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Comment: Re:I appreciate the sentiment.. (Score 1) 102

For the record, I have nothing against CSE wanting to grow and wanting to become a stand-alone School. They are a great department and do a lot of interesting work. But I intensely dislike when the "haves" misrepresent facts or plead poverty in an attempt to acquire ever-more-scarce public funding.

Comment: Re:I appreciate the sentiment.. (Score 3, Insightful) 102

And if you don't believe me, here is this quarter's CSE time schedule. Classes are held all over campus because they didn't put any classrooms into the Paul Allen Center.

So that photo at the top of the GeekWire story - the one with the packed CS class? I'm fairly sure that's in Kane Hall! The new building will do nothing to ameliorate that.

Comment: Re:I appreciate the sentiment.. (Score 4, Informative) 102

But dang, MS, you could write a check and it'd be a fucking rounding error on your earnings last year...

UW's current CS building is the Paul Allen Center - guess where they got the money for it?

Incidentally, the Paul Allen Center has NO CLASSROOMS. This proposed new building likely won't have them either. When they speak of "accommodate a doubling of our enrollment", what they really mean is it will give them enough office and lab space so they can double the size of their faculty - the classes will still have to be held elsewhere on campus, and the supporting funding will also have to come from somewhere else.

Comment: Re:There's fragmentation on iOS too... (Score 2) 136

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49141351) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

Not for most iOS devices that people are using today. It used to be you could back up the unique signature (SHSH) blobs from your device while your iOS version was still being signed, and that would let you downgrade later whenever you wanted - but I'm pretty sure the last device for which that was possible was the iPhone 4S with its A4 chip.

Comment: Re:There's fragmentation on iOS too... (Score 3, Insightful) 136

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49140831) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

You're also seeing people get annoyed with the latest iOS release and hold off on upgrading or revert back.

You can't revert back on iOS unless the old version is still being signed, which is generally a very short window. If people are getting annoyed that fast, they're not bothering to actually giving the new version much of a chance.

Comment: I am sorry (Score 2) 698

I know how hard it was to lose my father when I was a fairly young adult - so I can only imagine how you and your family are feeling right now. You are in my prayers.

If I think about things I'd want to say to my (now young adult) daughter, if I had been in your shoes at the point in time you're currently at...

I have no geek advice, but - tell her you love her. Tell her you're proud of her, no matter what she chooses to do with her life. Tell her to take her time with boys - they'll still be there when she's ready. And tell her to tell her mother she loves her and that you love her.

Tell her about funny stories, and the interesting things you've seen. Tell her about your friends growing up, and the mischief you got into. Tell her about your favorite music, so she has something to roll her eyes at.

And take care.

Comment: The distraction argument makes no sense (Score 1) 257

I can be distracted while reading a paper book just as easily as I can be distracted while reading on my Kindle.

Something smells funny here... you might almost think they didn't look at dedicated e-readers at all, but only at multifunction devices such as phones or tablets. Nah, no researcher would be that sloppy, right?

Who exactly funded this research again?

Comment: Let me get this straight (Score 2) 95

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49116977) Attached to: Advertising Tool PrivDog Compromises HTTPS Security

Their product is designed to replace ads... with OTHER ads, provided by themselves. And it's not hard to imagine that cash considerations are involved with making those choices.

Even if you set aside the security implications - that is pretty much exactly the sort of sleazy behavior that has gotten quite a few companies into trouble in the past.

The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much.