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Comment: Re:Come a long way (Score 3, Insightful) 368

Wow, slashdot has come a long way from when I first started reading "chips & dips" in 1997. Even just 10 years ago, a story like this would have been met with enthusiasm and honest support, with a virtual pat on the back to the developers.

Today, a story like this is reduced to a mere platform for chest-beating

To be fair, the vast world of computers and software has come a long way since 1997. What might have been an interesting accomplishment in 1997 is now basically an exercise in pointlessness. Sure, it can be done. Sure, it's small and fast. But so what? What was actually accomplished that's worth anything? Processor power and memory advances since 1997 have obviated any reasonable need for an operating system such as the one described here, and the demands made on modern operating systems pretty much dictate that they be a whole lot more maintainable than any assembly code will ever be.

Comment: Re:Humanity is lost (Score 1) 290

by zieroh (#49465557) Attached to: Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US

While there are a few examples of wristwatch design prior (especially for the military), in 1904 Dumont asked Cartier to design a watch he could wear and still keep both hands free for flying. Jaeger designed a wristwatch for Cartier called the "Dumont", after the famous aviator, in 1911 for commercial sale and the "trendy set" rushed to buy them. Sounds like a pretty familiar story to me... even a bit sheeplish, don't you think? I believe that some things never really change, but of course, that's just my opinion.

That might explain the initial rush, but it utterly fails to explain why wristwatches became the de-facto standard for the next 90-odd years.

Comment: Re:Who wears a watch these days (Score 1) 290

by zieroh (#49464429) Attached to: Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US

When you have to do frequent hand washing (in the last 35 years I have been employed in the meat industry, food industry, childcare and elder care

Good point. Clearly, this device isn't suitable for anyone in any of those professions, so it should probably not be allowed to exist.

Wait, so you put your clean hand in your dirty pocket and then touch meat with that now-filthy hand? Or do you touch meat and then put your filthy hand in your pocket? Either way, ewwww.

Comment: Re:Humanity is lost (Score 1) 290

by zieroh (#49464389) Attached to: Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US

I don't have a smartwatch and I'm not constantly pulling my phone out of my pocket.

You don't have to immediately respond to every vibrate/ring that comes along.

It's at least worth considering whether your needs are representative of the whole of humanity (or not). My guess is "not".

Comment: I know! (Score 4, Insightful) 185

by zieroh (#49433599) Attached to: The Key To Interviewing At Google

I couldn't resist answering this:

Why are manhole covers round?

Because if they were square, they could be turned sideways, rotated 45 degrees, and dropped through the hole. As it turns out, this holds true for any shape with an even number of sides, until the length of each side drops below a threshold that's related to the lip of the hole.

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