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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Flavianoep Re:Free market (205 comments)

I find it funny how people who defend capitalism in this day and age like to say that what we have is "crony capitalism" and if we'd just give real capitalism a try for once it would be super awesome.

It's the same attitude you may have noticed that come from people who defend socialism but when confronted with the flaws of the Soviet Union, Maoist China, or Cuba will claim that those were, nor are, not under real socialism, but something else (tsarism, in the case of Russia).

9 hours ago

Metamaterial Superconductor Hints At New Era of High Temperature Superconductors

Flavianoep Re:150 kelvin = -189.67 F (38 comments)

And about the USA?


Metamaterial Superconductor Hints At New Era of High Temperature Superconductors

Flavianoep 150 kelvin = -189.67 F (38 comments)

You're welcome.


Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Flavianoep Re:Well, you have mine. (690 comments)

Mageia (former Mandriva (former Mandrake)) asks me to reboot my computer every three or four months on average to apply updates. On my UMPC with Kubuntu, I am asked to reboot about once a month for the same reason. Anyway, it's better than rebooting once a week.

2 days ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Flavianoep Re:Well, you have mine. (690 comments)

Without never shutting down or rebooting? O.o

2 days ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Flavianoep Re:How to cripple a city (473 comments)

But what can a office do against someone who is obeying the law?

3 days ago

Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

Flavianoep Re:MUCH easier. (239 comments)

The car is going down a bridge with no railing. Foot traffic is not permitted on the bridge with signs posted. The bridge is so narrow that the car takes up 100% of the road. The bridge is one-way. The surface is slick and you're unable to break in time. Some pedestrians are illegally trespassing on the bridge. Should the vehicle hit the pedestrians, which will no doubt kill them, or should the vehicle go off the edge killing the "driver"?

A bridge so narrow is the result bad engineering, it is the kind of thing we should get rid out before endeavoring further. Moreover, in this kind of situation, the robot car shall pace down because there is no guarantee that the bridge, which is proven to be so wrongly built will not get any narrower. Therefore, is this hypothetical situation there will be enough time and space to brake before hitting any pedestrian.

Even if all of that don't follows, going off the edge is a more stupid option than braking and hitting the people, in which case braking will be the "ethical" programmed solution, and hitting the people will be a consequence of a technical inadequacy.

4 days ago

Firefox 31 Released

Flavianoep What version would be this (172 comments)

Is anyone keeping track of Firefox versions as they would be numbered the traditional way ([major].[minor].[release])? Those simple numbers they are using nowadays are meaningless to me.


A n00b

about 1 month ago

UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

Flavianoep Re:It's mostly a nuisance (115 comments)



From Latin innocuus (“harmless”).


innocuous (comparative more innocuous, superlative most innocuous)

1.Harmless; producing no ill effect. [quotations ]

2.Inoffensive; unprovocative; not exceptional. [quotations ]

I agree with you that it might not be the best choice of a word. I thought it meant "harmless" only. Thank you!

about 1 month ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Flavianoep Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (354 comments)

I wouldn't live in a place with inadequate bandwidth for a simple video stream.

Easier said than done.

about 1 month ago

China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

Flavianoep Re:Propaganda for Chinese cell manufacturers? (58 comments)

Now consider that most of people have nothing to hide from Chinese government. Soon, everyone without a "state-controlled phone" will be targeted for more scrutiny.

about a month ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Flavianoep Avengers Assemble!! (701 comments)

You now, "Avengers" sound very dramatic!

about a month ago

Preparing For Satellite Defense

Flavianoep Iron Sky (118 comments)

Without military satellites, how can we protect ourselves from the Nazis from Moon?

about a month ago

NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

Flavianoep Shark? (81 comments)

So, if we can mount a NIF-like laser onto a shark, we can use it to transform diamonds into dust?

about a month ago

Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

Flavianoep Re:Irony (64 comments)

Thanks, Mr. Michael. I've been wondering theses days where does the word "bing" come from. =)

about a month ago

The debate over climate change is..

Flavianoep Re:n/t (278 comments)

Now suppose you are building a bridge. It needs to withstand certain strains. Plugging the details of your plans into Newton's models shows that it will not withstand them. Claiming that since Newton's models are wrong, you can safely ignore this result and build your bridge anyway, is clearly nonsense.

The reason it is nonsense is because the limitations (or inaccuracies) of Newton's models are irrelevant to its application in this scenario. To wave away Newton, in this instance, you'd need to present extremely compelling evidence that we've been wrong these past 300 years in believing Newton's laws held any value at 'human' scale.

This would be an extraordinary claim, requiring extraordinary proof. Given how unlikely that is, we say that Newton is 'settled'. In that we know the limits of his models and have a mountain of evidence to back them up where we believe they do apply. You can't just point at the known limitations of his models and in a handwavy manner extrapolate that since his models aren't perfect, they are useless. You must provide extraordinary proof they Newton's models are wrong.

It's just reminded me of an Asimov's piece ("The Relativity of Wrong") that explains that the theory of plain Earth is rather inaccurate than wrong. If your bridge is short (only a couple of miles, I guess), you can ignore Earth's curvature entirely.

about a month ago

Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

Flavianoep Re:Or, you know (150 comments)

Good advice, sir. Already implementing that.

about a month and a half ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Flavianoep Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Because inevitably if you travel for any extended length of time your battery WILL be dead. Now visitors to our country start by throwing away their PHONE? Yeah, that's going to encourage tourism...

They got me out with the nude X-rays.

about a month and a half ago


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