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Does the Higgs Boson Reveal Our Universe's Doomsday?

AwesomeMcgee Re:Seriously? (421 comments)

Wait, are you suggesting they will figure out how it's going to cause the universe to end and make a big red button for it? Because that would be seriously badass. Just saying. I endorse this science, it may not be very humane, but to be badass, totally worth it.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

AwesomeMcgee Re:What about paper bags? (533 comments)

Defeatism: Losing tomorrow's battles, today!

about a year and a half ago
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Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

AwesomeMcgee I heard a bit of this today (617 comments)

Sounded fairly spot-on, this whole H1-B mess is a tricky wicket but in the end it's a shit deal for everyone. Interesting to know that my title earns the same as it did 15 years ago in whole numbers, not adjusted for inflation or anything, I knew this already but didn't think about it or what that actually means until I heard the story on the radio today. Talk about stagnating, I'd almost say worse from the stories you hear about the mid-late 90's. Never attributed this to the H1-B crap but who knows. On the bright side the managerial dickwads doing this are the types I wouldn't want to work for anyways so I guess I can't feel bad about competing with what is literally indentured servitude. Though I am ashamed my country is both partaking in it, as well as the fact that they're doing it simply at the whims of corporate execs rather than looking at real numbers of unemployed members in the tech industry.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

AwesomeMcgee Re:That's funny.... (533 comments)

My wife will soon have a zombie knee, does this mean I can no longer trust her with the grocery shopping?

about a year and a half ago
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Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

AwesomeMcgee Re:That's funny.... (533 comments)

That sounds pretty unamerican to me, stand up and use your rights, sue Toyota for greed and country damnit. If you don't set the precedent, how are the rest of us supposed to get wealthy sueing Toyota? Don't do it for yourself, do it for your country!

about a year and a half ago
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Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

AwesomeMcgee Re:That's funny.... (533 comments)

correctly or not I still totally want someone to try and apprehend the garbage patch.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

AwesomeMcgee Re:That's funny.... (533 comments)

I have lived with a great deal of different washers (moved around a *lot*) and not one single time have I seen this. Every single one has had the dial for small-medium-large (and sometimes ultra which is just awesome). Perhaps you live in the future (presently known as europe) but for the rest of us, sorry we normal folk have washing machines that are just wasteful.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

AwesomeMcgee Re:That's funny.... (533 comments)

Are you suggesting someone apprehend the garbage patch? Because I would just love to see someone try to apprehend that thing. That would be awesome.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

AwesomeMcgee Re:That's funny.... (533 comments)

it's an economy of scale, you toss 2 reusable bags in every load of laundry you would do anyway and it costs no more resources than if you didn't have those reusable bags and did those loads of laundry regardless. More energy used by the motor because each load weighs slightly more, but that's going to be practically immeasurable.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

AwesomeMcgee Re:That's funny.... (533 comments)

Nope, the other half is alive and err, not kicking, because well, that half didn't make it..

about a year and a half ago
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COBOL Will Outlive Us All

AwesomeMcgee Re:Batch (318 comments)

You mean the mathematically based languages which are built from the ground up for dealing with data sets like Haskell wouldn't know how to handle a record of data as well? Me thinks you have limited language exposure..

about a year and a half ago
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First Impressions Inside the Project Holodeck VR Game World

AwesomeMcgee Re:Interesting. (49 comments)

You're missing the real magic here. They hooked this thing up to 4 kinect sensors so imagine waving your hand in front of your face and the 3d-glasses showing it because the kinect sensors know what movements your whole body are making.

Otherwise I find what you're talking about here pretty interesting but still, the kinect attachment is really a game changer, imagine paying 20 bucks to go for a half-hour into a huge warehouse where the kinect sensors watch you and let you actually walk physically around any virtual land scapes. Hook it into google street-view data and it could become quite realistic.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

AwesomeMcgee Re:Pick an Emphasis On or Interdisciplinary Degree (347 comments)

I once got distracted and poked myself in the eye while reading. -- Article #1 as evidence to counter your last dictate.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

AwesomeMcgee Re:I call troll (347 comments)

How did this even make the frontpage of slashdot? This guy's an idiot. He thinks he's being left in the dust learning the fundamentals, but thinks learning a single application framework to develop web-pages with won't mean he's left in the dust when it goes away and he doesn't know the fundamentals well enough to transfer to different technology with all his skills in tact. The fundamentals mean when you go from one language to another you aren't starting from square one in any of them. The fundamentals mean in any given technology old or new you can reason about appropriate ways to do things without having to go read endless descriptions of idiomatic techniques for the language which you then use haphazardly because you have no reasoning skills to correctly compose them.

