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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.

Comment: Call them (Score 1) 1

by fireman sam (#47923323) Attached to: Previous owner's call activity log available on prepaid phone numbers

Have some fun with the numbers. You can assume that some of the recipients will still have your number in their phone so when you call them they will think it is the previous owner.

Some ideas:

- Pretend you're an emergency worker and there has been a serious accident
- Pretend you're previous owner's boss/teacher and enquire as to why you saw them working at a brothel
- Pretend you're the police and the phone is evidence in a murder investigation.

- for best results it's best to do some background checks on the previous owner. Send SMS messages in different tones to different numbers to ascertain what gender and age group the previous owner fits.
- don't actually do this (but if you do, post your results)

Comment: Re:meh (Score 1) 2

by fireman sam (#47811617) Attached to: Did Microsoft Just Reveal the New Windows 9 Logo?

What is the point of this minimalistic approach to UI elements these days. We all have computers capable of displaying millions of colours yet we have UI designs that are more plain than a blank piece of paper. Perhaps they know that after WWIII we will all be using C=64 or (insert 80s tech here) and the minimal approach will be necessary.


Comment: I remember the days (Score 1) 1

by fireman sam (#47811573) Attached to: You Have Your Windows In My Linux

Where I would spend my weekends hacking on the Linux kernel to get my hardware working, or building the latest release of KDE or Gnome or FVWM or (insert incomplete OSS project here). I also remember the days when all of my hardware would stop working as a newer kernel was pushed down the update pipe. But I most fondly remember the day I turned on my new Mac and realised that this is what Linux has wanted to be for so many years.

Instead of copying the processes of Windows, with its fundamental differences, why not focus on copying the processes of OSX (I know I'll probably be shot right now).

To quote a friend: "It can be said that when a Linux user/hacker switches on a Mac for the first time, they say a silent prayer of thanks - this is what they have been looking for all of those years"

For those who don't want new hardware but want something that they can continue hacking away with half complete drivers, have a look at the good work done by the hackintosh community - it is what got me to the point of buying a Mac.

+ - Australian Bureau of Meteorology accused of Criminally Adjusted Global Warming->

Submitted by marcgvky
marcgvky (949079) writes "The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show "global warming" where none actually exists.

At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was "homogenized" (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Python in 1968 (Score 1) 2

by fireman sam (#47724309) Attached to: What You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As A Programmer

My wish is simple, that I had the foreknowledge to see that this once art form would become the lowest level in the IT universe. Programmers are the only people who can produce the product and they make is seem easy - therefore everyone who cannot program thinks it's easy and expect everything to be done in 20 minutes.

We were once the masters of the black arts of computing. Bending this strange hardware to our will with nothing more than a few commands (or a few thousand), and now we are nothing more than cattle being forced to rapidly spew out hack upon hack in order to push the next bullshit feature into a product that is held together with sticky tape and a bunch of #ifdefs. We are never given time to craft a response to the problem given to us, it's all just hack it up and we'll fix it next time. It's always next time. When will next time finally become this time?

If I knew how shit it would be, I would have thrown away my c64 and my VZ-300 and played in the garden with friends.

In the sciences, we are now uniquely priviledged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton