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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

rasmusbr Re: Honestly... (297 comments)

What Europe calls austerity, everyone else calls living within one's means. Which, in the long term, is non-optional.

That stops being true when you have the power to print money and have people think your money is legitimate.

yesterday
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

rasmusbr Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (386 comments)

Yeah, tell yourself that.

The same person who hits 100 sequential bulls-eyes at the shooting range is rarely able to hit a barn wall from ten yards in a real life and death situation.

Also, the government tends to use body armor and automatic guns.

2 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

rasmusbr Re:If all goes well. . . (228 comments)

Sigh. This is how it works:

Big corporation A: Would you please share your most private information with us?
Average person: No way, creeps.
Big corporation B: Would you please share your most private information with everyone on the planet and us?
Average person: OMGOMGOMG!!!! Am I gonna be a famous person?! HeretakemyinfoshowittoeveryoneNOWNOWNOW!!!! I swear once everyone realizes how awesome I am I'm definitely going to be famous and I'll be friends with famous people and I'll... Have you taken my information yet???! Here, here's a picture of my new awesome outfit! I should be a fashion model.

4 days ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

rasmusbr Re:qwerty? (197 comments)

Just hope that the system doesn't insist on you having a combination of letters, numbers, lowercase, uppercase and special characters

Incorrect1!

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

rasmusbr Re:Running Linux on a MacBook Air ... (591 comments)

Okay, but how is that better than running OSX and firing up a VM when you need Linux?

Aren't you missing all the optimizations that Apple has supposedly put into OSX over the years?

about two weeks ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

rasmusbr Re:Dammit, Europe! (219 comments)

In case you've been living under a rock for the last 14 years, they already have a war with the West/NATO.

In a somewhat ironic turn of events, Muslim fundamentalists in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and Gaza now have an actual real honest-to-science angry skydaddy with winged creatures that shoot fire from the sky.

Of course, this does not really bring us any closer to peace with the Islamists. If anything it probably helps them recruit.

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

rasmusbr Re:Pressure versus mechanism (154 comments)

Chimpanzees sometimes make tools, so tool making almost certainly preceded language, unless Chimpanzees are descended from animals that had language but lost it.

Possibly the most interesting thing about humans is that there is an exponential increase in diversity of objects in the archaeological record, which seems to start somewhere around 100.000 to 50.000 ago. This exponential increase in diversity of objects produced continues to this day, especially if you count virtual objects like digital art.

What happened 100.000 years ago? One possible answer is "nothing in particular". Due to archaeological sampling bias and the nature of exponential growth it may just be that the exponential increase in diversity began much earlier than 100.000 years ago.

about two weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

rasmusbr Re:The battle of WEB developer mindshare (245 comments)

Lisp of course, or Racket.

I bet it'll only take me a few days to write my own web framework. Brb...

about two weeks ago
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In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform

rasmusbr Re:Re usability (151 comments)

Even if they can recover the engine intact how many times can it be reused. Saving a few million on a higher chance of blowing up multi billion payloads is not exactly wise economically.

Think of it this way: if they can fly the first stage 20 times, that along with some cost optimizations of the upper stage could cut the cost per pound by a factor of ten. Then it would become economical to launch mere multi-hundred million dollar payloads. That would dramatically reduce the economical risk of any single launch, as long as the rocket is not ten times as likely to blow up, but rather only maybe twice as likely.

Of course, anyone who launches a lot of rockets of the same type is likely to become really good at getting that type to orbit in one piece. Just look at the Russians and their now ancient Soyuz rocket.

Keep cutting costs and you might one day have a system where you could launch a ten million dollar payload, which you could easily insure at your local insurance company.

about three weeks ago
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Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

rasmusbr Re:at the moment the only trend (171 comments)

I'm not a native English speaker, but in my mind the concept of identifying does not necessarily include communicating it to the rest of the word. Then you would have to say "publicly identify", or something along those lines, to convey the concept of doxing.

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

rasmusbr Re:Terry Pratchett say... (578 comments)

Chinese could become malleable as well. Just get rid of everything that's weird and unique about it (and invent new words and grammar to cover for any ambiguity that emerges). Toss out the writing system and switch to pinyin.

