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Comment: Re:It only takes one ... (Score 1) 381

by RobertM1968 (#48161031) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Nigeria is known for it scare tactics, I don't see our governments try the same tactics without getting trouble back.

Don't worry, Faux News is more than making up for it by trying to scare with the actual facts, and then going the extra mile (or twenty) by trying to scare with outright nonsense, lies and bull$hit.

Comment: Re: Oracle (Score 1) 146

by RobertM1968 (#48104607) Attached to: Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

" The API itself allows for NO creativity"

Have you written any complex api? I am in software industry for 28 years and in every projects that I have worked, I spend more time on api design than implementation. It requires lots of ingenuity and creativity to come up with a set of api. Not much different than coming up with a plot for movie with intricate relations between characters and their personalities.

You need to re-read what ShangaiBill wrote. I will expound on it in parens.

The creativity should be what lies behind the API (call/name), not the API (call/name) itself.

Comment: Re:Inter-species communication (Score 1) 152

by RobertM1968 (#48104233) Attached to: Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

The summary at least says "imitate".

Sure, making noise is some limited form of communication (a dog barking is 'telling' you something). But unless TFA goes into more actual detail, this isn't true inter-species communication, but mimicry. Is a parrot "communicating" with you when it says "Polly want a cracker?"

Actually, that's speculation on your part. Because WE don't understand it, it doesn't mean it's mimicry. Since dolphins do indeed seem to have language, names and definitely can understand sentence structures (as we do), it's more likely your speculation is wrong.

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 4, Insightful) 907

by RobertM1968 (#47995417) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Wrong - T-Mobile, who doesn't act like a traditional carrier, is SINGLE HANDEDLY driving down rates.

Before they went on their marketing blitzes to let people know, AT&T and Verizon kept raising rates, or suckering people into plans that they'd then drop and replace with more expensive things at the earliest contract excuse.

Not every market has a T-Mobile. The insurance industry is one such market.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

by RobertM1968 (#47995325) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

If they employ these methods, their risk should reduce significantly, as well as repo costs, and therefore be reflected in nice big loan rate drops. OTOH, if it enables a person who otherwise would not qualify for a loan to get one, it could be argued as a 'good thing'. I personally shudder at this level of what feels invasive.

Or increase, when someone can no longer go to work and loses their job.

Comment: One more reality TV show out of business... (Score 1) 188

by RobertM1968 (#46621429) Attached to: UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

So much for "Whale Wars" and the gang of the Sea Shepard. Ah well.

Seriously though, laudable as the decision (that would require others to enforce) is, I'm baffled that it took this long (almost 4 years) to make a decision on something that clearly wasn't scientific in nature.

+ - Ferrari Fan page creator ousted by Ferrari, Kid Sues->

Submitted by ganjadude
ganjadude (952775) writes "Sammy Wassem started the Facebook fan page for Ferrari when he was 15 and eventually grew it to over 500,000 followers. In 2009, the company congratulated him on the site's success, but said that "legal issues" forced it to take over the administration, according to Automotive News Europe. Wassem could still use the site, but managers had oversight.

Wassem asked Ferrari for financial compensation to keep working on the page but continued creating content on it for the next four years. Eventually, the company terminated his administration rights. In 2013 he and his father Olivier filed the lawsuit against the business alleging it owes payment over 5,500 hours of work and copyright infringement for taking over the page. They are asking for 10 million Swiss francs ($11.3 million)."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Don't blame others for user error. (Score 1) 394

by RobertM1968 (#46575871) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Gears-Plural, more than one Gear-Singular, only one

It has a gear. It does not have gears.

I'm sure you'll now come in asking about reverse.

Wow, so many of you who can't count to two? A gear is useless without ANOTHER gear coupled to it. A single ratio gear driven coupling transmission system requires at least TWO gears to work. One connected to the output. One connected to the input. Those gears are coupled (teeth of one drive the teeth of the other).

Yet there are a dozen posts by transmission and gear experts who seem to think that one free floating gear magically transfers power to someplace without another gear meshed to it. Wow. Just... wow.

Comment: Re:Wikipedia ruined the internet (Score 1) 517

That doesn't demonstrate that it's all about the money. Some preachers know that they're selling BS, others actually believe their derp. I think Ham is an emotional thinker, and actually believes the nonsense he spouts.

I don't. He cherry picks too much - especially when confronted with conflicting biblical "evidence" where he either ignores the conflict or cherry picks himself off into a different direction.

Comment: Re:Damnit (Score 1) 302

by RobertM1968 (#46575177) Attached to: Java 8 Officially Released

Very cool! I wrote a script a long while ago which you might like (or find a use for).

https://web.archive.org/web/20...

It's a next-gen script but could be adapted. It's got good pacing and it's an easy read. :)

Cool - please contact me via the Facebook link in my sig or via our startreknewvoyages.com website's contact page.

Comment: Re:Damnit (Score 1) 302

by RobertM1968 (#46562935) Attached to: Java 8 Officially Released

"(including *SUN* libraries that don't work in Java 6/7)"

You know that com.sun.* was never intended to be a stable API, right? You were using private APIs, now complaining that they broke, and blaming Java? That's some misdirected anger IMHO.

I used no such thing. I inherited the code when the company I work for bought another company and their infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Damnit (Score 1) 302

by RobertM1968 (#46562925) Attached to: Java 8 Officially Released

Cool. It just reminds me of a talk someone gave about a big project in C++ which had a hellish 20 hour build. :)

It's great stuff. One of the things I am enjoying the most about it is cutting the number of needed interlinking systems and technology down to a bare minimum using methods in one messaging system that everything can connect to (with MQ once again giving the assist where needed). Also wrapping EVERY vendor function from EVERY vendor library I deal with - in the end, with everything compiled with that one new wrapping library, it means all we ever have to do is deploy a new vendor library with an updated wrapper library - instead of changing code across hundreds of projects.

What's your relationship with Star Trek Phase II? It looks like you write a number of articles for them on their site.

One of the producers and the lighting guy (Gaffer). One new episode out this past Dec 31st, and another coming soon (once we manage the daunting task of color correcting from the original raw footage).

Comment: Re:Damnit (Score 1) 302

by RobertM1968 (#46547283) Attached to: Java 8 Officially Released

And here's more...

...was deprecated in J2SE 5.0. It has been disabled in Java SE 6, and it will be removed in the next release.

There are a lot of those if you step through the Java versions. Most people don't realize it ever. I ran into it first hand. ;-)

Either way, I love this job, especially since part of my project is to make sure this gets done correctly (instead of what happened under the previous code owners).

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.

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