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Comment I'm going for the Pi... (Score 2) 27

Because it can EASILY be integrated into a project that needs very thin and small space used. No I am not interested in desoldering the headers. Plus the built in storage is useless. I would rather swap out a microsd card to update a system than upload changes to it.

And nobody sane believes the advertised prices.

Comment I realize I'm not answering the question... (Score 1) 79

but I stopped managing my bookmarks when Firefox & chrome started searching them and the text they contained. That plus google pretty much made bookmark management a waste of my time. Kinda like organizing my email. I just don't do it anymore. Use the search feature in your browser bar and give the bookmark a name with some useful keywords and blam, no more managing. If it's something you use a lot drop it in your bookmark bar. Come to think of it, that's one of the key things that keeps me on Firefox: I can drag and drop a tab directly onto my bookmark bar.

Comment There haven't been very many studies (Score 1) 364

of the effects of most other recreational drugs. Congresses banned them ages ago to stifle debate on our drug policy.

If you want a good example of an "evil" drug that isn't look at Sly Stalone's Steroid use. Sure, it needs to be done under a doctor's supervision, but he's living the life of a man in his 30s while in his 60s. Meanwhile the rest of us pleebs can't get that because baseball and football have vilified the drug.

Comment If you're a $100k/yr engineer (Score 3, Insightful) 364

such things don't apply. In America we have a multi-tiered justice system. It's pretty well documented. Wealthy and educated people get treatment programs, while poor (and let's face it, black) people get jail. It's because what we're really using our drug policy for is to keep the poors in check. Think of it this way. If your poor chances are you or one of your friends is using drugs to cope with poverty. Now, our drug laws, in particular our asset forfeiture laws are basically guilt by association. Combine that with juries that are inherently conservative (since you generally have to be well off to be able to afford to server on a jury for any length of time).

So when poor people show up in wealthy neighborhoods they not only stick out like a swore thumb, but odds are good the cops can bust them for the drugs at least one of them is carrying. This keeps poor people out of wealthy school districts and parks, and lets the wealthy enjoy their (much, much better) public services.

Basically, our drug policy is central to maintaining our class divide...

Comment Just another example of useless insurance (Score 1) 100

How much do you think Cox has been paying their insurer? How long has Cox been paying their insurer?

Now when they need it, the insurer gives them the big middle finger.

Just goes to show what a scam insurance is. You pay, and pay, and pay, and pay, all for nothing.

Cox would have been better off keeping the money they paid for insurance. At lest then they would have gotten some use from it.

Comment I thought this was mostly (Score 1) 93

them getting rid of that horrible, horrible .Net interface.

What I'm really wondering is what the bleep were they doing before. I read this:

AMD shifted their development process for the Catalyst driver set, focusing on delivering feature updates in fewer, larger updates while interim driver releases would focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, and adding new cards.

And my first thought was, how the hell else do you develop software? You put out one or two big releases a year and then fix and patch up in between. What the hell was AMD doing before Crimson? Where they completely re-writing their driver stack 3 or 4 times a year?

Comment Re:Those who can, program. (Score 1) 92

I'm a professional developer with a post-grad degree in Mathematics.

There's an ounce of truth in what he says, not the part about computer scientists or software engineers somehow being better than scientists, on the contrary, you're largely right because most programmers decry maths and claim it doesn't matter to them, but they're really just the dross of the industry. Maths is what separates someone reinventing the wheel by condemning themselves to produce CRUD applications for all eternity from someone who comes up with genuinely new and novel bits of software. Those with an understanding of maths are the ones who give us everything from the highest quality programming languages to Google search, and increasingly beautiful game engines to AI solutions like Siri.

But I digress, the point intended on making is that the fact is that those with computer science have been the ones helping push the largest gains in science in recent years, whether it's the type of data handling required at the LHC or entire subjects like bioinformatics. We've long passed a point where much scientific discovery can come from lone individual geniuses, and are entering an era where many problems are impossible even with merely teams of people. We're at a point where leveraging computing power is essential to much further scientific discovery, and for that you need computer scientists who both understand the science, and the machines needed to drive the discoveries in said science.

In this day and age I'd pity the scientist who looks down on computer scientists, because frankly in most areas of science it means they're building their own path towards irrelevance and failure. It's unlikely they'll ever achieve anything in most scientific fields if they're not willing to work with those who understand how to command the machines, or who do not learn themselves to command the machines and themselves become computer scientists in the process.

It is your destiny. - Darth Vader