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Comment: Doesn't quite make sense to me (Score 1) 186

by KingTank (#47216429) Attached to: Toyota Investigating Hovercars
Just doing some searching on Google it seems the lift/drag ratio for a wing-in-ground-effect vehicle is about 10:1. A typical load/rolling resistance ratio for a tire appears to be about 100:1. So I don't see how the lift can be generated anywhere near efficiently enough it to improve overall efficiency. Unless my numbers are all wrong or they have something way more efficient than a wing-in-ground-effect.

Comment: I think it's normal to some degree (Score 1) 1198

by KingTank (#47113427) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
How the heck are you supposed to get motivated to find a mate if you don't feel like you deserve one? I think that part is normal, but what gets tricky for some people is reconciling that with respecting another person's rights. That takes some fairly sophisticated ethical thought that unfortunately, not everyone is capable of. Certainly not a narcissist with asperger's or whatever was wrong with that guy. So unfortunately, I don't think that merely "educating" nerdy men is the solution to this problem.

Comment: Two things could hold you back (Score 1) 466

I'm 40, and I've been programming professionally for two years, but I'm currently trying to get a better paying job. I find the main stumbling blocks are inability to "talk shop" well and lacking experience in highly specialized skills. Talking shop convincingly is difficult because I haven't had much experience collaborating with other programmers. I imagine you would have the same problem. Employers expect you to have all the correct terminology flow right from the tip of your tongue. The other issue is that a lot of employers seem to be looking for a lot of experience in a very particular area, which an inexperienced programmer is rarely going to match. You have to program for many years on many different projects to have a good chance of matching what someone is looking for. Age itself, as far as I can tell, is not an issue at all. At least, not at 40. Although I know there's some very vociferous people on Slashdot who will tell you otherwise.

Comment: Does the author even use Facebook? (Score 1) 260

by KingTank (#46499795) Attached to: The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly
Everyone knows there's very little socializing going on on Facebook. Facebook is just there so you can pretend to be friends with people you don't really like. You can't be yourself on there because everybody's parents and bosses and neighbors are on there watching everything you do. It's the Potemkin villiage of friendship.

Comment: Seems like an overly specific concept (Score 1) 745

by KingTank (#46264981) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
We could be part of a computer program, but I don't see why it has to be a simulation. In fact we already know that computer programs which do not simulate the universe are possible, so it seems much more likely that such a program is not a simulation. Our laws of physics might be representations of something completely abstract in the "host" universe.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"