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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Jartan Re:Not a good week... (445 comments)

What nonsense. Someone somewhere is designing a leafblower right now and learned something that leads to cheaper access to space. Some scientist studying bug locomotion learned something that leads to cheaper access to space.

That is how progress works. Technological "breakthroughs" are always a culmination of extremely small leaps.

about 3 months ago

Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

Jartan Don't get your hopes up if you're in an apt. (88 comments)

I live in KC and it's a real pita to find a place with google fiber. Google will only wire up an entire complex at once and they charge the owners a lot of money for it.

about 3 months ago

Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Jartan Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

This must be a euro thing. It doesn't make any sense in the US. In the US all we care about is "how often do I have to fill this damn tank".

about 4 months ago

Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

Jartan That won't end well. (213 comments)

Personally I would avoid robbing people who have kinetic weapons of mass destruction hanging in orbit. That's just me though.

about 4 months ago

Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Jartan Re:CDC guilty of correlation == causation (291 comments)

I'm not going to disagree that he's a quack. Bringing up "highly-active" runners is just as bad though.

Whatever we recommend on a national level should be purely based on people who get very little exercise.

about 4 months ago

New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

Jartan Why is scripting better than an amalgation of CSS? (306 comments)

I really don't understand this. Almost every site I go to does the same damn crap with Javascript and all of it could be done with other technologies.

about 5 months ago

Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Jartan Why does keyboard only have to equal crappy GUI? (402 comments)

I've never understood why this war continues. Emacs and Vim unequivocally have a GUI. Status bars, split window, auto complete drop downs. Yet if you even talk about improving them the pitchforks come out.

It seems like they're so firmly wedded to the idea GUI=mouse that they can't even think straight.

about 6 months ago

Getting Back To Coding

Jartan Sometimes tools are just better though. (240 comments)

I was with him until he said use Subversion if it does what you need. I can't agree with that. Cheap forking is so superior that you have to learn it at some point.

about 6 months ago

Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

Jartan Re:There is a simple solution (171 comments)

Your idea falls apart when ALL the games have in-game purchasing.

about 6 months ago

4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

Jartan Bit too small still. (207 comments)

At that res I really want at least a 32~37 inch screen.

about 8 months ago

Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

Jartan Question is way too premature. (437 comments)

We're a long long long ways away from a totally autonomous car. The first self driving cars will definitely require a driver.

about 8 months ago

Congress Unhappy With FCC's Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality

Jartan Re:market force: Let customers decide. (208 comments)

We're not in a situation of light regulation though. Who can lay down lines is heavily regulated at the local level.

So simply telling the FCC "hands off" is foolish. That just hands the problem to city politicians that can't possibly oppose the huge cable companies.

about 8 months ago

Places Where the Silicon Valley Bubble Could Pop

Jartan Re:I Read TFA... (107 comments)

Half the posters don't even read their own reply.

about 9 months ago

Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Jartan This is surprising? (529 comments)

The entire trick to religion has always been peace of mind. You don't have to think about the hard stuff. Of course the flip side of that is being a bad person.

I'd rather have morals with depression personally.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Jartan Look up code visualization. (876 comments)

The best way to understand is to turn the question around. Look at the methods people use to visualize code. There's no one method that's really good. You have to use several different ones.

We might see some new tricks with VR though. Stuff like call graphs would work far better in full 3d.

about a year ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

Jartan Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

Libertarians only care about freedom on public property. Once you're on their land it's their way or the highway.

about a year ago

The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

Jartan Re:Kinda Suprised...but I guess I shouldn't be... (505 comments)

Any language can do that. You're just impressed that javascript has come so far.

The only reason to "get used to it" is that web browsers still aren't supporting other languages.

about a year ago

The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

Jartan Microsoft is mostly to blame. (209 comments)

Open and mature client technologies have always been a threat to MS's core business.

about a year ago

The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

Jartan Re:Dreaming of code? (533 comments)

That's only true for the miniscule amounts they'd actually consider. Companies exist to pay employees less than they're actually worth.

Corruption at the top has made meaningful salaries impossible. So yes most people would rather enjoy their job. Start talking real extra money and they'll quickly change their tune.

about a year ago

Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album

Jartan Inc CIA operatives (69 comments)

Baboom users can install a little plugin that replaces the ads you'd normally see on the internet with ones that we control through our ad network. Just as advertisers go to AdWords to buy ads from Google for certain search terms, they'll be able to come to us and buy these ads at half the price and still have ads shown against the same keywords.

When the corporate masters hear about this it's going to get dicey.

1 year,5 days


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