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Comment Re:Also in the report (Score 1) 734

I thought WikiLeaks was supposed to protect it's sources. If he implied 'not too subtly' that it was this DNC staffer, then I guess he just killed the only reason to trust WikiLeaks. When the heat is on, Assange just might give you up. It's super-convenient that the guy's dead, so no one can run that down.

Assange feels like an ass, because he got played by an intelligence agency, and he knows it.

Fuck them.

Comment Re:Ahhhh.. fucking synergy again (Score 2) 208

Synergy used to have a specific meaning in business; it pertained to mergers and acquisitions. The point of a merger was to achieve 'synergy' because the two companies owned or produced something that would improve the overall product in some way.

Now, of course, it means fuck all.

Comment Re:Stupid people are stupid (Score 1) 956

... our job is to arrest and prosecute actual *crimes*, not humor fantasists who watch too much TV ...

Yeah, well, I'm guessing that this is the most exciting thing for Irving PD to deal with in a long time. Picking up Bubba and throwing him in the drunk tank every Firday and Saturday night gets old.

Comment Automatic douchebag detector (Score 1) 450

There's only one reason to buy an expensive watch. They last a long, long time if you take care of it. You can pass it on, it becomes a sentimental heirloom.

I have my grandfather's gold pocket watch. No one uses pocket watches anymore. I have it because it's something he carried around every day.

10k on an Apple watch is ridiculous. What are you going to do? Pass on a non-functional lump of gold to your progeny? At least my grandpa's watch can tell time. Doesn't even need batteries.

Comment Re:Just hilarious (Score 1) 339

WIth Ubuntu, you can add other repositories, though. Any developer worth their salt these days provides a ppa or apt-url, a good example being Google. The 'App Store' idea is not a bad idea. In fact, for Windows admins something like this could be a dream come true. You can allow regular users to install stuff without having to worry about them installing just any old crap. If the repository is pre-screened, then users can have the freedom to install stuff like text editors, or other applications without locking down the whole machine.

The trouble will be for Microsoft to resist creating the 'walled garden'. Apple already dictates so many parameters for the App Store applications, and given Microsoft's track record with stuff like MFC, it could be a bad thing.

Comment Re:Everyone Gets Their Own Truth Now (Score 2, Informative) 1252

Nothing as wacky as comparing the scientific method to animism. The two things have nothing to do with each other. My wife is a former middle school teacher, and I can assure you that the situation you describe does not exist.

Science classes still teach the same old scientific method, and there's no mention of religious belief systems (yet). I was looking through one of the history texts she taught, and discovered that it was more or less the same as the ones I had way back when. The situations you describe only exist, I'm afraid, in your mind.

Comment Re:Utter bullshit. (Score 1) 882

You just inadvertently demonstrated precisely why E-mail is interesting, but not good to try and base any conclusions on.

To take your example, that statement could mean, "Tweak your algorithm to arrive at our predetermined conclusion.", as you seem to imply.

It may also mean: "Your algorithm does not arrive at the anticipated conclusion. Could you check to make sure that the inputs were correct, and that it's functioning properly?"

It might also mean "Your algorithm didn't produce the level of warming we expected. We need you to re-work it to account for [some factor]"

Out of context, "the level of warming we expected" produced by the algorithm might be way too high or way too low. So anyone can derive whatever "expectation" you want from it. If you want to take an email like that and make it into proof that the science is cooked, go ahead. Of course, that's not very scientific.

Comment Re:hmm (Score 1) 381

Instead of a 'deleted' flag, you can use a create timestamp and an end timestamp, for tables that must maintain a modification history. The one record that has an end timestamp in the indefinite future is the current one, all the changes are tracked, and there's no hackery with 'deleted' flags or current record indicators, and so then it becomes just a matter of 'where current_timestamp between create_timestamp and end_timestamp'.

You also get the benefit of a continuous history of the modifications, which gives you point-in-time ability, definitely an advantage over a simple flag.

Comment Re:In Flight School (Score 1) 611

Getting your aircraft out of a flat spin when your engines are stalled, as was the case with Maverick and Goose's ill-fated hop that day, is next to impossible whether your aircraft has thrust-vectoring or not.

Thrust vectoring would have helped them if the stall was caused by insufficient speed at too-high an angle of attack, in that it could have prevented the stall, but once the stall occurs, thrust vectoring ceases.

Comment Why not SQL? (Score 1) 634

I'm sure people will scoff, but think about it. With SQL you will get logic, types, and structures. It's in basically plain English, so no bizarre lexical structures to get in the way. No compiler necessary, and the tools a student would need are cheap and plentiful. All the school has to do is provide access to a database server.

After all, data is what's at the heart of so many applications.

The point of learning C++ or Java is to get at data in the first place, so that would seem like a logical place to start. Unlike scheme, it also has practical use in the real world.

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