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Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 1) 235

Wouldn't be any accidents with all automated cars. For that matter, if a light's out, it won't matter to an automated car. Once they're all automated, lights would just be a visual indicator to the car's passengers that they're stopping. And central traffic control should have to stop cars a lot less than cars currently have to stop.

Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 1) 235

Could be overridden from a central location and commanded to drive to the nearest police station, far less risky to the public and police officers in the field than pulling them over in some random location. Once it's at the local police station it could be directed to the high security suspect holding spot / car crusher out back, where the occupants could be safely extracted before or after being crushed with their car.

Comment Re:The shiny thing is a mountain? (Score 1) 43

Did you see that 4 mile high glowing pyramid? That's precursor technology right there! We need to mount an expedition to it so we can be the bait in a real-life "Alien vs Predator" scenario! Because that's ALWAYS what happens when you mount an expedition to a 4 mile high glowing pyramid on Ceres!

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 586

Or possibly just at home. The kind of people who tend to go on about "WIFI radiation" are usually the same ones who use "organic" cleaning agents that don't really kill any bacteria and don't vaccinate their children. For all we know, he could be an unvaccinated child who's been living in a moldy, dirty-ass environment until they sent him off. The second he went off to school, all the diseases that everyone else is immune to all could have combined in his system to make turbo-ebola. I predict all their faces be melting off shortly.

Comment Oh Yeah, That Thing (Score 1) 282

I was working IBM's OS/2 support at the time. I liked to demo formatting a floppy and doing something else at the same time on OS/2. I forget what the other thing was, though, I think it varied. I think occasionally it was printing or something. You had to be very careful how you went about it, though. Although OS/2 was preemptively multitasking, the GUI still only had a single input queue. So you could easily grind the system to a halt with poorly behaved GUI apps. Which were all the GUI apps. So you had to kick off your format command from the command line.

Even though IBM boasted about having threads in OS/2, even IBM never actually used them. Ironically a lot of windows versions of IBM apps, like the documentation reader that came with the OS/2 development kit, worked a lot better in OS/2 than their native apps did. You could actually run windows apps in separate memory space, so one crashing didn't bring them all (or the OS) down. And if one of those windows apps stopped processing for a while, you could still get stuff done on your computer.

When the 95 COMDEX rolled around in Atlanta, I volunteered to go on my own time and provide tech support for Team OS/2. They gave us all pink Team OS/2 polo shirts and a bunch of install packages. My favorite bit about the show was setting the OS up on a quad processor Compaq system with a MASSIVE 16 MB of RAM on it. We made a ram disk, pulled the demo videos off the OS/2 install media and set up 4 media players to play the videos in separate windows -- an amazing feat at the time. Hell, playing video at all was not a common thing at the time. Most people were lucky if they could dial up a BBS and download some 8 bit porn.

I'd already started switching to Slakware when IBM announced they were killing OS/2, and that was pretty much the end of all that.

Comment Nice Try, Jeb (Score 1) 494

Trump's already proven with his campaign of misogyny and racism that he is the One True Voice of the Republican party.The rest of you never had a chance in the face of his glorious Trump hole. He doesn't even listen to himself, he just opens it and some new Trumpism comes forth, like a unicorn crapping a rainbow. And when that unicorn craps that rainbow, he goes up in the polls another 5 points. Jeb, you and the other also-rans are already completely irrelevant, so please stop trying to out-crazy the guy.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 221

A lot of those complexities are there to enforce type safety. So I can, for example, use boost's type-safe signal/slot library and catch a lot of errors at compile time that would have resulted in run-time exceptions in other languages. Having had to maintain several java programs that used reflection (Apparently because the designer had read about it in his "Java for Dummies" book and thought it was cool,) I have to say I appreciate catching errors at compile time. Or in unit testing.

C++ in the early days did suck. Look at a last-generation library like gdal -- you never know who owns any particular piece of data, and you'll constantly find yourself in situations you need that piece of data outside the only place you can actually enforce its destruction when it's no longer needed. You rarely run into those problems in current-generation libraries like boost. Once we started to figure out how to use it, the language got a whole lot better. Most developers don't need to delve into esoteric metaprogramming techniques to be able to use the language effectively.

Comment Yeah Well (Score 1, Troll) 56

Fortunately they'll be rid of it soon! Everyone will move to Windows 10 and their shiny new Edge browser, which I'm sure was created as a completely bug-free code-base with a fuck-ton of unit tests to prevent regressions!

Ow. I think I hurt myself trying to make it through that post with a straight face.

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