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Comment Have you considered the Academy (Score 3, Insightful) 283

If you want to work in Aerospace, have you considered applying to the Air Force Academy? It doesn't meet your radius obviously, but going to a school based on location might be a mistake in general. I don't know your situation, but you asked here so you are going to get all sorts of answers.

Yes will you have to put in some time to the Air Force when you get out, but if you have an aero degree and some time in the air force, you are almost guaranteed a job when you get out. This idea is obviously a long shot as the Academy is probably harder by the numbers to get into than MIT, but it might be the best decision outside of Caltech.

Comment Re:the empty set (Score 1) 1186

Seriously, tattoos are lame.

Tattoos aren't in and of themselves lame. People get all sort of lame tattoos, however. There's an awful lot of really beautiful stuff out there too.

It's going to be an ugly green smear you will regrat (sic).

You're largely thinking of low-quality ones done in pen ink by some guy in a back room. Those tend to be real crap jobs that over time look like shit.

Modern tattoos done by a qualified artist are an entirely different animal in terms of how they look, and how they hold up over time.

And, really, if the sum total you have to add is "tattoos are lame", why are you even bothering to comment? You obviously have nothing better to contribute to the topic.

Wow, finally someone with sense. I got a full sleeve last year, and I'm still the same nerdy software engineer I always was, making good money at my same job. The only difference now is I get a ton of people coming up to me starting conversations about my tattoo when before I was treated like any other software engineer who got ignored. Everyone at my work is cool with it, and I never wear long sleeve shirts. Would you really want to work at a place that cared about what you looked like anyway??

Submission + - HP buys Palm for 1.2 billion (

philipborlin writes: BGR reports Hewlett Packard today announced that it is acquiring Palm for a cool $1.2 billion, or $5.70 per share of common stock. The acquisition has been approved by the boards of both Palm and HP, but is subject to regulatory approval. All of the regulatory wrangling is expected to be completed by the end of HP’s third quarter which ends July 31, 2010. Palm CEO John Rubinstein is expected to remain at the company in an undisclosed capacity. From the wording within the press release, it appears as if webOS may live on.

Submission + - HP to Buy Palm ( 1

Daengbo writes: "HP and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.

The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications."


Submission + - HP to buy Palm for $1.2billion

necro81 writes: Palm, Inc., which has struggled in recent months after making a splash with its Pre smartphone, will be bought by HP, the world's largest computer maker. The deal has been approved by both companies' boards, and should be wrapped up this summer. HP will get Palm for about $5.70/share (about 20% above today's closing price), or about $1.2 billion. That's a pretty good deal, considering that in the months following the launch of the Pre on Sprint's network, Palm's share price topped $16. But marketing blunders hindered the Pre's more widespread adoption on other carriers, and the company's very existence has recently seemed in doubt.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 853

You don't know anyone who has ever worked for Apple do you? There is a reason their salaries don't compare to other companies in the area, people just WANT to work for them. It is like game companies, they can do whatever the hell they want and they'll still have more resumes they know what to do with.

Comment Re:Funny (Score 2, Interesting) 293

Also a customer and agree that the Deposit@Home program they have is amazingly useful. I hate getting checks from people, but it is nice being able to deposit them from my desk in one minute.

Also agree that they are probably the least evil company in the banking world. I use them for nearly all of my services (banking/loans/insurance) and they always have the best rates and the best support.

Comment Re:ummm (Score 1) 336

I thought the same thing... why is one implying the other? What the hell is the "[...]" that makes the two connect. Maybe Jon Spaihts loves writing about humans?

I bought a dog today [...] North Korea test launched a missle!

Comment Re:L0pht history (Score 1) 110

First thing I thought about when I saw this article was the CODC "The Cow"! I can remember staying up late reading the hundreds of text files they had on their site. Everything from phone phreaking, to atm hacking, to religion slamming, to top ten lists of humor. I think it is about time to go spend some time reading those texts again.

Comment So in reality we shouldn't use it until 2015 then (Score 5, Insightful) 501

I've been following C++0x for a long time now, and have been looking forward to it, but now I'm not so sure I'll ever use it. I was looking forward to Concepts more than anything and with that gone, it seems like a extremely minor upgrade. Also, even when the spec does come out, how many years before we can trust that most compilers can use it effectively... two, three? Then after we've been using it for a while, how long before books come out that tell us that we've been using it all wrong and we have to start over (ie: the Exceptional " " and Effective " " books from Sutter and Meyers)?

Okay, so I can use C++0x well in 10 years, okay I'll probably be so burned out by then I'll be a manager, or I will have convinced someone to let us use D for embedded work and something managed for everything else.

Comment Re:It's already there (Score 1) 626

Thank you for mentioning erlang!

Erlang is growing, albeit it is still a small community, but we are growing! Check out for a ton of erlang projects going on. There are some really stellar ones that are making news like Powerset or Nitrogen. Just reading the developer blogs, you get the impression that most developers coming from languages like C++ and Java are almost shocked how easy it is to write scalable and reliable software in Erlang.

I've since picked up erlang and am trying to convince my boss to let me put some erlang apps in our product. For the time being, it is open source erlang projects for me.

Comment Re:Remote control or Autonomous? (Score 1) 242

Are these things just remotely controlled or fully autonomous? I'm not sure which sounds worse safety wise but the idea of any fully autonomous system 'with weapons' strikes me as a bad move, not in any sort of T2 way, just that things will go wrong sometimes, no system is 100% perfect. (calm down Mac fans ;-) )

The Reapers are remote controlled. The Global Hawk, which was mentioned on /. yesterday is fully autonomous, but carries no weapons.

Fully autonomous attack drones have been considered, but from what I recall when looking at the DARPA requests and planning was that there will not be an autonomous attack aircraft that can actually fire a missle or drop a bomb without a person there to push the button. They might find the target and get themselves into position, but the plane can't actually decide on its own to fire the weapon.


Submission + - Suspended By Domain Registrar

makomk writes: "I noticed that, the well-known archive of security related mailing lists run by nmap's Fyodor, was down and not resolving. The whois information revealed that it had, in fact, been suspended by for abuse. This probably has something to do with recent attempts by a malicious individual to shut the site down. Looks like this time they succeeded..."

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