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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Crashmarik I hope it crashes and burns (182 comments)

It took a vengeful God to confound the languages of man the first time around. This time around we have gone into do it ourselves mode as everyone who wants to either segment markets, is too lazy to improve an existing language, or just wants a monument to their ego creates a new language.

Swift is little more than a potential attractive nuisance and it's hardly in Apple's (The great creator of attractive nuisances) to open source it. They want it to become as popular as possible without becoming universal. That way they will have the largest possible code base and developer base trapped in their system without easy ways to exit.

4 days ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Crashmarik Technical Merit really overrated (739 comments)

Of the winners in computing, those that won because of technical merit are swarmed by those that won for other reasons.

I mean just look at some of the match ups
DOS vs Everything else available ?
Windows vs Everything else
Microsoft office vs Everything else
X86 vs Everything else
ISA bus vs NuBus vs MCA
DirectX vs OpenGL

Technical merit only seems to matter when it completely crushes every other factor as in transistor vs tube, IC vs transistor, CMOS vs TTL.

about 2 months ago

SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Crashmarik 5 billion per launch already looking optimistic (132 comments)

Doesn't the old saying go "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me" ?

What is it when it is fool me endlessly ? NASA does not bring down the cost of space access period. The shuttle didn't none of their boosters ever have. If we get really lucky we get commercial enterprises able to do end runs around them to actually make a little progress.

Really we should have NASA do what it is good at, robotic exploration and high risk high payoff research. Let commercial companies do what they are good at mass production and perfecting technologies.

about 2 months ago

Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

Crashmarik Re:Godwin and wrong at the same time (109 comments)

virtually any other country? Read on...


Somewhere on the internet there is another nit for you to pick maybe next time a little basic English will help

adverb: virtually

        1. nearly; almost.
        "virtually all those arrested were accused"
        synonyms: effectively, in effect, all but, more or less, practically, almost, nearly, close to, verging on, just about, as good as, essentially, to all intents and purposes, roughly, approximately; More
        informal pretty much, pretty well;
        literary well-nigh, nigh on
        "the building is virtually empty"
        2. by means of virtual reality techniques.

The reason I used the word virtually was precisely because I didn't want to have a pointless argument about which country during WWII did the least to collaborate, or was the least sympathetic to the Nazis.

about 2 months ago

Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

Crashmarik Re:Yep. (109 comments)

Which country is this ?

The only one I can think of that hasn't started a war for monetary is Monaco, and that might just be ignorance on my part.

about 2 months ago

Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

Crashmarik Re:Godwin and wrong at the same time (109 comments)

If you mean sacrificing your life to defend people

Shortly after it was established, the military regime began to persecute the Jews of the Netherlands. In 1940, there were no deportations and only small measures were taken against the Jews. In February 1941, the Nazis deported a small group of Dutch Jews to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. The Dutch reacted with the February strike, a nationwide protest against the deportations, unique in the history of Nazi-occupied Europe. Although the strike did not accomplish much—its leaders were executed—it was an initial setback for Seyss-Inquart as he had planned to both deport the Jews and to win the Dutch over to the Nazi cause.

Another factor was the disbelief of both the Dutch public as a whole and the Dutch Jews themselves. Most could not believe that the Jews would be subjected to genocide and sent to death camps.[citation needed] This meant the Jews needed to hide in others' homes, but that was difficult especially in urban areas.[citation needed] It was also punishable by death. Despite the risks, many Dutch people helped Jews. One-third of the people who hid Jews did not survive the war.[citation needed]

BTW that was from your link, you might want to read up on it.

about 2 months ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Crashmarik Re:Occams Scalpel (962 comments)

Typically ?
How would anyone determine that ?

At this point we are into the realm of making crap up, I will stand by the fact that googling for news about violent incidents perpetrated on game developers by gamers yielded exactly 0 results. So when someone says "They are in fear for their lives" from gamers they might as well be claiming they live in fear of Sharknadoes.

about 2 months ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Crashmarik Re:Occams Scalpel (962 comments)

You seem to be missing the point. The claim in TFA is that a sufficient number of real assholes exist to make women's lives miserable, and that most men don't take it seriously or do anything to help. That is entirely consistent.

That's because it's a non point. There are enough real assholes to make everyone's life miserable.I am still not clear if she is complaining about office behavior or gamer/forumite behavior but either way there's big reality checks she isn't cashing.

If she is talking about office behavior what she is describing is completely mind bogglingly unbelievable. You could be the Axeman( oh lets be PC Axeperson) letting go an entire office/branch/corporate subentity and not get the kind of blowback she is talking about.

