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Comment: Bitch-ass whiners got their feelings hurt (Score 3, Insightful) 387

by 0xdeadbeef (#48164269) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Would Apple be where it is if Jobs wasn't an asshole?

Do you think Linux would still be a success if Linus wasn't there to keep dumbasses from accumulating more political clout than technical competence and steering it toward ruin?

I bet we'd all be using Hurd now, we'd have a colony on Mars, and there'd be peace in the Middle East. Nothing promotes innovation faster than living in a hugbox that respects all opinions!

Comment: Re:What a terrible, terrible idea. (Score 1) 362

by 0xdeadbeef (#48159845) Attached to: Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Humanity is nothing but genes. Some tens of thousands of them, but yeah, compared to the scale of the universe, that is a few.

What you're actually sad about is that you can't comprehend how that figuratively infinite variability translates into the things your feeble brain finds comforting.

Comment: Re:Apparently (Score 3, Interesting) 212

by 0xdeadbeef (#48151827) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

If you stuck me in front of a computer to mimic code someone showed me at 7, I'd have thought "okay, great, when is recess?"

Wait, computer time wasn't recess?

I actually think the ubiquity of computers is the reason CS graduation rates have declined since before the dot com bubble. For the millennials, the magic never wears off because computers were never magical to begin with. And kids don't program for fun as much these days because the distance between what they can write and what they see in AAA video games is astronomical.

When I started programming I thought I was the shit when I made a 3d cube rotate on a TRS-80. Sure, it was simple, but it wasn't like I was used to seeing 3d computer graphics on a home computer. Graphics like that in The Last Starfighter blew my fucking mind.

Comment: What kind of software do astronomers need? (Score 1) 234

by 0xdeadbeef (#47939537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

I'm like this guy, wanted to be an astronomer but went into CS because it was the lazy easy thing.

Now I'm probably going to retire in a few years and would like to do something that matters before I'm too dumb and slow. I doubt I'll ever learn enough physics to advance the science, but I've seen what passes for software in academic settings, and I could certainly make the software suck less.

So what kind of software does astronomy need?

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.