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Comment: Re:Let's see (Score 1) 155

by amiga3D (#49367053) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

The IPCC has stated that sea level rise this century will likely be in the neighborhood of 2.6 feet or less but that extreme conditions could cause as much as a 6.5 foot rise in sea levels over the next hundred years. Maybe you are referring to Al Gore's propaganda where he stated a bunch of US cities could soon be underwater in the near future. You must remember Al Gore is a politician and as such, if his lips move, he's lying.

Comment: Re:Crows (Score 1) 82

by amiga3D (#49363697) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

You have to get the baby crows and hand feed them to adulthood. Once you do you can train them to do damn near anything. They can even learn to mimic human speech to a limited degree. If you've ever hunted them you'll know they're pretty damn smart. I remember as a teenager planting corn in our garden, I had just finished hand planting corn seed in a 360 foot long row and stood up and looked back and saw about 30 or 40 of the little black bastards eating the corn. I yelled at them and they just looked at me like "hurry up and drop some more corn stupid." I went to the house and came back with my shotgun and they all left.

Comment: Re:And who *ever* bought "Don't be evil"? (Score 1) 56

by Rob Y. (#49361035) Attached to: Google Loses Ruling In Safari Tracking Case

Y'know, I hate advertising as much as the next guy. But whether or not selling ADs is 'evil', for the thousadth time - they don't sell information. There are others out there that doubtless do. Google has pretty brilliantly come up with a way to monetize the information you provide without selling it directly, and while performing useful services. The results are sometimes creepy, but it doesn't help to mischaracterize the process. They sell advertising in order to provide the 'junk' you mention (presumably the users of gmail, search, youTube, Android, etc don't think of them as junk) - not the other way around. And your kind of hyperbole just makes you look dumb, paranoid - or paid by Microsoft to somehow justify the same exact behavior by their parallel services.

Whether the case at hand is particularly egregious or not (I haven't paid enough attention to know), the hysteria contained in phrases like "thinly veiled ruses to get information on me and sell it" and "they are *not* a technology company" puts me in the tiresome position of defending them against bullshit charges (as if they really need my defense). So, I guess I'll stop - and simply lament how moronic so much of the commentary on Slashdot has become. I've been on here long enough to remember when it was often quite enlightening...

Comment: Re:Damage has been done (Score 3, Insightful) 309

by Rob Y. (#49360971) Attached to: Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

And this is venture capital - not technology. Just because they're investing in technology, don't assume they all need to be technologically savvy. VC is as much about showmanship and cooking the books in prep for the IPO as it is about the underlying tech they're hawking. Of course, that's an entirely different (and perhaps bigger) problem...

Comment: Re:must fail (Score 1) 290

by Rob Y. (#49360931) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

My point is that in a fatal error of the sort "this should never happen, so I'm going to dump to let the programmer take a look", there's no way to format an exception to have the relevant information - you don't know what that info is. And for application (as opposed to library) code to throw exceptions that are never going to be handled other than to treat them as fatal and dump, throwing an exception is a waste of energy and discards possibly useful information. You're better off dumping at the site of the exception than where the caller catches it.

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