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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

Marc_Hawke Re:Slippery Slope (183 comments)

""Meanwhile, someone who isn't Google and doesn't have offices in the EU will surely make up a page of links to this information. If the page generates traffic, someone will pay for add space there.""

This is my biggest question about this whole thing. Why is it Google's job? If they want to be 'forgotten' or 'taken off the internet' then they have to be taken off the internet, not the search engines. The most Google would be affected is by making sure they don't show up as 'cached' results. However, if the original article still exists, that's hardly Google's fault.

It the EU wants to make an unenforceable decision about a stupid request, I think they should at least be forced to deal with the consequences, and not just harangue search engines (i.e easy targets.)

4 days ago
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A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

Marc_Hawke Re:S'not Wooden (82 comments)

His is wooden. The ones for sale are all-u-min-nium.

I just wonder if they come with a cord. I'm not a big 'wireless keyboard' fan.

about a week ago
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Tesla Model S Hacking Prize Claimed

Marc_Hawke Re:So (59 comments)

Do Tesla's have keys? I think it would be pretty awesome to back up the security with a physical item. So, when you lock your car after too many failures, the smart-phone remote access is just completely disabled until you use the physical key to unlock the door.

I suppose you could do the same thing with the key-fob and it wouldn't be any less secure than the key-fob already is.

That would be quite strong defense against brute forcing the PIN, and I don't think it would be that annoying since....how often do you remote-access your car anyway?

about two weeks ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

Marc_Hawke The premise is flawed. (189 comments)

A 'cycle' doesn't constitute a thought. I would be willing to bet that a human brain can actually process speech faster than a computer can. (not sure how you'd prove that.)

Computers aren't sentient NOW because they aren't fast enough yet. At least, that's a staple of science fiction. It's only when the computer gets 'big' enough...gets 'fast' enough that they can start to be sentient. So saying when a computer becomes sentient it will suddenly "think/talk" magnitudes faster than us is a non-sequitur.

Now, what they will have is photographic memories. They'll have a huge advantage in the 'random access memory recall' area. I assume it's possible they'll be better at 'hand-eye' coordination. (Not that she had any hands in 'her'.)

about 2 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

Marc_Hawke Missing Option (341 comments)

"I expect to die first."

about 3 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Marc_Hawke Re:Shoot The Moon! (630 comments)

No, you just have to get it out of the atmosphere and aimed right. I'm pretty sure mach 7 is good enough for 'escape velocity'.

about 4 months ago
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Toward Better Programming

Marc_Hawke Re:80%? A lofty goal indeed. (391 comments)

Instead of hinting, why don't you tell us what "100% from both" actually means? You've said twice that it's a perfectly fine thing to say but you haven't attempted to explain or define it.

Also, here's a hint, when you say 100%, it's math. (explanation: Say something like 'completely' or some other 'non-math' term if you wish to express something that can't be expressed by math.)

about 4 months ago
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Toward Better Programming

Marc_Hawke Re:What about the details? (391 comments)

Yeah, my bad. I knew that when I typed it as well. "This should probably just be infinite..." but I didn't change it.

about 4 months ago
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Toward Better Programming

Marc_Hawke Re:80%? A lofty goal indeed. (391 comments)

I think there are other inputs as well, so "both" don't add up to 100%.

about 4 months ago
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Toward Better Programming

Marc_Hawke What about the details? (391 comments)

I watched his Aurora demo, and much like the "Wolfram Language" that was brought up the other day, it didn't seem to be working at the same level as I do.

In the Aurora demo he made a To-Do list with his fake little HTML transform. That was fine, his list worked. But he didn't show changing the what the check-mark looked like. He didn't show us out to make it green. He didn't show us how to make the page behind it a different color, or the font-size marginally larger.

Sure, the concept of a To-Do list can be done in a few words of a high-level language...but that a program does not make. There is an infinitesimal number of other decisions/other command that must be defined and described. In the end, his cute little program would have to be just as long and complex as any JS or PHP script that did the same thing.

