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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

wytten Hmmph. Keep asking 'why'. (127 comments)

To paraphrase Feynman, all accurate science is good science because despite how meaningless you may think your findings are, someone in the future may come along and do something wonderful with them. Keep asking 'why'.

about a month ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

wytten Summer school (623 comments)

I learned in summer school in the 1970's on the old MECC timeshare system in Minnesota.
My kids are now a product of the same school district, and due to a changed world, summer school
offerings are now limited to remedial courses, and so they have less opportunity to learn programming
at school than I did.

about a year ago
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USPS To Launch Line of Smart Clothing

wytten They need a catchy slogan (206 comments)

Since they are trying to strengthen their brand awareness, they should have a catchy advertising slogan for this new clothing line.
I'd suggest "Go postal!"

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Really Short Time Wasters?

wytten A hand of bridge (279 comments)

A hand of bridge is a good choice, because each is like a puzzle to solve.
I keep alive an old Handspring Visor PDA for this sole purpose.
Don't tie up the bathroom stall when people are waiting though :)

about a year and a half ago
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Surface Pro Sold Out; Was It Just Understocked?

wytten Color me skeptical (413 comments)

All the pro-Surface stories I've seen over the last few months don't pass the sniff test.
They all give me the impression that MS marketing is pulling out all the stops for this one,
sensing serious implications if they fail.

about a year and a half ago
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MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

wytten Re:Who cares? Boolean opperators are broken. (513 comments)

(It has already been pointed out that Google moved the old behavior into what they call "Verbatim search", found under "Search tools")
I agree with your sentiment--IMHO this is telling of changes within Google. Geeks drove Google to the top of the search engine precisely
because of the ability to locate only exactly what you want. Apparently within Google the marketers have wrested control from the techies, falling into the "more search results must be better" trap.

about a year and a half ago
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Has Lego Sold Out?

wytten My experience as a father (425 comments)

My 15 year old stopped with the legos about 3 years ago (I will always remember the day he had $20 of birthday money to spend and ultimately chose a CD instead)
At least in our house, after one of the fancy kits got built once, the instructions were promptly lost or eaten by the dog, and all the legos ended up in 1 giant bin. Then the real fun started (the creative part)

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hackable Portable Music Player For Helicopters?

wytten Re:Apple isn't anti-open source (158 comments)

To answer my own question, it appears that you can install on real devices provided you pay the $99/year fee. Still rubs me the wrong way as it seems like an artificial restriction that I can't run what I wrote on what I bought without giving apple more cash.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hackable Portable Music Player For Helicopters?

wytten Re:Apple isn't anti-open source (158 comments)

Are you sure? Last time I looked into this, you could write the software using an emulator but the only way to actually get it onto any device (including your own) was via the app store approval process.

more than 2 years ago
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'The Hobbit' Pub Threatened With Lawsuit

wytten Look it up (388 comments)

Zaentz can't dance, but he'll steal your money
Watch him or he'll rob you blind

more than 2 years ago
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'Honey Stick' Project Tracks Fate of Lost Smartphones

wytten I tried returning a lost phone...once. (222 comments)

About 10 years ago I was driving along a gravel road in rural Minnesota and spotted a phone in the road.
During the first few hours I made a point of answering this phone so that I could get the word out that
the owner's phone had been lost. Almost without exception the people who called refused to believe that
I wasn't the owner of the phone playing some trick on them. Then I was accused of stealing the phone
and later of wanting money for its return. Seriously, I was verbally attacked by these morons for simply
trying to arrange a place for its return. Eventually I told one of these people which gas station I was leaving
it at, and simply left it there with a confused cashier. The whole experience was surreal; I felt like I had been
sucked into this person's life. It would make a good movie plot I think. Needless to say when I see an apparently
lost phone now, I just ignore it and walk away.

more than 2 years ago
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King's Dark Tower Series To Be Adapted For Film, TV

wytten Re:Never read (238 comments)

If you like Stephen King, and don't mind reading long serials while getting the feeling that nothing will ever be resolved to your satisfaction, I'd say go for it.
In my case I gave up after a book or two because I personally don't like the feeling that nothing will ever be resolved to your satisfaction.

more than 4 years ago
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Should Developers Have Access To Production?

wytten Re:Everyone agrees... (402 comments)

Agreed, and I think it depends on your environment and what type of staff you have and how qualified they are.
For example, if a required service has moved to some other TCP port and production is down because of it, you can wait hours
for a solution, or a well-qualified and trusted developer can edit the port setting in the deployed code and get everything
back up in minutes.

more than 3 years ago
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How To Behave At a Software Company?

wytten Commit early and often (842 comments)

Don't wait until immediately before before code freeze.
Your code will have to interact with the rest of the system and by waiting
until the last minute you are potentially introducing integration issues into
the mix at the worst possible time.

more than 4 years ago
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The First Robot To Cross the Atlantic Ocean Underwater

wytten "The putt breaks to the right" (156 comments)

Did no one else else immediately think of Gilligan's Island? Granted that robot _walked_ across the bottom of the _Pacific_ Ocean. Maybe I'm just showing my age.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook To Preserve Accounts of the Dead

wytten What about... (292 comments)

What about people who aren't actually dead, but have jumped the shark?

more than 4 years ago
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Bug Means High School Students' Schedule Errors May Last Days

wytten Similar experience (443 comments)

A couple of years ago when my daughter showed up for middle school orientation, all of her 6th grade class had been given slips of paper with the WRONG locker combination.
Mayhem ensues. One can easily imagine that schools aren't experts in tasks like this, although you can certainly argue that they should be. Probably some poor teacher with half a clue about technology was assigned the task of distributing locker combinations, and no one bothered to check before the slips were handed out. Ultimately there's no accountability for stuff like this so the situation is not likely to change any time soon.

more than 5 years ago

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