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Mercedes Slams Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

St.Creed Wrong link in the summary (1 comments)

Either you posted the wrong link or I'm too tired. I'm off to bed anyway but perhaps you should check your links.

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

St.Creed Re:Holy shit (456 comments)

10% growth won't be the norm in the near future because it's never been the norm, just a weird exception in some periods of intense growth. The average ROI over centuries is very very stable at 4%. This corresponds roughly to the price of houses.

I read an article today that explained that since 4% is higher than the average growthrate of economies, people having assets will tend to collect a larger and larger share from the GDP as opposed to just working for it. Hence the growing divide in society between people having money gathering more and more of it, and the rest gaining less and less.

Replace assets with capital and working for it with labour, and I think we're back at where Marx once started his analysis.

2 days ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

St.Creed Re:Smart move, loser. (217 comments)

Always ask for forgiveness rather than permission.

How often has that strategy ended in a geek pleading guilty to a felony charge?

I'd say that would be pretty much in every case forgiveness was not forthcoming. Several people in jail, some dead now. Yeah, the results of that type of INDIVIDUAL action aren't pretty...

However, one can seek publicity and organize. You can't jail 10.000 people out of hand (in the USA).

about a week ago
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How Riot's Social Scientists Fight League of Legends Trolling

St.Creed Re:Misery loves company (116 comments)

Some people like to play aggressively, others don't. In most gaming communities that's okay. Not on LOL supposedly.

Uhm... have you ever played LoL? I mean, agressive play is one thing. But having every 5 out of 6 words being an insult or a slur doesn't really help me game. It's not aggressive play, it has NOTHING at all to do with play. And a lot with an inability to express themselves and their frustration at being so bad at the game.

It just makes me look for another game where I don't have to put up with pre-teens who just escaped from mama's supervision. And that's why LoL is right: they need to protect the normal players from the minority of asshats that can't deal with losing a game.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

St.Creed Re:Careful now (408 comments)

Okay, that's pretty interesting. I had never heard of that one but I can see how that that is certainly possible. It's just unexpected since I would expect that the instructions would say "has no side effects". But if you have a double blind study then ofcourse you would be told about side effects and then they could occur.

It's a bit like hypnosis, perhaps. I wonder if people who are sensitive to hypnotic commands are also more sensitive to placebo treatments. That could be interesting to determine.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

St.Creed Re:Short Intro (272 comments)

Oh, didn't know about Postgres's new features. Well, that gives me something do to tonight :) Thanks.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

St.Creed Re:Not going to work... (408 comments)

If the results can be achieved without using homeopathy, it would have been done already. But you're trying to tell desperate people "no no, don't try this. We don't have anything else, but don't try this". You don't have a chance in the face of desperate people. Noone wants to hear it. And if governments really start cracking down on homeopathy, what may happen is that the paranoia over "Big Pharma" will increase, and that will *certainly* do quite a lot of harm on a much larger scale than drinking expensive water can do.

IMHO, you're looking at it from a pharmaceutical/medical perspective, when you should be looking at it from a psychological/behavioral point of view.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

St.Creed Re:Careful now (408 comments)

And the placebo effect has no side effects while "approaching the treatment effect" when certain conditions are met. Personally, if the doctor has no options for say, treating facial nerve pain (aka "suicide syndrome") then I'll try homeopathy. I've seen it work with rather amazing effectiveness up close and personal, even for skeptics and even for small children.

Link: http://dm.education.wisc.edu/t...

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

St.Creed Re:Not going to work... (408 comments)

Homeopathy is applied psychology and pretty effective as such. Saying it's crap means you don't understand a iota of it.

You're saying that homeopathy can't work because there are no substances in the bottle. I'm saying it's precisely because there aren't any substances (except a small amount of alcohol) while still being expensive, that it is sometimes effective without damaging side effects.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

St.Creed Re:Short Intro (272 comments)

I agree that that road isn't productive (otherwise we'd still write machine code since we can do everything in machine code), but the hint of "it's going to be on internet so I can't use and RDBMS" in the original question is silly, and that's what I react to.

Given 3 trillion users your options are pretty much limited to horizontal scaling, no SQL etc. but most people never get that far with their applications and in that case, storing the data in a noSQL database and then getting actionable information out of it (which is the hardest part IMO) is a lot of effort spent for something much cheaper and easier done with an RDBMS.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

St.Creed Re:Short Intro (272 comments)

Any relational database can also do "schemaless" models, by using the EAV (anti-)pattern. Mainly this conveys a lack of understanding of your data and a lack of planning and design in your datamodel, but hey, it happens. The fun thing is that you still get all those nice database features like parallel processing, concurrency, SQL, ACID transactions if you want them, security and maintenance tooling, etc.

