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Head of MS Research On Special Projects, Google X and Win 9

scumdamn Re:Windows 9 may be sooner (71 comments)

You can just stick with Windows 7 for a long ass time. I don't have any plans to move away from it since it works fine with any hardware out there.

about 4 months ago

Coding Bootcamps Already 1/8th the Size of CS Undergraduates

scumdamn Re:do we need more shitty scripters? (92 comments)

I don't understand pointers. I mean, I read about them about 15 years ago when I was playing with C and C++ For Dummies but I don't feel like I understand them enough. I also pretty much deal with Javascript when I code and I use JQuery instead of vanilla javascript as well. Does that mean I'm just a shitty scripter?

I mean, I never even went to a bootcamp so I probably know less about scripting than the graduates of said camps even though I've been doing web shit for a few years now. Am I worthless? What if I told you I troubleshoot other people's code and optimize it for them? What if I said I can get shit to work in Internet Explorer when other people can't? Or that I'm building a shopping website now for a decently large company and that I'm stuck using SharePoint 2013 to do it due to management's decisions? Am I still shitty?

Maybe people in bootcamps aren't all Ruby bros. I have a self-development goal that I have to meet and I might consider some BS like a bootcamp if I can't just claim all the on the job learning I do. Maybe people who know something about the web or coding take these bootcamps because they want to learn the language better. It seems elitist to call anybody who takes those classes a shitty scripter or a dumbass kid. I'm definitely not a kid and I don't think I'm terribly shitty. I think I come up with novel solutions that work.

about 5 months ago

Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

scumdamn Re:Helps but not a complete solution. (953 comments)

We have Medisoft running in Windows XP Mode under Windows 7 right now. It works like a champ. It's only compatible with XP so we waited a long time to upgrade but we finally did it with a virtual machine and Windows 7.

about a year ago

AMD Releases Radeon HD 7790 Midrange Enthusiast Graphics Card

scumdamn This is a pretty bad article. (2 comments)

PC Mag is providing an extremely limited set of benchmarks to rush the review out. Anandtech does a much better job here.

about a year and a half ago

Cliff Bleszinski: vote with your dollars

scumdamn You don't even haave to vote with your dollars. (5 comments)

Many games are free to play with a microtransaction model that is totally optional. EA is a leader in trying to make microtransactions required to complete the game or acquire items. Neither Valve or Riot games allow you to buy power or require you to pay money to play games. Valve's "Engagement Ring" was a joke product that is only cosmetic. Cliffy B is full of shit in this case.

about a year and a half ago

Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

scumdamn Re:Linus Torvalds is his own worst enemy (786 comments)

Android likely has a bigger install base than any Linux distro out there. It's extremely successful. Also, Linus decides what goes into the kernel. The rest of the OS isn't under his control but he does get to ultimately decide what goes in the kernel.

about a year and a half ago

Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

scumdamn Re:Linus Torvalds is his own worst enemy (786 comments)

I don't think the desktop is terribly important now that mobile and tablets have exploded. The desktop isn't growing anymore. The notebook is taking over that market and tablets and smartphones are expanding like crazy. The Linux kernel owns those markets. Why give a fuck about the desktop anymore?

about a year and a half ago

Does Even Amazing Partisan Tech Deserve Applause?

scumdamn Re: What Amazing Techniques? (209 comments)

This is not what the campaign did. This is simple micro targeting. The campaign A/B tested appeals to voters, focused on GOTV, bought their ads intelligently (targeting tv shows their demographic watched, etc. They made sophisticated use of the Web and built many of their tools in-house.

about 2 years ago

USPS Reports $15.9 Billion Loss, Asks Congress For Help

scumdamn Re:Mass Mail (473 comments)

Today I learned that old people and poor people don't use snail mail. Thanks for the lesson.

about 2 years ago

Petraeus agrees to testify to Congress

scumdamn The summary makes no sense. (2 comments)

What does that have to do with the story and how can this public scandal be seen as anything other than a huge embarassment for everybody involved? There was no strategy here by any means.

about 2 years ago

Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

scumdamn Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (1163 comments)

It's not the media's fault. It's the "first past the post" voting system that's in place all the way from the bottom to the top. That's why there are two dominant parties. Until that's changed votes for a third party cannabalize votes that would go to one of the major party candidates and hurt their chances to be elected (see Gore, Al).

about 2 years ago

All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

scumdamn Re:Why Nate? (576 comments)

It's because of what he offers in addition to the model. The color commentary, explanation of why things change from day to day and analysis of individual polling firms after the fact. I was paying attention to him from the start (2008 primaries on Daily Kos) and he does a great job of explaining things to the layman.

about 2 years ago

All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

scumdamn Re:But when? (576 comments)

This was the case in 2010. Many progressive blogs thought the turnout numbers would be much more Democratic than they were because party ID changed so much in two years. You have to trust the poll aggregates and I believe they have learned their lesson since. Let's see if the Republican pundits and publications do the same or if they declare 2014 a sea change and the beginning of a Republican ascendency just because typically Democratice constituencies don't turn out like Republican constituencies in off-years.

about 2 years ago

U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

scumdamn Re:TX - Voted EARLY with no problems (821 comments)

Voting early is awesome in Texas and especially Travis county. We really want people to vote around here. You can vote in any of the locations for weeks ahead of the election.

about 2 years ago

AMD Licenses 64-bit Processor Design From ARM

scumdamn Re:The fat lady is singing (213 comments)

You mean like how Ford and Mazda worked together on engine design? Or how they collaborated with Audi? The Mazda 3, Focus, and S40 shared the same platform.

Really, what was your point again?

about 2 years ago

Slashdot Anniversary: Austin, TX, US

scumdamn Good get together (10 comments)

I'm so frigging mortified that I dropped Tim's phone, though. Tim, let me know if it stopped working or anything. That was so embarrassing.

about 2 years ago

Intel CEO Tells Staff Windows 8 Is Being Released Prematurely

scumdamn Re:one bug I noticed in developer preview (269 comments)

I don't think it's quite so much a problem for the "computer illiterate" as it is for power users who use computers quite often. I want a crap load of windows open and accessible via the taskbar. I want my normal icons and crap. I want to arrange more than three windows on a screen and to use multiple monitors easily. Windows 8 annoys me and I'm not a fan of it so I'll just hoard Win7 licenses.

about 2 years ago

Study Finds Frequent Gaming Changes Your Brain

scumdamn Re:Old news... (171 comments)

Or "Butterfly Effect" to see how your brain changed when you travel into the past.

more than 2 years ago


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