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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

hondo77 Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (174 comments)

The device is like a spring, so it stores energy

So... a bit like a tendon?

The same way a motorcycle is a bit like a bicycle.

yesterday
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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

hondo77 Re:Transparency (138 comments)

Because Romney would have been so much better, right?

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

hondo77 Re:Damn I used to like southwest (875 comments)

Wait, you're actually complaining that Southwest didn't let your family cut ahead of others? Really? Here's a tip: next time you have an A ticket and your family has B tickets and you all want to sit together, why don't you slip back into the B group.

3 days ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

hondo77 Re:Mac OS X Yosemite (165 comments)

National parks aren't corporations...

National parks are people, my friend...

4 days ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

hondo77 Re:The Future's So Bright (415 comments)

So you want to hold back your best cyclists because you're afraid of getting the occasional boo-boo? Better idea: don't hire muppets in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

hondo77 Re:The Future's So Bright (415 comments)

But good developers make less mistakes in a language where there's less freedom...

Some of us like having the training wheels off our bikes.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

hondo77 Re:Ossifying? (536 comments)

Code reviews can help you with that. Your company should try them.

about a month ago
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

hondo77 Surprise (150 comments)

The proposed settlement mainly benefits the lawyers and not the people damaged. What a surprise.

about a month ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

hondo77 Re:whistling (682 comments)

No email archiving? really? Of an IRS director?

Do you know what the data retention policy/rule/law is for an IRS director? Not what you think it should be but what it actually is?

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

hondo77 Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

this is so important because california's legislature is so horribly disfunctional, and because you need 2/3 vote to pass any bill that levies taxes, it means a minority can basically shut down regular operation.

btdubs this was just one of the reforms passed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who I think will be remembered as one of the best governors in CA history.

First, the legislature was so screwed up because it used to take a 2/3 majority to pass a budget, which meant the minority party could shut down the government if they threw a hissy fit. Since Prop 25 passed in 2010, we've had a Democratic majority in both houses and a Democratic governor and gridlock is gone. Balanced budget! Surplus! Arnold didn't support Prop 25.

Second, Arnold didn't "pass" anything regarding open primaries. Prop 14 was a constitutional amendment that passed both houses of the legislature and then was approved by the voters. Arnold supported it but didn't pass it.

about a month and a half ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

hondo77 Re:Good (519 comments)

<sarcasm>Sounds rough. I am so glad there is no politics in jobs outside of education.</sarcasm>

about a month and a half ago
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Perl 5.20 Released, and Mojolicious 5.0: the Very Modern Perl Web Framework

hondo77 Re:We banned Perl (126 comments)

Good choice because, goodness knows, you can only copy/paste Perl...

about 2 months ago
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Perl 5.20 Released, and Mojolicious 5.0: the Very Modern Perl Web Framework

hondo77 Re:I think it would be funny as heck if.... (126 comments)

NEWS FLASH: Dumbass programmers make dumbass mistakes and produce dumbass code.

Those of us at the adults' table get to use real forks and steak knives and we don't hurt ourselves at all.

about 2 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

hondo77 2.4M Lines of Java? (142 comments)

To be fair, most of that is probably getters and setters.

about 2 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

hondo77 Re: Dangerous (490 comments)

Please cite the law that you claim is being broken.

about 3 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

hondo77 Re: Dangerous (490 comments)

While I've never been ticketed, I always ride on the side of the left lane (against traffic).