Perhaps he's just selling the 'Live Data' or the point-and-click editor, but as a programmer, (and him being a programmer) I find it disingenuous for him to present that as a replacement for the kind of detail and control that's necessary to actually accomplish the requirements of a customer.

about 4 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Marc_Hawke An IDE is often not available. (627 comments)

My biggest complaint about IDE's and why I don't use them often is that I have to program all over. My home environment is not the same at work, is not the same 'on location' is not the same 'on the road,' etc.

I program in the leanest way possible. I use the tools that will be available (or be made available) wherever. That means I use text-editors. I use 'vi' in Linux/Unix shells and I use Notepad++/Sublime on Windows. That way, where ever I am, I always have my 'tools' with me.

If I had the luxury of a more stable 'situation' for programming...meaning I knew I'd always be at the same desk, using the same IDE every time I wanted to do something, then I'd definitely learn it and use it. However, constantly switching platforms, languages, desktops, operating system makes it a bad idea to 'get used to' or 'rely on' any tool that can't be expected to exist in the next situation.

about 5 months ago
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With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

Marc_Hawke Why protect the 'Store'? (241 comments)

Call me naive, but why is Google so protective of the Play Store? Don't they get a cut of every sale there? I can understand why they'd want to block the side-loading of apps onto other OS devices, but wouldn't they want EVERYONE to use the store?

What I see, is that they should work towards eliminating other stores. So the Amazon App Store is more of a threat than Microsoft making a phone that can point at Google's store.

about 5 months ago
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Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

Marc_Hawke Same Argument as Certifications (343 comments)

Maybe not in his mind, but definitely in mine. The 'thought-path' that ends up in a certification is not something I want to encourage. Perhaps if it were more like an RPG, and a certain amount of 'XP' resulted in a new certification rank.

about 8 months ago
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An Animated, Open Letter To J.J. Abrams About Star Wars

Marc_Hawke Star Wars is Firefly? (376 comments)

Rule 1: On the frontier.
Rule 2: Old (well, at least broken) Not 'squeaky clean.'
Rule 3: The force is mysterious?
Rule 4: It's not cute.

All of those perfectly describe Firefly, (except the Force thing, and that's not really applicable.)

In fact, Malcolm Reynolds is a pretty accurate analogue for Han Solo, as Serenity is to the Millennium Falcon.

Who knew we liked Firefly for the same reasons we originally liked Star Wars?

about 10 months ago
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Remember the Computer Science Past Or Be Condemned To Repeat It?

Marc_Hawke Re:We don't shun those who should be shunned. (479 comments)

Neither one of your meanings matches how I've always heard it. A poor worker will try to place the blame on someone else. "It couldn't have been my fault, they must have been bad tools." So the tools were the constant rather than the variable.

1 year,4 hours
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Are You a Geek or a Nerd?

Marc_Hawke I wish I was just geek. (267 comments)

I would love to say I was just a geek. However the fact that I care about the difference means that I'm a nerd as well. I had to mark both.

I will say that I find positive affirmation in both titles. It's just that nerd contains a whole lot that I personally find negative as well.

about a year ago
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Compared to its non-Super version, I most prefer ...

Marc_Hawke Re:Easy. (288 comments)

Superfluous

about a year ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

Marc_Hawke Do we keep ?DT or ?ST (646 comments)

The summary says that we should 'spring forward' without 'falling back.' However the end of the summary says that 'springing forward' increases risk of heart attack, so wouldn't it be better to wait till we 'fall back?' Picking the wrong one would mean a 2-hour shift (or maybe an overlap) between zones (somewhere over an ocean.)

about a year ago
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Comet C/2013 A1 May Hit Mars In 2014

Marc_Hawke Re:Send a rover. (150 comments)

I think he meant 'after' the impact. As in to 'see what happened.' I think your Snark was a little premature.

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?

Marc_Hawke Re:How will this affect the industry? (385 comments)

I still prefer Paint Shop Pro to what I've seen with PhotoShop.

PSP has a mix of vector and raster manipulation that I haven't seen in any other program. I'm always surprised when my 'real artist' buddy is constantly moving back and forth between Illustrator and PhotoShop. It's the same confusion I get when I fire-up InkScape and half my tools are mission. PSP has both of them and they work together well.

I'm definitely not a professional though, and I barely use a small percentage of what even PSP offers. However the fact that I haven't seen another 'dual nature' graphics program really confuses me.

about a year and a half ago

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