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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

MikeMo Slashdot is amazing (583 comments)

Have you ever noticed that on Slashdot there are no good ideas?

The world would save so much time and money if they would just talk to Slashdot before trying to invent things!

3 days ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

MikeMo Re:Defies credulity (138 comments)

The Finnish are not famous for making things up.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

MikeMo Re:Just the warm-up (48 comments)

You are absolutely right, of course, but Apple would not release an "iWatch" unless these obvious problems have been sufficiently mitigated. That's the magic.

about two weeks ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

MikeMo Re:Unbiased advice by a corporate-owned AI? (161 comments)

You do understand the concept of "fiction", do you not? These movies and stories didn't "show" anything except for the author's creativity and the movie company's ability to smell a winner.

Honestly, I am so tired of humanity confusing movies with realityl.

about a month ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

MikeMo Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

It's not just ROI. Other viruses cause way more death - like HIV - and should receive the bulk of our research money and attention because of that simple fact. Compare the death rate from HIV in Africa to that of Ebola and you can see it just makes sense to put resources on HIV.

about a month and a half ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

MikeMo Re:A paucity of candidates (514 comments)

Ya know, I meant to add the same comment for Hispanics. I've seen and hired one Hispanic programmer, also pretty good.

about a month and a half ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

MikeMo A paucity of candidates (514 comments)

In my 30 years of software management, I was presented exactly once with a black candidate, and I hired him. Excellent programmer and co-worker. I don't know why, but there just aren't many black candidates. How can we achieve parity if there are no candidates?

about a month and a half ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

MikeMo Surprise, surprise (225 comments)

I'll be darned. Cheapest product sells more units. I wonder who's making the most money?

about 2 months ago
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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

MikeMo Dark energy (214 comments)

As I understand it (could certainly be wrong) the whole hypothesis for "dark energy" was created to explain the reason why the Universe's rate of inflation is increasing. Also, I believe we have, so far, been unable to prove its existence except through this increasing speed of inflation.

Wouldn't negative gravity obviate the need for dark energy?

about 2 months ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

MikeMo Walled garden? (171 comments)

Could someone explain to me how a "walled garden App Store" is crushing small developers? Exactly what about a walled garden does this?

about 2 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

MikeMo Re:That is not the whole truth (370 comments)

As a guy who has been programming since the late 70's (yes, that old), been in management at all levels, I have to say this is the most spot-on assessment of the situation I've ever seen.

I still write code, and I am certain that the whipper-snappers are faster, but they're for sure not better. They're code is a mess of spaghetti, although sometimes quite clever. It seems to me they just iterate on it over and over until it works.

My code is smaller, better structured, WAY more commented, more flexible, and better positioned for the future. The young guys are probably twice as fast as me, but often ends up being redone when requirements change.

Which is better? Neither - a mix is best.

about 3 months ago
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BlackBerry Back In Profit

MikeMo Re:Blackberry - only vendor serious about security (67 comments)

Sorry, Apple is not into advertising revenue. They make their money on hardware and software and services. They don't have a search web site.

Selling your eyeballs and your habits are pretty strictly in Google's and Microsoft's purview.

about 3 months ago
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When Drones Fall From the Sky

MikeMo Rate changed? (97 comments)

I wonder if the rate of crashes has changed since 2001. I'll betcha the technology and pilot skills have increased significantly since then. For sure, there are different models of UAVs flying now than there were in 2001.

about 3 months ago
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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

MikeMo Re:Sigh (128 comments)

No one could. I don't know how many Windows crashes I've seen caused by this. Heck, Windows didn't even used to notice when you changed the disk without a refresh. You, sir, are a dolt. Exactly what do you expect the OS to do when the OS itself has been physically ejected? How can a program write to and close a file that is no longer in the drive?

about 3 months ago
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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

MikeMo Re:Sigh (128 comments)

The computer does get notified (sometimes) but the disk is already gone - the open and incomplete file is not fixable, the OS the system booted on is no longer available. Maybe you weren't there, as I can tell you this was one of the big issues being debated in the industry - how to solve this very problem - and Apple was the first and only company to fix it.

You CAN get the disc out on a Mac, two ways: 1) Power up while holding down the mouse button. This causes the boot firmware to eject the disc; and 2) use the paperclip in the ol' hole method, which is exactly the same as pushing the physical button on a PC, just a bit harder to get to.

about 3 months ago
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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

MikeMo Re:Sigh (128 comments)

Here's a bit of history for you. Way back in the computing dark ages (you know, the early 80's), all desktop computers had a common problem: people would remove the floppy disks (sometimes the boot volume) in a rather rude way. They would simply push the eject button. Sometimes, this resulted in computer crashes. Sometimes, it resulted in corrupt files, as the system had not yet flushed all of the data to the floppy and closed the file.

Along came Macintosh, and Apple was determined to do things "right". They removed the eject button and made it a software action. This way, silly humans could not remove the floppy (or any other disk) unless the software allowed it - no open files, no application in use, not the boot volume, etc. Even when CDs came along, this still made sense, as you could be running a program from that very CD.

Now, personally, I always thought the trash can thingy was confusing, but there was also an "Eject Disk" menu. The drag to trash can is a short cut.

The point is, the lack of an eject button was not some stupid aesthetic thing, something to make the computer look better - it grew out of a very real problem that needed solving.

Now get off my lawn!

about 3 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

MikeMo Re:Extracting all the intelligence (346 comments)

Are you saying the NSA shouldn't be spying on foreign governments, and actively develop the ability to do so?

about 3 months ago

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