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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

0xdeadbeef What kind of software do astronomers need? (233 comments)

I'm like this guy, wanted to be an astronomer but went into CS because it was the lazy easy thing.

Now I'm probably going to retire in a few years and would like to do something that matters before I'm too dumb and slow. I doubt I'll ever learn enough physics to advance the science, but I've seen what passes for software in academic settings, and I could certainly make the software suck less.

So what kind of software does astronomy need?

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

0xdeadbeef Re:Ya, but... (391 comments)

Impressive. You have weaponized STEM envy.

about a week ago

Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

0xdeadbeef You know how hot water freezes faster than cold? (630 comments)

That has nothing to do with this. But it does demonstrate how fucking clueless your conventional wisdom is.

Everyone who makes a comment about how this "disproves" global warming is a drooling moron.

about a week ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

0xdeadbeef Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Be damn careful what you wish for. Be DAMN CAREFUL!!!!


about a week ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

0xdeadbeef Re:WiFi Calling? (730 comments)

Sure thing, bro! On a BlackBerry! In 2008!

You'll also note they mentioned T-Mobile explicitly in the presentation in regard to this. Apparently "Apple makes it usable" with T-Mobile doing all the work.

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

0xdeadbeef Re:Oh, geez, not this shit again (546 comments)

Harvey-Mudd graduate! We've got a Harvey-Mudd graduate over here!

See, nobody cares.

I know, but US News stupidly doesn't rank undergrad CS, only computer engineering.

about three weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

0xdeadbeef Re:"coding" (546 comments)

Wrong video.

When people call themselves "coders", it always reminds of that scene in Jurassic Park, where the miner foreman says of the world famous paleontologist: "Grant's like me, he's a digger."

Yup. Totally the same profession.

about three weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

0xdeadbeef Oh, geez, not this shit again (546 comments)

By Sturgeon's Law, most colleges that offer CS degrees are diploma mills. That isn't to say they're all scams, and you could certainly learn how to program well despite your shitty education, because after all, you really learn how to program on your own in any case, but simply because they teach things like Java and SQL, instead of things like actual fucking CS, you're not going to learn how to solve interesting software problems. You're going to learn how to be cogs in a corporate hierarchy and do what the people who inspired Dilbert ask you to do, valuing keywords on your resume instead of demonstrable achievements.

But if you got a CS degree from one of the schools near the front of this list, it's a pretty good bet you're not a retard, and if even if you're not yet a great programmer, at least you're not one of morons who can't pass fizzbuzz, and we can assume you'll learn on the job and have the theoretical background to keep up.

"Oh, but I'm such a great programmer and I learned all that theory stuff on my own and you can't judge me!"

Who said I was? You're the one framing it like that. Every good programmer is an autodidactic dilettante in many things. You have to be, because every job requires you inhale a bunch of domain knowledge about the real-world problem you're solving in addition to the technology you're using. You're not special.

But the people who spent four, or five, or ten years surrounded by the some of the smartest people their age doing nothing but having fun and (mostly) learning what interests them is going to be a lot more well rounded than the kid who went chasing dollars right after high school. All else being equal, the kid who went to a good school is better at this than the kid who didn't.

about three weeks ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

0xdeadbeef Scum of the earth (441 comments)

The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries because they want to work with the very best."

He's right, I have said that. Of course, I always follow it with "but only if they have unrestricted visas that give them the same freedom I have to shop the market and work for whomever they want", and I suspect everyone he's talked to (presuming he isn't making it up) have said something similar.

Because when the best of the best make $200k a year, it kicks the wind of out the whiners who complain about the the average programmer salary. But when they work for $80k and they can't switch jobs, that depresses my salary, and that is precisely why lying fuckwits like Joe Green and Mark Zuckerberg want to bring them here.

about 1 month ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

0xdeadbeef Re:Sigh (748 comments)

I lean on the side of it being perfectly ok to hate people for their attributes, regardless of whether they can change them or not, regardless of whether they are willing to change them or not. And that it is why I have no problem fucking over the anti-gay ideologues and I laugh at your precious concern for their freedom of "conscience". I don't give the slightest fuck about your religious beliefs, your oh-so-logical arguments, or the cultural norms you grew up with. There is no sane defense for that nonsense, it's as irrational as racism and as stupid as astrology. If you side with anti-gay bigots, there's really no way around it, you're basically a cunt.

But the hypocrisy, you cry! Don't you remember the parable of the Nazis? After they came for the bigots, there was no one left to speak for me! I need the bigots to speak for me!

Hating gay people doesn't make you a protected class. It is our choice to hate those people who believe that our hate of their hate should make them a protected class. The difference between us and the bigots is that history is never going to decide that hating bigots is a horrifically immoral crime, you know, like every over thing the bigots once supported. But go ahead, liken us to Jim Crow and the Red Scare, it's hilarious. I hope they all end up unemployable like the child molesters who live under bridges. If we could start a blacklist to hasten that outcome, I'd be snitching on them like Reagan.

about a month ago

The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

0xdeadbeef No retarded like clickbait retarded (294 comments)

The work involved in telling computers what to do is markedly different than it was even five years ago, and it's quite possible that any Rip Van Winkle-like developer who slept through the past 10 years would be unable to function in the today's computing world.

This is quite possibly the stupidest article ever posted to Slashdot.

Ok, this month.

about a month and a half ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

0xdeadbeef Bro, u jelly? (262 comments)

I like how you recognized that the "brogrammer" stereotype contradicts the "socially maladjusted" stereotype, so you had the presence of mind to frame the "brogrammers" as only managers.

specialized IT services firm

Is it Wipro? I have heard such good things about Wipro.

about a month and a half ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

0xdeadbeef Envy (262 comments)

It basically boils down to "cool" people mad that the "uncool" people have more status than them.

And they wouldn't dream of "occupying" Apple or Google, it's too far from the city and they'd look like hypocrites. Hippies tend to have more iPhones than mutual funds.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

0xdeadbeef Re:There are two kinds of programmers (637 comments)

I think the real truth is that developers are specialized and like to look down on anyone not in their specific specialty

Only morons do that. You almost get the point I'm making, but you confuse domain knowledge with programming.

Knowing how memory allocation works is not freakin' domain knowledge, at least not to any programmer worth a damn. It's basic year one stuff. It's programmer potty training. If you don't understand it then it means you're happy treating the whole software stack as a magic black box. It means you had a deficient education.

I know I have a wider exposure to that stack than most people, having worked on virtual machines and embedded systems, but for fuck's sake, I learned how malloc worked in school. I was able to pick these things up on the job because I had a solid background in CS.

ask a driver developer to write a video game (what I do) and he knows fuck all about 3D, 2D, GPU optimizations

You have a really dim understanding of the kind of people who do driver development. You think GPU optimization and game engine design isn't the sort of thing that gets their dick hard?

about a month and a half ago

Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

0xdeadbeef Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

Probably because the only people who care, and care so much they trumpet it from the rooftops in books like this, and get all passive aggressive with their "just asking questions" and whining about "political correctness", are dumbass racists.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

0xdeadbeef There are two kinds of programmers (637 comments)

Those who can write in Java, and those who can write Java.

Or those who can write in C#, and those who can write the .NET runtime.

Or those who can write in PHP, and those who can create PHP. Wait, those are the same.

You get what I'm saying. The programmers who whine about requirements to understand low-level memory management are in the first category, and their knowledge and skills are laughable compared to the kind of programmers who get hired by the likes of Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

Stop trying to pretend you're as good. If you were as good you'd be doing something interesting instead of slapping together enterprise bloatware.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

0xdeadbeef You don't have the expertise, don't bother (170 comments)

If you have to go to Slashdot to use Google for you, you'll never be capable of mastering the toolchain, much less learn the arcane bullshit necessary to run native ARM code on a Palm device.

about 2 months ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

0xdeadbeef Full of shit (646 comments)

Not one person here that I know is offended by the name the redskins

The general counsel for the Onondaga Nation is rather offended by it:

Your "spiritual leader" is no fan of it either:

So I'm going to go out on a limb and say you're full of shit. What's up with your spelling of "onodaga" anyway?

about 3 months ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

0xdeadbeef Re:Free Speech (646 comments)

Nobody has a right to be un-offended.

And no one has a right to trademark a racial slur. No one is stopping them from continuing to use the name, and now they can't stop anyone else from using it also.

So why are you so mad about it? Freedom has increased, yet you're the one offended.

about 3 months ago



After 35 years, another message sent from Arecibo

0xdeadbeef 0xdeadbeef writes  |  more than 4 years ago

0xdeadbeef (28836) writes "Two weeks ago, MIT artist-in-residence Joe Davis use the Arecibo radio telescope to send a message to three stars in honor of the 35th anniversary of the famous Drake-Sagan transmission to M13 in 1974. It was apparently allowed but not endorsed by the director of the facility, and used a jury-rigged signal source on what will now be known as the "coolest iPhone in the world". The message encoded a DNA sequence, but no word yet on whether it disabled any alien shields. You can get the low-down on Centauri Dreams: Part 1, Part 2."
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Ay caramba! Is BART kowtowing to Apple?

0xdeadbeef 0xdeadbeef writes  |  more than 5 years ago

0xdeadbeef (28836) writes "DRM-busting hero "DVD Jon" Johansen created a product called doubleTwist that allows iTunes to work with many music players. His company scored a prime advertising space in front of the San Fransisco Apple Store, just in time for WWDC. But not long after it went up, it was torn down by a BART employee, and now BART keeps giving them the run-around as to why it was taken down and why a new one can't go up. Or, as Jon says, 'Apple's WWDC conference ends on Friday. It's pretty obvious what's going on here... I'm sure our ad will conveniently be back up after WWDC ends.'"
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Opera won't be on the iPhone according to Ars

0xdeadbeef 0xdeadbeef writes  |  more than 5 years ago

0xdeadbeef (28836) writes "Erica Sadun writes

A New York Times story from this week says that an iPhone version of Opera failed to make it past Apple's gatekeeper, "[Founder Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner] said that Opera's engineers have developed a version of Opera Mini that can run on an Apple iPhone, but Apple won't let the company release it because it competes with Apple's own Safari browser," the Times wrote.


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AT&T crippling BlackBerry for iPhone?

0xdeadbeef 0xdeadbeef writes  |  more than 7 years ago

0xdeadbeef (28836) writes "BlackBerryCool got a tip that not only was AT&T removing GPS functionality from their version of the BlackBerry 8820, they're doing it so it won't show up the iPhone. While carriers crippling phones to stop them from competing with pay-per-use services is nothing new, this might be the first time they've done it to make their other products seem less diminished."
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blah blah blah blah blah

0xdeadbeef 0xdeadbeef writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Dammit, k5 is broken. Does anyone read this?

So, who else is bored of this whole Linux thing?

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