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Comment: Wow (Score 1) 1

by fireman sam (#49107213) Attached to: How walking with smartphones may have changed pedestrian etiquette

You just got to love it that in a supposed "free country" like America, people are being fined for using a mobile phone while walking, yet in a country that is perceived as having a heavily controlled population, they are providing safe areas where people are free to walk and use their phone. Interesting.

Comment: Interesting (Score 1) 1

by fireman sam (#49013833) Attached to: Replacing the Turing Test

So, of the tree listed examples, only the first one is a valid test. why?

- The Simpsons is not funny, hence a simple call to sleep(1320); would correctly identify all times to laugh (based on a 22 minute episode)
- The first rule of Ikea is that you don't read the instructions. If a bot was to read the instructions, then it could be determined that it is not human. Further to that, of the humans that do read the instructions, they are usually incapable of interpreting the glyphs on the (single) sheet. Therefore, if an individual (be it human or bot) could correctly fulfil the third example, it must be a bot.

Comment: Why is it even a problem? (Score 1) 1

by fireman sam (#48806243) Attached to: Do Female Programmers Have a Confidence Problem?

Perhaps there are not many girls in IT (any fields) because it is a shit job in where the smartest people (the devs) are always told what to do by the dumbest people (the managers).

Devs are require to build a bridge at a level not much higher than the molecular level without proper instructions and with the possibilities of huge structural changes that would result in either an unstable system (dev's fault) or a broken system (dev's fault) or a system that does not match what the customer thinks they want (dev's fault).

Fuck, if I could do my time again I would be as far away as possible from computers.

Comment: I call BS (Score 1) 3

by fireman sam (#48198941) Attached to: 80s ads are responsible for the lack of women coders

Computer science sucks as a career option. Once it was seen as an art form, now it is nothing more than a place on a factory production line with fucked up deadlines set by people who have no fucking idea what it takes to write a hello world program. Of the two sexes, women were the smart ones who saw that computer science was heading for the shitter and got out early. It's just the dicks like myself that sit in a dark room squinting at a bunch of monitors with chronic back pains and little social abilities that have continued in the career choice of everyone's bitch.

I fucking hate computers.

Comment: But... (Score 1) 1

by fireman sam (#48015677) Attached to: The Physics Of Space Battles

The assertions based are based on current technology and surely at that point in our future where we find ourselves locked in an interstellar battle against aliens, we would have developed flight systems that are capable of simulated planetary based flight (that is, deal with all the thrust to change directions crap) as well as a vast improvement in weapons technology to allow high intensity energy weaponry be accurate enough over long distances.

The moon is a planet just like the Earth, only it is even deader.