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Comment: Re: Imagine the good they could have done.. (Score 1) 579

The poster you responded to above did not say anything negative about athletes, musicians, actors or models; he just pointed out that you don't necessarily need intelligence to succeed in those fields. Since you couldn't parse the message, it's obvious your strengths lie elsewhere as well, and that's cool, but maybe you don't want to poke a wasp's nest of intellectuals and take them on in their home turf.

Just a suggestion.

Comment: Re:cram lots of people in a confined space (Score 1) 811

by Gibgezr (#47846027) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

This is an announcement from Genetic Control:
"It is my sad duty to inform you of a four foot restriction on humanoid height."

[Extract from conversation of Joe Ordinary in Local Puborama]

"I hear the directors of Genetic Control have been buying all the
properties that have recently been sold, taking risks oh so bold.
It's said now that people will be shorter in height,
they can fit twice as many in the same building site.
(they say it's alright),
Beginning with the tenants of the town of Harlow,
in the interest of humanity, they've been told they must go,
told they must go-go-go-go."

Comment: Re:Define technology (Score 1) 230

by Gibgezr (#47835083) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

I loved launching homemade hot-air balloons made from dry-cleaning bags, straws, toothpicks and birthday candles, as well as alternative heating experiments with Sterno and aluminum foil. Protip: camping fuels like Sterno are poor choices. They do burn at a very high temperature and don't weigh much, but the downside is twofold:
1) They burn so hot that the hot air near the flame is so much hotter than the air at the top of the bag that they tend to turn over easily.
2) Combine #1 with the fact that, unlike birthday candles (which go out when they drop from the sky), Sterno keeps burning.
I accidentally napalmed the local cop shop one night. Oopsy.

Comment: Re:seriously? (Score 1) 251

by Gibgezr (#47768725) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Wait a sec, you are a Slashdot reader, but don't concede that Brian Krebs is a respectable journalist specializing in computer security issues? I hereby revoke your nerd card!

Seriously, Brian Krebs is the gold standard of reporting on this stuff. His prominence as an expert who constantly exposes the computer criminal underworld is unparalleled in journalistic circles, and is the reason that he actually has been the target of attacks by the aforementioned underworld denizens. As for dismissing his professional investigative reporting because it's on his "blog", I will point to his previous highly successful 14 years as a tech/security reporter for the Washington Post.

Dismissing Brian Krebs as a hack because he reports via a blog is like dismissing Bruce Schneier's thoughts on some new encryption algorithm because he wrote about it on his blog. Would you feel differently if I had linked to a Fox News video?

Comment: Not normally done, but no big deal (Score 2) 242

by Gibgezr (#47439385) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

My wife has multiple certifications in water and wastewater treatment, and she claims that it is only impractical from a P.R. standpoint; in most places, people would raise bloody hell if you told them that they were drinking water straight from the wastewater treatment facility, but it really is no different than drinking water from a municipal watershed. As she puts it, we are all drinking dinosaur pee anyway :)

Comment: Re:CACM is older (Score 1) 105

by Gibgezr (#47283339) Attached to: After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

A break only terminates the innermost loop. Gotos are a perfectly fine way to exit a deeply nested set of loops, or jump to error-handling code. The test for using a goto mostly boils down to this: did it make the code clearer and more readable by using a goto? If not, don't use one.

A goto is just a jmp. There is no reason to be scared of it, just treat it with the proper respect and don't over-use it. Same can be said of inheritance, after all.

Comment: Re:I'd like to give swift a try (Score 1) 466

by Gibgezr (#47255849) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

There's been more money to be made with Objective-C than most other languages these last few years.

Really? I thought most developers weren't making any money on any of the mobile platforms. Here's an article that states that 60% of iOS developers don't break even:
http://arstechnica.com/apple/2...

Comment: Re:Shield, JXD, MOGA (Score 1) 75

NVIDIA didn't seem to think so when it launched the Shield.

And look where that landed them; a product no one buys.
I *do* think a Steam handheld device could work, but I am very very leery of the touchpads. I understand that the touchpads are there so that we can play games that need a mouse, but I suspect that the touchpads will be inferior when compared to either a mouse or a twinstick controller. Thumbsticks are damn near perfect for many things.

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