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  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I should also say, it's not that any particular library is hard to use, its that you will use it once, on a project which will last for a maximum of 3 months, and need to support IOS, Android and...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    It depends a lot on the library, have a look at the provider model for something like Microsoft Media Foundation, or god forbid QT with chromium. Simple old, well documented library with a single function hell yes, go nuts. Configure...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Of course there is also AI demonology : https://medium.com/intuitionmachine/the-alien-look-of-deep-learning-generative-design-5c5f871f7d10 Summon the demon, carefully frame your command and let it loose. Best you be careful in defining the scope and nature of the problem you want to solve or you might...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Along a similar theme, how quickly the internet turned into a lovecraftian horror : http://astercrash.tumblr.com/post/157419046864/did-anyone-notice-how-quickly-the-internet-turned I realised to my horror that I've been a professional programmer for more than 20 years, have literally developed on everything for the first home...
  • Commented on Excuses
    You're assuming that owning a vehicle is the cheapest option and that Tesla's plan is to sell mass market vehicles in the medium term. I suspect that their plan is to sell perhaps 5000 Model 3s per 100,000 people and...
  • Commented on Excuses
    The exciting stuff is always 10 years in the future, but at 950 Whr/kg and 5min charge time this would out out do most turbo diesel cars for range (no idea of the Whr/L though). https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/paving-the-way-for-a-lithium-battery-that-uses-an-asphalt-electrode/...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I work next door to TopCon who have their self driving tractors (aka lawn mowers with LIDAR) out every day for testing. I saw the header driver harvest my aunts wheat crop after doing a quick site survey with a...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Wow these guys are literally 2km down the road, they must have been over the moon to have the IAC in their home town....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I thought the 'something like' in my post captured the fact that I wasn't literally describing making dry ice, just using something like 90% of the same infrastructure. I was implying that carbon capture and storage would look 'something like'...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Compressing a gas also increases its temperature, which fights you efforts to compress it more and involves lots of heat exchanges and refrigeration. Any plant that compresses CO2 enough make it possible to store in volume will look something like...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Or to better explain, somebody rolled about a BS reason as to why Musk shouldn't really be celebrated for working to make the world better. So I rolled out the most BS rebuttal I could come up with. Love him...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    You're probably right, but it was the smallest automotive death count came close to the the DRC murder rate so I'm sticking with it for artistic purposes :-p...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    DRC is shit hole with incredibly high murder rates, a terrible record on human rights and an incredibly low standard of living, yet every year more people die from diesel emissions in Europe, so yo know, net win for electric...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Hi all, long time reader sometimes poster, rarely about what I know, but this I know! The IoT gives me literal nightmares. If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then the road to destruction is paved with...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I don't think the this is anywhere near the worst case, and I don't think you need the drones. To do in the Rohingya all it took was Facebook and machetes. I agree that big carbon are making hay, but...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I finished re-reading the Merchant Princes series (omnibus version) over the Christmas break, just in time to have a hurry up an wait for the UK edition to be released :-| (after canceling my pending hard cover order.... humph). Hopefully...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Na, consciousnesses is more like a merged distributed database. 40Hz is the reaction time for a sub section to sense --> compute --> react --> queue for integration. As bits of the hive come into contact (say within ~1000km) they...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    There is a nice chapter in Luna:New Moon where one of the characters reveals that she only has sex with agents (fully monitored her self + agent), and they are crafted and given as works of erotic art. Given how...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    My crazy year story is a three way galactic battle between TEST Alliance, The Honeybadger Coalition and GoonSwarm, which is being funded by an interstellar casio and which will potentially burn through millions of dollars worth of ships before it...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    I was thinking of Fire Upon the Deep too. I would have like to have seen Vinge do the space opera expansion to Across Real Time, with meat sacks exploring the universe in their safe silver spheres (and knowing that...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    The price range for extracting shale oils in the US (where rigs are currently working) is in the range $15-$75 a barrel for a given well head. If your current well head is still viable and in the $15 range...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    I should have clarified 'fracking' as the catch cry for the low grade oil mining boom. This includes all the tight oils, shale oil, tight oil, tar sands, etc. The reason I call it a scam is because it requires...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    If the hundreds of billions of dollars poured into the fracking scam had been instead spent on retooling around renewable 2016 would perhaps be a very different year, but instead we are seeing just what consistency we can beat that...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    The writers have been one strike since the 2000 christmas special. The producers have just been using footage off the cutting room floor for most of this season (and lame voice overs). I'm surprised you didn't pick up on it,...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    My picks would be: Rise of the anglosphere (1600 - 2050): The race between English being the only language and the bablefish making language irreverent. With a 200 year head start English won, local languages becoming an affection for historical...
  • Commented on Leading question
    This is at the bottom of a looong list and is based on the antipodian perspective but... The tight orbit of the beige dictatorship and the 'old media' is finally broken the the death of Murdoch senior and the financial...
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