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Comment supporting technology? (Score 0) 36

i surely hope they are not dependent on third party services like google maps as part of the landing process.. they would need to install an infrastructure of sensors, cameras and network communication channels to obtain enough information about the environment as if they were actually there.. otherwise; we'll see planes hit a tree or newly built building that may not be available yet on google maps.

Comment maybe all the smarter; older people quit? (Score 1) 349

and the young and dumb stayed around?

i've been offered positions at google over the years, wasted time with their bullshit interviews and even turned them down a few times - as we get older; we are more inclined to start our own businesses and be entrepreneurs.. it is not a shock that the younger generation of engineers want to work at a company like Google. what they need here is to also bring in relevant data around startups; how many people actually left Google to start their own thing?

Comment subtle easter egg in Caveman (Lemmings clone) (Score 1) 290

I put an easter egg in Caveman ( where every day there is a unique unlock code that actually lets you play the first seven levels of Lemmings - complete with music, artwork and sound effects.. it changes on a daily basis - i used to post the unlock codes occasionally on twitter ... if anyone ever reported it to SCEE; they would have a hard time reproducing it, the code wouldn't work by the time they tried it.

Comment will it really matter? (Score 2, Insightful) 509

sounds like a PR campaign over something that will be effective.. if you look at any footage of ISIS and these extremists; they are a tad behind when it comes to technology - the social networks should be the one shutting down any propoganda efforts from these guys.. smells like "anonymous" is just riding on the publicity behind these tragic events to get noticed.

Comment Re:Distaste of C++ (Score 1) 476

... because real programmers use C :)

nothing like doing some polymorphism and inheritance via casting of pointers! :) - good C code can destroy even the best written C++ code if it is done right. unfortunately (and i know this will mod me down); the kids of today just dont get how vital C code was back in the day. they want to do everything in a "higher" level language that is supposedly more cross platform. C is the only true cross platform language out there.

RIP: dennis ritchie.

Comment Re:That is just mental (Score 1) 339

Every retailer knows if you give away free samples or even free products you're encouraging people to come back. To buy your new offerings. People are creatures of habit and once we like something we want more of it. This massive giveaway probably did wonders for their signup rates.

the guy shared movies from the same producer; how are there new offerings? :) unless they offer more than 10 movies.

Comment TSA only = US focused (Score 4, Informative) 199

this only applies to the TSA who actually scan and pass people around the security scanning solution based on the results of what is in the barcode. in europe, you always have to go through scanning process, regardless of what your 2D barcode has encoded within in. all the TSA is doing here, is opening up a chance for terrorists based on local soil to get through the security scanning process simpler. the challenge is that the USA has the most number of travelers through the airline system than anywhere else in the world; doing extensive security checks does choke the system - so, they need to try and filter out the more frequent/trusted flyers, the net result is they are wasting time screening some since they done screen everyone.

Comment who needs a contest; go to any university (Score 2) 24

... while i've always been a fan of IOCCC contests, when i was teaching C programming - most of the students source code could be considered entries to such a competition :) gone are the days where we used to write clean, understandable code. i always joke when doing presentations about the fact that the reason why most people are afraid of C as a programming language is because other people write horrible C.. if you write good, clean, understandable C - it is an excellent language :)

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