And if you use a modern database like SQL 2014 or Oracle's latest, you will get column-based compression (okay, it still sucks in SQL Server 2014, but it's a start), so the whole issue with extending sparse schema's is moot. If you use the 6th normal form it's not an issue anyway since that implements column-based compression by modeling it.

What you say is of course correct. It's just that for people who have a nice toolbox with all kinds of data models, relational databases go a lot further than most people think.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

St.Creed Re:Panasonic (151 comments)

Very likely. Especially since it seems that Prius battery packs are holding up even better than expected, I'd expect the same from the Tesla packs (unless they use a different type of battery), and buying an older one for a low price seems like a good idea if you need the storage.

Unfortunately my roof is pretty unhelpful as regards solar panel placement. I have a large flat roof in the shade. Otherwise I'd have already installed solar panels.

about two weeks ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

St.Creed Re:Amazing Insight (161 comments)

Actually, it's in direct contrast to other research that said most people with iPhones had a lower income than most people with Android phones: those who can afford it the least sometimes tend to buy the most expensive stuff based. But that was a few years ago - perhaps it has changed in the mean time.

about two weeks ago
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China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

St.Creed Re:Unsubtle how? (100 comments)

I agree with you and I'm not at all saying they were treated well. But if the Chinese government wanted to be unsubtle, they'd be beaten up and jailed without further discussion. Apart from that: the cases at Mt. Gox and the other thieves... sorry, money changers, show that regulation is going to be needed pronto. The Chinese version of regulation, however, is to ban it.

about two weeks ago
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China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

St.Creed Unsubtle how? (100 comments)

If the Chinese government had been unsubtle, the police would have arrested the owners and they'd be doing hard labour in a punishment camp in Tibet right now. Telling banks to stop doing business with them is a very very moderate slap on the wrist for people who've been slightly naughty.

about two weeks ago
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How a 'Seismic Cloak' Could Slow Down an Earthquake

St.Creed Re:Weaponize (101 comments)

What they do, as I gather from the article, is that they drill holes in specific patterns around installations. The pattern then absorbs seismic waves and turns them into sound and heat at the focal points of the waves. No idea how much heat or sound, but in general it's an improvement over having the building destroyed.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography

St.Creed Re:What a bunch of hooye, total garbage (91 comments)

Governments do have a role in money systems. The Dutch Central Bank is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, and it's interesting to note that the first 30 years were spent trying to establish faith in paper money. Once this had happened it opened the way for some much needed liquidity in the economy and a lot more economic activity happened as a result of that.

In the 11th century the Vikings raided the monasteries. This provided a much-needed economic boost once the gold came into circulation again. With paper money you NEVER have an end to circulation: you can always print more as needed. So it is very useful if you want to have some influence over the economy to have a currency that you can control. And this has very little to do with "governments being evuhl" and a lot with governments being the "management board of capitalism".

Crises, finally, are not caused by misallocation of funds, but by a lack of return on investment in every sector. *This* causes misallocation of funds as capitalists (sorry: investors) then become desperate for ROI and start to invest in tulips, bad loans and Zynga shares. Eventually that collapses, leaving everyone with worthless stuff, companies go bankrupt and the system is rationalized once again. ROI is restored by companies that are able to buy out their competitors for an apple and an egg, and things start anew.

I do have disagreements with the author - money and contracts are not the same, for instance, and while the choice of distribution of money is political most countries have a central bank that does this, usually outside direct political control - invalidating at least part of the thesis as I see it. But I doubt its complete nonsense.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

St.Creed Re:Math basics (246 comments)

... our utterly grody stock control system that has a MySQL backend and needs to talk to our wanky CRM system written in fuck knows what.

Tell me how lambda calculus is really the same thing.

The CRM system is written using MS VB with Linq queries. That's how.

about a month and a half ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

St.Creed Re:Firrrst post the noo (286 comments)

considering an independent Scotland may have been in the Eurozone at that time,

You can stop considering that. The EU already said "not bloody likely" they're going to be allowed membership as independent state. Unless they also have an army, navy and airforce.

about a month and a half ago

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