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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

captjc Re:Some advice (168 comments)

He is trying to learn a language. It is just a dead language!

2 days ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

captjc Re:Maybe they need a union (505 comments)

Are you kidding, a significant portion of those people are under the delusion that if they work their ass off now, they will be start-up billionaires by the time they're 30. And guess what, there are plenty of companies that are more than happy to indulge their fantasy. Only, after five-to-ten years of that crap do they start to realize that except for a very small few, it is a pipe dream. Of course, by that time they are considered too old for the industry and are replaced by another delusional young go-getter and the cycle repeats. They don't want a unions or regulations, or anything that might jeopardize their chance at being the next software / web billionaire. The ironic thing is that while this is one of the most liberal areas in the country, the entire place is like an Ayn Rand dystopia.

2 days ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

captjc Re: Not news (327 comments)

I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet.

5 days ago

Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

captjc Re:Why are they getting into the phone business? (168 comments)

I wouldn't call Amazon a "New Player" in the phone market. The Kindle Fire is still an Android tablet and has been selling like hot cakes. They also have had 4G connectivity for a few years. The Kindle phone is just a smaller version of their tablet that can make phone calls. Other than the smaller form factor and phone app, nearly everything else is the same.

5 days ago

How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

captjc Re:I'm hoping for a massive blackout. (212 comments)

If by "brings out the best in us" you mean a "huge wave of crime, vandalism, and looting because the po-po can't do shiat", then you are correct.

5 days ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

captjc Re:What does RIF mean? (282 comments)

Really Infantile Firings.

about a week ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

captjc Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

Trying to get government to run networks would work well up front, but in 5 years it would be outdated and there would be no money to upgrade it.

What is the difference between that and what we have now? It isn't like Comcast is working around the clock to beef up their last-mile connections.

I feel the same way about internet service that I feel about Healthcare: I am all for private for-profit alternatives, but there needs to be a solid free or low-cost (non-profit) public option. Everybody should have a minimum standard with the option to go with a private entity if they want something better. Something needs to shake up the Internet monopolies and overthrow their comfy fiefdoms.

about two weeks ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

captjc Re:Wonder what this will do for the movies (590 comments)

You mean you never heard the old Viking tales of how Thor and Kaptein Amerika fought to control the rampaging monster known as the GrÃnn Raseri Mann all for the affections of the goddess Freyja? I remember there being a Shieldmaiden, Sort Enke. I believe it has something to do with how Vikings got their shields. It was all apart of the ancient Agenter Skjold saga.

about two weeks ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

captjc Re:Stargate SG-1's new Hathor will be a man (590 comments)

She wasn't? I just thought it was a rather manish drag queen, which made it even creepier. That's not to say any of the system lords appeared to be 100% heterosexual (especially Ra and Ba'al).

about two weeks ago

How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

captjc CALLING EVERYONE! (145 comments)

Hey, all you physicists, mathematicians, geologists, astronomers, programmers, researchers, astronauts, engineers, marine biologists, architects, electricians, lawyers, politicians, professors, businessmen, defense contractors, rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists what the hell are you doing!?

Don't you know that there is no cure for CANCER!? Drop everything and find a cure for it. We must start teaching everyone everything we know about cancer starting in elementary school so that we can eliminate this problem fast. What do you mean you have no interest in medicine or medical research? If you're not with us, than you're against us. We as a society can and must only focus on one problem at a time.

about two weeks ago

Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

captjc Re:Disaster (127 comments)

I don't know, I like the idea of only having a 30 minute drive to Home Depot, pick it up and be playing with it that day vs ordering it online (even if it is slightly cheaper) and waiting a week or two for it to get here.

I always try to buy local for big-ticket items, especially when it comes to having to return it. Plus, I've seen enough videos of UPS / Fedex people drop-kicking and otherwise abusing packages to not want to rely on them for the real fragile and expensive stuff.

about two weeks ago

Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

captjc Re:Anti-nuclear FUD (299 comments)

Funny, after the accident, Harold McCluskey was very pro-nuclear. Stating that what happened was little more than an industrial accident (assuming that the Wikipedia entry is to be trusted).

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

captjc Brainfuck and ED (359 comments)

Brainfuck and ED because I am a masochist.

about a month ago

Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

captjc Re:Time to remake Jaws (107 comments)

Well, if the time travel documentary, "Back To The Future 2" is correct, Jaws 19 will be coming out next year. So, we should be getting about a dozen sequels in the next few months.

Totally stoked for hoverboards, flying DeLoreans, and Home fusion reactors to be invented and appear on the market within the next couple of months as well!

about a month ago

Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

captjc Re:Bring back Usenet! (142 comments)

I would love to have more modern version of Usenet. A simple news and commenting protocol that can be implemented in a web browser or a dedicated client alike. Something that is ubiquitous as RSS feeds. I have a client that aggregates all the latest articles from my favorite sites and and then can go in and browse comments in a tree like structure. I would have the ability to mark individual stories and even sub-threads to follow or know what comments I have read or have yet to read. Hell, I doubt that something like that would really be that hard to hack into RSS or design from scratch in XML.

Personally, I miss the early days of the internet where everything had a tool, and there was a tool for everything. There were programs and protocols galore: HTTP, Gopher, Usenet, Email, FTP, IRC, Archie / Veronica, Telnet for BBSes. Most of them are dead or so niche to be included only for "legacy compatibility". Now there is just HTTP to rule them all and shit is boring.

about a month ago

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

captjc Re:Why is efficiency important? (262 comments)

I don't know about you, but I don't have an infinitely-large roof, so space is a concern...a pretty major concern.

about a month and a half ago

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

captjc Re:um (262 comments)

Hank Scorpio offers great salaries, awesome compensation packages, on-the-job hammocks, and if you want to kill someone on the way out, it would really help him out.

What's not to like?

about a month and a half ago

Emotional Contagion Spread Through Facebook

captjc The True Question (127 comments)

I spend most of my Internet time on Slashdot and Fark. The major question is: Have I become a cynical asshole because I hang out at Slashdot and Fark or do I hang out at Slashdot and Fark because I already am a cynical asshole?

Slashdot and Fark - The news forums for the discerning cynical asshole!

about a month and a half ago

Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

captjc Re:ZOMG PANIC! (127 comments)

Tell me about it, The Wii sold gangbusters and still no serious developer wanted to touch it. It practically had only first party games and tons of shovelware. Guess what, nobody bought the shovelware. On any other console, publishers would have said, "we are putting out crappy games that no one is buying" but because it is a Nintendo console, they just say, "See, no one buys games on a Nintendo console!" I am convinced that Nintendo could have a 99% market penetration and still no publisher would want to make anything other than the cheapest, crappiest, as-little-effort-as-possible game and then bitch that nobody wants their crap.

about 2 months ago


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