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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Princeofcups Re:I wish I had read Dale Carnegie (526 comments)

How to Win Friends and Influence People

So you wish you were a sociopath? BTW, I gave A LOT of thought to the "career" aspect of programming when I started out, which is why I moved into systems and network administration.


Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Princeofcups A little bashing (195 comments)

Levels, classes, spell slots, armor class, superhero hit points, check, check, check. Everything that SHOULD be changed is still there. They've basically gone back to the original rules because that is what people are used to, instead of even TRYING to make a better system. Sigh.

2 days ago

Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Princeofcups B7 (252 comments)

Any word on the proposed Blake's 7 movie? That one show that deserves a resurrection.

about two weeks ago

California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

Princeofcups No Issue Here (286 comments)

People with functioning brains will remember CRT monitors measured in inches, hard drives measured in 1000 instead of 1024 kbytes, 4G phones that weren't. Nothing happened to them, and nothing will happen in this instance. The judge will rule: It's common advertising, all vendors do it, and people understand what it means, so worrying about it is being pedantic.

about two weeks ago

Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

Princeofcups Backward (72 comments)

No, cheaper hotels have slower WiFi if they have any WiFi at all.

about two weeks ago

How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

Princeofcups Arneson (183 comments)

Ubiquitous, how did Gygax steal D&D from Dave Arneson by putting an A in the name? Calling Gygax the creator of D&D is like calling Stalin the creator of communism.

about three weeks ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Princeofcups Clip Ons (544 comments)

"But I Want the Market to Accommodate My Exact Preference!" Otherwise you'd be happy with any of a dozen clip on keyboards for iPhone or Android. A little bulkier, sure. But there are solutions, so quit bitching.

about three weeks ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Princeofcups Re:The only good thing (511 comments)

is that now that rich white people have drug problems (ie, "real" people), maybe we can muster up some sympathy for other addicted people now?

Nah, I'm dreaming.

You obviously didn't live through the late seventies, early eighties. Cocaine was everywhere in the affluent white community, and quite out in the open. Then we had a decade of drug abuse clinic stories for the rich and famous. No sympathy for non-rich non-white people was had.

about three weeks ago

Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Princeofcups Promises Meant to Be Broken (125 comments)

"Oh that promise to not sell the information? Well, we screwed up and sold it all for $10 Billion. Pay a fine of $10 Million? Sure, that's fair."

about a month ago

Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Princeofcups Re:New Microsoft CEO (137 comments)

Microsoft switch IE to use components written by someone else?

I place the likelihood of that as pretty small.

Microsoft have always had a huge case of "Not Invented Here", and I don't see that changing.

Considering that IE is based on Mosaic, SQLServer is based on Sybase, etc. etc., I don't think Microsoft has ever really "invented anything here."

about a month ago

How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

Princeofcups Re:Packet radio (60 comments)

And how, way I ask, does packet radio not accomplish the same thing, across considerably larger distances than a peer-to-peer mesh network? The mesh isn't useless, but at some point it still needs to connect to some place with proper connectivity. This may not be within the range of the Internet of Things.

Because it only works if every device has a pingable IP. Or some such nonsense.

about a month ago

The debate over climate change is..

Princeofcups Re:n/t (278 comments)

Newton is a good example. We know for a fact that his 'laws' (or more accurately, models) of motion are wrong. We've known that for a very long time (that is why relativity was needed, Newton's model, for example, failed to predict the orbits of the planets accurately).

That statement is one of the problems. Scientific laws are never right or wrong. That implies an absolute truth. Physics is just looking for math to accurately describe repeatable physical phenomena. Measurement is never absolute, so there is always an implied N decimal points of accuracy. And Newtons laws work 100% in the realm in which the experiments are performed. That's why we call them laws. If you want to set up experiments in other realms, e.g. high speed atomic particles, of course you might need different math to describe it.

about a month ago

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

Princeofcups Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

It wasn't on the Shuttle's, either. But killing the crew less than one time in sixty can't really be that hard, can it?

Actually it's quite hard. That's why only 3 countries have managed to do it.

about a month ago

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

Princeofcups Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

"Man-rated" is not on SpaceX's advertising brochure. Yet.

about a month ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Princeofcups IOT (353 comments)

Is it monitoring? Yes. Are the devices "on the internet," that is, IP routable? No.

Enough with this IOT bullshit.

I guess it's not sexy enough to be "in the cloud" anymore.

about a month and a half ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Princeofcups Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

Apple doesn't need the money at all, while the poor starve to death. That makes Apple and other companies like Apple the most despicable group of people on Earth. It isn't just Tim Cook or Jeff Bezos or Larry Page. Companies are made by people and every single person working at Apple is contributing to the problem.

Google is bigger than Apple now, so you can throw your hate that way. Or are you just another irrational Apple hater? Rhetorical.

about a month and a half ago

Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Princeofcups Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense (276 comments)

The U.S. Constitution, as designed, granted powers from the people to the government. The compromise found within the Bill of Rights essentially listed a number of prohibitions so the new government absolutely knew that they could in no way interfere with this core set of rights.

Unfortunately, we've reached a point where many people believe that the U.S. Constitution confers rights from the government to the citizens rather than it's original purpose of conferring powers to the government from the people.

And this gets modded up I guess because that's what we'd like it to be. No the Bill or Rights are just that, rights that people have in the US. Nothing, be it person, corporation, government, or church can take these rights away from you. It has NOTHING to do with limiting the powers of the Federal government. This is just a cleverly disguised states rights post, or something. I knew there was something underhanded going on when you snuck that "right to bear arms" in there and forgetting about the militia bit.

about 2 months ago

UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

Princeofcups Recycling (212 comments)

The last thing that the manufacturers want are people to reuse old equipment. Each is a loss of a potential sale of a new unit. In the perverse eyes of capitalism.

about 2 months ago

Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Princeofcups Sports (538 comments)

Sports. That is all there really is to it. The idiocracy of America values sports infinitely higher than academics. University of Chicago, one of the schools with the least emphasis on sports, has 81% full time instructors, the majority tenure or on the tenure track, and a student to teacher ratio of 6:1. Yes it's expensive to go there, but at least you know where the money is going. It's not paying $5 million a year for a name football coach.

about 2 months ago

US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin

Princeofcups Re:This is what happens (101 comments)

This is what happens when you have a single point of failure like a stupid, technically illiterate secretary added to the mix.

Misogyny much? Secretaries are usually well versed in things like email, since it's a major part of their job. Managers are the ones who think they know everything, and make these kinds of mistakes.

about 2 months ago


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