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Comment: Re:Work on the basics (Score 1) 387

Wish I had mod points... This is the my primary barrier for learning Python (been doing PERL since '94). I like that it has lots of built-ins for web stuff. But, couldn't they use common practices when it comes to syntax and layout?

JS is the lingua franca for front end web use. I like the comparison to annoying relatives :)

Comment: Re:Freeloaders (Score 1) 120

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#45964347) Attached to: The Role of Freeloaders In Open Source Communities

Agreed. Seems the author is confused between users and Freeloader, in the traditional sense. The Freeloaders are those that incorporate their code into their product and offer that for sale and don't contribute back to the open-source community.

In a certain product for sale, I know of just under 50 open source components (not including core linux) included. All the licenses are complied with. But, few get patches submitted upstream. Some bug reports though.

Does the community need this kind of freeloader? I think so. But, there should be some community responsibility to contribute financially if you're not contributing code.

Comment: Re:Meaningless values are meaningless. (Score 4, Interesting) 134

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#45897183) Attached to: China Tops Europe In R&D Intensity

agreed. The method in which this is calculated really isn't described either. Even though I'm in a development role, we're pressured to demonstrate "research" when we're really just assembling code.

US/Europe need to actually produce real stuff. Anything else is just proprietary fodder for others to take.

Comment: Re:Safety Bat (Score 1) 51

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#42195953) Attached to: Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned For the First Time Ever

Lap seat belts were optional on domestic cars from the early 50's through 1967. In 1968, they became mandatory. 1964 was the first year for required padded dashes. The big 3 offered them across the line much earlier though. Shoulder belts became required in 1971.

IIRC, Tucker released the first padded dash on a domestic car.

Comment: Where is HTC One for Verizon? (Score 1) 209

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#41606151) Attached to: HTC Profits Drop By 79%

HTC,
I went to the Verizon store to pick up a replacement recently. No HTC One? Really? Why?

How I used to love 'ya. I'm still using my HTC Incredible. It's been, well, pretty incredible. Well, until the latest updates came out. I've had more crashes since the last update than I had over the last 3 years.

My next phone won't be an IPhone. It won't be a Windows phone either. What does that leave me with? Motorola? They break promises with 1yr old phones; Should I look at the new RAZR models? Will they get JellyBean? Who knows?

That leaves Samsung.... Is it really so hard to create an Android phone that we can get excited about?

Linux

Linus Torvalds Awarded the Millenial Technology Prize 91

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the stems-cells-kernels-same-thing-right dept.
Karrde712 writes "In a first for the Millennium Technology Prize, both Laureates were awarded the prize. Linus Torvalds was recognized for the creation of the Linux kernel and its continuing impact on enhancing scientific progress throughout the world. Dr. Shinya Yamanaka was recognized for his work in the development of induced pluripotent stem cells for medical research." New submitter Elessar wrote in about the BBC's related interview with Linus "... touching on many subjects including Linux on the desktop, Raspberry Pi, and the weirdness of his employment contract." (He did another one with Linux.com earlier this week too).

Comment: Re:Federalist Papers (Score 1) 398

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#40086201) Attached to: Legislation In New York To Ban Anonymous Speech Online

I wish I had mod points. I think *THIS* is the primary problem here.

The Declaration of Independence is also a good example of the importance of free speech rights even in the era or the Internet. On July 4, 1776 the original declaration of Independence was signed by only two people, Charles Thomson as Secretary and John Hancock as President of the Continental Congress.

 

Comment: ...but it was still a space shuttle flying... (Score 2) 101

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#39721523) Attached to: The Space Shuttle Discovery's Last Mile (Video)

Come On! Stop with the dramatics. The space shuttle wasn't flying; a 747 was. Been there, seen that.

The real issue is that the commericalism of space has commenced and the US has no alternative except the Russians for manned spaceflight. SpaceX will require the help of the ISS's robot arm to properly dock with the station. Virgin Galactic won't be viable for LEO any time soon.

Way to give away our lead in space.

Comment: Re:"...to still see a shuttle in flight". (Score 3, Informative) 65

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#39631615) Attached to: NASA Shuttle Discovery Set To Buzz Washington, DC
agreed. Remember, SpaceX is only going after the re-supply business right now; and they haven't actually done this yet. Even the Russians messed this up -- twice. There's a big difference deliverying supplies and launching an astronaut and bringing him safely to earth. The Russians knew this. That's why they raised their prices when the US announced the end of the Shuttle program.

Comment: "...to still see a shuttle in flight". (Score 3, Informative) 65

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#39629483) Attached to: NASA Shuttle Discovery Set To Buzz Washington, DC

I had the chance to see the Enterprise atop the 747 upon its successful drop tests back in the 80's. Truly a magnificent sight.

However, this was not -- and yours will not be -- a chance to still see a shuttle in flight. You'll witness a 747 in flight carrying the Space Shuttle. It will be gutted and turned into a shell of its former self leaving the US to outsource manned spaceflight to the Russians for years to come.

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