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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

smithmc Re:Uhhh (903 comments)

There's probably a cheaper car out there somewhere that maybe they should have bought instead. People should not live outside their means.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

smithmc COBOL (387 comments)

Yeesh. My school taught COBOL and FORTRAN, but only for non-CS majors. ME students had to take FORTRAN IIRC, but CS majors couldn't receive credit for either course. CS majors started with Pascal and went from there into C, C++ and assembly (Java wasn't a thing yet).

about a week ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

smithmc Not speed or RAM etc., but... (252 comments)

What matters to me these days is display size and resolution. Ideally, around 4.5-4.7" with at least 720p resolution. Most phones are getting too big, and the display resolutions are getting ridiculous.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

smithmc Re: Trendy != popular (387 comments)

Indeed. In fact, a lot of the guts of HFT systems are implemented in hardware - TCP/IP stacks implemented in FPGAs and such.

about two weeks ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

smithmc Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

The various services of government cost more than most people would be able to afford in use taxes. To have the society we have today, the poor need to be subsidized by the wealthy. That's what progressive taxation is about.

about two weeks ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

smithmc Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

Corporations rarely do things because they're "the right thing to do" - unless one defines "the right thing to do" as "whatever maximizes shareholder value". Corporations are not moral; people are moral. And corporations are not people, people.

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

smithmc Re:Coming to a plane journey (170 comments)

There is some research that suggests that Ebola Zaire can transmit from monkeys to pigs without contact, and could possibly be transmitted from pigs to humans. One farm worker is believed to have contracted Ebola Reston (which is not lethal to humans) from an infected pig.

about 2 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

smithmc Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

The term "believe" can be interpreted in different ways too. To "believe in a global free market economy" can mean:

  • "to be of the opinion that a global free market economy exists", or
  • "to be of the opinion that a global free market economy ought to exist, and/or would be a good thing".

about 2 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

smithmc Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Then you should start by proving the belief to be false, because (at least in this case) it is not obviously false. Maybe, if you believe that it is obviously false, then it says something about you...

about 2 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

smithmc Re:Its even worse than we thought (552 comments)

So let's just all shoot ourselves in the head now. Or... maybe... we could expend some brain power figuring out how to live longer and, y'know, not die so soon.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

smithmc Re:We're sorry we got caught? (401 comments)

Haven't you heard? Corporations can do emotions now. At least I assume so; since they can be religious, I assume they can at least do guilt, shame, and self-righteousness.

about 2 months ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

smithmc Re:Livin' in the USA (424 comments)

No one puts a gun to your head and makes you eat at Applebee's or Olive Garden. Get a real job, earn some real money, and eat at some real restaurants (of which the US has plenty).

about 2 months ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

smithmc Re:Barbara Streisand award (424 comments)

Oh, c'mon. It's not like being stupid and needlessly litigious is a uniquely French thing.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

smithmc Re: Rather far north. (151 comments)

French Guiana is not a colony of France. It is a departement d'outre-mer, with the same legal status and participation in French government as any of the continental departements. It is analogous to the relationship Hawaii has to the United States, with full statehood and participation in US government.

about 3 months ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

smithmc Re:My biases, let me show you them (415 comments)

My first language in college was Pascal. It's not a bad choice IMO. In part, perhaps, because it is a (pretty much) *dead* language - sort of like Latin for programming languages. Which means you *can't* get stuck on it, you *have to* move on to other languages. One disadvantage is that it may not be rich enough to use to teach concepts found in more modern languages, like objects/classes (although there are OO extensions for Pascal), maps/dictionaries, etc.

about 3 months ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

smithmc Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

OK, then, what should the teaching language be? What language would be better for teaching basic concepts and principles of programming, e.g. algorithms, data structures, control flow, events, etc.? Assembly language for MOS6502, perhaps?

about 3 months ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

smithmc Re:So it's ok to kill US soldiers? (242 comments)

I wasn't referring to any side. But to answer your question... well, I'm not sure I can. Certainly it was understandable for the Iraqi military to fight back against the US invasion. But as for terrorists/insurgents... are they necessarily acting on behalf of or under the orders of their country? Are they legitimate war combatants? Hard to say. There is a government in Iraq, for whatever it's worth, and any attacks on an invading or occupying force should, it seems to me, occur at their behest.

about 3 months ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

smithmc Re:hexagonal? (139 comments)

But it doesn't address the 27 degree angle screen. Round is the only way to go.

about 3 months ago

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smithmc smithmc writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm supposed to be headed off this weekend to sunny Narrowsburg, NY for a "canoeing" (read: golf drink golf drink drink drink) trip with a couple hundred of my closest friends, but it's not sunny, it's damp and wet outside and it's supposed to be all weekend. So instead I'll be rebuilding a server and sleeping a lot. Thus the "arrgh" bit.

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Hmm... what's this?

smithmc smithmc writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hmm, a Web accessible journal or "blog" thingy, just for logging into /. Could this be useful? More or less useful than, say, a Wiki (which I'd have to host myself, though). Well, anyway.

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