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Comment: Re:They are right to say storyboard ... (Score 1) 68

by i.r.id10t (#48024291) Attached to: Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

Ah, so it implements the one thing I really miss about using VB for quick utility programs - drag and drop your GUI design, create buttons, etc. and then only write code for the various events (like heyThisButtonGotClicked(), etc). After that Java seemed like it took pages of code just to draw a button on a field to click..

Comment: Re:OK, so set up a tiny company owned "dealership" (Score 1) 331

by i.r.id10t (#48010897) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

So much like the firearms business...

Your local FFL dealer can order a Savage rimfire rifle from one of several wholesalers. But lets say you want a configuration that the factory doesn't offer (say, heavy barrel, target iron sights, wood stock). You can call the factory, place your order, they will charge you full MSRP for it, and ship it to your receiving FFL dealer. He/she will do the paperwork and background check, charge you $10 to $100 dollars, and you have the rifle the way you ordered it from the factory. Or your dealer can call, bypass the wholesalers on a config they don't carry/offer, and Savage will sell to him/her at the price the wholesalers charge.

Some online sellers/wholesalers of ammo, etc. also do storefront business in some states. They don't allow online orders from those states tho - cusomters must go thru the brick-n-morter place.

Comment: 2 ways (Score 4, Insightful) 234

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) 819

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) 819

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).

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.