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Comment: Re:Philosophy as a Robot Buddy Movie (Score 1) 162

by NMBob (#49128025) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?
Agreed on Robot and Frank. Good movie. Why doesn't someone like Elon Musk buy SyFy, fire every asshole that works there that thought "SyFy" was cute and a good idea, put it back to "SciFi" and start producing good shows like Almost Human? Bring Star Trek Continues to the channel too.

Comment: Re:Are we ready to accept it? (Score 1) 238

by NMBob (#48524391) Attached to: The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS
I don't know. I thought encrypting everything ate up more bandwidth with more overhead, and I just notice the little padlock icon by the URL more and more. Something is sure driving up the number of bytes for basically an unchanged daily reading pattern. Don't notice it, of course, when using WiFi. Maybe it's just more cloudcrap going on, but that shouldn't have changed much, either, and it's megabytes. Darn NSA. I understand, except for my problem. :)

Comment: Re:Are we ready to accept it? (Score 1) 238

by NMBob (#48522997) Attached to: The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS
I used to be able to surf the headlines of my morning list of websites before going to work on my iPad using a Verizon connection for about 10MBs. It now takes about 15MBs. That could be iOS8, HTTPS, the lack advertising blocking software and/or the increase in advertisements, or whatever. The point is megabytes is [now] money [that I have to pay for], and I don't get any say in controlling the amount of my data plan everyone sucks up -- if I still want to keep reading the same set of headlines in the morning.

Comment: Re:Rocket science is called so for a reason (Score 1) 71

by NMBob (#48522533) Attached to: Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch
The only problem I have is that they saw this same valve problem on a previous (the last one?) launch of the DIVH. And I can't imagine they didn't see it during testing too. I guess they didn't think it was important enough to stop a launch, and fix it before it did. Watching the wind to 'manual'. Too funny. It's sad that they thought they needed a computer to watch the wind in the first place. What's the saying? Hoisted by my own petard?

Comment: I'd say you are gong to have to do both. (Score 1) 211

by NMBob (#48481943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?
When full-on apps can be written in Swift (like when the language is up to it) iOS and all of the API stuff and most of the books and documentation and example code will still be in Objective-C, so you'll have to understand it. Once all of that starts getting converted to Swift then you will have to know Swift. It can be done on your own, but it is an uphill battle. Understand C and that will be half the battle.

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato

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