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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

sg_oneill Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

You misunderstand how libertarians use the word free. To them, freedom means being able to do whatever they want whenever they want in any way they want without any form of responsibility to anyone or anything. In other words they mean anarchy, and they're deluded enough to think they're all Ayn Randian supermen who will rise to the top in such an environment. Holding a rational debate or explaining anything to someone like that is a waste of time, it's like trying to convert the pope to Buddhism.

Hey hey, don't go blaming anarchists for the libertarians and the ancaps. Theres a damn good reason why anarchists are anti-capitalist and have sworn by the motto of "Property IS theft" since Proudhon first said it in the 1800s.

about a week ago
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Thanks To the Private Space Industry, Things Are Looking Up For Space City USA

sg_oneill Bring back the shuttles. (47 comments)

For all its faults, I still rue the fact the Shuttle program was canned. They where great little spacecraft, and really should have just been upgraded rather than canned.

about two weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

sg_oneill Re:damn (120 comments)

We see the USA government as terrorists, but we won't say who we are, eh?

Perhaps International Court of Justice? The United States is the only country to ever have been found guilty by the ICJ of sponsoring terrorism.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

sg_oneill Re:What's the Difference? (102 comments)

but like COBOL, mainframes/minis, and AS/400s/AIX, time will eventually pass them by, slowly, but unerringly, IMHO

.... and they'll still be there. Grey and defiant.

about two weeks ago
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CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

sg_oneill Re:Other particles (137 comments)

Yeah, it's always worth keeping in mind that the universe wasn't designed to be elegant... It wasn't designed at all. It just is.

I'm actually often surprised at how elegant physics can be in spite of this.

True, but a universe that arises from a simple mechanism makes more intuitive sense than a giant hairball of complexity that exists for some reason nobody can quite work out.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

sg_oneill Re:We can do that thing you like (230 comments)

Disk space ain't that cheap, especially if you install the applications on a SSD. Furthermore, a large application is using literally gigabytes of shared DLLs which would otherwise be saved separately. Disk space usage would astronomically increase.

Its actually how the Macs have been doing it since forever. You know those .app files macs use? They are actually directories with a little XML file telling the OS how to run them. Its traditional to include the .dylink and .so files (the macs version of .dll) inside that .app directory under /Contents/Resources. This way you NEVER get .dll hell.

Well until you install two different package managers on top of each other and all your unix command line apps start freaking out.

Blame early osx unix devs who tried to turn OSX into linux for that mess.

about a month ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

sg_oneill Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

And if you think science has nothing to do with politics, you really haven't been paying attention. Scientists are no more or less idealists than anyone else, no more or less corruptible, and in the absence of data that people admit falsifies their hypotheses, can spin their wheels for a generation agreeing with one another and accomplishing nothing (see: string theory).

Yes, but you seem to be suggesting a conspiracy dating back to the start of climate science in the 1800s which if true involves millions of scientists constantly lying, a complete rewrite of some very fundamental physics, an entire world of weather stations and satelites being deliberately made wrong, AND a mechanism to make the world seem like its following physics despite it not following physics. All for reasons nobody can work out, and all being done so well no one ever discovering it, well until a plucky band of conspiracy theorists, anti-science activists and oil industry lobbyists blew the top off the whole thing.

Its a bit on the David Icke side of crazy, if you ask me.

about a month ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

sg_oneill Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

Hypothetically, what do you suggest for when the experts are untrustworthy? Or is this impossible in your worldview?

Academia has processes to deal with this, as other experts will issue studies showing faults in the previous ones.

One thing to note though, without qualifications in the field you are almost guaranteed to be unable to determine if a particular scientist is trustworthy.

Fortunately in climate science however there IS a mechanism, which is the IPCC reports which use extremely wide scale peer review to synthesize findings from vast quantities of research.

Here are things that are not reliable:
* Blogs, notably by untrained conservative commentations or known crackpots.
* Conservative thinktanks
* Politicians.
* Aristocrats.
* Pretend Aristocrats (like "lord" monckton)

about a month ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

sg_oneill Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

"As for global warming itself, it could be fully or partially man caused. I don't know, but again, I don't think it's a problem either way, so I don't really give a crap. "

See that bit where you write "I think...". Stop thinking , if you don't have a qualification in climate science, and go and look up what the experts say because on a fundamental levels your opinions are no guide at all to anything useful if you don't have the training to have a reliable opinion on the matter.

And if thats hard to understand, google "Dunning Krueger" for more explaination.

Until then, sorry dude, but its a reasonable reply he gave. This really has nothing to do with left or right wing politics, since science doesn't work that way.

about a month ago
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Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

sg_oneill Re:really? (185 comments)

It just took them until 2014 to write it all down, eh?

Why would Science publish an article tell us what we already know?

No. The models have included oceans as a thermal body for heat storage for a very long time. The part they play however has been under active investigation and debate however.

Don't get fooled by clickbait headlines.

about a month ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

sg_oneill Re:Recognition (150 comments)

It's not exactly the name recognition, it's the name's reputation.

Nokia: well recognized, well liked brand with positive reception everywhere,except amongst developers that actually programmed for Symbian.

Microsoft: well recognized, universally hated brand, regular finalist in "most hated company" competitions,but appreciated by developers for their excellent dev tools/environment.

Marketing 101 says: they picked the right name but for reasons that aren't readily clear to the general public

Spot the "hasn't programmed for pre smartphone era winmo" guy.