So you're one of those jerks I have to move my bike into traffic to go around as you head towards me in my lane because you don't have the survival instincts of all other mammals? Or is it that you're a sociopath?

about 3 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

hondo77 Re: Dangerous (490 comments)

You're wrong. If there is no bike lane, a cyclist is supposed to be traveling as far right as is practicable and safe (there are several exceptions, of course). That could mean the paved shoulder and it could mean the far right of a lane. What you're saying is that a cyclist should always take the whole right lane, which is incorrect. From your example, the bike is already on the far right of the right lane so passing in that small space is just a continuation of what they're already doing, it's just that now the bike is passing cars rather than being passed.

about 3 months ago

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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  about 6 months ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "From Dave's Blog: "I’ve since tested this almost every day for the last couple of weeks. During the day – the bandwidth is normal to AWS. However, after 4pm or so – things get slow. In my personal opinion, this is Verizon waging war against Netflix. Unfortunately, a lot of infrastructure is hosted on AWS. That means a lot of services are going to be impacted by this.""
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Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to...High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health "...have re-created the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder in several honeybee hives simply by giving them small doses of a popular pesticide, imidacloprid." This follows recently-reported studies also linked the disorder to neonicotinoid pesticides. What is really interesting is the link to when the disorder started appearing, 2006. "That mechanism? High-fructose corn syrup. Many bee-keepers have turned to high-fructose corn syrup to feed their bees, which the researchers say did not imperil bees until U.S. corn began to be sprayed with imidacloprid in 2004-2005. A year later was the first outbreak of Colony Collapse Disorder.""
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3,500 Year Old Tree Dies of Natural Causes

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "The Daily reports that "Mother Nature claimed one of her oldest living specimens (Monday) in a freak fire that destroyed a 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree towering over central Florida. Known as “The Senator,” or simply “The Big Tree,” the hollowed-out majestic timber, standing at 118 feet tall, ignited before dawn. Firefighters watched helplessly as the oldest tree east of the Mississippi — and the fifth oldest in the world — blazed and then collapsed in a heap of flaming embers." The fire likely started by "either a weeks- old lightning strike that smoldered until combustion occured, or friction caused by buffeting winds that ignited a spark and erupted in flames.""
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Burt Rutan Retires

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Lost in all of the April Fool's Day fun was the news that Burt Rutan retired on April 1. "Five of his planes now hang in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, including the Voyager, which in 1986 became the first airplane to fly around the world without refueling, and SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 became the first private rocket plane ever to put a man into space." Enjoy your retirement, Burt. You've earned it."
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NASA Research Finds Last Decade was Warmest

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes ""There's a contradiction between the results shown here and popular perceptions about climate trends," James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies said. "In the last decade, global warming has not stopped.""
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Earthlink Slashing Workforce

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Having a hard time finding IT workers? If you live in a city with an Earthilnk office, you will be seeing an increased pool of candidates. Earthink has announced that they are cutting 900 of 1,900 jobs in the USA, are closing four offices (Orlando, Knoxville, Harrisburg, and San Francisco) and will "substantially reduce its presence" in Atlanta and Pasadena. More cuts may be announced by the end of the year."
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iPhone Remote

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  about 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "If you didn't need an iPhone, you do now. Behold iPhone Remote by Google. "Remotely access your Mac through a collection of mini web apps on your phone." It is still a prototype but you can start your drooling now."
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hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Carrie Underwood's new single, "I'll Stand By You", has debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling over 100,000 copies in less than a week. The reason to care is that this single is only available on iTunes. Macworld reports that this is the first time an iTunes-only single has debuted in the Top Ten. The icing on the cake is that all proceeds from the sales go to charity as part of the Idol Gives Back program."
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hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Yahoo! has taken down their news message boards. According to the message from General Manager Neil Budde, 'Over the next few months, we plan to offer new discussion forums based on topics in the news and incorporating the latest features to foster a better discussion for all of our readers.' Okay, I can understand wanting to fix the boards so they're more useful but to take them down for months before a replacement is released?"
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hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "According to this article by Reuters, IBM is suing Amazon because, as I read it, IBM owns the rights to ecommerce. From the article: "The suits say Amazon violates IBM patents covering such features as allowing users to order items from an electronic catalog, displaying advertising in an interactive service and storing data in an interactive network." Isn't that pretty much ecommerce?"

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