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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

cavebison Re:There's a whole industry based around Elite Pan (335 comments)

> Elite Panic is big business.

Or perhaps they got to be the elite by being big thinkers, long term planners and utter realists. Any scientist will tell you that it's inevitable that a major disease, comet impact, climate change, etc. will come and wipe out millions of people. It IS inevitable. But most people hate thinking stuff like that, won't take such things seriously in their lives, and will never feel compelled to do anything. Most feel they couldn't do anything about it anyway. The elite, however, are used to thinking big, aren't afraid to try big things, and are more likely to look reality square in the face - that's how they got there in the first place. Yes, reality - reality is money and power in a human civilisation. (That they created that system themselves isn't a problem or irony in their minds - they are proud of it.)

2 days ago

How Galaxies Are Disappearing From Our Universe

cavebison Re:Balloons (174 comments)

> What always bothered me about the balloon analogy

That's because it's an analogy - they're not meant to be perfect representations of reality.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

cavebison Re:WPF (421 comments)

> By some measures of success, sure.

Well, by the ones that count. They can't be doing that much wrong.


But this is off topic I suppose, not about .NET specifically. It's just odd seeing people say "Microsoft is done", but praise Google, even though Google also made a lot of stuff that went nowhere in the market (Glass, G+), or makes no money. These companies get so much revenue across the board, they can afford to experiment and mess up here and there.

I think MS is just a popular punching bag out of habit, as this whole post demonstrates. I hardly ever comment, but still had to offer my 2c to this one. :)

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

cavebison Re:WPF (421 comments)

> the very last piece of the technology business that Microsoft dominates

A business doesn't have to dominate a market to do well. That's a very recent perception, caused by the monster successes of Apple, Google, Facebook, etc - each dominating a particular market (or two), but not doing amazingly well in others. Microsoft is a different business to those, in that they have fingers in lots of pies. They can afford to be struggling in some markets. MS isn't just .NET and Windows. This is a quick list of MS stuff anyone would consider successful products in the marketplace:

Exchange Server
SQL Server
MS Office / Office 365
IIS / Azure
Visual Studio
Windows Mobile (as a phone/tablet product)
Windows Phone (modest uptake but at least it's competition)
MS Hardware - keyboards, mice, game controllers, etc.

That's not a complete list, and then there's MS Research division. I don't think one can compare Microsoft to many other companies, except of course Apple and Google, who also diversify a great deal. You can compare open source products like *nix, Eclipse, etc. to *specific MS products* but to say MS as a whole is in trouble because of individual examples of market share is, I think, illogical. MS is a huge beast and has a lot of talent. They need to be more agile, but that can be done. We will see with the new leadership.

about a month ago

Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

cavebison Re:Migration away from Google? (400 comments)

What I do is use the UAControl addon for Firefox, which lets you specify a browser User Agent string on a per-site basis. This lets me tell Google that I'm actually using an old, outdated version on Firefox, and tada, Google always gives me the older, "simpler" version of their search results, which I find much much easier to use.


Site: www.google.com
UA string: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.6) Gecko/20050317 Firefox/1.0.1

Search now looks like this: http://i.imgur.com/Yo3neuU.png
Nice and simple, the way it used to be.
Note the lack of ads - just use the AdBlock Plus addon: https://addons.mozilla.org/en/...

about 2 months ago

Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

cavebison Re:Horrible track record (443 comments)

> Is it just me or is Orbital Sciences' track record extremely poor?

I guess it's both of you then. :)

about 3 months ago

Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

cavebison Re:Australia is leading the way! (238 comments)

> Our leader removed the minister for science!

The U.S. doesn't have a secretary for science either. Some countries do, others don't.

> He has reduced funding for our science organization [sic]* CSIRO

organiSation - Australian spelling. Yes this is very unfortunate, as are the ABC funding cuts. Hopefully it's a temporary situation - force an organisation to re-think priorities, then later review. It's an "easy" (for government) way of forcing an organisation to cut things it doesn't really feel are necessary - forcing it to "re-focus". Very clumsy and "blunt instrument" way of doing it (as opposed to an actual independent review) but that's government for you.

