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Comment You can own it, only if you can build it. (Score 1) 129

That should be the universal law, like some crazed version of Kant's categorical imperative. It would stop people bumping into me as I go about my daily business too.

On the other hand, I did build a (sort-of) computer in about 1966, but the discrete transistors, solder, printed circuit blanks etc. etc. came from an electronics supply store. So I probably wouldn't be able to make this suggestion using a computer that I bought pre-built.

Comment Re:DuckDuckGo (Score 1) 104

Why is this currently marked as 'troll'? I've been involved with search since the 1980s and old enough to see the web evolve into Facebook, Google and Amazon and I agree that Google is now sometimes near-rubbish. The top Google 'results' are usually stuff to buy, often from Amazon. DuckDuckGo is better and the ethics are better, but we could do with a few more too.

I give an introductory talk on building them at Raspberry Pi meetings, from time to time, it's here: https://www.slideshare.net/hug... so kids, get off my lawn (I'm 66) go and build some more.

Comment How about those that bump into people? (Score 2) 115

Not joking. I live in London, we've tried a couple of experiments by just stopping, as one does, and morons on mobiles (may I suggest the hashtag #moronsonmobiles) just bump into you. A few apologise, most do not. So, let's get rid of the lot. Nothing that you need to do on your phone is that important, even looking at pictures of cats.

Comment In the Future (Score 1) 148

Only Microsoft will be allowed to attack and spy on you, without being perturbed or sidelined by these annoying competitors.

Sorry, that's juvenile and I should know better, but these little outbursts of virtue signalling from them get my goat. And I haven't even got a goat.

Comment Adding to space junk, satellite by satellite (Score 4, Insightful) 158

This is great, technically speaking. However, here's a little article from the BBC on the current space junk problem: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scie... Just look at the statistics at the bottom of the article.

We've managed to fill near-earth with almost as much rubbish as the surface, the actual atmosphere and (more recently reported) the depths of the sea: https://www.theguardian.com/en...

I love tech, but we need urgently to work on its by-products.

Comment Re: I predict (Score 1) 557

Since 'doug' with his msn email address has chosen to spam the above assertion, I've also added my previous remark here, in the interest of balance. I'd add that I have half a dozen old people using Linux Mint, at time of writing.

linux is not for the general public, it is for the computer literate.

This is also why the millions of people (including small children) currently using Raspberry Pis cannot possibly use it, it's too difficult for them, when we see them using it, we are dreaming or deceived by Descarte's evil demon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Sarcasm apart, I've used it as a desktop for about 10 years, it's become steadily easier over that period. We started a project for a housing estate (that's a 'project' for Americans, but it may be nicer) with about 20 older machines that we repurposed. Older people (therefore without some of these prejudices) used Linux, without really realising that they were not using the market standard.

I can see that a lot of commentary here will be Microsoft astro-turfing, so I won't both to reply to each one, but the above statement is nearly nonsense. Incidentally, I'm not a fanatic either, I keep a Windows laptop for music, because I still use Pro Tools. I must say, in terms of random problems (and I'm very careful about virus protection etc.) it is much more of a pain than my vintage 2006 tower running Linux Mint, usually due to driver problems and resultant BSOD episodes.

Comment Re: I predict (Score 1) 557

This is the new astro-turfing mantra from Microsoft now that people are switching away. Actually the last large Windows deployments where I worked, we waited 20 minutes for roaming profiles, each morning, multiple crashes each month. Every other recent place where we (developers) have been given the choice, it's always been some kind of Linux desktop, faster boot, free of Windows viruses, lower powered systems etc. etc.

I'd love to see the 'measurements' for this assertion, since Win 10 has only been around for a moment too.

Comment AI isn't Artificial Intelligence (Score 1) 251

Anyone else notice this? Most of statistical machine intelligence is either optimisation or training neural nets. Symbolic, in the form of expert systems and Cyc: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... seems to have submarined (although I saw someone from Lucid AI in Cambridge about a year ago). I'm not sure where we are with hybrids, since I'm not a specialist.

Things can play Go, Poker and Jeopardy and (this is more sinister) approve people for loans and credit cards. But they lack the huge compositional flexibility of the human mind. They lack explanatory power and (this is bad for the so-called 'financial industry' ) they often don't deal with outliers well. So we're a while from AGI yet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... but the hype and distorted language is outpacing the capabilities. There may be marketing reasons for this. After all, 'our AI said no' is a lot more authoritative than 'our little program said no'.

Comment Re:perl is not surprising. (Score 1) 149

In the last year Perl has become more popular than Java, PHP, and ASP as a weekend programming language

To declare interest, I've done a great deal of contract programming in Perl, for 'big' shops, BBC and a bit of Amazon for example. I've been in the industry since 1976 and done a lot of COBOL, RPG2, Filetab, some PL/1 etc. and more recently some Java and Python. So I'm not a one language programmer, I've been messing with Erland recently too.

Perl takes a lot of shit, and, I agree @ [ % $ (for example) makes things very mysterious, starting out. However, it's a very productive language with a huge set of library assets on CPAN (yes, too many perhaps and some are flaky as hell) and a lot of mature tools like Catalyst and mod_perl. You have to be defensive because of weak typing, but that becomes a habit, good to be defensive, anyway.

Lastly, the community is good, funny and pretty welcoming. As I'm a Londoner, I got to: http://act.yapc.eu/lpw2016/ every year, learn some stuff, meet some friends too. Lastly, lastly (I lied about the previous 'lastly') it's not in anyone's hands, like Java and Go, for example.

Try it and see. You may be surprised.

Comment Re: I predict (Score 2) 557

linux is not for the general public, it is for the computer literate.

This is why the millions of people using Raspberry Pis cannot possibly use it, it's too difficult for them, when we see them using it, we are dreaming or deceived by Descarte's evil demon.

Sarcasm apart, I've used it as a desktop for about 10 years, it's become steadily easier over that period. We started a project for a housing estate (that's a 'project' for Americans, but it may be nicer) with about 20 older machines that we repurposed. Older people (therefore without some of these prejudices) used Linux, without really realising that they were not using the market standard.

I can see that a lot of commentary here will be Microsoft astro-turfing, so I won't both to reply to each one, but the above statement is nearly nonsense. Incidentally, I'm not a fanatic either, I keep a Windows laptop for music, because I still use Pro Tools. I must say, in terms of random problems (and I'm very careful about virus protection etc.) it is much more of a pain than my vintage 2006 tower running Linux Mint, usually due to driver problems and resultant BSOD episodes.

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