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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

gunner_von_diamond Re:Transcript... (118 comments)

"Retired" and "Unemployed" are two words that may mean the same thing, or may not. If you're unemployed by choice, then you are what most people would refer to as "retired". If you are unemployed not by choice, then that makes people think you're unemployed because you can't find a job.

Oh, and I'm also stupidly wealthy, which is why I haven't had to work since 2000

Obviously you fall into the category of "retired".

2 days ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

gunner_von_diamond It doesn't look anything like iOS (179 comments)

Look at the screenshots! The text is in chinese! It's clearly different!


It just looks like an Android phone with a makeshift iOS theme on it. If that's what the demand is for, why not supply it?

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

gunner_von_diamond Web Friendly (427 comments)

Are there any future plans to gear c++ more towards the increasingly popular web development, or will that depend on 3rd party libraries, etc.?

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

gunner_von_diamond Re:still the same galaxy. dont worry. (220 comments)

It will also still include the ever popular 130 decibel klaxon for informing you of Amber alerts at 5 AM on a saturday.

There's nothing worse than the 130 decibel Amber alerts or "severe weather" alerts during a quiet meeting, and everyone's phone goes off at different times letting everyone know it's raining!

about two weeks ago
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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

gunner_von_diamond Re:Ummm ...what? (142 comments)

"hater"

about three weeks ago
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Network Hijacker Steals $83,000 In Bitcoin

gunner_von_diamond Re:Only $83,000? (101 comments)

But seriously though. Is the risk worth the reward? $83k is a pretty average annual salary, some would say. Is that really worth going to jail for the rest of your life (if they get caught)?

about three weeks ago
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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

gunner_von_diamond Re:Ummm ...what? (142 comments)

and the other is requiring you by law to be a responsible adult and not partake in activities that have been proven to kill people while driving and to perform those activities at a safe time

Sounds like drinking and driving. True vehicular manslaughter.

In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.1

source: http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehicl...

Back to my original point, Just having a law to tell people to stop doing something, even if it's enforced like DUI's, still won't prevent everyone from doing it. I think having a safer alternative, like this HUD display, is optimal to solve the problem. That's what technology is for, solving problems. Grumbling and complaing about people being on their phones won't solve anything.

about three weeks ago
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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

gunner_von_diamond Re:Ummm ...what? (142 comments)

Who drives with two hands? You only really need one to operate a steering wheel. Waving your hand left or right is significantly less distracting than typing on a keyboard. Not only that, but keeping your eyes on the road, as opposed to looking down, is much safer.

Here's a suggestion, save your damned text messages and social media updates for when you're not bloody well driving.

That worked out really well with prohibition. It is a great suggestion, but hoping people will not send texts/emails/answer phone calls while driving is simply naive. I think an invention like this that hopes to make it safer for people to use their phone while driving is a much better alternative than scolding people who use their phone. I completely agree that it is dangerous to use your phone. It's 2014, there are better/smarter ways to use a phone than holding it and typing on it.

about three weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

gunner_von_diamond Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

Thank you! That took much less time then me digging through the internet myself!

about three weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

gunner_von_diamond Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

Citation please?

about three weeks ago
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Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

gunner_von_diamond Re:Does the Millenial hype actually match reality? (120 comments)

how much does this picture of a hyper-connected, distracted, wants-to-be-advertised-to-24/7 Millenial match with actual people?

As for the millenials as a whole generation, it matches up pretty well. 24/7 access to information on smartphones. We (yes, I said we, as in millenials) don't need to ask people for information when we can get it right away. Which leads to impatience and wanting everything now.

I'm just not sure _everyone_ under 30 is like that.

You are absoloutely right. Not everyone under 30 wears fedoras and is a tech hipster. But,

a hyper-connected, distracted, wants-to-be-advertised-to-24/7 Millenial match with actual people

lines up almost exactly with every millenial because we all grew up with the internet and smart phones (for the most part). If we do everything else automated on our cell phones, it makes sense to have automated hotel check ins.

But like you said, the security implications will be interesting! We'll see if it will be easier or not to break into a hotel with a smartphone vs. traditional hotel room break ins.

about a month ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

gunner_von_diamond Re:Today I Learnt that... (181 comments)

Totally just did the same thing! You learn something new every day! Thanks wikipedia!

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

gunner_von_diamond Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (544 comments)

Probably 49 old people too.

"I can put my fingers on the actual keys just like a typewriter and know they won't slip off and hit the wrong key. I was heartbroken when then got rid of almost all qwerty keyboards in the new phones. They are now almost impossible to find."

What is a "typewriter"?

about 1 month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

gunner_von_diamond T9 Typing (544 comments)

I'll never be able to type as fast as I could using the T9 System. That's the last keyboard I could actually type on without looking, very quickly and very accurately. Then I jumped right onto a smart phone touchscreen keyboard. For me, it really doesn't make a difference if I have to look at the keys and the screen, because they're so close together anyway.

My final point: slide-out keyboards are just one more physical moving part that can break on a cell phone. Don't need it.

about 1 month ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

gunner_von_diamond Re:eSports really ? when darts is a sport, then, s (116 comments)

sorry, old school here. But a sport involves the combo of physical exertion, and skill.

Exactly. Professional Sports athletes put in countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears to become the best at what they do. They need to practice and better themselves physically in order to become the best at what they do. They risk their bodies (from injuries) when playing sports. Sitting in a chair with a controller behind a TV/Computer screen is nothing compared to what "old school" sports athletes go through. 2 a day practices, 6am practices, etc. You just won't find that kind of sacrifice in esports -- at least not right now.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

gunner_von_diamond Re:o rly (550 comments)

> the surgery is fairly inexpensive [even for a programmer :) ]

Oh you programmers have it so hard.

With your three thousand dollar a month apartments.

Actually, I bought a house when I was 22.

And that Honda Fit you drive just to show the world that you don't need the finer things in life.

I drive a Honda Accord, not a Fit, but close.

You should be required to work a year in retail in the same way some countries require a minimum of military service.

I worked at Best Buy (Doing Retail) for 3 years while I was in high school and college. It was a huge motivator for me to get my comp sci degree.

And your three hundred dollar bottle of scotch that you sample alone in your newly remodeled kitchen so you can tell the Internet about what a beverage snob you are.

And I've never drank scotch.

If you're so envious of programmers, there's still time to learn the skills to become a programmer. Heck, you can even teach yourself online.

about a month ago

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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 years Later

gunner_von_diamond gunner_von_diamond writes  |  about a month ago

gunner_von_diamond (3461783) writes "I was just reading a story on ./ from 10 years ago today, about Lasik Eye Surgery. Personally, I've had Lasik done and loved every single part of the surgery. I went from wearing contacts/glasses every day to having 20/15 vision! In the older post, everyone seemed to be cautious about it, waiting for technical advances to get the surgery done. In present day, the surgery is fairly inexpensive [even for a programmer :) ], takes about 10-15 minutes for the actual surgery, and I recovered from the surgery that same day. So my question is, what is holding everyone else back from being reliant on contacts and/or glasses?"
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights to South Park

gunner_von_diamond gunner_von_diamond writes  |  about a month and a half ago

gunner_von_diamond (3461783) writes "From the PC Mag Article:
If you're a fan of South Park, you better be a fan of Hulu as well. Specifically, Hulu Plus.
The creators of the funny, foul-mouthed animated TV show have signed a deal with the online streaming service. Valued at more than $80 million, the three-year deal grants Hulu exclusive rights to stream the 240+ episode back catalog of South Park in addition to all new episodes (as soon as they've aired on Comedy Central). "This is a natural partnership for us. We are excited that the entire library will be available on Hulu and that the best technology around will power South Park Digital Studios," said creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, in a statement."

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