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Comment Re:Fake science/sloppy science (Score 1) 194

In practice that requirement seems to never be enforced. IIRC someone got a patent on an FTL drive, but I'm not certain it was in the US. However, they needed a specific rule to eliminate patents on perpetual motion machines even back in the 1800's, so it's been a long time when the requirement that "someone skilled in the arts" can understand it and duplicate it has been enforced.

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 1) 160

Well, yes, but I read the comments at -1.

And THAT is the way this should be done, not be removing comments. I'm perfectly fine with having it score comments. In fact I think there should be several different factions allowed to score comments. And people should be able to browse, for each service, at any minimum score required they choose. Personally, I'd like a score service that rated any post that mentioned "SJW" at -1, and that one I'd use setting the minimum score at zero. But this doesn't mean I think the posts should be removed, merely hidden from me. (I find them almost always worthless, and usually stupid.) That I don't want to experience them doesn't mean I don't feel that others should be allowed to experience them, if that's what they chose.

Comment Re:specifications (Score 1) 280

That's one valid point. My real problem with it is that I've seen this promised before, and the things delivered were exceptionally unimpressive. In fact, the closest I've seen to something that does this so far was never touted under that rubric....the spreadsheet.

OTOH, back in the days of the Apple ][+ there was this program called "The Last One", touted as "The last program you'll ever need to buy!". It quickly sank without a trace.

All that said, a lot of what programmers do *is* cut an paste...only we call it linking in libraries, and we already have automated tools to do it.

And *that* said, I can easily imagine certain areas in which programmers are currently working being automated. Certainly there are areas where I used to work that have been automated. It's been a long time since I had to write a hash table, e.g., or a doubly linked list, or... well, lots of things. Expect the process to continue, and probably to speed up a bit. I don't expect the genuine automatic programmer before 2025 at the earliest. ... And even then I expect there will be areas it can't really handle....but I consider that requiring all children learn to code to be a really stupid move. Get them to think critically, OK. That would be a good thing, if you can figure out how to do it.

Comment Re:Never heard of it... (Score 1) 67

I followed it for a year or so, but it got old. Don't know what it's like in recent decades. Schlock is an alien with a number of useful talents, but beauty isn't one of them. There is (or was) also a handsome captain, a (slightly) mad scientist, a "beautiful" nurse, etc. And they get in a lot of fights. (I may have misremembered some of that.)

So it's pretty much a standard formula, but not too bad. https://www.schlockmercenary.c... thanks to Google.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 505

Point. I thought that was probably true, but couldn't find a reference, so I went with the more inclusive term. (You can't get a 2/3 vote without also getting a majority vote.)

As I said, the chances are extremely remote, and it could only happen if a large number of Republican legislators get extremely upset.

Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 1) 505 I learned to distrust the media by observing an event that I later saw covered on the media. This has happened three times (not a large sample) and in each case the media grossly distorted the event. A bad fire got turned into a city destroying nightmare, e.g. You'd be surprised at what can be done by careful selection of camera angles and framing.

Comment Re:Rights are inherent, endowed by our Creator (Score 1) 509

That's not the constitution, but the exception for the border isn't the constitution either. I could see an argument in favor of it if they left it up to the states, but when they make it federal they blow it. And the constitution certainly never said that anything within 200 miles of the border, or other access point (international airport, e.g.) was a part of the border, but that's what the feds have been claiming for decades. Without any right to do so, but with the power to make it pretty much stick.

Comment Re:Why should it need real-time internet anyway? (Score 1) 140

The hardware is probably expensive...the databases, not so much so. To correct that, building ONE database is quite expensive. Copying it to lots of dolls makes the incremental cost cheap.

The question that might make this wrong is "Does the doll understand human speech, or the speech of one particular person?". If each doll needs a separate specialized database, then it would, indeed, be expensive, but then one wonders "Who's paying for all these customized databases?".

Comment Re:Simple answer. Dont use SAP. (Score 2) 123

Yes, but how would that scale? Mind you, this isn't an argument in favor of SAP, as I believe that you could redesign that into something that would scale, albeit it would be a bit less flexible. I'd want to use a different DB engine, possibly PostGreSQL. I don't like C#, but there's nothing really wrong with it, I just think that if you want to scale it you need to convert it from a single DB into a hierarchy, with each local entity being a complete sub-module analogous to your current system, but the overall system holding a summary of all its dependent nodes...and probably producing a different set of reports.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 505

Grounds for impeachment is whatever the House of Representatives finds suitable. Please note that the House is currently dominantly Republican.

A successful impeachment can be done on whatever grounds the Senate finds acceptable. Please also note that the Senate is dominantly Republican.

A successful impeachment requires a majority vote of the House. A successful conviction requires a majority vote of the Senate. The chances of this happening are extremely slim. It would require that a large number of Republicans in both the House and the Senate be thoroughly outraged.

P.S.: The causes I listed are not the official grounds, which are, IIRC, "High Crimes and Misdemeanors", but the term doesn't appear to be well defined, and there is no clear test, so as a matter of practice it's whatever the Representatives and Senators find suitable.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 505

While he's wrong, so are you. 20th Century US was not Capitalist, it was oligarchist. The monopolies established via government power were only slightly subtler than those that Teddy Roosevelt fought. So far nobody has successfully challenged them except in minor corners. I suppose you could call it state sponsored capitalism, but if you take out the downside risk, then what remains can't really be called capitalism.

P.S.: Neither Socialism nor Capitalism is a desirable system. Though most of the 20th century the oligarchism was actually superior to either. And note that it contains elements of both. There is currently, however, clear evidence that with increasing automation it has reached a limit, where it is no longer a reasonably good choice. What should replace it, and how to get there, is as yet unclear.

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