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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Drethon Re:Duh (227 comments)

Um "and they look much better than console games"?

about a week ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

Drethon Re:Story I heard as a kid (99 comments)

But... but... but... I want mine and I want it now!

about a week ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

Drethon Re:The culture of responsibility switches. (262 comments)

If a tester runs a test and no one is around to see it, does the test return a result?

Depends on the quality of the test automation software. You do know a lot of the software in the airplanes you fly in is tested via an automated approach where the only observation of 10k tests is 1 pass/fail?

about two weeks ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Drethon Re:Movie ordering (267 comments)

I had an advertisement with the movies in that order and release dates. Not sure if it was official or not though.

about three weeks ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Drethon Re:This is the future (332 comments)

Actually I'm living in the country as it is much quieter than the city but still nearby. Also my little car gets plenty of gas milage. But it doesn't matter a lot when my primary work is split between two cities that are a distance apart.

about three weeks ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Drethon Re:This is the future (332 comments)

Not too bad given the hourly paycheck.

about three weeks ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Drethon Re:This is the future (332 comments)

I would love to bicycle to work every day. Unfortunately in Michigan half the year the roads are too icy and snowy or else it is rather warm and none of my work places have showers. Also my house is 23 miles from one contract and 55 miles from the other and the only good routes are freeways which rather frown on bicycle traffic. I'm already spending 12 hours a day between driving and working, I would rather not up that to 14-16. Relocating would not help as the two contracts are 55 miles from each other and never provide full time work by themselves.

Sounds like a situational difference for this US person but YMMV.

about three weeks ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Drethon Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

Well from what I hear said by most of the engineers around me, a successful engineering company produces working products, a successful academic produces ideas that may never work.

about a month ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Drethon Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

I didn't go to school for ten years studying engineering and CS so I could deal with politics more than designing new software. Yet that is what I do anyway, despite working for a highly successful engineering company.

about a month ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

Drethon Re:Missing option (258 comments)

I got a smartphone because work blocked college e-mail and I was working with my adviser on a thesis. Otherwise I'd probably still have a non smart phone.

about a month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Drethon Re:Critical thinking without applicable knowledge? (553 comments)

Employers have nearly completely stopped training in all the jobs I've worked recently (contract work so I'm bouncing around). However little of what I need to know is provided by any college. Mostly the employers are looking for employees who have already worked the jobs (ex one employer refused one of our people because he did not have 5 years Ada experience. But in our area, the only way to gain that is on the job) but also seem to expect you to learn on the job without formal training.

about 1 month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Drethon Critical thinking without applicable knowledge? (553 comments)

A lot of critical thinking is rather difficult when you don't know the different causes of the effect you are seeing. Schools teach how to learn, jobs teach the skills and knowledge specific to the job.

about a month ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Drethon Re:"Social justice warriors" are the ultimate trol (571 comments)

I forget the exact quote but it is something like show me a man of absolute conviction or show me a man of absolute faith and I'll show you the most dangerous man in the world.

about a month ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

Drethon Re:Puffery (95 comments)

But... but... I spent money and didn't get what I wanted!

about a month ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

Drethon Physical vs Non Physical (89 comments)

Not sure the best terms for this but... I've noticed a lot of non physical theories (space time, dark matter(though this is only non physical in the sense we haven't seen it yet), dark energy) require manipulation of physical materials to produce the expected results. I still wonder if we will eventually see these theories get an actual physical source. Just my bent $0.02.

about a month ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Drethon Re:Republicans Control Michigan (294 comments)

It actually seems kind of odd that Michigan is Republican controlled since we've voted for the Democratic presidential candidate every election in recent history.

about a month ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

Drethon Keep it (158 comments)

If I want high resolution I'll go to the movie theater. At home I usually have Netflix movies on in the background and listen more than watch.

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Drethon Re:Victim Blaming vs Common Sense (622 comments)

Releases of this information from large scale hacks are rare. Does anyone know how often this hacks occur but the hacker does not release the information?

I've taken classes on network security and there are so many layers to the security and if any layer breaks the whole system tends to break down.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Drethon Re:WTF? (265 comments)

Same here. I use my gmail far less than my yahoo account (my Yahoo goes to all sorts of disreputable forums) but I think I see maybe a spam e-mail every week or month on gmail that misses the filter. On Yahoo it is more like a couple a day when I haven't given out my e-mail lately, as bad as ten a day when I do give out my e-mail.

about a month and a half 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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