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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

Qwade79 Long term will spell doom (313 comments)

[X] No - it'll do more harm than good

Eventually some of those high school students will make their way through an MBA course which will lead to disaster.

Let me put it this way - how much worse could your boss/team lead/manager screw things up if they thought they could code?

about a year ago

Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

Qwade79 Re:FTFY (330 comments)

Helps when you put the D in there.

That's what she said ... heh heh heh

.... I'll get my coat.

about a year ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Qwade79 Re:No, you shouldn't say ``customers'' (237 comments)

I would be willing to purchase a membership to retain access to the "classic" version of the site.

Ahhh... so that's how Dice is intending to monetize us ... it all makes sense now ...

about a year ago

Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

Qwade79 Re:This (734 comments)

What ever happened to 'sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me'?

Oblig xkcd: http://xkcd.com/1216/

about a year ago

Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

Qwade79 Re:Oh, I totally agree... (791 comments)

You're thinking of Thunderbolt, not Lightning.

... very, very frightening me

Sorry. I'll get my coat ..

about a year ago

California Elementary Schools To Test Anti-Piracy Curriculum

Qwade79 Re:Indoctrination and Propoganda (356 comments)

Only me and my sect

My sect and I.

That's right, I'm gonna derail a religious debate with Grammar-Nazi-ism! Take that, cur!

Damned sects maniac ...

about a year ago

Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function

Qwade79 Re:Rock and a hard place (216 comments)

I stand corrected - I clicked through on the first article link and not the second. If this is actually true it might bring the XB One back onto the list of potential purchases.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function

Qwade79 Re:Rock and a hard place (216 comments)

The only real change here is that you can unplug it if you feel you can't tolerate the spying.

Unfortunately you have erred on the side of the user and interpreted the "Won't Require Kinect To Function" to be "I can disconnect it" instead of "We'll say it's mostly disabled in software except for the IR scanning part". I present to you this gem from TFA:

You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings. When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information. Any functionality that relies on voice, video, gesture, or more won't work. We still support using it for IR blasting in this mode. (emphasis mine)

about a year and a half ago

Physicists Attempting To Test 'Time Crystals'

Qwade79 Re:Bose never got a Nobel (231 comments)

Dammit - on the one day I don't have mod points ...

Good Sir, to whom should I address the invoice for the replacement of a coffee damaged keyboard and monitor?

about a year ago

US Navy Funds 'MacGyver' Robot

Qwade79 Re:Skynet (70 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of Dr Who - 2x04 The Girl in the Fireplace.
Doctor: "What's happened to the crew? Where are they?"
Ship: "We did not have the parts,"
Doctor: "There should have been over fifty people on your ship! Where did they go?"
Ship: "We did not have the parts."
Doctor: "Fifty people don't just disappear! Where... oh... You didn't have the parts, so you used the crew..."

more than 2 years ago

Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

Qwade79 Re:Racism (995 comments)

First degree murder is premeditated. The fact that Zimmerman called the cops is pretty strong evidence that he didn't set out intending to kill Martin.

Or, to play devil's advocate, knowing he was going to kill Martin, he called the cops to help pre-establish his innocence in the upcoming murder

more than 2 years ago

Sony Taking Down PSP Titles In Response To Vita Hackers

Qwade79 Re:This is Sony (293 comments)

...one had to "check out" the files, and only was allowed three "check-outs" per song.

I remember that bollocks. I had an awesome minidisc player but the software that came with it was crippled and the way around it was to install Real Player which didn't enforce that 3 checkout rule *shudder*. I think that was the point where I decided I wanted nothing more from Sony.

more than 2 years ago

Leaked Zynga Memo Justifies Copycat Strategy

Qwade79 Re:And that is what really stiffles innovation (384 comments)

If I'm in a hurry and blow through a stop sign on purpose I get a fine. If I'm distracted by the guy behind me tailgating and blow through a stop sign and kill someone I'm up for manslaughter. My illegal activity, not stopping at the sign, is identical.

In the second one it is still your actions that cause manslaughter as a secondary offense, hence the differing results.

more than 2 years ago

Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years

Qwade79 Re:Arrested for knowledge? WTF? (741 comments)

Yet, if you went on "a crusade against bad music" it doesn't mean you plan to murder Justin Bieber.

I respectfully submit in that case that you are doing it wrong.

about 3 years ago

Totally Drug-Resistant TB Emerges In India

Qwade79 Re:Not *totally* drug resistant (346 comments)

Heya, not trying to scare you either but passing on some info which might be pertinent.

Numb lips could be an indicator that the nerves under/near your wisdom teeth are possibly getting pinched on occasion (as the teeth move/shift) leading to the symptoms described. Dizzy spell/s when standing up sound like it could be related if the wisdom teeth are impacted or at an odd angle putting pressure on the region near your inner ear. Google for info on Inferior alveolar nerve or Mandibular Nerves and maybe get an xray with a dentist to see how the wisdom teeth are placed.

One of the first links I found that is fairly useful:

I only know a bit about it since I've been avoiding getting my last two (impacted) wisdom teeth removed.

about 3 years ago

South Korea Blocks Late-Night Online Gaming for Adolescents

Qwade79 Re:Another idea (108 comments)

it has no skills that transfer on later in life.

I've always thought that the ability to plan and schedule creation of troops within the constraints of a resources budget would translate nicely to some project management type roles. Just my 2c.

more than 3 years ago

Helping the FBI Track You

Qwade79 Re:truth (193 comments)

....at the hands of a government, rather than commercial interests.

Can we really say that there's a difference these days? The cynical view is that all politicians are bought by big business and pay lip service to the values that will get them elected to further big business's goals.

more than 3 years ago



Diablo 3 Open Beta weekend

Qwade79 Qwade79 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Qwade79 (2464458) writes "Blizzard invites you to assist with stress testing Diablo 3 this weekend in an open beta. If you've sold your first born but still haven't received your beta key this is your chance.
"We're pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account! Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the game's release on May 15.""

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