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Ask Slashdot - Careers In Computer Science That Keep You Physically Active?

Bicx Re:Probably a one-off case but... (220 comments)

lol, they do. A lot of these guys just run on the street during their break and come straight back.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot - Careers In Computer Science That Keep You Physically Active?

Bicx Probably a one-off case but... (220 comments)

I just got a job with a social network that promotes active lifestyles. As a result, they want us to be active as employees. Although it's a very small office, they had a shower installed so employees could take a break to go work out, come back, and clean up. If we work out 6 times a month, we get paid an extra $40 at the end of the month (enough to pay for most gym memberships here). While the actual job has unavoidable periods of sitting, at least the company encourages us to get moving when we're able.

about a year and a half ago
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Are We Failing To Prepare Children For Leadership In the US?

Bicx Re:As an Uncle (754 comments)

I played with saws, hammers, and the like at age three until I got in trouble for punching my brother in the head while still holding a nail.

about 2 years ago
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High School Students Sue Federal Gov't Over Global Warming

Bicx Re:The sad things is... (491 comments)

Censorship is nice when it's used on ideas you despise. It's not so great once a new administration flies in and turns the censor ray on you. It's best not to set a precedent.

about 2 years ago
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Azure Failure Was a Leap Year Glitch

Bicx Single Point of Failure (247 comments)

This points out a serious flaw in the whole idea of cloud reliability by redundancy. You may have a million servers running across multiple countries, but if the distributed software for each virtual server has a bug, every server across the globe is affected. That's a single point of failure.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Cowards, Deanonymized

Bicx First (159 comments)

First! Analyze this anon comment, suckers!

more than 2 years ago
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DARPA Investing In Electric Brain Stimulation To Train Snipers Quickly

Bicx My Greatest Fear (124 comments)

My greatest fear with brain enhancement technology is that it creates a super-class of humans. Those who have the ability to pay for the technology will have a majorly unfair advantage against those who don't, creating a dangerously elite group of people.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Posts Audio of Intercepted FBI Conference Call

Bicx Re:They aren't heroes (336 comments)

I should say "A successful movement has a well-defined goal and an end game with a mature means to reach it."

There are many problems in the world. However, Anon reminds me of a shark in a large school of fish. The shark attacks this way and that, but it can't focus on just one fish. It's constantly-shifting focus causes it to lose all of its targets in the end (almost maybe a few go down through sheer luck).

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Posts Audio of Intercepted FBI Conference Call

Bicx Re:They aren't heroes (336 comments)

If Anonymous were a legitimate organization worth respecting, they wouldn't be doing stupid shit like uploading an intercepted FBI/Scotland Yard conversation regarding their own investigation. Even if the U.S. were equivalent to Nazi Germany, I still wouldn't endorse Anon. A legitimate movement has a well-defined goal and an end game with a mature means to reach it.

Please avoid personal attacks on Slashdot just because you don't agree. Yours was particularly tasteless and inflammatory.

more than 2 years ago
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Occupy Protesters Are Building a Facebook for the 99%

Bicx Missing the Point (451 comments)

Maybe I'm wrong, but it would seem that revolutions gained high traction through Facebook and Twitter because those services already had a huge user base (and therefore a huge potential audience). If you create your own social network catering to people already in your movement, you can't really expect the massive increase in followers you would gain through already-popular networks.

If you think of it in harsh terms, this is merely another social network knock-off, fueled by what will probably be a short-lived movement.

more than 2 years ago
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Faster Algorithm for Sphere Packing Discovered

Bicx 2.7013 times larger at most? (134 comments)

So if I wanted to efficiently pack small spheres, that would only help me if I stored them in a bunch of long, thin cylinders. I guess if the long, thin cylinders could be packed together efficiently, that wouldn't be an issue.

more than 2 years ago
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Gnarly Programming Challenges Help Recruit Coders

Bicx How to be a Star Engineer (177 comments)

I recently read the IEEE paper "How to be a Star Engineer" (Google it, it's a great read). The researcher conducted a study on common traits shared among the industry's top performers. Turns out that being extremely intelligent was not really a significant factor. In fact, the star engineers failed to demonstrate a commonality in any of the traditionally emphasized areas of cognitive, psychological, social, or organizational superiority. It essentially boils down to how they used their existing skills in a smart, positive manner. Effective teamwork and communication are listed as huge factors, so I don't see how an IQ test can really be the magic bullet to finding a great employee.

more than 2 years ago
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Ancient Krakens Making Self-Portraits?

Bicx My theory... (135 comments)

A normal-sized octopus arranged these vertebrae into a giant tentacle pattern just to freak out everyone

more than 2 years ago
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Should Science Be King In Politics?

Bicx Science doesn't make decisions... (737 comments)

First of all, I love science. It is a great tool for understanding our universe based on the resources we have to fuel our research. The scientific method gives us a foundation on which to build our knowledge, but it only generates undeniable facts under strictly controlled environments. All else can be considered evidence but can't honestly be considered truth.

The annoying thing about evidence is that it falls victim to a degree of subjectivity. No one is completely objective (unless one tossed out any and all non-empirical data), so interpretation and extrapolation of the evidence will always be influenced by philosophical and ideological values. I'm not necessarily talking about religion. Even the most rigid-minded scientist has a philosophical view of how the universe should function. After all, how do you objectively define what deserves attention and what does not? Even if it concerns the survival of the human race, who's to say that our survival is worth pursuing? That's where science ends and humanity begins.

more than 2 years ago
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Court on Video Games: Less Cleavage, More Carnage

Bicx Re:Think about it for a minute (397 comments)

I do agree with you there... there are some violent acts that will burn a much more painful and vivid image in your mind. I had a similar experience. In my original post, I was thinking more of say, shooting people in Halo. Most mainstream movies and games tend to glaze over the horrific physical and emotional pain, which is why I think most people can probably stop thinking "Hey someone's having their life taken away" and focus more on the plot of the movie/game. Although I do know exceptions, most people are able to keep movie violence and reality separate.

It just takes discernment. Superman's violence isn't the same as, say, Hostel.

more than 2 years ago
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Court on Video Games: Less Cleavage, More Carnage

Bicx Re:Think about it for a minute (397 comments)

I think you are misunderstanding the motives. Christians are not giving excessive violence a thumbs-up as an acceptable lifestyle. Rather, they are concerned by the effect a video game has on the viewer in real life. As a Christian myself, I don't think forcefully imposing my belief on anyone is right or effective, even though I do believe there is a defined absolute morality; it's a choice you have to make yourself. I also do think parents need to police their own children. I'm just trying to explain why sex is a bigger deal than violence to those who consider sex and sex-related purity of thought sacred.

more than 2 years ago
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Court on Video Games: Less Cleavage, More Carnage

Bicx Think about it for a minute (397 comments)

Which is most likely to cause a responsive change in the viewer: watching violence, or watching sex/nudity?
We've had article after article on here about how violent video games are not shown to produce violent individuals.
I know Slashdot isn't exactly a bastion of Christian ideals, but surely you can understand that people who hold sex to be sacred don't want their children to be exposed to it in a disrespectful or objectifying context. Images of nudity are often burned into an individual's mind; that's a purely biological response. You don't have to agree that it's wrong to expose children to sex in video games, but surely one can understand that -- barring some exceptional cases -- violence doesn't have nearly the same kind of effect on the mind.

more than 2 years ago
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What Cities Want Your IT Skills?

Bicx Salaries can be misleading (123 comments)

Although I live in the region listed as having the lowest salaries for IT, I think it's worth noting that I also live in a state with no income tax and a very appealing income to cost-of-living ratio. I was recently researching a job position in Chicago, and spent some time determining how my salary would need to change in order to maintain the same standard of living I have in east TN. Long story short, I hit the salary ceiling for the job in question before reaching an income offering the comforts I have now.

more than 2 years ago
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Full Bladder Improves Decision Making

Bicx Everyone knows... (229 comments)

Procrastination is a lot more enjoyable with an empty bladder.

more than 3 years ago

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As an IT worker, what industry do you work in?

Bicx Bicx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bicx (1042846) writes "As I sit here working as a programmer analyst for a large insurance company, I can't help but wonder if most computer science grads end up in a place like this. I was trained to develop software as if for a software development firm, but such jobs seem to be fairly sparse. My question to Slashdot is this:

As a software developer, do you work within the IT department of a larger company, or do you work for a company specializing in software development?

As a bonus, if you work for a non-software company, what industry do you work in?"

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