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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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 7 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.

about 9 months ago

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%.

about 9 months ago

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.

1 year,8 days

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.

1 year,11 days

Software Brings Eye Contact To Video Chat, With a Little Help From Kinect

SpeedBump0619 Re:Don't mess with the eyes (111 comments)

Given this demo from two years ago using a single hacked Kinect I have to believe that the technology is only going to improve. As long as the camera isn't occluded the 3D point data can be used to map sections of the 2D image onto a mesh created from the 3D point cloud. Then the camera can be virtually re-positioned and the scene rendered. Most of this is pretty easy using commodity hardware rendering engines.

1 year,18 days

Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday

SpeedBump0619 Re:To write software that can score baseball (223 comments)

Oh, so it's cricket. Hit ball; Run.

Dear god, wait. You didn't give any indication when to stop running. Do you just keep running until the game is called on account of exhaustion? Holy Hell. No wonder there's no fat guys.

about a year and a half ago

Explosions at the Boston Marathon

SpeedBump0619 Re:Clearly confirmed as attack (1105 comments)

This is also doesn't feel like Jihadists...

Indeed. Jihadists would have put the second device in the rubble of the first, made the delay closer to 5 minutes than 20 seconds, and would have made it much larger. This is clearly by someone too concerned with his own safety to do it "right". Thank heavens.

about a year and a half ago

How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?

SpeedBump0619 Re:My theory (412 comments)

Does it have to be an invisible pink unicorn?

If it's invisible it can't be pink.

I would buy Pink or Invisible Unicorns though, as long as their hooves are crunchy!

Actually I believe both invisible and pink is a logical necessity: If it's at the event horizon light wouldn't be able to escape. Also, I can't imagine a way a unicorn would kill an astronaut that wouldn't involve blood-shed. I'd have to imagine that the unicorn would be covered in a fine mist of blood. So, indeed: Killed by an invisible pink unicorn.

about a year and a half ago

Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

SpeedBump0619 Re:The text of the judgment. . . (648 comments)

Not surprisingly. Don't make the mistake of seeing the conservatives as being against the people, and the liberals being for the people. It's all over the board.

Exactly. It's totally foolish to think the liberals are for the people. No one is for the people. Once you realize that at least you'll start to understand politics in the US.

about a year and a half ago

Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

SpeedBump0619 Re:6-3? (648 comments)

6-3? What did the 3 think? This is mind boggling. And kind of frightening.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who asked this question. I think the concurring opinion by Kagan and Alito does a marvelous job of summing up the idiocy that is the dissent and refuting it in a mere 3.5 pages.

about a year and a half ago


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