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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Proudrooster Extra Hour Each Saturday and Sunday, Here's How (613 comments)

Forget changing the clocks twice a year, let's do it twice a week. On Friday Night, 3pm will magically jump to 5pm, then Saturday and Sunday will both be 25 hours days where each day of the weekend gets ONE EXTRA HOUR EVERY WEEK! WHO HOO!

The stock market can just close an extra hour early on Friday.

I also have a plan for a METRIC DAY! This whole 60 seconds in a minute thing is ridiculous, it should be 100 metric seconds in a metric hour in a 20 hour metric day. Who ever came up with the stuff just wasn't thinking.

24 hours in a day... BAH!

about three weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Proudrooster Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

Bah Reason! Humans aren't capable of it. Seriously, as a race we just recently wandered in off the Sahara. Before we start down the path of reason we have to work on TRUTH and SHARING. When Mr. Reason Dawkins himself can't even tell the truth, there is no hope for reason. All of our systems are currently optimized for extraction of resources and not efficient distribution or sharing. Without TRUTH and SHARING we will not have trust, and without TRUST there can be no reason. See the endless emotional debates on energy, water, global warming, education, ideology. I appreciate and applaud you for your proposal, but it just isn't possible at this time.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Proudrooster Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

Tell that to Dawkins. He is trying to turn (sic) "reason" into a religion for atheists.

I maintain that our puny little brains aren't even close to capable of "reasoning out" the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. I think we will have to build a machine to do it. The big question is will the answer be '42'.

about 2 months ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Proudrooster Energy storage systems that are stationary..... (245 comments)

What if you were working on batteries the size of a tractor trailer that had the energy density to power large cities for a week or two. Then you wouldn't need the grid. You could just drive the battery to where it could be charged, near the wind or sun, then when it was full, move it to the place where it was needed.

I appreciate the real time complexity of the power grid, but it is time to rethink distribution. It would be cool if every house in the USA could get off the grid through local energy storage.

The sun and wind are essentially free endless energy, the challenge is buffering, but I challenge you to think outside the grid. The solution is a new battery or fuel cell.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

Proudrooster Re:Wonder how Elon Musk (262 comments)

You are correct in saying that these devices all existed and have owned hand held Garmin and have worked with stereo sized GPS units. Unfortunately, I never had access to military tech like crusie missles or 1-jigawatt orbital death rays. All I am saying is that I am impressed at the refinement. sophistication, and packaging of what I can hold in my hand.

about 3 months ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

Proudrooster Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

Dude, the electronics industry needs 4k to sell us 4k panels for our living rooms. Right now, everyone is happy with a el'cheapo 1080p. Time to step it up to 4K. Personally, I am happy with my 720p plasma TV. I am sad to see plasma go in favor of LCD, LED, OLED or whatever over-saturated color technology is being pushed out cheaply.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

Proudrooster Re:Wonder how Elon Musk (262 comments)

I am with you, but keep in mind, these projects are hard. They need years of a dedicated team working together on the problem. I always think of Dragon Dictation and how they were on the path to decent speech to text. We still haven't gotten past that hurdle yet due to semantics, grammar, accents etc....

I do marvel at handheld devices with 1080HD cameras capable of video editing, GPS, accelerometer, flash memory, digital audio capability, unbelievable fast with decent battery life. To me the iPhone is an amazing piece of tech only a few steps away from the tri-corder on Star Trek (just add a sensor package). Google has the self-driving car (in BETA), doesn't work in snow, and of course we still don't know who is responsible if the car gets in an accident or is caught speeding.

To me technology is moving pretty fast, must faster than our species can evolve or adapt to the new technology like the NSA's Total Information Awareness Project.

So while the work is incremental, it is becoming highly refined. I still say groups staying together for decades are the only way to pull some of this big stuff off.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Proudrooster Hattie's Meta Analysis says........ (421 comments)

Summer vacation has an effect size of d=.02 on learning, which is not good. .4 = 1 year of growth

http://ibiologystephen.wordpre...

But here is the deal, the longer we stop doing something, the less proficient we are at doing it. Think balancing a chemical equation in chemistry or solving the a Lorentz time dilation problem in physics, or remembering the plot of Snow White (assuming you haven't seen in 10 years).

Sure kids forget, we all do, but it is easy to dive back in and strengthen those memories with review, just like exercising a muscle.

To me the point of education should be this, teach kids to love learning, be curious, and learn how to learn. As a teacher, if you have done this, you have done your job. The goal of teaching is not to turn kids into homework machines that suck the life out of them so they can perform on the standardized test, all the while making them hate school and learning. Anything you learn today is obsolete in less than 4 years anyway and many things forced on kids in schools via state standard wish-lists are useless.

Childhood is a precious time where we learn lots and lots of stuff without sitting quietly in a desk. We build, we play, we explore the world, we ride bikes, dance, sing, play with dad's tools, and make all sorts of discoveries which aren't covered on standardized tests.

So it comes down to this, do we want study machines or children? Ask the children in South Korea.

