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Comment: ... and the horse you rode in on. (Score 1) 386

by sootman (#49727683) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

"When was the last time you used a piece of chalk to express yourself? Kids don't express themselves with chalk or in cursive. Kids text."

Yeah, well, kids aren't trying to teach 30 other kids long division, are they? Fucking idiot. Took me 2 whole seconds to tear down your premise.

Kids also push each other to be first in line (no matter WHAT they're lining up for, they want to be first) and call each other "poopyhead." Does that indicate radical new teaching methods? LET'S DO WHAT CHILDREN DO, HERP DERP! Fucking A.

Comment: Oh shit (Score 3, Insightful) 128

by sootman (#49608661) Attached to: 4.0 Earthquake Near Concord, California

I take it no one on Slashdot's esteemed editorial team has every lived in an earthquake area? As a former northern CA resident, I'm here to agree with the others that anything less than a 5.0 is not news. Seriously, if I felt a 4.0 at night, I probably wouldn't even mention it to friends the next day. If they're going to start posting about every 4.0 earthquake, I'll have to leave. There are a lot of those. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear...

Comment: Re:Safari Does (Score 2) 153

by sootman (#49582779) Attached to: Internet Explorer's Successor, Project Spartan, Is Called Microsoft Edge

Not forever. When updates stop, updates stop. There's a relatively short time when old OSs still get updates.

An up-to-date 10.10 Mac shows webkit version 600.5.17. A 10.6.8 Mac has 534.59.10. A 10.3.9 Mac has 312.9. (According to http://browserspy.dk/webkit.ph... ) Current webkit nightlies (.dmg) won't run on 10.6 or 10.8. MAYBE I could build from source, but a) I doubt it and b) effectively no one, anywhere, does that.

Comment: Re:Water- we dump it on the ground (Score 1) 678

by sootman (#49513301) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

> It is not a very plausible solution for agricultural use-- too
> expensive. Do you realize that those people take the water
> and just dump it on the ground?

HA! I *wish* they would just dump it on the ground. I've driven by farms in the valley where gigantic sprayers are just launching it all high into the air, and a good amount of it evaporates before it even has a chance to hit the ground.

Comment: Re:I thought MSFT bought Nokia for $7 Billion (Score 1) 66

by sootman (#49480941) Attached to: Nokia To Buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion

LaserDisc's biggest problem was that it was read-only. Compared to "I can watch AND record ANYTHING", the market for "I can only watch studio films" was tiny. AFAIK, the very first LaserDiscs were one hour PER SIDE, so even the first model could hold a 2-hour movie on a single disc. That was the point of its existence.

Comment: Re:the superbowl of stupidity (Score 1) 290

Does the title "the superbowl of stupidity" refer to the content of your post? Because you seem to be forgetting how Apple did after entering the lackluster MP3 player market, the lackluster smartphone market, and the lackluster tablet market -- each time, entering an existing space and selling orders of magnitude more products than their competitors. Maybe, just maybe, they deserve the benefit of the doubt here.

Wernher von Braun settled for a V-2 when he coulda had a V-8.