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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Chris Pimlott Re: It's all bunk. (546 comments)

He must have gotten that master's degree from the back of a cereal box. It would be literally impossible to go through a complete CS program at any half-decent school without ever hearing about Alan Turing.

about two weeks ago

Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

Chris Pimlott Re:Corporate personhood (641 comments)

Step 1: Create a corporation called Chimp Inc. and make its owner a chimp named Bonzo. (People can leave their fortunes to a pet cat, they should be able to leave controlling interest of a corporation to a chimp.)

You don't leave money to a pet, you establish a trust or give money with stipulations for its use to a designated caregiver. Making a chimp owner of a corporation begs the question; animals can't own property.

about 10 months ago

How the LHC Is Reviving Magnetic Tape

Chris Pimlott Re:Never underestimate the bandwidth (267 comments)

These drives can even be too fast. The drives do speed matching, but they have a minimum speed, below that they start shoe-shining.

Er, "shoe-shining"? What do you mean?

about 10 months ago

Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

Chris Pimlott Re:Big ass hole (371 comments)

For better or for use, people have been trading foreign currencies for ages.

about 10 months ago

HTTP 2.0 May Be SSL-Only

Chris Pimlott Re:Https with local proxy/filters? (320 comments)

There's no reason you couldn't still use a filtering proxy. What you'll need to do is configure that filtering proxy with its own CA cert which you'll have to add to your browser's trusted CAs. The filtering proxy can terminate the outside SSL connection to the remote site (with its own list of trusted external CAs) and generate and sign its own certificates (with its configured CA cert) for the internal SSL connection to your browser. This is how BurpSuite works, for example.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

Chris Pimlott Ask Whirlpool (206 comments)

If you haven't seen it already, may I introduce you to Whirlpool Forums? It's an excellent resource and I'm sure they'll have some good info on this topic.

about a year ago

90% of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home Due To Shutdown

Chris Pimlott Re:By rights, why not shut down the reactors too? (358 comments)

So if, say, you owned a mall, and circumstances forced you to close the mall and lay off all the employees (janitors, security, managers, etc), you wouldn't mind if the food court cinnabon stayed open?

about a year ago

Jonathon Fletcher: The Forgotten Father of the Search Engine

Chris Pimlott Re:doesnt really count... (95 comments)

Not to detract from your accomplishment, but to clarify, 1989 was not pre-SQL; SQL dates back to the early 70s and became an ANSI standard in 1986. Commercial RDBMS's based on SQL were available as early as 1979. There might not have been any open source SQL databases back then, though.

1 year,15 days

Usenix and EFF Reps Talk About VW's Attempt to Suppress a Presentation (Video)

Chris Pimlott Re:censorship (29 comments)

Because some would argue that the term "censorship" only applies to suppression by the government.

about a year ago

Radiohead's Thom Yorke Pulls Albums From Spotify In Protest of Low Royalties

Chris Pimlott Re:RH gets NOTHING for radio play (301 comments)

A band like Radiohead write their own songs; so according to what you wrote, wouldn't they be getting paid as songwriters?

about a year ago

Ben Heck's Plan To Make Gaming Open To All

Chris Pimlott Summary quote source? (33 comments)

Where is the quote in the summary from? It doesn't seem to be part of the linked article.

about a year ago

Fear of Thinking War Machines May Push U.S. To Exascale

Chris Pimlott Buzzwords (192 comments)

7 paragraphs into the article before they bother to define what "exascale" means...

about a year ago

I sit in front of a screen for ___ of my waking time.

Chris Pimlott Re:Average, it appears (196 comments)

Well, figure 16 hours awake, with a 8-hour workday. The average office worker spends the whole working day in front of a computer, which means all it takes is another 96 minutes of screen time to reach 60%. Between your phone, your home computer and your TV, that's not very hard to hit.

about a year and a half ago

Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

Chris Pimlott Re:No support for contacts!? (279 comments)

Och, that's too bad, transit directions are working in Chicago at least.

about 2 years ago

Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

Chris Pimlott No support for contacts!? (279 comments)

While I'm extremely glad to have Google Transit directions back, I'm honestly shocked at the lack of integration with iOS contacts. Typing in your friend's name for directions to their place is a pretty basic use case.

about 2 years ago

McAfee Is Doing a Live Broadcast Tonight

Chris Pimlott Re:Irony (201 comments)

I don't believe that's correct; if you are a US citizen, live outside the US and work outside the US, you are still liable to pay US taxes. Now, there is a fairly generous exclusion you can claim that, for most people, will completely nullify their tax obligation. But if you earn enough money (for 2011, the amount was US$92,900), you will still be liable for taxes on the marginal amount above the exclusion.

It's called the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.

about 2 years ago

John McAfee Collapses At Guatemala Detention Center

Chris Pimlott Re:Now this is what I call entertainment. (219 comments)

You missed the part where his dogs were poisoned, buried, exhumed, and finally decapitated.

You just can't make this stuff up.

about 2 years ago


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