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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

darkwing_bmf Shoes (635 comments)

Shoes are old tech, but I can't walk on the hot pavement with bare feet without feeling pain.

about three weeks ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

darkwing_bmf Re:Libertarians, discuss! (183 comments)

But that makes my monitor harder to clean!

about a month and a half ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

darkwing_bmf Claud W. Lovelace (259 comments)

is his name. Not sure why the summary left it out.

about a month and a half ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

darkwing_bmf Re:Open Up Borders to Everyone! :-) (225 comments)

Technically nativism or tribalism, although race can be a contributing factor.

about 2 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

darkwing_bmf Re:Open Up Borders to Everyone! :-) (225 comments)

I'm for unlimited work visas. I'm afraid neither of Indians who want to live and work here nor Mexicans who want to live and work here. I see both as positive for this is the land of opportunity and freedom.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

darkwing_bmf Punch it Chewie! (701 comments)

Most of the others take too long to say or don't have the same sense of urgency (engage).

about a month ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

darkwing_bmf Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (530 comments)

The raw materials are free for the taking (generously supplied by mother nature). Getting them where you want in a form you want is the expensive part.

about 2 months ago
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YouTube Issuing "Report Cards" On Carriers' Streaming Speeds

darkwing_bmf Re:Nice! (110 comments)

That's why they call it youTUBE, duh.

about 2 months ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

darkwing_bmf Re:Not true (401 comments)

Have you considered taking these Java programmers and training them for more complex work?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

darkwing_bmf Re:Perl (536 comments)

In some languages you can create your own types. So you can have a variable A that is type meters and B of type feet. If you try to assign A to B or vice versa without explicitly typecasting (letting the compiler know you intended to do this, which comes in handy in conversion functions), the compiler will produce an error. It's a safety mechanism. You're not forced to use this feature but if you do it can help.

about 3 months ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

darkwing_bmf I fully trust the Internet... (191 comments)

...to send everything it knows about me to government agents and hackers. My primary security practice is being too boring to care about.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

darkwing_bmf Re:Perl (536 comments)

You can have all the innovation you want, but innovation isn't enhanced by allowing you to confuse meters with feet or by allowing you to divide by zero. Certain thing should always be forbidden if they can be detected by the compiler and the compiler can be helped by language rules amenable to correctness. This doesn't limit innovation it just minimizes obvious (or not) flaws.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

darkwing_bmf Re:Perl (536 comments)

The code may be technically correct but if it is hard to read it will also be hard to update in a safe and efficient manner. If you think code never has to be updated then you haven't been working in software long.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

darkwing_bmf Re:Perl (536 comments)

But what if I WANT to design my bridge wrong? What if I want my blueprints to be misunderstood so that it could be built incorrectly and collapse after the first good thunderstorm? I should be allowed to do that right?

That's basically what you're arguing.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

darkwing_bmf Re:Perl (536 comments)

Ada (not ADA) is widely used in the Aerospace industry if that's what you mean.

about 3 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

darkwing_bmf Re:Good! (619 comments)

Our petrol costs $NZ2.20/L. It's been over $2 for years now.

Translation:
Our gasoline costs $7.24/gallon. It's been over $6.50 for years now.

about 3 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

darkwing_bmf Re:You make it... (519 comments)

My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

about 3 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

darkwing_bmf Re:Blizzard Shizzard (252 comments)

Diablo 3 is better now. Or so I've heard. I was gifted it and its expansion not long ago and it's just as fun as the first two but with better graphics and sound.

about 3 months ago

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