WinMo was as mangled as Symbian (And trust me Symbian was *BAD*) ,except you where coding in an OS for people who didnt understand telephones, and you where coding in an API that looked like the familiar Win32/16 api except it was completely goddamn different, nothing worked like it did on "real" windows, had different app lifecycles and was an even bigger nightmare than symbian to get your apps signed.

But now, finally the worlds are combined. Symbian and WinMo together at last , like lovers embracing in an endless vista of sewerage.

Ok yeah so now its all "slightly more sane" dot net winmo. But its still bad guys, face it.

about a month ago
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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

sg_oneill Re:Still a long way to go ... (71 comments)

Eh, the original Enterprise NX01 did pretty well for itself just using a good old fashion grappling hook. Plus slamming your foe with a grappling hook makes for bad-ass space fights.

about a month ago
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

sg_oneill Re:not news (124 comments)

Governments are trying similar shit, by silencing dissent with summary penalties for as-yet undefined "trolling".

I can assure you the word "trolling" does not appear in legislation anywhere on the earth (except maybe in the misguided title of some legislation, perhaps). You'll find the law would be somewhat specific about what it defines as prohibited behavior, simply because the courts would shred the legislation if it isnt. At least the US, UK and Australian ones would.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

sg_oneill Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

You patented n-tree storage in databases? How the f*** isn't that obvious?

Holy shit dude, you are EVERYTHING wrong with the software industry.

If you turned up at my workplace looking for work, you wouldn't just be rejected by our techs, you'd be strung up by them.

Bad people don't deserve to take jobs away from honest people.

about a month ago
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MAVEN Spies Mars' Atmosphere Leaching Out Into Space

sg_oneill Re:Wait... (63 comments)

We've also got a giant magnetic field thats keeping a lot of stuff in (I dunno how it works. Magnets!) and apparently Mars has lost its magenatism.

Its got something to do with our molten core.

about a month and a half ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

sg_oneill Re:LOL. 'Climate change' indeed. (228 comments)

Yep. The term Climate change replaced was "The greenhouse effect" (Which was the term scientists where using when the science community first started sounding the warning about CO2 in the late 1800s). Global warming is the more recent term and was never really popular inside the scientific community.

This meme that this is some sort of new idea is getting a bit stupid.

about a month and a half ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

sg_oneill Re:As expected (216 comments)

trying to enhance one's social position by pretending to fight for a "just" cause is not a good thing. In fact, its many times worse then status quo, cos the change they propose isn't there for the benefit of the group they claim to be rooting for, or whatever.

But this isn't what the majority of people labeled "SJWs" here do at all. Seriously, give us an example or I'm going to have to file this under "tin foil hat".

The main motivation behind the SJW's bitching, is the implied elevation of their position and the material and social goods that come from such an elevation.

Uh no. It would be "social justice". Hence the pejorative title of "social justice warrior".

Basically, they crate drama in hopes of profiting from it.

I'm honestly not seeing evidence of this. Critiques of popular culture are not "bitching" or "drama". They are critiques, an artform practiced by activists and academics since the greeks first started critiquing authoritarianism.

Fuck. That. Subhuman. Shit. You want to get paid more? work more. talk is free. now stfu.

Thats great advice. The problem is statistically men aren't working more, they are just getting paid more, and thats unfair.

about a month and a half ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

sg_oneill Re:As expected (216 comments)

"The only ones promoting sexism are SJW's."

Yeah this is going to need a citation! Because I'm pretty sure "Stop staring at womens boobs" and "Raping people is bad" are not sexist statements!

about a month and a half ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

sg_oneill Re:As expected (216 comments)

"Saw this story, knew the comments would provide ammo for the SJWs. Way to go, morons."

What actually is the weird obsession with "SJWs" (as a negative?!) on this site?

Is it that offensive that people would think sexism, racism and homophobia are a bit knuckledragging and stupid?

Like woah what an insult! Next thing we'll be snearing that people are "Great guys". "Hey hear about that fireman who saved a little old lady? Pffffttttt what a great guy." "Yeah. Douchebag great guys who needs em"

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

sg_oneill Re:Null hypothesis (295 comments)

This requires major violations of physics that I'm not comfortable with at all.

We know that theres a significantly increased amount of CO2 that we're able to fairly precisely quantify. We know that CO2 has a number of absorbsion spectra and that the maths to derive added energy into the climate system is easily derived and based on century old completely proven physics. This isn't controversial unless you discover some mechanism that makes physics stop working (Whilst somehow fooling the instruments to make it look like physics laws are still working. I dunno, orgone energy? ghosts?) , in which case, congrats on your Nobel prize.

So the question remains. If the energy isn't being stored as heat or kinetic energy (storms and stuff), and we know that at least SOME of it is, then where is the rest? Thermodynamics can't just be handwaved.

Anthopogenic climate change *IS* the null hypothesis dude, and its so far still utterly proven and somewhat serious.

about a month and a half ago

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Banner project kickstarter cruises past $500K, aims for $700K

sg_oneill sg_oneill writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sg_oneill writes "Promising vikings, stunning hand animated graphics, set piece turn based battles and now an orchestral score, Stoic Studio, an indy game outfit started by veteran game developers from the SW:TOR project, have exceeded their original $100K pitch to net a stunning $580K in kick starter funding for its "Banner Saga" game.. The project now is aiming for $700 stating that reaching this goal will allow for a full orchestra soundtrack, XBLA port and some expanded end game content such as user buildable cities. With only a few days left, the race is on to make this game epic. With its vikings, epic orchestra content, turn based warfare and Disney style hand drawn animation, banner is already set to become one of the most anticipated indy games of 2012."
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