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Comment Re:Not a new idea (Score 1) 307

Names out West are not like names out in the Old New World, but rather an exquisite form of trolling... even many of the native american names for territories were derogatory references to "those crazy tribes over the hills", like if we officially called places Redneck Forest and ValleyGirl Valley.

Washington State was so named because they originally asked the US Congress to name them Columbia (hey, the Columbia River flows through here, and we're right under British Columbia, and Lady Columbia features prominently on the state flag. But no, Congress was busy forming the District of Columbia from swamp lands generously annexed from Maryland and Virginia at the time, and they didn't want to get confused with a bunch of rowdy Westerners. FINE, the rowdy Westerners responded. We'll pick something ELSE.

That said, it'd be neat to have Mt. Rainier renamed to the native Mt. Tacoma, which means something like "mother of the rivers". But it will never fly because that's one of the things the City of Tacoma tried to do back when they were trying to wrest money and prestige from the City of Seattle back in the railroad prospecting corruption days.

Submission + - Google May Try to Recruit You for a Job Depending on What You Search For writes: If Google sees that you're searching for specific programming terms, they may ask you to apply for a job as Max Rossett writes that three months ago while working on a project, he Googled “python lambda function list comprehension.” The familiar blue links appeared on the search page, and he started to look for the most relevant one. But then something unusual happened. The search results split and folded back to reveal a box that said “You’re speaking our language. Up for a challenge?” Clicking on the link took Rossett to a page called "" that outlined a programming challenge and gave instructions on how to submit his solution. "I had 48 hours to solve it, and the timer was ticking," writes Rossett. "I had the option to code in Python or Java. I set to work and solved the first problem in a couple hours. Each time I submitted a solution, tested my code against five hidden test cases."

After solving another five problems the page gave Rossett the option to submit his contact information and much to his surprise, a recruiter emailed him a couple days later asking for a copy of his resume. Three months after the mysterious invitation appeared, Rossett started at Google. Apparently Google has been using this recruiting tactic for some time. " is a brilliant recruiting tactic," concludes Rossett. "Overall, I enjoyed the puzzles that they gave me to solve, and I’m excited for my first day as a Googler."

Submission + - Gamers Are Fans of Games, Not Genres

_xeno_ writes: A recent article on Steam Spy talks about how your target audience doesn't exist — or, more specifically, how there is no such thing as an "FPS gamer" or an "MMO gamer" or a "MOBA gamer." The majority of players tend to be fans of specific games, rather than genres. For example, the wildly popular MMO World of Warcraft managed to reach over 10 million players at its peak. However, these players never became "MMO gamers" — they were simply World of Warcraft gamers. As World of Warcraft's subscriber numbers fall, there's been no corresponding uptick in subscribers of other, competing MMOs. In fact, pretty much ever MMO released since World of Warcraft has been forced to move to a "free-to-play" model simply to survive. The article explains how the majority of gamers concentrate on a very small number of games, rarely trying new games: they're fans of a specific game, not any game that plays like it.

Submission + - Go, Google's C-killing programming language, hits version 1.5->

Mark Wilson writes: Six years and six updates later, Google's own programming language, Go, has reached version 1.5. Go 1.5 sees Google "removing the last vestiges of C code" from the code base, and the runtime, compiler and linker are now all written in Go rather than C.

Despite a massive overhaul to the code base, Google assures users that Go 1.5 maintains the promise that Go programs will continue to be supported by all subsequent releases. There is also a move towards mobile devices, with ports of the iPhone and iPad architectures and linking to the Go mobile project opening up the possibility of developing for Android and iOS.

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Comment Re:Another "Walker Bush" Administration? (Score 1) 686

Yeah, sounds like a pretty good assessment. Have the Koch brothers decided to back a candidate yet?

Surprising that Trump is leading so far in the polls, since he's obviously there to make the rest of the candidates appear like sane moderates. And the Fiorina chick is just there so she can hurl insults at Clinton without being called out as sexist, it was pretty entertaining to watch her turn every little question into a Clinton attack during the primaries.

I have the sneaking suspicion that Clinton is kinda running as flypaper for the Dems, and they'll pluck some obscure little-known "wholesome" candidate out from their ranks timed just right leading into the election that the GOP won't be able to smear with sound bites in time, sorta like what happened with Obama. I don't think Sanders is The One, but it's kinda strange seeing a lot of my liberal friends feeling the Bern.

