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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

Njorthbiatr Re:WHO forced them? (141 comments)

Well, they probably couldn't figure out how to Photoshop their way into space.

about two weeks ago
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Google Finally Quashes Month-Old Malvertising Campaign

Njorthbiatr Re:Don't do evil (56 comments)

Well I don't know if that's fast or slow.

I'm an investor not a software security expert.

about two weeks ago
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Google Finally Quashes Month-Old Malvertising Campaign

Njorthbiatr Re:Don't do evil (56 comments)

Google does something and they're called out for not doing that thing?

This isn't making any sense. Are we just getting upset at Google because Google?

about two weeks ago
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Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

Njorthbiatr So... (161 comments)

I always heard that Rust was like a 3D printed gun. Nifty, if they can ever get it to work.

about three weeks ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

Njorthbiatr LOL Okay (294 comments)

It's funny because you can't just mash some numbers together and be like, "FACTUAL STATISTICS!"

about a month ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

Njorthbiatr Re:Initiators vs promoters (180 comments)

I think aging is a more easily solvable problem. 3D printed organs using your own DNA could replace sick ones. We can sequence out your DNA when you're young as a master copy and then constantly revert your body to it using viral vectors and introduction through stem cells.

I'd imagine the only real problem we're going to have is with maintaining the brain.

about a month ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

Njorthbiatr Re:Initiators vs promoters (180 comments)

The rise of cancer is related specifically to the rise of life expectancy.

Live long enough and cancer will kill you; it's the primary obstacle in immortality.

about a month ago
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Sony Sends DMCA Notices Against Users Spreading Leaked Emails

Njorthbiatr Re:Are emails copyrighted ? (138 comments)

This isn't true. Well, mostly.

Any work you create is copyrighted; however, it's unenforceable unless registered, assuming you live in the US.

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Njorthbiatr Re:Are speed cameras bad? (335 comments)

Oh good, so it's already based on science. Excellent.

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Njorthbiatr Re:Are speed cameras bad? (335 comments)

Because the speed limits *totally* wouldn't creep downward as revenue drops, when people start watching their speed closer. The motivation for governments putting up speed cameras isn't safety, it's income, pure and simple.

Speed limits need to be tied to scientific methodology on what should be the best speed. In a democracy it lies to the citizens to advocate such a change.

If they revoke my license, I still need to get to work, because my family and I like eating and living in a nice home. I'll just be driving without a license and praying not to get caught. The world isn't as simple as you're making it out to be. Imagine if we applied that same logic to programming, after all. "To write perfect software, don't introduce bugs, it's basically that simple."

Yes, you do. And you're going to have to find another way to do it. By that time society will have given you plenty of warning that your behavior is unacceptable, so because of repeated conscious decision to put others at risk, you cannot be trusted and your privileges are revoked. The consequences are a result of your own actions and despite of any obligations you may have, it isn't society's obligation to help you fulfill them.

Your analogy is wrong. My analogy is saying, "Just because a policy's implementation is flawed does not mean the policy is inherently flawed."

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Njorthbiatr Re:Speeding not always an issue (335 comments)

Speed limits should be based on science, not on, "Whatever speed the driver feels is safe enough."

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Njorthbiatr Re:Are speed cameras bad? (335 comments)

They should accept zero tolerance. If you don't like the law then petition to have it changed.

The only reason raising speed limits is safer is because people refuse to follow it. If you can't see that going slower is safer, then I think you need to retake physics.

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Njorthbiatr Re:Are speed cameras bad? (335 comments)

Basically just fining people doesn't help.

The logical conclusion here isn't that red light cameras and speed cameras are ineffective, it's that the punishment for them is ineffective. But since TFA has a bias about wanting to speed and endanger the lives of everyone around him so he can get somewhere a few minutes faster, he has to form irrational conclusions that because the cameras aren't working, the whole policy is stupid and should be forgotten, rather than just its implementation.

Imagine if we applied the same logic to programming: "Well this program doesn't really do what we want it to, better just bin the whole thing."

Maybe speeding cameras won't be necessary when everyone has self-driving cars that follow the laws. But since there's an epidemic of breaking the law, more drastic punishments must clearly be taken. A strikes method should probably be implemented, where drivers are issued a fine, a suspension of their license, and finally if the problem persists, a total invalidation of their license. I fear this may be the only implementation that protects people.

Don't break the law if you don't wish to have your license revoked, it's basically that simple.

about 1 month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Njorthbiatr Re:Are speed cameras bad? (335 comments)

Good, maybe after everyone keeps getting ticketed they'll slow down.

about 1 month ago
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Gmail Access Starts To Come Back In China, State-Run Paper Blames Google

Njorthbiatr Re:So why'd it come back online? (45 comments)

The funny part is that the only one who looks bad is China.

about 1 month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

Njorthbiatr Re:Gene Marks is VERY dumb (386 comments)

Here's the things, these investors, me being one of them, aren't dumb and don't demand instant pay-offs. In fact, people who play the market expecting instant pay-offs are more than likely about to get burned.

about 1 month ago
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Gmail Reportedly Has Been Blocked In China

Njorthbiatr What... (145 comments)

“Imagine if Gmail users might not get through to Chinese clients. Many people outside China might be forced to switch away from Gmail.”

This isn't how the internet works.

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

Njorthbiatr Re:Limited Theatrical Release (176 comments)

Pretty much.

Money speaks louder than threats.

about a month ago
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Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

Njorthbiatr Re:"But it can be circumvented!" (75 comments)

I'm more curious how superior this is to using a burner phone.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Njorthbiatr Re:This is not the problem (688 comments)

A high altitude nuclear detonation can wipe out all electronics within a fairly large area.

So then, what robots?

about a month and a half ago

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