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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

Drethon Re:Wait, these are for real? (53 comments)

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

7 hours ago

AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Drethon Yay! (224 comments)

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


The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Drethon Re:Crouching Microtransactions, Hidden DRM (268 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.


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.


School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Drethon Re:Not about ease, about authority (229 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.

2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Drethon Re:Theism breeds entitlement and apathy (866 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.

3 days ago

To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Drethon Re:Compromise: (485 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 a week ago

Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Drethon Re:Ada? (380 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 a week ago

How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Drethon Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (768 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 a week ago

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 a week ago

Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Drethon Well yeah (203 comments)

Creativity tends to go a different direction with mainstream. When peer-review is important do you really want to contradict or say something different from your peers?

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Drethon Re:No (546 comments)

Well it was a quickly typed and not exceptionally carefully worded post, don't usually have the time for those. By basic skills I'm talking about how to make java compile and what is object oriented code. These things I can fairly easily translate into other languages and then learn the more advanced stuff with real experience.

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Drethon Re:Being a developer is about more than code (546 comments)

6. You'll need good communications to talk with the requirements developers who gave you little more than "make it work" and then complain when it doesn't work the way they imagined it.

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Drethon Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

One problem with shifting from theory to practical application is there is so damn much of it. After 10 years in the field I know a ton of theory but I'm learning new practical application nearly every day. Though the engineering courses were rather good at 3 hours a week of theory and the rest of the week of lab assignments with "go build it".

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Drethon Re:False premise (546 comments)

Yes most of the self taught programmers I've known are very competent. Most of them are not as disciplined and it requires a fair amount of discipline to put up with a painful degree for four years. Admittedly I've also known some very disciplined self taught programmers and very undisciplined college graduates.

about two weeks ago



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"

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:

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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