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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? (95 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.

8 hours ago

Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

gunner_von_diamond Re:Today I Learnt that... (176 comments)

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


Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

gunner_von_diamond Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (543 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"?

4 days ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

gunner_von_diamond T9 Typing (543 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.

4 days ago

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 week ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

gunner_von_diamond Re:o rly (547 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 week ago

Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

gunner_von_diamond Re:Legacy Systems. (142 comments)

racked by delays and mismanagement

40 years of code could mean 2-3 years of development, and then fixing a bug here and there and updating this or that every now and then. Just because some of the code is 40 years old does not equate to 40 years of development time.

5 years is a pretty long time to focus on straight dev time. Sounds like the mismanagement part had more of an impact than just using the excuse of it being a "legacy system". I realize that management always portays the timeline as 1/3 of what it will actually take to develop something, but wasting 5 years and $300 million... It's hard for me to think of a justification for that!

about a week ago

Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

gunner_von_diamond Re:Do Slashdot editors actually edit? (227 comments)

physicists have never been entirely comfortable with the idea that regions of the universe can become infinitely density.

Infinitely density. Wow. The Engrish need helped.

about a week ago

Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

gunner_von_diamond Re:Flat UI Design (165 comments)

Everything looks flat on my old CRT monitors!

about a week ago

For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

gunner_von_diamond Re:Incomplete data (174 comments)

Why do many people with STEM degrees not work in STEM jobs? They apparently count management and education as non-STEM, even if these people are managing STEM projects or teaching STEM courses. That already accounts for the two biggest groups.

Precisely, agree 100%. At my college, they had a Mathematics degree inside of an education program. Obviously everyone with that type of a degree are going into the education field. And a degree in IT Management... Although it has IT in the name, is not a STEM degree! A "STEM degree" does not always equate to a "STEM job".

I guess the person who did this study's statistics did not have a STEM degree.

about a week ago

CNN iPhone App Sends iReporters' Passwords In the Clear

gunner_von_diamond Waiting.... (40 comments)

A spokesman for CNN said the company had a fix ready and was working with Apple to have it approved and released to the iTunes AppStore.

How many people are going to read this and take advantage of the flaw before Apple approves the release to the AppStore? That's one argument for Android. Not having to wait for releases of App updates.

about two weeks ago

Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious

gunner_von_diamond Oxymoron? (58 comments)

Firefly can recognize lots of things, but it's incredibly, hilariously inconsistent." "Firefly is the one Fire Phone feature you'll want on any phone you're currently using.

Why would I want to have a software feature on the phone i"m currently using that is incredibly, hilariously inconsistent?

about two weeks ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

gunner_von_diamond Re:Beyond human efforts. (190 comments)

There was some news a while ago when the the Spanish Flu of 1918 was recovered in this way, albeit intentionally in the interest of science.

Source for this story?

about two weeks ago

Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

gunner_von_diamond Hooked up to all the equiptment (89 comments)

the researchers summarized how they strapped an eye tracker, an electrodermal sensor and an EEG sensor

I'm sure being hooked up to something similar to a polygraph doesn't make a developer more stressful at all. Was the fact that they had all this equiptment hooked up to them a factor in their statistics?

about two weeks ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

gunner_von_diamond Re:Thundercats! (701 comments)

"We are Thundercats" "Upholding Justice" "Truth" "Honor" "and Loyalty" "Thundercats HOOOOOO!"

about two weeks ago



Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 years Later

gunner_von_diamond gunner_von_diamond writes  |  about two weeks 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 three weeks 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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