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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

NoOneInParticular Re:Good luck with that EU (331 comments)

I understood that Google pays their taxes in Ireland, just like Microsoft, Facebook, and many others, I guess that makes them EU companies, so what's your point?

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

NoOneInParticular Re:Price is where it's at (428 comments)

If price/megabyte is all you need, I'd suggest to remove your hard-drive and replace it with tape. Yes, the seek times are a bit long, but then again, you didn't care about your time, right. Just price/megabyte.

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

NoOneInParticular Re:Sure, but speed... (428 comments)

Question: I've can buy a nice 128 GB SSD drive for about 100 bucks. Where can I buy a 128 GB HDD for $10?

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

NoOneInParticular Re:Don't need amoebae to fly (446 comments)

Edsger Dijkstra had a famous quip about this: "The question whether a machine can think is about as interesting as the question whether a submarine can swim".

2 days ago
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Five Years of the Go Programming Language

NoOneInParticular Re:Was ok till I read this: (82 comments)

If that's your point, you might want to get off your operating system as well. That thing is doing all kinds of stuff while running your program that you didn't tell it to do, leading to all kinds of unexpected behavior.

about two weeks ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

NoOneInParticular Re:Summary doesn't support headline (306 comments)

Yes, I have a kid. Mortally afraid to jump off a platform a quarter her height. No, overconfidence is not innate.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

NoOneInParticular Re:Powershell (729 comments)

One of my favourites in C:

int* a = ...
2[a] = 5;

Not sure if this is still allowed by the latest standards, but it used to work.This makes use of the fact that the bracket operator x[y] is syntactic sugar for *(x+y). So:

a[2] = *(a + 2) = *(2 + a) = 2[a]

Now try that somewhere else!

about 3 months ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

NoOneInParticular Re:10,000 Leagues (203 comments)

Well, for starters, 10,000 leagues is a quite a bit over the circumference of the earth, so being so far under the sea is just simply impossible. If this Verne character is serious about his scientific ambitions, he shouldn't be three to four orders off with his approximations.

about 3 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

NoOneInParticular Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

Sure, and by the same measure, the average European citizen is about 20 times less fearful of their government as the average American citizen. And that's the land of the free?

about 3 months ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

NoOneInParticular Re:Identical devices (194 comments)

I think you're overestimating the effect of marketing software. Oh, yes, it's extremely effective at figuring out who you are over many sites, but then the offers are absolutely atrocious. To wit:

There is no time in my life I am less likely to buy some white pants, a toaster or a flight to Los Angeles than after I've just bought these items, yet that's precisely the time I see ads for these products or services.

In other words, digital marketing is a con. It's conning business into paying for technology. No actual value is achieved.

about 4 months ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

NoOneInParticular Re: Local testing works? (778 comments)

America is special. Because at foundation time had a war with a dictatorship, they started anew, with a fresh constitution. Luckily, the forces that be found a workaround. Now they have a two party dictatorship. God bless you all.

about 4 months ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

NoOneInParticular Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

Why do you think the sign of a dying society is a decreasing population? What is your long term outlook? Are we to support 10 billion people, then 100 billion, then a trillion? How do you think this would work out?

I think a population, decreasing or increasing toward stability, is a sign of civilization. Resources are being maxed out, people are no longer starving, and you do not need children to take care of you in your old age. I'm sure that in the US this doesn't hold, as you'll have infinite resources and infinite growth potential, though in the rest of the world, people beg to differ.

about 4 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

NoOneInParticular Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Let me correct that for you: About the only place where you see corruption worse than in politics, is in an American union. If you look abroad, there are many unions that are actually functional. In particular, I was very impressed with Nordic unions, having direct experience with Danish ones. There, whilst membership is mandatory, they function exceptionally well. The reason is that they have responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is that the union itself pays unemployment benefits. So here we have functional socialism. Everybody pays into a pot for unemployment, and when people get unemployed, there's a strong incentive to get people up and running again, lest the pot of money dries up. This works incredibly well. People in Denmark are unemployed for a couple of months. If it is conjunctural, they sing it out, if it is structural, the union forces re-education.

about 4 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

NoOneInParticular Re:What the senator is really saying... (529 comments)

I think that indeed, the more generations people are residing on a continent, the more native they become. Furthermore, it is clear from the history of America that its success is based on the non-natives, the immigrants. Therefore it seems only logical that people from, say, fourth generation and beyond are officially declared to be native Americans, and thereby stripped off their possessions, and put into reservations.

about 4 months ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

NoOneInParticular Re:Core Wars (285 comments)

I think he describes Tom Ray's Tierra system.

about 4 months ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

NoOneInParticular Re:Rewrites Suck (250 comments)

I don't think so. When you do a rewrite, you have to uncover all use-cases that the the original software was covering. The software was doing A,B as well as C, D, E. When you do the rewrite, you will focus on the truly important use-cases A & B, and only later you figure out that people were really depending on C. Then you implement C, but D&E were really important as well. And before you know it, you're back to where you were before the rewrite: an organically grown codebase that solves A, B, C, D as well as E. The only difference with the original codebase is that it does A&B more efficiently, but C,D,E are bolted on. The original codebase had different biases (maybe C&E).

about 5 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

NoOneInParticular Re:US (224 comments)

Google ranks the info, making some stuff come out on top, and some stuff at the bottom. That's Google's claim to fame, and that's why they are targetted. Nobody would care if they would work like a phone book, as the info people want to remove cannot be found. They make it appear on the first page, and that's the problem.

about 6 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

NoOneInParticular Re:US (224 comments)

You're wrong here. Google doesn't blindly index. It ranks information, adding a subjective measure of worth to the information. That's why they make money, and that's why they are targetted by this legislation.

about 6 months ago

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