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Comment: Re:a little late to the game.. (Score 1) 211

I went to public school in Arkansas in the 80's/early 90's. Learned BASIC on TRS-80, Apple ][e, and IBM PS/2s. We had them then too.

I said the same thing a few minutes ago. Didn't read all comments first. And I forgot to mention my TRS! Writing BASIC and saving code on a cassette tape.. what a thrill that was. Until one had to read it back into the computer.

A fond memory, and I wish I still had the BASIC code, I programmed a Star Trek "simulator" in BASIC, complete with big red photon torpedo pixels. I put simulator in quotes because there was no way to code in user input, via joystick or the like, so you just basically watched things get blown up by torpedoes :) Ah, the memories. Our teacher put it up on the big screen for the other students to see. It didn't land me any girlfriends though. Heh.

Comment: Re: Its just common sense (Score 1) 211

Agreed. I'm doubting that statistic of only 1 in 10 schools having such courses.

Me too. Could it be 1 in 10 of *all* schools, including elementary? It's gotta be. But it seems as if computer classes are way watered down from when I was a kid, if others' comments are to be believed.

Comment: Re:Thank god they didn't drag gender or race (Score 1) 211

Into this. I'm glad they offer computer science classes. I would have taken one in high school if it was offered.

Indeed. Which I'm a bit flabbergasted to read "1 in 10" schools don't offer CS classes? On first read I thought that couldn't possibly be correct.

I was in high school 1986-1990, and we had a computer science class. Hell, we had Apple IIs in junior high, and we moved things around on the CRT using Logo programmong! Mind you, in high school we were instructed in BASIC and, of all things, Hypercard.. heh. Well we used Macintoshes.. IIe I think. But the class was there and it was a start for me.

Comment: Re:Let's do the Chicken Little Climate Change danc (Score 1) 235

by SgtAaron (#49206597) Attached to: El Nino Has Finally Arrived, Far Weaker Than Predicted

Regarding the melting glaciers: they obviously melt during spring and summer. And as you seem to be an rally badly educated man: glaciers exist in the Alps, in the Himalaya, in Africa on the Kilimancharo, in New Zealand, I bet you have them in the Rockies and in the Andes, too.

There are hundreds of glaciers in the Cascade range of mountains in the northwest US. And sadly to say, they all seem to be retreating. Just the other day news broke of a glacier cave on Mt. Hood, near Portland, OR, that had been around for ages but is now collapsing. Not that I venture into glacial caves myself :-) And we have had one hell of a weird winter in this part of the world, which did not help the cave. While we watch the news and see what our family and friends are dealing with everywhere east of the Rockies, I have flowers blooming in my front yard two weeks ago! And I'm in the middle of Oregon!

I guess if you live long enough, you really can see it all. Heh

Comment: Re:Let's do the Chicken Little Climate Change danc (Score 1) 235

by SgtAaron (#49206509) Attached to: El Nino Has Finally Arrived, Far Weaker Than Predicted

I believe that up until recently, what is currently called a "polar vortex" was called "arctic air" in a weather forecast. Polar vortex, while being a historical term dating to the 1800's, was rarely used to describe the phenomena of cold cyclonic polar air pushing south. Using it commonly now makes it seem like winter weather patterns have suddenly and drastically changed. They haven't, not in just a couple of years.

I believe this ties into the phenomena of the naming of winter storms by a certain cable weather channel.

Comment: Re:Thanks (Score 1) 23

by SgtAaron (#49135101) Attached to: 3 Million Strong RAMNIT Botnet Taken Down

In many of my posts, I have been highly critical of the seeming non-efforts by government agencies to deal with SPAM, malware, phishing etc. etc.

It is wonderful to hear this great news about good works being done for the greater good. Thank you to all the investigators for your many hours and hard work to shut this down.

Wow. You are very good troll. Heh, even getting a few mod points. The reply to this is pretty good, too.

Comment: Re: Look around you (Score 1) 95

by SgtAaron (#49109687) Attached to: Humans' Big Brains Linked To a Small Stretch of DNA

or me, "dumb" is just a label that closed-minded people apply to other people, so they can feel superior. Which seems to be fundamental to the human psyche : we need to be better than other people. It's our base drive to compete. I think this might also explain greed : possessing more resources is one way to be better than the rest.

My opinion: dumb people are those that have no idea how ignorant they are about a great many things. I don't think that opinion is new at all :-)

Comment: Re:First I heard of this (Score 1) 158

It was a big story on the front page of The Oregonian this morning. That's the first time I heard about it. If those guys are worried about having enough space they ought to put their data centers in Prineville. Tons of room out there.

Hah. Yeah well Prineville doesn't seem to be complaining too much about the Facebook center there, since the only other thing around is Les Schwab HQ. It's true however it's not supplying any jobs to a pretty depressed economy in that county. I think they're planning to expand, or are already. I've forgotten. DC's like it here though; low humidity allowed for an interesting cooling setup there, and the electricity is relatively cheap.

But really our general world-connectivity in central Oregon has improved much since a DC here required more fiber. It used to be that a backhoe or other would cut our only link to Portland, and more than once all ATMs in three counties would stop working.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile in Oregon (Score 3, Interesting) 77

by SgtAaron (#49009737) Attached to: Mystery Ash Clouds Rain In Parts of Washington, Oregon

People speculating Mexico or Guatamala are simply new to the meteorology of the region. To local sources a glance at a recent eruption map makes and it is instantly obvious there is 1 known candidate, and it would explain it perfectly.

("Just rain" in my part of Oregon, too)

Same here in Bend. It's been pretty windy, trees falling. Nowhere like the rain west of the mountains of course. But there were fires all around last summer. No dirty rain falling here. Hell, at 50+ degrees it's almost been like a spring rain. So sorry for our mountain snow pack, however.

Siberia though, makes more sense. The jet stream seems to be pushing a lot of air our way. Not just dirty Beijing air, either, it seems. Or is it... ? :)

I grew up in Spokane and was there when St. Helens erupted. That was ash fall.

Comment: Re:Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 1) 327

by SgtAaron (#49008409) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas

Then this reveals my ignorance, because I would have assumed/hoped that there is full body armour which protects the limbs while not significantly restricting movement.

Whoever your are, AC, I applaud your frankness. Admitting ignorance is kind of rare in these parts. Heh.

Anyway, unless you want to wear full plate armor, like the days of long past, no. Even then, stopping a rifle round--probably not.

Now, a Holtzman shield would work. See in case you aren't familiar with them.

Comment: Re:Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 4, Interesting) 327

by SgtAaron (#49008273) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas

1. Over half of police killed by firearms WERE wearing body armor. It's not like the ancient stuff that provides whole body protection, you have a front piece and a back piece that protects your chest. A hit to the head, or in from the side, and you're still possibly dead.
2. Police body armor is drastically lighter than the stuff I wore. A rifle round will generally go right through them, as will a shotgun slug* at close enough range.

Damn straight. This reminds me of a police action in Portland, OR, they entered a house and the guy had a high-power rifle with armor-piercing bullets. One female office was killed outright, one shot just above her kevlar vest, one just below. Another female office was shot twice, they went through her vest, but she survived after surgery. It was a mess. I remember it so well because the police chief was livid about the news helicopter coverage. Apparently the guy was watching the news and knew exactly where the officers were around his house and where they were entering.

When I was in the Army in the '90's we were told our body armor was really only effective against shrapnel. Don't get hit by that big 7.62 AK round!

Comment: Re:Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 5, Informative) 327

by SgtAaron (#49007861) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas

As a non-American, I don't really understand US gun culture very well, but: if there is a likelihood of someone brandishing a deadly weapon, wtf don't police come in with full body armour?

The guy can be rushed, and if it turns out the gun's a toy / he wasn't going to use it, nobody dies - but if they're shot at, no big deal, and he faces justice.

I understand that some weapons are so powerful that body armour won't help, but how common are they?

Body armor is great at stopping shots to your chest, but come on. Sure, in Hollywood shots to a limb are shrugged off like they're bee stings, but that isn't how it is in real life. One of my favorites was in CSI: Miami, Horatio gets shot in the gut, but sticks his hand on the wound and walks around toting his pistol and saving the day.

Gunshots are no joke. One to to your leg can cause lifelong disability. Or how about to one's face? Ouch. I would never want to rush an armed opponent in the hope that his shots will only hit my body armor.

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