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Comment: Re:Why do CS grads become lowly programmers? (Score 1) 637

by s4m7 (#47616543) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
In the curriculum at my university we learned at least one new language per semester. Assembler was required. Java was required. Python was required. Haskell was required. At different stages we learned about stack management, pointer allocation, memory management, garbage collection algorithms, and so on.

Point is, it's not about what language you use. Learn the techniques and the rest will follow. Learn to learn new languages, you will need them. Learn how the high level code you write is handled at the bare metal. CS is not just about producing programmers... Anybody with time on their hands and a computer can learn to code. CS is about furthering the art and science of computing.

Comment: Re:cretinous because (Score 2) 316

by s4m7 (#47611599) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"
Well, that's exactly what they're doing. The problem is they're doing it to those of us users who already have unlimited plans which they don't sell anymore, but are paying month to month and buying phones elsewhere to keep our contracts from being re-written. They won't be throttling the new "unlimited" customers because there aren't any.

Comment: Re: so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (Score 3) 391

by s4m7 (#47596283) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
Religious wars over operating systems are dead. All the major contenders are "good enough" for general purpose use. Most custom builds are going to have some piece of bleeding edge kit which will require some minor fiddling to get it to work with ANY OS.

Tbh if you find adding a ppa, refreshing the package cache and performing an update a challenging task, linux plainly isn't for you. For those of us who don't find this 30 second procedure paralyzingly difficult, we will continue to use a good POSIX compliant free OS without regard for your feelings about it.

You can feel free to have to run separate upgrade procedures for every single piece of hardware and each individual application over the life of your machine, to be subject to the will of MS for your desktop environments features, and work around the lack of POSIX compliance as long as it suits you.

Comment: Re: FaceTime (Score 1, Insightful) 194

by s4m7 (#47594075) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?
Much as I hate to shill for Apple, this is the correct answer. iPads do silent updates and don't complain much if they cannot. They have tremendous battery life and the simplest power connector ever. Works with all services, interface simplicity cannot be bested. The smart tv solution would probably work too, but there's more room for problems to arise. Not sure how the costs break down but this would even work with used iPads if you need to keep costs down.

Comment: Re: Seems reasonable... (Score 1) 260

by s4m7 (#47185147) Attached to: Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft
People voting with dollars is the reason we have regulatory capture in the first place. I mean why have any government at all? People can hire their own security forces if they need police. The private fire brigade can run a credit check on you to see if you can pay the bill before they put out your burning home... If it spreads to the neighbors, that's just more clients for them! All roads, bridges, ports, rail and telecommunications infrastructure can be private and commerce will THRIVE. I just had a brilliant idea for disrupting the regulated airlines via a fleet of drones. Who said the skies are friendly? I never voted with my dollars for the FAA and the NTSB.

Comment: Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (Score 5, Insightful) 1163

by s4m7 (#41968073) Attached to: Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

Imagine the message sent to both parties if Stein, or Johnson handed Obama a loss.

You mean like when Nader handed Gore a loss in 2000?

The lesson the Republicans learned was "we have a mandate" and proceeded to pursue a decade of self-destructive jingoistic policy they still haven't recovered from. The lesson the Democrats learned was "don't get Nadered again."

Comment: Re:Don't use Ubuntu (Score 2) 187

They might try some more conventional approaches before being total scumbags.

You mean, for example, selling support services, offering affordable cloud services, and creating an online store for linux-compatible software vendors?

Yeah... they should really try that stuff...

Comment: Re:Make it illegal (Score 1) 1199

by s4m7 (#41569993) Attached to: Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City
I was taking a basic reasoning course. We were discussing logical fallacies, and trying to clarify the slippery slope for some people. The prof used the example of banning smoking in restaurants and bars leading to the banning of smoking in public spaces and private homes. "That's absolutely ridiculous," chortled the prof. "Nobody is trying to ban smoking in your home or in parks. That's why slippery slope is a fallacy!" "ah sir, there are towns in florida, california, and connecticut (probably more) where smoking in your own residence is banned. our own city council banned smoking in public parks just this year. That's why it's important to remember that a logical fallacy doesn't necessarily mean that the argument is incorrect." he blushed, and conceded my point.

The only difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman is that the car salesman knows he's lying.

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