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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

rumpledoll And get off my lawn! (840 comments)

You damn kids. Harumph.

about three weeks ago

Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

rumpledoll Android is winning! (105 comments)

But it is!

about 2 months ago

Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

rumpledoll Empire! (134 comments)

I was a CS undergrad and never used the Plato system for structured learning, but played many an enjoyable hour in the basement of the CS building on a Plato terminal playing Empire. Was the best Star Trek game back in the day. Fantastic game for its day, and very fun after spending uncounted hours hacking some assigned programming task into shape.

about 2 months ago

Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

rumpledoll Forgets Google Flu failures (186 comments)

The 100,000 is a nonsense number pulled out of his posterior. I have a number just as good: 0. Larry Page forgets the wild miss of Google Flu these past years: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/...

about 7 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

rumpledoll Good riddance to bigots like this jerk (1746 comments)

Just as we shouldn't and wouldn't tolerate someone who actively promotes that miscegenation laws are a good thing, we shouldn't tolerate a homophobic bigot like this jerk. Our society has moved beyond this. Don't let the door hit you in the arse, buddy.

about 10 months ago

Hacking Charisma

rumpledoll Charlatan (242 comments)

Much like the psychic who never seems to be able to hit the lottery numbers and become wealthy, Olivia appears to have none of the qualities of which she purports to teach, besides being a charlatan that appeals to the pointy haired bosses of the world looking for that silver bullet.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

rumpledoll A medal, parade and a full pardon (822 comments)

A medal, parade and a full pardon. Plus his country's thanks for being a shining example of a true patriot.

1 year,2 days

Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

rumpledoll Why believe this? (248 comments)

Given that the reports of the Snowden NSA documents indicate that the NSA worked with willing private sector companies, why should anyone believe that this is nothing more than a public relations push by Google? I think Google is trying to restore trust by appearing to be doing something while in fact being just as open and cooperative with the NSA as it has always been. I will believe that there is some pushback by private companies when there are actual public (not secret) court cases brought by the government to force them to do something. Until then I call shenanigans.

about a year ago

Uber Tip-Skimming Allegations Could Spark National Class Action

rumpledoll Re:How is that an "upshot"? (167 comments)

The point is that a) Uber is stealing tips from the drivers and needs to be punitively punished and the behavior stopped and b) there is so much malfeasance by companies doing this sort of thing that one can make a career out of stopping them from shafting working people. That is the outrage. And yes, the bad actor in this case is Uber and their stealing, not the people trying to set it aright. Dimwit.

about a year and a half ago

Craig Mundie Blames Microsoft's Product Delays On Cybercrime

rumpledoll Whiney jerk (182 comments)

What a whiney rant to cover up his own malfeasance.

more than 2 years ago

Irish Man's Death Ruled Spontaneous Combustion

rumpledoll No source of ignition except a fireplace? WTF (224 comments)

From the article "Forensic experts found that a fire in the fireplace of the sitting room where the badly burnt body was found, had not been the cause of the blaze that killed Mr Faherty.". Yet we the investigator has no clue how the body could have caught fire. Geez.

more than 3 years ago

The NYT Imagines Life After Earth

rumpledoll Re:My take on Doomsday from a market perspective (271 comments)

"If the rocks are small enough, they burn up in the atmosphere. And even if the rocks remaining don't completely disintegrate in the sky, their impact on the ground, while causing loss of life in particular, will be so limited as to not cause loss of life in general."

Unfortuantely no. The issue is energy. The kinetic energy of the impactor has to go somewhere, and since it's hitting the Earth, all the energy is transfered to the Earth. With large impactors this will cause enough heating to bring about the conflagration of the biomass of the planet, or a large percentage thereof.

The other issue is that these damn things are so huge, our nuclear arsenels don't have enough umph to break up the solid ones, not to mention that the numerious "rubble pile" astreriods and comets are fantastically resistent (read completely immune) to this sort of effect.

Nukes are not the answer to cosmic impactors, not because tree hugging nuts don't like them, but because they won't work. Taking ones science from Hollywood is a mistake.

more than 8 years ago


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