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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Langalf CS Core Curriculum? (329 comments)

Please, please, teach them something besides how to code in Java. A little theory would be nice. Some basic understanding of what a computer actually does with that code they type in. Some idea of how algorithms are turned into programs. Please?

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Langalf Re:smartwatch (381 comments)

I agree. I have a Pebble, and with Bluetooth on and about 15-20 notifications a day, I get a solid week on a two hour charge. I use watchfaces that only update once a minute, and I could not be more happy with this device. With the vibration and the notifications on screen, I can deal with 90% of what I receive without ever pulling out my smartphone. The phone is always on mute, and I rarely miss anything important.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Langalf Re:Touch Server (681 comments)

<sarcasm>Yes, because only morons would fail to appreciate the elegance and simplicity of Microsoft's approach to command line interfaces, as compared to, say, Unix.</sarcasm> (Have to include to tags so us morons know what is sarcasm.)

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Langalf Re:Touch Server (681 comments)

Oh Lord, yes. I took a Windows Server 2008 class that included doing everything on server core as well as "normal" installations. The long command names were SUCH a pain.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

Langalf Re:Sounds about right... (441 comments)

Too bad there is no "US grid". There are several regional grids, with limited interconnects between them. You cannot generate wind power in Washington state and consume it in Florida.

about 2 months ago
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The EPA Carbon Plan: Coal Loses, But Who Wins?

Langalf No winners economically (268 comments)

I think you can be sure no matter how this plays out, power is going to be more expensive. In addition, if the coal-fired plants are removed from the equation before replacement sources of power are in place, there will be power shortages.

about 3 months ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

Langalf Re:time to die... (204 comments)

Yes, I did, and yes, you are.

"Renew! Renew!"

about 3 months ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

Langalf Re:Are you fucking stupid? (194 comments)

It was an honest question, because I tend to assume people can be taught (I know, an ignorant assumption).

about 6 months ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

Langalf Re:Happy Monday from The Golden Girls! (194 comments)

Oh, those are great. Thank you for making a bright spot in my Monday morning. :)

about 6 months ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

Langalf Re:Happy Monday from The Golden Girls! (194 comments)

My question is, do these ACs PURPOSEFULLY misquote this song? By now, everyone should know that the last word in the first stanza is "confidant"; enough people have pointed it out. Or, is this just a 'bot with a fixed text file that is never updated?

about 6 months ago
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Apocalypse NAO: College Studies the Theological Ramifications of Robotics

Langalf Re:"theological" - irrational, stupid, arbitrary (176 comments)

Theology is not a science. Science involves experiments, and not of the 'thought' variety: empirically testable hypotheses.

So, I guess that rules out multiverse "theories" as science.

about 7 months ago
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Apocalypse NAO: College Studies the Theological Ramifications of Robotics

Langalf Re:"theological" - irrational, stupid, arbitrary (176 comments)

Thank you for the standard knee-jerk, "rational" response to anything even vaguely religious on SlashDot. It restores my faith in the utter stupidity of humanity, atheists and agnostics included.

about 7 months ago
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What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

Langalf Re:rewilding? (214 comments)

I was being snarky. I want all the states to have as much "fun" as Montana has. In particular, I want to see Washington, DC politicians understand what happens when you reintroduce large predators in you back yard.

about 8 months ago
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Historical Carbon Emissions From Dragons In Middle Earth

Langalf Re:what is next, (69 comments)

No, I don't remember any such episode, and apparently neither do you. A check of Memory Alpha reveals no such episode.

about 8 months ago
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What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

Langalf Re:rewilding? (214 comments)

I live near one of those "wolf reintroduction" areas. It is pretty awesome to be hiking and here a wolf pack calling back and forth to each other around you. I for one would love to see wolf reintroduction to all the lower 48 states (I believe one form or another of wolf lived in all of them). In particular, I would LOVE to see a thriving pack within the Washington, DC beltway, picking off random Congresscritters. If ever a herd needed thinning ...

about 8 months ago
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MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

Langalf Re:The NSA did what they were chartered to do ... (180 comments)

Damn, I should have thought of that. I could get PAID for this?

Seriously, I just put up a quick snarky comment when I saw the post. Now "I" am the one surprised at all the hot and bothered response.

about a year ago
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MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

Langalf Re:The NSA did what they were chartered to do ... (180 comments)

I remember seeing a recruiting brochure for the NSA when I was in college in the late 70's. They touted something like, "Come work for the NSA, we are 10 to 15 years ahead of what is considered state-of-the-art".

about a year ago
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World's Oldest Tumor Found In a Neanderthal Bone

Langalf Re:Oldest *hominid* tumor, maybe (46 comments)

Well, that depends on who you talk to. One grouping has them as "Homo sapiens neanderthalensis".

about a year ago

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