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Comment: Re:Pioneers get arrows in back (Score 3, Interesting) 122

That has nothing to do with it. The apps themselves are actually running on the phone, not the watch. Even the most basic app is laggy, and all third party apps necessarily have dumbed down, almost WAP-like user interfaces because of limitations in the API and GUI toolkit.

Comment: Re:Great, Let's Build IFR's (Score 1) 417

So, where are all the environmentalists demanding we build integral fast reactors as fast as we can?

Given that it seems everyone who talks about breeder reactors talks like you do, maybe they're distancing themselves so they aren't associated with right-wing cranks?

Anyways, I found some environmentalists, I'm sure at least a few are interested in the technology you're evangelizing.

Comment: Re:Overrated (Score 3, Interesting) 200

by 0xdeadbeef (#49422985) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

If Snowden wasn't made aware of the angle Oliver was taking before the interview, it's pretty obvious is on board with it by the end of it. Being a dick to him and asking "hard questions" was part of the schtick. If you don't perceive that, you probably shouldn't be holding up Idiocracy as your banner.

What I think is funny, especially in light of your "that's the media's job" complaint, is that I thought he was going to take the angle "you don't trust the government with our privacy, but you just trust less competent journalists with our secrets... hypocrite much?" Oliver didn't go quite that far, maybe because it would implicate himself, though the entire exercise is him doing precisely what you claim should be his job and not Snowden's.

Comment: Re:Be careful of the term "terrorist attack" (Score 1) 737

by 0xdeadbeef (#49344511) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Myself, I have a feeling they're going to learn a few things about him during the investigation that they'd rather were not true.

His fleshlight in a box of pictures of Angela Merkel?

I have a feeling the thing you desperately wish were not true is the fact that depression alone can drive people to do things like this, and it makes you uncomfortable given your own paranoid metal state.

Comment: Unexamined privilege escalation (Score 1) 522

by 0xdeadbeef (#49328661) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

Here's how foolish this nonsense is. Assume we have two classes, Woman, and Kitchen, which are written by different women. Passing the Bechdel test:

self.sandwich = [woman getSandwichFromKitchen:kitchen];

I learned something about myself writing that. Objective C really is as shitty as Java. I should stop oppressing Java programmers.

Comment: Re:This is one reason why IT doesn't get respect (Score 1) 765

Geez, grandpa, when did you become a tightwad? Having a conniption over dongle jokes is for Millennial special snowflakes.

You might remember a time when there were more female programmers (as a percentage) than there are now. You might even be old enough to have worked with them. Did you pitch a hissy fit when they CC'ed you on the dirty jokes?

Comment: Re:Civilization IV had a quote... (Score 1) 299

We still don't know enough to prevent unintended consquences or complications

Yes we do, the "consequences" are every human being without the genetic disease, or every human being who already has the desirable trait you're inserting. It's just like rocket science - smarter people than you understand it more thoroughly than you, and every risk you can possibly conceive of they have already considered.

You people talk like this shit is like fucking magic, as if there is a metaphysical price that must be paid for every boon the technology gives you. Me am play gods!

Please no Gattica-style selection of socially prefered traits to create a dis/u/topia of ubermenchen and untermenchen.

Who are you to tell your hypothetical superiors they should not exist? You're not concerned with the risks, you just envy imaginary people.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 4, Insightful) 331

by 0xdeadbeef (#49183979) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Oh my God, I can't believe you morons still believe that.

Verhoeven was fucking with you.

This is the man who made RoboCop and Total Recall. The writer of Starship Troopers, Edward Neumeier, also wrote RoboCop.

Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine is a working title. A lot of movies like that have working titles. It helps keep them secret when they're in production.

Do you honestly think they weren't aware of one of the most famous science fiction novels that bore a striking similarity to the movie they had written, which was itself a satire of fascism and war propaganda?

Verhoeven may not have actually finished the novel, you don't need to, it's pretty boring, all hopping around in power armor and nuking skinnies and bugs after you get past the parts they directly lifted. But Neumeier is a writer who is into science fiction, do you honestly think he had never heard of Starship Troopers? That it was all coincidence? If so, you Heinlein fanboys are as dim-witted as the characters.

Comment: Re:I am so exited. This will be great. (Score 1) 331

by 0xdeadbeef (#49183757) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

The actors were chosen specifically because they were too stupid to recognize that the movie is satire. Much like Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove, they played it straight, and their performances were so much better for it.

That you think the script was bad tells me you're very similar to the actors, though probably not as hot as Denise Richards.

Comment: Re:What solution? (Score 1) 213

We could put Libertarian dogmatism and naivety on the list, but they themselves have little influence, so it isn't like fixing them would fix the problem.

I guess you could call it pathological cynicism, and it expresses itself in many ideologies: government is evil, corporations are evil, America is evil, the West is evil, cisgender heterosexual white men are evil, etc.

Comment: Should be called "Whine at Slashdot" (Score 1) 809

by 0xdeadbeef (#49048623) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

The person started off by asking me if it was an excel file, a PDF, etc

That's a reasonable question. Without knowing the level of security required, the encryption facilities that are standard for these file types could be sufficient. The applicant wanted requirements, which is a smart thing to ask.

And why the fuck should everyone know the details of PKI? You didn't say it was a security position. Hell, a little knowledge of encryption can be worse than no knowledge, because then they might try to roll their own.

Something tells me the submitter is inflating his/her own expertise.

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