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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

miller701 Dave Cutler (232 comments)

I thought Dave Cutler was still at Microsoft..

about two weeks ago

Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

miller701 This is fun .. (368 comments)

I saw this headline last night and my son (Minecraft fan). He said "Wow, so Google is buying Minecraft?"
"No, not Google, Microsoft"
"Well, who are they?"

We've been an Apple/Mac house since before he was born, so I guess I'm going to have to put in terms he'll understand

"They make Xbox"

about three weeks ago

Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

miller701 Re:Prevailing winds? (212 comments)

Yeah. Sorry, I flipped the cities around Chernobyl's east of Dresden

about 1 month ago

Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

miller701 Prevailing winds? (212 comments)

Wouldn't the prevailing winds (west to east as far as I know) in Saxony have inhibited the drift of radiation from Chernobyl? Dresden for example is over 700 miles East of Chernobyl.

about 1 month ago

Supervalu Becomes Another Hacking Victim

miller701 First Target, now this? (27 comments)

What's going on with picking' on our nice Minnesota retailers? I guess Best Buy is next!

about a month and a half ago

Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

miller701 Roger Ebert (71 comments)

would have liked to have one I'd guess.

about 2 months ago

Oracle Buying Micros Systems For $5.3 Billion

miller701 Re:And, of course ... (71 comments)

Our Micros install runs a MS SQL DB so I guess they will be changing that for the next version.

about 3 months ago

GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

miller701 Re:My favorite part... (307 comments)

This has been my viewpoint, it (defects/#cars sold) must be staggeringly low. That said, I would guess there must also be a lot of non-reported incidents too. Hopefully, big corporations have statisticians/data mining to look into that sort of thing.

When I heard I heard the engineer/designer changed the device without changing the part number (part#12253-1, part#12253a, etc), I said to myself that it's very unlikely the non-changing part number was mandated from above. It sounds like someone covering his/her butt.

about 4 months ago

Geophysicists Discover How Rocks Produce Magnetic Pulses

miller701 Re:Animals? (72 comments)

It's hard to believe that would be enough pressure.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

miller701 Re:painted into a corner... (403 comments)

Chekov wasn't added to make some sort of point about All humans working together, the network just wanted someone who looked like Davey Jones

about 4 months ago

Some Users Find Swype Keyboard App Makes 4000+ Location Requests Per Day

miller701 Bad Design? (191 comments)

Why doesn't the OS keep track it it's moving of not (all those wonderful sensors) and then have the app ask the OS for the location? If it's sitting on my desk, it shouldn't need to check it's location every 24 seconds.

about 5 months ago

This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

miller701 Re:Sci-Fi? (276 comments)

Kubrick, brilliant film maker that he was, had AC Clarke backing him up. that's why it's realistic.

about 6 months ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

miller701 Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (512 comments)

I think you're missing a big point. In Darmok their language doesn't even have a concept for "You" or "are"

about 6 months ago

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

miller701 Re:Troi (512 comments)

I liked Troi a lot better when she went with the standard SF uniform in the last 2 or so seasons

about 6 months ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

miller701 Re: Walmart employees, rejoice! (455 comments)

That's not necessarily the case. To cite one example, our Walmart has the same brand of locally made frozen pizzas the other local supermarkets have. the Target by me doesn't, but it's a smaller Target.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

miller701 Re:As usual, Outlook is conspicuous... (184 comments)

I like the OWA app, it works well for a lot of my work flow when I'm away from the office.

about 6 months ago

NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

miller701 Re:NASA's attempt at Case Modding (127 comments)

No, but they were made by Maidenform, a women's undergarment manufacturer.

about 6 months ago

Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

miller701 Re:Evolution (497 comments)

You make an excellent point. Giraffes also have the same type of selection pressures. People assumed that giraffes had long necks because it allows them to reach higher leaves. There's some truth to that but it's also true that male giraffes compete by pushing each other with their necks.

Anyone seeing a giraffe eat would make the first assumption, only someone seeing male giraffes during rut would notice the second.

Unlike the peacock, the long or thick neck may not hamper a male giraffe's viability

about 7 months ago


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