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Comment: Re:Why not just run Chrome on Android on Chromeboo (Score 2) 129

by Minwee (#47890061) Attached to: Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

Perjhaps he has about your levell of just how cripled Chromebooks are.

Now you'rehow about some specifics of just how crippled Chromebooks are?

I have one, and we'll compare notes..

I didn't know this before right now, but it looks that Chromebooks have bad keyboards.

Comment: Re:football can cause brain damage (Score 4, Funny) 404

by Minwee (#47881699) Attached to: Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

I agree calling the thing 'Surface' could lead to confusion. If an announcer said something like "the coach is checking his Surface now", what percentage of viewers might have thought he was referring to something other than the gadget in the coach's hand?

I would have gone with "The coach is checking his fondleslab now", but saying that kind of thing can get you fired nowadays.

Comment: Re:False premise (Score 1) 546

by Minwee (#47829373) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Getting past the gatekeepers is the problem. You can have a degree in theater or math and still get a job in computing. The bar is having SOME kind of degree. This is not a problem just in computing. It's a general corporate affliction.

"Nearly half of the software developers in the United States do not have a college degree. Many never even graduated from high school."

Unless half of the software developers in the United States are self employed and work out of their own basements, only one of these statements can be correct.

Comment: Is it easy question day already? (Score 1) 448

by Minwee (#47826601) Attached to: Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

"Could sophisticated military tanks and anti-aircraft missiles given or sold to countries like Iraq be equipped with a way to disable them if they're compromised, without opening them up to hacking by an enemy?"

No. Of course not. If you can destroy or disable your own equipment remotely then it's only a matter of time before someone else figures out how to use or break that function on their own,.

A much better approach would be to put a little red button on the bottom of everything and let nature take its course.

"I hate warriors, too narrow-minded. I'll tell you what I do like though: a killer, a dyed-in-the-wool killer. Cold blooded, clean, methodical and thorough. Now a real killer, when he picked up the ZF-1, would've immediately asked about the little red button on the bottom of the gun."

Comment: Re:False premise (Score 3, Insightful) 546

by Minwee (#47819869) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Absolutely. For any reasonable definition of 'coder' that approximates definition of 'employed IT professional' that statement is false.

Clearly we live in different universes.

In yours, it seems that "employed" means "employed by a large corporation whose organizational chart can only be displayed on several bedsheets stitched together", while in mine it means "hired or being engaged to perform work for pay".

My universe is full of people who are employed as IT professionals without having science or engineering degrees. Most of them landed their current positions on the strength of previous work in the field, and are just as capable as their degree-bearing and ring-wearing coworkers. As long as you can do your job, nobody cares what kind of expensive picture frames you hang on your wall.

Comment: Re:Sue the bastards (Score 1) 441

by Minwee (#47813893) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Leonid Brezhnev ran the Kremlin for more than 18 years, which most people would not consider "brief".

Point there. But it does nothing to change the fact that he and both of his successors left office after being "suddenly taken ill", which is similar to what the original article described.

Comment: Re:Sue the bastards (Score 1) 441

by Minwee (#47810087) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

wait for the facts to come out from a reputable source that doesn't use "Soviet-Style Punishment" in their headline. The Soviets didn't send their enemies home on paid leave.

It's not their enemies, but members of the government.who would find themselves suddenly and mysteriously ill whenever they became inconvenient. Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko each enjoyed very brief stints in the Kremlin before suddenly revealing that they were critically ill and needed to immediately step down and never speak to anyone again.

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