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Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 3, Insightful) 504

by CODiNE (#47960187) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Features don't come for free. But really Apple could avoid this whole problem if they didn't block downgrading. Let people try if they think it'll run fast enough on the oldest supported device, then let them change their minds If it doesn't.

But the problem is they want to prevent jail breaking and as a consequence downgrading is rare.

Comment: Re:Maybe... (Score 1) 196

by CODiNE (#47902183) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Don't worry I've seen Zardoz. :-)

I feel the idea that immortality = boredom is way off for several reasons.

#1 Death isn't everyone's motivation to do things. Sure it works for some people, but those people should pause before throwing around such blanket statements.

#2 Shades of the "everything has already been invented" thinking. The idea that we'd run out of things to do. That's hubris. Seriously that's "Watch me predict the entire future of humanity right here in 10 seconds" kind of thinking.

#3 Motives? Do people who find this idea attractive enjoy a bit of "see! You can't be right!" schadenfreude when discussing this with religionists? It seems a bit of a reactive secular theology or philosophical trolling.

But really most speculations and predictions tell us more about the people who pronounce them than the future.

Comment: Spock is awesome (Score 3, Interesting) 937

by CODiNE (#47899129) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

He's a moral sociopath. An excellent example of a kid without regular feelings of empathy and love raised with good principles that allowed him to be a benefit to society and those around him.

Unlike Dexter where they had to cop-out and fall back on the typical "people can't change who they are" crap.

As crazy as it sounds, Spock is a role model for some of us less emotionally endowed.

Comment: Re:What did they expect? (Score 5, Insightful) 182

by CODiNE (#47897247) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Not only that, they are using completion to rate success. I disagree.

I took the massively parallel computation course online somewhere... It was great, I got a basic understanding of CUDA, compute units, transferring data, running carefully designed and constrained code on it, I learned about memory access issues and ordering data so it can be easily streamed. Etc

To me that was extremely valuable information. I did not complete, stopped about halfway because I didn't need to learn it in depth and I don't plan to specialize in that.

However now I know what kind of data the GPU can process, the basic workflow for doing that and approximately how much time it would take me to get up to speed and make something using that if I needed to.

I feel the course was a success to me, but to them I'm a failure statistic. Perhaps a large percentage of their students are joining classes without the intention of completing them and they need to reevaluate where their value lies to different users.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 194

by CODiNE (#47884491) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

I also wonder if this test included turning from and into one way streets.

Recently I actually turned into the wrong way while making a left from a one way to a 2 way street.

Not cool. That's very easy to do when you're circling a block looking for parking with one ways and two ways all mixed up.

Comment: Re:Standing Desks? (Score 1) 176

by CODiNE (#47867509) Attached to: 3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

Eh I did my own with IKEA shelves. Two 8 partitioned KALLAX shelving units with a wide board suspended between them. Found a treadmill on Craigslist for $80, whipped up something to hold my wireless keyboard/trackpad with the handles. It's holding up 2 x 27" screens and I can comfortably walk and type several hours a day.

Not bad for $210.

Thus spake the master programmer: "After three days without programming, life becomes meaningless." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"