> condemned renewable energy

He's said a lot of stupid things, but happily Abbott has now rejected cutting the renewable energy target.

> promoted coal

Because other countries buy it. One can't really tell a country not to market their natural resources.

> destroyed our manufacturing sector

That happened a long time ago, not caused by the current government.

> and is pushing to make university only for the rich.

Not intentionally, but "deregulation" is what the Liberal Party has always been about, like the Republicans in the U.S. People should know that and vote accordingly. You can't blame a party for being what it is. Deregulation should be expected from them, it's not Abbott in particular.

However, Abbott lied through his teeth about all their policies prior to the election, and that you *can* blame a party for. There should be a law to invalidate an election when that happens - how can you have voting and Democracy when politicians do the complete opposite to everything they said up to the election? That's the *real* crime here. If they had been honest and up front about everything before the election, they would not have gotten in at all. That shouldn't be too much to expect in a modern country.

about 4 months ago

Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

cavebison Re:What's the point ? (185 comments)

> I just graduated with a degree in chemical and biological engineering

May I ask what country you studied in? In the U.S (and now soon in Australia) it is very hard to just "go back to school", if not impossible for many people, purely from a financial point of view. For many people, in terms of study & changing careers, there are only 1 or 2 chances.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

cavebison Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

> ....then get ready for your next pill.

Really? I'm still using my Galaxy S2 and *very* happy with it. Rooted, firewall, no ads, plays games, GPS. I can even call people. Why would I want to upgrade? Once my contract was over, I got another contract just to have a backup phone - Galaxy S3. I use it chiefly as a TV / multimedia remote in the lounge room. It doesn't even have a SIM card, that's how content I am with my S2 as a phone.

Admittedly 4G would be a bit nicer than 3G but I don't surf on the phone so who cares. It does everything I need. Oh and taking photos? WFT do you want to use a phone for taking photos? I have a little Canon S200 that shits all over any phone camera because.. well, it's a camera, that's what it's for.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

cavebison Re:bailing water at this point, ms. (126 comments)

That's a lot of stuff to say without backing any of it up with references. I'll take that rant as your personal opinion and move on. If you want people to take a post full of claims like that seriously, provide links to support them.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

cavebison Re:Laugh.. (179 comments)

Lucky I'm on XP and don't have to worry. It's been 100% stable for months now.

about 5 months ago

Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

cavebison Re:expert skill-based integration (160 comments)

> They drill this into us all the time in martial arts. When fighting, you don't have time to sit and think about your next move, it just has to come naturally, like some kind of instinct.

You're talking about "reflex", not "muscle memory". I've done martial arts too, and found the problem with this approach is that, if someone has very reflexive, "automatic" defensive moves, it's very easy for an attacker to take advantage of that by baulking. Making the defender expect an attack in one place, then attacking somewhere else instead. Reflexes don't deal with that very well.

about 6 months ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

cavebison Re:Finally! (474 comments)

Drugs are made more dangerous by being illegal

Not really, it depends what you mean by "illegal". Bear with me... Personally think illegality sends a good signal for kids - drugs are bad, m'key? - but the *punishment* is the question. Allowing police to arrest a user means these things:

1. For young people, parents get to know what their child is doing
2. Police can get the name of the *dealer* from the user
3. The user can be placed in mandatory rehab as "punishment".
4. If rehab isn't necessary, then the only punishment is a small fine.

User gets a slap on the wrist (or rehab) but police get the info they need. What's wrong with that?

If it's not illegal, it makes finding the dealers more difficult for police. PLUS - and I think this is the worst aspect of making them legal - drugs suddenly become a *legitimate business*. And we all know how ethically business behaves once they can deal in an addictive product.

about 6 months ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

cavebison Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

I find an easy solution is to make sure those sorts of emails all go to a single internal address which is then forwarded to *2 or 3 other people*. That way the IT manager gets it, the individual responsible for actually doing it gets it, and someone else as a backup.

