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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Vitriol+Angst Re:I hope it crashes and burns (141 comments)

Well doesn't Objective C lock a developer into a single platform? Where else are these iOS apps going to run without a recompile and platform dependencies?

Is the Java based Android running apps on other platforms like iOS or Microsoft's?

The Open Phone platform is either low performance apps with middleware, or a Unicorn parade. I do see that you should be careful of lockin -- but isn't everyone already locked in anyway?

1 hour ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Vitriol+Angst Re:I hope it crashes and burns (141 comments)

Your choice on iOS is javascript + HTML, Objective C, or using some third party like Unity. The iOS has been able to eke out an advantage over other phones for battery life and the ability to run large games ONLY BECAUSE they forced this "writing to hardware" with Objective C.

Objective C is difficult and the other options are for low performance apps that are little more than cobbled web pages.

The need for Swift is great, and I've been using it to jump back into programming; it is well thought out and straight forward. Instead of making it appear on all platforms and support the lowest common denominator, I'd rather it mature a bit and get some good libraries.

I can understand an automatic distrust for new languages -- but it's not like the platform is riddled with adequate alternatives. And Swift appears to solve a lot of real usability problems without sacrificing power.

1 hour ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Vitriol+Angst Re:It's getting hotter still! (546 comments)

NOTE: Ahead of the expected misconstruing of what I'm saying; the Antarctic is considered a desert due to it's very low rainfall. However, if there is more fresh water rain -- that could be creating the ice, or when we have many icebergs calving that are the size of Rhode Island -- that means the ice gets broken up or sloughs off, creating a spreading.

The ice may also be very thin. More or less ice doesn't automatically mean anything -- and I don't KNOW the facts, I'm just throwing down reasons for what we see. It's very likely this does NOT mean the Antarctic got cooler.

yesterday
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Vitriol+Angst Re:It's getting hotter still! (546 comments)

Agreed. The "spreading out" of thin ice might just be due to a lot of ice falling off the Antarctic and more precipitation -- if it were cooler, you'd have less.

This might a good "negative" feedback mechanism that reduces overall infrared absorption -- at least in Antarctica, but likely not enough to curb the trend.

But those who say " we need more research" before affecting someone's profits -- well, they will think this proves something.

yesterday
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

Vitriol+Angst Re:Three times less = negative number! (170 comments)

This is part of spoken English.

That horrible stuff the teach in English class in school is not spoken or read outside of Pedants and English Teacher forums.

4 days ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

Vitriol+Angst Re:Three times less = negative number! (170 comments)

3X Less is equivalent to 1 / 3X. It's like saying 33.333% !

As far as questionable English goes, this can't be better than not any Double Negatives.

4 days ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Vitriol+Angst Re:In other words nobody is born smart (268 comments)

People are 90% bacteria.

When we are born -- it's not just genes we get, there is likely a whole scaffolding system from the Mother that passes on Mitochondria to protein based information. It seems the search for intelligence has been too reductionist to JUST DNA and not looking at the embryonic stage where environment and mother switch on and off different components and equip the baby with a complex immune system, GI tract. It's like saying a "computer" is smart based just on the CPU and not paying attention the what programs were installed.

5 days ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Vitriol+Angst Re:"Caught" (363 comments)

And it translates to MORE REVENUE for police departments have moved away from "protect and serve" to "find that revenue".

Fines are supposed to discourage a certain behavior. And in the case of the poor, the fines are not reduced based on income -- they are a higher percentage of that person's income. The theory of discouragement is therefore false because the poor get a greater penalty relative to the rich, and they also are fined more frequently. Guilt or Innocence meet equal punishment as well, if not more so for the costs involved if you go to trial to prove innocence in the vain attempt to get rid of an automatic fine.

The police don't like you that day; you get a fine. That's all that matters.

about a week ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

Vitriol+Angst Re:Excellent Question (191 comments)

While I get what you are saying as far as "research" it's kind of like saying; "We can't know how to treat Agent Orange damage if we don't keep spraying Agent Orange -- there won't be enough data."

