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Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 582

By activist you mean corporate lobbyists. They are the ones pushing this computer programming b.s.

Hmm...I wonder if they're pushing for more women in IT, because they can pay women less?

This way they get more cheap workers into the workforce, without having to increase HB-1 foreign workers?

Sounds like an interesting conspiracy theory.

But on the issue of separate (but equal) education. Why stop at boys/girls only schools. I would think ALL groups would do better in similar group schools no? Whites and blacks and latinos and orientals all in separate but equal schools. Separate out of those, the boys and girls...and from those the separate out the straights and gays.

At this point, I'd guess they would show stats that all groups do much better at whatever....right?

Comment: Microkernal Boner (Score 2, Funny) 212

by Greyfox (#49489997) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.6 Released
Aah, I remember back in the late 80's and early 90's everyone had a boner for microkernels. IBM even gave it a try, attempting to port OS/2 over to a microkernel so they could run it on Intel and PowerPC platforms. At one point, IBM's strategy was that they were going to build OS/2 around a microkernal and then just run THAT on all their hardware, with multi-user and security features added or removed as needed. Well, very long story, very long, they never could get it to work.

These days you don't see the same hype around microkernals that you did back then. So we should probably warn the HURD team: If your boner for microkernals lasts more than 25 years, you should probably consult a physician.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 309

People have been trying techniques to beat death for thousands of years. Back in the day you'd build a pyramid and be mummified. The alchemical search for the philosopher's stone led to the birth of chemistry. A good bit of the early exploration of the USA was motivated by a fountain of youth. Well that and a city made of gold, because if you're gonna die you may as well dip your balls in gold on a daily basis before you do. NPR did a story on one of those cryogenic institutes a couple years ago, they didn't even last 10 years before they went bankrupt and let their... clients... thaw out. At least we remember the names of a lot of the guys with pyramids 5000 years later. Arguably that was a more successful technique, although in either case all those guys are still dead.

Comment: Or Anywhere (Score 2) 165

by Greyfox (#49486941) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors
Game studios all over the world close pretty regularly. Seems like the only way to make it in that market is to churn out vast quantities of game, most of which will be complete shit. If any of those does accidentally end up being a good game, make a franchise out of it and pile sequel after sequel on it until you've extracted every last penny of possible value out of it. You can only really do this so long as you can keep the hype machine churning and you keep astroturfing all your titles.

I hardly ever go for AAA titles anymore. I'd much rather spend $20 or less on an indy title. If it turns out to be shit, I'm not out that much and my hit-to-miss ratio tends to be a whole lot better. I've gotten some remarkably good games that way. I think I've still put more time into Dwarf Fortress than the rest of my steam library combined. It has simple, nethack-style ASCII graphics and tends to bog down two or three years into one of the gigantic fortresses I like to dig out, but it's sill a ridiculous amount of fun.

Comment: Re:Do not want (Score 1) 189

by cayenne8 (#49485711) Attached to: The Car That Knows When You'll Get In an Accident Before You Do

They told me that they were checking to see if people were wearing their seat belts and their licenses were not expired.


I remember when they were putting in the mandatory "wear your seatbelt" laws, in order to get them passed in many states, they said specifically that you could NOT get pulled over for not wearing one, that it could not be a primary offense for stopping you.

Now, of is.

And people wonder why I tend to be hesitant to grant the police/govt any new powers over me and new regulations.

I can't hardly think of a law passed that later wasn't expanded or used in creative new ways other than it was intended or sold to the public, in order to get it passed.

Comment: Of Course It Is (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by Greyfox (#49479407) Attached to: GAO Warns FAA of Hacking Threat To Airliners
And they're not going to do anything about it until it actually happens, because that would cost money and some douchebag CEO wants a fat bonus this quarter. There could be a law if you could get Congress to cooperate. And if they weren't all old and actually understood anything about computers. You'd think as much as most of them fly, they'd be worried about that. I'd guess if you ask any given one, it wouldn't even be on their top 100 list of things to be worried about. Probably not even on their top 100 list of things to be worried about while flying.

Comment: Re:I'll take it (Score 2) 294

You do realise you're just telling everyone you are massively insecure with your sexuality, right?

It has nothing to do with insecurity, I"m quite happy with my heterosexuality. And frankly I don't care what consenting adults do on their own behind closed doors.

But if a homosexual makes a pass at me or gropes me, I have no problem decking them. Sorry, but that's just the way it is. You can do what you want to do amongst yourselves, but leave me out of it. Period.

Comment: About As Advertised (Score 3, Insightful) 142

by Greyfox (#49475677) Attached to: How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?
Longmont municipal fiber just got run to my house. It's about as advertised, but there's a huge difference between knowing I can push 600ish megabits per second up and watching a 2GB skydiving video upload to youtube faster than I can type the description into the video description box. Hmm. Maybe I should make a video of me uploading my next high pull video to youtube. It'd be a lot smaller than 2GB, that's for sure!

No doubt it'll slow down a bit as more people pile on, but it should be pretty sweet for the forseeable future.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"