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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

ignavus Re:Technical Merit really overrated (715 comments)

Of the winners in computing, those that won because of technical merit are swarmed by those that won for other reasons.

Things win because they are "good enough", for a "reasonable enough" price, at the right time - but it helps if they are being pushed by a ruthless, anti-competitive monster monopoly.

3 days ago

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

ignavus Re:Battler (291 comments)

How come your neighbor New Zealand can do better?

Because we haven't worked out yet how to lure Tony Abbott across the Tasman (and leave him there).

about two weeks ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

ignavus Re:What? (382 comments)

The Death Star proved that. Overwhelming support. Brushed under the rug. This administration is a joke.

They should have asked Tesla to build Death Stars ... and let them sell those direct to the public. Kill two birds with one stone.

about two weeks ago

Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

ignavus Planet of the, um (157 comments)

So now we could breed up a strain of highly intelligent chimpanzees by selecting new parents from the highest scoring chimps?

about two weeks ago

US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

ignavus Re:Oh please please please (220 comments)

Nope. That was on the Internet. That is completely different.

Yeah, the Internet's nothing to do with computers ... it's just tubes all the way.

about a month ago

Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

ignavus Re:Does it come (207 comments)

in the form of a vaccine?

Vaccines cause neurotypicality - you heard it here first!

about a month and a half ago

Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

ignavus Re:The historical cycle (255 comments)

Step 4:

Prices are high and a de facto exclusive license exists. People notice this is bad and want deregulation.

Your Step 4 is the status quo in Australia (well, Sydney, at least).

Taxis have been a highly regulated monopoly for decades. No "historical cycle". No steps 1, 2 or 3.

about 3 months ago

Astrophysicists Build Realistic Virtual Universe

ignavus So when... (129 comments)

So when are they releasing it as a game?

about 3 months ago

Can You Tell the Difference? 4K Galaxy Note 3 vs. Canon 5D Mark III Video

ignavus Re:No different than asking... (201 comments)

I would LOVE to see wine in cans

Cans are opaque.

about 3 months ago

Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

ignavus Re:My mother just called a couple hours ago (345 comments)

Please keep us updated on all conversations you have with your mother. Thanks.

"Son, hide this money under your mattress"

about 3 months ago

Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

ignavus Re:This is interesting (548 comments)

I had no idea that this was the case in the soviet era. Can you cite your sources please?

Tsk. Don't you watch any movies?

The film "Enemy At The Gates" ( is all about a renowned Russian sniper during WW2 who learned to shoot accurately when he went wolf huinting with his father. Being Stalinist Russia, bullets were expensive and difficult to buy (as were most items) so you learned to shoot very well and not waste the ammo.

about 3 months ago

What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

ignavus Re:Not for Nerds (253 comments)

The show is popular with quite a few Aspies because it is one of the few almost reasonable attempts at portraying an Aspie-like character. Sheldon also displays signs of OCD and maybe Narcissistic personality disorder, but an Aspie without those other conditions can still recognise or even identify with many of his actions.

about 3 months ago

US and UK Governments Advise Avoiding Internet Explorer Until Bug Fixed

ignavus Why "until"? (153 comments)

Just avoid Internet Explorer all the time.

about 3 months ago

Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

ignavus Re:Flying experience (239 comments)

What I get out of this story is that, if you're lucky enough to survive the trip in the wheel well, it's much more convenient to travel this way than doing it the regular way: no queuing, no overcharging from the airlines, no restrictions on the amounts of liquids you can carry, no getting your gonads showered with x-rays, no groping from TSA perverts... and of course, no arbitrary, secret no-fly list that prevents you from boarding the plane in the first place.

The airport security theater almost makes me want to risk my life as a stowaway.

And no waiting in the queue for the toilet either.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

ignavus Re:Seriously (328 comments)

"That's a nice video streaming service you got there. Pity if anything were to happen to it."

about 3 months ago

How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

ignavus Closed source doesn't have Heartbleeds (582 comments)

Closed source just has deliberate NSA backdoors. Clearl superior and much more efficient than accidental backdoors.

"I is in your PC reading all your emailz!" - lolcat works for NSA

about 3 months ago

Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

ignavus Re:I'm trying (99 comments)

But no matter how I squint my eyes I can't see Australia in that rock.

Perhaps you need to take a closer look.

about 4 months ago

NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code

ignavus Re:Act of war... according to US (287 comments)

> Wait,... isn't this the purpose of the NSA?

According to US government, hacking communication infrastructure of a country by another government is an "act of war", not regular espionage. They said this very loudly just before Snowden revelations began. So NO. They are not supposed to be doing that.

Ah, but when we do it, it is a glorious action undertaken for freedom, truth, and to protect innocent children.

But when those foreigners do the same thing, it is because they are mean, slinking, low scoundrels.

There's a world of difference. Anyone can see that!

about 4 months ago

Ice Age Fossils Found During Los Angeles Subway Exploration

ignavus Re:Visit the Tar Pits museum, if you can (64 comments)

It is an amazing place and easy to get to without a car.

A lot of animals certainly discovered how easy it was to get to without a car.

about 5 months ago


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