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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Experience outside the valley (483 comments)

I can't speak for what it is like in Silicon Valley but where I work in the deep south I would estimate that at least 30% of my fellow tech workers are of African ancestry.

Obviously, the rest of them came from Asia, right? :D

yesterday
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Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Sample Question (121 comments)

Hey, that's the combination I had on my brand-new luggage before I changed it to 12345!

yesterday
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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

K. S. Kyosuke I call BS (172 comments)

It's a cautionary tale about the fundamental unreliability of Wikipedia

As opposed to what? The things that people "knowledgeably" trade, like the one about us using "only 10% of our brains"? Or the things that we "know for sure" about ancient history? A few uncaught jokes in Wikipedia, and suddenly it's no more reliable than hearsay? (Or how else am I supposed to interpret this "fundamental unreliability"?) Sooner or later, someone would have attached a [citation needed] to that anyway.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Car analogy? (300 comments)

You wouldn't rip a car in your home entertainment system, yada yada yada...

yesterday
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Fundamentals of Comp Sci (309 comments)

1) Learn Oberon (with concurrency extensions, say, Active Oberon). 2) Achieve enlightenment. ... I can't tell you how to get to the "X) Profit!" part, though. ;)

2 days ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

K. S. Kyosuke Re:So much Fail. Ignore. (309 comments)

Not only that, if you have a variable of a non-final class type or interface type in Java, you can also "change the type of data held by the variable when the program is running". E.g, without this property, it would be difficult to process items of polymorphic collections (i.e., collections allowing items of multiple types/representations simultaneously, which in Java happens to be the case of all collections, of course).

2 days ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

K. S. Kyosuke Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (92 comments)

it's a way for them to name a plant so that it has obvious technological associations

It actually has obvious mythological associations, but feel free to limit yourself to physical units. In common speech, "megas" meant nothing more than simply "big", while "gigas" meant "a Giant". I guess the obvious English adjective would be "effing huge".

2 days ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

K. S. Kyosuke Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (92 comments)

Yes, but is it 1000 times bigger or 1024 times bigger? That's the important part!

I'm not sure we're familiar with the size of the Ancient Greek Gigantes with such precision.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Bullets will not win this conflict (835 comments)

And yet Israel insists on controlling the territory. They may not get a vote but they ARE Israeli citizens until such time as Israel actually stops trying to control their political processes and truly leaves.

And Afghani are US citizens until the US actually stops trying to control their political processes and truly leaves. You logic is impeccable!

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Radicalization (835 comments)

Yet in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, almost those 4.4 million people are under Palestinian civil administration, while only about 0.1 million people in the West Bank are in the Israeli civil administration. Perhaps the Israeli have an undue influence over a part of the West Bank, what with their security operations there, but claiming that "Israel rules Palestine" seems rather overblown. I might as well claim that the US rules Iraq and Afghanistan.

2 days ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Nudity (175 comments)

Saudi Arabia is to modern Olympics what the US et al. would be to Ancient Olympics...

4 days ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Body integrity identity disorder (175 comments)

Allegedly gave his two cents. I see people even today saying "this is not a legal advice, hire a lawyer" like all the time. I'm pretty sure it applies to ancient prose even more.

4 days ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

K. S. Kyosuke Re:fundementally impossible (86 comments)

Except that you are referring to classic multiple star systems that have a dynamic hierarchy of a binary tree. I don't recall what was the specific description of the arrangement of stars in Asimov's story, but it may have been different than that, either in explicit description or the by implications of the conditions on the planet's surface.

5 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re: Good (223 comments)

You can run native apps on Chrome OS out of the box, and you don't need any silly censored app store to do that.

about a week ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Hmm. I smell a rotten bucket of fish (132 comments)

The rules are designed to try to prevent embezzlement

So...the rules designed to prevent spending more money than necessary that would end up in the pockets of people who'd have no business getting their hands on it in a sane world...cause more money than necessary being spent and ending in the pockets of other people who'd have no business getting their hands on it in a sane world? *double facepalm*

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

K. S. Kyosuke Re:Keyboards (223 comments)

Objective-C and Cocoa continue to be great, and produces far better quality apps than on exist on Android.

Engineers produce applications, not languages. I'd argue that engineers provide quality apps for iOS despite Objective-C, and not because of it.

But the "oh there's something new coming along so the old thing must be crap" game is juvenile.

Except the "old thing" is practically from the 1980s. And even back then, there were even better languages than the chimeric mixture of C and Smalltalk. This is not some "juvenile game", e.g., Google is abandoning C++ for basically the same reasons why Objective-C is crap. The compilers are never going to be fast as long as every file #includes tens of thousands of lines of code dozens of time. The code that will have to extract knowledge from the files instead of from reasonably formatted separately-compiled module metadata (a thing solved back in the 1970's, for gods' sake!) to assist the editors and the ancillary tools like code analyzers will have the same problems. I hate to say it, but even Microsoft's .Net is technically better than that. And I don't even like .Net! But there it is, I've said that...

about a week ago

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Radio Contact Lost With Vostok Station

K. S. Kyosuke K. S. Kyosuke writes  |  more than 2 years ago

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) writes "Russian scientists at the Antarctic Vostok Station, who have been trying to dig into the liquid heart of Lake Vostok, have suddenly gone silent.

The conditions in the lake are presumed to be similar to those of Europa and Enceladus and there is a hope that previously unknown forms of life could have found a niche in this unusual environment. Despite having been warned that their drilling technology (using freon and kerosene to lubricate the bore hole) may not be up to the task of reaching the lake without harmful enviromental side-effects, the Russians have decided to go on with the drilling. They haven't been heard from for the past five days."
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HP releases AdvFS under GPL

K. S. Kyosuke K. S. Kyosuke writes  |  more than 6 years ago

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) writes "The battle for the "next-gen Linux file system" might have just become a little fiercer. Hewlett-Packard have just released their AdvFS file system under GPL. There is a press release on the HP web site, but the Wikipedia entry sports less PHB talk. The reaction of Sun and Oracle (each with their own advanced FS initiative, ZFS and Btrfs, respectively) to this might be interesting."
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