• someone (unregistered)

    Slight problem: I found three occurrences of the word "Raygun" that weren't hyperlinked.

  • Haggishunter (unregistered) in reply to someone

    That's because the number of occurrences cerossed the threshold where the (small) time cost of adding a link is no longer exceeded by the click income.

    It's called Raygunomics.

  • Smash (unregistered)

    This SoundCloud widget could do with a bit of redesign. Like, if I press a pause button it should be assumed that I have an intention of eventually unpausing the audio and resume listening. If these guys put a pause button that once pushed your only option is to refresh the page and restart listening from the beginning it shouldn't have a pause but a stop button display.

    As for the content itself I'll have to listen to it later, when I'm not constantly being interrupted by the phone or coworkers. I don't hold great expectations that I'll enjoy it tho, given that I'm somewhat bad of hearing and english isn't my first language.

  • someone else (unregistered) in reply to Smash

    Still awful design, but I found that you could hit the X in the upper right of the widget to get back to the pause button. Making ads a higher priority than what the user wants to do is always a great idea.

  • that other guy (unregistered)

    I thought these people were supposed to be comedians...

  • Little Bobby Tables (unregistered)

    The intro was too long. Introductions, seriously? Life's too short. Get on, tell your jokes, and get off.

  • PotatoEngineer (unregistered)

    The actual content starts at 5:00, with a re-telling of ITAPPMONROBOT. Then at 7:57, the actual improv starts: one guy sets up the scene by describing a Rube Goldberg device, and then the other actors join in at 9:57.

  • Carl Witthoft (google)

    Podcast, noun: A way to take one paragraph's worth of information and stretch it into 30 minutes of painfully boring audio.

  • Sole Purpose of Visit (unregistered) in reply to that other guy

    Being self-proclaimed comedians is entire;y cromulent to this site. After all, on all other non-sponsored days we are subjected to self-proclaimed programmers. Let's spread our collective wings and embrace the futility of asking any expertise from anybody at all!

  • Kashim (unregistered)

    The saddest part of this was how poorly Remy explained the ITAPPMONROBOT. The article never mentions having to ssh in, the point of the robot was that it operated on a ping automatically, with no direct human interaction. The reason it kept extending its CD tray when it was pushed into a corner was that it was still pinging, but not connected. Geez Remy. Maybe you should know your own site's most popular articles better...

  • Dude (unregistered) in reply to Kashim

    Honestly, I was willing to give it a chance but once he started describing the ITAPPMONROBOT article I just stopped. It didn't seem like it was going to go anywhere that would be interesting or entertaining.

  • Deez (unregistered)

    I can feel the love in here.

  • anonymous (unregistered)

    Next time give us something that's actually about programming.

  • Smash (unregistered) in reply to someone else

    Oh wow, you're right. It's a "design choice" to shove a huge ad in our faces when a tiny ad would be just as adequate and far less inconvenient. Maybe Soundcloud's goal is to have an article written about them here but don't want to pay the sponsor fee?

  • siciac (unregistered)

    Remy rounded up some of the best comedians...


    ...in Pittsburgh who were also in IT...


  • C. Shelbourne (unregistered)

    I'm really disappointed in the comments. I expected some spirited commentary. I've lived in Tukwila and Menlo Park and the commentary there on articles like this were always much more spirited and thoughtful. Heck, even the short time I lived in Falls Church, I noticed how spirited and thought-provoking the comment sections always were. I thought after the first couple of comments, I would find a spirited comment. But alas, it was just another of the same. When I moved here two years ago, I was told that Pittsburgh was a rising star for tech. Based on these comments, I don't think so. In true tech hubs, there are ALWAYS.... I mean, I cannot emphasize this enough... ALWAYS spirited commentary. Spirited, people! Sorry, for going off. I haven't had time to listen to the recording yet... because I didn't really get the title in the context of the IT. What does a TOASTER have to do with IT? But honestly, that's less important to me than the lack of spirited discourse. Ugh... it's like being back in Lincoln, NE again. Come on, people!

  • James (unregistered)

    Embedded widgets are great (maybe) for websites but you have users using RSS. Either don't use RSS or make some effort to make the articles work on all platforms (ideally without many errors as there usually is, again RSS readers don't get the fixes).

  • (nodebb) in reply to C. Shelbourne

    Improv comedy is like coding without requirements or tests. You have no idea what you're going to end up with, and it's not going to stand up to criticism.

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