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Autodesk Unveils 3d Printer As It Aims To Become Industry's Android

joss misleading (85 comments)

> uses a laser to harden liquid plastic

ie http://www.3dsystems.com/quick... the tech that i was writing software for 20 years ago..

> you can load in any material you want.

well, sure, it just won't make anything. I mean you *could* load the machine with fucking coca cola if you wanted, but its not going to give you a part.

To actually make something you need a photosensitive resin with very precise material properties. Back in the day that stuff cost $300/litre .. i'm sure its come down a bit, but the i'll bet ya good stuff still aint cheap

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

joss worse than physicists (426 comments)

> By assuming that the process of memory is non-lossy

What a fucking strange way to start. Memories are recursive, really old memor s you don't directly remember, you remember remembering.

about 2 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

joss Re:Holy shit (467 comments)

Yeah, he has a AlthoughYouShouldHaveAlreadyRealizedThatExceptionFactory

about 3 months ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

joss Re:Makers and takers (676 comments)

> But never give control of the printing press to politicians.

The current system gives a ton of control to politicians. Modern states are pretty much never constrained from doing what they want to do for lack of money. When's the last time you heard them say: no we can't go to war, it will cost too much ? As well as allowing them to spend money however they want, the current system allows them to *not* do the stuff whenever they don't really want to (eg when it would only benefit a group with no political power such as single parents or the disabled) by claiming its too expensive.

If the government invented the money instead of the bankers that would eliminate the need for taxation which would get rid of the main excuse for the government to keep tabs on everybody and everything. The IRS would disappear completely for instance. I strongly recommend http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Gr... . I did a couple of years of economics at university but this was a real eye-opener.

about 4 months ago
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The Science of Solitary Confinement

joss Re:isn't it also used by request (326 comments)

> this lenient justice system

Now there's a statement. If the US justice system is lenient, can you point me at one that is not ?

The US incarcaration rate is 750/100000, in western europe its 100/100000. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

The US jails a larger proportion of its population than sizeable nation ever. In that respect it's the least free country in the course of human history due to its extraordinarily non-lenient justice system.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

joss Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

Anyone can sue for anything but having a strong case is another thing. People's religious beliefs can include any random nonsense and no business could operate if it had to pander to whatever people can think of. You make the responsibilities clear at the start then if they take the job they are agreeing to do the work. If a muslim got a a job in a pork processing plant then claimed his religious beliefs prevented him from handling pigs, well.. get another job.

about 5 months ago
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Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months

joss Re:Asymetrical warfare (147 comments)

Most of what you say I agree with but:

> A good bit of the code is actually somewhat amateurish

Citation needed. Or, to put it less politely, are you out of your fucking mind ? Stuxnet is the most advanced piece of malware ever discovered, and it worked. I don't believe you have access to the original source code so, can you justify this comment in any way ?

about 5 months ago
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LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

joss Re:How many others? (148 comments)

So, you believe the NSA hardly ever fucks up. Fascinating, and who told you this exactly ?

about 5 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

joss Re:jscript (505 comments)

> NodeJS is an attempt to get cheaper backend programmers because everyone has extra front end developers lying around for projects. The problem is that most front end developers I know don't know shit about big data or working on real problems. Their biggest fear is if a button is pretty and the popup works in IE8 and the latest jQuery UI.

No, it really isn't and nobody with any experience of it believes that. It's for when performance requirements are such that you want to control your own threading rather than letting the operating system do it for you. It's more like programming in assembly than in a high level language and as such requires a much higher level of knowledge on behalf of the server side programmers than something relatively straightforward like java let alone python or php.

Just for the record, I was a c++ programmer for 15 years an EJB (curse its fucking name) programmer for 6 years, and have been doing a lot of front end javascript stuff for 6 years plus some node.js for the last 2 years. I just delivered the server end of a project which deals with more data than youtube ( http://www.manything.com/ ). Get off your fucking high horse about front end web development. Big data is a fucking walk in the park compared to delivering a decent user experience on web platforms.

I'm not here to praise node.js: many environments have pitfalls, but node.js greases the sides, put stakes at the bottom and threw down a bunch of venomous snakes just to be on the safe side. Plus, you're working in a language where
[1, 2] + [3,4] === '1,23,4'

However, having said all that, it has its place, its just not where you think it is.

about 6 months ago
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If I Had a Hammer

joss it's the monetary system stupid.. (732 comments)

Computers replacing human's is fantastic, it frees us up to do what we want to do.

Well, it would if it wasn't for the fact that the monetary system is designed in such a way that unless we all work like dogs the economy goes to shit and we end up with a vast uneducated, depressed and criminal underclass.

There is a way out of this, but it involves stepping off the money-is-debt forced march that humanity is on at the moment [http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Grip-Death-Destructive-Economics/dp/1897766408], otherwise the 1% we will end up having to exterminate the 99% [http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm]

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

joss Re:Mod parent up (383 comments)

you're one of those gui browser wimps. real men use lynx.. silly Ping, she should never have told Marc to write that thing, think of all the man millenia squandered since the web went pointy-clicky-pickie.

about 7 months ago
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Excite Kids To Code By Focusing Less On Coding

joss Re:5 y-o cold in his node (207 comments)

I tried node on my 5 year old, but she started screaming "I want my threads back you cruel bastard, this async crap is giving me a headache" (we're working on her anger management issues) but now the social workers are involved and if I don't get her continuation passing style soon (the 70s called) I'm going to find myself in deep water.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Scientific Computing Workflow For the Cloud?

joss really ?? (80 comments)

putting aside my slashvert suspicions of the post, (hard to see how you could have chose AWS at all and be so clueless )

I've done this kind of thing a lot. Here's my approach

1. Fire up an EBS backed AMI from an existing stock version of your favorite OS ( ubuntu 12.04 for me just cos i use it on desktop and can't be bothered with differences)
2. customize it with your own shit
3. include in the /etc/rc.local a script to customize things further.. and because you don't want to faff about changing the AMI every time you change shit, have the startup script pull the latest stuff you need straight out of your source code repository and then run further initialisation stuff
4. make an image from that instance (easily done from AWS control panel)
5. learn how to use boto (python AWS api) to fire up instances, attach storeage, shutdown instances etc. Using the command line tools is fine for the simplest stuff but as soon as stuff gets a little harder you really want to use a programming language, so unless you're extremely fond of java python is best fit for this)
The boto documentation is kinda shit, so every time you need to do something just google for an example doing something similiar .. the official api documentation is last resort reference only.

about 8 months ago
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GCHQ Created Spoofed LinkedIn and Slashdot Sites To Serve Malware

joss Re:It's not that simple ... (335 comments)

Sorry, I just don't buy it.

Your speech patterns sound too much like a young native. Although I can believe that 40 years residency would leave you flawlessly bilingual, I don't believe you would *want* to sound like an angry 20 something.

about 8 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

joss Re:Universal language goes mainstream (663 comments)

Dude, if you're gonna make nice examples try to not fuck up

> Bob has 5 apples. Bob gives 3 of his apples with Alice. How many apples are there?

I can tell you how many bob has *left* but how many are there, presumably you mean in this story, well fucked if I know. Bob had 5, but there's a hint that Alice gave some apples away too since she gave them *with* Bob ( I don't know who to, or how many Alice donated), you're not a whole lot less confusing that the original.

about 9 months ago
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Obamacare Website Fixes Could Take Two Weeks Or Two Months

joss Re:you really want to know what obamacare is? (382 comments)

> Obama didn't want "Obamacare" either. I think the ideal would have been a single-payer system.

That's a bunch of crap. He did not end up with a single republican vote, so what exactly was the point of making the bill anything other than what he wanted ?

Obama has always loudly proclaimed he is a centrist. Somehow progressives are still trying to persuade themselves he would be more left wing if only those pesky republicans would let him. Democrats are as dependent on donations from wealthy corporations as the republicans so their focus was on doing things that would leave them popular with those corporations rather than trying to actually serve the population.

about 9 months ago

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