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Book Review: CoffeeScript: Accelerated JavaScript Development

Gorimek Re:Thanks, but no thanks. (100 comments)

Debuggers have been handling this for decades already. You just embed the original line numbers in the generated source.

Someone is bound to write that debugger plugin, if they haven't already.

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: CoffeeScript: Accelerated JavaScript Development

Gorimek Syntax matters! (100 comments)

Then again, any language is just another syntax for writing Assembler.

more than 3 years ago

Why Amazon Can't Manufacture a Kindle In the US

Gorimek Re:No no no no no... (598 comments)

Your argument rests on the faulty assumption that there is an infinite number of dirt poor people in the world. This is simply not true.

  About 1/3 of the world (Europe, North America and Australia, Japan etc) are already rich since a long time. China and India is another 1/3 that are rapidly moving up to that state. Several other places are also reducing poverty, and the fact is that we'll run out of dirt poor people in a few decades.

The globalisation and outsourcing that so many people are complaining about is actually part of the greatest eradication of poverty in history.

more than 3 years ago

Cutting Edge Tech Slated For Next Mars Rover

Gorimek Because of the waste of time and money! (143 comments)

Sending humans, fucking or not, would cost 100 or 1000 times as much as this alleged waste of money.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Discusses iOS Privacy Issues Before Congress

Gorimek Cell phone or unknown location. Choose one. (132 comments)

Any cell phone that displays your location needs to track and store it in some form.

Smart phones aside, one of the main purposes of a cell phone is to constantly transmit it's location to the cell phone network, which stores it.

more than 3 years ago

No U.S. Government Shutdown This Week

Gorimek So what IS the new budget? (385 comments)

All this excited reporting, and nowhere can I find the actual numbers of this new budget deal. And I have both a serious news addiction and considerable search term skills.

Does anyone know the correct values of X and Y in this sentence?

For the fiscal year of Oct 2010 - Sep 2011, the US government plans to spend $X out of an expected income of $Y.

On a more rhetorical level I also wonder why it is this simple basic fact about the dominating news story for at least several weeks is simply not reported?

more than 3 years ago

Top French Chess Players Suspended For Cheating

Gorimek Re:Computers are better than humans? (295 comments)

Well, people havent quit running competitions, even though cars are much faster.

more than 3 years ago

A Handy Radiation Dose Chart From XKCD

Gorimek The curse of measurability (392 comments)

I think one major cause of nucleophobia is that doses of a millionth of anything dangerous or less are easily measurable

Negligible doses of most every poison is always around, but are unmeasurable. Radiation radiates its presence and is observed, reported and terrifying.

more than 3 years ago

Obama Calls For New Privacy Bill of Rights

Gorimek I'll summarize (217 comments)

"Don't spy, the government hates competition".

As long as the US government routinely and massively records email, web traffic and phone conversations, they have no business telling others to not do the same or much smaller things.

more than 3 years ago

Robert X Cringely Predicts More Mininuke Plants

Gorimek Re:I'd be open to it, but good luck with everyone (430 comments)

It's fine to come up with standards for safe power, as long as you apply them equally to all power generation.

For this one I guess the question is if you would want to live by the exhaust of a coal fired power plant?

I know I would much rather live by the nuclear storage. No other place will be as monitored for radiation, for one thing.

more than 3 years ago

Google Cars Drive Themselves, In Traffic

Gorimek Re:Can't wait ... (293 comments)

It only has to be better than the average driver.

At least from a rational standpoint. From a legal standpoint it probably has to be 100 times better and wait 10 years "just in case".

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Freezes Support Account For Bradley Manning

Gorimek Re:"Land of the free" (580 comments)

That has been rephrased slightly to keep up with the times. It is now Land of the fee.

We apologize for no inconvenience!

more than 3 years ago

Google Art Project Brings Galleries To Your PC

Gorimek Art museums becoming obsolete (103 comments)

When I'm at a museum, I can't help wonder why is this not a web site??

I mean, all an art museum is is a way to display pictures to the public, but in a phenomenally expensive and impractical way, compared to HTML.

I realize this field is slow to change and that display quality can still improve slightly, but in the medium term this is inevitable.

At least to the extent the attraction of museums is to display these pictures. When it comes to letting visitors be near the objects that celebrity artists have touched, nothing will change.

more than 3 years ago

Chinese Stealth Fighter Jet May Use US Technology

Gorimek Coincidence (339 comments)

I'm sure this had nothing to do with the accidental US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade at the time.

more than 3 years ago

Stuxnet Authors Made Key Errors

Gorimek I also have a theory! (228 comments)

So this malware is brilliant at some things but makes rookie mistakes in others.

Maybe it was some very skilled programmers working in a field they were not fully familiar with?

Perhaps US and Israel do not have super skilled virus authors on their payroll? I would actually like that to be true.

more than 3 years ago

US Spurs Plethora of Problem Solving Prizes

Gorimek Why this works (140 comments)

There are a few options for a government or other large organization to get something important and difficult done.

1. Assign the task to whatever part of your org chart this falls under. Uncountable billions and years later, you'll have a semi functional disappointment. NASA has proven this several times.

2. Contract it out to a major company, picked in some bidding process. The results are slightly better than (1), but still very bad.

3. Announce a prize of 1% of what you would have spent in (1), and you'll likely have a solution in 1/3 of the time.

This is because with prizes, whoever is best suited to solve the problem, in the whole world, can do so without having to convince your bureaucrats of their ideas, and make a profit doing so.

It's one of the very few effective ways to work around natural bureaucracy inertia.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

Gorimek Lucky lady! (450 comments)

I didn't know he was getting married!

about 4 years ago

Sahara Solar To Power Half the World By 2050

Gorimek The fine print... (363 comments)

As a minor side effect, the Sahara desert will be expanded to cover half the world.

about 4 years ago

Bruce Schneier vs. the TSA

Gorimek Everyone is human (741 comments)

Why? That's an easy question to answer: because we're human.

But... That's true for all countries.

about 4 years ago

A Decade of Agile Programming — Has It Delivered?

Gorimek Where was your pair? (395 comments)

You couldn't ask for help??

Team work is to me the most important part of agile.

In a real agile project, you would at the very least have been working in a pair and figuring this out together with your partner.

more than 4 years ago


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