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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

am 2k Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

And yes, that also means taking it away from many who have it today.

Including foreigners that have trouble with the local language and all infants.

about 2 months ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

am 2k Re:Saw it at the Smithsonian a few years ago (99 comments)

Simpsons 2F17, Radioactive Man:

Nelson, Ralph, and Martin watch a man paint black patches on a white horse.

Martin: Uh, Sir, why don't you just use real cows?
Painter: Cows don't look like cows on film. You gotta use horses.
Ralph: What do you do if you want something that looks like a horse?
Painter: Ehh, usually we just tape a bunch of cats together.

about 3 months ago
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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

am 2k Re:Not Getting Paid (121 comments)

Only the Sith deal in absolutes!

;)

about 5 months ago
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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

am 2k Re:Not Getting Paid (121 comments)

Your employer is not, in most cases, your friend.

Your employer is never your friend. If you have a friend you also do business with, you have to separate those affairs, otherwise it can get very problematic. I know someone who doesn't speak to his own brother any more, because they had a company together that went bad.

about 5 months ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

am 2k Re:This just in! (157 comments)

His father was an electrical engineer, but maybe he knew that a single data point is irrelevant in statistics.

about 5 months ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

am 2k Re:Asimov predicted it! (265 comments)

Not quite. The Earth moved underground, while Trantor built domes aboveground. However, the end result is pretty similar, and he also stated the same reasons for doing so (which pretty much matches what they're saying about this project).

about 5 months ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

am 2k Asimov predicted it! (265 comments)

That's what happened to Trantor in Asimov's Foundation series:

Trantor is depicted as the capital of the first Galactic Empire. Its land surface [...] was, with the exception of the Imperial Palace, entirely enclosed in artificial domes.

And so it begins...

about 5 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

am 2k Re:Maybe Swedes would *prefer* it a bit hotter ind (567 comments)

Well, if the Gulf Stream ceases to exist due to the changes (which has been considered a couple of times), the Swedes won't be all that glad I guess. Siberia will look like a warm and cozy place in comparison. Rome will be a bit colder than New York.

about 6 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

am 2k Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (561 comments)

A lot of your personality is defined by your IQ:

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

about 6 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

am 2k Re:Predictable (484 comments)

So, why is the spirit of the law ignored when it comes to tax code? Why are there so many companies with their seat in places like the Cayman Islands or San Marino, while 99% of the work force is in other countries like the US or somewhere in the EU? They still don't have to pay any taxes.

about 6 months ago
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US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

am 2k Re:Yes, but for the wrong reason (220 comments)

But what's an abstract idea?

Isn't the definition that you have to be able to give a patent to a developer skilled in the specific art and he/she can implement exactly the device described by the patent without inventing anything new? If that's not possible, the patent is supposed to be invalid because it's an abstract idea instead of a concrete implementation.

about 6 months ago
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NVIDIA Adds Open-Source Gallium3D Support For the Tegra K1

am 2k Jetson TK1 (17 comments)

This might be related to the Nvidia Jetson TK1 that will be released pretty soon.

about 7 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

am 2k Re:next up ipv6 (220 comments)

Globally unique addresses are really unintuitive. What is this, the phone system? /s

about 7 months ago
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Fixing the Pain of Programming

am 2k Re:Debuggers (294 comments)

Simplest case, trying to debug remote code running on a server for which you have deploy-but-not-debug permissions on (this comes up a lot for me, actually).

For these cases, you should set up a local mirror environment where you are allowed to debug. Of course, if you can't reproduce the problem locally (because of system-interdependencies or a critical database you aren't allowed to copy for testing due to privacy issues), you have a problem...

about 7 months ago
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USPTO Approves Amazon Patent For Taking Pictures

am 2k Re:for the love of god (152 comments)

It worked fine in the French revolution.

about 7 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

am 2k Re:About time! (306 comments)

My (EU) ISP still ships cable modems that are not IPv6-compatible...

about 8 months ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

am 2k Re:Ability to run arbitrary code. (96 comments)

Executing arbitrary code is how the jailbreaks work. They exploit some weakness to patch the system, removing a few safeguards in the process (that's why there are some viruses out there that only affect jailbroken iOS devices).

about 8 months ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

am 2k Re:I would think (379 comments)

If a change is security related and non-obvious, then won't doing it in such a rush probably introduce new bugs/vulnerability into the code?

I guess you're not a programmer? When programming, you develop mind models of the code. This means that you can see behind the structures and write complicated stuff very quickly. After a while of not working on the code, you forget that model, and small changes are very dangerous, since they might result in side effects in other parts of the code you didn't consider.

That means that when you're constantly working on the same codebase and add features quickly, you get better code and less bugs. Note that this only stands true without a deadline looming ahead (which I don't think the OpenBSD devs have), since then you tend to make dangerous shortcuts and litter the code with "FIXME"s you tend to forget about.

That's also how hackathons work. I've been able to create full products in a weekend that otherwise would have taken months.

about 8 months ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

am 2k Re:I would think (379 comments)

The often repeated mantra that high level language compilers do a better job than humans isn't true, and doesn't become true through repetition. The compilers can do no better than the person programming them, and for a finite size compiler, the optimizations are generic, not specific. And a good low level programmer can take knowledge into effect that the compiler doesn't have.

While I agree, there are also specific cases where a human cannot reasonably do an optimisation a compiler has no troubles with. For example, a CPU can parallelize subsequent operations that are distinct, like talking to different units (floating point math, integer math, memory access) and not using the same registers. A human usually thinks in sequences, which require using the result of an operation as the input for the next operation. Everything else would be unreadable source.

Finding distinct operations and re-ordering commands is easy in compilers, and the optimized result has no requirement of being readable.

C tries to find a middle ground there, where the user still has a lot of possibilities to control the outcome, but the compiler knows enough about the code to do some optimizations. The question is where the correct balance lies.

about 8 months ago

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Android Moving Away from XMPP

am 2k am 2k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

am 2k (217885) writes "Google has announced that the Android platform will no longer use XMPP. Instead, they want to develop their own protocol loosely based on it. The reasons they're giving on the web site have already been debunked by other mobile XMPP developers, leaving the XMPP developers to wonder about the real reasons for the surprising move.

Is this the new embrace-and-extend strategy of Google 'do no evil' Inc.?"

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