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Comment: 2 ways (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by i.r.id10t (#47938217) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

1) Find your local planetarium and get involved. They may need/want volunteers to conduct shows, etc.

2) Find a local community college that offers an AA in astronomy or similar field.

Now, these may be unreliable for you, but the community college I work at has both an AA for astronomy, one for physics (both for transferring to a state university) but we also have a kick ass planetarium that is managed by one of the new Star Gazers. So, at least if you are in N Florida, it could work.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 5, Funny) 210

by i.r.id10t (#47888799) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

I got called by one last Friday night. Kept him on the phone for almost an hour, playing along. Even gave him clues I wasn't on windows (ie, when he asked me to run eventviewer I described the output of top, including clueless worrying about zombie processes).

Finally told him I had to go pick up my daughter and that I'd been screwing with him. He called me a "miserable son of a bitch" and hung up.

Kinda felt that it was my duty to keep him occupied, after all each minute I was screwing with him was a minute he wasn't scamming some truly helpless user "out there" somewhere.

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 818

For myself I don't bother, but I'm sure hte rest of the passengers appreciated the fact my 3 year old could watch her Peppa Pig episodes vs. getting loud, annoying, etc. Not that my little snowflakes would do that - each of our children have traveled quite young, and the flight crew has always been amazed at their behavior (and in a good way too).

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 2) 818

Especially with "failure to obey flight crew" charges as a threat

Maybe if the airlines want to cram so many folks into the space, they should look at preventing the seats from reclining at all. Even with plenty of room (ie, my 3 year old is in hte seat) a reclining seat will do its best to kill a laptop screen. Fortunately, I caught it quick enough to move the laptop, wait for it to be reclined, and reposition laptop so said 3 year old could keep watching Peppa Pig.

Comment: Re:Powershell (Score 2) 729

PHP does the same/similar, but the === checks not just the data contained but the data type since PHP uses untyped variables.


$a=$b assigns the value in $b to $a
$a==$b returns true if the value contained is the same.
$a==$b returns true

BUT... given
$a===$b is FALSE since one is stored as a string and the other as an integer

Which kinda makes sense for a language that has untyped variables.....

Comment: Very hard to do when no other choices (Score 1) 145

by i.r.id10t (#47827967) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

Live in the country, another 500 feet away from teh big grey box and I couldn't even get my 1.5mb DSL. As is, I can get 3mb but can't use it because of too much signal loss.

I could switch back to dialup... I'd have to dig out an old computer to act as a dialup box and gateway for my LAN. I could switch to Dish, but the latency will suck for playing games.

Final option would be to go "dry line" and just buy DSL, but that isn't really changing my service - it just changes who I write a check to each month.

So yeah, if you live in an area with what amounts to a monopoly it is very hard to change.

Comment: Re:Stagnant electric car sales (Score 1) 157

by i.r.id10t (#47825113) Attached to: Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

The Porsche 918 is gonna cost you a whole lot more than $50k

But for $50k you can get a 356, 912, 914, VW Bug or Bus - anything that takes a 200mm clutch, and convert it to battery power from a few different vendors, and still have money left over (maybe, depending on which car you are using as your host).

Comment: Re:It's all bunk. (Score 1) 546

by i.r.id10t (#47822071) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

A framer, roofer, brick layer, plumber, or electrician will often have more regular work and possibly a higher spendable income than an architect.

Both types are needed, which is why we have AS degrees from community colleges where students after a programming centric degree will usually have a semester or two on 3 to 5 languages (I had VB, C, C++, SQL, Java, and JavaScript plus the non-programming HTML coding in the mid and late 90s - current degree track is C++/C#, Java, Objective C, SQL, JavaScript and again HTML/CSS stuff). Sure, you don't master a language, but you learn the basics of programming in each language and with project based grading you actually have a small portfolio of real programs/applications when you graduate. By contrast, the large state University just a few miles down the road from us teaches exactly one semester of one language - Java - in their software engineering degree track.

Comment: Re:How about making it more fun? (Score 1) 170

And yet, some of us still play QuakeWorld on a regular basis. There are still servers out there, setting up LAN play is trivial, and for me the fun has always been playing with others - I've only played single player enough to figure out controls, learn a few maps, and test moves out.

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