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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Livius Re:wait, what? (376 comments)

Presumably the same 80% who believe they are above average...

7 hours ago

How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Livius Re:Wat? (527 comments)

"Open Source is inherently safer"


Open source absolutely safe?


IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Livius Re:And they've already stopped (616 comments)

The attempt reveals something about the IRS' attitude. That problem still needs to be fixed.

2 days ago

Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Livius Re:No shit Sherlock (338 comments)

They are a carbon sync, but no so much a carbon sink.

2 days ago

Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Livius German is not English (428 comments)

English has very little in the way of grammatical marking. Counter-intuitively (to English speakers), this makes English harder to learn, because the grammatical structure is just as complex as any other language, but it's not explicit.

In most European languages, children grow up with a good intuition about the grammar of their language, but some amount of formal instruction is very valuable so they can understand how to structure their communication with a minimum of ambiguity. In Canadian schools, for example, English (as a first language) is taught with relatively little formal grammar, but French with a great deal.

Also, although it's not really natural for a language community to have a high degree of uniformity artificially imposed on it, and each generation does speak it is slightly (or perhaps significantly) different from the previous, there is a practical value in having, and learning, an agreed-upon standard variation. In particular, for languages like English and German, which are widely spoken, it is enormously valuable to have access to the large numbers of speakers and the large bodies of fiction and non-fiction writing.

3 days ago

Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

Livius Re:Question of scale (136 comments)

Not the whole world. Plenty of people knew he was bluffing.

4 days ago

Bill Would End US Govt's Sale of Already-Available Technical Papers To Itself

Livius Re:Government bills itself .... (32 comments)

It's not obvious that that's much different. It certainly sounds like one form of old-fashioned embezzlement or another.

4 days ago

Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

Livius Re:Question of scale (136 comments)

Professional intelligent agents were not fooled. People who only heard what they wanted to hear do not count as professionals.

4 days ago

Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

Livius Question of scale (136 comments)

With enough people, there will be someone with insightful information, and probably a balance of opinions. Searching for bugs in open source works a little like that.

But in theory if a professional intelligence service had hard evidence that, for example, a politician is bluffing about something, then a policy can be adopted even if it goes against some conventional wisdom.

For example, the information that Saddam Hussein's WMD programme was a hoax prevented a rash invasion...., um, never mind.

5 days ago

'weev' Conviction Vacated

Livius Re:Not just the Declaration (147 comments)

A wonderful ideal, but it did break down when a smuggler was tried with a jury of other smugglers.

5 days ago

Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Livius Re:NatGeo: look at who owns it.... (290 comments)

1min youtube videos describing string theory

But 2-minute videos explaining the Schrödinger's cat paradox from the cat's perspective.

about a week ago

MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

Livius Catch? (97 comments)

"Just one catch: he's a lame duck, and will be out of office in January."

Feature, not a bug.

about a week ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Livius Re:Good? (507 comments)

Pretending the handicapped are just "differently-abled" is perhaps the cruellest form of bigotry by low expectations. People who have disadvantages that are not of their choosing deserve sympathy and support, but celebrating disability is condescending to the point of madness.

about a week ago

Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

Livius Re:Outrage fatigue (230 comments)

...this really is the way ordinary people think.

Ordinary people are very mistaken but sadly, yes, this is the way they think.

about a week ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Livius Re:reasons to be fired (1109 comments)

Is this supposed to be about a metaphorical grenade? Because I'm pretty sure just showing up to work with a grenade will get you fired for cause.

about a week ago

Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

Livius Headline threw me (162 comments)

The headline was confusing enough that after

"What advice would you give someone who just bought a new..."

I was expecting 'judge'.

about two weeks ago

SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Livius Re:Hotel tax??? (319 comments)

Many local governments invest in attracting tourists. Hotels benefit, so they should pay a share.

about two weeks ago

Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

Livius Something is missing (105 comments)

I even Read The Fine Article but I still get the sense there is supposed to more to this than just the self-evident "if a system reaches a state of instability it stops being stable".

about two weeks ago


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