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Comment: Grades by Category (Score 1) 30

by Tablizer (#47978449) Attached to: Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

Here's my general assessment of the pace of progress we've actually made compared to what was predicted since around the Sputnik era:

Earth transportation: D- (relatively cheap air-fare about only gain. NO flying cars.)
Space transportation/exploration: C- (chem rockets still expensive as hell)
Artificial Intelligence: B-
Electronics/Computers: A (arguably only area faster than expected)
Medical: B-
Poverty: D (still not solved)
Reduced Work Week: D+
Population Overload or Resource Shortages: C- (problems less than anticipated)
Big Brother: B

Comment: Re:Thanks for the fraud, Turbotax (Score 1) 203

We wouldn't have this problem if we filed our taxes online. Turbotax has prevented that, because they want to charge us for doing what the government could do free...

After the debacle, I don't think many are ready to support that idea. Make sure that puppy is well-tested BEFORE launch this time.

Plus, relying on TurboTax dumps any hacking blame onto a private company. Politicians don't want that risk.

Comment: Re:List the STL? Seriously? (Score 5, Interesting) 294

by Tablizer (#47975971) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

listing all the container classes in STL from the top of my head

I was once was asked a similar kind of question about a library, and told them "I tend not to index them that way in my head. How about asking me what class or function I'd use to perform a particular task? That's how my head stores things."

They seemed to be satisfied with that response and proceeded to ask me "how to" code questions, which I readily answered.

Comment: Re:A I recall (Score 1) 262

by Tablizer (#47968029) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

when Buzz Aldrin punched Bart Sibrel in the face on camera.

That event was arguably better than the Eagle landing itself.

That was one medium punch for a man, one giant leap for troll riddance.

What some vids don't show is that Bart kept following and harassing him multiple times before the punch. Buzz would walk somewhere else to avoid him, and Bart would soon follow, sticking the Bible in his face and taunting him. If you didn't see the whole thing, it may look like Buzz was unreasonable. It shows that video evidence can strip out context if not complete.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal