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Microsoft Rumored To Integrate Android Apps

Ted Stockwell IBM OS/2 vs Windows (189 comments)

IBM's OS/2 was able to run DOS and Windows problems. OS/2 was billed as "a better DOS than DOS and a better Windows than Windows".
I've always thought that feature was actually OS/2's downfall. Back in the day when I had to make a choice whether to develop for Windows or for OS/2 I chose Windows because I knew that my program would run on both Windows *and* OS/2.

So, implementing Android compatibility guarantees that nobody will develop for Windows Phone. As OS/2 proved, making Windows Phone a "better Android than an Android" is a losing strategy.

about 2 months ago
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FDA Seeks Tougher Rules For Antibacterial Soaps

Ted Stockwell Re:there is proof (160 comments)

It is a given that soap kills bacteria.

Soap doesn't kill bacteria, it merely dissolves the oil that enables the bacteria to cling to your skin, thus allowing water to flush them away.
Soap and water is so effective at removing bacteria that adding a microbial agent to the soap has no benefit, because there are so few bacteria left on your skin to kill...

about 4 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

Ted Stockwell Re:Concurrency (159 comments)

Is it really the language's job to bake that in?

Why build a better type system, or any type system at all, when I can just call everything an Object?
A better type system makes it easier for developers to create correctly working, and efficient, code.
Coding for concurrency is very difficult and a proper concurrency approach (ala Go or Rust) make it much easier for developers to develop correctly working, and efficient, code.
Add-on libraries like Akka make things a little easier but can't help nearly as much as a properly designed concurrency architecture.

about 5 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

Ted Stockwell Re:Concurrency (159 comments)

I have no interest in a new language that has concurrency story at all.

Should be 'has no concurrency story', geez....

about 5 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

Ted Stockwell Concurrency (159 comments)

I have no interest in a new language that has concurrency story at all.
Any new language needs to address the biggest development challenge of this time - coding for multiple cores.

about 5 months ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

Ted Stockwell Tesla == Welfare Queen (580 comments)

If they get a loan from a private lender then it's not aid.
If they get a loan from the government then it's aid.
Just ask any Republican representative.

Telsa paid 2.6% on a 465 million dollar loan while students pay 6.8%.
That's the worst kind of corporate welfare.

about 8 months ago
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Pastafarian Wins Battle To Wear Colander In License Photo

Ted Stockwell Re:Religion deeply misunderstood (535 comments)

You are conflating religion with spirituality. Religions deserve to be disparaged.

about 8 months ago
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Pastafarian Wins Battle To Wear Colander In License Photo

Ted Stockwell In God We Trust - NOT (535 comments)

It says 'In God We Trust' right on our money. Who's jamming what down who's throats?

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Make a Computer Science Club Interesting?

Ted Stockwell Re:Make something cool (265 comments)

Like a pen with an embedded camera that can broadcast pictures of a test to the group of students that have to take it next period....

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Make a Computer Science Club Interesting?

Ted Stockwell Re:Keep it interesting (265 comments)

Is the point to give kids the skillz they need to become criminals? A computer science club should be about *making* software...

about a year ago
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US DOJ Say They Don't Need Warrants For E-Mail, Chats

Ted Stockwell Re:Depends (457 comments)

I think a better analogy would be if you mail a letter in an envelope that can simply be held up to a light in order to read the contents then it's fair game, but if you send your message in a lead-lined envelope that must be opened in order to read the contents then a warrant is required.

about a year ago
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Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

Ted Stockwell Re:Easy... (1121 comments)

Believing in reality is not necessary for reality at all. One of the most important aspects of reality is, that it is real. No faith needed. A wall is just there, and even if you stop believing in the wall, you will still hit your head if you try to run through it.

Ah, not necessarily. There is an infinitesimal chance that instead of hitting your head on the wall that you will instead disappear from one side of the wall and reappear on the other. This is proven physics. What's your reality now?

Our reality is basically what whatever we *think* is reality.

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