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Comment: Red Hat fails at their corporate doublespeak (Score 5, Funny) 38

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47780175) Attached to: Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

Normally if someone intends to pursue a different job, both he and the company are supposed to say he's "stepping down to spend more time with his family". Then, a week later, the new company announces they've hired him.

Obviously the Red Hat higher ups haven't been attending enough seminars at tropical resorts...

Comment: Re:As a statisticians (Score 2, Informative) 113

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47765041) Attached to: Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

You're arguing against a point he didn't make. He didn't say those terms were recently created - he stated they recently were added to the "IT trade lexicon", which is true.

10-15 years ago you didn't hear people bandying about the terms "big data" or "data science".

Comment: Re:Monopolistic thuggish behavior (Score 2) 333

Unlikely. Price out your cable bill compared to your water or gas bill.

I'm not actually sure what your point is. My water bill is less than half of my recently-cut-by-$60 Comcast bill. Heck, until we cut back on our Comcast "services", their bill was threatening to approach our electricity bill.

Comment: I admit to putting too much time into Flappy Birds (Score 2) 112

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47751127) Attached to: Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

So, yeah, I downloaded Swing Copters. And then I played it... for about two minutes.

Nguyen stated he wanted to come up with a game that was "less addictive" than Flappy Birds, and I think he accomplished that - by creating a new game that will almost certainly irritate and annoy most people very quickly. That game is freaking impossible!

Comment: Re:I doubt it even makes it to the atmosphere (Score 4, Funny) 273

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47750003) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Excuse me, but - discussions here will be more free flowing and productive if people's opinions aren't pre-biased by any so-called "facts" which might appear in the linked articles. This is why we have a longstanding prohibition against reading them. Please remember that next time.

Thank you.

-- The Management

Comment: Re:Better ways to track users (Score 5, Funny) 74

Because 90% of the time the bad guy knows it takes 20 seconds, and has a stopwatch by the phone, and hangs up at like 19 seconds, just to toy with the good guy.

Which is why, back in 2007, the NSA infiltrated stopwatch manufacturers and altered their timing mechanisms so they run slow - when a stopwatch says 19 seconds, in truth it's been a bit over 20 seconds. So now when the bad guy thinks he's outsmarted the beautiful police detective, she's had time to set up that GUI in Visual Basic and knows exactly where he is.

Don't believe me? Just look at the number of world records that have fallen during the last few Olympic Games.

Comment: Re:Do they? (Score 1) 329

Check my math, okay?
100 tech women
56% leave the private sector (56 in this example)
75% of the 56 continue to work full time (42 in this example)
~50% of 42 continue in tech (21 in this example)

So that 21 plus the 44 that did not change is 65. So only 35% of women in tech leave tech in mid-career. 65% are in tech and stay in tech full time.

Well, there is also a dearth of women studying mathematics.

Comment: Interesting difference between GPS and Galileo (Score 1) 139

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47737521) Attached to: 2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

Unlike existing GPS, Galileo has an interactive "search and rescue" function that can interact with the unit on the ground.

Given how infrequently this would be useful in the grand scheme of things - and the likely higher power requirements over passive GPS - the paranoid person in me wonders if the real reason this was included is because spy agencies requested it. With GPS being passive, taking advantage of it to locate a target requires a second piece of software be loaded onto the device.

Comment: Bill Nye the Science Guy (Score 1) 360

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47737259) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

As a long-time "Puget Sound"-ite, I was always under the impression that - prior to his big break with Almost Live - Bill Nye had already been trying to break into comedy and/or show business (although he was indeed a Boeing engineer).

I do know that he didn't start out as "Bill Nye the Science Guy" - it was a name John Kiester offhandedly coined which stuck (because, frankly, it was perfect for him).

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown