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Comment: Programming or CS Concepts? (Score 2) 643

by Slime-dogg (#48858643) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

The question is for programming, but the blog discusses AP CS. There are differences there, which are fairly important.

If one were to teach another to program, then I'd stick with a language that is closer to English. This is a reason why PASCAL or BASIC was used - they are a lot more verbose in nature than C, Java, etc. I think Python should qualify as well, because you do want to impress upon the learner the importance of formatting.

For CS concepts, it might be better to start with a language that's closer to the concepts in CS. For this purpose, I'd say Logo. There's a direct feedback in Logo, and it starts really simple. I learned it in junior high school. From there, you can get crazier into the functional programming world and migrate to scheme or full blown lisp, which then translates rather well to automata, grammars, languages, etc.

Comment: Re:I appreciate you not labeling yourself (Score 1) 551

by Slime-dogg (#48312407) Attached to: In this year's US mid-term elections ...
WRT the last mile deal - it doesn't necessarily have to be at the federal level for regulation. The current state of affairs is primarily due to the leverage that the oligarchy has had upon local government. I imagine that a revolution at the municipal and state level would have to occur for the oligopoly to be broken.

Comment: Re:In lost the will to live ... (Score 2) 795

by Slime-dogg (#47967185) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Except that it doesn't explain why you should follow it. Most people seem to use "karma" (or "what comes around goes around") as a not-quite-as-supernatural-as-an-omnipotent-God reason for following the Golden Rule.

Wouldn't an indoctrination by society of an expectation for others to follow the rules be a suitable enough reason for one to follow that same rule?

In other words, society is perpetuated through an evolved sense of peace. To follow the "Golden Rule" is to benefit society. Society is not a God, it is a social construct with the power to self-enforce the rule, if need be.

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 1) 253

by Slime-dogg (#47486079) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

I've been there. I know how that is, too. I wouldn't consider food that didn't make me feel stuffed, and would frequently eat to that point. I was uninterested in "healthy" materials. I like cheese a lot, which translates to me liking anything with cheese as a highlight.

I had to quit cold turkey. I had good reason to, considering that I got married and effectively removed myself from the environment where I had developed my habits. I dropped 40 pounds in roughly 6 months, and it was a healthy drop.

Now, I'm so accustomed to "healthy" food, that overly processed stuff just tastes terrible. Regular soda is overpoweringly sweet. Foods like frozen pizza, box mac & cheese, and fast food literally tastes abnormal. Once you get off the sugar, salt, and fat diet pushed by Kraft, Nestle, McDonald's/Wendy's/BK, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, etc, it becomes very difficult to get back on that diet. It shifts from satisfying your tummy and giving you that pleasant sleepy contentment to just tasting bad. The textures end up all wrong, and you'll find yourself wishing you'd gone for the "healthy" stuff.

It takes time, true. It isn't impossible, and it's remarkable how much your preference will change once you finally decide upon that change.

Comment: Re:Overstating things.... (Score 1) 300

by Slime-dogg (#47459841) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

There is, however, a knee-jerk anti-Microsoft reaction here on Slashdot that rejects Windows Phone (particularly) out of hand. It has its merits. Really, it does.

I'll have to disagree with that one - this place used to be filled with M$ Haterade, but I've seen a lot more positive discussion since the antitrust years. I also think that there might be a considerable amount of astroturfing in play by Microsoft.

Slashdot isn't special in the knee-jerk reaction to Windows Phone, though. People pray to the Android / Apple altars and love their holy war, so they poo-poo the Windows Phone as the black sheep of the market.

Comment: Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 4, Informative) 300

by Slime-dogg (#47459789) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Exchange is laughable, only people who care about certifications use it, and they are the laughing stock of people who actually use servers. There is a reason 99% of all servers are Unix based.

And Sharepoint has been a nightmare for everyone who's had to deal with it. I replace Sharepoint solutions with open source ones (often Drupal, as it performs easily 100x better on equivalent hardware, and can talk to an AD quite easily), and every customer is very satisfied.

Many business on the MS platform will go all-in with Exchange, primarily because of the level of integration with all products that MS offers. To call those that use Exchange "laughing stock," is essentially a troll.

Sharepoint offers a lot more than Drupal does to a business that employs actual developers, as well as those that understand how to leverage Sharepoint with Analysis Services and PowerPivot. There is also a lot more extensibility of workflows with less dev time than Drupal. Companies probably shouldn't bother with Sharepoint unless they actually care about those things, because it's essentially an expensive CMS without them.


Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You 150

Posted by timothy
from the eye-oh-tee dept.
Presto Vivace (882157) links to a critical look in Time Magazine at the creepy side of connected household technology. An excerpt: A modern surveillance state isn't so much being forced on us, as it is sold to us device by device, with the idea that it is for our benefit. ... ... Nest sucks up data on how warm your home is. As Mocana CEO James Isaacs explained to me in early May, a detailed footprint of your comings and goings can be inferred from this information. Nest just bought Dropcam, a company that markets itself as a security tool allowing you to put cameras in your home and view them remotely, but brings with it a raft of disquieting implications about surveillance. Automatic wants you to monitor how far you drive and do things for you like talk to your your house when you're on your way home from work and turn on lights when you pull into your garage. Tied into the new SmartThings platform, a Jawbone UP band becomes a tool for remotely monitoring someone else's activity. The SmartThings hubs and sensors themselves put any switch or door in play. Companies like AT&T want to build a digital home that monitors your security and energy use. ... ... Withings Smart Body Analyzer monitors your weight and pulse. Teddy the Guardian is a soft toy for children that spies on their vital signs. Parrot Flower Power looks at the moisture in your home under the guise of helping you grow plants. The Beam Brush checks up on your teeth-brushing technique. Presto Vivaci adds, "Enough to make the Stasi blush. What I cannot understand is how politicians fail to understand what a future Kenneth Starr is going to do with data like this."

Comment: Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (Score 1) 561

by Slime-dogg (#47324749) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

I agree, One time in line at a grocery store one man remarked about how it was stupid they had "retards"[sic] working there. I told him "You can learn from anybody, even this so-called 'retard.' for example, notice he is treating everybody with respect. You know, come to think of it, I never met anyone with Down's syndrome who is a nasty and judgmental prick like you. Maybe we can all take a lesson and learn to treat others nicely."


Comment: Re:We already have one... (Score 1) 333

by Slime-dogg (#46902089) Attached to: Figuring Out the iPad's Place

I'll third this.

When I first saw the news, a week ago or so, and Wall Street and Forbes were getting antsy over iPad sales, I thought "why wouldn't sales drop?" The product line is very mature, and there is plenty of competition available as well. The devices last forever - even phones do, though we constantly seek upgrades. Tablets fill a specific need, and there are very few "new" apps that demand a complete overhaul of the hardware in order to function.

Comment: Re:It already found its place. (Score 1, Insightful) 333

by Slime-dogg (#46901935) Attached to: Figuring Out the iPad's Place

a) it *has* an external port

Whose licensing is controlled with an iron fist, compared to a lot of 1980s PCs that used standard (or at least unpatented) external interfaces.

Logically speaking, you are persisting a fallacy, specifically a straw man argument. That the interconnect is licensed and controlled is irrelevant to the fact that it exists and functions as an interconnect.

The original statement, here:

But it's not a general purpose computer. The small screen, no keyboard and no external ports make it useless for doing any real work. Except for niche applications, it's strictly a content consumption device.

has been refuted, regardless of your views on the port itself.

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