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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Princeofcups Re:Envy (140 comments)

I see a lot of envy fueling the hate. I can't afford a $1500 pair of uber-nerd glasses so I will hate on the select few who can.

Starting with a false premise does not help your argument. I think most people on slashdot CAN afford one if they wanted it. The low adoption rate is showing that there is currently no real utility to the device beyond what you can get with a smart phone, albeit with a lot more flash. Therefor, it is assumed that it is no more than the current Rolex watch or Coach bag.

2 days ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Princeofcups Re:Back to One Man, One Vote (768 comments)

Perhaps it's time for a constitutional amendment.

It's way past the time for that. The US Constitution is a thing of the past, and cannot be fixed. Only a complete rewrite will solve anything, and that will only happen with a violent overthrow of the current rulers. I just love how Americans are so insistent that that could never happen. As if we are exempt from history and the events in the rest of the world. No, we are only sleeping, and I'm waiting for the spark that will wake us up as a nation.

2 days ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Princeofcups Re:Are you kidding (768 comments)

Oh, is this what you mean?

On the Strict father hypothesis:

"What is required of the child is obedience, bacause the strict father is a moral authority who knows right from wrong. It is further assumed that the only way to teach kids obedience --- that is, right from wrong -- is through punishment, painful punkishment, when they do wrong. This includes hitting them, and some authors on conservative child rearing recommend sticks, belts, and wooden paddles on the bare bottom. Some authors suggest this start at birth, but Dobson is more liberal. "There is no excuse for spanking babies younger than fifteen or eighteen months of age" (Dobson, The New Dare to Discipline", 65)."

Seems like a perfectly reasonable description, since he said only *some* Republicans believe that, and contrasting it with the Dobson quote.

He didn't say Republicans, he said Conservatives. Since both parties are Conservative at the moment, then this is pretty much universal to the country as a whole.

2 days ago

Neil Gaiman Confirms Movie Talks For Sandman, American Gods

Princeofcups Neil, Meet Alan (34 comments)

Will Neil fare any better than Alan Moore when it comes to Hollywood? I doubt it. No matter what the screen play looks like when it is green lighted, the finished product will the same crap formula, with the ending reworked three times after subpar audience screenings.

4 days ago

Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Princeofcups Cherries (266 comments)

So Apache is now is equal to the entire tech industry? Nice title there.

4 days ago

Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Princeofcups Re:Fuck Obamacare (721 comments)

I'm just curious. Why is it that so many countries in the world have universal health care paid by the population (through taxes) yet one of the most prosperous and powerful countries in the world can't figure it out or refuses to implement it?

Is capitalist greed getting in the way or am I missing something?

The common lie is to tell people that they would be paying for health care for illegal aliens. America is so full of hatred and anger, that they would rather have their entire family die of cancer than think that one cent went to giving aspirin to an illegal. It's really a sad sick state that this country is in right now, completely controlled by corporate greed.

about a week ago

SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Princeofcups Also Oakland (319 comments)

A friend of mine got a similar notice in Oakland last year. Shut down or be evicted. It's a shame. She provided a better place to stay than any reasonably priced hotel.

about two weeks ago

Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Princeofcups Re:WOW (124 comments)

As much as people might abhor his actions it really is an amazing interview.

Thanks John.

If you consider fiction an amazing interview, then yeah. With a book and movie on the way, why would anyone expect otherwise.

about two weeks ago

Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

Princeofcups Re:Blender should file a Counter Claim against Son (306 comments)

Blender should file a Counter Claim against Sony. As well as try and get a strike against Sony for this. There is a term for this, False Flag abuse.

Sigh. Please don't use expressions that you don't understand. False Flag: designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft To Allow Code Contributions To F#

Princeofcups Re:Great news for (some) programming language fans (100 comments)

If you had told me back more than a decade ago that Microsoft would be supporting a commercial version of a language based on ML, OCAML and Haskell, I'd shook my head in complete disbelief. But, here we are, and this is great news as it allows for more engagement from the Haskell and other functional programming communities.

F#, like it's other ML-based dialects, is amazing for solving certain problems in a expressive and concise manner. Of course, it's a powerful language that can leads to abuses. And, don't get me wrong, the additional constructs for full .Net interoperability complicate the language a bit compared to Haskell. But, it is still a joy to use when you can.

Frankly, if there was local F# work, I'd jump on it in a heartbeat. I've even considered trying to convince a couple of local shops to give it a try for some advanced projects.

