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Comment: Re:There's a clue shortage on the hirEE side (Score 1) 574

by Crookdotter (#48309507) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said
Out of every 100 applicants, only 10 are in the top 10% skill bracket, and you ALWAYS find 1 who is the best out of all of them.

Is that what you mean? Because while it's true, it doesn't mean anything. If we only employed the very best in every field, almost everyone would be out of work.

Comment: Re:Safe until they evolve a fix (Score 1) 85

by Crookdotter (#46957199) Attached to: Scientists Create Bacteria With Expanded DNA Code
I agree. How did the life on earth develop with very little amino acids available? It happened slowly, over time. A puddle of this bacteria could conceivably grow, absorbing and utilising the needed elements from rocks around the place. That's what life does. Yeah, millions of years, but don't say this can be 100% controlled. Not that I'm concerned either.

Comment: Re:Episode V! (Score 1) 457

by Crookdotter (#46947355) Attached to: Favorite Star Wars Movie?
The port was inset at the end of the trench. You'd have to go into the trench at some point so your proton torpedoes could hit it, and they seemed to need the computer to line up the shot, so you need to be a reasonable distance away to enter the trench. With a rolling dynamic battle with TIE's above the DS, I guess the exact entry point would be somewhat fluid.

You couldn't just head straight for it as the guns would have a very clear shot of you diving straight down, and you wouldn't be able to pull up in time (the torpedoes seem to need to be fired close to the target) and ramming the port suicide fashion after firing might exclude future attempts if yours didn't go in.

Comment: Re:Autism Schmautism (Score 1) 747

by Crookdotter (#46483025) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC
If one person tells you that you are irresponsible and a bad, even dangerous parent, I'd say don't listen. But when dozens, hundreds, millions tell you? Everyone who has their children vaccinated doesn't have to ACTUALLY say the words to you do they?

You are a bad parent. Your children would be better off with someone else. I don't particularly care for you or yours one way or another - people die every day. But you decided to put your own children at risk? You have failed the number one principle of parenting.

Even relying on herd immunity is unhelpful. Herd immunity is there for those who cannot have the vaccinations, for one medical reason or another.

Comment: Re:If there's a heaven I hope he goes there (Score 1) 125

by Crookdotter (#46099171) Attached to: Megatons To Megawatts Program Comes To a Close
... whose wife begged him to stop developing chemical weapons and when he refused, she shot herself in her broken heart with his revolver.

The same Haber who, next day, left for the front to oversee more weapons leaving behind his dead wife to be discovered by his 13 year old son.

What a guy.

Comment: Re:Looks great! Except, it needs a hole in its hea (Score 1) 290

And to hell with convergence? How much extra would it cost to put in an sd slot? The alternative is to carry around 2 devices in that world. With just a little extra we can have all the local storage we want. I love my nexus 4, but I really wish it had an sd slot. Poor network in areas, download limits and the like means I can only carry about a 10th of my music collection with me reliably - about 4gig ish. I'd like to carry it all, or at least a more significant proportion. A 64gb card would allow that.

It's not about cost, it's about philosophy. Cloud storage means beign tied to one service. I want my files local, audio and video. I don't want to stream what I already downloaded. That's repeat downloading - what about efficiency?

Comment: Re:Barbra Streisand Effect? (Score 1) 196

by Crookdotter (#43247083) Attached to: Google Reportedly Making a Smartwatch, Too
Wasn't there all this with the iphone though? Ooooh look, it's MASSIVE! You'll look like a dork holding that big thing next to your ear.

Personally, I like the idea of a smart watch, phone and glasses. Battery life should be a priority I imagine, and any improvements in that tech will flow out to phones pretty much immediately I'd say. I think of it as a smartphone wrapped around your wrist that will be monitoring your pulse. Anything else it can access by skin contact to determine health?

I don't know, but a monitoring system that can auto alert the paramedics upon a clear heart attack, even if you're alone - will call and give gps, and there's a prior, crude datalog of heart activity beforehand? Count me in. It might even be able to say - hey dude, I've been monitoring your heart activity over the past year, and you should go see a doctor to look at X Y Z more carefully! That's a watch that I want.

Trying to be happy is like trying to build a machine for which the only specification is that it should run noiselessly.