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Comment: Re:Catastrophism (Score 1) 71

by Neon Spiral Injector (#46759783) Attached to: Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

Velokovsky (and Ackerman) wrote about the birth of Venus, and Mars waging war on the Earth as an actual hypothesis as to how the solar system got to how we view it today. Hogan, as was often his style, took that idea and wove a fictional story around it.

I wish I had recommendations of other lesser known authors of a similar style, but I've never encountered any. For the most part I probably read the same books that most techies do, Asimov, Gibson, Stephenson. It was just a fluke that my mother bought me the fourth book in Hogan's Giants series for Christmas one year, and despite not having read the previous three books I was hooked.

Comment: Re:Catastrophism (Score 1) 71

by WasteOfAmmo (#46759601) Attached to: Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

I have to say I miss Hogan also. My wife and I have also read most of Hogan's books and thoroughly enjoyed them. We are currently introducing our youngest to Hogan by reading Code of the Lifemaker as a family. His writing was not as good near the end and in all he did not publish near enough for my liking. I've yet to find a similar author to replace him in my library. If you have any suggestions I'd be interested in hearing them.

That all said, I had not heard of Velikovsky or John Ackerman... will have to check them out.

Comment: Re:Catastrophism (Score 1) 71

by Neon Spiral Injector (#46752543) Attached to: Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

You think Velikovsky got carried away? John Ackerman picked up where he left off.

But I came to leave the same comment. Well, the Velikovshy part, I didn't expect to find anyone who had read Jim's stuff. I miss him, I used to e-mail back and forth a occasionally. I do own copies of all of his books, most in hardback, and the first editions of the last dozen or so. I never had to heart to tell him that his last few were not very good.

Anyway, here's to the new baby moon in Saturn's cradle.

Comment: Re:If only it were possible to do challenge/respon (Score 3, Informative) 178

In Australia it's illegal to fly a UAV within 30 meters of a human. This donkey was using an iPad to fly it 10 meters above the track. Even if quality radios are available here (of course they are) it sounds like he's a 'creative' type with little regard for anything without a brand name he reckognizes, physical reality or the law.

Comment: I Use it Internationally (Score 4, Interesting) 280

by Neon Spiral Injector (#46322331) Attached to: Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

I'm a 5-digit /. user, i.e. an old guy, but I do use WhatsApp. Only with international friends, though. Even then I tend to use Facebook messenger, but there were a few people who wanted nothing to do with Facebook, and they were actually the ones who pushed me to WhatsApp. I wonder what will happen with them now.

Comment: William Faulkner Meets Clark Gable (Score 1) 796

by Venner (#45843241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

I'm a huge fan of classic film, and one of my favorite anecdotes is a conversation related by director Howard Hawks between William Faulkner and Clark Gable in the director's car as he invited both men along on a hunting trip.

Despite being famous in their respective fields, the two men had never met each other. Moreover, Faulkner didn't watch movies and Gable didn't read. As the conversation in the car went on, it got on to the topic of literature. After listening a while, Gable asked Faulkner the best authors to seek out if one wanted to be well read.

Faulkner responded, "Oh, Thomas Man, Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, and myself of course."

  "Oh," ask Gable, "do you write Mr. Faulkner?"

"Why yes, Mr. Gable," replied Faulkner. "And what do you do?"

Comment: Re:Developing for Android on Android; Wi-Fi range (Score 1) 211

by Max Littlemore (#45825947) Attached to: Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

What software do you use for this? Is it AIDE or something else?

I'm using AIDE. It helps to root and increase the heap size if you need large libraries.

(Skipping the Chinese frying pan) That's all well and good for wandering about a building. But what happens if you wander onto a bus or otherwise out of range of your access point's signal?

I suppose I could open the firewall and remote in using my phone as a tether if I really needed to but so far I haven't. That would be limited to SSH to because xrpd would be painful over patchy 3G in my area.

Comment: Re:Actually, Yes and No. (Score 1) 211

by Max Littlemore (#45823011) Attached to: Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

In my case it's it leans towards the yes. I just got one of the asus android transformers and so far it's working out far better than my old laptop. I've found quick development tasks much quicker and easier than using the laptop and it's really convenient that the battery lasts as long as it does and I can get up and wander around with just the screen when I need thinking/reading time. This is suitable of course because I am developing android software and I am not someone who likes sitting down when I solve complex problems.

I also have and will continue to use the desktop when I need real power because it handles heavy workloads without the thermal meltdowns of a laptop. Having ssh, xrdp and samba shares on the desktop machine also gives me the freedom to wander around with the tablet while doing heavy wokloads.

I dream of a time where tools like blender are set up so that the heavy lifting is done by a PC and the UI is a thin opengl es app on the tablet allowing multiple connections for collaboration. That would be delightful!

Comment: Re:It's an "ology"! (Score 1) 230

So let me get this straight. Experimenting to try to gather evidence to support and explain phenomena reportedly observed by people throughout history is mumbo jumbo whereas stating that research in a particular subject is unjustified because we know everything, the subject seems ridiculous and we can assert that it can't be empirically measured is science? Okay. I suppose you believe in immutable "scientific facts" too? I guess I used to believe in the tooth fairy.....

You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner