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Comment: Re:Doesn't get it (Score 1) 296

That's all very true. Just like almost everyone can run a race. But very few can be Usain Bolt. There are some people that are just very good at what they do by the vagaries of nature. Anyone can program, most people should get a passing familiarity with our kind of abstract thinking and the ability to generate algorithms to solve problems, but not everyone is going to be a good, or even decent, programmer, regardless of training.

Comment: Re:Whew! I nearly funded that one... (Score 4, Funny) 350

by camperdave (#49799477) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent
Meanwhile, at Planetary Society's headquarters...

Well, Jason. What have you got to say?
Well, Mr Nye...
Doctor! It's Doctor Nye.
But I thought those were honourary degrees.
It is DOCTOR Nye. Say it! SAY IT!
Y..Yes. D..D..Doctor Nye.
So, what happened to our bird, Jason?
As you know, um... Doctor Nye... We used a kickstarter campaign to fund the satellite's development and testing.
Get to the point, Jason.
We ran out of funds. If we had one more donor, we would have been able to complete the final testing.
So we lost the satellite and now face public humiliation because one anonymous person was too cowardly to donate?
Yes. Um.. Doctor Nye. That's about the size of it.
Well, Jason. That fellow had best pray that he and I never cross paths. You may go.

Comment: Re:Five stars for.. (Score 1) 238

by camperdave (#49796275) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

It wasn't meant to.

It most certainly was meant to be part of the same universe. That's clear from the very title.

... you have to go back to another time. When the world was powered by the black fuel. And the desert sprouted great cities of pipe and steel. Gone now, swept away. For reasons long forgotten, two mighty warrior tribes went to war and touched off a blaze which engulfed them all. Without fuel, they were nothing. They built a house of straw. The thundering machines sputtered and stopped. Their leaders talked and talked and talked. But nothing could stem the avalanche. Their world crumbled. The cities exploded. A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men.

On the roads it was a white-line nightmare. Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice.

From the opening narration to Mad Max: The Road Warrior. It seems pretty clear that the world was starving for fuel.

Now granted, there may be a few places, like the oil refinery, that still have the capacity to produce fuel, but on the whole: "Gone now. Swept away."

Comment: Re:happily in the iOS walled garden (Score 1) 343

by PitaBred (#49794057) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Then you don't actually use an iOS device. They crash, they lock up, they have all the same problems as Androids. You're just upset that it's a different set of workarounds you have to learn. My fiancee has to reset hers periodically because it just stops responding. It won't get the same kind of reception that my Android phone does on the same network. It takes more button presses to do the same things, it's not as fast, and it's much less customizable. There are no widgets, no anything you can do to make it "yours".

iOS works for you. Don't mistake that for believing that it "just works", because nothing Apple makes does that, no matter the hype. I say this as a person that works on OSX daily, and doesn't hate it, but sees it for what it is.

Comment: Re:The actual battle is not Android vs iOS. (Score 1) 343

by PitaBred (#49793859) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

It's not advertising. It's culture. Apple has wormed it's way into being the chic/cool/hip/elite/exclusive thing, and priced high enough to make an obscene profit while still being "affordable" to every schlep with aspirations of being in the 1%. Android can't compete with that market because anyone can make an Android device.

Modeling paged and segmented memories is tricky business. -- P.J. Denning