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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

CaptainPinko Re:Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha (459 comments)

In case it wasn't clear, my point is that when we talk about race there are many confounding factors such as culture and socio-economic class and its hard to figure out what the actual underlying issues... and if you could its probably complicated.

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

CaptainPinko Re:Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha (459 comments)

The name one I found dubious since they chose middle-class white names and lower-class black names. It's not like they chose Billy-Ray Luellen-Mae. I suspect that a lot of "racism" in the US is actually classism where being black correlates being lower-class, and so it forms the assumption "black means lower-class unless proven otherwise". This would explain why people forget that Colin Powell was black and other successfully black men. "Black", I posit, is a hybrid race/class construct. --- Annecdote: I met a black African girl from Tanzania who **hated** African American names and African Americans and had nothing good to say about them. That was the moment that really made me realised is that it is not actually about race-itself. Personally, I notice myself much more comfortable dealing with Africans than African Americans as cab drivers, much friendlier, jovial, positive, and animated.

about a month ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

CaptainPinko SystemD (93 comments)

Thousands of packages, but the real question is: does it run SystemD?

about 3 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

CaptainPinko Two Missing Options (701 comments)

"Transform and Roll out!" from Transformers. I always cover my mouth when I say it, so I look like Optimus Prime. "All Systems Nominal" from Mechwarrior. I love that sound as my computer boot up sound. Then "Engines Shutting Down" as my shut down sound.

about 5 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

CaptainPinko Re:no (437 comments)

So require a key for override, that way the 9 year old can go to grandma's house but not into a tree. If you need to pay attention and be prepared to intervene at any second then how is this not strictly worse than the current system? It's less convenient than a cab and more expensive than a bus. Pretty useless. And people multi-task with phones and laptops now, what makes you think they'll pay any attention at all when cars drive themselves 99.99% fine on there own?

about 7 months ago
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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

CaptainPinko Re:most young developers are at least as bad (232 comments)

Not "really good" just much better than everything else at the time. Something that works 5% of the time is much better than others that work 1% of the time, but 10 years later most of the new things work 25% of the time. So the 5% was best in class for its time then, but total shit now.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

CaptainPinko Use STEAM (687 comments)

That'll encourage me to buy and will take care of the DRM bit.

about a year and a half ago
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Seas Rising Faster Than Projected

CaptainPinko Re: Denier (605 comments)

Surely you mean what is important is what it does for the bottom 20% of people.

about 2 years ago
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Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released

CaptainPinko Re:Uh....May Fools Day? (213 comments)

5 & 8 & 9 really seem like steps backward IMHO. Avoiding attacks of opportunity was an interesting tactical problem. If you want to get rid of that I'd go with Zones-of-control rather than none-at-all.

more than 2 years ago
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German Authorities Find Al Qaeda Plans Disguised In Porn

CaptainPinko Evidence (332 comments)

Lets say I'll be examining this "evidence" my self. I'm not quite sure they are up to the job, and I feel I should give them a hand.

more than 2 years ago
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Asian Call Center Workers Trained With US Tax Dollars

CaptainPinko Re:Much like tax breaks for the wealthy.... (274 comments)

I can't tell you how often I hear someone want to "ax" me a question.

I recall my linguistics professor saying the "ax" actually is an older form of the word that has been preserved. So it's not so much improper as much as it is antiquated.

Also, languages go through regular mutatations, this is just another one of them. I don't think "ax" is any different than "pail" vs "bucket" or "pop" vs "soda". It's just that it is associated with a poorer demographic, but that doesn't make it any less valid English.

PS- Yes, I am the kind of person that will use "thee" and "thou" if necessary to disambiguate from "you".

more than 2 years ago
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MIT Fusion Researchers Answer Your Questions

CaptainPinko Re:Very brief summary (244 comments)

Due you think that crowdsourcing might help? Anyone know what it takes to get an experiment going? I mean if we can get $2M for Wasteland 2, surely we could get at least $2M for a fusion experiment. Maybe more if we could get tax deducatable receipts... and a cool (or should I say "hot"? ;) ) t-shirt.

more than 2 years ago
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Leaked Zynga Memo Justifies Copycat Strategy

CaptainPinko Re:And that is what really stiffles innovation (384 comments)

I think your comment distracts more than anything. The point is that you should only be responsible for your direct actions. Driving drunkenly and hitting a child and nearly hitting a child should, arguably, have the same sentence since what differentiated the two was not intended. Now, whether you want to charge both with manslaughter or neither is a separate matter.

more than 2 years ago
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Leaked Zynga Memo Justifies Copycat Strategy

CaptainPinko Re:And that is what really stiffles innovation (384 comments)

that would harm one of the underlying principles of common law many people agree with, the equal protection provision. Perhaps then its time to revisit common law, most of the world does without it. While the idea of it seems good (i.e. more consistency in interpretation) it means that reading a law is near meaningless until you read every ruling on that law. There was a lot of interesting pieces written contrasting the two systems following the Amanda Knox acquittal.

more than 2 years ago
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Mitt Romney, Robotics, and the Uncanny Valley

CaptainPinko Re:Religion (501 comments)

I will say one thing about Mormons... of all the people I've met of different religions, Mormons were by far the nicest and most genuine people. Try meeting some Bahai people. They make me wish I believed in God.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

CaptainPinko Re:You are part of the problem (359 comments)

And when you went to college you still believed them?

Yup. My parents were academics and got in when there was less competition. They presume everybody who is smart would have it so easy. They still do as they badger me to do a PhD and I try to explain that a MSCD or a SCJD or ScrumMaster certification would boost my career more (already have a MSc in CS in a field where only Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! work which are no near any of my family).

about 3 years ago
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Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

CaptainPinko Re:If they told you to jump off a bridge... (359 comments)

At the age of 12? Most definitely, I already felt like I was "missing out of everything" and "the odd one out" just because my parents were immigrants and for many years afterwards. I think it was only after bouncing back from the depression that claimed my early 20 that I felt able to do things differently.

about 3 years ago
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Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

CaptainPinko Re:solution = Milestone billing (359 comments)

Isn't the first $2 the easiest and the last $2 the hardest? Won't that just lead to lots of tech demos and no products?

about 3 years ago

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