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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

perpenso Re:Yawn... (417 comments)

What "theologians" think has very little to do with what the rank-and-file religious think.

Ask the rank and file believers if they believe that angels exist. If so, they believe that humanity is not the only intelligent form of life. They've made the most difficult step, going from 1 to 2. Going to 3 or more is relatively simple at that point.

12 hours ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

perpenso Not a stretch for any Old Testament believers ... (417 comments)

...just as an example, the early Christian theologians worked out these questions over 1700 years ago. Not a big deal for the Christian worldview.

I wouldn't limit things to Christianity. The old testament literally refers to non-human intelligent life, angels for example. So other religions that accept the old testament have a precedent of accepting non-human intelligent beings.

12 hours ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

perpenso Bible refers to non-human intelligent life ... (417 comments)

Most religious people make a non-binding prediction that there is no life on other planets. Doubly so, but still non-binding, for intelligent life. This is because we are the most important species and planet.

The bible literally refers to non-human intelligent life, angels for example.

12 hours ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

perpenso Re:Preferred the Volt ? (263 comments)

The important distinction between Ferrari and Tesla is that Tesla is moving towards the mass market.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

perpenso Re:GM is afraid ... (263 comments)

You keep saying things as though you are contradicting the guy above you, but you aren't.

The point you are missing is that the GM exec is speaking as if Tesla is *and will remain* a fringe product. It most likely will not remain such, hence the fact that GM is afraid and talking about it.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

perpenso Re:Preferred the Volt ? (263 comments)

Price of 2015 Chevy Volt - $34,345, 60 month loan price per month $587

Price of a Model S - $69,900 , 60 month loan price per month $1,187

Anticpated Price of a Model 3 - $50,000, 60 month loan price per month $855 http://www.ibtimes.com/2017-te...

I think on a commodity product like an automobile, customer retention will be dictated far more by the average wealth of the consumer and less so on brand. Brand makes a difference when price is comparable.

No, its not as simple as comparable. The brand can make a difference when the price is affordable to a particular consumer, even when more expensive.

Using your numbers, fewer potential Volt buyers will settle for a Volt if the Tesla is $855 a month rather then $1,187 a month. GM would experience some loss in customer retention in the scenario you describe.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

perpenso GM is afraid ... (263 comments)

So what you're saying is that a Tesla is something to aspire to, that it is, gasp, kind of on the fringe? Non-story here folks.

The point is that Tesla is working on more affordable cars. That "fringe" you refer to is known as walking a new technology down the willingness to pay curve using supply constraints, capturing the maximum value from each buyer, maximizing profits. Its a beautiful fit when your new tech starts out expensive and limited in numbers due to various constraints.

That first high priced iPhone was once "fringe". However once Apple had several generations of phones and could offer them a high, medium and low price points the iPhone became a much more significant part of the market. Tesla is on a similar track. GM is, and should be, afraid.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

perpenso Re:Preferred the Volt ? (263 comments)

The Volt outsells Teslas. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Go ask those Volt owners if they aspired to own the Volt, if they preferred the Volt or if they settled for the Volt?

i'm sure GM is perfectly happy to have people settle for the volt.

You mean GM is perfectly happy that people don't have an affordable option. The point is once those people have an affordable option the meaningfulness of past sales becomes apparent, i.e. not very meaningful at all.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

perpenso Re:Preferred the Volt ? (263 comments)

That affects the color of their money how?

It affects customer retention, future money. It Tesla comes out with affordable cars GM is in for serious competition.

2 days ago
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

perpenso Flowcharts are documentation ... (69 comments)

Flowcharts are documentation. And they can be pretty concise and more importantly visual.

The visualization aspect is sometimes important. It can literally be the big picture that helps one understand a process. Also visualization can help with debugging something missing at the design level.

Now I haven't used my plastic templates or some software package to generate flowcharts since undergrad days decades ago, but I still on occasion grab a yellow pad of paper and a pencil to informally (ok that was generous, crudely would be more accurate) sketch out some algorithm, data flow, logic, etc. To me its helpful when thinking about some things, planning some things, etc.

2 days ago
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

perpenso They are right to say storyboard ... (69 comments)

"Storyboards" are Apple's name for a user interface layout tool, its not a logic flow tool so it is not really like flowcharts. A storyboard is basically a view pane where you layout the visual elements and controls, and define some constraints involved in repositioning and resizing for different resolutions. There is very limited flow control. Things like clicking on this button brings up a different storyboard.

In short storyboards let you mock up a user interface, including one view launching a different view. If you are nostalgic for the 90s think back to Microsoft's Visual Studio GUI layout and glue code generation tools. Its pretty much the same sort of stuff.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

perpenso Preferred the Volt ? (263 comments)

The Volt outsells Teslas. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Go ask those Volt owners if they aspired to own the Volt, if they preferred the Volt or if they settled for the Volt?

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

perpenso GM wishes it could keep its Volt customers (263 comments)

GM wishes it could get Tesla's customers...

GM wishes it could keep its Volt customers. My two Volt owning friends lover their Volts, their spouses too, however they all really wish they could afford a Tesla. When Teslas become more affordable, GM is in trouble. Well, more trouble than they are normally in.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

perpenso C/C++ for core, Obj-C for UI (312 comments)

Write the core of your application in C/C++, or asm if you like :-), however use objective-c for platform specific calls on iOS. Objective-C is the native language of the Cocoa API. Don't fight the platform. Use whatever is the native language for the platform, objective-c for iOS, java for Android, etc.

Keep the core C code separate from the platform specific code. Write the core code as if it will be a library, define an interface to its functionality. Have the platform specific code, like your UI code, use this interface. Depending on the language you do the platform specific stuff in you may in fact need to put this core code in a library.

Objective C is more convenient than Swift since it integrates much more easily with C code. Mix objective-c files and C/C++ files in your project and they all just compile down to native code into a single binary. You don't need a library, although a library is a nice way to organize things.

Now that you have the core code in this nice portable "library" you can move it to Android or whatever platform you might be interested in.

For UI code I tend to just do a native implementation on each platform, use platform specific technologies, etc. Basically give the user the look and functionality they expect. To fail to do so may result in poorer reviews.

Swift is interesting, but personally its a little too new for my tastes. I don't want to be an early adopter of a development language. Objective-c is the native API for Cocoa, I'll stick with that until the bugs/quirks of Swift are worked out and examples of how to do things are plentiful like they are in objective-c.

4 days ago
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PayPal Integrates Bitcoin Processors BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin

perpenso Middlemen actually provide a service in this case (56 comments)

so many middlemen, so much percent ... so much commission for so little work, its almost free money

In this particular case the middle provide a valuable service, they keep a merchant's accounting simple and the middlemen take all the risk.

Using something like coinbase, a merchant never sees or touches a bitcoin. The merchant does all their pricing and accounting in fiat currency (dollars, euro, etc). If a customer wants to use bitcoins the merchant sends the fiat price to the exchange, the exchange returns an equivalent bitcoin amount and a bitcoin payment address (the exchange's), when the coins are received the exchange informs the merchant and most importantly credit the merchant's account for the exact fiat amount originally specified. regardless of the coin's current exchange rate. The merchant's accounting is not complicated by new IRS rules regarding bitcoins (its an asset not a currency) since they never touch a coin, nor do they care about coin price fluctuations.

about a week ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

perpenso Re:Hosted in the US? (98 comments)

Upload the file(s) as a single encrypted image file. Break that image into stripes. Store each stripe and the decryption key in a different legal jurisdiction? Not foolproof but it does make it more difficult for a single entity.

If you do that, how is the site supposed to publish your documents in the event of your death? They're going to have to get access to the data so they can do the job.

You only do the uploading of the image. The service does the striping and jurisdictionally diverse storage.

about a week ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

perpenso Station wagon full of tapes ... (98 comments)

The USA would have the keys to all of them, since they seem to 0wnz the entire world's internet. (NSA spying on all the pipes, etc.)

Believe it or not, it is possible to move digital information (like a key) around the world without using the internet.

Drive that station wagon full of tapes to a port and have the station wagon loaded into a cargo container? :-)

about a week ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

perpenso Re:Hosted in the US? (98 comments)

But then stopping any of the stripes will stop the entire revelation.

OK. That's not the problem I was trying to address, but I think striping can help here too.

Rather than an additive approach use a subtractive approach. For instance instead of each site having only 1 of 3 pieces, it has 2 of 3 pieces - 1 piece missing. Each site is missing some number of stripes, so a single entity can not read on its own. However there would be redundancy in that any particular stripe is in more than one jurisdiction. So coordination between jurisdictions is need for both release and denial. Again, not foolproof.

about a week ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

perpenso Re:Hosted in the US? (98 comments)

Upload the file(s) as a single encrypted image file. Break that image into stripes. Store each stripe and the decryption key in a different legal jurisdiction? Not foolproof but it does make it more difficult for a single entity.

about a week ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

perpenso False flag ... (98 comments)

Probably a false flag operation to identify potential whistleblowers. :-)

about a week ago

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