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Comment: Stem passing scores (Score 2) 597

If you don't understand that 3, 4 or 5 is the right passing score then you should have studied harder *+&

* For the humor impaired, please try and find the joke in there before you mod me down.
+ For the math impaired - yes there is a joke in there
& For the humor AND math impaired, what the hell are you on /. for?

Comment: Re:Disrespectful (Score 1) 61

by OzPeter (#49473647) Attached to: IT Consultant Talks About 'Negotiating for Nerds' (Video)

All they're doing is speaking the language of their user base. Slashbots are pedantic, rude and trollish. There's nothing wrong with an editor that tailors the content accordingly.

You can't control what other people say or do. But you can control how you react to it.

And labeling people who disagree with you as "hammerheads" is not a good reaction.

Comment: Re:Honestly ... (Score 4, Interesting) 342

by OzPeter (#49470687) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

This is why I'm against electronic gambling. Not because of some moral "gambling is of the devil" thing... but because it would be trivial to rig these machines and then erase all evidence that anything fraudulent happened.

There was a case in Australia* with an a gaming machine based on a horse race scenario. Someone started winning big on it, and when the investigation was done it was discovered that when the game was not actively being played, it displayed a "demonstration" game .. that turned out to be the next real game that would be played (or some such). So all you had to do was to wait until the demo came on, then then when it finished, bet on the horse that one the demo.

A perfect example of stupidity in the place of malice. So while your reasoning is potentially valid (and with a nod to Dennis Ritchie and his paper on trusting compilers), there is a broader set of reasoning to be against electronic gaming.

* Writing from memory because I can't be bothered hitting google.

Comment: Re:Should be micro kernel (Score 3, Interesting) 209

by OzPeter (#49466815) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh

I've never seen a true microkernel that has the performance of a monolithic kernel. Nobody wants to buy a new computer and drag it down to a craw

Did you ever use OS-9 from Microware? (not to be confused with OS 9 from Apple)

Back in the day I ran OS-9 on a Tandy Co-Co and had a fully multi-user, pre-emptive multitasking system* running on a 6809E, 8 bit, sub 2MHz CPU. Later on I worked with a variety of industrial computers running OS-9 on 68K based systems and they worked just fine.

* I will give you that I only ever fired up the graphical desktop all of once just to see if it worked. After that I stayed in the command line.

Comment: Re:Almost Time (Score 1) 676

by OzPeter (#49458857) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

If it ends up being Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush, I will conclude it is time to flee the U.S. for a free country. Unfortunately I don't know of any countries out there that are both free enough to go to and yet stupid enough to let Americans in.

Oh well. There is always the safety of the grave to look forward to.

In both of the last elections there were a bunch of high profile people who claimed they would leave the US if Obama was (re-)elected. But when push came to shove they stayed in the US.

I'm betting that people like you will be making the same vociferous claims, and like those other people will stay in the country regardless of who wins the election. Lets face it, if you were so dis-enamored with the country that you are going to leave, then basing your decision to stay or go on something that only comes around once every 4 years is basically a crock of shit. If you are going, then you are already gone.

Comment: Re:Well, yeah... (Score 0) 626

Obviously, he should have set it to a photo of two women kissing. Then the teacher wouldn't have been so mad!

How do you know that the two "men" weren't really two transgendered women, who haven't yet requested various departments (DMV etc) to change to their gender, so officially are still female?

Comment: Re:Guardian scum (Score 1) 114

I think it is clearer to say 'in the likelihood that the request is denied'.

But those 3 extra words take up space on the newspaper page that could have been used for something else (advertising?). Yeah I know I read this off a web-page, but the editors of said page would have been educated old skool and are happy to cut out superfluous words.

As written it sounds like an Indian-English-ism

I only get that effect when I shake my head from side to side as I read the sentence.

"If anything can go wrong, it will." -- Edsel Murphy