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The Laidoff Ninja Screenshot-sm 237

walmass writes "My first reaction on seeing the book was, 'Oh no, another book with "Ninja" in the title.' But in this case, the authors have established a case for that: they explained that the first ninjas were peasants who could not take the abuse from the samurai anymore and how they used everyday objects as weapons." Keep reading to see what walmass has to say.

Comment Complexity and data structures are more important (Score 1) 407

I think if you are worried about the efficiency of their solution you ought to explain complexity/order notation, and then apply it to a some practical data structures, like arrays or hash maps. Even more awesome if you get them to do some time measurements in easy language X so to demonstrate the effect of complexity. At crunch time, if they can judge the design trade-offs of their model&implementation, then that will eclipse any speed benefits of a compiled language. Good luck!

Comment Re:Imagination? Please. (Score 1) 99

Lego sets of the past decade or so have been mostly build-it-once kits, and then you have a toy that the kid either plays with or leaves on the shelf.

That would be the decade before the previous one. They've sort of got their act together a bit recently.

I know because I've been looking at some today. Sadly I'll have too be patient, hog junior is still at the duplo stage.

Comment Re:Too many keys!!! (Score 1) 806

Teknikally, any words with "c" kould be replased with "s" or "k" depending on which prounsiation of the letter you are using. If we kould kompletely eliminate konfusing letters like that, it would make our words easier to pronounse.

Then again, it kould be harder to program in sea or sea++, or to identify a P-See from a Mak. But we kould kope, I suspekt.

The folks who work on KDE would love to see this, because their spelling of everything now makes sense, except Konkeror of kourse.

So there's two letters we kould kompletely eliminate.

"Z" is also similar to "s" in pronounsiation, so we kould probably drop it and have little konfusion. There'd be a little, but it would be klose to sero.

Three letters eliminated with no losses to clarity of the language. Suksess!

Comment Re:WTF - Approximations (Score 1) 576

If you're dealing with freestanding bookcases, the extra three and a fraction inches doesn't usually make a big difference on most walls. But there are times when that extra can mean that you have to go to a smaller bookcase.

If you are dealing with built-in bookcases, it can be critical, assuming that you have competent contractors and carpenters.

Comment Re:Winter-to-Winfly (Score 1) 451

Thanks for the education Alan. I think the further north(or south) you live from the equator the more you appreciate the sun when it comes back. I live in Canada and here we get 6-8 hours of sun in the winter. while not extreme, people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder have a hard time. I always wanted to visit antarctica, but I think I suffer that fate.

Comment Re:Cripple Ware (Score 2, Insightful) 419

It's not as if they are somehow helpless to prevent fraud. Based on a $600 cost for the phone, I figure if they can keep fraud below 97%, they save money. Considering that insurance fraud is a serious crime, it takes a great deal of contempt and/or spite to believe that after their best efforts to prevent fraud and given the severe penalties if fraud is discovered that over 97% of all claims of serious disability requiring an assistive device will be frauds.

Comment Re:It's government's fault (Score 1) 419

Nice try. Blame the FoxNews astroturf movement for misappropriating the term. Then take responsibility for not grasping even the most basic of civic principles. And then take your lumps for the irony of the story you link to in your sig. Yeah, that's right, a gleaming example of why the insurance and health care industries are in desperate need of regulation. Setting aside, for the moment, the whole "astham inhalers are destroying the ozone layer" argument (because it's absurd, owing to the relatively infinitesimal contribution to total CFC release they represent), it should be noted that the "new and improved green inhalers" qualify under corporate welfare rules as a "new" forumlation. So instead of the commodity pricing on an older, and yet in this case more effective, generic formulation, the drug company sells it for 10 times as much.
Do we even need to go into the fact that the protagonist's has suddenly found herself without health insurance? Sounds like a death-panel to me.

Comment Re:Science =! Public Policy (Score 0, Troll) 899

The Soviets successfully made becoming a Physicist or Radiologist desirable and even "sexy" objectives for several decades.

You mean when they weren't killing people for disagreeing with "approved" science ?

And, pray tell, becoming a physicist and certainly becoming a radiologist was magnitudes more popular outside the soviet "union" than inside. It seems to me Europe and America were the force pushing Russians to accompolish more, by setting an example, rather than the reverse.

Here you can find one of many Soviet repressive science disasters.

Communists kill scientists, and science. I can't say I understand why, but the Soviets did it. Mao did it. Kim Jong Il does it. Several South American states did it. There can be no real doubt, given history, something in communism (possibly the one-party-system and "necessary" imposed economic science) destroys science and makes people kill scientists.

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