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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

ThorGod Re:Teach CS with Math classes (293 comments)

I disagree, on the grounds that math ought to be studied for itself. If you try to do everything in math through CS then you'll get a poor grasp of what math is really all about.

about a month and a half ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

ThorGod Re:AP is what exactly? (293 comments)

They're not anywhere near college level. I've tutored the calculus variants and they do not cover anywhere near the full material for calc 1 let alone 2. At best it's a crappy outline of things to come in college. I would not want someone passing over calculus in college because of those classes.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

ThorGod migraine, lortabs, and early morning on a futon (310 comments)

The weirdest has to be last year. I was suffering from a severe (10/10 pain level) migraine. It took two lortabs to ameliorate the pain. I was still in bed, which happened to be a futon, around 3 am. I just pulled out my laptop and coded some. Believe it or not, but through all the pain and everything my brain just really wanted to program and thinking about the problem helped get me through the misery.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's 2014 WWDC Keynote Will Be Streamed Live; Hopes For a Microconsole?

ThorGod Re:WHAT ABOUT THE MAC MINI?! (147 comments)

I think the most likely update candidates are the Mac Mini and their display line. I'm guessing they'll finally pull their non-retina macbook pros as well.

I'm really hoping for a beastly mac mini. Something fitting as the smaller sibling to the Mac Pro.

about 2 months ago
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HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

ThorGod Re:All maximized all the time (121 comments)

Developers would need to target it...and as a developer I'm not likely to target it since it's only one android device.

Apps meant for 10" screens will probably function well enough on it, though. So it'll be useful if you've already migrated your workflow to a 10" tablet but want more screen/keyboard estate (I'm throwing out entertainment value since it's a laptop form factor)

about 2 months ago
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30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

ThorGod what's wrong with economic profit? (164 comments)

There have always been security bugs, but it seems like it's only in the last couple when it's actually cost enough people enough money for people to invest in it.

about 2 months ago
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You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

ThorGod Re:OT rant (201 comments)

whoa, so why are they doing it? That sounds like a way to make taxes spread out and increase.

about 3 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

ThorGod Re:Educational toddler apps (240 comments)

got suggestions on apps? as a developer and uncle to two little girls I'm pretty interested in this avenue

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

ThorGod move over (306 comments)

No, please retire so I can have a job, thanks, bye.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

ThorGod Re:Anything that isn't C (247 comments)

You keep saying that, but it is 100% valid to write C within Objective-C. The trouble is you'll wind up working with objective-c at the UI level. i.e. You'd be interacting with the user in Objective-C and doing model/class stuff in C/C++/Obj-C - whatever you choose.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

ThorGod Re:Anything that isn't C (247 comments)

Have you considered Objective-C for mobile development...

about 5 months ago
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Kicktaxing: The Crazy Complexity of Paying Tax Correctly On Crowdfunding

ThorGod Re:Too complex (128 comments)

It's definitely costly to business, and that's one added expense no one (government nor business nor employees) really benefits from having.

about 5 months ago
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World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System

ThorGod sounds like poor engineering? (161 comments)

Am I the only one thinking an entire plant should be more redundant and resilient than the failure of a single valve?

about 5 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

ThorGod Re:8 hours a day (533 comments)

Do you know what lawyers do if they spend time thinking about your case? They charge you.

about 5 months ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

ThorGod workstation and laptop, two different beasts (371 comments)

My laptop's silent and all solid state.

My workstation's louder than a Mach truck and about as pretty. But it's a lovely workhorse!

about 6 months ago
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Regulations Could Delay or Prevent Space Tourism

ThorGod Re:Because the Titanic really wrecked ocean travel (186 comments)

Private enterprise can (and did) build the stuff but funding it is a different story - something without an obvious financial return is not the role of private enterprise.

Again, the cost to get up there is too high with current technology and energy supplies. Yes, private and public sectors can get up there if they have a desire to be up there...and if it were cheaper to get up there, it would be done more often.

I'm thinking of something like a space sling or an elevator. I don't know which of those are feasible at the moment, if either. But...the NM desert would probably be a great place for either!

about 6 months ago
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200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

ThorGod Re:Is this a cuteness thing? (628 comments)

I wonder about that. Would it change things if we could communicate with dolphins as easily as humans?

I'm curious if you have a link on your discussion of dolphin intelligence. Their communication interests me, almost academically.

about 6 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Why so many AC posts?

ThorGod ThorGod writes  |  about 2 years ago

ThorGod (456163) writes "I've noticed more and more AC posts lately. Their posts tend to be more contentious than logged-in users. That's actually a good reason to filter them, and never read them (unless upvoted by mods). What gives? Are slashdot users being overran by trolls, or are slashdot users afraid to speak their minds?"
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Ask Slashdot: Best eReader for scientific journal articles (pdfs)?

ThorGod ThorGod writes  |  about 2 years ago

ThorGod (456163) writes "Today, amazon announced the discontinuation of the Kindle DX. I've been using a Kobo ereader for reading journal article PDFs (such as Case and Shiller 2003), but with mixed results. I think it simply doesn't have the screen real estate necessary to read PDFs comfortably. I thought the DX would have, but it's now gone...What do you all suggest? The requirements are: The best experience for reading academic journal articles (PDFs) on an e-ink screen. Anything with an LCD is exempted."
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save your sperm! sperm in older men show increased genetic variation

ThorGod ThorGod writes  |  about 2 years ago

ThorGod writes "Who knew? It looks like the genetic mutations present in a man's "troops" increases linearly as they age 20 to 40. So bottle up some of your "brew" while you still have the chance! (It's not like it's a bad idea, right?)

Quote: "According to Dr Kari Stefansson, of Decode Genetics, who led the research, the results show it is the age of men, rather than women, that is likely to have an effect on the health of the child."

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19336438"

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