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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

flabordec Won't somebody, please, think of developers! (730 comments)

I seem to remember device fragmentation was a gigantic problem that made Android impossible to develop for (and the main reason why many people chose Apple over Android). How will those poor developers adapt now that Apple has three phone sizes and two tablet sizes (or maybe more?)?

about two weeks ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

flabordec Re:what will it take for general acceptance (921 comments)

Owning a recording device is not an invasion of other people's privacy either. The article and summary do mention that the recording device was not recording. The case is definitely complicated and you do bear some responsibility if you are pointing a recording device at people who don't wan to be recorded; however, the civilized way to solve this is by asking politely, maybe complaining to the owner of the bar, or leaving the bar if it bothers you too much, not by assaulting every person with a recording device.

about 7 months ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

flabordec Re:what will it take for general acceptance (921 comments)

From the article:

Feeling threatened, she said she told them she was going to record with Google Glass. That’s when she said one of the women and a man “charged” her, telling her they did not want to be filmed. The woman swore at her, Slocum said, then threw a bar rag at her. Slocum said the woman then ran up to her, saying “you are killing the city” and tried to grab Google Glass from her. Then the man “ripped them off my face and ran out of the bar,” Slocum said.

Assaulting somebody because there is a potential to be filmed is something you do to other people.

If you take out your phone in public and I decide to rip it off your hands and run off with it, would you argue that I did not steal the phone becuase you had the potential to record me with the phone?? Don't you think the reaction is completely unjustified?

And even if wearing a short skirt is something you do to yourself that still does not justify rape, in the same way that owning technology does not justify people assaulting you.

about 7 months ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

flabordec Re:what will it take for general acceptance (921 comments)

Yes! Now imagine if she had been wearing a short skirt as well, then those guys wouldn't just be justified in assaulting her, they could also rape her! </sarcasm>

about 7 months ago

Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

flabordec Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (491 comments)

The company where I work is always looking for competent software engineers. Out of the thousands of people we interview every year, only about 30% make it past the first question (swapping elements in an array), of those who do, only about 50% make it past the second question (basic data structures questions, for example reversing a linked list), after that we get another 50% success rate in the on-site interview (this one actually has a slightly more complicated question, around the level of the 200 problem for Div 2 in Top Coder) and a 60% accept rate for the offers we give. This means that only 7.5% are competent enough to be hired and only 4.5% actually accept the offer we give them.

If you know of some place in the US where there isn't a shortage of competent software engineers I would be very happy to hear about it. But as things are we have to interview people from all over the world in order to get great talent. And initial salaries in my company are actually higher than the average pay for a software engineer in my city.

about 7 months ago

"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

flabordec Re:Change (742 comments)

Have you tried to change the color of bullets when you paste something in Word? Fuck me, the Word editor is probably the definition of torture. If you use your keyboard at all, it will fuck your eyeballs with a cactus.

I had not tried it before; however, it is fairly simple and I was able to change them by doing the following:

  • Use arrow keys to select the bullets (hint, you can use Home key + Left arrow key to select it right after pasting)
  • Press windows key -> F (for Font)
  • Press Alt+C (for Color)
  • Use arrow keys to select color you want

And that's it, your bullets are now a different color (this does not affect text after the bullets). How would you do the same thing in your editor of choice with ~9 keystrokes? How is it that following those four steps is like "fucking your eyeballs with a cactus"?

about 7 months ago

Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

flabordec Scroogled! (110 comments)

Did you know that when you buy an app in the Google Play Store, Google sends the neighborhood where you live to the app developers? That is why I prefer the Lumia phones with Windows, because Microsoft respects your privacy.

Also, Microsoft only wants to know your location so that they can protect you. If something were to happen to you they would send an SMS to people you trust (they would get their numbers from your SMS history) and they would send an ambulance to your location (that's the only reason they got it).

You see? Microsoft is actually amazing and really cares about your privacy! =D You can get more information about how Microsoft is totally not stealing your data at

You can tell I am serious and trustwrothy because I am using a smiley face: =D

about 7 months ago

23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

flabordec Re: Runtime... (449 comments)

I have had the same thing happen three or four times. Every time it turned out to be nVidia's graphics driver (to be fair, it hasn't crashed since the last update a couple of months ago).

about 8 months ago

Full Screen Mario: Making the Case For Shorter Copyrights

flabordec Pierre Menard (361 comments)

Reminds me of this short story/essay by Borges:

He did not want to compose another Quixote —which is easy— but the Quixote itself. Needless to say, he never contemplated a mechanical transcription of the original; he did not propose to copy it. His admirable intention was to produce a few pages which would coincide—word for word and line for line—with those of Miguel de Cervantes.

about a year ago

Auction Houses To Be Removed From Diablo III

flabordec Re:I always thought Auction house is what make Dia (219 comments)

I kind of liked the idea of the gold auction house because it let you grid less time and spend more time thinking about how you want your build to play. If you want to play a glass cannon, then you can get lots of damage gear, lots of attack speed and critical % and go out and play the way you wanted.

One of the (very few) problems I have with Borderlands 2 is that when you get to the higher levels (true vault hunter or higher) you have to change your build after you get any new weapons in order to still be effective, and you cannot play the way you want. For example, if you get a shotgun with very few bullets and very high critical you have to go back to Sanctuary and respec to get the talent that makes your reloads faster and doubles the damage of your first bullet. If you wanted to play with snipers, tough luck.

That said, I always felt the real money auction house was just a gigantic money grab and Blizzard purposefully broke Diablo 3 on Inferno so that you could not pass it unless you spent a lot of money (which has since been fixed in patches, I've been told).

about a year ago

Arrested Chinese Blogger "Confesses" On State TV, Praises Censorship

flabordec Re:Drudge and other U.S. bloggers are next (349 comments)

I find it hard to believe that you qualified your statement with a "once the whacko dispatched the teacher" which supports my argument that killing 28 people with a machete is harder than it is with a gun but you still decided to start name calling.

Even though I'm sure you have given this some thought, I am afraid that you still have not grasped the full extent of the problem, violence is not a simple issue that you can just attribute to one cause (over abundance of whackos), and having easy access to guns and very little deterrent to using them most definitely increases violence.

Yes, better gun regulation will not stop massacres everywhere instantly (nothing will), but it will help reduce the problem. And yes, knife registration would further reduce the problem, as would putting everybody in protective spheres and banning all human contact, but those solutions are not practical, which is why you won't see a lot of people lobbying for those.

about a year ago

Arrested Chinese Blogger "Confesses" On State TV, Praises Censorship

flabordec Re:Drudge and other U.S. bloggers are next (349 comments)

To be fair, the Sandy Hook shooting was one lone shooter, while the killings in Nigeria were hundreds of rioters with machetes. It is a lot harder for a single person to kill 28 people with a machete than it is with a gun.

1 year,1 day

HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced

flabordec Re:Attention Cinephiles (293 comments)

I love how they say that you should experience improvements and your music should reveal more of the intrinsic beauty of the original event and the mid-range should sound more natural. I mean, it probably won't, but it should.

1 year,14 days

Security Researcher Makes His Point By Hacking Into Zuckerberg's Facebook Page

flabordec Re:Won't pay? (266 comments)

Your analogy is completely wrong: it would be correct if my house had a very fancy security system, there is a note on the front that says "I will give $500 to anyone who detects a problem with my security", you rang to tell me you found one vulnerability but I decided to ignore you because I don't want to pay you and then you broke into my house and left a polite note apologizing for it but mentioning that you do, in fact, have a way to break the system. Still illegal, but if there is a jerk in the story it is Facebook for not ignoring the bug reports and not paying bounties.

about a year ago

55,000 Sign Twitter Abuse Petition After Jane Austen Campaigner Threats

flabordec Re:In fairness (421 comments)

Totally! Just because it is social commentary and not a romance doesn't mean it isn't awful, you should totally trust the anonymous coward and the many well-read, intelligent people he is making up!!

And yes, he did not provide any counter-arguments other than his inexpert opinion (which is so much better than your English literature major opinion on English literature), but still this is something that he just knows because of his faith and if you believe in something with enough faith we all know it automatically makes it truth.

Of course some people will argue that even if she was a terrible writer that does not give people the right to harass a woman that campaigned for something she wanted but those idiots are missing the point, and I don't have to tell you what the point is because several well-read, intelligent people I am making up know what the point is.

about a year ago

Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

flabordec Re:Not that unique (509 comments)

I bought a copy of the Orange Box, and proceeded to play Half Life 2 for a bit until I got the "AI Disabled" DRM. I went into the forums to ask about it and a moderator promptly shamed me for pirating the game. I eventually proved that I actually had bought the game and some Valve representative told me how to fix the issue, but I was definitely not happy about it. For the longest time I did not buy any more Valve games because a bug in their DRM code caused me to get flamed in their forums.

about a year ago

New Study Suggests No Shortage of American STEM Graduates

flabordec Re:obviously a lie then (344 comments)

I'm not sure where you are hiring, but my company interviews a lot of people and most of them have trouble doing basic programming tasks (for example, iterating an array). Just on phone interviews we weed out two out of three candidates. From the candidates that actually make it on site only about half have decent interviews on relatively basic data structure and algorithm questions.

Foreign interviewers don't fare much better, though. We basically attempt to interview as many people as possible so we get the few competent ones no matter where they are from.

When we do hire H1Bs, they are paid exactly the same as US citizens, which is more than the average for our city for equivalent positions. Of course, my company does care about the quality of our software; maybe if we didn't care and hired every idiot out of college we wouldn't have a shortage of engineers.

about a year ago

27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

flabordec Re:And yet... (2987 comments)

According to Wikipedia there have been 27 school shootings since 1995, in those school shootings, 320 people have been killed (it is hard to tell how many of those were children, but a safe estimate would be half of them were because the incidents happened at school). I would say that a 27 to 1 ratio for incidents and around 160 children dead vs. 19 children dead is "in much smaller numbers".

But arguing about what kills more people is missing the point entirely. The problem is not that people can find some creative ways to kill other people, the problem is that currently it is very easy for a kid who has problems to grab a handgun and gun down whoever he doesn't like. The solution is not just outlawing guns, part of the solution probably has to be figuring out who these kids are and helping them adjust better to whatever they are going through, however, saying that because there are crazy people out there killing other people then we shouldn't do anything about school shootings is a bit like saying we should not spend any money researching a cure for cancer because people still sometimes die of the flu.

about 2 years ago

Leak Hints Windows 8 Tablets May Be Dearer Than Makes Sense

flabordec Re:Margins (365 comments)

Well, at this point, even with your phone in your pocket and your laptop at home we all know you bough Apple and you even made it a point to note that it was expensive so, yes, I would say that it is important for Apple customers to be seen as people who have money to spend on expensive electronics.

about 2 years ago


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