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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

gweihir Re:Remember how fast the USSR copied the nuke? (108 comments)

In many cases, yes. In other cases, things will escalate slower, which is always a lot cheaper and always a lot better under control. Accelerating military progress is a losing game in a globalized world.

8 hours ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

gweihir Re:Useless rant of an article (117 comments)

For any new language, adoption is a problem. Interesting languages like Eiffel, Smalltalk, etc. never really made the big-time and never will.

The reason is simple: Most of today's programmers are not very good at their job. They just do not get what makes these languages impressive and exceptionally effective. As soon as programming is recognized as a very demanding engineering task that actually requires the best and brightest (and that using them pays off handsomely), this will change. Of course, that realization may never materialize.

13 hours ago
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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

gweihir Remember how fast the USSR copied the nuke? (108 comments)

Those that the US wants to fight with robots will just do the same and everybody will be a lot less safe as a result. These people are incapable of learning from history and just make the same dumb and expensive mistakes over and over again.

yesterday
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

gweihir Re:Hardly surprising (306 comments)

Indeed.

yesterday
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

gweihir Re:Well of course (306 comments)

Same here. Not that I would want to go to the US though, for a number of other reasons.

yesterday
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

gweihir Re:"Two" times, not ten times (198 comments)

What, actual physical properties? These are meaningless for marketing!

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

gweihir Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (452 comments)

Indeed. Same here. With decent public transportation, a car is far more hassle than it is worth. And even if you have to pay for delivery of some things occasionally, that is still far cheaper than owning and maintaining a car. I had a car-sharing subscription for a year and found that I did not need it even once.

2 days ago
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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

gweihir Re:Are we being utterly stupid now? Party balloons (114 comments)

They are also a fail on a different level: Rubber balloons hold air under far higher pressure than hot-air balloons, so these are not even comparable if the volume aof a party balloon was somehow a defined quantity.

2 days ago
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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

gweihir Re:Are we being utterly stupid now? Party balloons (114 comments)

Use k/G/T/E/... for SI and ki/Gi/Ti/Ei... for IEC. Peopls not following standards have no business expecting that anybody understands what they are talking about. Really, do not blame your cluelessness on me, blame it on yourself.

You are of course right about the useless units, like miles, gallons, stones, etc.

2 days ago
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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

gweihir Are we being utterly stupid now? Party balloons? (114 comments)

What happened to actual units like cubic-meters? Too difficult for slashdot? Or is the number to small and just shows that "Google engineering" is not nearly as impressive as some people want it to look?

3 days ago
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US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

gweihir Re:US Intelligence (62 comments)

That is indeed the most plausible explanation...

5 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

gweihir Re:Debian OS is no longer of use to me now (555 comments)

Are you mentally challenged? Because anybody that even has to ask that question is likely not capable to understand the answer.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

gweihir Re:Debian OS is no longer of use to me now (555 comments)

Indeed. Maybe in a few years, it will have reached the level of stability to be rightfully considered as _alternate_ init system, but at this time systemd has no business being considered anything but experimental.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

gweihir Re:Simple... (555 comments)

Why ever would systemd opponents be interested in fixing systemd's defects? That makes no sense at all. There are well working init-systems. There is no need for systemd. There are good reasons against it. Why is it even considered a valid alternative at all?

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

gweihir Re:Signs clear enough even for a layman (555 comments)

If the systemd movement was sane, that is exactly what would happen. Instead they have the total confidence and unshakable faith in their chosen fetish that otherwise only religious fanatics have. From the time I realized this, I have lost all respect for them and all motivation to argue the case: These people are not sane or rational. They do not want choice or freedom. They do not listen to arguments, no matter how accurate or justified. They want their thing to be the only thing allowed and though shalt not have any other thing. They are the enemy and must be fought.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

gweihir Re:not quite; voted not to decide the issue this w (555 comments)

Indeed. Basically they voted to keep this unresolved for the moment. Of course, the systemd fanbois want to sell this as a victory for their side.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

gweihir Re:The Systemd Fiasco or Hello FreeBSD (555 comments)

Unfortunately, you summary is accurate. I still do not understand how these people could creep in. The sheer magnitude of resistance should give them pause and reconsider whether they may be doing something wrong. Instead: Total confidence, absolutely no acknowledging of problems, no interest at all in compromise. It it is almost like arguing with religious fanatics...

about a week ago
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NYT: Privacy Concerns For ClassDojo, Other Tracking Apps For Schoolchildren

gweihir Obedience is now a virtue? (66 comments)

Seems things are really going down the drain. Citizens are getting morphed into slaves, essentially.

about a week ago

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