Scroll down, school is like prison.
http://www.ashesthandust.com/t...

about 3 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Proudrooster Re:In the words of Grumpy Cat....Good (502 comments)

To reinforce your point, just ask the people in Toledo Ohio about a centralized water supply that is crippled due to an algae bloom in lake Erie.

about 4 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Proudrooster Re:Load of Horse Shit (502 comments)

Yes it can, as long as battery technology improves. Did you happen to see the article on the new Panasonic/Tesla GigaFactory for batteries? Really the only thing holding us back is batteries. As long as the sun keeps on shining, we have a near infinite amount of FREE energy.

about 4 months ago
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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

Proudrooster Re:Great... (180 comments)

Don't forget about about the mandatory training in Ethics and Legal Issues, Digital Citizenship, Workplace Safety, Copyright education and why the ripping of CDs is evil. :)
Here is a link to the Michigan High School CTE Computer Programming standards.
http://www.ctenavigator.org/re...

about 4 months ago
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The CIA Does Las Vegas

Proudrooster Re:Does anyone still believe anything they say (124 comments)

I agree with you, I had a Zen moment the other night. A young child was watching the news with me and the war came on where people died and the child looked up scared and said, "people died." Then asked, "Why is there a war?" I replied with the only answer I could, "That's because, sharing is hard."

When kids are little, it is hard to share and it doesn't get any easier as we get bigger. Instead of clocking somebody with your fist you hit them with a bomb.

At some point we will have to turn away from war. I am not sure what will force us to this possibly a plague, virus, disease, aliens, the planet running out of something, a Solar CME taking out the global power grid, or Putin nuking the world.

about 4 months ago
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The CIA Does Las Vegas

Proudrooster Re:Does anyone still believe anything they say (124 comments)

Exactly, let them come and speak. They more they say the more they lie. They (the CIA) just admitted lying to the US Senate and hacking Senate computers. The NSA/CIA should pull back and be quiet while they still can. Unfortunately the PsyOPs guys in the NSA/CIA are trying to be clever and divide the black hat community into thinking that the NSA/CIA is somewhat cool and necessary. Tons of cash, lot's of computers, hack any network, and no accountability, lie and spy on power without any legal consequences, it's great, come work for us. Don't be like that principled loser Aaron Schwartz who tried to set academic papers free and got slapped with a $1million fine and 35 years in federal prison, come work for us where we are immune to everything and no one can stop us from hacking anything... WHA HA HA!

From my PsyOPs perspective, the only way to end this is to make it incredibly personal and publish phone records of the Press, Senate, Congress, Mayors, Supreme Court Justices, and military officials. Publish phone logs and full text transcripts. This will bring down the house. Snowden was supposed to name names and promised to publish information like this but it never happened. He may have lost control of his data trove.

A large group is "ok" with ambiguity, but when you make it personal, the ambiguity fades to a laser focus.

about 4 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

Proudrooster The IRS Still runs Windows XP (465 comments)

Yes, the IRS still runs Windows XP. Their systems are an archaic cluster of crap. Remember, the IRS just collects the money but doesn't get to keep it and spend it on upgrades. Only police departments and judges can do that using forfeiture laws.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Proudrooster Re:looks decent (636 comments)

Agreed, It looks decent and both readable and writable. Hope it catches on.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Proudrooster Re:What took them so long? (636 comments)

Really, it is not the fault of MS, Google, or Apple but of academia. In the CS curriculum they still teach the "compiler" class and as long as you keep teaching kids how to write compilers, they will keep writing languages. SWIFT is definitely a variation on a C theme, but much better than the Objective-C (superset of C) syntax, at least at first glance.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Proudrooster Re:Somebody post a SWIFT example PLEASE! (636 comments)

Ok, you guys are too slow, I RTFA and downloaded the iBook. So far, I am very much liking the SYNTAX, especially OBJECTS and FUNCTIONS, they even brought the LET keyword in from BASIC. SWIFT will make programming Apple products much easier for the C loving syntax crowd, from what I can see. Ahhh... what a breath of fresh air. Code snippet below of creating an object and exercising it. I feel bad for those that suffered through Objective-C.


“class Square: NamedShape {
        var sideLength: Double

        init(sideLength: Double, name: String) {
                self.sideLength = sideLength
                super.init(name: name)
                numberOfSides = 4
        }

        func area() -> Double {
                return sideLength * sideLength
        }

        override func simpleDescription() -> String {
                return "A square with sides of length \(sideLength)."
        }
}
let test = Square(sideLength: 5.2, name: "my test square")
test.area()
test.simpleDescription()”

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “The Swift Programming Language.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/jEUH0.l

about 6 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Proudrooster Somebody post a SWIFT example PLEASE! (636 comments)

I wanted to write apps and tried to learn Objective-C, but as a coder that started with C and then moved on to C++ and PERL (the swiss army chainsaw), the language syntax hurt my ability to read it. In case you don't know what I am talking about, here are some of my learning notes

        myObject.someMethod(); // old school
        [myObject someMethod]; // send a message or call a method

        result = myObject.someMethod(); // old school
        result = [myObject someMethod]; // method returns a result

        result = myObject.someMethod(arg); // old school
        result = [myObject someMethod:arg]; // pass an argument

You can see the Old School syntax above (which works in Objective-C) and the Objective-C standard syntax below. The square brackets [ ] and colons : just hurt my mental debugger... [ ] and yes I know Objective-C is a Superset of C, so they had to steer clear of the C-Syntax but it just looks wrong. Further, I know that I could write my own style of Objective-C but I wouldn't be able to read the code of others. Apple had to start somewhere and Steve had the NeXT languages ready to go but to me the syntax is ugly and offensive. However, I am ready for a better Apple language.

