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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

osu-neko Trivial observation (133 comments)

No metric is adequate for all purposes. This one is adequate for the task it was designed for, and is adequate for some other purposes as well. That's the best that can be expected of any tool. Always use the appropriate tools for the task at hand, of course.

2 days ago

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

osu-neko Re:In other words (238 comments)

Yeah, I already figured Google knows who I am and what all my aliases are anyhow. It's not Google I'm trying to keep from putting the pieces together, it's J. Random HR twerp who doesn't need to know my hobbies and kinks to determine if I'm qualified for the job.

about two weeks ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

osu-neko Re:Last century stuff (753 comments)

In America, most stores won't take your card unless you plan to spend less than a pittance. Most stores will deny you if your transaction isn't 5-10$

Not sure what backwards part of America that post came from, but I can tell you for certain that it's absolutely false in every part of America that I'm aware of. I use my debit card everywhere, for everything, including buying a single item at a dollar store if that's all I want to buy. No one has ever once even blinked. $1 at the Dollar Store, $3 at the fast-food joint, whatever, everyone's happy to take my business. I stopped using cash for anything at all over a decade ago, and the only people who don't want my card are the government -- they would rather I write a check for my driver's license renewal or whatever (which is funny, no one else will accept a check anymore around here).

about two weeks ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

osu-neko Re:Why? (753 comments)

It's not a convenient option. I live in an essentially horseless society, but I don't mind, and it's not really limiting my freedom -- I could get a horse if I wanted, but why would I want it when it's so less convenient?

Personally, I haven't used cash in over a decade. The cashless society arrives the same way as the horseless society, not by limiting freedom but by providing better options, and letting people choose what's most convenient for them. Unless you want to force people to keep using cash, the cashless society is probably inevitable, precisely because people are free to choose other options, and will.

about two weeks ago

Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

osu-neko Re:The Elephant in the Room (95 comments)

The summary doesn't mention extra terrestrials. Is this because they don't want to jump to conclusions or is it because the nature of the pulses doesn't appear to be organic?

When astronomers point a telescope at the sky and see a large bright object, they tend to assume it's a star, not a giant alien lighthouse. If they see a bright flash of light, they assume it's due to some natural process and not an alien strobe-light. Is there some reason they would jump to an "it's aliens" conclusion in this case? You do understand that light is light, right? Even if the wavelength puts it in the radio-frequencies instead of the visible-spectrum? There's no particular reason light in one part of the spectrum is more likely to be made by aliens than natural phenomena.

about three weeks ago

Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

osu-neko Re:One hundred *billion* dollars? (103 comments)

Actually, only about 2500 at the current (FY2014) fly-away price ($35 million) of a new build current model (AH-64E).

Wait for a 2-for-1 sale. ;)

about three weeks ago

Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

osu-neko Re:Well, this won't backfire! (268 comments)

First off, we do have Streisand effect, I never heard of this guy until today.

That would imply the opposite, then. People had heard of Barbara Streisand.

about a month ago

The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

osu-neko Re:Don't forget about the... (133 comments)

They've found a number of human pheromones. However, the effects are not dramatic.

about a month ago

Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

osu-neko Re:So much wrong (167 comments)

The simulator is effectively WINE for iOS: it reimplements the iOS APIs under Mac OS X, and the toolchain compiles an x86 binary instead of an ARM binary. No one should have to explain why that's entirely useless for trying to build an ARM app on iOS.

They would if they want to make the ludicrous assertion that that's "entirely useless". Over 95% of the testing you do during development of a non-trivial application is stuff that could be tested perfectly fine under WINE or an even less complete API mimic, indeed could be tested by compiling natively to whatever platform you're developing on. The vast majority of code in a non-trivial application is completely platform/OS agnostic.

about a month and a half ago

Astronomers Solve Puzzle of Mysterious Streaks In Radio Images of the Sky

osu-neko Re:That's odd (66 comments)

So it doesn't seem that mysterious.

Once again demonstrating the principle: the less you understand a problem, the more obvious the answer seems. (Related to the old programming adage: Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the problem.) No actual problem has an obvious solution. If it did, it wouldn't be a problem to begin with. Whenever you feel something is obvious, it's a dead-giveaway that you're missing something important...

about 2 months ago

Grace Hopper Documentary Edges on Successful Crowdfunding

osu-neko Re:jesus, I knew someone would play the gender car (65 comments)

She's mentioned in nearly every CS textbook...

Yes, but that's often where many aspiring software engineers first learn of her, or Ada Lovelace. Ask how many aeronautical engineers first heard of the Wright Brothers from a college textbook on aeronautical engineering.

about 2 months ago

Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

osu-neko Re:"They have an agenda" have an agenda (174 comments)

Don't take my word for it, look at who submitted this article...

"An ad hominem (Latin for "to the man" or "to the person"[1]), short for argumentum ad hominem, is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument."

I don't doubt that mdsolar has a point of view that could be characterized as an "agenda", but your conclusion about his intent being obfuscation rather than to inform sounds like a bit of propaganda to dismiss anyone who disagrees with you. Frankly, it seems like you're the one attempting to obfuscate things by bringing up irrelevancies to distract from the actual, informative content of the article (which is, as noted, a factual report written in neutral terms and quite newsworthy). Simply put, you don't like the truth, so you attempt to discredit it by deflecting attention away from it and instead to the person who brought it to our attention. The truth is what it is, regardless of who brought it forth and what their motivations were for bringing it to our attention.

Your agenda is no less clear to the folks who really do pay attention.

about 2 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

osu-neko Re:Security risk? (322 comments)

Well, you can either take advantage of the PosReady thing or not. If you do, yes, it may be that only some rather than all your security vulnerabilities will be patched. If you don't, it will be the case that none rather than some are patched.

about 2 months ago

Mental Illness Reduces Lifespan As Much as Smoking

osu-neko Re:why the focus on being your brother's keeper? (192 comments)

Why do people insist on studying, helping, fixing the mentally ill or the drug abusers?

Healthy human compassion.

What about those who are "healthy" but run into unfortunate events (car crash, cancer, getting laid off)?

We care for them too.

If we're going to treat society as a single organism, wouldn't we want to give to the most capable rather than the least?

That would be a false dilemma. If the two options were mutually exclusive, what you said would make sense. As it is, what you said is just idiotic.

Where is this constant need to fix people coming from?

Again, basic human compassion. You should try it sometime...

about 2 months ago

NASA Developing Robotic Satellite Refueling System

osu-neko Clamp-O-Tron (30 comments)

This is why I put at least a Clamp-O-Tron Jr. on everything I launch.

about 3 months ago

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

osu-neko Re:Stop whining, you old farts! (325 comments)

You know how you can retain your good memories of Star Wars? Don't watch the movies.

Note, by the way, that that includes rewatching the originals. Rewatching them as an adult pretty much killed any interest in Star Wars in me. I find myself wondering why I ever thought they were great. Then I remember I also loved Knight Rider. Children have no standards, and I was no exception.

about 3 months ago

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

osu-neko Re:Star Wars, now with Lens Flare (325 comments)

Honestly, I barely even noticed the lens flares. They're hard to see over the much larger, more glaring travesties being committed to the Trek-franchise during the film.

about 3 months ago

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

osu-neko Re:These are NOT... (325 comments)

Empire and Jedi are both better then than Ep. 4

That's not saying much...

about 3 months ago

Former US Test Site Sues Nuclear Nations For Disarmament Failure

osu-neko Re:Pointless (165 comments)

If someone burned down Congress today, half the country would be cheering...

But yes. It's quite amusing what they teach American kids about the War of 1812.

When they started negotiating the treaty to end the war, the British, having won it (Canadian troops did much of the winning, but they were still part of the Empire back then), started by demanding territorial concessions, as is the usual case when winning a war. The Americans asserted that the British couldn't hold the territory they'd taken and refused to give it up, and the British were tired of fighting several wars at once (they were busy fighting Napoleon for most of the war and didn't devote much effort to the minor sideshow that was the war with the USA) so they gave in and agreed to simply return to status quo ante bellum, i.e. the state of affairs before the war began. Some would try to spin that as a "draw", but the British were fine with the state of affairs before the war, it was the US that declared the war in the first place, claiming that the state of affairs prior to the war were intolerable. Although no territory was lost, it was, in fact, a unequivocal defeat for the US. However, several of the reasons the US declared war to begin with were over measures the British were using to fight Napoleon. With Napoleon defeated, those measures came to an end (not because the British gave in, they continued to assert they had the right to do as they did -- they just had no more need to continue doing them). That plus some battlefield victories that occurred after the war was over but before news reached America of the signing of the peace treaty enabled the politicians in Washington to spin the defeat into an illusion of victory, and to this day, you will find many Americans who think they never lost a war before Vietnam, that we actually achieved our objectives in the War of 1812, and that the major victories weren't pointlessly fought after the war was already over but news hadn't reached us yet. Some of this comes from a slanted and incomplete way the story is taught in American classrooms, and some from flat-out misinformation. But in any case, don't be surprised if most Americans are completely incredulous when you try to remind us of the fact that we actually fought a war with the Canadians once... and they kicked our asses.

about 3 months ago

VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

osu-neko Re:Surprised? (149 comments)

Unfortunately, deregulated markets also lead to centralized planning, and it doesn't cease to be a problem when the central planning occurs in a corporate boardroom instead of a politburo. I find it ironic that since the collapse of the Soviet system, America has been moving closer and closer to centrally planned economies, with power consolidating in a few (sometimes even one) corporation in every major market sector, while the supposed anti-communist party cheers on and aids in the deregulation, forgetting that a true free market requires regulation, or it soon is captured by the biggest fish and ceases to be a free market in any meaningful sense.

about 3 months ago



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