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Comment: Won't somebody, please, think of developers! (Score 2) 730

by flabordec (#47865637) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
I seem to remember device fragmentation was a gigantic problem that made Android impossible to develop for (and the main reason why many people chose Apple over Android). How will those poor developers adapt now that Apple has three phone sizes and two tablet sizes (or maybe more?)?

Comment: Re:what will it take for general acceptance (Score 1) 921

by flabordec (#46370051) Attached to: Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass
Owning a recording device is not an invasion of other people's privacy either. The article and summary do mention that the recording device was not recording. The case is definitely complicated and you do bear some responsibility if you are pointing a recording device at people who don't wan to be recorded; however, the civilized way to solve this is by asking politely, maybe complaining to the owner of the bar, or leaving the bar if it bothers you too much, not by assaulting every person with a recording device.

Comment: Re:what will it take for general acceptance (Score 1) 921

by flabordec (#46369989) Attached to: Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass
From the article:

Feeling threatened, she said she told them she was going to record with Google Glass. That’s when she said one of the women and a man “charged” her, telling her they did not want to be filmed. The woman swore at her, Slocum said, then threw a bar rag at her. Slocum said the woman then ran up to her, saying “you are killing the city” and tried to grab Google Glass from her. Then the man “ripped them off my face and ran out of the bar,” Slocum said.

Assaulting somebody because there is a potential to be filmed is something you do to other people.

If you take out your phone in public and I decide to rip it off your hands and run off with it, would you argue that I did not steal the phone becuase you had the potential to record me with the phone?? Don't you think the reaction is completely unjustified?

And even if wearing a short skirt is something you do to yourself that still does not justify rape, in the same way that owning technology does not justify people assaulting you.

Comment: Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (Score 1) 491

by flabordec (#46350233) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

The company where I work is always looking for competent software engineers. Out of the thousands of people we interview every year, only about 30% make it past the first question (swapping elements in an array), of those who do, only about 50% make it past the second question (basic data structures questions, for example reversing a linked list), after that we get another 50% success rate in the on-site interview (this one actually has a slightly more complicated question, around the level of the 200 problem for Div 2 in Top Coder) and a 60% accept rate for the offers we give. This means that only 7.5% are competent enough to be hired and only 4.5% actually accept the offer we give them.

If you know of some place in the US where there isn't a shortage of competent software engineers I would be very happy to hear about it. But as things are we have to interview people from all over the world in order to get great talent. And initial salaries in my company are actually higher than the average pay for a software engineer in my city.

Comment: Re:Change (Score 1) 742

by flabordec (#46339305) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

Have you tried to change the color of bullets when you paste something in Word? Fuck me, the Word editor is probably the definition of torture. If you use your keyboard at all, it will fuck your eyeballs with a cactus.

I had not tried it before; however, it is fairly simple and I was able to change them by doing the following:

  • Use arrow keys to select the bullets (hint, you can use Home key + Left arrow key to select it right after pasting)
  • Press windows key -> F (for Font)
  • Press Alt+C (for Color)
  • Use arrow keys to select color you want

And that's it, your bullets are now a different color (this does not affect text after the bullets). How would you do the same thing in your editor of choice with ~9 keystrokes? How is it that following those four steps is like "fucking your eyeballs with a cactus"?

Comment: Scroogled! (Score 1) 110

by flabordec (#46326449) Attached to: Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

Did you know that when you buy an app in the Google Play Store, Google sends the neighborhood where you live to the app developers? That is why I prefer the Lumia phones with Windows, because Microsoft respects your privacy.

Also, Microsoft only wants to know your location so that they can protect you. If something were to happen to you they would send an SMS to people you trust (they would get their numbers from your SMS history) and they would send an ambulance to your location (that's the only reason they got it).

You see? Microsoft is actually amazing and really cares about your privacy! =D You can get more information about how Microsoft is totally not stealing your data at http://www.scroogled.com/

You can tell I am serious and trustwrothy because I am using a smiley face: =D

Comment: Pierre Menard (Score 2) 361

by flabordec (#45165143) Attached to: <em>Full Screen Mario</em>: Making the Case For Shorter Copyrights
Reminds me of this short story/essay by Borges: http://www.coldbacon.com/writing/borges-quixote.html

He did not want to compose another Quixote —which is easy— but the Quixote itself. Needless to say, he never contemplated a mechanical transcription of the original; he did not propose to copy it. His admirable intention was to produce a few pages which would coincide—word for word and line for line—with those of Miguel de Cervantes.

Comment: Re:I always thought Auction house is what make Dia (Score 1) 219

by flabordec (#44906931) Attached to: Auction Houses To Be Removed From <em>Diablo III</em>

I kind of liked the idea of the gold auction house because it let you grid less time and spend more time thinking about how you want your build to play. If you want to play a glass cannon, then you can get lots of damage gear, lots of attack speed and critical % and go out and play the way you wanted.

One of the (very few) problems I have with Borderlands 2 is that when you get to the higher levels (true vault hunter or higher) you have to change your build after you get any new weapons in order to still be effective, and you cannot play the way you want. For example, if you get a shotgun with very few bullets and very high critical you have to go back to Sanctuary and respec to get the talent that makes your reloads faster and doubles the damage of your first bullet. If you wanted to play with snipers, tough luck.

That said, I always felt the real money auction house was just a gigantic money grab and Blizzard purposefully broke Diablo 3 on Inferno so that you could not pass it unless you spent a lot of money (which has since been fixed in patches, I've been told).

Comment: Re:Drudge and other U.S. bloggers are next (Score 1) 349

by flabordec (#44902841) Attached to: Arrested Chinese Blogger "Confesses" On State TV, Praises Censorship

I find it hard to believe that you qualified your statement with a "once the whacko dispatched the teacher" which supports my argument that killing 28 people with a machete is harder than it is with a gun but you still decided to start name calling.

Even though I'm sure you have given this some thought, I am afraid that you still have not grasped the full extent of the problem, violence is not a simple issue that you can just attribute to one cause (over abundance of whackos), and having easy access to guns and very little deterrent to using them most definitely increases violence.

Yes, better gun regulation will not stop massacres everywhere instantly (nothing will), but it will help reduce the problem. And yes, knife registration would further reduce the problem, as would putting everybody in protective spheres and banning all human contact, but those solutions are not practical, which is why you won't see a lot of people lobbying for those.

Comment: Re:Won't pay? (Score 1) 266

Your analogy is completely wrong: it would be correct if my house had a very fancy security system, there is a note on the front that says "I will give $500 to anyone who detects a problem with my security", you rang to tell me you found one vulnerability but I decided to ignore you because I don't want to pay you and then you broke into my house and left a polite note apologizing for it but mentioning that you do, in fact, have a way to break the system. Still illegal, but if there is a jerk in the story it is Facebook for not ignoring the bug reports and not paying bounties.

Comment: Re:In fairness (Score 2, Insightful) 421

Totally! Just because it is social commentary and not a romance doesn't mean it isn't awful, you should totally trust the anonymous coward and the many well-read, intelligent people he is making up!!

And yes, he did not provide any counter-arguments other than his inexpert opinion (which is so much better than your English literature major opinion on English literature), but still this is something that he just knows because of his faith and if you believe in something with enough faith we all know it automatically makes it truth.

Of course some people will argue that even if she was a terrible writer that does not give people the right to harass a woman that campaigned for something she wanted but those idiots are missing the point, and I don't have to tell you what the point is because several well-read, intelligent people I am making up know what the point is.

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"

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