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How Did You Learn How To Program?

emudoug42 Hypercard (623 comments)

Hypercard and Hyperstudio! I played around making all sorts of silly games, slowly learned how to add in some scripting on my own, tinkering about. Had a course in highschool that went into more depth, and then a class in Java.

about a year ago

With 128GB, iPad Hits Surface Pro, Ultrabook Territory

emudoug42 Re:I like where this is heading (501 comments)

I've looked into this -- I don't want to carry around several SD cards with me, and I didn't find a phone where the built in space + an SD card would be big enough. If you have a recommendation I'd love to hear it.

about a year and a half ago

With 128GB, iPad Hits Surface Pro, Ultrabook Territory

emudoug42 I like where this is heading (501 comments)

I hope that this is an indicator of a 128 GB iphone in the future. I've held off on getting a smartphone for years because if I'm going to get more high tech gadgetry then I want it to replace my mp3 player, and 64 GB would not cut it.

about a year and a half ago

VR Tech Lets People Interact With Rats

emudoug42 Finally! (33 comments)

This is it. The culmination of the human experience. Countless generations led us here, to this point in time -- this glorious point in time, in which man has finally done it! We can now interact with rats via robots. We're done here, humans. We've won. Anything else form here on out is just frosting on the cake.

about 2 years ago

Fully Functional Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

emudoug42 Re:$3500 for that? (49 comments)

Wait, you mean a product costs more than the sum if its intrinsic parts? STOP THE PRESSES!

more than 2 years ago

Double Fine Raises $700,000 In 24 Hours With Crowdfunding

emudoug42 Re:Question about the Funding (112 comments)

Keep in mind, this is before the game even goes up for sale, which I'm sure will generate additional revenue. It's already a company, they have other revenue sources through sales of their previous games, etc. This is the initial investment capitol not "ZOMG we need to feed 47 people" capitol.

more than 2 years ago

Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

emudoug42 Re:Also (865 comments)

Forgotten, hell. Picasso said it--"Good artists copy, great artists steal."

I think Banksy said that,

more than 2 years ago

Table Salt Could Help Boost HDD Storage Density By a Factor of 5

emudoug42 Re:That's not data (142 comments)

That mark is useless without the table that tells you what each distance represents. So on that matchstick you haven't stored data, merely a hash of that data.

Incorrect: as long as you can measure that mark as a distance with arbitrary precision you can use that to convey any amount of data. For instance, your distance could be 0.7269767679 mm, which, with a simple 1:1 dec to ascii conversion is 0.HELLO, assuming you use fractions of a millimeter for your data. See? With infinite precision comes infinite data. Infinite precision is, of course, difficult to impossible in the real world, but that's never stopped me before.

more than 2 years ago

Grigory Perelman Turns Down $1M Millennium Prize

emudoug42 Re:he did it because (226 comments)

yeah, earthly indulgences are wicked sweet. You could buy a lot of waffle mix with one million dollars. about 592,000 lbs of waffle mix.

more than 4 years ago

South Park's Episode 201 — the Expurgated Version

emudoug42 Re:I wonder how long until it "accidentally" leaks (1224 comments)

A well thought out article, though I'm not sure about your claim that polygamy creates a less warlike mentality. I've heard quite the opposite argued, in fact, that widespread polygamy makes prospective mates less common for those who have less available to offer, which leads to frustration and violence. Of course, this is just an argument I've heard, [citation needed].

more than 4 years ago

India Ditches UN Climate Change Group

emudoug42 Obligatory (403 comments)

Yeah, well I'm gonna make my own climate change group! With blackjack! And hookers! Actually, forget the climate change group...

more than 4 years ago

Proposed Canadian Law Would Allow Warrantless Searches

emudoug42 Come on, people! (195 comments)

Do people really hate the police that much? I mean, asking for them to get a WARRANT before they invade your invade your life? Do you have any idea how much of a hassle that is? We should just hand them over every little piece of information about our lives at the drop of a hat! It's the least we can do.

</heavy sarcasm>

more than 4 years ago

Montana City Requires Workers' Internet Accounts

emudoug42 Re:WTF (836 comments)

Drug tests are an awful invasion of my privacy. No one has the right to MY pee!

more than 4 years ago

Montana City Requires Workers' Internet Accounts

emudoug42 Re:WTF (836 comments)

Ok, new plan:

1) Make up phony job.
2) Put up lots of "now hiring" signs.
3) Ask for online account information, passwords.
4) Massive credit card fraud -- chances are people use the same passwords for everything

more than 4 years ago

Hydraulic Analog Computer From 1949

emudoug42 Re:Wierd! Just read Terry Pratchett's (184 comments)

I love it when I read about some bizarre contraption in the discworld books only to discover later that it's based on some bizarre contraption in reality.

more than 5 years ago

Cameron's Avatar a 3D Drug Trip?

emudoug42 Re:I'm blind in one eye... (215 comments)

I'm blind in one eye too. The latest 3d trend makes me sad, cause it sounds so cool. I remember being sad I couldn't go see captain nemo when I went to disnyworld as a kid.

more than 5 years ago

New CyberSecurity Bill Raises Privacy Questions

emudoug42 Just a bill (319 comments)

Doesn't anyone remember their schoolhouse rock? This is just a bill. Lots of bills get introduced. Most of them are terrible. This bill is still in committee. Hopefully someone there will be able to identify that this is a terrible idea, and that will be that. If it makes it to vote, you can bet I will be calling up my senators. That is unlikely, however. I'm not quite sure how Obama is getting lumped up in this. Has he come out in favor of this bill? If not, please stop with the ridiculous "Change we can believe in" slogan waving. In closing, outrage that someone would be stupid enough to think this is a good idea is healthy. But let's not act as if this is already been signed into law.

more than 5 years ago


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