Seriously the dude who wrote this question just needs to hear: You're wrong. Just wrong. So wrong. Keep on keeping on because you don't see what value it has to you, but it's significantly more than you clearly have any idea. You're wrong, the end.

I have no degree, I had to study so bloody hard to get these fundamentals over so many years that I wish to death I had just got the stupid loans and done the stupid CS degree. I screwed the pooch and made up for it the hard way, don't make the same mistakes.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

AwesomeMcgee Re:Get the CS degree (347 comments)

A CS degree does pigeon hole you, and you spelled pigeon wrong. A mechanical or aerospace engineer can learn to program and get a job programming, a CS degree will however not get you working on designing engines or aeronautical devices.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

AwesomeMcgee Re:Pick an Emphasis On or Interdisciplinary Degree (347 comments)

I am so torn on this issue. We all know every fresh CS grad that walks into a junior role on our team knows basically nothing and needs significant mentoring to really have any useful skills. Yet there are so many important things they teach in the schools around data structures, computational analysis, and how to generally apply formal math to programming to achieve correctness as well as efficiency.

I just don't understand it I guess, how does one go from studying such important concepts to being completely incapable of applying them in the real world. I think the study of them is ever important so he should complete his CS degree, but he's not wrong in that he will still be useless when he walks out of the door with his diploma in hand and will need to be trained up from scratch all over again in the first 2 years in the real world.

My suggestion though: Finish your degree and create a portfolio of random crap and do everything you can to get recruited by MS/Apple/Google as you will get guaranteed training in proper skills at any of them (yes even MS, I did a 1 year contract stent there and half the people I worked with had CS Phds and were smart as can be, I learned a lot from that gig, there's plenty of notables who worked up through MS as well even if you don't like their products)

about a year and a half ago
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Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory

AwesomeMcgee Re:Why would anyone voluntarily live in Texas? (763 comments)

It's a lot harder to get into other countries, especially with the shit education we have because we were raised here. And that's the people who even had the money to afford one anyway (aka GenX and before, the rest of us are in huge debt or for future generations when loans get tight, just out of luck)

about a year and a half ago
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E-Mail Hack Exposes Bush Family Pictures, Correspondence

AwesomeMcgee Re:I hope this guy's good... (230 comments)

ever since I realized that's the inevitable conclusion of that mule thing I can't stop imagining one of those in "search mode" chasing somebody down. That is some scary shit.

about a year and a half ago
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Moving the Linux Kernel Console To User-Space

AwesomeMcgee Re:Unneeded (311 comments)

None. But my company is a proven brain damagedly stupid company, so there's that.

about a year and a half ago
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Moving the Linux Kernel Console To User-Space

AwesomeMcgee Re:You must be stupid, stupid, stupid (311 comments)

Trying? Sorry, they won the war in the mid-thousands when linux became trendy so the hipsters came over but decided it was hard and so they remodeled it in the image of what they're used to. Now it's like some half-windows-half-mac cluster. Works well I'm not complaining, but it has gone so far off the highway from it's initial purpose it's hilarious. BSD is the only real option anymore that is still fullfilling the idea of "a bunch of independent pieces that work on their own". Linux is now one big thing that works altogether, and if all pieces of the system aren't working in lock-step huge portions of it will come crashing down (even including the console soon). Just like windows. Just like mac. Whatever, it's a good OS just like windows and just like macOS, but it's no longer a purpose-built OS for stability and modularity like it was. Nowadays if you want a different desktop environment you need a completely different distro for it to work. Just let that fact sink in, and remember what changing desktop-environments meant back around '99. The war was lost, only BSD is left standing; and only because it isn't trendy since the hipsters presume it's just like linux so they don't bother.

about a year and a half ago

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