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Comment: Re:pot and kettle (Score 1) 262

by Monkey-Man2000 (#48937537) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen
My understanding is their market capitalization or whatever tanked after Elop and, although a well-known brand, they were really struggling -- Elop just buried the dagger and shamelessly sold them out (figuratively and literally). Your advice is valid though, I think smaller companies have never benefit long-term from a close partnership with MS.

Comment: pot and kettle (Score 4, Insightful) 262

by Monkey-Man2000 (#48936495) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Microsoft has in the past complained that Google Inc., which manages Android, has blocked its programs from the operating system."

Haha, cry us a river Microsoft. I'm all for an open platform but this investment is just step 1 of their embrace, extend, extinguish operating procedure. What's that quote about how smaller companies should NEVER work with MS?

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 2) 488

by Monkey-Man2000 (#48900887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?
I'm not sure I understand what you're saying at the beginning about a "bad" compiler because the outcome should be 7.333333333333333 as expected. If you meant, (int)22 / (int)3 then that makes more sense that you would get 7 because of truncation. Especially if for some bizarre reason the 3.0 was immediately treated as an int (because of the 22?) and you got 7 unexpectedly. Erring on the side of int->floats seems far less dangerous than float->int conversion in math operations because only an experienced programmer would even want/expect a 7.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 4, Insightful) 488

by Monkey-Man2000 (#48900577) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?
Wow, I hope you're not suggesting 22 div 3 vs. 22/3 is more intuitive to a novice for what it does compared to 22/3 and 22/3.0! Both sets look synonymous but if someone told you/me that the first and second of each were different I think the second set is MUCH more clear. **HINT: there's a decimal point in the second set, so it would be natural to assume the return value would have one as well -- no such luck on the first set**

Comment: Re:The most useful dice.com site in a long time (Score 1) 136

by Monkey-Man2000 (#48895613) Attached to: By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals

Maybe some of the programmers who worked on that page could fix this mess? Yeah it's far from the greatest page in the history of the interwebs but it is more functional than this one. I'll bet its administrators are more responsive to user feedback as well.

That's because this site is just designed to feed clicks to their real bread and butter. Now keep clicking over there peon.

Comment: Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 2, Insightful) 496

by Alsee (#48877703) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

if the same data has been used to claim a warming trend and the same data is used to say otherwise I'd call that invalid data.

The same data has been used to claim men landed on the moon, and that the moon landing was a hoax. Therefore all data related to the moon landing should then be ignored. As it's proven flawed on both counts.

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Comment: Re:A question for all the"deniers". (Score 1) 496

by Alsee (#48875839) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

earth is primarily a self regulating eco-system leading to stability

Gaia is living, breathing, self stabilizing organism. Gaia actively maintains optimum conditions for live to thrive. If the sun fluctuates hotter, Gaia will keep us cool. If the sun fluctuates cooler, Gaia will keep us warm. We have released two quadrillion pounds (2,000,000,000,000,000) of CO2 into the atmosphere and the laws of physics say that will trap heat.... and Gaia will.... umm I dunno... but Gaia will do it's super-smart-Gaia-thing to to actively counter it and keep us in a loving protective embrace of shielded stability. If we have a nuclear war, Gaia will cleanse the environment and protect us from that nasty radiation-stuff. Gaia loves all life, gaia loves us and protects us. Gaia loves broadway shows and long walks on the beach. Gaia has profiles on eHarmony.com and JDate.com.

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Comment: Re:So, the problem is.. (Score 1) 302

by Monkey-Man2000 (#48872185) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

Well, if you're billing hourly you can probably craft your own damn curly braces from scratch, and profit, but you're probably ripping off your customers by doing so, and you risk being forced out of the market by the guy with the site generator who can knock a zero off your price.

My emphasis. This is exactly what the OP is running into and he/she sounds like a buggy manufacturer in the age of automobiles. However, at least they recognize they need to finally learn some new tools after becoming too expensive for their clients if they want to stay in business. Hence the lazy Ask Slashdot question. I say "lazy" because they just need to do their homework since only they know what their needs are.

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