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Comment Re:DIY Fuel Air explosive (Score 1) 582 582

Sure, the frontiers are dangerous for those heading to them, but my intent was to highlight the attitude that are places that were wild and free from government, that one could 'escape' to, where in fact there was no place that was not lived in and ruled by somebody. So the idea that you could go somewhere and be free of the shackles of government and having to play nice while living amongst others means that you thought the people living there didn't matter, and their land was yours to do whatever you wanted with.

Comment Re:DIY Fuel Air explosive (Score 1) 582 582

Its the down side of living on a small planet with no frontiers left and a civilization with accelerating technology development.

Oh yes, the frontiers, where any persecuted white man could escape from his oppressive government and start killing natives.

Comment Have an hour meeting every week (Score 2) 366 366

My team has an hour meeting every week where we review code, how it could be better, what we can do better next time, how our overall system could change and improve. Instead of ragging on people, we sympathize when they are under deadlines and stress. People were hesitant and embarrased at first, but over time, as we've nurtured a supportive envrionment, people feel free to air their problems and ask for help. Knowing that your teammates truly have your back makes you feel good about yourself want to succeed. Sometimes people will give presentations of design patterns, functional programming, certain libraries, or new technologies like REST. Nothing big and fancy, just enough for everyone to get a handle on it and small enough to digest mentally. I don't know if this can work on every team because IT people seem to have a pandemic negativity and perfectionist syndrome. In the long run this just makes you give up and write crappy code, when you believe everything is futile and worthless when it's not perfect.

Comment Re:Great Deal (Score 3, Insightful) 308 308

Where are people going to see movies these days? Pleasure Island from Pinocchio? I've never seen or heard anyone texting, talking, or whatever on their phones. Granted, it's not a monastery, but it doesn't disturb me or ruin the movie for me. If you haven't been to the theater in 15 years, how do you know the behavior has gotten worse?

Comment Re:Great Deal (Score 4, Interesting) 308 308

Maybe you are the new-fangled type that prefers to watch media on their home entertainment system?

I've found that certain movies are enjoyable on the big screen, and less so on the small. Does that mean they lack something? Probably -- but for me, it's about the experience of the film. If it needs to be seen on the big screen for me to properly get the full effect, so be it. If it makes a less stellar movie feel like it was worth it, then it was worth it.

I don't go to the movies twice a month-- probably more 6-8 times a year-- but if I could go whenever for $19.95 a month, I might see almost every movie. If have have to shell out $10 for a movie, I have to think really hard if it will be worth it. If I've already shelled out the cash, it's a no-brainer.

Comment Anglo-Saxon folk tales (Score 1) 516 516

Remember that the creatures that populate the English-language fantasy world are all from Britain (which in turn I guess derive from the Norse mixed in with some local supernatural creatures, with a few Greek ones thrown in). The creators of the modern fantasy genre, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were British. It's really not surprising that fantasy-genre people speak with British accents. All the people who believed in elves and fairies and wizards a few hundred years ago were British.

These are all essentially Anglo-Saxon folk tales; why shouldn't the people that inhabit these worlds have an Anglo-Saxon manner of speaking?

What I find more strange are Roman emperors of Greek kings speaking with British accents.

Comment need Roads first (Score 1) 389 389

Wheels are worthless unless you have decent roads. In order for the invention of a wheel to be worthwhile, you need a decent, flat path, without too many ruts, to drive your vehicles across. Meanwhile the Incas has excellent roads, but since they ran up and down mountains, wheels might help you for half the journey, be become a liability on the other half.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

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