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Comment: Re:this is why... (Score 1) 288

by i.r.id10t (#47502027) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

But that doesn't get me back the few megs of storage it was using. Which means a few less pics of my kids, or a few less mp3s to listen to.

On my iPhone I just move off to a virtual desktop (or whatever they are called) and create a folder or two and move all the "can't remove" apps I don't use/like/care for into the folders. Again, out of sight out of mind...

Comment: this is why... (Score 2) 288

by i.r.id10t (#47500857) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

This is why I hated the first generation of "almost smart phones".

Instead of being just a phone, they added half-assed features that got in the way of the phone being a phone.

Strangely, this is why I first went to an iPhone - it was the best at letting me get all the other crap out of the way (out of sight, out of mind, just wish I could delete more crap) and being just a phone.

Comment: Re:Bah humbug. (Score 1) 415

by i.r.id10t (#47414783) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

My big joy when I went from BASIC on a TRS-80 to turbo pascal on a 286 was that I no longer had line numbers. Which means that if I found an issue, I could fix it right there no matter how many lines of code it took, whereas in BASIC w/ the line numbers, if you spaced 'em by 5 or 10, well, any fix had to fit in there. Need a second fix? Delete the code, use a GOSUB to go waaaay down the line numbers, have your longer-than-spaced-for fix, then return back to whence you came.

Comment: Normal humans exlcuded from practicing law/medicin (Score 5, Insightful) 608

by i.r.id10t (#47414627) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

"The bigger injustice," Edwards writes, "is that being a doctor or lawyer has become an elite: a vocation requiring rare talents, grueling training, and total dedication. The way things are today if you want to be a lawyer or doctor you had best be someone like me on the autism spectrum who has spent their entire life mastering vast realms of arcane knowledge â" and enjoys it. Normal humans are effectively excluded from performing surgery or arguing cases before a judge. The real injustice of legal or medical inequality is that it doesn't have to be this way." Edwards concludes with a call to action, "The web triumphalists love to talk about changing the world. Well if you really want to change the world, empower regular people to perform open heart surgery and argue cases before the supreme court. Disrupt specialist knowledge and training! Who's with me?"

Comment: Re:Noooo! (Score 1) 88

by i.r.id10t (#47363339) Attached to: Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

Ah, but Debian has old software not that bleeding edge new versions of stuff so no disc brakes, only drums

# apt-get install disc-brakes
E: Unable to locate package

# apt-cache search brakes
drum-brakes - A working automotive brake system although may experience fade as it heats up, recommended for advanced users only
drum-brakes-resurface - A utility to resurface the drums in an automotive brake system :)

Comment: Re:at least I can compile my own updates as after (Score 1) 88

by i.r.id10t (#47363109) Attached to: Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

I'd bet any automaker would end up wtih binary blobs, much like NVidia and their non-open drivers. Which means that yes, you may be able to recompile the kernel, but getting the binary blobs to work may not be so doable...

Of course, then you have to get your kernel onto the device and get it to boot... sorta like the Tivo issue.

Comment: Re:It depends on the field (Score 1) 538

by i.r.id10t (#47291041) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

I work at a formerly-community-college-but-we-can't-be-that-any-more-because-we-offer-a-4-year-degree in Florida. I also teach a course or two per term as an adjunct. Adjunct pay for *all* courses in *any* department is just under $700 per credit. Most classes are 3 credits, so for your $2100 per term you are expected to be in the classroom for 3 hours per week and have 2 hours of office hours - either online (via big blue button, our course management system, or some other virtual meeting software), a scheduled time you can be reached by phone, or in a lab or library area. So the average hourly pay rate (assuming no students show up during your office hours - and they typically dont - and you use that time for your grading, etc - is about $25/hr. If you were working 40 hours per week, you'd have about $50k per year to pay taxes on, etc. from a job like that. The problem is lack of hours, and lack of benefits. Which is why a lot of A&P (admin and professional) folks here teach a class or two as adjuncts.

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