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Comment: Re: Oh, Okay (Score 4, Insightful) 587

by MAXOMENOS (#49414575) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political

Wells, H. G. The Time Machine. 1895

Chambers, Robert W. The King In Yellow. 1985.

Lovecraft, Howard P. The Shadow Over Innsmouth. 1936

Lovecraft, Howard P. At The Mountains of Madness. 1936

Lovecraft, Howard P. The Shadow Out of Time. 1936

Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1949.

Gibson, William. Neuromancer. 1984.

Gibson, William. Count Zero. 1986.

Sterling, Bruce. The Artificial Kid. 1980.

Sterling, Bruce. Mirrorshades. 1986.

Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. 1992

Dystopian sci-fi is not a feature of Social Justice, it's a feature of sci-fi itself.

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 4, Informative) 536

He explored that solution, and it turned out to be a huge pain in the neck. Quoting Consmerist (first link in the OP):

Then there’s XO, which provides connectivity solutions for business. We confirmed with an XO sales rep that the company could, in theory, provide T1 broadband service (through CenturyLink). However, it would require that either Seth’s employer purchase the service or that Seth have a business license of his own. But even if that were possible, the cost would be exorbitant, starting at nearly $600/month with a three-year contract.

I could see his employer saying "no," and $600/month for 1.5 mbps is highway robbery.

Comment: I imagine a pair of women... (Score 1) 522

by MAXOMENOS (#49328683) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

...could make real names for themselves by writing, respectively:

  1. code for something kinda useful
  2. a RESTful web service exposing the above

Then every web page on Earth can pass the Programmer Bechdel Test just by consuming the web service.

However, I suspect that's not what the test is intended to accomplish.

Comment: Re:Oh the irony! (Score 2) 155

by MAXOMENOS (#49279671) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS
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Comment: Ugh (Score 1) 133

s/succeed/fail. Original should read:

No, seriously: can you cite a study with a solid methodology to demonstrate that less than 70% of FLOSS projects fail? I ask because there's a lot of orphaned projects out there that most people have never heard about and that are effectively dead, their code either unused or in desperate need of replacement (because it's not being maintained).

Comment: What makes you think FLOSS fails less? (Score 1) 133

No, seriously: can you cite a study with a solid methodology to demonstrate that less than 70% of FLOSS projects succeed? I ask because there's a lot of orphaned projects out there that most people have never heard about and that are effectively dead, their code either unused or in desperate need of replacement (because it's not being maintained).

Comment: Does it have to be BASIC? (Score 1) 215

by MAXOMENOS (#49206439) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Strategies For Teaching Kids CS Skills With Basic?

I cut my teeth on BASIC on an Apple ][+, and wrote my first professional-grade program (a math tutor) on it when I was 12. I have a lot of fondness for BASIC. These days, if I were to teach a kid any language, it would be Python. It has the easy syntax of BASIC with the added advantages of (a) a rich enough API set for everything from web development through machine learning (b) being an actual marketable skill in places like Silicon Valley.

I'm not saying BASIC is a bad choice, just that I think there are much better ones.

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