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The debate over climate change is..

soccerisgod Re:Science vs. Policy (278 comments)

My argument was nnot about whether particular climate models are accurate or not. It was about whether the study of climate qualifies as a science.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

soccerisgod Re:Science vs. Policy (278 comments)

Your understanding of what does and doesn't constitute science is flawed. Science has to be falsifiable, meaning it has to be theoretically possible to prove that a set of theories is wrong if it is wrong. It doesn't and never had to be feasable or possible with current technology.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

soccerisgod Re:What we know (278 comments)

Again, higher temperatures (no matter who caused them) = polar ice melting = higher sea levels.

You won't have more land. You will have a lot less land.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

soccerisgod Re:A butterfly flaps its wings... (278 comments)

Actually it goes much further than slightly warmer summers: the interesting question is about polar ice melting and how it will effect sea levels. You WILL care if you live in SF and your house drowns in the ocean :)

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

soccerisgod Re:AI is always (564 comments)

That would have been so impressive if at least one of your links worked ;]

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

soccerisgod Re:Now thats incentive (564 comments)

The problem is, every time a problem is solved, the definition of true AI changes.

Did the turing test change recently? Hadn't noticed. Did someone inform Marvin Minsky?

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

soccerisgod Re:AI is always "right around the corner". (564 comments)

viruses not virii. You sound like an idiot.

The problem is, you break doesn't machines much finer then you do the human brain.

Please stop! I can't take any more of this!

about three weeks ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

soccerisgod Re:Banks can't be homeless (220 comments)

Calm down, Rumpelstiltskin. Otherwise, someone will probably come and repeatedly kick you in the ass until such time that you agree that every crime should be punished regardless of how it relates to what some Wallstreet assholes did or do.

about a month and a half ago
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Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

soccerisgod Re:"comics geek" (165 comments)

No true scotsman would read that.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

soccerisgod Re:My Job (310 comments)

No, that's what's wrong with people claiming to use agile methods and in reality just acting without plan and reason :)

about 2 months ago
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GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

soccerisgod Re:~45yrs of buffer overflows... (127 comments)

It's a problem because it requires programmers to concern themselves with low-level tedious details that the compiler could handle for them

So basically your statement can be reduced to is "If you're lazy and stupid, don't use C". I'm fine with that. But I'd like to add that if you're lazy and stupid, don't program at all, become a manager.

about 2 months ago
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GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

soccerisgod Re:~45yrs of buffer overflows... (127 comments)

C is especially bad because the language doesn't even have a way to talk about the size of an array. When you pass an array to a function, all size info is lost. This sucks.

How is that a problem? Pass the size in a separate variable. Put the array in a struct and add a member for the size. Or add a function to your struct that returns the size. Whatever. The possibilities are there. If you don't use them because programming in C is less cushy than in other languages, the fault is entirely yours. There is nothing in C preventing you from writing proper code. You just have to do it, with the understanding that it will be more work. But it's hardly impossible.

about 2 months ago
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GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

soccerisgod Re:Basic programming principles what? (127 comments)

That's exactly the problem. If you think to add features first, security later you have already made a fundamental mistake. Writing secure code is not a matter of adding extra checking later. It means writing good, proper code right from the start. One of the most obvious consequences of that is not to use functions like sprintf at all, but use substitutes that allow and in fact demand proper length checking.

My $0.05: Of course managers never see a business case for adding security checking later. There is no obvious way it will make the company more money, so something "more important" will take precedent. But on the other hand, not writing secure code right from the start also means the programmer is not making a habit of writing good code. It shows a serious problem with their attitude toward their own work. That is not to say that there won't still be mistakes made, but a lot of them can be prevented right from the start.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

soccerisgod Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Perhaps to save you from your own stupidity? After all, one of the responsibilities of any government is to protect its citizens.

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

soccerisgod Re:Does Size Matter? (211 comments)

More research required! To the fapmobile!

about 2 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

soccerisgod Re:MATE's nice (611 comments)

How's multi monitor support in Mate? Does it work properly? That seems to be a serious problem with many a WM these days.

Just asking in case Xfce4 ever dies...

about 2 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

soccerisgod But but but but but... (355 comments)

If you have ads on your fridge.. and it runs android... You'd have apps, right? But an app on a fridge - wouldn't it keep freezing? :O

about 2 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

soccerisgod Re:Age restriction only. (301 comments)

Right, and the next thing you know, little Timmy is off to Amsterdam. What could possibly go wrong? :)

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

soccerisgod Re:Public transit (389 comments)

It is a socialist country you know.

I really wonder what you're smoking :)

about 2 months ago

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soccerisgod soccerisgod writes  |  more than 7 years ago

soccerisgod (585710) writes "After previously forcing ReplacementDocs to take down manuals for their games (some of which can be downloaded free of charge from their own website) games maker Bethesda Softworks is now threatening legal action against Glutton Creeper Games who are currently working on a Fallout-based pen & paper RPG. Glutton Creeper Games claims to have a valid contract with Interplay, while Bethesda Softworks claims that "Interplay never had the rights to license a Pen and Paper to GCG under their license of Fallout from 2004 before the purchase of the IP, and makes claims against GCG that it may damage the Fallout brand and forecoming Fallout 3 release by linking the two."

Is our friendly neighbourhood games company turning into the next EA?"

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