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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

charlieo88 Re:Let me save you some time (547 comments)

Dang, wish I saw this great summary before reading this stupid click-bait of a... this fine article.

about 2 months ago

Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

charlieo88 I miss groklaw (59 comments)

Too bad there isn't a website like groklaw that would track these things and provide some pretty nifty analysis too.

about 4 months ago

The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

charlieo88 Re:Way to long to read. (222 comments)

I think your understanding of the word robot is flawed. Google's driverless car is a robot. Does it really need to know what is and is not human? It's just trying to go from point A to point B. Running over things, like people, would impede this goal.

about 6 months ago

Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

charlieo88 Re:Yea, I'm sure he gives a rat's ass. (304 comments)

Yeah, generally, people with that kind of money and exposure, already have a protection detail.

about 7 months ago

50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

charlieo88 In 3, 2, 1... (224 comments)

...cue the snide C/C++ programmer remarks.

about 8 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

charlieo88 Data Warehouse fire? Burning Leaf-elements? (463 comments)

cagraham, Data Warehouse doesn't mean what you think it means. The fire was at just a warehouse.

about 10 months ago

The Yin and Yang of Hour of Code & Immigration Reform

charlieo88 Re:When You Hear Talk About Any Reform (220 comments)

Collier argues that there are also downsides to the tech giants' plans to shift more bright, young, enterprising people from the poorest countries to the richest

MOST of those young, bright and enterprising people from the POOREST COUNTRIES won't get ANY chance to tap on their potential in their own country, and I am speaking as someone who had been through exactly that scenario.

When I came out of China, back in the early 1970's, China was in a VERY TERRIBLE STATE.

Millions of ordinary citizens had died of hunger.

Social upheaval were everywhere - goons waving that little red book were ransacking/looting people's houses they accused of "anti-revolutionary".

If I WERE to stay in China, I had only two choices:

Well, there was the third choice... Do something to make it better. Allowing people like you out of the country also acted as a kind of relief valve, reducing the internal pressure to change. You leaving has retarded the social growth of China. That is just one of the downsides.

1 year,10 days

Intel Launches 'Galileo,' an Arduino-Compatible Mini Computer

charlieo88 Inigo Montoya... (130 comments)

Mini Computer? Inigo Montoya says, "I don't think that word means what you think it means."

about a year ago

Do-It-Yourself Brain Stimulation Has Scientists Worried

charlieo88 Re:Open Research... (311 comments)

We had 3 people die on our SAP software project plus multiple heart attacks and divorces.

Were you sacrificing them?

about a year and a half ago

Why Everyone Gets It Wrong About BYOD

charlieo88 Re:Does your office door have the same key as home (377 comments)

We had a VP that had his home locks changed to match the building front door because he only wanted to ever carry two keys. When I was going through his termination interview and asked for his key, the prospect of not being able to get into his house brought the flaw in his plan to light.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

charlieo88 Current? (509 comments)

... and cannot be trusted to use a revision control system without causing a mess that somebody else will have to clean up. On top of that, he is really resistant to the idea of code reviews;

Where are you from that these are that these are "current" concepts that you wouldn't know about unless you've been keeping up? How old is this guy? When he programs, is he plugging/unplugging vacuum tubes?

about a year and a half ago

FDA Closer To Approving Biotech Salmon

charlieo88 Re:This is a seriously bad idea I think... (204 comments)

Not only does nobody know what kind of changes this genetically altered Salmon will affect in the ecosystem and food chain it is released into;

I'm pretty sure the article was about farm raised salmon.

about 2 years ago

FDA Closer To Approving Biotech Salmon

charlieo88 Only problem... (204 comments)

...tastes like chicken.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Scientists Build a New Particle Collider In Japan?

charlieo88 Re:31km in an Earthquake Zone (292 comments)

Why would you dig? If you don't want it outside, bury it. You don't need to first dig a hole to do that.

about 2 years ago

When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:

charlieo88 SCORPION STARE (381 comments)

My first thought is can I be seen by two cameras at the same time.

about 2 years ago

Google's Server Cooling Plan Produces 4ft Alligator

charlieo88 4 foot - 6 foot (79 comments)

it'll have to be removed once it grows to six feet long."

Or translated, "It's belt length now, but we're going to wait till it's belt and a pair of shoes length"

more than 2 years ago

Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

charlieo88 Size of Texas? (1163 comments)

Did you hear they are going to cut Alaska in half and make Texas the third largest state?

more than 2 years ago

Ultra-Powerful Laser To Be Built In Romania

charlieo88 Site Selection criteria (41 comments)

Romania selected over landlocked EU participant because of access to sharks upon which to mount said lasers?

about 2 years ago

Saudi Arabia Objects To Proposed .gay gTLD, Among Others

charlieo88 Fungible (459 comments)

Is a tasty chicken sandwich fungible like oil?

more than 2 years ago

FCC Rules That Verizon Cannot Charge For 4G Tethering

charlieo88 Re:Fuck FCC? No.. Fuck Cellphones. (218 comments)

In fact, I remember what pissed me off... I specifically got Skype on Verizon a few years ago, just used the smartphone functionality. Well shit, Verizon bought Skype... I ended up having to use Skype calls like regular phone calls. That's when I knew I was not looking back.

Verizon didn't by Skype, Microsoft did for $8b. Skype was Verizon's bitch for free.

more than 2 years ago



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