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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

hawk Re:It's the OS, Stupid (251 comments)

Hey, I drive a convertible, you insensitive clod!

hawk

5 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

hawk Re:Yosemite (369 comments)

>What really bothers me though is the removal of old
>SMB support (I don't know if it was Mavericks or ML)

That happened because Samba went to gpl3--and Apple holds patents.

Apple would have to fork Samba to keep gpl2.

(yes, I know that the High Church of EMACS insists that there is no risk, but that's for another thread).

hawk

5 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

hawk Re:Was this ever anything but a slogan for sheep ? (376 comments)

Saddam thought he had a nuclear weapons program, and paid to support it. The scientists were mostly just bilking him (thus the stuff in the garden, and the refrigerator, and . . . ).

Also, we had a source in his inner circle relaying everything on this. The reason we thought he had a nuclear program is that we knew what he knew, and he thought he had one . . .

I'm waiting for the new slogan of "'Bush Lied People Died' People Lied, People Died" :)

hawk

about two weeks ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

hawk Re:Oxy-what? (216 comments)

Apparently, the oxy-stuff gets female mice interested in lego! :)

hawk

about two weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

hawk Re:FP? (942 comments)

Take a look at a Black and Tan.

Which is on the top: the Irish or the British. :)

hawk

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

hawk Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

perhaps the rest of the Common Market would have gone back to the old Roman measure?

A pound (livre/whatever) of silver being divided into 20 units, each of which was divided into 12 pennies was hardly a British development.

hawk

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

hawk Re:FP? (942 comments)

>We have a certain failed Mars probe to prove the case.

You mean the one that slammed into the ground because some idiot used metric units instead of real ones and miscalculated the thrust? :_)

hawk

about three weeks ago
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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

hawk Re:This sounds familar... (54 comments)

Nah, it's just inflation.

Kind of like how a buck used to get you a great burger, but now only the dregs of the menu.

Two enormous rocky-ice things in orbit around one another used to be enough to get you a planet, but no longer . . .

hawk, pretty sure that it's not about a disney trademark . . .

about three weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

hawk Re:LEDs (602 comments)

The ballast in a CFL can't handle the dimmer.

Its not that you replace the dimmer,but that you need to use "cold cathode" florescent bulbs with them--andin the smaller sizes (candelabra mount), you can't get these (or LED) that are very strong.

My house has been almost completely devoid of incandescent for about ten years--more initially for heat (broken AC in the Vegas desert!) than power.

The only place they're left are in the refrigerator (don't want mercury there if it breaks . . .) and oven (heat). But the socket is bad in the refrigerator, and the oven is dead an needs replacing, leaving only the halogens in the stove hood. Inadequate LEDs in the ceiling fans family & dining room (3 25 watt equiv, all I can find), and just about everythign ese is CFL (and will slowly swap out to LED as they fail)

hawk

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

hawk Re:Oh good (907 comments)

And even you are understating the matter.

I once represented the general manager of the biggest one of those in town on another matter.

Breakeven is on sale: the down payment is set to what they paid at auction. They sell, collect a few payments, repo, sell again . . .

Their idea of a good car is one they get to sell 3 or 4 times.

hawk, esq.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

hawk Re:Leave the PhD off your CV for a couple of years (479 comments)

>Relatively few people pick up a masters on their way to a doctorate.

Highly dependent upon field. In mine (economics), the masters is a sidestep. In others, its the norm.

And at some schools, there is a payment to the school for each master's awarded, so they're handed out along the way . . /

hawk

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

hawk Re:List the STL? Seriously? (479 comments)

read the archives of alt.folklore.computers for great examples of some of these.

Swapping registers (in a two register + ALU architecture ) used to be a common one; you'll find an answer that was a step faster than the "correct" answer by using XOR in there.

My favorite, though, was handing the candidate a piece of convoluted code and asking what it did.

"Hopefully, it got the author fired." :)

hawk

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

hawk Re:List the STL? Seriously? (479 comments)

As a first year college student hired after high school in a startup, I had a real eye opener when the person they brought in after me--with a MS in CS--couldn't, well, do much (they'd called me back after I left).

I finally had to take a stack of cards to manually demonstrate a bubble sort. No, I'm not defending or advocating bubble sorts. With an MS, he just plain didn't understand the concept.

His output roughly quadrupled once I was around (he wasn't around much longer).

And I've seen it in other areas. I have a Ph.D. in Economics and and statistics as well as a law degree, and I've met people in both who can function their way through the classes and dissertation, but just plain can't do anything useful in the fields.

hawk, j.d., ph.d., esq.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

hawk Re:List the STL? Seriously? (479 comments)

I always ask something completely and utterly off the wall or irrelevant when interviewing someone, just to see how he reacts to the unexpected. I'm not concerned with the answer; I just want to see how the person reacts to the unexpected.

I also instruct, "call before sending resume" in the ad, just to screen for ability to follow basic instructions (at least 75% fail at this rate).

hawk

about a month ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

hawk Re:How about (210 comments)

Your argument is identical to that about poor young crack dealers, or mafia soldiers, or . . .

about a month ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

hawk clean hands doctrine (210 comments)

I am a lawyer, but this is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, and try to get it on the internet, you need a shrink far more than a lawyer . . .

anyway, the clean hands doctrine is a rule from "equity," not "law". It only applies to equitable relief, such as injunctions, not to suits for money

hawk, esq.

about a month ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

hawk Re:Keynote acknowledged this (208 comments)

toggling the speaker by poking a memory address was good enough for the Apple ][, and it should be good enough for, uhh, . . . :)

hawk

about a month ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

hawk Re:actually it is quite clear, but who RTFAs? (246 comments)

They probably missed the parts about "only" and "tasks" because they're not there.

Marbury v. Madison found that the power is there, but it's not in the text. (And as a practical matter, a judge that takes an oath to defend a constitution must necessarily have the ability to determine if a law he's asked to apply complies with that constitution; issuing an order applying an unconstitutional law would both violate the oath and be beyond his authority derived from the constitution . . .)

Furthermore, in US practice, all courts, state and federal, make such reviews. The USC is simply the final, not sole, arbiter for the federal constitution.

And this is all irrelevant anyway: federal income taxation is authorized by the US Constitution itself, not a statute (it's implemented by statute under that authority), while the federal constitution has nothing to do with state income taxation . . .

hawk, esq.

about a month and a half ago

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hawk hawk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

>(This will go down on your permanent record)

So? I'm a professor--I can make change them!

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