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Comment: I'm not sure this approach is valid (Score 5, Insightful) 161

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47791929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

There are apps for just about everything I need to do on my phone. But I've noticed that once an app fills a particular need, I don't tend to look for newer or potentially better apps that would replace it. In a lot of areas, I'm two or three years out of date — maybe there's something better, maybe not.

You may be asking the wrong question, at least if you see your phone as a tool. If the apps you've got are doing the job you want them to do, who cares if they're apps you picked up two or three years ago?

It might be better to think on what it is you would like to be able to do using your phone but can't currently accomplish with the apps you've got on hand. If nothing that comes to mind, then there's no problem to solve and no questions to be answered - you're good to go.

Since few people relish the thought of installing, testing, and uninstalling literally hundreds of apps, I thought I'd put the question to the Slashdot community: what interesting, useful new(ish) apps are you aware of?

You've said absolutely nothing specific regarding what it is you want to do on your phone. There are literally millions of apps in the iOS and Google app stores - if you want meaningful responses, shouldn't you qualify your question a bit first? Are you trying to manage your diabetes? Do you only want to buy local, in-season fruit? Are you using your phone to manage illicit drug transactions? Looking for a wife? Learning to repair cars? Managing your Pokemon collection? What??

Comment: Red Hat fails at their corporate doublespeak (Score 5, Funny) 39

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47780175) Attached to: Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

Normally if someone intends to pursue a different job, both he and the company are supposed to say he's "stepping down to spend more time with his family". Then, a week later, the new company announces they've hired him.

Obviously the Red Hat higher ups haven't been attending enough seminars at tropical resorts...

Comment: Re:As a statisticians (Score 2, Informative) 113

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47765041) Attached to: Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

You're arguing against a point he didn't make. He didn't say those terms were recently created - he stated they recently were added to the "IT trade lexicon", which is true.

10-15 years ago you didn't hear people bandying about the terms "big data" or "data science".

Comment: Re:Monopolistic thuggish behavior (Score 2) 335

Unlikely. Price out your cable bill compared to your water or gas bill.

I'm not actually sure what your point is. My water bill is less than half of my recently-cut-by-$60 Comcast bill. Heck, until we cut back on our Comcast "services", their bill was threatening to approach our electricity bill.

Comment: I admit to putting too much time into Flappy Birds (Score 2) 112

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47751127) Attached to: Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

So, yeah, I downloaded Swing Copters. And then I played it... for about two minutes.

Nguyen stated he wanted to come up with a game that was "less addictive" than Flappy Birds, and I think he accomplished that - by creating a new game that will almost certainly irritate and annoy most people very quickly. That game is freaking impossible!

Comment: Re:I doubt it even makes it to the atmosphere (Score 4, Funny) 273

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47750003) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Excuse me, but - discussions here will be more free flowing and productive if people's opinions aren't pre-biased by any so-called "facts" which might appear in the linked articles. This is why we have a longstanding prohibition against reading them. Please remember that next time.

Thank you.

-- The Management

Comment: Re:Better ways to track users (Score 5, Funny) 76

Because 90% of the time the bad guy knows it takes 20 seconds, and has a stopwatch by the phone, and hangs up at like 19 seconds, just to toy with the good guy.

Which is why, back in 2007, the NSA infiltrated stopwatch manufacturers and altered their timing mechanisms so they run slow - when a stopwatch says 19 seconds, in truth it's been a bit over 20 seconds. So now when the bad guy thinks he's outsmarted the beautiful police detective, she's had time to set up that GUI in Visual Basic and knows exactly where he is.

Don't believe me? Just look at the number of world records that have fallen during the last few Olympic Games.

Comment: Re:Do they? (Score 1) 329

Check my math, okay?
100 tech women
56% leave the private sector (56 in this example)
75% of the 56 continue to work full time (42 in this example)
~50% of 42 continue in tech (21 in this example)

So that 21 plus the 44 that did not change is 65. So only 35% of women in tech leave tech in mid-career. 65% are in tech and stay in tech full time.

Well, there is also a dearth of women studying mathematics.

Mystics always hope that science will some day overtake them. -- Booth Tarkington