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There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

Jeremi Re:Infinite times infinite is macaroni and cheese (139 comments)

This sort of thing implies that my choice of every word in this sentence causes a universe -a whole universe with planets and black holes and telemarketers and tofu- to pop into existence, just because I decided to use 'tofu' earlier instead of using "marmalade" or some other word.

Yes, but it's less wasteful then it looks, because we use copy-on-write techniques to minimize overhead. That is, we store only the "root" universe, plus the tree of diffs necessary to reconstruct the various child universes as necessary.

Which means the big bang and everything else that we know and that every human being has ever known about anything is just absolute pap.

Hmm, sounds like an appeal to consequences. I wouldn't worry though, chances are that everything is absolute pap regardless of whether this theory is true or false.

5 hours ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Jeremi Re:If it's accessing your X server, it's elevated (370 comments)

Crippleware on Windows always used to amuse me. Oh you've disabled the button because I haven't paid? [poke]...[poke]... There now it's enabled again. Oh, you forgot to check if it should be enabled when processing the click event? Tough.

If you're going to pirate the software, you might as well go ahead and pirate the full version; then you won't have to poke at it.

OTOH, if you're going to legitimately use the software, you ought to pay for it.

2 days ago
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

Jeremi Re:Aliens vs. Religion (276 comments)

I would think that it would destroy most religions.

It might destroy a few of the more brittle fundamentalist strains, but most religions would quickly adapt. People are quite capable of modifying their beliefs to deal with new facts, when necessary.

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Jeremi Re:Status sells (519 comments)

Your product can be clearly inferior hardware and be much more expensive than the competition, but if your product is considered a status symbol that lets you win rich partners, so it sells no matter the price.

Which kind of begs the question, how did "clearly inferior hardware" become such a status symbol? Microsoft and Samsung would give their respective left testicles to do the same, but haven't quite been able to replicate the recipe.

Certainly part of it is effective marketing, but I think the other part is good execution -- regardless of what you think of the hardware (which is hidden inside the case and visible to the customer only through the device's observed behavior), the devices, as consumer products, work really, really well.

I think you have to give a lot of the credit credit to high-quality software.

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Jeremi Re:Tax (519 comments)

Yeah, they should, like, disrupt themselves and adopt a paradigm shift to a leaner, more agile model.

Rand Paul for ScrumMaster 2016!

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Jeremi Re:Tax (519 comments)

I'm unaware of any religions that have planned obsolescence

Dunno about obsolescence per se, but Scientology does have a policy of forced yearly upgrades, each more expensive than the last. Seems similar :)

2 days ago
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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

Jeremi Re:just put a motor on the elevator itself (247 comments)

And how do you handle the counterweight? What's that? You don't actually understand how an elevator works?

If your electric motor is powerful enough, you can dispense with the counterweight. It might not be very efficient, but it's possible.

3 days ago
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Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

Jeremi Re:Going to be a lot of dead kids and pets (90 comments)

How many billions in lawsuits for their lifetime (a kid lives 100 years, and becomes a CEO that means $40 billion each kid) will these Steel Death Automatons rack up before they are outlawed except in retirement communities without kids or pets?

Zero billions, because the auto companies' lawyers are quite aware of liability issues, and so they aren't going to allow the sale of any self-driving car to the public until they're damn sure it's smart enough to avoid running over pets and children.

So either the automobiles will reliably detect and avoid pets/children, or they will never be released to customers.

4 days ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

Jeremi Re:I Don't Buy It (408 comments)

there are people who actually believe trading in and looking at child porn isn't a problem, that that is victimless, it's just pictures and video

I don't think I've seen anyone argue that the distribution of child porn isn't a problem.

I have seen people argue that the First Amendment permits it, regardless of whether it's problematic or not.

5 days ago
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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Jeremi Re:Credible, Really??? (110 comments)

Some random twitter loser says he put bombs on two separate planes at the same time in different parts of the country? Not remotely credible.

It is quite possible, if he had an accomplice.

I agree that the guy was basically covering his ass, but he should be fired for being such a gullible idiot.

If he was correctly following the procedures that were set up, it's hard to justify firing him because the procedures aren't to your liking. A more rational response would be to change the procedures.

about a week ago
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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Jeremi Re:Credible, Really??? (110 comments)

Would you want to be the guy who ignored the bomb threat, after a plane (or two) blew up?

Put it this way: following procedure (when it later turned out it wasn't actually necessary to do so) won't end your career. Failing to follow procedure (when the threat turned out to be valid) almost certainly will. "But the bomb threat didn't really make sense, because (reasons)" will probably not be seen as a valid defense.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Jeremi Re:Simple solution (429 comments)

Who puts three fingers on the surface of a mouse?

Everyone with the normal human number of digits, I would think.

(e.g. for a right-hander: the thumb is next to the mouse, on the left side; the pinky finger is next to the mouse, on the right side, and the central three digits rest on top of the mouse)

about a week ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Jeremi Re:I have an even better idea (304 comments)

Let's just enforce existing laws and get dangerous drivers off the road. THERE IS NO RIGHT TO DRIVE. If you are a dangerous driver you can and should be taken off the road.

I was a safe driver for 11 years; no tickets, no accidents, no "close calls", no complaints. Then one day I was driving to the airport early in the morning, got distracted by my radio, didn't notice that the traffic light was red, and ran right into a car that was (legally) crossing the intersection.

My question: should I have been driving for those previous 11 years? If not, why not? What kind of test would you have had me take to show that I was a dangerous driver? Or, if I was a safe driver except on that one morning, how would your plan have prevented my accident?

The fact is, most people are safe drivers most of the time. Except for when they're not.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Jeremi Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

As someone who likes modern cars, we don't need any more noise added.

Never mind turning it off, just wait until they start offering to sell you downloadable "engine tones".

You haven't really driven an i8 until you've driven it in "Crazy Frog" mode.

about a week ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

Jeremi Re:A Boom in Civilization (227 comments)

EVE seems to be doing OK, and while there's war to participate in if you want to, there are plenty of people making money from mining, research, logistics, and so on.

I wonder how well EVE would be doing, if its creators had decided on day 1 to not allow war in their video game? My guess is, not so well.

about two weeks ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Jeremi Re:More proof (666 comments)

Voting whether something is fact is indeed stupid.

While I agree that these amendments are political gamesmanship, they are not "voting whether something is fact".

You'll notice in TFA that the amendments are voting on the "sense of the Senate" -- i.e. their purpose is to get Senators' opinions/positions on record, not to determine reality.

Specifically, the Democrats want the Republicans to either publicly acknowledge that climate change is a real problem (thus undercutting their own arguments against doing anything about it), or publicly deny it (and, presumably, thereby look increasingly silly in the future as its effects become more pronounced).

about two weeks ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Jeremi Re:Proprietary (648 comments)

You're going to need to give a much better reason than "proprietary" to discount the VB argument. There are lots of good ones, but this isn't one.

Proprietary isn't just a matter of whether the language is well-supported or not, but where it is supported.

For example, say you've spent several hundred hours of your life learning Visual Basic, and then several thousand more hours writing the Great American Program, in Visual Basic.

Now your boss wants you to get your program running on a Mac. Or a Unix box. Or a Linux box. Or anywhere that isn't Windows.... and here's where you find out that it simply can't be done, because Microsoft doesn't support anything other than their own OS's.

So, all of the time you spent learning and programming with Visual Basic gains you nothing at this point; now you have to go back to square one, learn a different (hopefully less proprietary) language, and rewrite your program from scratch in that language.

That's the real problem with "proprietary". You're locked in to doing only whatever your single-source vendor wants to allow you to do.

about two weeks ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

Jeremi Re:A Boom in Civilization (227 comments)

Why is war an assumed mandatory condition for space travelers?

Nobody assumes it's mandatory for space travellers.

Lots of people assume it's mandatory if you want to make a profit selling your space-themed video game. And they're probably right about that.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

Jeremi Re:Money talks, electric car walks (181 comments)

I love the idea of electric cars, and Tesla is on my "lottery win" shopping list. With that said, if you apply hard numbers these cars do not make any sense at the current gas prices.

The truth is that none of the cars in the luxury category make any economic sense -- why spend $60,000+ on a luxury car when a $12,000 Honda Fit would get you to your destinations just as effectively?

So why do expensive cars sell? Because they're cool. And cool is something that Tesla's cars have, in spades.

Imagine what will happen to electricity costs during peak usage when everyone runs AC AND charges electric cars at the same time!

Okay, I'm imagining a lot of people switching to charging their cars at night, and running the AC during the day.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

Jeremi Re:wowwww (264 comments)

The product of a PhD who quit education to run a yarn store, marrying a crypto chip designer. You get a yarn store POS that's actually secure.

I feel compelled to ask if the code uses a lot of threads...

about two weeks ago

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