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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

kwiqsilver Logic Would Dictate... (473 comments)

That if a company doesn't want publishers discussing how good its game is before release (i.e. free advertising), it's probably not very good.

about two weeks ago
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Satellites Spot Hidden Villages In Amazon

kwiqsilver Re:contact (84 comments)

Doesn't the Amazon Prime Directive require us to make contact within two days?

about three weeks ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

kwiqsilver Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (529 comments)

Because the cause of most gang violence is the war on drugs. End that and the violence will plummet, just like it did after they ended alcohol prohibition 80 years ago.

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

kwiqsilver Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (529 comments)

We have about 350M guns. We have about 330M people. Apparently wherever you're from, they don't teach math skills.

3.6 murders / 100k is pretty damn low. But most of those are drug crime related. Our rate drops by over 50% when not including drug crime, as I said. Apparently wherever you're from, they don't teach reading skills.

The FBI crime statistics from 1993 to 2013 show a clear drop in US violent crime and murder rates, while we've dramatically pushed back gun control. Apparently that's nonsense to you, because it doesn't support your preconceived notions. Just go back to sticking your fingers in your ears and yelling "La la la la la...".

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

kwiqsilver Re:Oh noes! Strategic Syrup Alert! (529 comments)

Here's one. And there are plenty more out there. The Clackamas mall shooting was one. The US media doesn't cover them as much, because the body counts tend to be low, and they don't fit the narrative of "guns are evil".

It's not a good idea to lie in such absolute terms, when the internet can so easily prove you wrong.

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

kwiqsilver Re:Oh noes! Strategic Syrup Alert! (529 comments)

...so what ya be needing a gun for?

How about self defense against against a nut job on a killing spree? The least successful spree killers in the US have all been stopped by an armed civilian, not a government employee.

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

kwiqsilver Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (529 comments)

Except for the bans on carrying a gun, using a gun, owning certain guns, owning normal sized magazines, etc.

And apparently that gun control doesn't work out so well.

In the US, we have the highest gun:citizen ratio (over 1.0), and if we don't count gangland violence (which our history with alcohol prohibition shows is caused by the illegal drug trade, and independent of gun ownership), we have one of the lowest violent crime rates and murder rates in the world. And both of those rates have plummeted in the past 20 years as we've repealed gun control, while Canada's has gone up over the past 20 years as they've piled on the gun control.

about a month ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

kwiqsilver Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (342 comments)

I thought about the separate line, but there'd be a lot of people who go straight to the ice line, causing backups while the ice salesman explained the setup. And it would create an extra unnecessary step, when lines are short.

I propose the In-n-Out drive through solution: When lines get long, have a salesman walk down the line taking pre-orders. He takes the cash, and gives the customer a number of ice tokens (it's Nevada, so they should be able to find a local company that can provide high quality casino-style chips that are hard to forge). Then when the customer gets to the head of the line he plops down N tokens and takes N bags of ice away.

about a month ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

kwiqsilver Re:Overly broad? (422 comments)

Is it real sugar or HFCS?

I've seen other studies that claim a much stronger link between HFCS and diabetes than between cane sugar and diabetes.

about a month ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

kwiqsilver Re:Ugh.. (187 comments)

Think of it like a piñata that drops millions of dollars every time you hit it.

I wouldn't let go of the stick, until they yanked it from my hands.

about a month ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

kwiqsilver Re:To quote TBBT (187 comments)

They should get Adrian Grenier to star as Aquaman.

It couldn't make it any more of a flop, and it would at least have some comedic value.

about a month ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

kwiqsilver Re:Whales? (152 comments)

Orcas are part of the oceanic dolphin family, which is part of the toothed whale sub order.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

kwiqsilver Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

What's a Mac Mini Retina?

Since the Mac Mini doesn't come with any sort of display, I'm assuming you just plugged the display port cable straight into your own retina.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

kwiqsilver If you're lucky (392 comments)

When I was at PayPal, there was a senior manager there (he was a director by the time I left) with a French literature degree. But he got lucky by knowing the right guy at the right time.

Kinda like how not all Harvard drop outs start billion dollar companies.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

kwiqsilver Definitely! (392 comments)

Tech workers drink a lot of caffeine. Somebody needs to work the counter at Starbucks.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

kwiqsilver I feel so dirty... (610 comments)

I should take my Mac into the shower to wash away any remaining traces...but that might void the warranty.

about 2 months ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

kwiqsilver Phew! (123 comments)

I was worried for a minute. But now I know I'll be okay.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

kwiqsilver Re:Real Programmers don't use GC (637 comments)

Java doesn't need destructors, but it's a pain in the ass to have to call close() on everything that maintains open resources, and a possible source of bugs. I had a memory leak last week in Java, because a JDBC connection wasn't getting closed properly. With a destructor, as soon as it hit the closing curly brace, it would automatically close. That is a superior design. And because the destruction happens in a deterministic way, as soon as the object leaves scope, there are so many wonderful tricks you can use it for. I like tools that make writing good code easier.
The overhead of malloc & free is predictable and lower. A garbage collector has to scan all of its object, determine which to free, and free them. Free or delete just frees the appropriate memory immediately. Also, the GC wastes the unused memory between the time it is no longer used and the GC frees it. With a reference counting design, the memory is freed immediately.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

kwiqsilver Re:Real Programmers don't use GC (637 comments)

Outlandish, unsupported claims are responsible for 90% at least of the garbage on the internet.
shared_ptr can eliminate virtually all memory leaks while avoiding the two annoyances of GC languages: the GC overhead, and the lack of destructors (the thing that bothers me most about doing Java development).

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

kwiqsilver Yes (637 comments)

1. Yes.
2. Learn some lower level languages like assembler, C, or C++. Even if you don't use the techniques, understanding them will give you a better understanding of what's going on in your Java programs.

about 4 months ago

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