Fracking is a transition tech -- it's getting the last bits of natural gas and that's fine. But if we spent more money pushing the alternative energy -- which WILL EVENTUALLY be cheaper, we speed the day and time when it's more viable.

The environment and mankind will be better off on alternative energy so why are we dragging our feet on that while making excuses for the BAD STUFF somehow getting better? It makes no sense and that's not being "entrenched" on a point of view. Solar and Wind are the future -- there is no good excuse to wait.

And I'm not 100% against fracking -- I just recognize it as a stop gap measure.

about a week ago
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Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

Vitriol+Angst Re:OTOH, if he's NOT crazy stupid... (78 comments)

A Chinese Snowden would never reveal his name.

However, if he went to the US for refuge, money could change hands and we might hand him over. Because money is free speech over here and all that.

So on balance; no better and no worse to be a whistleblower.

about a week ago
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Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

Vitriol+Angst Is China more free than the USA? (78 comments)

It's funny, but even though it seems like a "momma state" issue that they block access to a website, I can't imagine someone suing a company for what the NSA or FBI did and being successful.

Police using heavy handed techniques and traffic lights to procure revenue in your area? Good luck with that.

We have this impression of China as a place where the state does what it wants without repercussions -- but this court case tells me that I've got to reevaluate that image. It's not the China of 20 years ago.

about a week ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

Vitriol+Angst Re:Or so they say... (142 comments)

Our Supreme Court is fascist. I fully expect them to uphold the "we got an anonymous tip" and provide a hole a truck can drive through with all this "NSA metafile information that won't ever be used against you..."

And off the record, we see here you visited a certain bunny ranch in Vegas, we'd like to see a larger number on next years budget in the appropriations committee.

The threat posed by the Silk Road is orders of magnitude less than "anonymous" evidence in FBI court cases. This is the morning before we wake up to a boot on our neck --- and I don't that's hyperbole.

about a week ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

Vitriol+Angst Re:Or so they say... (142 comments)

Is that like Plausible BS -- or am I using a too technical word here?

I always figured that the "illegally gained intelligence" whether it be to get rid of a politician or someone affecting the status quo, would be an "anonymous tip" or "via great sleuthing."

This great sleuthing never occurs if it's a bank or someone politically connected -- strange.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Vitriol+Angst All Michael Crichton Stories ... (762 comments)

... are about Frankenstein's monster. They can be really awesome stores, but they are can be summed up with changing the name of the Doctor.

So it's really all anti-science, science fiction. Why isn't he anti Fossil Fuel studies? Not sure. But if you are looking for a villain we all have our "go to" groups. And I think you can almost describe the shift in attitudes of any age by saying if most of the villains in the movies are corporate, state, scientist, religious institution, third world,.. and the like. We define ourselves by who we most often blame.

I blame Michael Crichton , mostly.

about a week ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

Vitriol+Angst Re:so the T-1000 shouldn't have frozen? (182 comments)

Whoosh the humor went over my head, or "Whoosh!" the sound of a hundred NASA rocket scientists groaning at bad science in movies?

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

Vitriol+Angst Re:so the T-1000 shouldn't have frozen? (182 comments)

No, the T-1000 was a liquid metal. Due to it's heat conduction (we can assume from the metal) it would conduct heat and thus not create a protective gas layer.

Now if you want to start talking about Armageddon's bad physics, we could be here all day.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

Vitriol+Angst Re:E.Coli (82 comments)

If you knew anything about SlashDot, you'd know that someone is researching that right now and will statically prove that you are WRONG!

Typing in Google right now...

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

Vitriol+Angst Re:E.Coli (82 comments)

An intestinal bacteria, you say.

I will have to claim prior art. My family has been manufacturing methane the same way for generations.

If you knew the slightest thing about chemistry you'd know that Propane and Methane are not the same gas.

so THAT is the reason they have completely different names?

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

Vitriol+Angst Re:E.Coli (82 comments)

This is Propane!

Now if we add this to cows and pigs, we will have to fire proof all the farms. Any industrial accident and we will see pigs fly, albeit with rocket propulsion and not the typical way one might think pigs would fly.

about two weeks ago

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