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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Dragonslicer Re:Translation: (157 comments)

Except that mobile devices like phones and tablets are fundamentally different than PCs.

No they aren't. Current phones and tablets are still von Neumann computers. If they have ARM processors instead of x86/amd64 processors, then the different instruction set is handled by the C compiler. The only significant difference is the user interface, but writing multiple interfaces for the same software shouldn't be an overly complicated problem.

2 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Dragonslicer Re:Tobacco science (433 comments)

That's actually an interesting comparison. It's nearly impossible to "prove" (in the scientific sense, not the mathematical sense) that smoking cigarettes causes cancer without conducting experiments on humans, which is generally frowned upon. Studies and medical records show a strong correlation between smoking cigarettes and various health problems. Since there's no remotely feasible explanation for cancer causing smoking, and there doesn't seem to be any common cause for both smoking and cancer (e.g. some genetic trait), the reasonable assumption is that smoking increases the risk of cancer. Remember, though, that many people who smoke cigarettes live longer than the average life span, so it still isn't as "proven" as gravity or conservation of energy.

3 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Dragonslicer Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (433 comments)

The difference is that you can duplicate the tests, measurements and models, and that you are invited to come up with alternative explanations.

You have extra Earths lying around that can be used for repeatable experiments?

3 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Dragonslicer Re:More proof (661 comments)

I wonder how they will feel about their lifestyles in 100 years

They won't, because they'll be dead.

4 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Dragonslicer Re:How about No Language (630 comments)

I knew a Professor (of biomedical engineering) who suggested it would be best to teach introductory programming outside of any language. Teach the concepts in their most general, basic form before allowing an individual language to force understanding into an arbitrary syntax.

That works well for the first couple weeks, and possibly for introducing new concepts after that, but eventually you want to know whether or not the stuff that the students are writing works correctly. It's a lot easier to do that with a computer.

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Dragonslicer Re:C# (630 comments)

It also shares enough syntaxal (is that a word?)

The adjective you're looking for is "syntactic".

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Dragonslicer Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (630 comments)

The VB compiler is written in VB. C compilers are written in C. Why isn't Python written in Python?

I'm almost certain that you could write a Python interpreter in Python if you really wanted to, but it probably wouldn't have as good execution performance as an interpreter written in C.

And before you claim, "See, that's what C can do that Python can't do!", a difference of a few seconds in execution time is completely meaningless to students that are just beginning to learn how to program.

5 days ago
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Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis

Dragonslicer Re:So turn off your phone (63 comments)

If you need me, you can contact my staff. If it's important, they'll put the call through or forward the message. People who are 'always on' tend to be lower on the social or organizational totem pole. People who will catch hell if they don't pick up NOW.

You have personal staff that your family members are supposed to call if they need to talk to you? I think it's a pretty safe assumption that the vast majority of people are not as rich as you are.

5 days ago
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UK ISPs EE, Virgin and Vodafone Back Net Neutrality

Dragonslicer Re:Link to full code (36 comments)

On Sky Broadland Lite, I can use Skys On Demand service all day long with out exceeding my 2GB cap, but a few shows or a movie on Netflix would probably kill me for the month.

I don't think Net Neutrality means what you think it means.

No, someone here does get it right for a change. Net Neutrality is supposed to be about not treating data differently based on source/destination. Having the ISP's other services not count towards a monthly cap is definitely a violation of that idea.

5 days ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

Dragonslicer Re:Well... (181 comments)

How would the West feel about the release of a popular film in which the assassination of a living head of state is planned?

I know it isn't quite the same, but it seemed like there was a run for a while where at least once a year there was a movie about the president of the United States getting trapped in a bunker.

about a week ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

Dragonslicer Re:The word is "kibitz". (105 comments)

If you don't know how to spell an unusual word with yiddish origin that'll make you look like a pretentious schnook, perhaps you can find a better word?

Yeah, if the submitter/editor used the word, I expected there to be some specific reason for it. Then I got "schookids" and "the issues of day" and realized that it's just plain old stupidity.

about a week ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Dragonslicer Re:"and they may be bought for their assets." (314 comments)

I went in to Microcenter for the first time about a month ago. Damn, I wish I knew about it several years ago. They even had Raspberry Pis cheaper than the online place I bought one from.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

Dragonslicer Re:Who's in charge, again? (202 comments)

And what regulations prevent it? The first two that come to mind are 1) the water is polluted enough to be dangerous, or 2) it's a drinking water supply. The first one is caused by lack of regulation preventing the pollution in the first place, and the second makes a lot of sense to me.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

Dragonslicer Re:Who's in charge, again? (202 comments)

And people didn't quite understand how dangerous that polluted water was.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

Dragonslicer Re:Who's in charge, again? (202 comments)

The EPA is needed, but its growing into a giant lumbering obstacle to many economic and personal ventures.

If those "economic and personal ventures" would poison a few thousand people, push a dozen species to extinction, and make a large area of land practically uninhabitable, then good, the EPA should be an obstacle.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Dragonslicer Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

You're right, of course meeting with legislators shouldn't be made illegal. What's happened is that the term "lobbying" has been misused to include all of the related activity that goes along with lobbying these days. Typically, very large campaign donations accompany corporate lobbyists.

There are also occasional favors that avoid the whole bag-of-cash problem.
Perfectly okay: A lawyer hired by a large corporation going to Washington and saying, "Hey, Mr. Senator, we should talk about this legislation that could affect the company that hired me."
Not okay: A lawyer hired by a large corporation going to Washington and saying, "Hey, Mr. Senator, we should talk about this legislation that could affect the company that hired me. How about we meet at a golf course in the Caribbean?"

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Dragonslicer Re: Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

I admit that I'm not completely up to date on land-line phone service (I haven't had one since college), but I was under the impression that most areas are like cable television, with only a single provider (typically the same company that provides DSL).

As for mobile phone service, if the companies had their way instead of the FTC stopping them, there would currently be only two providers, AT&T and Verizon.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Dragonslicer Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

Yeah, it's terrible when a bunch of politicians that don't represent you and meet in a far-away city try to control what you and are neighbors are allowed to do.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Dragonslicer Re:Beware the other edge! (417 comments)

3. TWC will always respond to outages because they want your money and don't want to get sued (yes, they do it in an incompetent manner). The government pretty much doesn't care.

We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company.

Resources will go to Electric, Water, Gas, and Storm drains first.

If you're talking about something like a natural disaster, then yes, you're right, and that's how it should be. Most people's Internet connections won't work very well without electricity anyway, and running water and drainage are far more important than your Netflix movies.

about two weeks ago

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Dragonslicer Dragonslicer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Dragonslicer writes "Felony charges have been filed against Patricia Dunn and four others connected with the corporate spying scandal. From a NY Times article:

Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman was among five people charged Wednesday with illegally gathering phone records of board members, journalists and others in an effort to find the source of news leaks... The charges stem from the use of pretexting, a form of deception, to obtain private calling records from phone company employees.

Looks like we all got our wish that someone would be held accountable."

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