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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

styrotech Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (338 comments)

I don't get why they'd think New Zealand would be safe from protests. If they really want to be safe they should be thinking places like, say, Heard Island, like a true billionaire supervillain would.

You're looking at it the wrong way :)

Heard Island would be good place for a single loner supervillian billionaire with enough loyal henchmen and minions, but not so good for the ones that want a bit more room and to easily visit with the other billionaires to race their superyachts. They don't want to get too lonely.

New Zealand is good for them because it is still hard to reach by poor boat people, and easyish to defend from the ones that can make it that far. Especially with some modest defense investment.

The local population isn't that high currently, so get enough billionaires there and it will be quite cost effective for them collectively to bribe/placate the locals into semi happiness.

They'll be able to double NZs GDP by handing out whatever they find behind the couch cushions. And they'll look like nice friendly philanthropists too.

3 days ago

Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

styrotech Re:instant disqualification (648 comments)

If that's your idea of code to be proud of, you are an idiot who shouldn't have any input in teaching kids to program.

That wasn't "code to be proud of" - it was an example refuting the statement Python doesn't have complex constructs compared to VB.

He also claimed that school students would be forced to rely on C if they used Python.

I can't help wondering if he's confusing Python with something else.

about two weeks ago

2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

styrotech Re:The Year Instant Karma Got Some Corporations (255 comments)

Corporations like Apple and Google have been making their billions by exploiting open source, without giving much back.

I thought it was the other way around.

2014 was the year that Google's Project Zero and similar efforts from other companies like Redhat started proactively taking a deep look at some of these crusty old open source libraries and finding some real doozeys.

A lot of the big vulnerabilities last year were found and reported by these company security teams. 2015 will have more of these issues come up too, but it is making things better long term.

about a month ago

What Northern Hemisphere Astronomers Are Missing From the Southern Hemisphere

styrotech Re:Erh... I don't get it (104 comments)

In 1766, the Royal Society commissioned Lt. James Cook to command H.M. Bark Endeavour to sail to the South Pacific to witness the transit of Venus across the sun from the southern hemisphere, where it would be visible. On this voyage he and his crew would become the first Europeans to see the East Coast of Australia and New Zealand.

In the closing days of 2014, the news reaches slashdot.

And in more breaking news just to hand... recent archaeological studies have unearthed evidence that European discovery of New Zealand might now be dated back to the 1640s!

about a month ago

Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

styrotech Re:Large ships are some of the biggest polluters (114 comments)

And sulphur dioxide condenses into an aerosol that counteracts the greenhouse effect. Those large pollution spewing ships are actually saving the planet! Screw hybrid cars and bicycles, everyone should drive a container ship to work!

about a month and a half ago

Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

styrotech Re:What percentage... (114 comments)

Do ya think that's what makes this stupid? Well, consider the fact that a single ship polutes the atmosphere with more carbon in a day than all the cars in the United States in a year... then reassess this idea.

Oh come on. That statement doesn't stand up to the slightest snifftest.

There are 250M cars in the US which means that you would need to have 365x250M (91 billion!) cars for them to emit as much carbon in one day as one of your ships supposedly does.

Yet road transport still emits 5-6x as much as maritime transport:

How many cars, buses and trucks would there need to be to emit 5-6x as much carbon as the 10s of thousands of ships there are worldwide?

I suspect you could be maybe 6 orders of magnitude out there.

OK maybe you misapplied some other pollutant? Sulphur Dioxide maybe? Ships burn very dirty bunker oil after all. Here's an article that reckons the largest of container ships can produce the same amount of SO2 as 50M cars in the same timeframe.

Now you're down to only 3 orders of magnitude (5 x 365) out - eg 50M is only a fifth of the number of cars in the US and correcting for one day vs one year.

about a month and a half ago

Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

styrotech Re:Yeah, don't focus on products. (222 comments)

Dude, "wearable augmented reality drone" sounds like a fucking awesome product.

Sounds like a Google Glass user.

about a month and a half ago

Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

styrotech Re:holy crap (191 comments)


Just, wow.

I don't even want to get into the thing about their driver going down the wrong side of the street.

How can the right side of the car be the wrong side?

But yeah they weren't on the right side of the street - I'll give you that one

about a month and a half ago

Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

styrotech Re:Don't worry guys... (880 comments)

didn't expect that...

Nobody does.

about a month and a half ago

Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

styrotech Re:Wha?!?!!! (172 comments)

The point the OP was trying to make was that Linus's Law [wikipedia.org], specifically Eric S. Raymond's "given enough eyeballs all bugs are shallow" argument, is ridiculously idealistic as it operates under the pretence that everyone has as much insight and knowledge into the software as the author(s) have, focusing solely on the quantity of eyes.

I disagree that it is a ridiculously idealistic statement. It is more of a misunderstood rhetorical tautology than anything else.

A discovered bug obviously had enough eyeballs on it, and an as yet undiscovered bug hasn't had enough eyeballs on it.

All it is stating is that more people looking is better for finding bugs than less people looking. Or another way a wider range of experiences, backgrounds, goals, biases and points of view looking for bugs is better than a narrower range.

about 2 months ago

Shooting At Canadian Parliament

styrotech Re:Dear Canada.... (529 comments)

Why wouldn't it work in practice? It would be easy enough to shut down all mosques, ban the Koran, ban Muslim symbols, etc. It would be easy enough to hamper travel to Muslim countries, and in particular ban the Hajj.

Then what? How does that fix anything? Are people going to change their beliefs because "it's the law"?

It sounds like you're playing right into hands of the dickheads wanting to radicalise and recruit impressionable kids who feel they are being persecuted and alienated - because now it's actually reality. They no longer need to select for the impressionable ones.

about 3 months ago

Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

styrotech Re:I am beggining to think ESR needs to stop talki (245 comments)

2. He seems to do more talking about software than he does actually writing it.

Oh I dunno about that... we (thankfully) haven't heard much from/about him here in many years, and when he does actually turn up again it's for writing some bit of software.

about 3 months ago

Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

styrotech Re:All jokes aside (77 comments)

I had to switch the voice in my head to a different accent to get that one :)

("funghee" vs "funguy" for those unsure what I'm rambling about)

about 3 months ago

Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

styrotech Re:Some Sense Restored? (522 comments)

but if Debian drops systemd, what will "automagic" Ubuntu do, seeing as its very much based on Debian?

Go back to Upstart? And carry on just like it is still 2012.

You're forgetting that Ubuntu wasn't really a big fan of systemd, and it was only Debians decision that caused them to reluctantly switch anyway.

about 3 months ago

Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

styrotech Re:Over-emphasizing "scripted" or "scripting" (98 comments)

If you must insist on Python and want to avoid multi-threaded I/O bound weaknesses of the GIL, then use Jython.

I was under the impression the GIL was a problem for CPU bound miltithreaded CPython code, but that the GIL is released when waiting on I/O (or native libraries). ie I/O bound workloads are the ones that still make some sense for multithreading in CPython.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Partners With Docker

styrotech Re:made for each other. (104 comments)

I speak fluent cunt, allow me to translate.

Thanks, we needed some help from a cunning linguist.

about 3 months ago

NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

styrotech Re:Ob (80 comments)

I think systemd should go and develop its own kernel.

about 4 months ago

Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

styrotech Re:What happens to that heat? (423 comments)

Also, these so-called "scientists" claim that there will be "winter" a few months from now, but the weather today is actually warmer than it was yesterday, so I'm scratching my head...

That's nothing! Here in NZ climate scientists are claiming it will be summer in a few months!

How stupid do they think we are? All this stuff about scientific consensus is a total lie!

about 4 months ago

Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

styrotech Re:There are no "remote" exploits for bash (329 comments)

Perhaps this class of attack works against ksh as well?

Apparently ksh was where bash originally got the idea about exportable functions from.

about 4 months ago

Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

styrotech Re:Well of course. (356 comments)

Respectable physicists are only "mad" because they never got invited to the right sort of parties.

about 4 months ago


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