You haven't been in the business long have you. Ever heard of embrace and extend?

about two weeks ago

Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

Princeofcups Re:informal poll (641 comments)

Yes, I could run them on an overpriced mac, that is an option, if I do not mind being locked into the most obviously nefarious corporate slime in existence.

This kind of flame bait would preclude me from modding a post insightful for informative, even if the rest of the post is fine. Just saying.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft To Allow Code Contributions To F#

Princeofcups Pronunciation (100 comments)

I always thought that # was pronounced "rap." Now I see that it should be pronounced "uck."

about two weeks ago

Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Princeofcups What did they expect? (465 comments)

Of course the tools were not up to par. Of course there are PAs everywhere. Of course there are cameras in your face wherever you go. Of course they misrepresent what you say for dramatic tension. Of course they try to designate one the "bad boy" and try to get people yelling at each other. How did they expect this to be otherwise? Did they expect an average day at the office? These were supposed to be intelligent people, and yet they willingly walked into a lion's den for what, money? The story isn't how badly developers were treated, it's that they were dumb enough to go on the show in the first place.

about two weeks ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Princeofcups Corporate verses Personal (1482 comments)

Are corporate funds being used? Are corporate resources? If not, then boycotting the corporation is pointless. Now I have no problem throwing eggs at the guy's house. Oh wait, that's considered terrorism these days. I guess we have to embarrass him on twitter or something.

about two weeks ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Princeofcups Re:Wait... wha? (1482 comments)

I find gays annoying. They are approaching Glenn Beck levels of pathetic whiny-ness over non-issues and are constantly on the lookout for something to be offended about, then lynch the person who dared oppose them. Not anyone over anything important either, like say people who want homosexuality itself outlawed; just easy targets who people already don't like, like CEOs. And always with the boycotts, boycott that noodle company because the CEO declined to make a commercial with a gay family in it, boycott firefox because the CEO donated his own money on his own time, etc...

Actually, the white conservative males complaining about whining gays are much more annoying. As are the white conservative males complaining about the feminist conspiracy, black history month, universal health care, etc. Need I go on? I'm not complaining mind you, just pointing it out.

about two weeks ago

UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Princeofcups There's Money to Be Made (987 comments)

I wonder how many corporations are already looking to make a ton of money if the environment does collapse. Look for billionaires investing in water reservoirs, fishing farms, algae growing technology. They are counting on the deaths of hundreds of millions. Where there's death, there's profit!

about two weeks ago

One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

Princeofcups Lower Class White Males (286 comments)

As long as the list doesn't bother any lower class white male voters, then nothing will change. Face it, the majority of voters in this country, the unwashed masses, really do not care what happens to people of other ethnicities. As a matter of fact, it makes them feel superior to see others suffer.

about three weeks ago

How 3D Printer Maker Aleph Objects Pushes the Open Source Envelope

Princeofcups Re:More please! (51 comments)

My suspicion, having worked in electronics manufacturing for 20+ years is that hardware companies are mostly run by old-line (80s and 90s era) engineers, who cling to privacy, NDAs, trade-secret, etc. by force of habit and comfort. Having spent years coaching my last company about the benefits of open-source (both hardware and software) to naught, I'm betting we won't see more of these kinds of firms until more CEOs die and retire...

That sounds like a rather unique company, since most are run by MBAs who have no engineering knowledge and are only interested in the current hot trend to make money in the short term. Or maybe your company isn't in the US?

about three weeks ago

Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Princeofcups Re:heartburn in the industry? (367 comments)

This can be hard in practice. Vendors of niche products often only support Windows. Even if they support other OSes, you end up being the beta tester since the code is not as widely used. We ended up using XP embedded years ago because, of all things, USB memory stick compatibility. We tried to use Wind River's drivers, Linux drivers (years ago), and even Windows CE - but XP was the only solution that worked with almost every stick out there. When we used Wind River's solution, we had to maintain a compatibility list. But this effort was impossible once they started to explode in popularity. We of course sold compatible sticks to use with our equipment, but this was not popular with our customers and our competitors used Windows, so we were at a disadvantage.

That is a prime example of the power of the Microsoft monopoly. All hardware vendors have to make sure that their products work with Windows, on their dime. Anything else is, including Mac support, is charity.

about a month ago

Back To the Moon — In Four Years

Princeofcups Savvy (292 comments)

"They need a technically savvy and resourceful country to lead."

That leaves us (USA) out, sadly. Unless it can pull in advertising revenue, it ain't happening. I hope China does well with their moon exploration.

about a month ago


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