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Comment: Re:OUCH (Score 3, Insightful) 479

by tolydude (#44775801) Attached to: Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn
I would imagine that anyone making jokes about this has no children. To anyone with kids, the thought of something like this happening is simply gut-wrenching. But since relations with the opposite sex are required for procreation, I guess the tasteless jokes and, what's worse, modding up of such, is to be expected here.

Comment: Re:California has done this for a almost a decade (Score 1) 643

by tolydude (#43899019) Attached to: SCOTUS Says DNA Collection Permissible After Arrest
WOW, amazing. Just checked the site. Just....amazing. Since 2004, about 2 million probes taken. Based on DNA test, about 28000 were convicted. Translated, about 1% positive hit. Money collected for this purpose: 280 million dollars. No comment....

So about $10K per conviction. Not a bad rate.

Comment: Re:Uhm, so we're at war now with Iran? (Score 1) 415

by tolydude (#40181599) Attached to: Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran
From Starship Troopers written by Robert A. Heinlein (1959):
"The historians can't seem to settle whether to call this one "The Third Space War" (or the "Fourth"), or whether "The First Interstellar War" fits it better. We just call it "The Bug War" if we call it anything, which we usually don't and in any case the historians date the beginning of "war" after the time I joined my first outfit and ship. Everything up to then and still later were "incidents," "patrols," or "police actions." However, you are just as dead if you buy the farm in an "incident" as you are if you buy it in a declared war."
P.S. the book is nothing like like movie

Comment: Re:Suing for what exactly? (Score 1) 319

by tolydude (#34483180) Attached to: Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection

What exactly is the tabloid suing for? Apple's policies are very well known, and I cannot believe he didn't know what the outcome would be before he submitted his app. Sounds like someone just wants come money and free publicity.

The probably knew exactly what Apple's response would be and are simply following a publicity strategy. Good for them.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 506

by tolydude (#32439472) Attached to: Caffeine Addicts Get No Additional Perk, Only a Return To Baseline

The studies that show breakfast being the most important meal of the day - who was behind them? Right. The breakfast cereal manufacturers.

Irrelevant. In Soviet Russia, before they allowed breakfast cereals in, it was common knowledge that a good breakfast was important, much more so than a good dinner. Therefore, the implication that cereal manufacturers are pushing breakfast is irrelevant to the importance of the first meal of the day.

Math

Help Me Get My Math Back? 467

Posted by kdawson
from the we-can-forget-it-for-you-wholesale dept.
nwm writes "I am trying to refresh my math skills back to the point that I can take college-level statistics and calculus courses. I took everything through AP calculus in high school, had my butt kicked by college calculus, and dropped out shortly thereafter. Twenty+ years later, I need to take a few math courses to wrap up a degree. I've dug around some and found a few sites with useful information, but I'm hoping the Slashdot crowd can offer some good resources — sites, books, programs, online tutors, etc. I really don't want to have to take a series of algebra-geometry-trig 'pre-college' level courses (each at full cost and each a semester long) just to warm my brain up; I'd much rather find some resources, review, cram, and take the placement test with some confidence. Any suggestions?"
Programming

Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582

Posted by kdawson
from the non-obfuscated dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"

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