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Comment Re:Sphagetti code (Score 2) 93

Are you kidding? Considering that god wrote a program that is self-modifying, evolutionary, infinitely adaptable, and capable of self-reflection and consciousness from a few basic parameters that started the size of an infinitesimal speck containing all the energy in the universe... I would say god is an uncomprehendingly amazing coder!

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1165

Why not just make safe gun use and storage one of the first required classes? Rather than try and ban something that isn't going away, teach safe use and respect for guns and life.

May I ask, when does the right to bear arms become the requirement to bear arms? Is firearm possession so prevalent that gun safety and training needs to be a required course in college?

I understand you were likely making the statement tongue-in-cheek, but how would you allow for students who wanted to opt out? What about those students whose religious beliefs would be violated because they belong to a pacifist or non-resistant religion? Frankly I would not use a firearm if my life depended on it, and my family has emigrated numerous times over the course of centuries to avoid persecution by religious groups and governments that wished to compel military service.

The culture and rhetoric around US citizen firearm rights and mass violence has long since passed into the realm of ridiculousness.

Comment Re:Not a "Design Flaw"/a Testing Flaw (Score 2) 157

It is a design flaw, but you are correct that it is also a testing failure.

It is a simple use case that should have been discovered during testing and addressed - but that does not take away from the fact it was a design flaw in the first place. It's a chain of errors that resulted in this problem being present in production.

Submission + - How Long Will You Tolerate Loading A Webpage? (

zx75 writes: The internet is continuously changing and people's expectations of what they are getting and how fast it is delivered keeps changing as well. However, industry performance guidelines for webpage load times are often static or based off flawed methodology.

I am writing a paper on how to obtain quality webpage performance requirements and want to know how do you gather performance requirements from your target audience? You can also help me by answering a very short 4-question survey about what your 'magic number' webpage load time is.

Comment Re:Here's an idea. (Score 2) 252

So, you've completely skipped over the obvious point and made an unfounded supposition.

The Amish are Mennonite which one of the founding tenants is non-resistance. It's like pacifism, except less militant. These days the tenants of mennonism are bent and broken six ways to sunday, but the Amish as a sect are extremely devout and are more likely to hold to them than modern mainstream Mennonites.

As a general rule Mennonites will not own, touch, or allow weaponry into their home that has no legitimate peaceful purpose. Some own rifles specifically for hunting, but in general guns are a big no-no. Mennonites historically refuse to serve as police, in the military, or in ther government as they will take no role where they may as a matter of course cause someone to come to harm, or be responsible for others who would cause someone to come to harm. (Government is responsible for both military and police forces).

A recruitment drive for undercover officers in an Amish community is beyond absurd and would involve the recruiters being forcibly removed from the premisis (figuratively).

Caveat: I am a modern mainstream Mennonite, and we have none of the taboos against technology and serving in police, security, and government is accepted these days. But I for one hold strongly to our roots of non-resistance and reject anything that may put me in contact with violence (or the possibility of it) or weaponry.


Experts Explain iPhone 4 Antenna Problem 427

CWmike writes "Reports of call and data signal strength problems in the new iPhone 4 have a basis in fact, a hardware expert said Thursday. Later in the day, Apple acknowledged that holding the iPhone 4 may result in a diminished signal that could make it difficult to make and maintain calls or retain a data connection. 'Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone,' Apple said in a statement issued to several media outlets, including PC Magazine, which had run tests earlier Thursday. 'If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.' Scores of new iPhone owners confirmed the reception problem in a string of more than 360 messages posted to a thread on Apple's iPhone 4 support forum." A blog post from an antenna design company explains that the reception problems are probably the direct result of phone design adapting to FCC requirements.

Comment Curse you imprecise intervals! (Score 3, Interesting) 543

I chose 6-10 because I still regularly use a computer that I built in the summer of 2000, just prior to attending university. Give it a couple months and it will be in the 10-15 category.

It's had some parts changed out in the meantime (video card, extra memory, case, extra harddrive, new CD drive) but the guts are still the same that I put together way back when, an Athlon XP 800 processor with slot mount causing the heatsink to dangle precariously over my video card.

Despite being moved ~18 times over its lifetime (I've lived in a lot of places), one of the CPU/heatsink supports breaking, and once completely coming loose and smacking around the interior of my case while dangling by its heatsink fan connection... it still works!

It now does its part as a database server for my website, and its used on a daily basis.

Comment Re:Why write something people give away for free? (Score 2, Insightful) 393

Umm, if I am a customer buying a software product I do not care if the code is good quality, or cleverly engineered, as long as it doesn't impact the cost, security, or usability of the product.

All I care about is whether or not it works and meets my needs.

I am saying this as a consumer (end user), producer (developer), and requirements creator (analyst).

Comment Re:Go go Nanny State... (Score 1) 794

Not really. If you take a careful look at most drug laws all the way back to prohibition they explicitly outlaw the sale and possession of certain substances, not the consumption. It effectively produces the same result, but avoids the thorny legal issue around legislation of what you can do to yourself.

Comment Re:Landis grew up a Mennonite (Score 4, Informative) 259

Please readjust your thinking about Mennonites... you are so very wrong that you almost circle completely back again.

I will state for a fact that I am Mennonite. I got my first computer when I was 6 (1988) and I am currently employed as a software developer.

Although the Amish and the Old Order are Mennonites (which are among the few sects that have community restrictions on technology) the reverse is not true. It is equivalent to me saying that you are Christian, sometimes mistaken as Mormon. I'm not saying it's impossible for you to be monagamous, but I'm sure you were raised in a polygamous cult.

I will further add to my comment in saying that I do know some Old Order and Amish people, and have had a nice long conversation with an Old Order deacon and teacher who explained that it is not technology that they shun, but anything new that may split their community. They take a very long time to evaluate new techology (usually about 300 years or so) but they do use some modern equipment. The Old Order community that I was on used modern combines (computer controlled) in order to quickly and efficiently harvest their fields.

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