This reminds everyone how important it is, and people communicate to make sure it happens. The manager or backup person gets it and goes "ah, that guy isn't here anymore, we'd better sort that out".

about 6 months ago

Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

cavebison Re:Bloat !!!!! (132 comments)

Firefox *really* needs forking to follow the original vision.

Already attempted. Try PaleMoon. http://www.palemoon.org/

about 7 months ago

California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

cavebison Re:So there's 100 or so unimmunized? (387 comments)

Immunity is a collective endeavor. You're undermining it.

If you're responding to an American, it seems they're becoming less and less interested in "collective endeavours". I'm just waiting for someone to start calling mandatory immunisation "Socialism". The U.S. seems to have an enormous and growing number of people with an innate mistrust of science. Very different from the past, and very weird for a country who (briefly, it seems) became the technological powerhouse of the world.

about 7 months ago

California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

cavebison Re:So there's 100 or so unimmunized? (387 comments)

yet the Slashdot Sheep are still defending this snake oil... Unbelievable.

Maybe you're a troll, I don't know. Others here have pointed out your misunderstanding of everything to do with 'flu, viruses and vaccinations. I'd like to point out why you're a hypocrite.

You're telling us we're "sheep" - for what? Following mainstream science which has given you everything you enjoy in the world, like TV, mobile phones, computers, the clothes you wear and the food you eat. You're criticising us for that? You don't see anything wrong with that mindset at all?

And secondly, following on from that, you're accusing us of having our heads in the sand - not seeing "the truth" as you see it. The problem with that attitude, is that you get your information from where - web sites, anecdotal stories from other people, heresay... and you obviously don't bother to fact-check any of it, otherwise you would very soon see the flaws in their logic, and yours.

So face the truth - people like you say you know "the truth", but in reality you DON'T CARE about the truth. You only care about what you WANT to be true. Real science, real facts, don't have attitudes or preferred opinions. Before you can even begin to understand facts and "The Truth", you need to shed your opinions and preferences. You have to stop wanting this or that to be true. Look at what you are being told, from all sides, with ZERO bias, and *check things for yourself*. That is what science is all about. Sure sometimes it is wrong, but the point is it's *self-correcting* because anyone who respects the process only wants to know what *is* true, not what they want to be true.

For your own benefit, for the sake of simple common sense... take a breath, leave your opinions at the door, and start really listening, reading and trying to *understand* what the issues are and what the truth is. Mindlessly repeating other people's opinions is not even letting yourself have your own opinion. Don't you want your opinions to at least be guided by your own thought and reasoning?

It comes down to what you want for yourself. A life lived in the shadow of bias and misinformation, like back in the dark ages; or a life where you're not afraid to question what you *want* to be true, and see the difference between unproven claims and proven claims. Demand proof from *both* sides of any debate.

about 7 months ago

Physical Media: Down, But Maybe Not Out

cavebison Re:Physical Media (116 comments)

Call me crazy but I prefer to have the physical copy. This way I can watch it anytime I want and I don't need to worry about the inevitable loss of Internet connectivity.

Not at all. I have physical copies of all my music and movies, although the physical media - my hard drive - is far more space-efficient than an optical disk. In fact, even 2 hard drives (one as a backup) is still far more space-efficient and, protected as they are in the computer case, I never have to worry about scratches.

Physical media is definitely not going away, even if those shiny coaster things do.

about 8 months ago

Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

cavebison Re:We have already contacted alien civiliations. (686 comments)

Even if someone had 100% proof of alien encounters, the signal to noise ratio is assumed to be no signal and all noise.

That's a complete contradiction. If someone had "100% proof", it would be seen as such, by definition. That's what "proof" is - the ability to prove something, beyond any reasonable person's doubt. To say anything important, which can be completely, irrevocably proven will be ignored, is simply ridiculous in modern times.

about 8 months ago


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