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

Chelloveck Re:From Experience (541 comments)

Someone who wants to be offended can find reason to with anything.

  • Barbie's a manager who employs male engineers: "This teaches girls that women need men to do their work for them!"
  • Barbie's an engineer working for a male manager: "This teaches girls that women will always be subservient to men!"
  • Barbie's a member of an all-female engineering team: "This teaches girls that women can't work on an equal footing with men!"
  • Barbie's a member of a racially, culturally, ethnically, and genderally diverse autonomous collective who share all the tasks equally: "This teaches girls that women can only be generalists and never excel in any particular area! Oh, and socialism!"

It sounds to me like the group who should *really* be offended are the computer engineers for being so badly misrepresented. Oh, and Barbie fans because it makes Barbie (not women in general, just this particular woman) look like a freaking idiot. (Going on the descriptions here; of course I haven't read the book. Who needs actual facts when we're surrounded by all this juicy hearsay and speculation?)

And yes, "genderally" is a perfectly cromulent word.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Chelloveck Re:Call Comcast? (405 comments)

And say, exactly, "Hi, I have a business account. I can't email my customers who use Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail, apparently because those providers are blocking mail originating within Comcast's IP space. This needs to be fixed or your business account is worthless to me and I'll consider it a breach of contract." Work with them. The answer might be to move you to a different block of IP addresses. Or, it might be to forward mail through their servers. There is undoubtedly a solution.

Also, talk to Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail about being blocked. Maybe they can tell you what criteria you're hitting. It may not be Comcast's fault. (I know it seems incredible, but it is a possibility. Really.)

Lastly, if you can't get satisfaction from Comcast but there really is no alternative ISP that works for you, you can purchase email service from hundreds or thousands of different providers out there. Get an account somewhere else and set up your server to forward through theirs.

about two weeks ago
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Crowd-Sourced Experiment To Map All Human Skills

Chelloveck Re:neat idea, execution seems doomed to failure (70 comments)

I think the whole project is a performance art piece. It seems perfectly designed to stoke the biggest taxonomic flame war that has ever been seen since the day the MP3 "genre" tag was introduced.

about two weeks ago
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US Weather System and Satellite Network Hacked

Chelloveck We're doomed (76 comments)

Crap! The Chinese have hacked into the weather satellites. Now they control the CIA's Weather Dominator and will be able to make the polar vortex a permanent feature over North America! Oh well, at least this will expose "global warming" hoax that the Obama administration has been perpetrating with it. So much for giving this country the climate of his native Kenya.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Chelloveck Re:i feel bad for the parents (319 comments)

"You are not looking for me to write a list API, you're looking for me to write much higher level code. If the environment you are using don't provide a list API, you are in trouble."

Speaking as someone who often poses that sort of question in an interview, yes, I know. I sometimes even preface that portion with, "I know that no one should ever again have to write their own implementation of this, but..." No, in the job you're not going to be asked to write elementary data structure code. It's just a tractable problem which can be done in the amount of time available, and makes a good starting point from which to discuss code complexity, time/space tradeoffs, and similar subjects which you *will* need to know in order to do this job.

And you would be amazed at the number of candidates who can't manage even the simple stuff. No, I don't need someone who can write yet another linked-list traversal. I need someone who can do much more difficult things! If they can't even do the sophomore-level stuff then there's no need for either of us to waste any more time. (Seriously, I've been to on-campus career fairs where by the end of the day I just want to tell people, "Pick a programming language. Any language. Write 'Hello, world'." Because I've come across a number of soon-to-graduate CS majors who couldn't even do *that*. I am not exaggerating.)

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Chelloveck Re:Sad.... (212 comments)

Assembly? That's for you mollycoddled youngsters. You don't know how to really program until you've entered raw machine code via toggle switches on the front panel of a CPU you built yourself out of nothing but vacuum tubes and a spool of wire. And don't get me started on macro assemblers! You may as well be using COBOL if you need training wheels that big.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Chelloveck This research brought to you by... (282 comments)

This research brought to you by the letter "Duh!" and a grant from the Really Freaking Obvious foundation.

I suppose it's good to have a study to back up the obvious. It's just that, according to the study, the people most in need of convincing are exactly the same people who are going to most vigorously deny the validity of the study.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

Chelloveck Re:Neutrality should be about source and destinati (200 comments)

Right. I don't think many people would argue with QoS policies being applied uniformly across all providers of similar services. Having all video set to a different QoS than all email isn't a problem. Having one video provider set at high priority and another one set at low is a problem.

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Chelloveck Re:Zombie Apocalypse (349 comments)

Came here to say just this. And now we know why the CDC was staging zombie apocalypse drills last year. THEY KNEW!

about three weeks ago
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Help a Journalist With An NFC Chip Implant Violate His Own Privacy and Security

Chelloveck Re:Welcome to 10 years ago (142 comments)

That's completely different. That was an RFID chip. This is an NFC chip. Totally different!

about three weeks ago
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Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds

Chelloveck What was stopping them before? (45 comments)

So, what was preventing researchers from storing stuff in their own private clouds before this?

about three weeks ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

Chelloveck Slashdot, I'm ashamed of you! (432 comments)

I'm ashamed of you guys. Over 300 posts for an article mentioning "Black Swan" and not one of you has cracked wise about Natalie Portman, hot grits, and petrification? Geez, it's even almost on topic! This just isn't the Slashdot I used to know and love.

about a month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

Chelloveck Re:100 year old survival knowledge in PDF files??? (272 comments)

More over, I firmly believe that the next 30 years will see the advancement of some form of fusion power.

I remember first reading that fusion was "only 20 years away" back in the 70s. By the time I graduated high school in 1984 I knew it was kind of stalled but I was certain that we'd have it within 30 years. *sigh* Those were the days. The future was much brighter back then.

Lockheed Martin has even been willing to claim, publicly, that it will have a fusion reactor ready for market in 10.

And I really hope they're right. I'm just not going to bet on it until someone demonstrates a sustained net-positive output. Once that happens I figure it'll be 10 years until a commercial-scale plant can be designed, get regulatory approval, and actually brought online. (And I'm probably way optimistic on the regulatory approval part!)

about a month ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Chelloveck Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

Which is the solution to all of this. Make Windows a free gift with purchase of any computer. It's not a $500 computer and a $100 OS, it's a $600 computer and a free OS. Done and done. Throw in a free copy with every Mac sold, too, just to say thanks for the free U2 album.

about a month ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Chelloveck Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

You're right, "persistent" would have been a better word. By "permanent" I simply wanted to be clear that I was talking about a change that lasted beyond the current session, not necessarily something irreversible. A change that survives a power cycle or reboot and requires specific intervention to reverse like the VID/PID change does.

Your more generic example is the situation I was describing when I said "accidental". The action has a purpose on the intended platform and inadvertently causes damage to the clone. This is as opposed to a malicious change which is specifically designed to cause the damage. It's the intent to cause harm that differentiates between accident and potentially criminal act.

about a month ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Chelloveck Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

If you use FTDI's VID/PID, you're trying to pass yourself off as an FTDI chip, and it is YOUR FAULT ALONE if an operation that does not cause issues on genuine FTDI hardware does bad things to your own.

Similarly, I note that all major web browsers masquerade as Mozilla by starting their User-Agent strings with "Mozilla/5.0". I suppose it'd be okay for Mozilla to publish some JavaScript on their site that has no effect on Firefox but causes Chrome, IE, and Safari to permanently delete their User-Agent strings? After all, if you use Mozilla's User-Agent, you're trying to pass yourself off as a Mozilla browser, and it is YOUR FAULT ALONE if an operation that does not cause issues on a genuine Mozilla browser does bad things to your own.

These chips may or may not contain stolen IP. They may simply be engineered to mimic the interface of the FTDI chips to be used as replacements. That's perfectly legal. Chip manufacturers often make work-alikes of other manufacturer's designs, from individual transistors up to full CPUs. Think of the non-Intel x86 CPUs, made to work with the x86 interface and instruction set but containing no stolen x86 IP. Or hell, think of the whole automotive after-market industry. If auto companies could legally prevent third parties from making replacement parts, you bet your life they would.

Nope. It's fine (but dickish) to detect the other guy's product and refuse to work with it. It's a regrettable accident if a legitimate operation on your own device permanently alters a third-party replacement, but I'd consider that to be the fault of a crappy replacement part. It's not at all acceptable to go looking for such an exploit with the intent of rendering the competitor's device unusable. Intent matters, and FTDI performed an obviously malicious action which has no use other than to deliberately break a competitor's product. Whether the competitor stole the design or manufactured a clean-room work-alike makes no difference. You can take them to court but you can't play vigilante.

about a month ago
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The Bogus Batoid Submarine is Wooden, not Yellow (Video)

Chelloveck Re:Why not just swim? (44 comments)

That was my first thought, too. But remember, this is a Maker Faire. 90% of all projects shown off are special-interest art.

about a month ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Chelloveck Re:Nonsense (370 comments)

The distortion is strong in that one. And now he must excuse his earlier brief glimses of reality.

This. Just the case of a fan trying to justify a questionable decision. UI has become a fashion show. Helvetica is this year's hem length. Flat, primary colors are in, and they're simply FABulous! None of the changes have anything to do with usability. It's all change for the sake of change, nothing more. It's the same reason dresses and cars change their outward appearance from year to year, regardless of any substantive changes. It's done to make you think, wow, this is new, I MUST HAVE.

(Full disclaimer: I'm a sucker for upgrades. I always need to have the latest version of any software, regardless of whether or not it's actually better. Call it an OCD-ish mental disorder. I installed Yosemite yesterday, but unlike the author of the post I don't feel the need to justify Apple's fashion sense.)

about a month ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

Chelloveck Don't leave us hanging! (89 comments)

C'mon, get to the important part. How long until this gives us warp drive or a time machine?

about a month ago

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