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Comment Help DHI operate Slashdot? (Score 1) 5 5

The underlying problem, it seems to me, is that DHI doesn't know how to operate Slashdot. DHI managers apparently are not knowledgeable about technology. Slashdot beta is an example.

Could some of us help teach DHI managers to do better with Slashdot? I'd be willing to help.

Comment Problem will go away soon (Score 1) 114 114

Once these idiotic teens who post embarrassing things on the net reach the age and station where they are the hiring managers they would be more forgiving of the applicants with embarrassing on line history.

It is only in the interregnum it is an issue.

Comment Re:Wonder what else is buried in the recording (Score 1) 56 56

CE is NOT Christian Era, it is Common Era. BCE is Before Common Era.

Of course it did not make sense to be proud of adding AD to the text, if you are seriously sending a message to be read by the aliens, who could not exist if Bible is literally true, then whats the logic? But it makes sense if you are charlatan trying to burnish your credentials in front of people who are not thinking logically.

Comment Re:Swift (Score 1) 258 258

I haven't touched the iphone stuff. Only Macintosh programming, which I've done on and off since 1984.
I found Swift pretty easy to pick up. Another language amongst many. Each to their own.

I wrote an MVC shim over curses in python for a point of sale application. Now that was a simple API.

Comment Re:Swift (Score 1) 258 258

Agreed. Swift makes it easier to program, but the notion that "anyone" can write apps is definitely a laugh. There are a lot of programmers who don't understand that some people have a really hard time with the core concepts and skills involved in creating software. It reminds me of math teachers who don't seem to understand that some people have a fairly difficult time with advanced mathematical subjects. People have different areas of competence, and not all are suited to be programmers. It's not just logic... you need to do some creative problem solving in formulating that logic, and you need to keep a LOT of complex things in your head all at the same time to get them to all mesh together at the end.

And that's how I became I developer. In college I was going to major in Economics with a minor in Computer Science - but then I took an "Intro to programming" class after 8 years of home computer BASIC - and I was amazed that these engineering students had no ability to understand the logic and problem-solving required for programming.

I have a degree in computer science. I've been programming since I was 9. I learned Swift. It's quite good as languages go. But no amount of language knowledge or computer science knowledge will make the Apple APIs simple. They're not. They're complicated and hard to use. Swift will not make the APIs simple or logical. Making the APIs simple and logical will make the APIs simple and logical.

Comment Re:Newegg (Score 1) 153 153

> It's DRAM that's in the crosshairs.

Only to a small extent. This would reduce the need for DRAM cache of SSD data. Computers will still need huge amounts of DRAM for workspace. Workspace memory needs trillions of times more write cycles than this provides.

Or more SRAM cache local to the CPU with cache lines being merrily lobbed twixt the SRAM and the magic new memory. Maybe. A non volatile PC would be neat.

Comment Re:Another Corporate rape of the commons (Score 1) 101 101

Rarely do they invent new law and policy to do something when an existing law covers it. Why declare you don't own the air when they can just as easily say you do? As you note, it's not like you can do anything about it, and if you claim a $0.10 toll per craft, the government can claim it's an easement just like the power lines above and below my property right now. Calling my ownership core to sky, with easements on both is quicker, easier, and consistent with all current laws. So why invent a new legal status for airspace?

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 474 474

Of course the verdict is decided because he has already admitted he performed illegal acts. There is no gray area on this point. Had he only released information related to domestic activities he could have used the remaining foreign related information as leverage to bargain with the government. The government would have taken that deal in a second and would settle on charging him with some minor misdemeanor related to the theft with no jail time. But he has a history of making bad decisions. His first bad decision was releasing the information BEFORE he was safely ensconced in some Latin American paradise. His second bad decision was thinking the material related to foreign intelligence operations was some how illegal and infringed on the rights of US citizens. Foreign intelligence operations outside of the US are not subject to the US Constitution or Bill of Rights. The only law that applies to foreign intelligence operations is don't get caught. He should resign himself to living in Russia under constant surveillance by the FSB. If he leaves Russia he will have to evade the US, English, Australian, German, French, and New Zealand security services because a lot of the information released also involved their security services operations.

Comment Re:Another Corporate rape of the commons (Score 1) 101 101

You are confusing "own" with "control". He is right, you are wrong. The standard land deal in the US has mineral rights and air rights. You own core of the earth to space. But, like the power lines under your property that you don't control, you don't get to dictate the rules for commercial flights over your property.

Comment Re:Amazon doesn't understand helicopters (Score 1) 101 101

The drones that Amazon is talking about will be big enough and heavy enough to bring down some helicopters.

Unlikely. I'd expect that 99.9% of helicopters "brought down" by a drone will be from boom strike (or other "pilot error") from the pilot's reaction to seeing one, not the impact itself. How would a dron differ significantly from a bird strike? A larger bird would be similar in weight to a drone, and with similar speeds. Does every hawk strike kill the helicopter?

Comment Re:Amazon doesn't understand helicopters (Score 1) 101 101

I've yet to see a definition of "drone" that didn't include model rocketry or RC model airplanes. Like RC, the military drones are primarily flown by humans remotely using RF to control them. So most definitions that catch one catch both.

Perhaps you should define "drone" before launching into problems with "drones", as that includes model rockets, and the RC models.

Comment Re:use this one neat trick (Score 4, Insightful) 258 258

Back in the day, we called this concept the "Software Preisthood"

It wasn't complementary.

1) I am not threatened by "everyone" learning to program

2) don't buy a bunch of stupid apps, and,

3) Apparently, you're a programmer, so write your own apps. :)

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay