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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

scottnix Step 2. (218 comments)

Convince the career politicians.
Step 3. Convince the tax payers.
There is no step 4.

about 5 months ago

Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

scottnix Dark Souls (180 comments)

.. is a recipe for busted keyboards, peeled off mouse buttons, broken monitors, and bloody knuckles.

about 5 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

scottnix Re:Long before that (1037 comments)

That's because Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy don't:
1) Indoctrinate young children to believe they're superior to non-believers.
2) In exchange for their fealty, offers an answer to what happens after death.
3) Provide a set of rules to strive to live by.
4) Give absolution to those with the foresight to repent before they die.

about 5 months ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

scottnix No. (667 comments)

Because Cosmos is a science show.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

scottnix Re:No Offense (379 comments)

As opposed to what? A manager?
Fuck that noise.

about 6 months ago

Code Combat: Free, Open Source, Multiplayer Programming Lessons

scottnix Missing something (30 comments)

Programming is fun. Being able to wield the power to create whatever is on my mind is fun; I can't imagine needing a game to make it more so.
These programming games all make me think they're encouraging people who have no business programming to program.

It's almost like they're saying "Hey, you, kid, this is just like a video game! Come play it. Programming is like a video game."
It's not like a video game. It's something so very much more. I think true programmers, the ones we want writing code for the next 30 years, wouldn't need this shit to get interested.

about 6 months ago

Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

scottnix Feynman (172 comments)

This reminds me of what Richard Feynman went through while investigating the Shuttle Discovery disaster.
They made a movie about it:

about 6 months ago

In Ukraine, Cyber War With Russia Heating Up

scottnix A little perspective please... (256 comments)

I love technology. I'd like nothing more than to spend all my time on my computer. That being said, I think it's pointless and more than a little tasteless to focus on hacked websites and downed mobile phones when people are literally dying in the streets.

Why not talk about the origins of the crisis? Last I checked, getting really deep into politics and history is nerdy too.

about 6 months ago

Google Nabs Bing Maps Architect

scottnix Re:Not just Windows 8 (94 comments)

I'm using 2013 now. They smartened up and added more color to most of the icons. It's an improvement but still no VS 2008.

about 9 months ago

The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

scottnix Maybe. But it will come back soon. (453 comments)

The reason desktop sales has slumped isn't just because of competing devices and the cloud. It's because there hasn't been a compelling reason to get new hardware for a long time. The reason is simple: game consoles. In the last 13 years, PC games have taken a very different course than the previous 20 years. For the better part of the 80s and 90s PC games were targeted solely at PCs. For the last 13 years game publishers have targeted Xbox[360], Playstation[2/3], as well as the PC with the very same titles. This caused them to focus on the lowest common denominator hardware; consoles. This had the unhappy affect of holding back their developers from writing games to fully utilize the PC. Therefor PC gamers didn't need to upgrade their computers with the same frequency as they did the previous 20 years. This caused a gigantic PC sales slump. I see a very large increase in PC sales in the next few years due to new lowest common denominator: Xbox One and Playstation 4.

about 9 months ago

Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

scottnix Re:Let me get this straight (332 comments)

I'd guess that C was in style back in '91. It's not about style. It's about there being better tools for the job in 2013. It's about unreasonable adherence to old standards because of pure ignorance. I'm talking C++/11 and 14 not JavaScript. I'm saying if you want to pique the interest of college kids, let them write in the language they learned to use in school - C++.

about 10 months ago

Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

scottnix Let me get this straight (332 comments)

I'd have to learn a code base developed by near-religious zealots, written in a language 20 years beyond chic only to be treated like a small minded idiot when I make mistakes? I've quit *well paying* development gigs because they met only one of those criteria. There's no way I'd go through that for free. Not for all the resume fodder on Earth.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

scottnix Second to estimation (473 comments)

A distant second to development time estimation is when I'm working for a place that requires class and or worse, pseudo code level design. I would almost always rather do a functional spec or similar higher level design then just start cranking out code, making changes as needed.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

scottnix Estimation (473 comments)

By far the hardest part of my job as a professional software developer is estimating how long a feature will take to develop.

about 10 months ago

If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

scottnix If in fact it is dying... (577 comments)

I wish it would get the fuck on with it. Type erasure.

about a year ago

Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords

scottnix Windows 8 (234 comments)

I like the way Windows 8 addressed this problem. They added a button that looks like an eye on the right hand side of the password field to show the password as you've typed it. That seems like a better compromise than briefly showing the password characters.

about a year ago

Hacker Skips SimCity Full-Time Network Requirement

scottnix Edited the game code? (303 comments)

Doing DirectX in JavaScript must be fun. This must mean the Chrome port of SimCity is just around the corner.

about a year and a half ago

Fedora 18 Installer: Counterintuitive and Confusing?

scottnix Xubutu (458 comments)

Try it. The LiveCD based installer is really good. I've run it a number of times on different hardware and Virtual Machines and haven't had a problem yet. Also, the desktop doesn't suck like Gnome 3some or KDEsaster.

about a year and a half ago


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