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Comment Re:Are you serious? (Score 4, Funny) 682

But that would be completely disregarding the trials of the current job market. The best thing would be to get your 4-year-old's CV onto Monster.com as soon as possible.

Et-hem I think you mean Dice.com, the Number One source for career advice for engineering and technology professionals. Please turn in you /. account.

Comment Re:again? (Score 5, Funny) 56

Hey, watch it. This is Dave Eggers we're talking about. Dave fucking Eggers. Every time he sets his pen to paper, the entire staff of The New Yorker looks up from their screens and stops typing, just watching in stunned awe. Scientists have shown that each David Eggers book of the last 20 years has raised the collective IQ of the entire United States by an average of 6.2 points, even among people who had their friends tell them about it but never actually read it themselves. Another study showed that just holding a Dave Eggers book in your hand so that the cover is visible makes you 14 percent more attractive than conspicuously reading The New York Times Review of Books on the subway. I did my master's thesis on the electromagnetic properties of Dave Eggers (in places with low EMF interference, people have actually reported that their fillings started picking up signals from NPR when Eggers is around) and I can assure you, this man is a blessing upon the literary world no less significant than the Christ-child, and you are not fit to shine his shoes.

Comment Re:Codeine in cough syrup? (Score 1) 618

I think it's still OTC, in Canada at least. but I thought the US as well. You have to ask for it

As I understand it, in the US if "you have to ask for it" then it's not OTC. The only person you can "ask for" something from is a doctor. Pharmacists can advise you on things like drug interactions, etc., but they can't actually give you drugs without a prescription, and they can't write prescriptions themselves.

Comment Re:XT was a mistake (Score 1) 665

PC-DOS booted faster on that 0.33 MIPS machine than Windoze 8 does on a 300,000x faster processor today.

I see your point, and as hyperbole it works, but it actually is not true. I was there, I booted PC-DOS computers, I boot computers to Windows 8 today, and while it's true that today's hardware is radically more sophisticated, your point is false. I can boot an Acer tablet running Windows 8 in about half the time it took to boot a PC-DOS computer from floppy disks.

Comment Re:Wasted time (Score 5, Interesting) 337

Actually, the 2011 Steven Soderbergh movie Contagion is a fairly realistic depiction of a pandemic and the reaction in the US and around the world. Well-researched, keeps the fearmongering to a minimum while still depicting a scary scenario. Takes into account the role of fringe media in spreading panic/pseudoscientific "cures," among other clever touches. A public health organization arranged for a free screening in my area, with a Q&A period afterward, if that gives you any indication of its accuracy.

Comment Re:Android is not Linux ... (Score 1) 321

Funny you mention this. When I got my first (and last) Android phone, I was honestly expecting a somewhat functional/scriptable Linux environment with Perl, some web server, and a sane package manager I imagined that I would be able to script behaviour and set up a cron job to make a call or connect to the net......

What a strange thing to say. Do you expect that of your consumer Wi-Fi router, too? I mean, sure, there are third-party firmwares that will let you do some of that stuff, but that's true of Android, too.

Comment Re:I don't want a fart app for my desktop. (Score 1) 512

When did mobile devs get the collective meme to be lazy in mobile apps?

It's the platform vendors that are encouraging it. "Come make apps over here, kids, it's a goldmine! We need tens of thousands more apps by next week to help sell the platform, so get cracking!" A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft put out a tool that was basically a wizard-based UI for generating trivial, pointless "info about my restaurant!" apps. How are customers supposed to find the signal through all the noise when that's how the app store is run?

Comment Alignment (Score 1) 139

What I don't understand about this shocking new "alignment between Intel and Google" is that all of the Chrombooks up until the second-generation Samsung have used Intel chips. The first few used Atoms, and I think Acer is using something called a Celeron (though what goes by that brand these days, I'm not sure). Samsung's newest one uses its own Exynos chip, but it's unique in that. All of the rest of them use Intel chips. So what has changed, exactly?

Comment Re:Size does matter. (Score 1) 294

I kinda hear that, about size, but I agree with the others who say that until you've tried to lug around a great big tablet, you don't realize the advantage of the smaller size. Pinch-to-zoom can take you a long way with devices like this.

That said, yeah, I've had a Surface Pro for a while and I've never really said, "Whoah, I gotta fire up Photoshop and try out that pen!" So maybe the screen does want to be just a little bit bigger for that.

Comment Re:Lesson not learned (Score 5, Informative) 331

If you're not charging people for your images, then leeches aren't stealing anything.

Except your bandwidth. Image leeches typically do things like linking your images to their MySpace page, or using them as the background image for some other website full of ad spam links, so you end up paying for their site. It wouldn't be so bad if they just "stole" your images by downloading them and using them themselves. The problem is that they don't download your images.

Comment Re:I beg to differ, sir (Score 1) 340

Prototypes of a modern calculator could be coded in Java-Script or Dart and presented
on a browser.

I seriously question whether JavaScript's internal number representation would be accurate enough to implement a calculator for use in education. All numbers in JavaScript are represented as double-precision floats, which IMHO are not going to be accurate enough for engineering or science use (except, perhaps, with some very fancy footwork on the part of the developer).

Also, my understanding is that phones, tablets and the like are not allowed in classrooms precisely because their broad programmability makes it easy for students to cheat. How hard would it be for a student to flip back and forth between an app that looks like a calculator and a browser window with all the answers in it? Hardware calculators offer educators some assurance that this isn't happening.

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