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Comment: Einstein said it best: (Score 1) 876

by Weaselmancer (#46193353) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

To paraphrase: Some things would be unwieldy to program in a GUI or other oddball paradigm that would make you happy.

Some things are difficult. Combat pilot, brain surgeon, coder. Dedicate yourself and you can excel. If not, you need to do something else, rather that complain that something that interests you is difficult.

Get dedicated. LEARN. Focus and fight. Struggle and lose. Lose again. And again. Eventually win.

It's worth it, I promise you.

Comment: Forget? Hell. (Score 1) 457

by Weaselmancer (#46166735) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

They'll keep right on doing it, without a pause.

Reason being you have to get in front of the judge before you can get the innocent verdict. And most people aren't going to do that. The thing that makes this article noteworthy is because someone finally challenged the police on this point after decades of them doing it.

Same reason why they write traffic tickets in the first place. If absolutely everyone fought them, the court would be choked and cops full time job would be to be in court. They're counting on the average citizen's apathy to keep that from happening. And it happens to work.

Comment: Should be a fascinating read (Score 3, Interesting) 223

Can't wait to have a look at it. We know there will be backdoors and other goodies in it. Should be absolutely amazing to see what it monitors, how it does so, whom it calls home to, and so on. Let's see what China considers an ideal piece of software.

I think this will be a powerfully interesting piece of software to study. We'll learn a lot from it, I'll bet.

Comment: Bad idea, I think (Score 4, Insightful) 191

by Weaselmancer (#45463081) Attached to: Why Not Fund SETI With a Lottery Bond?

If you make a payout if SETI finds alien life, you suddenly give a financial motive to finding it. It could taint the results. Next Wow Signal we find and suddenly you'll have people who paid into it saying it's proof, and scientists saying it isn't. Lawyers will become involved.

Too messy if you ask me.

Comment: Sounds fantastic! (Score 5, Funny) 89

by Weaselmancer (#45421849) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Browser-Based IDE, Visual Studio Online

All the stability of Internet Explorer for a developer sandbox, and all the speed of your local internet connection! No more pesky waiting for your SATA drive! Now you can access your code through the blazing speed of your cable modem! MUCH faster. And add to that the security of not actually hosting your files locally. The cloud is always a better solution! For anything! I feel much better knowing that some faceless someone at Microsoft will be in charge of my backups. I certainly can't be trusted to do them.

Win-win I say. This sounds golden.

Comment: Re:Bring on the wearable interfaces. (Score 2) 453

Exactly. If it was fun they wouldn't have to pay you to be there. This is where he goes wrong:

"Being able to sit quietly in an irrelevant meeting isn't actually a particularly useful skill in the rest of life, so I can hardly blame anyone for wanting something to do or some other distraction during them."

Yes it is a useful skill in life. It's part of how you stay employed. Your boss wants you in the meeting, so you are in the meeting. End of story. Wanting "some other distraction" is another way of saying "you're boring me" and is a career limiting move. Stay alert, stay attentive. Spend the entire meeting trying to think of something to add to it. A viewpoint missed or a good question unasked.

That's what you're there for.

+ - Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Slay Patent Trolls->

Submitted by Weaselmancer
Weaselmancer (533834) writes "In what the EFF is calling "The best patent troll-killing bill yet", the Innovation Act of 2013 already has bipartisan support and some teeth to go with it. Loser pays the court bill so the "little guy" has a chance of winning in court, transparency so you can discover who actually is pushing the case, and discovery reform to throw out frivolous suits are just a few of the gems in this new proposed legislation. Read on for the full details."
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Comment: NASA (Score 1) 232

by Weaselmancer (#45195253) Attached to: Scientists Induce New Hair Growth In Balding Men

NASA's mission was to go to the moon, but along the way they they discovered scratch resistant lenses and memory foam. I have both in my house right now.

The point is a discovery is something new and beautiful, no matter what the reasons for looking were. I can easily imagine some offshoot of this technology fixing some other skin condition like shingles or eczema.

As for the "this helps people's suffering" vs "quit whining and just shave your head" argument, I started balding at 14. I'm happy with my shaved head now, but at the time it started it felt like motherfucking Armageddon. Suddenly girls were a terribly important concern and I looked like a radiation accident. I wouldn't wish that kind of social suffering on anyone. Especially an awkward 14 year old fer chrissakes. It was miserable.

That being said, I greatly enjoy my shaved head now and if this treatment were to become available I wouldn't take it. Being hairless (once you're the right age anyways) is actually rather nice. You look just fine in the morning, rain doesn't bother me because I have no hair to mess up, and driving with my windows down feels wonderful in the summer.

Comment: Excuse me? (Score 1) 274

by Weaselmancer (#45063007) Attached to: Could IBM's Watson Put Google In Jeopardy?

... machine that can remember, know, and think.

Has there been some sort of HAL-9000 type breakthrough that I am unaware of? Remember, sure. Know? Computers are not self aware. Think? Calculate is a better word. Currently computers are simply super-fast abacuses. No thinking going on quite yet, thank you.

It can seem that way though. With an excellent algorithm you can get thought-like responses, anticipations to your input patterns. An excellent example is The Akinator. It gives you excellent enough results, but it's really nothing more than a very clever database.

Could IBM come up with something clever like this for the web? Certainly. But let's call it what it is, please.

To do nothing is to be nothing.