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Comment: Re:Hm. (Score 1) 789

by dwpro (#47815303) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling
McCain is 78 years old, and while Biden may have some awkward moments he's nowhere near as honest to goodness ignorant as Palin was. Nothing was manufactured about how little she knew about relevant issues. I just went and reviewed some of the transcripts of her early interviews...so painful. Regardless, the republicans running a disconnected financier in '12 while the US was still recovering from a devastating financial crisis was brain dead.

Comment: Re:Putin is the most out of control leader (Score 1) 789

by dwpro (#47815157) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling
You mean the Iraq led by a demonstrably psychopathic leader who had previously invaded Kuwait and and gassed the Kurdish in an attempted genocide and had thrown out the UN weapon inspectors out of the country 3 years prior? Yeah, that sounds comparable to this invasion.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 789

by dwpro (#47815071) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling
I don't see the fall of Yanukovych as a coup where the US had any major involvement. Are you suggesting the majority of the Ukrainians didn't want to join the EU? I saw the coup as more driven by the violent overreaction of Yanukovych to the protests rather than any foreign involvement, but I'd be happy to be informed otherwise. It's not worth debating the annexation argument, false equivalency.

Comment: Re:Where are these photos? (Score 1) 336

by dwpro (#47805569) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos
Privacy isn't about looking the other way when someone posts nabbed nudie pics. If the bank isn't securing your bank box from the public and your love letters from high school get out, that isn't a privacy issue, it's a security issue. That would be unrelated to the NSA getting backdoor access to go through your bank box from the bank with no oversight.

Comment: agility is more important than control (Score 1) 548

Fresh out of college I was confident that things like GUIs are optional and code generation was a fad, and that the latest versions of frameworks weren't worth using until they'd been released for at least a year (I probably read too much /.). After some time I found that laboriously written code that would later be rendered broken or inferior when technology advanced, and new tools could automate what my code did, but often quicker, better, or in a more maintainable way. People around me were frequently mentioning new tools, but I was too hard-headed to listen. I could have saved myself tons of work on code that later became a burden to the organization. Don't be afraid to experiment with tools and techniques that will save you time, you don't need to have control of everything.

Comment: Re:Just like C then? (Score 1) 371

by dwpro (#47631043) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time
personally, I _love_ some of the innovations in the languages and platforms I've seen in my programming career that serve to reduce boilerplate/bloat and insert, standardize, and support useful libraries into the core language. Java will assuredly lose market share if Oracle doesn't provide good stewardship over the language and do all it can to augment the tooling, or competitors that provide a better programming experience will supplant them.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 3, Interesting) 962

by dwpro (#47514479) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I found nothing definitive, but here's what I gather (using US as baseline since we're talking American football):

Women
weight: 163 lbs
Bench Press (untrained): 80 lbs
Bench Press (novice): 90 lbs
Men
weight: 163 lbs
Bench Press (untrained): 135 lbs
Bench Press (novice): 175 lbs
Linebacker
weight: 245 lbs
Bench Press: 370 lbs

My results are inconclusive but my best guess is that linebackers are modestly larger and stronger ((26% & 111%) proportionally to average men, versus men to women (18% & 94%).

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...
http://www.exrx.net/Testing/We...
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What...
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/...

Comment: Re:The same way many global warming papers got pub (Score 1) 109

by dwpro (#47382783) Attached to: How Did Those STAP Stem Cell Papers Get Accepted In the First Place?

I don't think I've ever heard of a reviewer actually attempting to replicate research themselves as part of the peer-review process.

My wife actually had a reviewer go out into the bush and collect data to counter one of her assumptions, despite numerous publications making the same assumption. Some people just can't help themselves.

Comment: Re:VIM (Score 1) 359

I do, but I learned to code on ultrasparcs in the computer lab, so vim was about all that would run. I probably never gave emacs a fair shake in later days, but I never saw a compelling reason to switch and enjoy the benefits of vim (I'm a minimalist at heart). I almost always have an instance of gvim running for quick data manipulation beside visual studios in my daily grind, in addition to the vsvim plugin for visual studios. Age 33.

Comment: get a few things right (Score 1) 427

by dwpro (#47331363) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

doing just a few things well might be enough:
-good timepiece. Obvious clock, but also timer.
-good flashlight.
-dead simple integration with select phone apps. Less is more as long as quality is high.
-be rugged, I don't want to have to baby a thing I wear all the time.
-look attractive, I'd say mimic non-smart watch look as much as possible.
-not require me to do a lot to charge the thing or haul around another charger. I would love to see something like kinetic charging.
-do something novel. Synth display with ambient sound in a club? NFC ring? Just a few ideas done right might put it over the top.

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