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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

Draugo Priorities (211 comments)

The sad thing about this is that US could do the same thing without problem but they choose to prioritize their military R&D instead of science R&D. Their military budged wouldn't even have a dent if they built one of these but no, must have new useless fighter jets instead.


'Just Let Me Code!'

Draugo Re:Code the way you want... (353 comments)

So if I'm to take that quote with it's original context then what you're saying is that the time for Clojure has already come and gone so there's no point in learning it...


Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

Draugo Same problem as with... (92 comments)

scanning for radio communications. It's an activity that we've been doing only for a couple of hundred of years now (pollution that is, radio is even shorter) and we have a around 100 000 years worth of time in our galaxy so we have to be lucky and find a planet where the inhabitants polluted their planet around the time relative to their distance from us. Trying to come up with better and more easily detectable biomarkers that cover a larger portion of the planets lifetime is a much better prospect.


Firefox 31 Released

Draugo Plugin free (169 comments)

Or as I like to call it "plugin is the web browser". That's one of the things that really annoys me about hate for flash and love for javascript. People don't seem to understand that what you are actually doing is just changing the language and instead of letting one environment to execute the content you depend on another environment to execute it instead. And that other environment is basically just as random, finicky, and instead of one player implementation you now have multiple implementers who don't seem to be able to agree about anything.

2 days ago

"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

Draugo Wait... (157 comments)

You can have someone else than the actual copyright owner legally send the DMCA notice? So it is actually legalized one sided trolling. For the DMCA notice to be removed and the content restated you have to sent a counter claim including your personal details to the original claimant... which means that you have to give out your details while the "claimed owner" of the first notice, the one who hired this entity to send out the DMCA notice can stay totally in the dark? This system is even more fucked up than I previously thought.

about two weeks ago

Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

Draugo Re:No (180 comments)

Considering the clusterfuck Ecmascript 4 and 5 were I'm not holding out great hopes for 6. There's a reason language design by committee is a shitty approach (see html and javascript as perfect examples).

about two weeks ago

The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

Draugo Re:dwarf fortress (285 comments)

Don't be, it's not nearly as difficult to get into as it's reputation states (somewhat like Dark Souls in that respect in fact). Just read some getting started tutorials from the dwarf fortress wiki and play. The most used keyboard shortcuts are no more difficult to learn than shortcuts in any other program and DF always displays all available key commands anyway (although in some menus you might need to scroll). It's great fun even if you don't get all the complexities. It's somewhat like The Sims on steroids.

about two weeks ago

New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

Draugo Re:One slight problem with that ratio... (119 comments)

What kenwd0olq said. If you want somewhat more detailed explanation listen to Richard Pogge's excellent Astronomy 162 lecture series and specifically the lectures about death of low and high mass stars (might be somewhere around lectures 14 and 15 but that's just from memory and I'm not sure about that at all).

about three weeks ago

Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

Draugo Re:Correlation is not causation (121 comments)

As someone who has been suffering from increasing depression for the past 6 years I can confidently say that there is a clear causation between level of happiness and problem solving/solution implementation speed at least for me. I've watched mine decline rapidly with my condition and furthermore I'm more productive on those days when I don't feel as depressed as usually (I can usually feel the difference even before getting to work).

about three weeks ago

Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

Draugo Re:Happy Software Developers Solve Better Problems (121 comments)

This is besides the point but there is actually a meaningful difference in here between a radiobutton and a singleton checkbox. The other convention usually assigned to these is that you can't clear a selection from a radiobutton but you can from a checkbox. In light of this I can see some point in customer wanting a singleton checkbox instead of a radiobutton if the selection needs to be cleared in addition of being a singleton selection.

about three weeks ago

Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

Draugo Subjective opinion here (121 comments)

As someone who spiraled from mild depression to serious depression (where I still am) during the first four years of working at a software company I can confidently say that this was true at least for me. Furthermore the deeper into depression I fell the worse I became at problem solving and that deepened my depression even more because I felt I couldn't do my job as well as before and it also sucked enjoyment out of the job. It's a problem I struggle with every day. I try to keep telling myself that what I do is good enough but it doesn't help. We need more money in actual depression research. Depression is a killer in mentally challenging work like software development where you are faced with completely new problems multiple times a day and you have to come up with solutions based on knowledge you didn't have an hour ago. Also it's not something you can really talk about unless your boss is really understanding cause the guy who is slower than the rest is the first to leave if necessary.

about three weeks ago

The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

Draugo Sad (124 comments)

I don't know which I find more hilariously sad. The fact that FBI refuses to comply with FOIA request by providing this shitty scan... or the fact that FBI feels the need to sensor the word fuck in their acronym list :)

about a month ago

Red Dwarfs Could Sterilize Alien Worlds of Life

Draugo Nothing new to see here. (76 comments)

This is not new information and I don't know why it's on Slashdot.

about 1 month ago

4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Draugo HDRevolution (207 comments)

... a.k.a 'The day we lost 200 pixels of vertical resolution'.

about 2 months ago

HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Draugo Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

Yep, it's not racist, it's sexist.

about 2 months ago

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

Draugo Solitary confinement (519 comments)

This article (at least based on the snippet here) talks about solitary confinement for entire sentence as if it was somehow unique and shocking punishment but solitary confinement for multi decade sentences is already a standard practice in the US despite of the mountains of data that show that it's inefficient as a rehabilitation method and leads to an astounding number of repeat offenders, mental illness and inability to cope with the outside world. It is one of the most horrific practices in US and still it's spreading in usage.

about 2 months ago

Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

Draugo No (304 comments)

How fucking hard is it to understand that I want larger resolutions because of the vertical resolution. Move from the old 16:10 aspect to 16:9 already stole ~200 pixels of vertical resolution because common consumers don't understand that "FullHD" doesn't mean bigger when it came to computer monitors. I want my 4K monitor because I don't want to be scrolling continuously.

about 2 months ago

German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

Draugo What a surprise (334 comments)

Well, women can already withdraw consent after sex (in some cases a long time after) and get men to prison for rape, this is just a milder case of that.

about 2 months ago


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