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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WinterSolstice Re:Send in the drones! (722 comments)

Only if it got the Beltway too - otherwise, well, it could go both ways.

yesterday
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PHP 5.6.0 Released

WinterSolstice Re:People still use this shit? (107 comments)

Yes, it's actually really common.
I started looking into myself recently, since it's basically like a tweaky syntax of Perl (to me, anyhow) but with a simpler web output.
Still seems pretty lame though.

yesterday
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

WinterSolstice Re:Unintended consequences? (221 comments)

Then it's unlikely to be subpoena'd, isn't it?

No, I think I'd rather get an extra ticket or two than deal with a case like the most recent one, with an officer shouting "stop trying to take my weapon" while I'm cuffed facedown on the ground.

yesterday
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

WinterSolstice Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (172 comments)

Or just drive the damn car.

I swear, I'm SO sick of this driverless car crap. I don't want one, I don't want to share roads with one, I don't want to even see them.
It's bad enough dealing with humans, the last thing I want is this.

We HAVE a way to get around without you having to drive. It's called public transportation. Get on a damn bus, taxi, or train.

about a week ago
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A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

WinterSolstice Re:OMG, it's full of static stars! (34 comments)

I was expecting a troll - got a hilarious troll-tolling site instead. Very nice :)

about a week ago
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A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

WinterSolstice Re:OMG, it's full of static stars! (34 comments)

I gotta agree. I mean, we know that they just made a sphere and mapped the photos onto it as a texture, but I would have preferred them to use either no star map or whatever was visible in the real photos.

NASA doing crappy CGI just makes it harder to convince people of the real stuff.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

WinterSolstice Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Yup, same here. I never *chose* to be a programmer, I wanted to work on AI/robotics. It just sorta happened, and I got out of that field *fast*.

IT in general - just - kids, don't do it. When you do good work, they want to lay you off or outsource you. When you screw up, everyone hates you.

My kids saw my work and decided to go into autos and welding. Says it all right there.

about a week ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

WinterSolstice Re:Compare it with a nook (105 comments)

Yup, that's exactly what I was referring to. The paper white is actually quite nice.

about a week ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

WinterSolstice Re:Compare it with a nook (105 comments)

I found that I truly detest reading on the new kindle, but the e-ink version and the e-ink Nook are both pretty nice.

about a week ago
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Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

WinterSolstice Re:Oh yeah (102 comments)

I really like the new stuff, makes me almost want to start coding C++ again.

about two weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

WinterSolstice Re:At GenCon... (198 comments)

Hasbro has no idea what to do with it. They're probably not even sure what it is - so I guess we're just lucky it's not "My Little Pony Conan Adventure"

about two weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

WinterSolstice Re:At GenCon... (198 comments)

Interesting, as I'd argue that 3.5 and Pathfinder are like 99% the same, with the exception that Pathfinder doesn't have R.A. Salvatore on call, and they smoothed a few rules.

But hey - play your game your way, that's what it's all about :)

about two weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

WinterSolstice Re:At GenCon... (198 comments)

Totally agree. I'm a big fan of Pathfinder, and strongly disliked 4E, have literally no interest at all in 5E. For me, class D&D died with TSR did, Pathfinder sorta brought it back.

I like their books, too, as well as their excellent online/mobile tools.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

WinterSolstice Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (418 comments)

If you allow children to watch movies like the Expendables, you're part of the problem.

My kids didn't get to see much in the way of action/violent films or shows until they were in their mid to late teens. As I often say "Why the taboos on sex, and not on violence? I hope my children have sex some day, and I hope they never have to kill anyone".
Not that I let them watch porn, either ;)

Mostly they grew up with mythbusters, documentaries, science shows, and a freaking ton of books.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

WinterSolstice Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (418 comments)

Great dad, in my opinion. My kids grew up involved in hunting, fishing, and shooting sports - but a trip to a refugee camp would probably have cured them of the FPS BS faster than anything.

Fortunately, they were never really into videogames.

about two weeks ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

WinterSolstice Wait, what? (160 comments)

Exactly. This has been the goal of NASA from day 1. To inspire people to actually go *DO* this stuff.

NASA was ever only a way to encourage private industry to make these leaps themselves. Well, and probably to be the FAA for LEO

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

WinterSolstice Re:vim and C++ (359 comments)

I use vim almost exclusively (windows or linux), and use it for PHP, Perl, and C++.

It just works, why get all fancy?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

WinterSolstice Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (702 comments)

I'm just happy to hear other people had those issues and found a solution.
Nearly every person I see now with a Mac is so rabid, I don't know if the problems have been fixed, or just glossed over.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

WinterSolstice Re:did you checked the video? (688 comments)

I constantly feel bad when the future I hoped and dreamed of as a kid becomes a shabby second-hand sort of reality.

This new UX fashion is like skinny jeans - it's not something I want, it's not something I get, and I just want everyone off my lawn :D

about 4 months ago

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