I can't wait to see a SWIFT code example, if it gets rid of the NeXT Objective-C Superset Syntax, I might be coding for iPad and Mac sooner than I thought. If anyone has a code example, please share it, I would like to see what a function, method, or message call looks like. Hoping for parenthesis and a Standford iTunesU class. Guardedly excited!

about 6 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

Proudrooster Re:Style over substance (188 comments)

It has to do with Apple owning the culture of "cool" in the USA.

Just ask yourself, would a teenager rather have a closet full of trendy clothes or an gold iPhone 5?

Yes, the gold iPhone 5 wins everytime....

Apple gets Dr. Dre out of this deal, thus Dr. Dre will now be an Apple employee/aquihire.

Apple needs to transition from selling tracks on iTunes to getting people to pay for streaming without destroying the music business. Dr. Dre is the man for the job.

Apple has watched the decline of facebook as the young-ins are a leaving because it just ain't cool anymore and they do not want this to happen to their brand, which is really, really smart.

When Apple lost Jobs, they really lost the reality distortion field and it is going to take about 5 amazing icons working together to regenerate the reality distortion field and this purchase move them toward that goal.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

Proudrooster Re:Don't. (408 comments)

Kensington cable locks? Seriously, just pull hard, break plastic, and gone in 60 seconds.

about 6 months ago

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What Would You Choose to Update Your Technical Skills Inventory this Summer

Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  about a year ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "As technologists, developers, and programmers it is essential to keep moving forward as technology advances so that we do not find ourselves pigeonholed, irrelevant, or worse unemployed. If you had to choose a new technology skill to add to your personal inventory this summer what would it be and why? Also, where would you look for the best online training (iTunesU, Lynda.com)? The technologies that immediate jump out as useful are HTML5, XCODE, and AJAX. Thank you for sharing."
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YouTube's ready to select a winner

Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "From YouTube. Thanks for all your great entries.
YouTube finally has enough videos to begin selecting a winner.
What do you think is the #bestvideo on YouTube?
We've been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we've seen so far, and we can't wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We'll be announcing the winner in 10 years. All videos will be deleted within the next 24 hours."

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The Apple App Store is down

Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "This morning the Apple App Store has been down in various regions for over 4-hours and counting. Apple has not declared downtime for the App store but according to reports has been wrestling with unauthorized in App downloads which should be fixed in IOS6. Apple so far has been silent as users wait for the App store to allow downloads and updates. How long with the outage last and why is it happening? Stay tuned."
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Best School for Video Game Programming Degree?

Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "Fellow Slashdotters. I have transitioned to teaching and my students have asked me what is the best path to take to work in the video game programming industry. Which would be of more benefit, pursing a Computer Science Degree or taking an accelerated program like those at FullSail? I have a CS degree and suspect that the CS degree would be of more benefit in the long run, but I would like anyone in the industry to share their wisdom and experience with my students trying to follow in your footsteps. If you could recommend some programs in your replies it would be appreciated."
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Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "In the past two-weeks AT&T sent out disconnect letters to VOIP customers in big rude red letters, stating that VOIP service would be suspended in 30-days and permanently disconnected in 60-days. AT&T cited E911 service as the reason. Many AT&T VOIP customers have found that they are unable to transfer their AT&T VOIP phone numbers to a new provider. Further, AT&T is unwilling to provide a forwarding message directing callers to a new phone number for those that are unable to transfer their old AT&T VOIP phone numbers. In effect, AT&T has told many long-term VOIP subscribers, we are turning off your phone in 30-days, goodbye, and good luck. AT&T does not appear a corporation that values customer loyalty, especially of those who hung on during the experimental days of the AT&T VOIP service

Many longterm subscribers are extremely upset at the AT&T cold shoulder and short notice. It is also interesting AT&T is unable overcome this E911 technical hurdle, since AT&T is also the local landline company (SBC/AT&T) in many areas where VOIP cancellation notices are being received."
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Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "SysAdmin has a great Greek, err... I mean Geek Travesty of the great programmer Codysseus and his bold journey home to his loving wife Perlelope who just happens to be the daughter of the immortal "C", known throughout the heavens and the earth for his speed, power, and unforgiving nature. Codysseus must suffer many trials and challenges on his journey and even pass through the land of the one-eyed giants and Coboleus the son of Mainphrame. It's a riveting tale and my apologies up front to anyone fond of Peatchpe. O Muse, entrall the Developers, Developers, Developers with a tale of a noble coder. This is the best creative work of geekdom since Codemonkey and the Sony PS3 vs. Nintendo Wii commercial. Enjoy, laugh, and have a good year!"

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