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Comment: iPhones less bendable than others (Score 2) 149 149

by SuperKendall (#50003647) Attached to: AppleCare+ Now Covers Batteries That Drop To 80%

The iPhone 6+ is in fact less bendable than the Samsung phones, and the Samsung phones have screens that will shatter instead of bending slightly...

But in fact the iPhone 6+ is easily good for more than a day of charge. So if you want an iPhone that you don't have to think about the battery, they already sell one.

Comment: A few points of contention (Score 1) 242 242

1) The Dutch plan spreads that cost through the year 2100.

2) The Dutch plan is planning for a rise of 4.5 feet, way more than what will actually occur by that time (around foot) - so the funds allocated are vastly higher than what is required.

The current system, as is, could easily handle a sea level rise of a foot - the Dutch are just naturally over-cautious.

Comment: Yes, of course (Score 1) 167 167

by SuperKendall (#49980015) Attached to: Elon Musk Probably Won't Be the First Martian

Because that would require even more fuel and an even bigger rocket.

This should be commons sense but the longer you run the motor the more fuel it consumes.

Yes, I already mentioned that it's predicated on them having a massive amount of fuel.

You (and apparently a few others) see only the problems but you ignore that it would also get you somewhere faster (depending how you did it), so that balances out the extra fuel to some extent.

It also offsets the extra cost through a much simpler spaceship design, not having to have some complex rotating portion of the spaceship that cannot fail (or has to have redundancy built in).

You also only need to provide fuel for a one way trip, or if you plan on coming back don't worry about providing enough thrust for gravity on the return trip.

Comment: You have that backwards (Score 1) 242 242

You know, given how much of Holland is below sea level (26%) ... you can kind of see that they might give a damn about rising sea levels.

If anyone on earth doesn't give a damn what sea levels are, and can engineer to work around them - it is the Dutch. We are currently talking about around two feet over 200 years, hardly an issue for existing systems they have in place, much less whatever technology is to be had over 200 years time...

Comment: Alternative to providing gravity - constant thrust (Score 1) 167 167

by SuperKendall (#49978833) Attached to: Elon Musk Probably Won't Be the First Martian

If you are talking about a huge rocket, and providing a massive amount of fuel anyway - then why not make use of that to provide constant thrust the entire journey? You can use thrust most of the way to accelerate, then turn around and use the thrust to decelerate. It uses more fuel but it solves the gravity issue.

You don't even have to provide 1G, just 0.4G or so to acclimate the people to Martian gravity - you could probably get away with less really as long as the people exercised regularly.

It's also a much more "natural" gravity than centripetal force and so will not make as many people sick.

Comment: Re:Forget the girl part, the approach is wrong (Score 1) 471 471

by SuperKendall (#49978131) Attached to: Learn-to-Code Program For 10,000 Low-Income Girls

I think what they are really trying to do is to get these 10k girls some equivalent to that "informal experience" the boys have... but I don't see how you can ever really come up with something similar delivered by external pressure, rather than innate desire to learn.

Getting more girls into the coding pipeline early would seem to be more a matter of figuring out ways ad reasons that would naturally draw girls to start learning to code in the same way boys do.

Comment: You chose... poorly. (Score 1) 471 471

by SuperKendall (#49978081) Attached to: Learn-to-Code Program For 10,000 Low-Income Girls

When my daughter's guidance councilor recommended that she do the pre-med requirements in college and go to medical school, I rejoiced.

You rejoiced that she probably now will not join and industry with the greatest ability at any point in history to have someone work on what they want, with who they want. Sad.

STEM fields are being offshored

Only the crappy work where the quality of results do not matter; who wanted those jobs anyway?

the working conditions suck

In what way? I'm a consultant, I get to choose the hours I work and take as much vacation as I like. In a job I actually enjoy doing.

The work conditions only suck if you allow them to suck. At this point anyone who is good at programming, especially a female, can write their won ticket.

the profession is filled with bullies and misogynists.

Let me take a guess - you are in California, right? Because I've seen that there, but pretty much no-where else. Businesses do not have time for such people as they are inherently unproductive.

And again, you can choose who you work with so simply do not work with those people. From what I have seen over decades, they are a tiny minority of the actual people you can work with.

By the way, if you actually had a problem with misogynists, you would be quaking in your boots at the thought of her entering the medical profession - where inherently most women are assumed to be nurses... What makes you think that field is not a thousand times worse than the tiny world of problems you know?

What makes you think the job will suck less, not more, when the stress of being a doctor is so incredibly high? What makes you think she will not be living under the cloud of med school debt for five decades as the amount of money doctors makes declines? Are you not rejoicing at the career equivalent of being sent to the front lines in WWI?

Comment: How do boys get more "informal opportunity" (Score 3, Insightful) 471 471

by SuperKendall (#49977969) Attached to: Learn-to-Code Program For 10,000 Low-Income Girls

Because boys get more informal opportunities for computing experience outside of school,

What is that supposed to mean? Both boys and girls use technology equally outside of school as far as I can tell, in terms of access to technology or use of family laptops...

The only thing I can THINK the mean by this, by the very indirect wording, is that boys play more games. Specifically Minecraft. If that's so, say that,

But, I'm not sure Minecraft is truly a direct bridge to programming some seem to think it is... other games are actually a hinderance to learning to program, rather than a help - anything that absorbs time is to some degree taking away time you can learn to use to program.

Comment: Re:Why would a license plate point to a person (Score 1) 129 129

Please read what I wrote again, since you apparently did not the first time (or are too stupid to misunderstand my point, unlikely as you have a login). Indeed, your reply was passingly unrelated to anything I said?

For the slow among you: I can take a license plate from someone else's car, put it on mine, and now to all the automated readers I am them. Why look who was close by the bank that was robbed! It wasn't me, it was the OTHER guy in a red Civic. Sucks to be them.

"It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it." -- Henry Allen