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Comment: Re:When you abolutely, positively need a gun now! (Score 3, Informative) 599

by Jay Maynard (#47901465) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

All what accidental deaths? The number is tiny - less than 100 a year. That number is also dropping monotonically every year, and has done so since the 1930s.

If you want to end kids' accidental deaths, get rid of bathtubs and swimming pools. They kill far more.

Comment: Re:But what about... (Score 2) 599

by Jay Maynard (#47901445) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Accidental use of guns causes fewer deaths than just about any other accident you can name. The number is small, and has been dropping monotonically since the 1930s.

Unauthorized use of guns is not going to be significantly impacted by something like this. There are far too many out there without it, and those will never be retrofitted.

Comment: C++ is an over bloated monster (Score 4, Insightful) 427

by Jay Maynard (#47671663) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

I learned C++ the hard way: by hacking on a million-LOC program. It's taught me to loathe the language. It's big, complex, and incomprehensible. I once spent three days chasing a bug through a twisty little maze of templates, all different. I routinely struggle with the implications of static vs. not, member variables vs. globals vs. statics, functions that are part of a class vs. those that aren't... Getting code to even compile is often an exercise in trying something, running the build process, then trying something else, lather, rinse, repeat. It's left me frustrated enough to want to drive to College Station and scream at the walls.

All of this has left me wishing for the days of C, in which I'm quite fluent.

Nevertheless, the world seems (perhaps overly) enamored of C++, and I'm probably going to have to deal with it. How do I learn to at least tolerate it, if not like it, instead of actively hating it?

Comment: You can still run old Skype... (Score 1) 267

by Jay Maynard (#47620265) Attached to: Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

What the story doesn't mention is that, compared to Skype 2.8, the Skype 5/6 user interfere sucks. Users have been complaining ever since it was rolled out, and Skype's answer has always been to use 2.8.

Fortunately, there's a way to make the old version not check for updates: use your local DNS or hosts file to address to The update check fails, and Skype 2.8 runs, fat, dumb, and happy. I'm pretty sure this works for older versions of 5 or 6, as well.

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