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Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 149

by drinkypoo (#48644703) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Well, thankfully I live in a country where it is virtually impossible to get into the predicament due to the special way our traffic lights work. You know 5 seconds before your green light goes to yellow that it's about to happen.

It's been well-demonstrated that some cities adjusted the yellows downwards. That's not a problem inherent to red light cameras, but there's no other "good" reason to do it.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 162

by drinkypoo (#48644665) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

So I really don't understand where this bashing of .Net comes from, but I'm guessing a lot of it is from open source fanboys that love to hate Microsoft and have never taken time to use the recent (last 3-5 years) iterations of it's products.

It's not about perceived quality, although the perceived quality is fairly low because all of the identifiably .NET software I've used so far has been slower than the competition... but I'm willing to imagine that the software I've used has been of particularly poor quality itself, and it's not .NET's fault. It's because I don't trust Microsoft. Now that they are apparently open sourcing the interesting parts of .NET, their primary influence over the language should be only their control over the best IDE, which is significant but not necessarily a deal-breaker. However, as long as the majority of the .NET world is Microsoft-based, I still won't trust it. And therein lies the problem; it's going to have to have a bunch of competing implementations and thus many of the same problems as Java before it's going to be trustworthy.

If you're happy being tied to Windows, more power to you, I guess. I'm not. I'm not happy about ask.com invitations either, mind you. But I don't actually see those on Linux.

Comment: I'm Using C++ (Score 1) 162

by Greyfox (#48644185) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?
I'd been on Java for a while but started moving back toward C++ a couple years ago. Between boost, the Eigen math library and the new C++11 standard features, I haven't had to code my own utility libraries unless I want to. I've also started playing around with Qt as an easy-to-use and modern GUI library. The majority of my development has been on Linux, and these tools get me where I need to be.

i think you'll find you're wrong about the C standard library being "nothing compared to what's out there". If it seems that way, you probably haven't learned enough about the C standard library. The C standard library provides an API to all your system resources. You can take full control of the hardware with the library. Things you never thought to ask if you could do. Most programmers, in my experience, never get much past the system("rm ...") stage. I've been doing maintenance programming for 25 years now and every fucking C program I've ever had to maintain has had one of those somewhere in the code. It makes me wish I could reach back in time through my monitor to slap someone.

Comment: Re:Country that forbids use to internet (Score 1) 164

They are known to have a 'hackers university', state sponsored thats considered one of the best places to work. Not only are you taken care of and live in a life of luxury, so is your family, and its a pretty good life by all accounts, especially for a NK citizen.

'Hacking' isn't difficult when you're paid to sit around and do it all day long. Any serious network admin knows just how painfully easy it is to get into pretty much any network outside of a place like Google which has the knowledge and understands the dangers of bad IT.

Someplace like Sony? Please, Nessus probably explodes when doing a basic scan of their systems, let alone any actual effort into cracking them wide open.

Comment: Re:people still watch that crap? (Score 1) 66

by Dogtanian (#48644079) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

TOS was a bunch of LSD lights and kirk visiting stupid copies of earth

Hahaha.... I'm sure someone will point out that Kirk only went to a "stupid copy of earth" twice and LSD lights in space didn't feature that often... yet somehow you've managed to distill and exaggerate an already selective general perception into something that *sounds* like you hit the nail on the head. :-)

TNG a bunch of technobabble and reengineering the ship to solve the problem of the week

True... but you forgot the overuse of the holodeck, which, if you were to exaggerate it the same way you did TOS, would have every third episode involving Data dressing up as Holmes and chasing Moriarty who'd somehow overridden the safety settings. :-)

(Disclaimer: Still my favourite ST series).

never got into Voyager

Saw some of it, nowhere near as bad as some people claimed, but came across as too much like a rerun of TNG with weaker characters.

(And the TNG-style episodic "reset button" formula was more obviously contrived when there was an end goal (i.e. to get home) that had to be put back out of reach).

Comment: Re:So the question is... (Score 1) 82

by BitZtream (#48644009) Attached to: Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Extreme low pressure starts moving in, they feel it, move away from low pressure. They feel the low pressure pass, and go back. Its not difficult or magic or even an unknown process. They detect the storm coming in the exact same way the weatherman does. These pressure gradients cover large areas, 500 miles isn't that far for such a thing.

Comment: Re:Conservatives mostly don't like the involvement (Score 1) 198

by Tom (#48643409) Attached to: Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

However, if another company wants to lay cable on that street... what is the problem?

That tearing up a street is expensive, inconveniences a lot of people and these costs to both the parties involved and those around the event far outweigh the benefits. It's the same reason that we have one publicly owned street and not 20 parallel roads owned by different companies competing for your car to drive on them. It's stupid, that's why.

With telcos, the only reason we have the last mile problem at all was because initially telecommunication was built as a public service, like roads. Then someone decided to make it all private, because free market magic. The proper decision would have been to keep the last mile as public property, but it wasn't made, because idiots.

You're basically just saying

That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that visions are a dime a dozen. Realizing them is the hard part, and it takes more than a few "look, a three-headed monkey" sentences to do that.

Comment: Re:Separate Marginal Tax Rates for IP (Score 1) 122

by Dogtanian (#48641853) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Listen here SmartAss®, It is for...

Er, yeah, I think we all know what you meant. You yourself understand that the guy was being a "SmartAss®" (i.e. he knew what you meant but deliberately misinterpreted it), so not sure why you bothered re-explaining the bit in bold!

Comment: Great observational skills (Score 4, Insightful) 82

by BitZtream (#48641637) Attached to: Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Wow, someone just now noticed that animals can easily detect incoming low pressure fronts and hide from the weather.

Guess what, humans are essentially the only ones who can't tell when bad weather is coming. Ask anyone who spends some time in nature rather than hiding in some office or school room.

Fish, cows, horses, dogs, cats, squirrels, birds, pretty much anything you can think of takes cover well before a storm, except us.

The warblers weren't running form 'tornados' they were running from low pressure gradients moving in rapidly.

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