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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

NoOneInParticular Re:"They" is us (339 comments)

Globally, you're probably below the lowest 1%, as nobody in the developing world is allowed to rake up this much debt without being killed or going to prison. Interesting paradox of wealth.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

NoOneInParticular Re:One important use left for Pascal (488 comments)

struct TRTPHeader {
unsigned Version : 2;
unsigned Padding : 1;
unsigned Extension : 1;
unsigned CSRC_Count : 4;
...
unsigned Data : 8;
};

And now I can say packet.Version = 2. I can also see that 'padding' is not at the byte boundary, so that's probably a bug. So why is the Pascal version better?

5 days ago
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Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

NoOneInParticular Re:Ppl who don't know C++ slamming C++ (200 comments)

I think that OO is possibly the worst thing that ever happened to computer science. Nice try, but it turns out that in practice, inheritance is a bad idea. Luckily C++ doesn't force one into OO like the more pure languages do. That's why I like C++.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

NoOneInParticular Re:More proof (666 comments)

Numbers are ordered. By construction.

about a week ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

NoOneInParticular Re:Way to Elevate the Debate.... (496 comments)

The arithmetic mean is an average, as is the geometric mean, as is the median. Also, intelligence as measured by IQ tests actually is symmetric and non-skewed.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

NoOneInParticular Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

So Google has chosen a business model where they cannot patch the software they put out in the wild. And that makes them blameless how?

about three weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

NoOneInParticular Re:Yay, religion of peace! (490 comments)

So you think art has no objective benefits? Back to your cave, Neanderthal!

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

NoOneInParticular Re:islam (1350 comments)

The same reasoning holds for capitalism as worshiped by free market fundamentalists. There's a supernatural agency (the invisible hand of the market), both to suspends disbelief about actual human behaviour (who form cartels and monopolies to dismantle competition) and to explain why things aren't working as expected (all evil is caused by regulations). Checks all of the boxes as well.

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

NoOneInParticular Re:No such thing as luck, scientifically (180 comments)

The cell itself is an environment, and still far beyond our understanding. So yes, there's no way that we can control this with our current technology.

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

NoOneInParticular Re:Environmental Factors? (180 comments)

He's got a model that explains cancer based on faulty cell division. It is causative. He's crunched the numbers and found that his model explains 65% of occurrences of cancer. His model might still be wrong, but a 'correlation is not causation' critique is not applicable here.

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

NoOneInParticular Re:mostly bullshit (180 comments)

Yes, but actually assigning instances of a deadly disease to bad luck rather than bad choices goes against the puritan heart of America, where everybody gets what they deserve, and no person that is well off should feel inclined to share any of the product of good luck with anyone else. Because, you know, they obviously made good choices, no bad ones. No luck involved.

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

NoOneInParticular Re:mostly bullshit (180 comments)

Gauss also says that quantum mechanics is bollocks and we haven't found the true cause of non-determinism yet. But also there he is wrong.

about a month ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

NoOneInParticular Re:PHP itself (343 comments)

So you're stating that in a world where PHP was not invented, Wikipedia would not have been created? Doubtful.

about a month and a half ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

NoOneInParticular Re:Sure... (343 comments)

Depends on who pays for the locks. If there is a separate department that pays for the locks, then yes, that's a cost center. If it comes from the retail store's budget, then no, it is paid by the profit center. Being part of a profit center doesn't mean you don't have costs. Being part of a cost center doesn't mean you're not involved in profit.

about a month and a half ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

NoOneInParticular Re:California Energy Commission still saying it (719 comments)

Interesting evidence you bring to the table. So we have a prediction that increased tides induced by sea level rise will likely become very dangerous by 2050 for the bay area (up to half a meter of additional storm surge tide). An "underwater map" about what could happen in about 100 years from 1997 given a 1 meter sea level rise at the highest tide, and a professor that states that species will need to move to Canada if the temperature rises by about 2.5 degrees Celsius in 100 years.

Not sure if this truly supports your point, as this seems to be pretty consistent with what we're expecting to experience. Not 100% sure about the specifics of the Bay Area as that seems to be a bit on the high side, but could be an effect of the actual geography of the area.

about a month and a half ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

NoOneInParticular Re: Land of the free (580 comments)

I'm from Holland. It's pretty easy to obtain a gun if you really want to. But law-abiding citizens typically don't do this, because ... it's the law (duh).

By not having an arms-race, I'm not afraid being shot at by a burglar, because also they don't typically carry a gun.

about a month and a half ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

NoOneInParticular Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

Yes, and I'm pretty sure that intruders carry a healthy arsenal of weaponry to survive a confrontation with an armed homeowner. It's the arms race that's not very healthy.

about a month and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

NoOneInParticular Re: No - Keep Your Data Home (281 comments)

You don't understand how mail servers work, do you?

about a month and a half ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

NoOneInParticular Re:THERE HAS NEVER BEEN CLIMATE STASIS! (401 comments)

Your argument doesn't hold water. You state roughly that the Nazis are leftist because all totalitarians are leftist. And as Nazis are totalitarians they must be leftist.

You mix terms: you draw an opposite between 'totalitarian' and 'liberal', and you equate them to 'left' and 'right'. That doesn't work: the traditional 'left' versus 'right' divide is about those who believe in 'class equality' and those that believe in 'private property'. Both have totalitarian as well as liberal factions. Where the left have communists that are as totalitarian as it gets, the right have fascists and authoritarian factions that drive towards a totalitarian state. The US "democrat and republican party" being one example of such an authoritarian right wing faction.

about a month and a half ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

NoOneInParticular Re:Your argument is devoid of facts (401 comments)

The NAZI party was the NATIONAL Socialist GERMAN Workers PARTY. So per your argument, that's as right wing as it gets. All the NATIONAL parties of the history have been right wing. Left wing parties are typically INTERNATIONAL (their war-song is even called the "Internationale"), as their ideology is about class, not about nation.

So the name of the Nazis both appeal to extreme left wing, as well as extreme right wing. This is not a coincidence.

The rest of the AC's argument is as stupid and ill-informed.

about a month and a half ago

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