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Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

ChrisMounce Re:does everyone participate in that stuff? (274 comments)

I would like to second this. I'm a programmer in my 20s, and my preferences run against the limos-and-clubbing stereotype. We do exist!

Chances are that there are some people who really like to go out on the town, some people who are indifferent, and some people who stay behind. And if this company employees great people, they will (1) treat you well no matter which group you're in, and (2) make it easy to tag along for the occasional thing that you actually want to attend. My coworkers are this way, and they are awesome.

As for the employees at the unnamed startup, it all depends on their personalities.

about 9 months ago

Object Blocking Giant Tunnel Borer Was an 8" Diameter Pipe

ChrisMounce Correction/confusing summary (141 comments)

In 2002, researchers for another project — the replacement of the Alaskan Way viaduct — drilled down into the ground to take water samples.

The tunnel that Bertha's digging isn't another project — the whole reason for digging the tunnel is to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. See here.

The wells were drilled in 2002 to study the ground after the 2001 Nisqually quake. But that's a related project, because the Nisqually quake is the reason why we got to thinking about a replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Am I making sense? I hope I'm making sense. At any rate, the story summary needs updating.

1 year,21 days

Fusion Reactor Breaks Even

ChrisMounce Re:Holy fucking shit, this is AWESOME. (429 comments)

Most fusion reactions will also create waste, and any reaction that creates copious neutrons will be a proliferation risk.

I might be behind on my knowledge of fusion, but both of those statements sound suspect to me. Fusion waste consists of low-atomic-number elements, like Helium. And the radiation in a fusion reaction mainly occurs during the reaction, but not after, IIRC. The waste products do not constantly emit neutrons.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With a Math Degree?

ChrisMounce Re:Change schools. (416 comments)

I have a hunch that she has an empathy for children which is what drove her to pursue the education thing. While it might be more practical to choose a different career, it is unlikely that she would ever be happy with anything less than engaging young minds.

Oh, how I wish I had mod points right now. This is an excellent point that is missing from almost all of the comments here.

more than 2 years ago

TSA's mm-Wave Body Scanner Breaks Diabetic Teen's $10K Insulin Pump

ChrisMounce Re:The war on terror is over (811 comments)

The war is over. We lost.

more than 2 years ago

Chain World — Innovative Game Design Sparks Debate

ChrisMounce Re:Obi, anyone? (178 comments)

You're thinking of Oobi?

more than 3 years ago

11-Year-Old Pilots 1,325 MPG Concept Car

ChrisMounce Misread MPG as MPH (220 comments)

Still really cool, but my original reality was much more awesome. I would have loved to break the sound barrier when I was 11.

more than 3 years ago

Patriot Act Extension By Autopen Raises Questions for Congressman

ChrisMounce Questioning the constitutionality... (247 comments)

I'd like to question the constitutionality of a lot more than just how it was signed.

more than 3 years ago

Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project

ChrisMounce Re:Maybe a BIT sensationalistic... (250 comments)

0100010001010011 = DS? I don't get it (DropShip?), but it doesn't seem like coincidence (multiple of 8 bits, both uppercase ASCII chars).

more than 2 years ago

Firefox 5 Details: Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer

ChrisMounce Re:Wikipedia says 2012 - 2017 (453 comments)

If you're just implementing a MP3 decoder (which is all Firefox would need to do to play MP3 files) then you might not have patent issues even today: http://lwn.net/Articles/166346/

It's a shame the Slashdot article didn't link to any sources.

more than 3 years ago

DOJ Anti-trust Investigation of MPEG-LA

ChrisMounce Re:Steve Jobs on video codecs and patents (149 comments)

Variable-lifetime patents already exist to a certain extent (utility patents vs. design patents). But it would be interesting to extend the idea further.

As long as we can make arbitrary changes to patent law, I think the most valuable thing you could do is to mandate a periodic investigation into whether or not the current policies encourage innovation. Are algorithm patents slowing down innovation? Shorten their duration by a few years/be stricter about what you accept.

  • Frivolous lawsuits would be severely discouraged. And I mean severely.
  • The patent process now involves wrestling with a live bear. Anyone who successfully survives the experience is awarded the patent.

I can only imagine the punishment you have in mind for a frivolous lawsuit.

more than 3 years ago

DHS Eyes Covert Body Scans

ChrisMounce They *do* realize this, right? (386 comments)

They're only giving credibility to the tinfoil hat (underwear?)-wearing crowd.

more than 3 years ago

Driver Sued For Updating Facebook In Fatal Crash

ChrisMounce Re:Same time? (365 comments)

Off topic, but the aegidian.org link in your sig seems to be down. http://www.oolite.org/ appears to be the current webpage (fellow fan of oolite here).

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Bans Open Source From the Windows Market

ChrisMounce Re:Incorrect. (566 comments)

* speaking of plugins, they are not considered GPL-able software despite many of them existing with GPL licenses - I suggested adding it during v3 ratification, but they did not feel there was a need (there are several clauses that make them not applicable), so if you write GPL plugins, I suggest moving to another license because the one you're using is not valid.

Could you explain this further? I'm not sure if you're saying that licensing a plugin under the GPL is (1) a legal mess, (2) a potential legal mess, (3) an impossibility,or (4) something else entirely.

more than 3 years ago

Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness

ChrisMounce Re:So, h264 is (663 comments)

Have the patents been released? I was under the impression that the irrevocable thing was the license to use the patents specifically for VP8 implementations. Google still owns the patents and can still sue if you use them in non-VP8 applications. I remember reading that Google might want patent defense, so that if someone goes after VP8, Google can fire a salvo right back at H.264 (i.e., Google supposedly knows of VP8 patents that cover H.264 and could sink them).

about 4 years ago

Obama Wants Allies To Go After WikiLeaks

ChrisMounce Re:well said - maybe time for freenet again? (1088 comments)

Your computer may already contain child porn and other illegal numbers, thanks to stegonography. There are ways to store arbitrary data in images, and you're currently running a program which can download and store images from arbitrary sources — unless, of course, you're browsing with images off.

Now, running a Freenet node will change the probability that your computer stores illegal numbers, and those numbers would be encrypted and stored in a standard format. But the only way to guarantee that your computer is clean involves wiping it (preferably using a degausser instead of a software program) and keeping it away from all untrusted data sources.

Full disclosure: I like Freenet.

more than 4 years ago

Canonical Begins Tracking Ubuntu Installations

ChrisMounce Re:Test Your Bias! (548 comments)

Previously there haven't been such Windows tracking measures attempted by Microsoft.

I probably would react differently, because the above means that I would live in an alternate universe where Microsoft didn't pull all their DRM tricks yet and doesn't come up with names like Windows Genuine Advantage.

more than 4 years ago



ChrisMounce ChrisMounce writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ChrisMounce (1096567) writes "A few days ago, Roberto De Almeida blogged about no longer using Google Notebook. He stopped because of his growing uneasiness with using Google's web-based applications, an uneasiness aggravated by Google sending cease-and-desist letters to a guy who had posted the now-well-known HD-DVD key in his Notebook (the guy's blog is down, but ironically, there's a Google cache of the post Roberto links to). My question is, can (and should) we trust web applications? Google's services are quite convenient, but how paranoid should we be about having a corporation store our data? Have there been similar events this, and have any involved services where people desire more privacy, such as web-based email?"


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