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Comment: Re:iPad is a luxury? (Score 1) 286

by Dragonslicer (#48925243) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Second, none of the US carriers (other than T-Mobile) will cut your rate if you bring your own phone.

T-Mobile has been doing it for at least 5 years (it's part of the reason why I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile when I bought my N900), but I think the other carriers are finally starting to implement it as well.

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 158

by Dragonslicer (#48886321) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Except that mobile devices like phones and tablets are fundamentally different than PCs.

No they aren't. Current phones and tablets are still von Neumann computers. If they have ARM processors instead of x86/amd64 processors, then the different instruction set is handled by the C compiler. The only significant difference is the user interface, but writing multiple interfaces for the same software shouldn't be an overly complicated problem.

Comment: Re:Tobacco science (Score 1) 496

by Dragonslicer (#48877221) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work
That's actually an interesting comparison. It's nearly impossible to "prove" (in the scientific sense, not the mathematical sense) that smoking cigarettes causes cancer without conducting experiments on humans, which is generally frowned upon. Studies and medical records show a strong correlation between smoking cigarettes and various health problems. Since there's no remotely feasible explanation for cancer causing smoking, and there doesn't seem to be any common cause for both smoking and cancer (e.g. some genetic trait), the reasonable assumption is that smoking increases the risk of cancer. Remember, though, that many people who smoke cigarettes live longer than the average life span, so it still isn't as "proven" as gravity or conservation of energy.

Comment: Re:How about No Language (Score 1) 647

by Dragonslicer (#48859289) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

I knew a Professor (of biomedical engineering) who suggested it would be best to teach introductory programming outside of any language. Teach the concepts in their most general, basic form before allowing an individual language to force understanding into an arbitrary syntax.

That works well for the first couple weeks, and possibly for introducing new concepts after that, but eventually you want to know whether or not the stuff that the students are writing works correctly. It's a lot easier to do that with a computer.

Comment: Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (Score 1) 647

by Dragonslicer (#48858989) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

The VB compiler is written in VB. C compilers are written in C. Why isn't Python written in Python?

I'm almost certain that you could write a Python interpreter in Python if you really wanted to, but it probably wouldn't have as good execution performance as an interpreter written in C.

And before you claim, "See, that's what C can do that Python can't do!", a difference of a few seconds in execution time is completely meaningless to students that are just beginning to learn how to program.

Comment: Re:So turn off your phone (Score 1) 63

by Dragonslicer (#48857615) Attached to: Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis

If you need me, you can contact my staff. If it's important, they'll put the call through or forward the message. People who are 'always on' tend to be lower on the social or organizational totem pole. People who will catch hell if they don't pick up NOW.

You have personal staff that your family members are supposed to call if they need to talk to you? I think it's a pretty safe assumption that the vast majority of people are not as rich as you are.

Comment: Re:Link to full code (Score 1) 36

by Dragonslicer (#48857453) Attached to: UK ISPs EE, Virgin and Vodafone Back Net Neutrality

On Sky Broadland Lite, I can use Skys On Demand service all day long with out exceeding my 2GB cap, but a few shows or a movie on Netflix would probably kill me for the month.

I don't think Net Neutrality means what you think it means.

No, someone here does get it right for a change. Net Neutrality is supposed to be about not treating data differently based on source/destination. Having the ISP's other services not count towards a monthly cap is definitely a violation of that idea.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 181

by Dragonslicer (#48851169) Attached to: NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

How would the West feel about the release of a popular film in which the assassination of a living head of state is planned?

I know it isn't quite the same, but it seemed like there was a run for a while where at least once a year there was a movie about the president of the United States getting trapped in a bunker.

Comment: Re:The word is "kibitz". (Score 1) 105

by Dragonslicer (#48849833) Attached to: President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

If you don't know how to spell an unusual word with yiddish origin that'll make you look like a pretentious schnook, perhaps you can find a better word?

Yeah, if the submitter/editor used the word, I expected there to be some specific reason for it. Then I got "schookids" and "the issues of day" and realized that it's just plain old stupidity.

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos