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Comment: Re:Name eight unrelated words (Score 1) 57

by beheaderaswp (#48425965) Attached to: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

"NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored"

This headline has meaning for many of the people reading it on this website, but imagine the average non-technical person trying to parse this.

Do average non-technical people read this site? Rarely... and they do not last long.

Comment: Re:Which says what? (Score 4, Interesting) 276

I agree with you. While he's probably a very bright kid and I would not seek to take anything away from him..... it bears comment.

My team used to refer to "MCSE" as "Make Coffee Send Errand". Mostly because of the issue you are pointing out: these guys had no skills whatsoever.

Comment: Mixed feelings.... (Score 1) 764

by beheaderaswp (#48272123) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Well, first off, this has nothing to do with Tim's sexual orientation in my mind. But rather that he just leveraged his position as Apple CEO to further a personal social issue.

Second, if this was the Apple Computer of the 1990's or 1980's I might view the action as more appropriate. In those days coming out as a gay man had a real impact on people and was an impetus for social change. But today? It's more likely that coming out as gay is unremarkable.

Then for me, as someone who worked for Apple in the 1990's, there's this nagging feeling of unease with a move like this. It's hard for me to remember any time when any of the CEOs, or notable Apple alumni, ever leveraged their position at Apple for a personal political issue. This was something I've always had great respect for. The company was focused on changing it's part of the universe, not involved in political issues outside of it's market.

So perhaps my feelings, given the current political landscape, are that this move was somewhat impotent. There's plenty of gay CEOs at this point. There's very little risk in coming out as gay these days.

Maybe it's better expressed in a metaphor....

It's like hiding to avoid the cops during the Stonewall Riots- and then stating with pride that you were there decades later when it's safe to do so.

Now... if I could see Tim getting involved with marriage rights in his free time, without leveraging Apple, to forward the marriage rights agenda- I'd have some respect. In today's climate- coming out means nothing.

But this whole "If people can see a gay Apple CEO.... and I'm doing my small part" thing is somewhat lame from my standpoint. He shoudl just be publicly working towards marriage reform outside of Apple, publicly, and keep the leveraging to a minimum.

End Note: I'm not an important former Apple employee. In fact no one would remember me. I'm also proud to be a straight, Italian American, Hairy-Backed, semi-retired guy- and I never have leveraged any job I had while advocating for the de-stigmafication of plush back hair.


Comment: Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (Score 5, Insightful) 93

by beheaderaswp (#47115071) Attached to: Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

That's kind of an ignorant view. Considering the amount of resources in the uninhabited parts of the universe (which is beyond a staggering amount) why would any one enter conflict over a small planet (us).

Any species capable of interstellar travel is going to be able to pull resources out of pure energy. They don't mine, or need our water. They don't care what we do, except maybe they observe us and snicker.

Comment: History.... (Score 4, Informative) 135

by beheaderaswp (#46911885) Attached to: Is There a Limit To a Laser's Energy?

Billions and billions of years ago, even before lord Xenu, there was a scientist who pulled this off.

Blext Telfrawd, an A type Hixoid, did get an infinite number of protons into a finite space. Then the containment field faltered, obliterating the iteration of his universe..

Most historians agree this was tragic for it ended his universe, and created one with Justin Bieber. Sentients who were able to achieve trans-dimensional universital access, send a message to you from the past: It's just too risky to repeat the so called "Bieber Event",

You've been warned.

Comment: Re:Velocity (Score 1) 133

by beheaderaswp (#46905031) Attached to: Star Cluster Ejected From Galaxy At 2,000,000 MPH

Two million miles per hour is less than 0.003c, but still quite a clip, even in astronomical terms.

Since they're discussing velocity (vector speed), and not just speed, the headline is correct in saying " -1000 km/s" when the measured value is -1025 km/s, but one can debate whether the abstract is correct in saying "an extraordinary blueshift of -1025 km/s", rather than "an extraordinary blueshift of 1025 km/s", since "blueshift" gives one the sign of the velocity already.

There's definitely more that 1.21 gigawatts of energy involved....

Comment: Re:WTF? honor the SCIENCE OFFICER! (Score 1) 111

SPOCK! duh!

I haven't heard of Shatner doing anything besides acting alpha male in TV and some Movies. The creator/writer of Trek deserves far far more credit.

Nimoy, has at least done voice overs for many TV shows that were real science shows over the decades. He also helped keep the movies going (not that the movies were inspirational... but they kept things alive before TNG got started up which may not have happened otherwise.)

Scotty also deserves more than Shatner, for getting people to be engineers. He even has a term named after him which any wise engineer uses ("The Scotty Principle.") But perhaps that keeps NASA away from him (plus he is dead.)

Although Nimoy's blessing on the disgraceful reboot... that shouldn't be overlooked; perhaps that cost him the honor? maybe it should?

Yes... this.

As much as I love Shatner, I despise him in comparison to Nimoy and his contributions.

Sadly, the reboot is bad. You can't destroy Vulcan. It's just something you cannot do. There were better ways of rebooting than the destruction of an entire area of canon. But that's just me. Other may disagree.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982