Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

BenSchuarmer How about searches for (60 comments)

"How to dispose of the corpse of an annoying relative who I just murdered"

yesterday
top

Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

BenSchuarmer Re:Democrats still control the Senate. (418 comments)

Nobody is in control of the Senate. It takes 60 votes to "end debate", so most of the time if 41 out of 45 Republicans want to block something, it'll be blocked.

That happened in this case; 41 Republicans and 1 Democrat voted against it, and that's how come the Republicans are being blamed.

yesterday
top

Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

BenSchuarmer Re:Republicans? (418 comments)

Since it was a Senate cloture vote, 60 votes were needed instead of a simple majority.

Republicans were 41 out of the 42; Democrats were 54 of the 58. Four Republicans and One Democrat crossed party lines.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00282

2 days ago
top

Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

BenSchuarmer Re:Actually, Democrats blocked it (418 comments)

That's not how the Senate works. For most things, you need 60 votes to "end debate" before a real vote happens. I can't find the official votes, but most Democrats voted for it, and most Republicans voted against it.

2 days ago
top

Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

BenSchuarmer How many kids took those classes? (134 comments)

I grew up in the 70s. I was a nerd and my friends were nerds. I don't recall any of my friends having an option to take classes like this

We did use terminals at the main city library to play games like Oregon Trail, but learning to code wasn't an option until I got past high school Algebra

My guess is that you needed a special invitation to get into these classes, and you could only get an invitation if your parents or teachers knew the right people.

about a week ago
top

Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

BenSchuarmer Does your boss know their limits (203 comments)

In my experience, it's OK if my boss isn't technical if:

  • 1) they know it
  • 2) their boss knows it
  • 3) the team is technically competent
  • 4) the team's opinions are respected
  • 4) the boss doesn't make any promises (without consulting the team first)

about a week ago
top

US Weather System and Satellite Network Hacked

BenSchuarmer It's obviously a conspiracy (76 comments)

to fake data for global warming or keep us from finding out about chem trails or keep us from finding out about space aliens or something like that.

about a week ago
top

The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

BenSchuarmer I'm more worried about the Ruskies (176 comments)

Our troops are making standard military pay for doing a fairly stress free job (compared to other military jobs).

Given that Russia is essentially a kleptocracy, I have to wonder how safe their nukes are.

about two weeks ago
top

Interviews: Ask Robert Ballard About Ocean Exploration

BenSchuarmer Challenger Deep (40 comments)

I heard that we're not sure whether the Challenger Deep is really the deepest spot in the ocean. Is that true? If it is, I'm surprised that we don't have sonar and satellite data to know fore sure. What's keeping us from getting the data?

I was also surprised that Challenger Deep is flat (not what I'd expect a trench to be like). Can you give us an idea of the scale of the place and what the topography is like?

about two weeks ago
top

Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

BenSchuarmer Re:Correlation/Causation (131 comments)

I never said that nobody who does shift work is smart, just that people who aren't smart may be more likely do end up doing shift work than people who are.

about two weeks ago
top

Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

BenSchuarmer Correlation/Causation (131 comments)

Maybe people who weren't as mentally sharp had fewer employment options and ended up in jobs with shift work.

about two weeks ago
top

Birds Found Using Human Musical Scales For the First Time

BenSchuarmer Free Bird!! (80 comments)

Not sure whether that's free as in freedom or free as in lunch.

about two weeks ago
top

In this year's US mid-term elections ...

BenSchuarmer Missing option (551 comments)

I already voted.

Cascadia^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Washington State, 100% vote by mail

.

about two weeks ago
top

New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

BenSchuarmer Re:You cannot be serious (132 comments)

where did this 'evil' carbon dioxide magically come from?

It may have come from some combination of methane deposits, plant growth, ocean warning, etc.

about three weeks ago
top

Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

BenSchuarmer Re:Flawless Countdown (443 comments)

Tech1: "Ten, nine, eight, ... um "

Tech2: "Seven, Bob"

Tech1: "Oh yeah, seven, six, ...

about three weeks ago
top

We Are All Confident Idiots

BenSchuarmer USA! USA! (306 comments)

Hell Yeah!

about three weeks ago
top

NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

BenSchuarmer Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

I think you're missing the point of the story (and so is whoever wrote the summary).

There was less of a gender gap before home PCs became popular. Nobody had much exposure to computers before college, everybody competed on a level playing field, and women did fine.

After home PCs were introduced, most female Computer Science students felt intimidated because their backgrounds weren't as strong as the male students who were more likely to have a home PC and more likely to have geeked out on a home PC.

about a month ago

Submissions

BenSchuarmer hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

BenSchuarmer has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?