Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?
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.
Object Blocking Giant Tunnel Borer Was an 8" Diameter Pipe
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.
Fusion Reactor Breaks Even
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.
How Yucca Mountain Was Killed
I'm curious, what would eat away the aluminum?
Ask Slashdot: What To Do With a Math Degree?
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.
TSA's mm-Wave Body Scanner Breaks Diabetic Teen's $10K Insulin Pump
The war is over. We lost.
A Digital Direct Democracy For the Modern Age
You leave the World Health Organization out of this.
Chain World — Innovative Game Design Sparks Debate
You're thinking of Oobi?
11-Year-Old Pilots 1,325 MPG Concept Car
Still really cool, but my original reality was much more awesome. I would have loved to break the sound barrier when I was 11.
Patriot Act Extension By Autopen Raises Questions for Congressman
I'd like to question the constitutionality of a lot more than just how it was signed.
Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project
0100010001010011 = DS?
I don't get it (DropShip?), but it doesn't seem like coincidence (multiple of 8 bits, both uppercase ASCII chars).
Firefox 5 Details: Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer
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.
DOJ Anti-trust Investigation of MPEG-LA
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.
DHS Eyes Covert Body Scans
They're only giving credibility to the tinfoil hat (underwear?)-wearing crowd.
Driver Sued For Updating Facebook In Fatal Crash
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).
Microsoft Bans Open Source From the Windows Market
* 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.
Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness
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).
Coral Cache links for ya:
- Legend Of The Bouncing Beholder by @marijnjh
- Tiny chess by Oscar Toledo G.
- Tetris with sound by @sjoerd_visscher
- WOLF1K and the rainbow characters by @p01
- Binary clock (tweetable) by @alexeym
- Mother fucking lasers by @evilhackerdude
- Graphical layout engine by Lars Ronnback
- Crazy multiplayer 2-sided Pong by @feiss
- Morse code generator by @chrissmoak
- Pulsing 3d wires by @unconed
Obama Wants Allies To Go After WikiLeaks
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.
Canonical Begins Tracking Ubuntu Installations
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.
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