I'll probably end up voting Green again just to make a statement, even though they ran that Dr. Mom and Recovering Drug Addict back when, since I too am not exactly in a swing state.

Submission + - Will Robot Cabs Unjam the Streets?->

An anonymous reader writes: The Atlantic has a story with some video of a traffic simulator showing just how the roads can be jammed up by people looking for a place to park. (You can play with the simulator too.) This has been suspected for a long time by many traffic researchers and city planners, but the simulator shows just how quickly the roads jam up after just a few of the blocks fill up with parked cars. The good news is that autonomous cars don't need to park-- they just go give someone else a ride. They could change city life forever.
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Submission + - Solar panels more climate damaging than coal-> 2

schwit1 writes: A comparison of the entire production process for both solar and coal power has found that solar power is more damaging to the environment and the climate.

Not only does the production, transport, and use of solar panels dump more total CO2 into the atmosphere than coal power plants, the manufacture of the solar panels adds many more toxic chemicals to the environment than coal.

According to Ferroni, the other huge drawback presented by PV systems are the nasty chemicals and industrial gases used for their manufacture. The production of solar panels in China entails nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), which are extremely potent heat-trapping gases that leak out during the process. NF3 has a greenhouse gas potency that is 16,600 times greater than CO2; SF6 is 23,900 times more potent. Reports show that these gases emitted annually into the atmosphere from the manufacture of solar panels is equivalent to over 70 million tonnes of CO2 in terms of greenhouse effect. In 2010 over 17.5 GW of rated capacity of solar cells were installed. Thus the emissions per square meter of solar panels comes out to be 513 kg CO2 — a huge amount!

The manufacture of solar cells also uses other chemicals like (HCl), silizium carbide, and silver among others. The total alleged warming potential of these chemicals comes out to be an estimated 30 kg CO2 per square meter of PV module. Oddly (likely to avoid embarrassment) the solar industry has yet to release any detailed data on the warming potential and impacts of the chemicals used in their manufacture.

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Comment Re:Next moon landing? (Score 1) 100

Still cheaper to put a huge golden arches ad in LEO, a hotel in LEO, an Apple iSat in LEO, NSA spy sats in LEO, and Chinese flags in LEO. Still haven't done any of that, except for the military stuff.

There is no military advantage to doing anything on the moon. The only reason the US went there was because they had already lost the rest of the space race to the Russians. One of the ways to win cold wars is to get your opponent to vastly outspend you on their military until their economy collapses. Fortunately for us, the space program does have positive effects on the economy, compared to stockpiling tons of tanks, carriers, and fighter jets that we never use.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 381

I'm not gonna remember a number like that!

If I need to bypass a child filter for a porn site in some hellish future UK dystopia, I'll just go ask a kid.

Heh, anyone remember the great age verification questions on the beginning of the first Leisure Suit Larry?
"Which of the following people was the drummer for Queen?" and shit like that.

Comment Re:Major change? No. (Score 1) 270

Yep... but remember trying to teach old folks the concept of the "double-click"? And the pain of trying and failing to keep the pointer steady between the first click and the second click, or else you accidentally flick all your precious icons and folders onto the trash? Yeah.

It's amazing that Android and iOS home screens essentially look the same as the Win3.1 desktop... they just finally got rid of the silly double-click. And suddenly it works for grandmas. Huzzah.

Comment Re:Major change? No. (Score 1) 270

Pretty much this. I sort of like the idea of a start menu, but I admit I prefer using hotkeys to Win-t a terminal or Win-e a file explorer or Win-r and run prompt.

The funny thing is that the iOS and Android home screens work a lot more like the Win3.1 interface. And I have to admit I was pretty lost the first time I loaded an Android emulator without having been introduced to the 'swipe'.

/ former Boeing engineer

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 318

Yep, this. People understand that you were young. Even evil conniving politicians bent on dredging up your ruin. In fact, what I've heard of from the Instagram generation is that they won't trust you as an authentic human being. I wouldn't be surprised if millennial hiring managers would weed out applicants without a sufficiently convincing social media footprint including childhood transgressions. So get cracking, geezers!

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst