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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

im_thatoneguy Re:ps Good luck teaching AFRICANS to code... (161 comments)

Nah the Tea Part is the PERFECT name for these people. The original tea party was a astroturf protest instigated by wealthy tea importers who looked to lose business thanks to their businesses being made obsolete by a direct sales model combined with a *lower tax*.

England thought they had found the perfect solution: their too-big-to-fail tea company would see increased profits thanks to direct sales and the Americans would get lower prices and reduced taxes.

Instead a bunch of self interested 1%'ers spun something ostensibly *good* for the people into an "evil plot to take your money!" to distract from the fact that they were actually better off with the tea tax.

The fact that they blamed a disadvantaged minority group for their own actions is just icing on the cake.

The parallels are eerie.

yesterday
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

im_thatoneguy Re:1..2..3 before SJW (725 comments)

Yeah I would say "OMG YOU ARE A STUPID ____" is endemic to the tech industry. I'm definitely guilty of it. Within half an hour you can have two people do it back and forth in half jest. But it's also true of nerdy girls in school and nerdy boys. Nerds are generally the victim of mocking so to be superior gives them an opportunity to take it out on others. It's not helpful--but it is understandable.

2 days ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

im_thatoneguy Re:Federal govt + cloud computing (119 comments)

Or neither. Sometimes it's fine to have a website crash and it's not worth the effort for the one time every 10 years that it gets pounded into oblivion. It would be like WalMart needing to redesign their entire store for black friday. It's probably not worth the effort to redesign the entire store for a single day.

2 days ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

im_thatoneguy Re:Uneven distribution of talent? (191 comments)

My advice to anyone who wants to work in IT is this -- there will ALWAYS be downward pressure on salaries.

I think this is good for everyone, not just IT. I had a job on the side for 3 years that was paying buko bucks. I socked every dollar into stocks and launching a side business. Now all of my profits from my side business are gravy since I invested in myself and others. And long after that job is a distant memory I'll still be making money from those paychecks.

I see a lot of people get a really sweet job and instead of treating it like a lottery winning, they treat it like a permanent source of income. Then that sweet deal disappears and they've raised their living expenses so that they have to find a replacement or go broke.

My little windfall has helped me fully fund my retirement account and it's given me a side job that I could parlay into a full time gig to fall back on if I ever was completely unemployed.

The long term trend as far as I'm concerned is near complete unemployment. If you don't own capital in one of the large corporations who own the robots and get a share of their profits you'll be broke looking for a job. You can already see that today. People always complain about how companies only care about their stock holders not their employees. It's true. They'll happily fire you and hire someone for 1/10th the price overseas if it increase their profits. But those profits don't just evaporate, they go said shareholders. So if your company is going to outsource your job, you might as well profit from their increased profit margin.

2 days ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

im_thatoneguy Re:Moore's law applies here. (365 comments)

I agree. And I would wager that compiled languages with efficient compilers are on average more efficient than depending on people to write these systems in assembly and random mistakes being a drag on performance.

But, there is a big difference between the networking stack and some rapidly evolving "feature". For the most part TCP/IP handling is largely static so first-to-market is less important than bullet proof.

about a week ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

im_thatoneguy Re:Society is Hostile to Idiotic Billionaires (238 comments)

I apparently know more about PayPal than you. It wasn't setup to just make Ebay money. It had far grander designs.

