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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

blippo Re:Sounds reasonable (237 comments)

Aftermatch: Nothing.

The other informed in leading roles, including other ministers indicated that this was vetted by the ministry of foreign affairs and ultimately the minister.

Coincidentally and very unfortunate, she had been murdered by a madman when the story broke, and I think that took the edge out of any public or criminal investigation.

I think a lot of people hid behind this unfortunate event - she was definitely informed, but since the gentlemen in question where allegedly two very dangerous terrorist suspects, it's hard to tell how the details where presented. The swedish ambassador made some effort to ensure a due legal process in Egypt, but I think in retrospect, everyone can agree that it's was a naïve approach.

2 days ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

blippo Re:motion sickness (286 comments)

I think there is little difference on the vomit-factor.

However, I won't fly in a windowless or driverless airplane. I like the windows because I think I am entitled to some minimal situational awareness.

Besides, I don't think it will happen, since it will make quite a few people too uncomfortable.

about a month ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

blippo Re:So... (253 comments)

Yay!

about a month ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

blippo Re:Sexism (253 comments)

The risks for the egg-removing is the same more or less, but the chance of a successful implant is decreased while the risks of pregnancy increases with age.

Technically, you freeze zygotes if you have a partner, but that's perhaps what they meant.

about a month ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

blippo Re:Sexism (253 comments)

No, this is sexism against women.

First - freezing the eggs is simple, but getting them is not. It's not risk-free, and not at all a non-event. If you do not believe me, stab yourself in the balls with knitting needles 20 times after giving yourself a hormone injection every day for a few weeks.

Second. Signalling that healthy women should consider infertility treatment is just absurd. If they work so much now so they don't have time to find someone, is this really the solution to the correct problem?

Helping women (and men) with fertility problems is noble and good (maybe - it's also very hard to adopt children.) But pitched like this, it's just sick.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

blippo Re:Application sandboxing (577 comments)

Is that it? I have needed to reinstall my phones, consistently after a few month although I haven't installed any new apps, etc.
It usually goes to a point where it takes 5-6 seconds for the phone to respond when answering a call - after the last reset,
the performance deteriorated rather soon again. Very annoying.

about 2 months ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

blippo Re: that depends (511 comments)

I don't think the language itself is bad - there is not much bloat left in java8. The bloat is coming from code coventions and jee. And perhaps some retarded APIs - most of the core APIs are rather nice. Maybe low level programming is a bit awkward but doable, and i suppose you need C and assembly for AAA game engines.

There are a lot of architecture astronauts and other complicators using Java, that's for certain.

The JVM is rather fast once it's started, but that takes a while.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

blippo Re:Dead as a profit source for Symantec, well, ... (331 comments)

Since the industry managed to turn against the users and trust only the media industry, the "trusted computing" solution is not a viable option.

Othervise, it would have been nice to allow only certain binaries or software developers/publishers to run. It would also be nice to sign the binaries
and not allow changes.

Since the user seems to be the least trusted element, and that it seems that I have to blindly trust 200+ root certificate signers when using the web,
there is no use in pretending that there exist any computer security at all. Anyone that is motivated enough will be able to run an executable on your machine.

about 3 months ago
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Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

blippo Re:ATO - GoA 4 (84 comments)

It's a trillion times easier than driving a car.

The existing train protection systems have a map of the track with speed limits, acceleration and braking gradients, and what not.
Moving the trains automatically is "solved" with a huge amount of engineering, but it's hardly AI. You still need a pair of eyes to monitor everything.

The "fuzzy" problems that probably need some kind of AI includes:
  - Detecting obstacles on the track ( not that important, nothing is supposed to be near the tracks anyway.)
- Operating the doors in a safe manner. (hard)
- Detecting derailment and other fault conditions. (hard) ... and probably a thousand other tasks that is done by a human. Reacting to fault conditions for instance (very hard)

about 4 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

blippo Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

What's the point of that? Isn't it important to get the passengers to board as fast as possible?

I just came of a flight without assigned seats, and the only explanation I could figure out was that it's because the software couldn't handle a multi-leg flight.

about 4 months ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

blippo Re: People pay for music? (364 comments)

Well...what would actually happen years and years before the level of AI that is required for prime directives, is that a slight error in the *very detailed* map used for navigation - in combination with an unexpected external factor, will cause a car to happily run over half a school class without even noticing.

And it will be so far from human reasoning and performance that self driving cars will be banned.

about 5 months ago
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Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

blippo Re:Of course they have no concerns, they don't tes (132 comments)

To answer Your rethorical question: No.

More than 90,000 cows are slaughtered every day.

So slightly more than 1 / 1000 of the cattle is tested.

about 6 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

blippo Re:640k isn't enough for everybody (522 comments)

Maybe, but unless a 25 year old with a hat has reinvented that in a browser, it doesn't count.

about 6 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

blippo Re:Maybe not extinction... (608 comments)

I think we have lost a fair amount of Helium though.

