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Comment: Re:Wheel-well traveling 101: (Score 1) 223

Or else, you know, travel inside the plane, in the environment designed and regulated for human comfort.

Obviously, parent never flies economy.....

Parent nearly always flies economy (though I fly enough that I do get the occasional upgrade). Remember we're comparing to the outside of the plane. Comfort is relative.

Comment: Re:yeah, lemme see where was that in the requirmen (Score 1) 158

by swillden (#46823201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

Except that he was right (by accident)?

By using Java you were also importing a massive API surface onto production machines.

No different than any other language. And massive libraries are better than creating massive amounts of new code to solve the same problems any day, in terms of both effort and security.

Comment: Re:"Fully Half Doubt the Big Bang"? (Score 3, Insightful) 400

by hey! (#46820019) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

All ideas may have been created equal, but they do not remain so after they've been tested.

Scientific theories are the ideas that you don't have to prove again every time you use them, because they have already been tested very thoroughly. This means a paleontologist is allowed to assume that dinosaur bones are the fossilized remains of extinct animals that lived millions of years ago. He doesn't *have* to waste his time dealing with the opinions of Young Earthers who think the world was created 7000 years ago and that Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs. He can just assume as factual that dinosaur fossils are millions of years old and dismiss the Adam-and-Even-on-a-dinosaur idea without further ado -- until the Young Earthers come up with proof.

And it's not the least unfair, any more than its unfair that a football team that gets the ball on their own ten yard line has more work to do to score a goal than one that gets the ball ten yards from goal. It may seem discriminatory to people who haven't been following the game up to this point, but that's because they aren't aware of the work it took to get the ball where it is.

Comment: Re:yeah, lemme see where was that in the requirmen (Score 1) 158

by swillden (#46819669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

Sure, just what devs need, more users, who never requested a feature in the first place, coming in and demanding that a particular language be used in the implementation because the read an article about how its 'more secure'

Heh. That reminds me of a meeting some 15 years ago. Java was gaining a strong foothold as an enterprise app development language at the time (especially in IBM Global Services, which is who I worked for), and at the same time we were living through a seemingly neverending series of Java sandbox security defects. Running code automatically downloaded from random websites in your browser is a devilishly hard thing to make safe, but that's completely irrelevant to enterprise software.

But the fact that the two contexts are completely different didn't prevent a clueless PM from boldly asserting (to the even more clueless customer!) that using Java is a bad idea because "it's insecure". I was the lead architect on the project and I had a hell of a time convincing the customer that the PM was wrong and that Java was, in fact, a good choice for the application. Especially since it would be impolitic to just come out and say the PM was full of shit, since he was ostensibly on my team.

Comment: Re:Difference between erratic & erotic (Score 3, Interesting) 400

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#46819419) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Doubt "Big Bang"?

Well you should.

It can be said that: Under the conditions for which we need a working model, this 'Big Bang' hypothesis behaves in a way that consistently explains our extrapolations from observable phenomena. It also introduces some inconsistencies when take as a factual occurrence, when we introduce additional extrapolations from different phenomenal observations at quantum level. For those, notions such as "time" or "location" seem to be irrelevant, if not non-existent. This demolishes the very concept of actual measurement in any possible way - so let us posit additional models that require among other things, the hypothesizing of multiple, non-observed dimensions that nonetheless allow our maths to be validated and not face the ontological consequences of nothing being real.

Zeno had similar preoccupations, with time and position.

Comment: Re:Expensive Middle Class Sport Losing Patrons (Score 1) 397

by swillden (#46816873) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Sundance is $50, I believe

Try $65. Also, Sundance is small and has slow lifts (I'm told -- haven't been there myself).

as are some of the ones in Little Cottonwood canyon

You mean Big Cottonwood Canyon. Brighton used to be pretty cheap, but they're $68 now. I used to take my kids there all the time when they allowed kids under 12 to ski free, and an all-day pass was $36 (at the grocery store). Solitude was always more expensive.

The resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon is Alta. It's $79. It used to be somewhat cheaper, more of a "locals" resort, but it was always more expensive than Brighton. And they don't allow snowboarding.

It depends if you purchase at the slopes or the ski shop, tho.

Yes, you can knock $3-4 off the price if you buy at a shop or a grocery store. Doesn't get you to $50, though. If you're traveling you can get better prices by buying multi-day passes, sometimes with even bigger discounts by getting them as part of a package deal with lodging, etc.

Or if you go a lot there are some great season pass deals, especially if you can go on weekdays. I'm building a house 20 minutes from Snow Basin, and I can get a weekdays-only annual pass for $300. I'll be working from home full-time, too, and have a flexible schedule, so I'm planning to buy a weekdays pass and ride from 9-11 AM most weekday mornings. That will be some cheap snowboarding, especially since I'll get enough hours on the slopes to amortize the equipment costs down to nothing.

So if you live in the right place, and do a lot of it, then skiing/snowboarding can be an inexpensive hobby. The same is probably true of golf.

Don't forget you gotta factor in medical bills when you throw your back out :(

Or you can just not do that :-)

I should note that I now live in Colorado (for another month or two, anyway), and I greatly prefer the skiing in Utah. The Colorado resorts are more expensive and much harder to get to.

The first version always gets thrown away.