"We're definitely onto something big. The need PayPal answers is monumental. Everyone in the world needs money â" to get paid, to trade, to live. Paper money is an ancient technology and an inconvenient means of payment. You can run out of it. It wears out. It can get lost or stolen. In the twenty-first century, people need a form of money that's more convenient and secure, something that can be accessed from anywhere with a PDA or an Internet connection. Of course, what we're calling 'convenient' for American users will be revolutionary for the developing world. Many of these countries' governments play fast and loose with their currencies," the former derivatives trader [referring to Thiel] noted, before continuing, "They use inflation and sometimes wholesale currency devaluations, like we saw in Russia and several Southeast Asian countries last year [referring to the 1998 Russian financial crisis and 1997 Asian financial crisis], to take wealth away from their citizens. Most of the ordinary people there never have an opportunity to open an offshore account or to get their hands on more than a few bills of a stable currency like U.S. dollars. Eventually PayPal will be able to change this. In the future, when we make our service available outside the U.S. and as Internet penetration continues to expand to all economic tiers of people, PayPal will give citizens worldwide more direct control over their currencies than they ever had before. It will be nearly impossible for corrupt governments to steal wealth from their people through their old means because if they try the people will switch to dollars or Pounds or Yen, in effect dumping the worthless local currency for something more secure."

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

im_thatoneguy Re:So confused (376 comments)

These WMDs weren't the pretext we used to go to war. Our pretext for war was Nuclear mushrom clouds and small box clouds. It's pretty trivial to make Sarin gas and these weapons predate Gulf War 1. It was pretty much just shoddy disposal of an inconvenient and expensive problem (old weapons). The same problem the US has had. So to save a buck they just burried them in the desert and kind of ignored them hoping they would go away.

When the US arrived we obviously weren't ok with insurgents breaking out their metal detectors and going on a toxic waste scavenger hunt so we kept quiet. In fact many of the stockpiles were already registered with the United Nations. So securing them early in the war was a priority for the military.

Also this isn't just leaking, this was in the news back in Bush's second term.

about a week ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

im_thatoneguy Re:"will present results Oct. 17 (315 comments)

If energy dropped to 1/1,000,000th of the current price and we increased our energy production by x1,000,000 then we would absolutely have to insulate the plant and re-use the coolant. There wouldn't be a large enough radiator nor could we do what we currently do which is take in a bit of river water and expel it a bit warmer. We would have to feed a river the size of the Mississippi into the reactor and turn all of it into water vapor which WOULD warm the planet. But it would also rain like crazy.

x1,000,000 times the heat/energy becomes an unfeasible problem using current solutions. You wouldn't be able to rely on water you would have to run like molten rock through your turbines which obviously wouldn't work either with current material science. :D

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

im_thatoneguy Re:Actually, it's easy. (174 comments)

While I think your idea is pretty brilliant, I'm pretty sure that Battlefield is a UDP not TCP protocol so does UDP have the 'intelligence' to discard duplicate packets?

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

im_thatoneguy Re:Society is Hostile to Idiotic Billionaires (238 comments)

They created PayPal to circumvent government intereference in money exchanges *cough avoid taxes*. And now he's shocked and dismayed that governments aren't spending enough on infrastructure?

It's no shock that the government is hostile to idiotic billionaires who both want to promote tax evasion while also expect a well funded government's services in order to profit further.

about two weeks ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

im_thatoneguy Re:Moore's law applies here. (365 comments)

I'm all for using Moore's law to overcome deficiencies in applications but I would say that's taking it too far. Yes, if it was an end-user feature I would say it's probably better to ship the product than it is to make it "pure". However if it's a *core* feature like networking that will affect every single application on the computer then do whatever it takes to make it go 2% faster. I'm not saying that C is 2% faster than C++ in fact C++ might be faster but if C were faster... go C for a core functionality.

Put another way. If it takes 2 more weeks to make a feature 2% faster and 2 million users are going to benefit for 10+ years then you're looking at 365 days * .02 = 1 week faster * 2 million users = 2 million weeks == 38,000 years of slow down.

So 2 weeks vs 38,000 years. The 2 weeks wins.

about three weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

im_thatoneguy Re:How badly coded are Windows applications? (349 comments)

Someone presented a great example of an OSX application failing because it thought 10.10 10.9. These sorts of problems crop up regardless if you use float numbers or strings. Someone will find a way to misinterpret it.

about three weeks ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

im_thatoneguy Re:what a difference a day makes (223 comments)

If he was hired to mow the lawn he would have access to the site. It's pretty hard to stop someone from taking a can of gasoline and tossing it over a fence (or some such).

about a month ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

im_thatoneguy Re:"Photorealistic" (134 comments)

They are only raytracing primary ray intersections though. www.Caustic.com already does this on the new PowerVR Wizard chip. You could Lidar Scan a scene and tesselate the point cloud into a mesh and you would get just as high of quality as this voxel system. The only reason this looks even slightly acceptable is because they're just projection mapping real world lighting directly onto the voxels. But baked in lighting would work with projection mapped geometry too. Without a real shader model though and shortcutting the whole lighting process you end up with very weird artifacts. So if you have a bronze pipe organ all of the pipes have reflections that are "Frozen" instead of proper specular shading. Adding reflections and global illumination and soft shadows and all of the nice things that Raytracing makes easy would be harder with their voxels than a traditional game engine. And you would still need those thousands of artists to create specular maps, bump maps and write shaders.

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

im_thatoneguy Re:Maybe 40k (393 comments)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/P...

Direct Subsidies:
$41-52 billion / 254 million vehicles = $161 / yr * 13 years = $2,100-$2,500. From the US.

Military Subsidies:
$20-250B in military expenditures to protect oil supplies / 254 million vehicles = ($80-900 /yr) * 13 years = $1,000-11,700

Health:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10...
32% of Fossil fuel burning (aka not coal) is transportation. It's estimated by the National Academy of Sciences that $120B /yr in health costs are absorbed by society due to pollution. $120B * .33 = $40B / 254 million vehicles = $157/yr * 13 years = $2050

So all told we're conservatively looking at:
$2,050 + $6,350 + $2,300 = $10,700

That's before you look at environmental impacts and climate change.

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

im_thatoneguy Re:Winning the lottery (545 comments)

They are very clumsily introduced but except for my NASs I almost never actually browse file paths anymore for my own files.

I tried writing a Windows Store application recently and despised the file management experience at the time. Now I'm writing a regular desktop app and am missing the sandboxed storage system that I so loathed.

Another nice side-effect of the library system is that you can use the same file system for both Phone and Desktop. OSX and IOS have completely different file structures. Which makes porting harder.

What Microsoft needs to do though is start piling on features and demonstrating the advantages of a 'virtual' folder structure. It was a shame that they deprecated the more exotic and powerful virtual folders.

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

im_thatoneguy Re:Maybe 40k (393 comments)

Considering every petrol burning vehicle in the US uses far more than $10k in gas subsidies over its lifespan I don't have a problem with electric getting a substitute subsidy.

about a month ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

im_thatoneguy Re:My Guess (188 comments)

It's not as cut and dry as one is more expensive than the other either. Let's not forget that Boeing has not participated in the COTS funding to nearly the degree that SpaceX has.

It's true that CTS-100 hasn't flown yet. But the only reason Dragon has flown has been because NASA funded the COTS missions. SpaceX received $396M from that program alone. The ISS CRS missions have awarded SpaceX another $1.6B in contracts. So it makes sense that there will be a lot of overlap in that $2B. After all the cargo requirement was for pressurized cargo delivery--it was pretty easy for SpaceX to cover both contracts with one design.

about a month ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

im_thatoneguy Re:Could have been worse (188 comments)

The Dreamchaser can still be awarded a contract. NASA described several "On Ramps" where if they finish their paperwork and do a little but of 'make-up' work they can still pass. ;)

It makes sense. Dreamchaser just wasn't ready for this round. But it's good that NASA has a contingency for projects that are farther behind but still long term viably good competition.

about a month ago

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Atari Claims Piracy to Supress Bad Reviews

im_thatoneguy im_thatoneguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

im_thatoneguy writes "According to Shacknews

Atari has filed suit against German gaming website 4Players for publishing a negative pre-release review of Alone in the Dark, alleging that it was written based on an illegally obtained copy of the game.
Atari has also demanded the removal of 3/10 reviews from both Gamer.no and Gamereactor citing accusations of piracy."

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