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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Marc_Hawke But Only Two (392 comments)

If they do send only women, they'd better make sure it's only a 2-person crew. It's widely known that 3 women can not get along for any period of time. Two of them will team up against the 3rd. (They'll switch groupings many times over, but it will always be 2 versus 1.)

I actually don't have any data on what happens in groups of 4+. But 3 is definitely a bad idea.

2 days ago
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Fixing Steam's User Rating Charts

Marc_Hawke Re:Valve Time (93 comments)

Nobody liked Steam when it came out either. There were a lot of things that kept most people away from it:

1. Always on. This was a problem both in internet connections (which were much more flaky back then) but also PC memory usage. Background processes were a gamer's worst nightmare before RAM sizes gained a few extra digits.

2. "Vaulted Access." People still wanted physical copies. They didn't trust Steam to be around in 5 years and figured they wouldn't have access to their games anymore.

3. Other things.

So, Steam was ignored by a lot of people, except for the games that 'forced' them to use it (Valve games:...CounterStrike and HL2 mostly.) However, (and this is the magic Microsoft needs to find) Valve made steam not suck. People learned to trust it. "Yes" it will be available. "Yes" it will be convenient. "No" it won't hose your experience. And most of all..."Yes" it will be economical.

Steam was considered draconian, until it proved not to be. And...importantly...it was 'optional' during that testing phase.

about two weeks ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Marc_Hawke Re:Definition of religion (795 comments)

You should stick to not answering posts. There was no content in your sentences. You talked about how smart you are without being willing to show evidence. Instead you resorted to a personal attack. As of this time, I would 'not' like to subscribe to your newsletter.

about 1 month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Marc_Hawke Re:Science vs Faith (795 comments)

You keep answering 'why' questions with 'how' answers. "Why are we here?" is a completely different question from 'How did we come to be here?"

Now, from the context of your post you do give an answer the 'why' question. "There is no reason other than random happenstance." I'm not sure that disagrees with the parents statement that 'why' is a philosophical question.

about 1 month ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Marc_Hawke Re:Client or Server side? (161 comments)

Yes, (replying to GrandParent, but agreeing with Parent.)

Can you explain why it would be better on the server side? I naturally assumed client side. "Get SmallScreen version of Picture." It would then be scaled by the Browser to fit the size determined by the layout.

I don't think that you'd change the layout based on which images were selected. Everything would look exactly the same, just the byte-size/quality of the image file would be different.

about 1 month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Marc_Hawke Re:Try Sublime in 'vintage' mode. (402 comments)

You're not supposed to close the windows. They just stay open all the time. (You don't even have to save them, it just keeps them up 'unsaved' the next time you come back. :w does work though, exactly as you'd expect.

about 3 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Marc_Hawke Try Sublime in 'vintage' mode. (402 comments)

That's why I use Sublime Text. It has a 'vi' mode that works very well. (Well, it does the most common functions, but if you're a grand-master vi wizard you'll easily find things it doesn't do.)

That was the primary reason I allowed myself to try it. 'come for the 'vi' stay for everything else.' The good news is that it's a top-notch editor even without vi. The 'overview' slider on the right side is brilliant. There's a vibrant 'plugin community', and it's very customizable. Also it's multi-platform so I'm using exactly the same Editor on my Windows box at work as well as my Gnome sessions at home.

(I still use vi in my terminals.)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

Marc_Hawke ERP is overpriced database (209 comments)

We purchased a large ERP to 'centralize' and 'homogenize' our data. Instead if disparate systems trying to interface, we wanted all our divisions to use the same system. We had IT research the different options with occasional feedback, and they picked one, and we started implement it.

It turns out that we had disparate systems for a reason, and the new ERP system didn't fit into any of them. We adjusted models to fit the best practices of the ERP as best we could, but that only got us so far. At the end of the day the ERP was nothing but a database (SQL Server) and all the day to day operations were done with custom built applications interface through API's and ODBC. Occasionally, (but rarely) there will be a business need that happens to be implemented natively by the ERP, but it's not something we count on.

One of the original suggestions was that we just 'roll our own' solution. In the end, we did, but we first saddled ourselves with a large pricetag and mostly useless support contract.

about 3 months ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

Marc_Hawke Re:Slippery Slope (186 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.)

about 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 5 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

Marc_Hawke Missing Option (341 comments)

"I expect to die first."

about 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 months ago

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