is caused by Global Warming.

Science is not well served by shouting down people who disagree with you. It's served by providing evidence to back up your claims and explaining why your opponent's claims are factually incorrect. Labeling people skeptics without actually proving them wrong is counterproductive.

What the fuck are you talking about?

The movie was a cash in on the already substantial interest and science in global warming. Stop lying, and start opening your eyes.

about three weeks ago

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The Wayland Situation: Facts About X vs. Wayland

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "With the continued speculation and FUD about the future of Wayland at a time when Canonical is investing heavily into their own Mir Display Server alternative, Eric Griffith with input from Daniel Stone have written an article for Phoronix where they lay out all the facts. The "Wayland Situation" is explained with first going over the failings of X, the fixings of Wayland, common misconceptions about X and Wayland, and then a few other advantages to Wayland. For anyone interested in X/Wayland or the Linux desktop at a technical level, it's an article certainly worth reading!"
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Too Perfect a Mirror

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Jeff Mitchell writes on his blog about what almost became "The Great KDE Disaster Of 2013". It all started as simple update of the root git server and ended up with a corrupt git repository automatically mirrored to every mirror and deleting every copy of most KDE repositories. It ends by discussing what the problem is with git --mirror and how you can avoid similar problems in the future."
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Vulcanic Ash Grounds North Europe

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "In an interesting story of weather and techonology. After a vulcanic eruption in Iceland. All flights in and out the UK, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have been suspended. Finland and Belgian is also shutting down airtravel, and the ash cloud is expected to affect airtravel in all of North Europe during the day. The reason the vulcanic ash grounds the planes is due to leasons learned from KLM Flight 867 in 1989, and British Airway Flight 9 in 1982, where vulcanic ash in both cases sandblasted front windscreen and shut down all four engines."
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KDE Announces Customized Sottware Compilations

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Following the succesful example of the world's leading operating systems. KDE announces that future KDE Software Compilations will now also be offered in multiple customized version to cater different needs. There is the Ultimate Freedom Edition geared towards users who prefer the ultimate in customization. There is the Dwarfed Freedom Edition, inspired by other desktops designed for midgets, aimed at users who prefers a more limited set of options, Finally there is the Basic Freedom Edition for users from outside the world of open source, this version will for instance fully enforce security through obscurity,"
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