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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Austerity Empowers Re:Nope... Nailed It (185 comments)

That's a manager who manages down. Most managers manage up.

In my ~15 years of experience "manage down" managers are hurting their career advancement prospects by helping the company deliver. It's one of those corporate blackholes. Normally if you take care of your house, you have a nicer house to live in. If you maintain your car, you save money and have a more reliable car for longer. But in the corporate world, investing in yourself is usually trouble.

Not everywhere, but 3 out of my 4 employers.

4 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

Austerity Empowers Re: This is getting silly. (148 comments)

[sarcasm] Great, so basically you're saying no women allowed, right? [/sarcasm]

5 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Austerity Empowers Re:From Experience (554 comments)

I found this to be highly offensive to computer engineers. The implication we're marketing...that other people do the real work... that we'd dare stick a USB key with an unknown history into our USB port...

Actually that last one sets sex ed back about 30 years too.

5 days ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Austerity Empowers Re:I think (327 comments)

Mythbusters did something similar with a minivan and phone books I think. People are never going to be very good at this, but in theory a computer can be programmed not to make a mistake by cooler heads, or at least situated such that a mistake is impossible. I admit I'd probably shoot a gun at someone if my life was in danger, not (at the time) realizing what's behind the guy that might also die.

But still we want to continue the "killer robots" theme, I guess because we still graduate far too many liberal arts types and they need jobs too.

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Austerity Empowers Re:I think (327 comments)

However, as the summary points out, there's also no known algorithm that can do the same for humans, and humans usually behave less consistently than software so chances are testing humans to an acceptable degree of certainty will be harder than testing robots to the same degree of certainty.

This right here is why I would never have funded this investigation. It's idiotic by design, there is absolutely no good criteria to decide "who needs to live and die", and thus its a very highly subjective subject. We argue this in court, we frequently don't agree on the verdict.

Killer robots are going to happen, and we're going to trust them every bit as much as any given human being. And they will have advantages:
- Scope can be limited: a robot may be able to kill, but it may not be able to move... we'll set it up and assume that it will kill anything in a given area, and maybe program it to try not to kill things that fit a certain criteria. But we won't rely on that
- Killer robots can be turned off. Killer humans can not, and some have a hard time going from killer mode back to civilian mode
- Killer robots will be far less likely to induce collateral damage. They won't forget that bullets go through walls. Humans raised on movies somehow think a bit of drywall or plaster is impervious.

There are numerous advantages. What we probably will never build, on purpose, is Terminator bots that roam around the street looking for "bad guys".

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

Austerity Empowers Re:Stupid. (299 comments)

blow it on everything EXCEPT developing a sound, sustainable business.

Now in fairness to the nerds, very few people are interested in developing a sound, sustainable business, including the investors. The business has to last "just long enough" to sell your investment up the pyramid.

about a week ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

Austerity Empowers Re:I am sure there will be a challenge (137 comments)

I'm under the impression that a judge can also rule that a corpoation is a "sham" in some cases, and may hold the owner(s) liable for the corporations debts in that case. Basically you can't form a business to go around defrauding people, then bankrupt your business and walk off. You have to at least be convincing about it...

about a week ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Austerity Empowers Re:Lawnmowing Business - College Alternative (226 comments)

10 years out it will be about not having a family, being able to relocate on your dime cheaply, and using what free time you have to have learned the latest Web x.0 technologies. If you want out of that rat race, you will have to acquire the $100k in income to get the college degree so you can land a mgmt position to support a more balanced lifestyle.

So perhaps you can save some on interest?

about a week ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Austerity Empowers Lawnmowing Business - College Alternative (226 comments)

College isn't for everyone, but if I just change the title a little bit, does this seem like more of a bad idea?

Employers always love to get the least qualified individual with the least options and marketability to do the job, that is still able to do the job. That doesn't mean you should serve yourself up to them on a platter...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

Austerity Empowers Re:Nice attitude (223 comments)

You haven't met my mother.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

Austerity Empowers A gun and... (223 comments)

one bullet

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

Austerity Empowers Re:Counterfeit (178 comments)

Not sure I'd use 0's. I think i'd use random data with a CRC check, or at least known files that i could copy back and diff against hte originals.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Austerity Empowers Re:Depends on Embargo Lift (473 comments)

I definitely think this should be more common in both games and movies. That plus the review aggregators showing 0 stars until the review embargo has been lifted and a statistically significant number of reviews show up.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Austerity Empowers Re:Opening for the competiton! Yes! (307 comments)

Lies. They've deployed Gigapower advertising to a large number of service trucks! They've deployed a gigapower website, where you too can go to learn you also can't get Gigapower!

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Austerity Empowers Re:if only (307 comments)

Uverse and cable are competitors to a product nobody really wants...

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Austerity Empowers Re: Yeah right (307 comments)

If Google announces fiber in a city that they don't own via a bunch of anti-competitive legal nonsense.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Austerity Empowers Re:Yes! (242 comments)

I did read it and read his explanation too so I know it's about all kinds of sex (even though it was obvious from the story). In spite of that, it managed to not be the kind of soft-porn HBO sometimes gets in to. I'm not sure I agree it's his best book, but he managed to do a lot of controversial things in that book that would probably have gotten the book banned if they were spelled right out. To me that's more important than the characters just screwing all over the place as say, Heinlein might have done it. You get too much in the screwing, and you lose sight of the message.

Asimov wasn't a prude, I don't want to insinuate that he was or that sex would cause him to spin in his grave. Having his better works reduced to porn though, might. The point of many of his books was not to cater to our prurient interests, it was to put them in context of something greater. I really like what HBO has done with quite a few series, but my concern is, thus far, they haven't managed to do anything like this. They know how to make a show that caters to the mass audience, they manage to keep it somewhat intelligent while doing it, but can they make a show that rises above?

about two weeks ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

Austerity Empowers Re:MS Office Incompatibility (170 comments)

When did they stop writing papers in LaTeX?

about two weeks ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Austerity Empowers Re:The FCC is waiting for a new president (127 comments)

I'm willing to bet that anything the FCC does will be part of a brokered arranagement involving a bundle of entirely unrelated topics about H1B visas, oil pipelines, obamacare, and no doubt things I care even less about. I won't bet a dollar on how the deck is going to be split, only that it will be split.

The standoff can't continue: if the republicans keep doing nothing they're going to hurt in 2016. If Obama veto's everything the democrats will hurt in 2016. Something will happen in the next 2 years, I'm just afraid of what it will be.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Austerity Empowers Re:Yes! (242 comments)

Foundation was not really prudish, but Asimov really didn't include (any that I recall) blatant sex scenes or sexual themes in his books, at least directly. It was always between the lines, as a means to advance the plot. Similarly the language was pretty clean most of the time. I'm not sure how this fits HBO's M.O. I mean they added MORE sex to Game of Thrones, and the books I think covered almost every variety and perversion attainable without giving characters internet access.

Foundation to me was always more Star Trek style science fiction, geared towards dreamers and full of hope (even in spite of what psychohistory predicted, and why Foundation existed). In contrast, HBOs other series, though well done, tend to focus on our seedier side. HBO can make a good show, but I wonder if the end product will resemble the series it's based on. Sex won't ruin it, but done the way HBO does it, will certainly be distracting.

about two weeks ago

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ARM Server Start-up Calxeda Closes Up Shop

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  about a year ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes ""Calxeda, the pioneering maker of low-power microservers using hundreds of ARM central processor cores and System-on-a-Chip (SoC) products for hardware appliances, has laid off most of its employees and is shutting down operations beyond servicing its existing customers and investments." A sad day for many of us."
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Wheel of Time: A Memory of Light Released, but no eBook until April

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  about 2 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "The final entry in the fantasy series that has been released in 14 volumes over the past 20 years has been released . However in a typical money grubbing strategy that consumers have grown accustomed to from publishers, the eBook option will not release until April . We've seen this with movies, delaying streaming releases to try to drive up sales (and failing, with publishers mostly giving up), but now we also see it with books. Loyal fans are irate, giving 1 star reviews for a book they can't even have read ."
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Apple caves to Think Of The Children

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Apparently in an attempt to maintain a good corporate image, apple has yanked the "Baby Shaker" iPhone app from the app store. While I think there is little doubt that shaking a baby is not a socially acceptable behavior, it appears that good taste is one of many parameters required to sell a product on the iPhone. It would seem little has changed in the smart-phone world, except rather than being dominated by apps acceptable to carriers, we are to be dominated by apps acceptable to Apple."
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Civil War - Part Deux, Texas Strikes Back

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Former presidential candidate and Slashdot dark-horse favorite Ron Paul discusses the merits and patriotism associated with secession, after failing to stop bailout politics. While many of us on any side of the political spectrum might hear the message and agree in part, is this possibly the reason why he remains on the outside looking in at the political machine that is the US Government? Not all of our secessions have exactly been crowning achievements."
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Zombies Invade Austin, Natives Still Weird

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Public safety was given a significant boost yesterday, as a clandestine resistance organization changed electronic roadway signs to warn Austinites of a zombie invasion . The local government ministry of information and hired thugs quickly acted to suppress the information, correcting the signs to innocuous traffic reports. I, for one, welcome our new Zombie overlords."
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