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Comment Re: Continuum - Finally (Score 1) 82

Nope. They did not advertise a Windows PC in your pocket.

There was also Playbook which was the most poorly designed device ever.

The only really bad part of this device is that it runs universal apps. I'm coding one now and am finding file system access poorly documented and confusing. Pretty sure I'll sort it out

Comment Re:Hope.... (Score 1) 142

What choice were they given? And let's be fair, I don't see most other countries doing any better. We single out the US because they're the loudest and they do the best to make the elections reality TV show worthy. As a sad result, all they get is reality TV worthy candidates. If you compare it to anything, modern democratic elections world wide are nothing more than a reality TV elimination style series to choose members for a "professional wrestling" style battle royal.

We want the candidate with the greatest ability to talk smack about the opposition to represent our team. We choose presidents based on the team they support and if we're lucky, they will be the loudest person in the arena (think congress for example) who will provide the greatest entertainment to the spectators when verbally bitch slapping the opposition. When we're really lucky, we can experience a feat of amazing physical prowess and watch a 90 year old read a book for several hours to perform the major bitch slap called the filibuster.

I can honestly say, every candidate running for president this year more or less lacks even basic job qualifications for actually leading the country. In my personal opinion, I believe that Trump should win since I've never in my life seen a candidate who represents the majority of the American people so completely. Bigotry, hate, fear, entitlement, etc... oddly, I don't believe other countries are much better, but the Americans are publicly taking pride in their Nazi style mob mentality now. Even the "nice" candidates are spreading the hate pretty well... so this guy points at the Mexicans, that guy at the Chinese.

I'm not a huge dooms day kinda fella, but I've been considering stocking food supplies heavily to attempt to survive the fallout from when Trump becomes president. I live in Norway now, but we can already feel the ripples of it.

Comment Question from the ignorant (Score 1) 191

First of all... this is the first article in a REALLY long time on Slashdot where I've seen genuine intelligence being applied in the comments. There are absolutists, nay-sayers, pragmatists and more here and I swear, I feel like I've grown smarter from the comments which is just so rare for most articles. So... thank you everyone for contributing to my personal education, I mean this wholeheartedly.

I've seen many comments that make many good points.

We have the obvious which is "using LHC technology, scaling an accelerator to the next useful step would require a longer 'straight stretch' than we have available"

There's also "The possibility and benefits of acquiring a budget to consider another accelerator undertaking at the suggested massive scale, even if achievable wouldn't be profitable as the results we expect to gain based on current theory couldn't justify the project when the money can be better spent on studying other sciences which can be applied more easily"

There's also "We have ideas of what to look for next, but we're lacking legitimate proposals for how to make the observations." followed by "We're pretty sure we can observe these things if we slam enough energy into it."

The nice ones I see are the people who suggest thinking outside the box and using techniques like beaming lasers into plasma to produce higher voltages in smaller spaces. (did I summarize that properly)

I have seen a few small comments about better sensor technology. A few about data storage and processing constraints. I've seen of course the mandetory goofing around and as always the statements made by the ignorant providing solutions to problems they can barely spell let alone understand.

Let me ask a few small questions and hope for an answer from the people here who I believe are quite brilliant on this topic.

1) Does an accelerator have to be in one big line or is it acceptable to wrap it around a core like thread on a spool?

2) Do we actually need higher voltages to produce the reactions we're looking for or do we theorize these reactions happen at levels achieved within the limits of the LHC but we lack the knowledge or tools (maybe even theories) to observe the results?

3) While SM doesn't appear to explain everything, what is an example of what it fails to explain? (Wikipedia didn't help me here)

4) While I wish I could devote 20 years of my life to becoming knowledgeable enough to understand this topic, I am curious, beyond satisfying our curiosity, what additional benefits to we hope to achieve by detailing the standard model further? Higgs to me made sense, but I don't understand what components we feel we're missing that are scientifically profitable beyond what we already have found. It feels like finding another digit of PI. Unless we find a way to make PI a rational number, I don't see that the next 1 or 1 million digits will matter much.

5) To use the PI example again... could we ever complete the standard model? Or will it be like PI... no matter how many digits we find, there will always be more afterwards?

I thank you in advance if you do in fact take the time to answer my questions. I have 20 more, but I just grabbed the first 5 that came to me. I feel I've made it sound like I'm on the budget committee trying to pull funding, but in reality, I'd love to see the next step. If a complete and accurate standard model is even possible I would love to see it happen. I'm just curious as to whether a completed standard model is actually possible.

Comment Re:Fanatic (Score 1) 119

Hmmm... Sadly, you're probably right. Even if you seem to think being either right or left is an intelligent means of measuring ones merits.

It's a terrible shame the best candidates in 2015 to represent the American people is Sanders and Trump. I kinda wish we'd dump the presidency for consulship. A joint Trump/Sanders administration would be an excellent team of representation.

Comment Wasted time and money. (Score 1, Interesting) 119

Trump is selling low taxes, greatness deserved by lethargic individuals for simply having been squeezed from a vagina in such a manor as to qualify for US citizenship, and of course hate and fear.

Lets be honest, wasting time and money to beat Trump is futile. You simply can't prevail over stupid.

Oh... I feel with absolute certainty that Trump is the optimal representative of the vast majority of the American people. I will actually register to vote for the first time and vote for him. I hate his guts, I believe he's dangerous, I dread everything about him... but I believe he is very likely the huge kick in the ass America needs to finally understand that America needs an overhaul.

Oh... I also like GWB quite a bit and think he deserves either Jeb or Trump to win so he won't be considered the worst president since LBJ

Comment Able to code with Qt (Score 1) 336

Honestly, an entry level C++ developer should be able to write a useful and clean application with C++ and Qt.

An entry level programmer is someone who should know how to code but generally lacks experience with large scale projects. I'd be less focussed on whether they can define the word polymorphism but instead know the difference between delete and delete []

An entry level programmer should be focussed on gaining experience with developing professionally. A senior level developer should be able to plan from experience to develop a large scale application with complex logic.

I would make it a requirement that they know data structures and design patterns and scrum.

Comment What's wrong with socialsm? (Score 1) 446

I like socialism. I pay 49.6% federal income tax in a socialist country on about $250,000 U.S. and if someone needs some, they get some and the 24 hour gas stations don't have locks on doors or fancy windows to protect the clerk. We have the highest standard of living in the world. We also always score way above the US in every category except military spending. We even recently learned that 70% of the population is atheist or agnostic.

I'm guessing you live where people consider it a status symbol to live where there are security gates and your housemaid's children are dressed in rags and in school with torn up 20 year old books.

The U.S. is the only socialist country in the world hellbent on proving it doesn't work... so much so, they'll make their own people suffer to prove it. The civilized countries attempt to manage cost control, but no one would ever consider medical care or education as optional. What kind of a moron would ever want to pay 50 years of taxes for supporting a sick guy who can't work instead of paying his doctors bill and getting his ass back to the work. Also what kind of an idiot would want to retire in a country full of fast food clerks draining the economy when you could instead have educated people feeding into the social security system?

Comment Re:"Google feels that reeducation is necessary." (Score 2) 446

The year is 2015... calling women victims is a gross generalization. Men and women are each thoroughly capable of being supreme assholes. Women get paid less on average for many reasons. Applying some common generalizations which contribute :
  1) Women tend to want to be rewarded and recognized for their achievements and hard work.
  2) Men typically will make moving a pencil look like a 4 person task they did all by themselves.
  3) Women do their jobs without advertising to the universe they did.
  4) Men place billboard advertisements on their bosses street to brag that they did what they were being paid to do and it's time for a bonus.
  5) Women are far less likely to counter-offer a job offer than a man.
  6) Women will refuse on principle to sell their souls to get a raise. Men will beg and grovel if they think it will work.
  7) Women will wait for raises, men will calculate the opportune moment to ask for one and spring it.

It's not a mans world because of misogyny. Men are paid more because daddy taught us the principles don't mean shit if they inhibit putting food on the table. There is only one reason why women don't get paid the same as men. :

    Asshole bosses who love the power of being in charge of your life. It seems the only way of expressing their manly dominance is to try and put their penis to work. Men can joke with other men about blow jobs... with a woman, it's harassment. So how can that loser express his dominance and feel the power without crossing lines? Remember, there's a good chance he had to yield to the supreme manliness of someone else to get there.

Comment No advice... But... (Score 1) 271

Why the heck did you wait this long? I'm 40 as well and frankly I never considered even once letting my skills go out of date. You don't wait for the last two months to plan for what's next. You watch hundreds of hours of videos and learn all the time. There are 16 hours in a waking day. There are at least 4 you could have spent learning something new. In 2015 if you aren't practically an object oriented expert, you shouldn't be in the business. You've had 25 years to learn those skills.

I would honestly consider claiming unemployment and going back to the university for a semester of object oriented programming, design patterns, and data structures.

Oh, by the way, 40 isn't aging. I'm 40 and just got started.

Comment Your solution was pretty good (Score 1) 384

It's not great... It's pretty awful actually, but it's about the best you can hope for if you can't get a software update to support something better.

I can recommend a much more efficient method of it works.

if the software will operate on Windows Server 2012 R2, you can do a core installation which runs pretty well on 256megs of RAM.

If you can make it work with WINE, you can run a Linux installation which consumes much less.

If it runs on ReactOS, that might be even smaller.

If it's command line, you might be able to run it on Intel Galileo boards and have one for each pump.

You can actually probably do a single USB Ethernet adapter and a switch with multiple VLANs and run Hyper-V which is amazingly efficient for running Windows guests.

There are many ways. I would be most concerned about Ethernet cables sprawled all over the gas station.

Comment Re: It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 384

You're not even coming close to solving the issue which is how to get the software to work. Your solution would require a router with a layer-3 switch module and each port in a separate VRF, two NAT instances, a pile of strange static routes and then a PC with 16 virtual machines with 16 virtual Ethernet adapters configured for 16 different VLANs.

You haven't even scratched the surface of the issue of the software in question.

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