If you are talking about gamers/game forums, lol welcome to internet gaming. I can't count how many times I have had people tell me they would rip off my head and shit down my neck.

So when you say men don't take it seriously, you might want to add that men don't take it seriously when it's directed at them as well.

Speaking of Reality checks, I decided to do one,

You know how many news results actually had gamers assaulting or attacking developers ?
NONE !!!!!
NONE !!!
NONE !!!

If this woman is actually concerned about her safety it's likely she would be thousands times more effective, campaigning to improve driver education and road safety in her community.

about 2 months ago

Raspberry Pi Gameboy

Crashmarik Let me save the editors the trouble then (60 comments)

All the Raspberry Pi in a gameboy box stories you could ever want.

You have to wonder what the progression of these will be

Raspberry Pi does Coleco Football

Raspberry PI does Merlin

Probably not this

Seeing as people are still selling and making new ones and I am sure the people doing so actually guard their rights.

about 2 months ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Crashmarik Re:This leapt out at me (242 comments)

You need to see the movie. I highly doubt that the DHS used it as propaganda.

about 2 months ago

'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Crashmarik Re:I read the list of applications (115 comments)

Using lasers for freespac communications is already very practical and well solved, just look at this example

Yesssssh... just like computer networking, both wired and wireless, is already very practical and well-solved, so no need for anything faster than... 10Mbit, or 11Mbit, or 54Mbit, or 100Mbit, or... take your pick.

Really now, what are you smoking?

Actually you have an excellent example there. Networking/communication is much more sensitive to reliability issues than performance issues especially for long distance links. This may help you understand, ask yourself how many people who already have broadband will derive significant benefit from having the amount of available bandwidth increased by a factor of 10 ? Then ask yourself how many people would significantly benefit from having their reliability increased by a factor of 10 ?

Now you also have to ask yourself if you are running 10 times the traffic through one of these links, just how much more impact will downtime have ?

Engineering is always about balancing your choices against each other, in this case you have to think a little about just where this might actually be used. For the communication application it needs niches, where it can outperform traditional fiber, AND existing line of sight communication links.

Hope that helps you understand why so many things you see being touted as the nicest thing since slice bread and will be everywhere in a few years, never amount to much of anything. If it doesn't see if you can find an archive of old popular science/mechanics/scientific american magazines from 20-40 years ago and look at what they were thinking would be the next big thing. Is anyone even thinking about producing a nutcracker vtol ?

about 2 months ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Crashmarik This leapt out at me (242 comments)

“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,”

I thought that was an exceptionally silly idea when it used in Captain America Winter Soldier. Is Armin Zola running the DHS ?

The overreach of this goal, is very worrisome. Especially when you consider that the inevitable failures will likely result in its promoters just doubling down on what they claim it needs to work.

about 2 months ago

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Crashmarik Re:i bet (190 comments)

Frank Herbert wrote in a few of his sf novels about a Bureau of Sabotage that did essentially that, gumming up the efforts of other government agencies

Hold it, don't we have that ? I am fairly certain is congress's job to gum up the entire society.

about 2 months ago

'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Crashmarik I read the list of applications (115 comments)

and the only ones that looked remotely practical was the laser weapon and remote sensing requiring high power high focus.

Using lasers for freespac communications is already very practical and well solved, just look at this example (BTW definitely one of the better uses of NASA's budget. )

All the other mentioned applications also have off the shelf solutions that perform exceptionally well. The weapons and high power remote sensing however while listed last seem to have the most to gain. Being able to generate a waveguide in either case solves their two big problems atmospheric distortion and the need to focus large amounts of laser energy on a small point.

about 2 months ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Crashmarik Re:Occams Scalpel (962 comments)

Your reaction is what I've noticed most women get if they even gently bring something up. It's 100% complete denial and blame the messenger.

If you are in management and the entire office is giving you death threats, it might just be that you are doing something wrong.

What I can't figure out is why? I'm a guy, I'm a software developer. I like to work off data. Every single even halfway notable woman I've seen or talked to from conferences in person to online forums and Twitter all tell the same story: massive ongoing campaigns of harassment.

Your data seems to contradict other people's data that women don't like to talk about these incidents.

True, this behavior may be a small group of bad apples, but by denying the problem exists at all you're enabling those bad apples to continue doing what they do.

I am sorry we went from one proposition, that everyone or the vast majority were the problem, to the proposition that there are few bad apples.

These are mutually exclusive propositions. You can't be both just a few bad apples and the entire industry at the same time.

Seriously, why can't we just admit women catch a lot of shit just for being women in tech?

Is there a recognizable subgroup on the planet that doesn't catch shit for being who they are ?

about 2 months ago


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