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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

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

The only bad programmers I've ever encountered, are programmers that are inconsiderate.
Those who do not consider that the purpose of a computing language is to communicate with other developers, not just the computer. That's really the main common-factor I've found among "bad programmers". It's a skill, that can be learned, but it's an emotional skill. Some people can be very intelligent, brilliant even, and still not want to learn that one crucial skill.

about two weeks ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

jafac Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (385 comments)

WE don't lack the will.

We lack the power.

The ones with the power lack the will (or desire) - because their power depends on control of generation of energy through resources they control; namely fossil fuels. They're not going to give up that power while they have it. Not voluntarily.

about two weeks ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

jafac Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (385 comments)

The reason thorium never hurt anybody, is because it is complete fantasy. Nobody has ever built one that has demonstrated any degree of industrial reliability and usefulness. Thorium is up there with Fusion, as far as being a demonstrated technology.

about two weeks ago

Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

jafac Re:Dear former colonies of United Kingdom... (255 comments)

... basically, what American Colonists were rebelling against in the first place. . . then adopted.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

jafac Re:Uh, sure.. (359 comments)

He's not joking.

Open emacs.
Type the command "xdoctor".

Best part: no copay.

about three weeks ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

jafac Re:I see a problem here... (380 comments)

The reason why it's so cheap:
We all pay a shitload of taxes to fund wars to conquer lands where we're extracting the stuff.
We don't pay for destroyed habitats, and climate change (yet) from waste, spills, and other pollution. (basically, we're borrowing from the future generations who will suffer directly from these problems).

When compared, as an energy source, with something like solar pv, factoring these hidden costs in, gasoline is astronomically expensive.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

jafac Re:Only if... (427 comments)

With the galaxy gear 2, it's just a speakerphone (bluetooth). So it doesn't really matter how you hold it. If it's a situation where I can't speakerphone, I just pull out my actual phone.

about a month ago

The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

jafac Re:DLC? (178 comments)


At it's root, the problem is that the product manager is not familiar with real engineering practices, and does not have the ability to plan a project lifecycle beyond; 1. code features, and 2. get paid. Too bad it's the industry standard.

about a month ago

What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

jafac Re:Biased source? (148 comments)

In general, economists are not well known for recusing, or otherwise following ethical practices which are standard in other fields. The least ethical, are the ones at the top, and those are the people who run our economy. And this is why we can't have nice things.

about a month ago

US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees

jafac Re:For a First Step (143 comments)

lol. Also the same wonderful people who brought us Zyklon B.

about a month ago

Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

jafac Re:title should be... (109 comments)

Just develop a pill that "cures" female aversion to bald (or balding) men.

Problem solved.

about a month ago

Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

jafac Re:most young developers are at least as bad (232 comments)

This is really about how older people are experienced to know a boondoggle when they see one. (Example:the cloud, and how it's basically about trying to take control from the user and seeking rent). Older people don't buy into the bullshit and get off my lawn, and thus are seen as not wanting to embrace new technology. Its not that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, it's that the old dog knows that it's all a bunch of crap

about 2 months ago

H.R. Giger, Alien Artist and Designer, Dead at Age 74

jafac Re:Coffins are vaguely phallic. (92 comments)

But sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.
(- Sigmund Freud).

about 2 months ago

SpaceX Injunction Dissolved

jafac Re:Once Again (98 comments)

It was just a political stunt to try to appeal to nationalist sentiment. Probably ill-considered, and we would not have seen it if there weren't presently political tensions. Whether Musk won or not, he got some publicity out of this.

about 2 months ago

Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

jafac Re:Not Getting the Strategy Here (303 comments)

Most of these acquisitions are really about marketshare, and killing-off competition. When there is market-overlap, the purchasing company is buying that marketshare - and a certain percentage of those customers will abandon it; but some will stay. The abandoners will not likely go to a single (biggest) competitor, but often be scattered, which makes the purchasing player stronger as top-dog. When there is no overlap, it's usually for the purpose of keeping other companies who are nearby in the marketplace, from getting too big and bridging over. They'll talk the talk about "synergy" (which usually means, trying to bundle semi-related products as a suite, to vertically integrate) - but this is usually bullshit.

Source: been through three of these "mergers". Symantec is the devil.

about 2 months ago

US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

jafac Re:sigh (627 comments)

all of that other shit is just pie-in-the-sky garbage.

The only proven method is a cap-and-trade.

We know this, because it worked with chloroflourocarbons.

What is less-certain, is if the carbon we've already released, hasn't already done irreversible damage.

about 2 months ago

Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

jafac simple solution (202 comments)

.... develop a display panel which ONLY emits IR (not visible light).

Mount such display panel adjacent to your license plate.
Connect display to computer which outputs randomly-generated license plate numbers, every half second.
Result: Scanners "see" hundreds of different plate ID's, among your own.
Data collection foiled.
No Laws Broken.

about 2 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

jafac Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

The year 1995 just called: "what's a manual transmission?"
Followed by - The year 2050 just called: "what's a transmission?"

Really, if you need to start your car, nothing beats that big old hand-crank over the front-bumper!

about 3 months ago



Natalie Portman: Not Petrified (of Science)

jafac jafac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jafac (1449) writes "Turns out, that Natalie Portman, much abused by slasdot geeks, was, herself, a Science geek, in High School, and studied Neuroscience at Harvard. Who knew?

Okay, don't answer that. I don't care."

Link to Original Source

jafac jafac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jafac (1449) writes "As discussed in this SpaceDaily article, the video footage from the launch, earlier this week (available at, of the Falcon 1 vehicle, seems to show a problem with the stage separation. I noticed this when I watched the video last night — it appears that the top of the first stage bumps the engine nozzle.

The upper stage guidance does a good job of setting the craft straight after this bump, but some odd things happen after that, including some kind of ring flying off the engine, and a wobble that gets progressively worse until the vehicle goes completely out of control. I've been fascinated by the availability of these kinds of videos more and more; but this is the first one I've seen that documents a failed launch — (Elon Musk's denials notwithstanding), and because of that, it's probably the coolest video I've seen all year."


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