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Comment: Create Videos of You With Her (Score 3, Insightful) 698

She will want to see you holding her, touching her and being with her. She will want to remember how she felt to have you physically in her life. When she is missing or is going through a rough time she will want to see the two of you together. Record many long moments with a camera on a tripod talking to her about the things in her life. If possible record moments outside with the two of you just being a family. She will treasure these recorded moments later in life probably more than any advice you can give her because in the end she will only want you to be in her life. The videos of the two of your together are a way for her to see you and be with you in her own way. She will never forget you because you are her Dad and she loves you more than anything in life. I have two young daughters and would do the same for them.

Comment: Sounds like Sun's Java Ring all over again... (Score 1) 228

by rabun_bike (#48884649) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade
This is an article from 1998. Scott McNealy liked to show off his Java ring at that time and talk about how it would be used to allow someone to walk into a hotel room and have sensors detect the person and their wishes such as music and mood lighting and it would also store your crypto keys on it. It will be interesting to see if people are read to wear tech as new devices enter the market.

http://www.javaworld.com/artic...

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Comment: Past VB and VB.NET programmer (Score 1) 648

by rabun_bike (#48858109) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
I hate to admit I spent many years programming in VB and VB.NET. The first language I ever learned was BASIC (80's) and then Turbo Pascal followed by C and then C++. Later on I moved to VB.NET (I still hate C/C++ development on Windows unless using some cross platform tool), Javascript, Java, C#, and back to C/C++ and lately Python. What I have found really nice about Python as a beginner language for CS is how closely Python maps to set theory, how well it is supported across platforms, and that the syntax is precisely closer to C which is a benefit and not a detriment. I personally think Python is a great choice for intro to CS with my only issues being that Python is mostly used as a scripting language and many of the concepts of compiled languages also are important to learn and know. As for Intro to IT or just "generally intro to programming" maybe it isn't the best language. I am not certain but I still think it is far better than the quirky syntax of VB and VB.NET.

Comment: Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (Score 1) 525

by rabun_bike (#48497345) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates
After the states were able to set highway speeds Montana abolished their upper speed limit for a short time. Interestingly people started coming to Montana only to drive at extremely high rates of speed including some Germans who were test driving high performance vehicles. That caused some issues that caught Montana off guard. Later the Montana Supreme Court struck down the vague "reasonable and prudent" language when some guy from Montana protested 3 tickets he got under that law and a new speed limit was re-imposed.

http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12... https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (Score 1) 190

by rabun_bike (#47197533) Attached to: Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches
As someone who has enjoyed lifting, running, cycling, and swimming their entire adult life I can saw I personally enjoy all of it because of the way it makes me feel. And each one is very different. I think those that don't get to experience that feeling are kind of missing out really.

Comment: Re:Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (Score 2) 190

by rabun_bike (#47197001) Attached to: Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches
I agree. I think that is a very complex thing to determine and put one explanation on it. Without building a good animal model, all we really can do is observe and hypothesize. We can observe things like humans have enormous (off the charts) genitalia compared with other known primates. Why we have them? That's the fun of science to ponder those questions in my opinion.
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/12/average_penis_size_human_penises_are_huge_compared_to_other_primates.html

Just take head shape as another example. There are so many variations in sizes and shapes it is pretty astounding and they are changing all the time.
http://www.livinganthropologic...

I don't think one thing can even come close to explaining these features which was really the who purpose of my original post. The reality is most likely "all of the above."

Comment: Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (Score 3, Interesting) 190

by rabun_bike (#47195945) Attached to: Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches
Sexual selection is most likely an additional element in the facial features as it has been theorized to be one of the primary driving features of some of the physical statue difference between males and females of many different species. Hence Darwin's explanation of the ornate peacock.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Comment: Re:Hi... (Score 3, Interesting) 370

by rabun_bike (#46579417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?
Very true but you can still teach an old dog new tricks. I went back to school for the third time to get my under graduate coursework in CS out of the way so I can apply to a MS program when my youngest starts 1st grade (in about three years). I started taking CS classes in my late 30's and have 2 more courses to go and I am now in my 40's with 2 kids. What I found is that even though I have a minor in Mathematics it provided me almost no help in Discrete Math. Honestly Discrete Math taken at a large engineering university was an eye opening experience for me. The only thing that helped me was Linear Algebra and some graph theory I already knew. And it really made me angry that the US education system had shorted me so severely on what I would call classic mathematics. To catch up I put in many, many hours to do well in that class. And I did OK with with a B+. Going back to doing proofs after 20 years was a a challenge but it was not impossible. I already have a MS in Computer Information Systems but my heart is in Computer Science and so is the type of work that I do. You can take challenging courses later in life and I think it can be very rewarding. In my Data Structures class the final project was an impossible task for undergraduates. I spent hours working on the project which combined graph theory, and many different data structures and related concepts into a large final class project. I put the effort in and got a 100 on the assignment along with a single fellow classmate also in his 30's taking coursework for another masters program. We both got A+ grades in that class. The class average for that assignment was a 45 which included our two perfect scores. I then went on to take Computer Architecture and Assembler programming and had a similar experience. The undergraduate kids did pretty well on the tests and it was difficult to beat them but when it came to the projects the older students like myself could beat them hands down. We simply have many more years of experience in building things that work as well as tenacity in completing the projects to our best ability. It takes a lot of work to go back to school and complete challenging coursework but I personally have found it very rewarding.

Comment: Florance Italy Been Doing this Since mid 90's (Score 1) 405

by rabun_bike (#46509993) Attached to: Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road
This isn't anything new except they now have to do it Paris. Florence (Firenze) Italy was doing this when I was there in 1997. It was pretty interesting because they even had high smog alerts (No Traffic Zones) that required people with certain license plates to actually pull off the road during high alerts on Sundays. This apparently has been expanded to other days of the week. Italy also banned many vehicles from inside the Florence. At the city gate you had to have a special sticker to get in with a car or moped. It was very difficult and expensive to get a sticker for a car.

http://www.expatsinitaly.com/n...

Comment: Tape (Score 1) 983

by rabun_bike (#46463265) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?
Tape backups are the cheapest way to go as far as media and surprisingly is making a comeback due to high storage requirements. It can be expensive as far as hardware and software depending on what you buy. We backup about the same amount of data in our production environment for offsite storage. Latest tapes can hold 4 TB per tape.

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