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Comment: Re:yes, programming, like poetry, is not words, un (Score 1) 192

by jellomizer (#48915823) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

There is an art to programming. However I am more of a visual person I tend to compare it to painting. Where I use Mathematics, Logic, and understanding of the Systems engineering to replace brushes, paint, and understanding of the textures of the material.

When you teach someone to code, (especially from a non-coder) it is like showing them how to hold a pencil, and write some letters, and words. It will take experience and working with real coders to learn the finer arts to programming.
It isn't about knowing how to do the actions... But how to put yourself in the mindset to create.

Comment: I am pissed off at the media over exaggeration! (Score 1) 354

by jellomizer (#48915755) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

Historic Storm!
Here Ye Here Ye. Run the shops and get your Toilet Paper in Bulk. Be Prepared to live like a caveman for year!

What I would like to have seen.
Estimated snow fall ranges.
Average expected snow fall to get
Standard Deviation of your estimate.
Confidence interval.

We get a lot of this talk during the political season. So the general public does seem to have at least a rudimentary understanding of such statistics. Why can't we get this for things like weather. Other than trying to make us panic about every freaking thing.

I want News, not sensationalism .

Comment: Re:Terrible names (Score 1) 364

by jellomizer (#48914471) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

How does your kernel preference affect the quality of the user interface?
Actually Most Unix designs over exaggerate the problem I have stated.
I want to run a program that does this.
Well I /usr/bin or /usr/sbin/ or /usr/local/bin or /usr/local/sbin I sure hope the command lets me know what the heck the program does.

MWM, FVWM, CDW (the classic interfaces) tended to give you what you can have the rest was via command line in Xterm.
Windows 8 UI stole the Ubuntu method in a lot of ways as well.

You are dealing with these issues, it is that you got use to them and don't realize how bad off you are.

Comment: Re:So what will this accomplish? (Score 1) 143

by jellomizer (#48914403) Attached to: Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Well if you live in a City. And you happen to be in a place where you cannot stay for shelter. Then you will need to be able to get to a place of shelter, your home, a hotel... If Cabs, Busses and public transportation isn't meeting demand, then you may need a personal driver go get you to the proper place of shelter.

Comment: Re:So what will this accomplish? (Score 1) 143

by jellomizer (#48914109) Attached to: Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Econ 101 yes. However during cases of emergencies, demand may not be rational, as the value of their currency is less than the value they are trying to protect.
If you are freezing to death and the only thing that can save your life would be using that check in your pocket for a million dollars, you would burn that check, in order to save your life.

In short during an emergency people need to focus on the short term and not the long term. So Supply vs Demand breaks down, as the value of money, is only as valuable as everyone agrees it is. However during an emergency, its value drops to the practical value of the paper,coin, plastic.

That is why there are anti-gouging laws. Because it isn't an aggregate rational supply and demand, but a mad rush for services.
Now for Uber and other services, Being their computers are not programmed to think in terms of an irrational market, they will just assume there is a perfectly rational demand jump so the prices will rise. The long term effect would be customers being felt ripped off will avoid such services in the future.

Comment: Re:BOO to a DOUCHE (Score 2) 51

by jellomizer (#48906305) Attached to: A Call That Made History, 100 Years Ago Today

So you insult the guy who used science to invent stuff that is practical and has in general enhanced our lives.

While you fully support a guy who had difficulty making a device that can be used.

Now don't get me wrong, I look up to Tesla as the better scientist. But Edison had the vision to use science to solve problems. Yes He made money from it. But I wouldn't say he is a sell out, he started inventing stuff as a way to make money.

Comment: Re:Terrible names (Score 5, Interesting) 364

by jellomizer (#48906123) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

I don't care what they call it. But I just want the ability to drill down to find my feature.
The Windows 8 Interface, and Office 2007+ Ribbons with its tiles, kills the drill down idea, and gives you a big set of data cluttered in your face.

I am all for a spot for shortcuts and links, where you can put the most used features right at your beck and call. But being the case I use 20% of the features 80% of the time, means I much rather have most of the stuff shoved away from my site, until I need them, and I can use common sense to find out where they are.

Comment: Re:Something is wrong with the poll results! (Score 1) 457

by jellomizer (#48905295) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

If you are to open an other flame war. DS9 was a Ripoff of Babylon 5.
Based on a space station.
Captain is/becomes a religious figure.
Super Intelligent aliens are influencing the whole plot.
Becomes part of some great war.

As for STTING getting move votes then DS9, is the fact it was episodic, so the people who were not diehard fans could watch a show, and not have a fit if they missed the next one.

Comment: Re:Missing (Score 1) 457

by jellomizer (#48905165) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Voyager wasn't so bad. I have found more bad episodes in TNG and DS9. But by Voyager they have beaten Star Trek to death, then they decided to Kick it with Enterprise.

First DS9 and Voyager for the most part played side by side for a long time. ST:TNG transitioned to DS9 near the last few seasons. While DS9 to Voyager was after the first few seasons of DS9.

Because of the continuing story line in DS9 you needed to be emotionally invested in that show, while voyagers more episodic means you get to skip an episode if you had too. Meaning DS9 will be prefered, unless people had gotten bored with DS9.

Secondly the Premise of Voyager stinked of Gilligan's island. Granted it was written to be less campy. But the premise forced the plot to have the no matter how close you just cant get off the island effect, and be it being 70+year away not just 7 years away, forces the show to end rather abruptly, and with the need of Technobabble plot resolution.

The episodes were not so bad, but it was setup to fail.

Comment: If the US Government can read our data... (Score 3, Insightful) 386

So can the other guys.
Including the bad guys who we are encrypting to protect our data from.
While there is a slew of people who fears big brother. But for the most part we do are best to block petty criminal. Who can take our data, spread it across the crimeosphere, for profit. While we become a victim, with a reducing credit score, and losing decades of good will you accumulated in your life.
To think the US is the only source that can do this, is actually quite hubristic. There are other countries with large data centers, there are companies with the power to do so as well. If you wait 2 or 3 years then the power will be able for the average person to crack.

But let just say Google had a hole where the bad guys got in and were able to use fraction of it power to crack weak encryption they could get a lot of damage done before they found out.

Strong encryption isn't about stopping the feds, it is about stopping the petty crook.

Comment: Languages preferences are so subjective. (Score 2) 478

by jellomizer (#48899529) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

For most cases the language is rather minimal on the impact.
The quality of the compiler and supporting libraries give performance. The IDE usually offers the ease and speed of development.

Sure some languages make some things easer then others, or makes it easier for the compiler or interpreter efficient.

But for the most part with language preference it is just about chest thumping to try to show who is the alpha geek.

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 0) 158

by jellomizer (#48884739) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Like they dumped CE
As well NT for the PowerPC and NT for the Alpha.

In short Windows isn't successful unless it is compatible with the decades of legacy stuff.

The reason why we are not all on 64bit windows is because we still may have some 16bit windows 3.1 apps that we cannot replace.

When Microsoft dominated they pushed developers towards non-cross platform development... So now they are forced to deal with back-assward compatibility.

An adequate bootstrap is a contradiction in terms.