In fact, according to TFA, this sort of thing is what happened to English back in the early middle ages when England was continuously invaded by Scandinavians and French people.

about three weeks ago
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Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

rasmusbr Re:That is not doxing (171 comments)

Sorry to nitpick, but there is no such thing as "clickbait fallacy". A fallacy is something that is logically or factually wrong.

You probably mean that someone is using a clickbait tactic or spiel.

about three weeks ago
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Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

rasmusbr Re:at the moment the only trend (171 comments)

Is there a shorter or more descriptive word / phrase that you can use to describe the practice of leaking personal information in order to attack or retaliate against someone you don't like?

Docsing or doxing sounds like a good way to express that concept.

about three weeks ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

rasmusbr Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (278 comments)

Uh, yeah. Vinyl was hot among hipsters about a decade ago.

The thing is, if you like the album art then the vinyl version is objectively better than the CD version, since the art is bigger on vinyl. A lot of these records are bought primarily as home decor items.

about three weeks ago
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War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons

rasmusbr Re:Those backwards Ruskies (290 comments)

Active sonar works fine as long as you're in deep water, far away from land, where you're suppose to be if you're an aircraft carrier.

Diesel subs are designed to wait in ambush near the bottom in shallow waters, where active sonar operator could easily mistake them for natural formations.

It does not seem likely that carriers and diesel subs would ever face one another, unless a sub managed to sneak across the Atlantic and into shallow US waters, near an aircraft carrier port... But then we're talking Hollywood/Clancy scenarios.

about a month ago
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Peter Diamandis: Technology Is Dissolving National Borders

rasmusbr Re:yeah not really (129 comments)

When the Singularity happens we will have such convincing VR gear at such low prices that an Afghan peasant will easily be able to afford it. So, when Talibans come around to his village to collect taxes and rape the women, they can all just put on VR gear and instantly be in London, or New York, or wherever they want.

about a month ago
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MIT Unifies Web Development In Single, Speedy New Language

rasmusbr Re:Frames in 2014 (194 comments)

The demo site uses frames. FRAMES. I think this is unlikely to catch on.

It might be the xmas timing, but this gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. I only wish they'd design the main.html page using tables for formatting.

about a month ago
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The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

rasmusbr Re:Call me conervative, but (68 comments)

FYI O(n^2) is called quadratic complexity/time, O(n^3) is cubic, O(n^1) is linear and O(n^0) = O(1) is constant.

Exponential complexity would be O(c^n), where c is a constant.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

rasmusbr Re:AI + organisations will be the real problem (688 comments)

If you're worried about what'll happen to driving, look at what happened to horseback riding and sailing.

If self-driving cars become a reality, car driving enthusiasts will probably settle down in an area where there is at least one good racetrack that they can frequent and racetracks will probably have garage spaces for rent, much like marinas have dock spaces for rent. So you won't have to drive your race car to your regular race track.

Many towns will have a historic car day, say on a Saturday, when certain streets will be open to traffic with manually driven cars, with curious onlookers lining the streets to get a glimpse of the old machines.

about a month and a half ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

rasmusbr Re:Does the job still get done? (688 comments)

But humans have a long history of having to work in order to get food, clothes, shelter and other essentials. We have at least a cultural instinct, possibly a genetic instinct, to think that people who work a lot deserve to have a lot of possessions and status, while people who work a little or don't work at all deserve nothing. It's not going to be easy to relearn that instinct.

Of course, there are already large swaths of people who do little to no useful work and have high social status...

Maybe the short-term solution to the problem is for more people to become politicians and lawyers, the former creating jobs for the latter by imposing more and more laws.

about a month and a half ago

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SpaceX Posts Damaged Video Of Falcon 9 First Stage Splashdown

rasmusbr rasmusbr writes  |  about 9 months ago

rasmusbr (2186518) writes "SpaceX has posted video from a camera mounted on the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage as the rocket stage attempted a soft splashdown on the ocean surface on April 18, after launching a resupply mission to the International Space Station. The powered splashdown was a test of the Falcon 9 first stage's ability to decelerate and land after launch, a crucial step toward a reusable first stage.

The video bitstream is damaged and SpaceX has spent a week trying to repair it. They now turn to the public for help."

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