Selling the surplus of Helium at a discount seems to be unusually shortsighted since that's more or less what's left on earth and the alternative is to mine it from space somehow.

about 6 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

blippo Re:Tesla (394 comments)

I can top that; I did exactly that in an intersection while towing a trailer. :-)

The clutch requires rather more force than the brake so it really puts the car to a stop, and you have absolutely no idea why.
If you are driving a manual, try braking gently with your left foot to see what I mean...

I've stomped on the brake at least once almost every time i've use a manual car, and it's certain situations that triggers it - typically when I'm focused more on navigation than driving...

Seems to be hard to unlearn... ( Like those random emacs sequences that sometimes spontaneously emits while I'm using other tools...)

about 7 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

blippo Re:It's about time! (1431 comments)

No it isn't.

It's a total loss for civilization, what it is.

There is now a disabled widow and a fatherless child.

A moviegoer have been killed because he texted his (presumably) babysitter, *before* the movie.

As a moviegoer I'm not really seeing the upside of getting shot, so I guess I'll just stay home.

And as several idiots at slashdot has modded this comment, not as troll, or even funny, but fucking insightful,
I've come to the conclusion that I've wasted too much time in my life reading comments on Slashdot,
which was apparently totally pointless too.

Bye.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

blippo Re:Happens to me a lot with my own domain (388 comments)

How they managed to lose a package out of an aircraft is beyond me.

Imagining that is +1 funny.

about 10 months ago
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Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java

blippo Re:concerning is ... (154 comments)

Running an old C or C++ program with newer libs isn't exactly without risks either. Even if the abi is the same, the behaviour might have changed, unintentionally most of the times.

It's more a question of what you can manage to test and support. Large applications are more expensive to test, so you are reluctant to upgrade infrastructure components. (Be it Windows versions, JRE:s, dll:s, database servers, etc)

about 10 months ago
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Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java

blippo Re:again? (154 comments)

Spot-on about java.

Regarding Slashdot, I think that Slashdot just reflects the state of affairs in software development (or the world) in general. Younger generations appear clueless, since they don't know certain obvious things. They will therefore reinvent a lot of wheels, and while doing that, inventing a few new things, some other things just like before but a bit different, while all the time making some old stuff irrelevant.

It is to expect, but It might get worse. I'm a bit worried that a lot of young people don't seem to be able to read, as in "read a lot of text, fast". One indication is that a lot of new projects have video introductions and video tutorials instead of text documents.

I mean, why watch a 40 minute long video to figure out if a toolkit might be of use or not, instead of skimming through a few documents for 2 minutes.
But then, It's clearly is a huge effort for many to read a long document - maybe they can't skim or speed read and they need to subvocalize but a lot people don't like to read long texts.

If it's "quicker" to watch a video then less is learned since it's not as efficient as speed reading. Maybe the youtube generation have learned to skim through videos quickly but I doubt it.

Also, the universities are not exactly excelling at producing good developers ( the trade , not researchers ) . Further, very little seems to be focused on "modern history" other than unproductive academical anecdotes. I think that schools should stay away from teaching "products" but maybe there is value in exploring historic and existing products and ideas. There are some giant's shoulders to stand on, or at least code monkey shoulders, actually, but it's hard to know since some of the knowledge is stored in long boring texts, and most just exists in wetware outside academia.

I mean, no one would have been using PHP (or creating PHP) if they had paid a minimum of attention to what's been happening the last 30 years.

about 10 months ago
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Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java

blippo Re:again? (154 comments)

I actually do like Java - the lanugage. It is very stringent and well defined and not sprinkled with random syntactic sugar. Quite the opposite to PHP actually.
The core libraries are mostly nice, except some pre 1.2 crap and some outdated javax junk.

Some of the 'code bloat' has been fixed, and more is fixed in the coming versions, so that's getting better.

A lot of 'code bloat' is actually culturally inherited 'architecture bloat' since IBM decided to market a servlet container + transaction manager as a e-commerce platform, and puked out the worst programming model ever. Enterprise Java was then abused by thousands of programmers and attracted hoards of useless "architects" and consultants that built "enterprise" applications and sprinkled them with billions of lines of xml configuration.

However, the jvm is still unbelievably slow to start. As it's rather fast while actually running, it seem to me that it should be possible to fix with some reasonable effort, like not loading every class in the known universe during startup for instance, and not jit-ing unless the program has been running for a while.

Java is also confusing from a user perspective since Sun messed up with executable jars, which could have been fixed by just using a separate suffix, like jxe . which even looks cool. Some more polish on the look-and-feel, and perhaps a better looking default font, and then it's done :-)

about 10 months ago

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