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Comment You call 40 old?!? (Score 2) 772

Hell I did some of my best programming/system design when I was 40! But I do find it odd that you would be asking about learning a new language... that's something you should have been doing all along. Part of the challenge of being a good developer is staying on top of the latest trends and development environments. In fact, some days, the only thing that keeps going/motivated is knowing that there is always an opportunity to learn new things.
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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally 703

jamie writes "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent 'Restoring Honor' event. The would-be rally has been dubbed 'Restoring Truthiness' and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own Colbert Nation.'"
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BlindType — the Amazing Keyboard of the Future 125

kkleiner writes "BlindType has created a new touchscreen keyboard program of the same name that changes size, orientation, and position to match your wandering fingers as they type. BlindType also features some of the most impressive typing correction software I've ever seen. The result is a practical touchscreen interface that knows what you meant to type, even if you make mistakes. Lots of them. In fact, you can type without looking at the screen at all."

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 234

1. Record a video of your drugged 7 year-old.
2. ?????^H^H^H^H^HExploit him by putting video on Youtube.
3. Profit!
I've been searching for that second step for ages....

You mean you'd been sitting on the first step for a long time and you couldn't figure out the second one?!? Dude, seriously.

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The 10 Most Absurd Scientific Papers 127

Lanxon writes "It's true: 'Effects of cocaine on honeybee dance behavior,' 'Fellatio by fruit bats prolongs copulation time,' and 'Are full or empty beer bottles sturdier and does their fracture-threshold suffice to break the human skull?' are all genuine scientific research papers, and all were genuinely published in journals or similar publications. Wired's presentation of a collection of the most bizarrely-named research papers contains seven other gems, including one about naval fluff and another published in The Journal of Sex Research."

Comment #if PATFORM (Score 1) 196

Ok, I actually think this is kind of cool. But I would quibble about the way they use #if's on the code. In general, you should avoid #if PLATFORM (the video shows #if WINDOWS_PHONE) and instead do the conditional on a particular feature. So instead:

#if WINDOWS_PHONE
#define ACCELEROMETER_SUPPORTED
#define TOUCH_SUPPORTED
#endif
:
#if ACCELEROMETER_SUPPORTED
:
#endif
:
#if TOUCH_SUPPORTED
:
#endif

This makes life easier when touch becomes a popular feature on laptops and desktop computers, for example.

Comment Re:Makes sense really (Score 1) 346

Everyone knows it's the lack of search data that caused Bing to initially suggest (and probably still does) Windows when typing in something related to Ubuntu or Linux. I mean seriously, how are they supposed to know what you want from terms like Linux or Ubuntu. What do those even mean?

Just for the record, Bing's first page of search results for Ubuntu and Linux are quite reasonable. Can't speak to what they returned in the past...

Comment Re:Interface Design on slashdot (Score 1) 951

I have no idea why they couldn't come up with a better solution for the door: Locking it would be very easy. Even better, by removing the door handles it would be very clear that the door can't be used.

Because perhaps that door is the way to a safe exit during a fire (or rampaging co-worker). During which time it would be inconvenient to try to figure out who has the key or to find a door handle to open it.

I'm not disagreeing with your claim that a sign is not going to work, just pointing out that a simple solution isn't always feasible.

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