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Comment Re:The entire premise is pure BS (Score 1) 292

When will people wake up and stop eating up this stuff?

When someone (us) fights back. When we say we're going to "buy" less of Apple, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft, because their values don't align with ours.

I haven't made the same as a female since I was bagging groceries as a kid. After that, adult's skill sets widely diverge over time. Hell, there isn't a MAN with the identical qualifications that I have. Everybody's different...

Further, let's multiply that by the fact that I had to fight, threaten and give ultimatums to get the vast majority of raises I have gotten over the decades. This is something I don't see most of the women I associate with being able to readily do, and for that (and them) I am thankful.

Comment The Spare Tire Of Computing? (Score 1) 382

I back up/image my hard drive regularly using a large-storage, USB, thumb drive with Macrium's Reflect software (I have no relation to them - I like the software); the idea being that the encrypted flash stick can hook to my key chain and be off-site and with me (if I ever need a file while away from home).

Just a few weeks ago, my sister bought a new laptop to replace her decade old laptop, which still works, but struggles to keep up with today's web. (Why?! Grrr...) I think she inadvertently got one without an optical drive. Anyway, she called me for advice on setting it up and asked about which office suite to use. 'I still have MS Office 2003 on CD-ROM, should I just use that?', she said. I reminded her of her purchase, which elicited a "D'oh!"

Comment I Can't Wait! (Score 1) 101

Death and slower traffic for all!

Driving is harder and more "quirky" than any computer will ever be able to comprehend. Don't believe me? The best computers on the planet, after countless revisions and countless years of testing (i.e., our brains), still aren't perfect when it comes to the task. It is comical to me to see engineers again believe they are "more clever" and will overcome everything if enough tech. is thrown at it. Mark my words, this will be a slow-motion clogging of our roadways as such cars get befuddled by a simple plastic bag blowing about the freeway.

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw

Comment For The Record... (Score 1) 47

I "invented" the word "splinternet" several years ago. When I would babysit my niece and nephew, I wanted them to at least know what an encyclopedia was. So when I couldn't answer one of their many questions, we'd reference the Internet made of wood! (I lucked out that almost all of their topics were found there.)

I only hope they know how to use Google today...

Comment Re:The High Tide of the American Empire (Score 1) 185

Today's triumphant news is about a new Tinder app that lets you 'hook up' with multiple people. I know it's very "get off my lawn" but where we had an outward-looking, achievement-oriented society 50 years ago, today I see nothing but an enervated country suffused with ennui and a narcissistic obsession with carnality that leaves us paralyzed like a heroin addict on a buzz.

Wow, I really enjoyed your comment, so I "liked" it, Tweeted it to all my "friends", and will post it on Facebook too!! (...After I'm done playing Pokemon Go for an hour or two.)

Comment Re:Standard of living (Score 1) 614

Sure, they might make less money, but in the 1980s a cell phone cost thousands and barely worked...

Sorry to nitpick off topic, but I'm obligated to prevent falsehoods from gaining traction. Cell phones then worked much better than cell phones do today. Most people don't know this (they assume!) because a) they weren't alive to own one at the time, or b) since cellular phones and air time were costly, most folks couldn't afford them.

Comment Re:please just go all the way to the C++ mode (Score 1) 523

I know what you're saying. I have coded in C for over a decade, but only "discovered" the following in the last few years after I was forced to use an editor that didn't have the features that you describe (as my last editors did). A space is all that's required:

/* This code block does things. */
blah;

/* This block no longer does things. * / ...NOTE THE SPACE.
blah2;
blah3; // This does blah3.

/* Back to more working code. */
blah4;

It's more helpful if the IDE colors the comments differently than the code.

Comment Ahem (Score 5, Insightful) 348

"Why would anyone write code at such a low level, being far less productive if compared to using any other programming language and being vulnerable to all kinds of programming mistakes?"

A) Why don't you ask them and learn?

B) I politely disagree that they are automatically "far less productive". I am an embedded programmer and have only used tiny amounts of assembly over the last decade. However, if I had more tiny projects, and my bosses weren't akin to cats chasing flashlight spots to where I could stick with the same processor for more than a year, I'd consider it for sure. Why? Because I never seem to get to just "code and go" anymore. As an example, last week I had to reinstall my multi-gigabyte Eclipse IDE for the SECOND time this past year (this time due to a debugger corruption). In such IDEs, all the higher libraries (and their paths) need to be in place, and compiled too (which doesn't always go perfectly). Whereas my former officemate would open any text editor (his was Corel Word Perfect(!)) to write his assembly, then compile on the command line, then upload the binary.

I don't know how many hours I've spent learning and fixing IDEs. Then, a year to two later, the IDE changes again after the chip's OEM "upgraded" it! ...More productivity down the drain.

Comment Heh, 1 0 0 1 0 0 (Score 2) 89

"The Body Electric" by Rush

One humanoid escapee
One android on the run
Seeking freedom beneath a lonely desert sun

Trying to change its program
Trying to change the mode...crack the code
Images conflicting into data overload

1 0 0 1 0 0 1
SOS
1 0 0 1 0 0 1
In distress
1 0 0 1 0 0

Memory banks unloading
Bytes break into bits
Unit One's in trouble and it's scared out of its wits

Guidance systems break down
A struggle to exist
To resist
A pulse of dying power in a clenching plastic fist

1 0 0 1 0 0 1
SOS
1 0 0 1 0 0 1
In distress
1 0 0 1 0 0

It replays each of the days
A hundred years of routines
Bows its head and prays
To the mother of all machines

Comment Not "Oddball" (Score 1) 381

I should start a blog as I've been documenting how I come across so-called "oddball scenarios" just about every other month - and I am but one driver! Autonomous vehicles (AV) will probably not kill very many people, but they will significantly slow traffic (forever going forward). Issues I've witnessed, off the top of my head:

--LARGE, rim-breaking potholes
--Snow covering the road paint
--No GPS signal near tall buildings
--Tumbleweeds/garbage plastic bags
--Construction cone blocking the lane by 10%
--Temporary/unofficial road construction forcing traffic onto gravel shoulder
--Live, downed, power wire
--Thin branch that looks like a live, downed, power wire
--Baby geese on roadway
--Dangerously deep puddle blocking 25% of the lane

I have personally seen all of these within the last several years of driving (at least once), most within the last couple years. I am an embedded programmer (decades); I already know that the infinite number of possible road scenarios WILL come up, and cannot be coded for in advance. That's where the human brain takes the universe's trophy.

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