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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

rioki Re:History is written by the victors (428 comments)

The important point about most extinctions in the past is that they actually did not have self correcting forces. The problem is that many ecological niches have multiple species that can fill it. For example take the Zebra, the Gazelle and the Buffalo. Each more or less occupy the same niche, large herbivore in arid grass lands. If one should, for some reason, start to fall in numbers others will rise in numbers. There is no self correcting factor here. But should the land change it's properties all species in that niche will see the same pressure. Here it may be that one specie is better adapted to cope with the change.

In contrast humans are do not have competitors in the niche they occupy. As a result out success is directly tied to the resources we have. But honestly I think overpopulation will get us before climate change will. But his basically is just the Monkey and Banana Problem. The only difference is that we make take allot of other species with us on the down turn.

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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

rioki Re: Boys are naturally curious... (602 comments)

The author argues that women who avoid CS are actually making a good career decision.

I have yet to see an unemployed programmer. The only unemployed "programers" I have seen where either Visual Basic or HTML, unwilling/unable to learn something else. As long as companies are still hiring physicists, electrical engineers or what not as programmers, this assertion is wrong.

But I understand where he gets his impression, the IT mood swings are real. But it just means that the programmers have to work for "real" companies instead of sexy start up companies. The people who are really in the hurt when the current trend in IT goes belly up are the suckered investors. (The real pro investors knew to pull out in time.)

3 days ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

rioki Re: Boys are naturally curious... (602 comments)

Why should it be social? A testosterone infused .com boom, not social. A aggressive venture capital driven web 2.0 scene, not social.

My experience with many young and male only teams, they degrade into brogrammers, with all the social ills. When banter and one-up-manship are the daily routine, only few want to participate. These few tend to be young, male and have something to prove.

This situation is not prevalent in the industry, especially with an R&D department integrated into larger companies. But these these "new and hip" companies, where such bad behavior may thrive, are what people tend to see. I can understand when people, including women do not want to participate, if they perceive that the industry is like this.

3 days ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

rioki Re:What certification means (95 comments)

Anyone who claims that ISO9000 means they produce a good product is either lying or doesn't understand what ISO9000 means.

Although I agree with your assertion, the misconception comes from the fact the standard is "ISO 9000 - Quality management". The disconnect comes from the assumption that quality == good. The standards where introduced for quality management and to provide a basis to improve product quality. In addition most companies introduced ISO 9001 in the hopes to improve product and service quality. The silver bullet to solve all quality issues. What most missed is the simple fact that you need to do something with all the data you collected and actually improve the production process.

about a week ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

rioki Re:Easy! Fraud.. (95 comments)

Um logic fallacy much? Following that logic, nobody would have a bank account. People are not born with a bank account, so with that logic, they could not get any. In almost all cases where people don't have a bank account is because they have bad credit based on the plain fact that they failed to pay their dues. When you have no prior debt your credit score is plainly not so abysmal that you will not get a bank account; they won't give you a large credit though.

about a week ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

rioki Re:The obvious question is (165 comments)

There is no reason why it can not. If you can handle the civil disorder charges afterwards, you know since it is in a public place...

about a week ago
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

rioki Re:Actually... (58 comments)

I did no say that Columbus did not have an important part in world history. But in the US the meme "Columbus discovered America" is somewhat misguided. But then again world history is glossed over in US schools.

about a week ago
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

rioki Re:Sirius B! (58 comments)

How far do you get in 7 years, if you walk?

about a week ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

rioki Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

Connection Established... ...
Welcome to Pirate ISP, the place where we don't care about taxes.

about a week ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

rioki Re:A few things... (324 comments)

Yes but measured at what layer? Do Ethernet/ATM/PPP/IP/TCP headers count against the bandwidth? In some cases the headers make up biggest part of the bandwidth. I see this being a problem...

about a week ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

rioki Re:Huh, what? (121 comments)

You are well aware that IBM was a merger from the three companies Tabulating Machine Company, International Time Recording Company and Computing Scale Company to form the Computing Tabulating Recording Company in the year 1880. They then renamed the company to International Business Machines in 1924. Their core business was building tabulators, time clocks and other specialized machines.

The general purpose computer was not necessarily the most useful tool for business. In the aforementioned 60s and 70s some large companies used them for accounting purposes, but even there their use was limited. For universities and research labs general purpose computers was more useful and here you found them there.

That does not mean that IBM did not have their hands in other specialized applications. You could probably equip you entire company with only IBM products. Only until the late 70s and 80s did the IBM general purpose computers find their way into mainstream business applications.

about a week ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

rioki Re:even back then.... (121 comments)

Have you actually looked at the picture?! The monitor is in portrait orientation... That looks like 4:3 ratio; or rather a 3:4.

But don't take my word for the meaning of the word "orientation" when it comes to displays or paper, take Wikipedia's article: Page orientation.

about a week ago
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

rioki Re:Sirius B! (58 comments)

Sirius B is a white dwarf that 7 years from here

Just to be pedantic... 7 light-years.

about a week ago
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

rioki Re:Actually... (58 comments)

The notion that Columbus, "discovered" America is odd at best. The fact that it was already inhabited and he was not even the first European sort of renders the "discovered" point moot. He not even was able to notice that he was not really in India. Sure the travel was sort of epic for the time, but the "Columbus discovered America" meme is sort of nonsense.

about a week ago
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

rioki Re:Typical /. (58 comments)

+1 Funny

about a week ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

rioki Re:Huh, what? (121 comments)

True that, but in the 60s and 70s you would rather find a general purpose computer at an university or research facility than a business.

about a week ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

rioki Re:Huh, what? (121 comments)

The difference between NASA and PARC is that NASA just followed the narrow goal of space exportation and PARC (being XEROX) tried to get the computer into the office. The use of computers for space exploration is does not bare many fruits for normal people. On the other hand almost everybody needs text processing and table calculations, including people that do not work in offices.

about a week ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

rioki Re:even back then.... (121 comments)

What you are referring to is not aspect ration, but screen orientation. But yes, you are correct, for many applications portrait is the favorable orientation.

about a week ago

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5-Year-Old Girl Makes Video Game

rioki rioki writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rioki writes "5 year old girl makes video game at the TOJam. Actually she is helped out by her dad, who does all the heavy lifting but the work is just adorable."
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