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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Sperbels Microsoft the pusher? (210 comments)

Give them a taste for free, then when they're hooked, gouge them.... Visual Studio and .Net do tend to be well received by everyone. The consensus is that it's a good product and a pleasure to use. The only problem with it is that you have to run it on Windows. So, perhaps the plan is to support .Net on Linux for a while, then yank the support for Linux away and force everyone back to Windows and SQL Server or rewrite their application for another platform.

yesterday
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

Sperbels Pointless (194 comments)

Venus will never be inhabitable until we can radically alter the atmosphere. Colonizing the atmosphere is pointless. Where are you going to get raw materials? It would be far easier to hollow out an asteroid and colonize the interior than it ever would be to establish a presence on Venus.

yesterday
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Sperbels Re: This is not the problem (632 comments)

Well it's clear you don't want to be part of the group. You can probably take your lunch tray from our little social microcosm and sit at your own table all alone and nobody will care. At least until you come back and shoot up the school because your self inflicted ostracization fucked you up mentally.

yesterday
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Sperbels Re:Luddites (632 comments)

The beauty of an AI system is the system can be designed from the ground up avoid the restrictions we have.

Any sort of sapient artificially intelligent program we "create" is almost certainly not going to be designed from the ground up. It will most likely be designed with the ability to learn, and it will teach itself.

yesterday
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Sperbels Re:And on the plus side... (315 comments)

You need a hot desert to get the sand. You need sand to get the worms.

Sand trout make the desert. Then they turn into worms. Amateur.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Sperbels Re:Tired of this shit (438 comments)

Well, now that you got your rant out, I'm going to tell you that you missed my point.

I don't really care too much about making social commentaries or judgements. I just think it would be interesting to see how it affects you psychologically when you are a treated differently by society. I suspect that you'll quickly become a different person and behave and perceive the world like that other person. You might ever see yourself behaving in a manner that you despise in others. It would be quite an effective way make everyone a lot more tolerant of everyone else (not just black and white Americans) because everyone can empathize with everyone else. But more importantly....what an excellent trip toy.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Sperbels Re:Why not talk to black people??!! (438 comments)

The point is to experience it, not just be told what it's like. We've all been told. It's a different thing entirely to experience it. And frankly, I don't have a black neighbors.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Sperbels Re:Tits (438 comments)

Naturally that will be the first simulation I try....unless somebody is watching.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Sperbels Re:Tired of this shit (438 comments)

Uh, this is not an accusation. As far as I call this is just an interesting social experiment. And one that I'm eager to participate in. Ever since I got Oculus Rift, I've been wanting to experience the world through the eyes of other people and see how it psychologically affects me to be treated like somebody else. Somebody uglier, or more attractive, or smarter, or dumber, or a better dresser, or a different gender, or a different race, or a richer/poorer, a different age, sicklier, buff and intimidating. Surely this is something that would be extremely interesting to most people.

2 days ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Sperbels Re:Or... (243 comments)

Because that's just what you do in the middle of the night.

about a week ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

Sperbels Re:Xubuntu (125 comments)

Yeah. Running Lubuntu 14.04 on old HP Mini with Atom n270, 2 g ram, and SSD. It's responsive and usable...unlike how it was with XP or Ubuntu+Unity where it would bog down for 30-60 seconds at times for no apparent reason.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

Sperbels Re:It could be worse (247 comments)

Damn it. Now I have that song stuck in my head.

about two weeks ago
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Why Pluto Still Matters

Sperbels Re:Sentimental claptrap (91 comments)

I'm not sure I would consider that a boundary. For a substantial part of their lifetime, our planets were not considered planets.

We know now that planet formation is common place and occurs around nearly every single point of light in the sky. I just don't think the word should still be specific to the Solar System as it currently stands. We need a definition that includes the current planets, and the "other planets".

about two weeks ago
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Why Pluto Still Matters

Sperbels Re:Once a planet, always a planet (91 comments)

I consider Ceres a planet. It's round, may have a very small and more or less stable atmosphere.

about two weeks ago
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Why Pluto Still Matters

Sperbels Re:Sentimental claptrap (91 comments)

The Trojan Asteriods are in stable orbits created by Jupiter and the Sun. In effect, Jupiter has cleared its path as everything in its orbit is best thought of with respect to it. So Jupiter really isn't violating the spirit of the definition.

What if it were 3 or 4 billion years ago when the solar system was still young. There would still be a lot of clutter in the orbit of Jupiter and the other planets. We wouldn't be able to call them planets anymore by the IAU's definition.

about two weeks ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

Sperbels Re:Odd (196 comments)

But Grandpa, you can turn the ice maker on and off with your iPad. Can't you see how much awesomer this is?

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

Sperbels Re:BetaMax vs VHS . . . (193 comments)

I think of it more as a Viewmaster.

Oh, come on. It's at least Lite-Brite.

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

Sperbels Re:BetaMax vs VHS . . . (193 comments)

Yeah, but iPAD isn't BetaMax....it's LaserDisc.

about two weeks ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Sperbels Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (652 comments)

At least the contaminants are packaged up neatly in big glass blobs rather than released into the atmosphere for all of us to breath.

about three weeks ago

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