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Comment: Re:Now ask ourselves this question: (Score 1) 159

by randalware (#49619007) Attached to: Singapore's Prime Minister Shares His C++ Sudoku Solver Code

Obama typed in a bit of (simple?) javascript and then the press bragged that he was the first US President to code !

Surely some President before ran a spreadsheet or did a search & replace in a word processor.

A line of Javascript, whoopy do, but an designing & programming an entire program in C++, that's computer coding !

Comment: Re:Sort of dumb. (Score 1) 489

by randalware (#49618179) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

if "digital native" means comfortable communicating by Facebook, twitter, etc....

I translate that as social stunted and likely to emberass themselves & your company in photo and print.

How many social media shaming stories about overhead comments/jokes or comments (perhaps out of context) this year ?

Communicating by social media is like calling "selfies", photography.

Your face 500 times is no match for almost any other 500 pictures (even my vacation photos, I take nice vacations).

Comment: Re:different strokes (Score 1) 167

by HBI (#49614219) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

I agree with point 2. Book 4 (Sam and Frodo from Emyn Muil to Cirith Ungol) is the most difficult part to read for me, also. Tolkien also said it was the hardest for him to write. It is the point at which he broke off writing during WWII, only to pick it up again years later. It's just not as interesting as the rest.

The singing was apropos of the Scandinavian peoples that Tolkien was so fond of. I think he was trying to create atmosphere. Similarly, the long list of titles that Aragorn made reference to is also atmospheric. Formal greetings amongst nobles in medieval times would follow similar lines.

I think overall the singing and titles are something you have to adjust your mind to. Either you can, or you can't.

Comment: Re:The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by HBI (#49613089) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

To further elaborate, Elrong makes direct reference to sending the Ring over the Sea. "And they who dwell beyond the Sea would not receive it: for good or ill it belongs to Middle-earth; it is for us who still dwell here to deal with it."

The Eagles are representations of those who dwell beyond the Sea, Manwe in particular. Tolkien answered your question fully.

Comment: Re:The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 2) 167

by HBI (#49613039) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

Admittedly, their helping at the end is *after* the Ring is destroyed and at the direct request of Gandalf, right?

I don't think it's a really big plot hole. If that's a plot hole, why didn't Gandalf send a letter to Valinor along with some Exiles (who were leaving constantly) asking for another Host of the Vanyar and Maiar ala the breaking of Thangorodrim? The answer is "because he knew the answer: they would not come". Same with the Eagles.

Comment: The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 1) 167

by HBI (#49612905) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

More specifically, Manwe. If Manwe and Varda and the rest were to just solve all the problems for Middle-earth, you'd have no plot. Furthermore, if you were in their shoes, would you be all that interested in fixing all their problems? I know I don't even like doing that for my daughters. Also, they'd "laid down their guardianship of Arda" with the fall of Numenor. Strictly speaking, it wasn't their job to fix all problems anymore.

Still, they did care about Middle-earth. So they sent five Istari - weaker spirits who were clothed in flesh and made to feel mortal cares and wants. They were intended to be messengers and encouragers of the good nature of the Free Peoples. They were forbidden to challenge Sauron's power directly. In extremis, one of their Istari could call on the Eagles of Manwe for assistance, as was done a few times during the novels. But any of the Istari calling on them to solve the problem by flying over Orodruin and dropping the Ring into it - I don't think they would have responded to that.

Comment: Re:Firefox's downward slide... (Score 1) 234

by HBI (#49611363) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

I'd point out that Firefox hasn't made a change to their browser in about six years that I liked. Stop satisfying your audience, and you lose market share and adherence. Surprise surprise

When it dies, either a team that IS interested in writing a web browser will take over instead of the current team that cares more about social justice, or it'll just die. Either way, a new browser will be born. Or I'll just suck it up and use Chrome.

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The decision doesn't have to be logical; it was unanimous.

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