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I would stick with caucasian.

jmcs  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Life Before Earth

It's an interesting approach, too bad they decide to ignore data that doesn't match their theory. And even then it's perfectly possible that life evolved/got more complex faster in the beginning before the growth of complexity got to the current model, a kind of biological inflation, akin to the cosmological inflation.

jmcs  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why the future isn't here yet

Yet Kirk would be dumpfounded with a flat screen.

jmcs  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: How to Game a Grading Curve

You can also have to opposite problem I had a professor giving a test so easy that the worse grade was 17 out of 20. I would prefer an almost impossible test and then be graded against my classmates, you just have to provide some rules against gaming (minimum requirements for example).

jmcs  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why the future isn't here yet

The future as arrived, in some aspects we have far surpassed the wildest dreams of many sci-fi writers. Some technologies of Star Trek, for example, seem quaint in comparison we some things we got now.

jmcs  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: How to Game a Grading Curve

I think this is a perfect example why we need anti-cartel and anti-collusion laws. The students have collectively found one way to beat the professor algorithm, managed to create an effective system to prevent anyone from braking the agreement so by my book, as we are talking about programming classes, means that they understand the essential part of what they are supposed to be learning, so I don't see why a good professor would do otherwise.

jmcs  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why the future isn't here yet

One of the factors that led to some technologies being "underdeveloped" is the improvement of other technologies. For example improved telecommunications and miniaturization have reduced the need for better transportation.

I personally believe in committing as early as possible, it's never too soon to screw up your code and having to go back.

Glenn Beck is an expert in conspiracy theories so you should value is opinion on the subject. It takes one to know one.

jmcs  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Year 2038 problem

The year 2038 is way more serious than the 2k year problem, because the latter was mainly a limitation of user space apps, the year 2038 on the other hand affects operating systems and hardware, and, specially on embedded systems, it will be very hard or impossible to fix.

If he wasn't an asshole people would keep submitting crap to the kernel and Linux would be irrelevant. It's better not getting involved than doing an bad job.

RMS is also an asshole and a dictator, but is nowhere near as effective as Linus, dictatorship is only the right answer with the right dictator.

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