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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

DriedClexler Re:purchase time (405 comments)

Maintain two separate vehicles in order to drive every day? Great, that's definitely better for the environment!

about a month ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

DriedClexler Re:Becuz (273 comments)

Yep -- kids are just *rarin'* to read the classics, and the they mostly fall in love with reading the moment you allow them to browse one.

That was sarcasm.

about a month ago
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Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

DriedClexler Re:Becuz (273 comments)

If Gates can improve school productivity as much as he improved software productivity, yes, that would be a great improvement.

I know that Window's is not the best operating system (to put it mildly). And English is not the best language.

about a month ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

DriedClexler Re:This is more than a little bit naive. (712 comments)

For one, more plants would just spring up. Even if part of the buyout was "you may never go into coal again," someone else may. The economic structure of energy is why coal is still king, and buying out the current players won't change that.

I think the point is that, if you were to buy out the existing coal industry, there would be no more *financially invested* stakeholders in (US) coal, and thus no one who'd strongly want to fight a coincident ban.

about a month ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

DriedClexler Re:What we've learned from Bitcoin (221 comments)

No, it's stupid. If I want to buy a hot dog in New York, why should that matter to a guy who wants to buy a newspaper in Los Angeles? Why does my financial transaction have to be intertwined with his while we both queue up on the same blockchain?

That's not unique to cryptocurrencies with blockchains. Any private digital currency (including and especially those used in MMORPGs) has to deal with the same problem, of making sure that transactions are ordered correctly, that money is still available in an account, etc. In that sense, they all have the problem of the network having to know about both transactions.

It even affects the real-world clearing of bank transactions, which is why people always complain about the lag between when they get their money and when they can spend it, which exists (in part) because of the interdependence of all the accounts.

One solution, of course, is to perform the accounting via bearer notes, aka physical paper/coin money. The holding of the note validates the availability that unit of money, and that there is no "lock" on it.

But even then, you have to worry about someone spending money while they still have a lien from a third party.

about a month ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

DriedClexler Re:Lat / Long? (461 comments)

Fine, as long as we don't make it a *general* policy to adopt Steve Ballmer's jargon.

about a month ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

DriedClexler Misunderstanding of risk (461 comments)

Tell that the the families of passengers on Flight MH370."

Oy gevalt! This again? When minimizing risk, you have to invest where you get the best returns in lives saved. Obviously, in retrospect, after an accident, you'll wish you had spent infinity on having more safety, but that's the wrong way to think about it.

You should instead:

1) figure out how much you're willing to spend per statistical life saved

2) deploy safety measures up to that point

It's not always going to make sense to keep throwing on all kinds of safety equipment simply to handle every black swan event you can think of -- remember, they do log airplane location remotely and continuously; it's just that that still wasn't enough in this case.

You might as well advocate that planes start giving everyone a parachute, without realizing it makes flight so unaffordable as to push people to less safe modes of transportation.

Comments like these promote a worse understanding of the issues.

about a month ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

DriedClexler Re:I've heard that government moves slowly... (299 comments)

But it's *not* critical to the performance of the job they're *actually* trying to.

Think about it: can they still hobnob, cut backroom deals, wield enormous power, and keep that power? Yep, they're doing that just fine. Tech ignorance isn't holding them back from that at all!

about a month ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

DriedClexler Re:No (627 comments)

The topic is "does relying on an IDE make you a bad programmer". And I say yes by analogy to the carpenter situation: *relying* on a powersaw -- being able to cut wood only that way -- makes you a bad carpenter.

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

DriedClexler Re:No (627 comments)

If your understanding of cutting wood has atrophied to "uh, flick the switch and push the wood into the blade", then yeah, it has worsened your expertise as a carpenter -- because you've lost the understanding that would allow you to cut wood with a plain ol' handsaw and are forced to backlog until the real experts can replace it when it breaks.

about 2 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

DriedClexler Re: Live in a cave (664 comments)

Just because it's a retarded idea, doesn't mean an engineer hasn't tried it on a production design.

