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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

random coward Re:MATLAB! WTF!?!?? (415 comments)

Digging further than the fine article to the blog that it was based on. It appears that the methodology of the study is wrong for what it purports. There were multiple languages and courses from each school; It speaks as if this is the intro for CSC majors, and then adds CSC courses that wont go towards a CSC degree; I.E. programming for engineers with matlab at Georgia Tech for example.

about a month and a half ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

random coward MATLAB! WTF!?!?? (415 comments)

In The Fine Article aparently about 7 of the top 39 CSC colleges introduce programming with MATLAB.

That's disturbing.

about a month and a half ago
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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

random coward Re:And once they have learned all they can? (80 comments)

This is a bigger problem in the US than in Japan. This is good to see someone coming up with a solution. The problems are that there aren't any good employees to get for these jobs with these compentancies. There has to be a way to bring up newer people to get a path to being the masters. The technology allows a small number of very good employees to run everything, but how do you bring up new employees to that level when they retire?

The US is having this problem all over: for example we can't get workers qualified to work on hoover dam and the current workers are all about to retire.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

random coward Re:Zebra F402 (712 comments)

+1 on the F701.
I modified my F701 to use the pushbutton and front cone from an F402. It is an almost perfect pen; only stainless steel shows.
You can also modify it to take the fischer space pen refills but I really don't like the way they write. The zebra writes very well.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Who Failed to Warn of Quake Found Guilty of Manslaughter

random coward Re:Accountability (459 comments)

Ah but here's the rub; these scientists do control whether they make predictions or not. They made negligent predictions. They should be held responsible for those. If their job requires them to be responsible for something outside their abilities or competence than ethics requires them to resign, even, or rather, especially, if they think it is impossible to do

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Who Failed to Warn of Quake Found Guilty of Manslaughter

random coward Re:Accountability (459 comments)

With no scientists around, they could just sacrifice a virgin to the volcano gods and that would prevent the earthquakes.

Well that would only lead to one dead virgin instead of the 300 dead in Italy. Regardless of what you think scientists don't design buildings, unless they're architects and engineers as well. If they did they'd be arrested for practicing engineering without a license. If an Engineer signs off on a building design and it fails in an earthquake when it shouldn't, believe me he's going to be held liable. But if he's a scientist, well, they can't be held liable for their practice, because hey Its SCIENCE! Its not like they told everyone to not worry when the people in the area were getting scared and deciding to leave, oh wait that's exactly what happened!

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Who Failed to Warn of Quake Found Guilty of Manslaughter

random coward Re:Accountability (459 comments)

Good; people will be much better off when they aren't paying these scientists for science that isn't helping them. Maybe with the savings they can upgrade buildings to be more earthquake resistant.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Best Setup a School Internet Filter?

random coward Make Facebook Block you! (454 comments)

Use your bandwith to launch spam, DOS, and other attacks at facebook and wait for them to block your ip addresses. Then problem is solved!

about 2 years ago
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Little Health Risk Seen From Fukushima's Radioactivity

random coward I'm having trouble believing anything they say now (201 comments)

After all the lies during the events I have serious doubts about anything coming from official sources there. Its like listing to Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf and thinking "oh yes he has to be telling the truth this time".


"There is little health risks from the Fukashima reactor anamoly"


This is really disgusting because it damages the viability of nuclear power, and that is a resource we should be expanding and modernizing and not getting rid of.

more than 2 years ago
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Designing the World's Tiniest Manned Suborbital Vehicle

random coward Re:You WILL watch... (153 comments)

Did you miss the Space-X launch last night?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Wrist Watch For the Tech Minded

random coward Re:Mechanical watch (466 comments)

ECO drive batteries will wear out too. The Vostok will outlast them both.

more than 2 years ago
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Interview With TSA Screener Reveals 'Fatal Flaws'

random coward Depends on definition of recently, but try 1946 (582 comments)

Try 1946,so yes it has been used recently. But in reality the knowledge that the people are armed is often enough to keep the deviant politicians in line; thus their repeated attempts to attack it, like "Fast and Furious".

more than 2 years ago
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Best Buy Closing 50 Stores

random coward Firing their customers (407 comments)

So how is that "firing customers" they don't want thing working for them?

more than 2 years ago
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Smart Meters Wreaking Havoc With Home Electronics

random coward Re:It's not really a big deal. (375 comments)

I'm sure the US FCC is so looking forward to dealing with one of her majesties subjects. MM is a UK callsign.

more than 2 years ago
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CCP Deconstructs EVE Online's Microtransaction Missteps

random coward It gets worse... (106 comments)

Its even worse than that.
Its tied to the playstation3. It will be coming out at the end of the PS3 lifecycle.

Who is going to buy a game that is supposed to be a persistent shooter on a platform that is at end of life? If CCP sticks with PS3 play on their expansions then they loose the new/better factor of the PS4, go to PS4 and people are pissed they can't play the game they just bought last year. Play on both and its crappy for everyone...

Then the tie in to EVE is very risky. To many dust players vs. eve players and not enough for them to do, not enough dust players and hard to accomplish stuff in eve. Wars slow done in eve dusties get bored. Dusties start leaving eve players have harder time fighting wars.

Anyone think CCP is smart enough to solve these problems on their first release?

more than 2 years ago
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CCP Deconstructs EVE Online's Microtransaction Missteps

random coward He showed players the door! (106 comments)

CCP showed their players the door. Literally.
When you turn off the amazingly resource hungry, badly designed, captains closet, the game literally shows you the door. And those nice Icelandic folk still don't understand that "showing someone the door" is an american idiom for kicking them out. There were so many stupid idiotic mistakes in this release that clearly showed the pure incompetence of CCP. If, as seems likely, they were as incompatent with their money, and with the Iceland/EU and EU monetary issues they're likely to go bankrupt soon.

more than 2 years ago
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Big Brother Calls 'Shotgun' In Illinois

random coward Re:No battery in I-PASS (475 comments)

"we want more revenue selling new transponders to previous purchasers"

more than 2 years ago

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