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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Drethon Re:Of course they do (974 comments)

Just because the bell curve shifts the right direction doesn't eliminate either extreme.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Drethon Re:they will defeat themselves (974 comments)

Even better, let them take over a couple of states for a while. Once they destroy the population the threat will be neutralized.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Drethon Ada not a bad option (270 comments)

I've been kept pretty well employed thanks to Ada experience. Military projects are not a large niche but the companies I've worked for tend to have issue finding people with Ada experience and don't like training. Plus those projects pay a little better than average.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Drethon Re:Well (232 comments)

For me on the development side when I give an estimate with no accounting for problems along the way the answer is typically, great, here are your hours. When I get an estimate with a realistic estimate of problems that will pop up along the way I'm told, here is a quarter of what you asked for, see how far this gets you. Typically I tend to get less hassle if I ask for the minimum and then ask for more hours as needed (multiple times) with the reason why I need more hours (ex the same reasons I would have given for those hours up front).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Drethon Re:Fear of changing code.... (232 comments)

Depends on what development model you are using. In aviation with software certification, improving the code produces short term nightmares even though it is valuable in the long term. Every time you change a line of code it has to be retested and certified which is expensive. Of course once the patch on patch on patch reaches critical mass and you have to rip off all the band aids, things get worse.

about two weeks ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Drethon Re:Crouching Microtransactions, Hidden DRM (292 comments)

Well low cost typically seems to put more effort into content rather than flash, which is also what tends to make indie games more popular.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

Drethon Re:Wait, these are for real? (72 comments)

Maybe it is just a red giant with abnormally high concentrations of lithium, molybdenum, and rubidium.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Drethon Yay! (243 comments)

Make TOR faster than anything else on the internet! ... heh ...

about two weeks ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Drethon Re:Crouching Microtransactions, Hidden DRM (292 comments)

This is why I don't preorder games any more. I wait until the reviews discuss what crap it has that I can deal with and I wait for the next game.

about two weeks ago
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Malware Distributed Through Twitch Chat Is Hijacking Steam Accounts

Drethon Re:I do not understand (53 comments)

Ah yes, job security by other's idiocy. Makes you wonder what the world would be like if people followed instructions.

about two weeks ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Drethon Re:Not about ease, about authority (231 comments)

Ah but a 2 month old kid may be breast feeding so the store has to make sure the mother isn't drinking the alcohol! Think of... never mind.

about two weeks ago
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Malware Distributed Through Twitch Chat Is Hijacking Steam Accounts

Drethon Re:I do not understand (53 comments)

Yes but isn't there enough history about the internet that says "Don't click links from people you don't trust?". Not that pretty much anyone hasn't broken that rule at one time or the other.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Drethon Re:Theism breeds entitlement and apathy (937 comments)

Immorality is much easier to excuse when you believe there is a divine order to things. When someone is poor, or suffering or has had a bad run of luck, belief in a divine plan makes it easy to see that as deserved, instead of unfortunate. When someone is rich, powerful and/or fortunate, you're more likely to see them as superior and deserving of their good fortune if you are religious.

Every time you hear someone thank god that for answering their prayers and blessing them with something, keep in mind that intrinsically behind that statement is the idea that god has made a judgement call and found them deserving of having their prayers answered. It's a round about way of saying "God chose this for me, because he thinks I deserve it." It always rubs me as subtly arrogant to imply that whatever good fortune you are enjoying isn't simply good fortune, but it's a reward you earned because god found you deserving of it, and thusly found everyone else who doesn't receive that same thing, undeserving.

I think people tend to have that view regardless of religion. Religion just shifts it toward god being the cause rather than people.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Drethon Re:Compromise: (491 comments)

This american like cars rather than buses because I like a 20 minute commute, not an hour and a half. Not even sure buses have a connecting route to where I live anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Drethon Re:Ada? (387 comments)

And still required for some DOD development. I like Ada, if you can get it to compile it may still have a crap ton of bugs but it rarely if ever crashes...

about three weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Drethon Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Science creates a model of the real work that works under certain contains and may or may not work well under others. Similar to a scale that measures very accurately between 50 and 300 pounds but doesn't work so well under 10 pounds or over 1000 pounds. One of the biggest problems I've had with science is assuming theories will work under all conditions.

about three weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Drethon Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

Make it taste like Cherry Soda. While you are at it, make the caffeine effect shut down every night so I can sleep and kill off the caffeine withdrawal.

about three weeks ago

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C/C++ Most Popular Again?

Drethon Drethon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Drethon (1445051) writes "On this day in 2008 a submission was posted that C/C++ was loosing ground so I decided to check out its current state. It seems that C has returned to the top while Java has dropped by the same amount, VB and PHP have dropped drastically, C++ is holding fast but now in third place and Objective-C and C# have climbed quite a bit.

2008 data thanks to SatanicPuppy:

1. Java.....20.5%
2. C........14.7%
3. VB.......11.6%
4. PHP......10.3%
5. C++.......9.9%
6. Perl......5.9%
7. Python....4.5%
8. C#........3.8%
9. Ruby......2.9%
10. Delphi...2.7%

The other 10 in the top 20 are:
JavaScript, D, PL/SQL, SAS, Pascal, Lisp/Scheme, FoxPro/xBase, COBOL, Ada, and ColdFusion"
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What is holding back the paperless office?

Drethon Drethon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Drethon (1445051) writes "CNN has an article (are we up to the millionth article on this topic?) asking if the paperless office has arrived: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/18/paperless.office/index.html?hpt=Sbin.

This got me wondering, what are the main things holding back the paperless office? Just off the top of my head the main thing keeping me printing out documents is the ability to spread a dozen pages of a document under review out on my table and marking it up by hand. PDF and Word markups are not too bad but they still lack the ability to spread many pages out to look over at the same time and could be improved to make markup a bit less restrictive. I do find myself printing out less with the use of dual monitors to have source documents and work under progress up at the same time, perhaps something like Microsoft's tabletop computer used as a desk will let me have at least a paperless desk.

I know there are other reasons why offices are not becoming paperless. What are your reasons?"

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