It's just that the downside of this design choice is a lot more obvious now that we know a condition in which you absolutely do not what a computer between your brakes and your wheels.

about 2 months ago
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A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check

DriedClexler Re:the beginning, not the end (189 comments)

Agree in principle, but I'm not sure this fails that standard to the extent that it's relevant for science to work. Sure, a human may not directly understand the entire proof. However, like with the Four Color Theorem, they can verify:

- A proof checker would catch errors if there were any, and has failed to.
- The thing it purports to prove is in fact (a representation) of the theorem the submitter claims to have proven.
- The proof generator generates only valid steps.

Could there be errors in the process? Sure. But it's definitely something that humans can do science with.

about 2 months ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

DriedClexler Re:Meh... (387 comments)

If the law says to cart $oppressed_group to the internment camps, then stopping it is a crime and people who work as guards for the camps are gonna oppose attempts to stop it.

See, I can pretend to be insightful too!

about 2 months ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

DriedClexler Re:Pretty Much. (387 comments)

Back in the day, car dealerships were the good guy underdogs, and car manufacturers were pretty much the devil.

You mean, a writer with a particular worldview convinced you that there was a time where smaller businesses held a relatively benevolent position compared to upstream larger businesses.

Does that argument also prove how gas station owners were pro-consumer good guys against oil companies?

Why didn't competition between auto-makers hold down prices, and how did middlemen help with that?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

DriedClexler Re:what if... (716 comments)

Well, why didn't he test the mortar against every every brick he'd be using in the wall before he put it up?

Er, I guess bricklayers don't have some of the luxuries programmers do ...

about 2 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

DriedClexler Re:So..... (445 comments)

Do you realize that analogous punishments for copyright infringement have not actually lowered the number of incidents at all?

Because enforcement is so tepid and inconsistent. If you download a movie illegally, do you expect someone to come looking for you?

about 2 months ago
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First Evidence That Google's Quantum Computer May Not Be Quantum After All

DriedClexler Re:Quantum Cash! (224 comments)

Definitely! But some customers believed they were getting a genuine speedup from the quantum effects and it being a true quantum computer. I think it's relevant to *them* whether they could accomplish the same thing with (classical) commodity hardware and a grad student to implement the (classical) algorithm, which seems to be the case.

about 3 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

DriedClexler Re: Curious where he'd draw the line (374 comments)

I seriously doubt that it's it.

a) Law schools get away with a lot worse in terms of stating graduate placements and salaries and charge a LOT more and take a much bigger commitment.

b) They're not going to law off the moment these schools drop specific guarantees of placement

about 3 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

DriedClexler Re:California (374 comments)

Yep, that's criticism of libertarian in a nutshell.

- Point out how poorly government does X.

- Lectures everyone how X wouldn't solve problem Y because X is so shitty.

We could have better courts, but we would have to admit government's incompetence. Outsource the whole thing to private arbitrators, make litigants bear the cost, and only have government involved in establishing the validity of these rulings. *Then* what's the problem?

Btw, I've never heard someone so proud of their own profession's inefficiency.

about 3 months ago

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Israel using Twitter for Gaza War PR

DriedClexler DriedClexler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DriedClexler (814907) writes "The New York Times is reporting on Israel's effort to communicate to the world using a Twitter Account, regarding its recent Gaza Strip conflict. The NYT points out that the Israel Defense Forces recognize, "that success in neutralizing the Hamas movement in Gaza is as much a public relations challenge as a military one". Given Twitter's character limitations, both the visitors and the user "israelconsulate" revert to text-speak, which I found somewhat ... interesting. For example:

"israelconsulate: we R pro nego[tiation]. crntly tlks r held w the PA + tlks on the 2 state soln. we talk only w/ ppl who accept R rt 2 live.""

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