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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

SpeedBump0619 Re:Not a good week... (445 comments)

Out of curiosity, how many crew members do you think died in the first 100 or so trans-Atlantic sailing boats? I'd wager it was a hell of a lot more than 1 in 60.

about a month and a half ago

Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

SpeedBump0619 Re:The real question... (742 comments)

I have worked support for a ISP before, If I had a dime for every time a conversation started with I'm a lawyer, technician, or etc.. so I know what I'm talking about. I would be a millionaire.

I wish more people understood this. There are plenty of ways during a support contact to show me you are an exception to the norm, but telling me you are the exception just makes you less exceptional.

AKA: Show me don't tell me.

about 2 months ago

Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

SpeedBump0619 Re:Mars has no magnetosphere (549 comments)

It doesn't matter how much money you spend here, by staying only here you are committing the species to a single point of failure. Fault tolerant design requires the elimination of single point failure architecture, particularly if the detection and correction of the failing element is difficult or impossible prior to failure.

We are pretty bad at detecting dangerously large rocks flying directly at our faces. Said dangerously large rocks have the potential to kill every one of us in one event. There is no safe mitigation, there is no localized preparation that can eliminate the risk. Parallelism is the only idea that provides the proper redundancy. Extra-solar would be better, but we can't reasonably achieve that yet. We also might not be capable of colonizing Mars yet, but we should all get behind the fact that we really need to.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

SpeedBump0619 Re:List the STL? Seriously? (479 comments)

We engineer so we draw things out write out UML or some type of logic flow then get to coding.

I personally build little modules then add on higher functional work loads until I have a finished product...

Son, you are adorable! So cute with your UML diagrams, logic flows, little modules, thinking, and all that. In the real world of startups and Minimum Viable Products, we just code whatever comes in our minds before dinner and ship it.

I wish to live in a world where this is funny, because right now it's a little too on point.

about 3 months ago

Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

SpeedBump0619 Re:Brought an iPhone 6 and think it's too big (277 comments)

I switched to a Note 2 from my old iPhone 3GS, because I wanted more screen real estate, and it was a huge adjustment. Took me about a month to get used to the size (mow the 3GS seems laughable). After almost two years I'm still not OK with Android, but it was worth the annoyance for the larger size. I'd give it a little time...particularly give it long enough to determine if you actually need your tablet any more. I certainly didn't.

about 3 months ago

'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

SpeedBump0619 Re:Methodologies are like religion (101 comments)

Well, software development is about many stakeholders. You, as the developer, are one of those stakeholders. Yes, the customer has a set of requirements, but you have a set of requirements as well. You make technical decisions every day based on those requirements whether you have explicitly enumerated them or not.

My read on this is that it's a set of governing principles for making implementation decisions about how you write code. As such any one of these guiding principles can be set aside to accomplish specific requirements they might conflict with, but where they don't conflict they should guide decision making.

From that perspective I guess they are helpful, if kind of obvious, guidelines. They seem kind of asymmetric though..."use message passing" is a pretty specific choice, where "elastic" is vague to the point of uselessness. On the whole I guess this seems like someone who really likes message passing and is tired of trying to justify the extra overhead every single time it comes up.

about 3 months ago

Tesla Model S Hacking Prize Claimed

SpeedBump0619 Re:Not hacking (59 comments)

Yeah, hacking. You know, that thing you do to underbrush with a machete. And about that subtle from the sounds of it.

about 5 months ago

Intelligent Thimble Could Replace the Mouse In 3D Virtual Reality Worlds

SpeedBump0619 20 years on the nose (65 comments)

Scott Adams predicted this many years ago, and I still agree with his analysis.

about 5 months ago

Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

SpeedBump0619 Re:This is scary (284 comments)

Uh... You do know that Vulcans aren't real. Right?

Pshhh! That's what *they* want you to believe.

about 5 months ago

What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

SpeedBump0619 "Can Learn and Tolerate BS" Certificate (148 comments)

I got through about 2.5 years of college before I was too poor to continue. I lucked out, got a job doing exactly the type of programming I wanted to do (custom automation control systems) but making next to nothing doing it (about $15k/year). Eventually being poor got old and I took a job with a "real" company making $60k. Six months in they bumped me to $68k and took me on as a full time employee.

