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How Software Engineering Differs From Computer Science

BigZaphod Re:Perspective? (306 comments)

I wish I could mod this all the way to the front page. Excellent comment.

more than 5 years ago
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You've Dropped Your Landline — Now What?

BigZaphod Ignore it? (635 comments)

I haven't subscribed to a landline telephone service in at least 7 years. I've never had an irrational desire to make use of those few little wires running through the walls in all that time. Just think, someday when little Tommy asks, "Daddy, what are these strange holes in the wall for?" you can share with him your fond memories of the technology of yesteryear. He will then share with you just how old he thinks you and the house are by saying, "you used to talk with wires?!?!"

more than 5 years ago
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Chemical "Infofuses" Communicate Without Electricity

BigZaphod Seems silly. (115 comments)

This doesn't seem like a significant improvement over, say, carrying a pencil or marker, some paper, and a flare. Write message on paper, strike flare, hold up paper, and hope the good guys have a pair of binoculars handy and happen to notice you.

It seems like if you got into a situation where you couldn't use electronics but were close enough for someone else to see you and you didn't care if the enemy sees you, either, the set of messages would be pretty small. Probably mostly along the lines of, "OH SHIT! SEND TANK!"

more than 5 years ago
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Can SSDs Be Used For Software Development?

BigZaphod Silly question (480 comments)

I've been developing iPhone apps on my 15" SSD MacBook Pro since they were released in September-ish? The SSD is awesome-fast compared to normal laptop HDDs. I have a friend who installed his own SSD before Apple was selling them as a BTO and his is still running fine, too. You'll likely upgrade before you hit any SSD writing limits anyway. It's not something I'm even remotely worried about. If the drive does happen to fail, that's what AppleCare and backups are for. :)

more than 5 years ago
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Student Satirist Gets 3 Months; the Judge, Likely More

BigZaphod Re:Poetic justice? (689 comments)

Is it better when they are limited by the books they read?

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon Announces Kindle 2, With Slew of New Features

BigZaphod Re:A bargain price, based on that hype. (451 comments)

I've heard of The Six-Million Dollar Man: he's a traditional punch line to jokes told by old people, right?

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone App Pricing Limits Developers

BigZaphod Re:Trism (437 comments)

No, he made a bunch of money because he was there on day one with a ton of press lined up and ready to go and managed (against all odds, IMO) to actually be one of the more decent games at launch. (The prices were a lot higher back then, too, since no one knew how the market would evolve.) He either got lucky or was a marketing genius... The app doesn't sell for $4.99 anymore, either. I'm leaning towards luck.

more than 5 years ago
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Teacher Sells Ads On Tests

BigZaphod Why not donations? (532 comments)

I don't get why these local businesses and parents are willing to pay for ads on a math test when they could just drop off a ream of paper and a laser printer cartridge instead?

Why doesn't the teacher just ask for the supplies that are needed? Have kids bring them to school in exchange for some kind of bonus/credit/bragging-rights or something! Does it really have to jump straight to advertising? On a freaking TEST? Come on!

more than 5 years ago
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Improving Wikipedia Coverage of Computer Science

BigZaphod Re:tagged !encyclopedia (186 comments)

Yeah.. tell that to some of the admins over there... The way they reject things for being non-notable (as if there was a lack of space in wikipedia) and the other rules they fling at people sometimes, it's getting to where whole areas of the site aren't worth even trying to edit anymore simply because of the egos that might be stepped on.

more than 5 years ago
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"Cyber Monday" Expected To Draw Virtual Crowds

BigZaphod Re:Who can afford it? (133 comments)

Well at least it isn't Iowa. Wait.. *I* live in Iowa! Dammit!

more than 5 years ago
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Improving Wikipedia Coverage of Computer Science

BigZaphod Beware of posting your own research... (186 comments)

A problem to watch out for is that if you add your own research to Wikipedia (even with all the proper citations), you'll get slapped by some self-important wikipedian because it is apparently wrong and evil to have the person directly responsible for the research itself to be included in the creation of encyclopedia content about said research.

more than 5 years ago
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Street Fighter HD Remix Launches With Fan-Made Soundtrack

BigZaphod Well I'm not going to buy it.. (44 comments)

Personally, I'm holding out for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Imax YouTube Remix Extreme Deluxe Collectors Limited Edition. (But only after the first patch is released, because we all know that first versions suck.)

more than 5 years ago
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"Cyber Monday" Expected To Draw Virtual Crowds

BigZaphod I guess Amazon is closed on weekends? (133 comments)

I had no idea I had to wait until Monday to start shopping online. I'm glad this Slashdot story showed up or else I might have just gone on buying stuff today and tomorrow and missed out on my chance to contribute to some meaningless statistics!

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Team Considers Cancellation of Ares, Orion

BigZaphod Leave the stargate alone! (870 comments)

Boy.. I hope they don't cut funding for the stargate program... who would stop all the alien attacks?

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Team Considers Cancellation of Ares, Orion

BigZaphod Re:That was one of the reasons why I voted for him (870 comments)

Actually, I think it's pretty funny how much some people think he's already done - he doesn't have the power to do anything yet! Oh the insanity....

more than 5 years ago
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Would You Add Easter Eggs To Software Produced At Work?

BigZaphod Re:Ask yourself one thing. (747 comments)

And you know, some of us in management like when people stand up to us. I don't know everything, and never will, nor do I want to. That's why I hired you (I hope). If I have to dictate everything to you and you bow to my every whim, (a) you're more worthless than your interview hinted at, and (b) you're never going to get anywhere.

Bingo!

Note to others: The above comment is evidence that not all management types are clueless authoritarian blowhards. You can have a better life and a better boss if you look for it.

more than 5 years ago
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Would You Add Easter Eggs To Software Produced At Work?

BigZaphod Re:Ask yourself one thing. (747 comments)

Sadly, I think point (b) is a significant cause of point (a) in the first place. :/

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Team Considers Cancellation of Ares, Orion

BigZaphod Re:That was one of the reasons why I voted for him (870 comments)

Whoa there... he hasn't done anything yet. He isn't even the president! His people are just gathering information. Calm down... Geesh.

more than 5 years ago
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Would You Add Easter Eggs To Software Produced At Work?

BigZaphod Re:Ask yourself one thing. (747 comments)

Ugh. I've seen this comment (more or less) all over this thread and I just have to say: Why are so many of you living with such FEAR of your management? It can't be healthy! Lighten up, people! How can you even work for your management if you can't even think of them as *humans* who might like a joke as much as the next guy? Geesh. </rant>

more than 5 years ago

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