Eventually I went back and finished my degree (BS in Comp Sci). I lost my job at almost the same time I finished the degree (I wasn't willing to move then the company did). That's why I know that the degree gave me a 10-15% bump in pay.

I learned almost nothing in college about programming. To this day I am of the belief that it is a certificate attesting that when told to do something silly you have the fortitude to actually get it done. Oh, and maybe you have the ability to learn new things...maybe. In the end I'm glad I got it, but only because of what it means to other people. Directly to me it means almost nothing.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

SpeedBump0619 Re:Google would have to offer a new service (427 comments)

So, you want Google to provide a service where you can pay them not to do something to hurts you? That must be a totally new concept. No, wait...

about 6 months ago

Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

SpeedBump0619 Re:Legislation? Or a Constitutional Amendment? (308 comments)

This is why I asked about his opinion on the Money vs. Speech question. If he honestly believes money isn't speech then it's now a constitutional issue, since the Supreme Court has essentially decided Money == Speech. If he believes money is speech then legislating a restriction on money won't (now) pass constitutional muster. In either case legislation appears to be a losing proposition (long term at least).

about 6 months ago

Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

SpeedBump0619 Money vs. Free Speech (308 comments)

I'd love to hear your opinion on the debate over Money as a form of Speech. Should expenditure of money be protected as a form of expression or restricted as a form of coercion (just like some forms of speech are)? How are speech and money similar and how are they fundamentally distinct?

about 6 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

SpeedBump0619 Extensions? (411 comments)

So the ability for one app to provide extensions that other apps can use to render specialized content?

Flash support in 3..2..1...

about 7 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

SpeedBump0619 Re:Notepad has the same problem as an IDE. (627 comments)

Then once you sit down, its about reading the code, analyzing it, re factoring it, debugging it. For all those things, typing is almost irrelevant. If your typing efficiency actually makes a dent in your productivity in the grand scheme of things, your job is probably outsourcable.

This, right here, is the point. I can type in text in just about any editor ever created. But navigating through a pile of code I don't know, to find how it's structured, its call chains, what data belongs to which subsections? That's where a good IDE provides true value to me.

I use SlickEdit because it has the most functional code navigation I've found. Ctrl-/ and a sub-windows shows me every reference to a symbol, in a tagged list showing each reference, by file, and information about where it was referenced (in what scope) and how (defined, declared, called, assigned, read, other). Click on one of them and I'm taken to that reference. Ctrl-. and I'm taken to the definition of the symbol my cursor's on; Ctrl-, and I'm back where I came from (to an arbitrary depth). I use this to navigate through unfamiliar code following through call chains and data structures. 20 years ago I used grep, a text editor and a whiteboard (foo.c:782, foo.h:94, foo.c:122, bar.h:15, qux.s:343), but never again.

about 10 months ago

Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

SpeedBump0619 Re:Well, duh (377 comments)

Culture and civilization are all great, but doesn't really change the fact that deep down we're social ANIMALS

I'm an antisocial plant, you insensitive clod!

I don't get it...are you trying for a revenge kill via saccharine overdose? If so: impressive work. I think I'm diabetic now.

1 year,9 days

Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

SpeedBump0619 Re:The problem: (377 comments)

Also...It sometimes help to remember that half of us have below average intelligence.

I'm not sure what this statistical tautology has to do with anything.

The average of 101, 101, 101, and 97 is 100, but 3/4 of the sample is above the average. Also, since it's an extremely large sample size and there's a relatively large number of people who are exactly average intelligence, the number of people below (and above) the average will be less than 50%.

1 year,9 days

How Google, Tesla, and Uber Could Team Up For the Driverless Taxis of the Future

SpeedBump0619 Re:Future carshare? (126 comments)

Now it just needs in-drive refueling.

Or, in a pinch, a full service gas station.

about a year ago

How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch

SpeedBump0619 Re:Either comply, change the law, or emigrate. (259 comments)

Parent: If you're going out do you want your red coat or your blue one?
Child: It's June here in Texas...
Parent: So, the Red one?
Child: Um...No?
Parent: OK, blue it is.
Child: Nevermind, I'll just stay inside.
Parent: Well, then you should do your chores.

about a year ago


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