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How To Develop Unmaintainable Software

CptNerd Re:Old news (211 comments)

There's nothing more frightening than seeing financial software source code, unless it's being told you have to maintain it...

about 10 months ago
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Irony: iPhone 5S Users Reporting Blue Screen of Death

CptNerd Re:How unusual... (192 comments)

I used to be called "Colonel Panic." Then I took an arrow in my knee and got demoted...

about a year ago
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Why the FAA May Finally Relax In-Flight Device Rules

CptNerd Re:I know the rules are bogus (278 comments)

Hello, Mr. False Analogy, it's been a while since I've heard from you!

about a year ago
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Why the FAA May Finally Relax In-Flight Device Rules

CptNerd I know the rules are bogus (278 comments)

I flew from DFW to Reagan National with my iPad accidently left turned on in my backpack. The plan didn't so much as wobble in turbulence, much less crash or fly off course do to "interference."

about a year ago
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Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

CptNerd Re:yep (671 comments)

It's the old trade-off: Fast, cheap, good, pick two.

about a year ago
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To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

CptNerd Less "Exploration" more "Exploitation" (308 comments)

Do we really need that many more sophisticated RC rovers, let's start planning how to use what we've already learned...

about a year ago
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Jonathon Fletcher: The Forgotten Father of the Search Engine

CptNerd Re: Short memories (95 comments)

Actually DejaNews was the first to index Usenet, which persuaded Google to engulf/devour them.

about a year ago
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Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon For Helium 3 Is Evil

CptNerd Re:Useless academic is useless. (462 comments)

Actually no, it was the "Tycho Magnetic Anomaly 1", which was underneath the crater called Tycho, which is the brightest crater on this side of the Moon. It has very large "rays" of lighter ejecta all around it, which makes it perfect for drawing attention to something inside the crater. Once the curious ape descendants decide to poke around the big shiny, they're bound to discover that the magnetic field there is screwing up their toys. But Tycho is definitely a near-side area.

1 year,3 days
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My SSID Is...

CptNerd Couple of them (458 comments)

My home wiffy is "Venture Labs", and my portable hotspot is "Central Dogma". Kind of sad, really...

1 year,9 days
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Ask Slashdot: Is Development Leadership Overvalued?

CptNerd Re: Leadership (252 comments)

The Jayne Cobb School of Leadership says, "the 'chain of command' is the chain I'm going to beat you upside the head if you don't do what I say."

1 year,24 days
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Ask Slashdot: Is Development Leadership Overvalued?

CptNerd Re:he's actually right (252 comments)

Managers are like commissioned officers, tech/team leads are like sergeants and other NCOs. At least from what I've seen for the past 30-odd years.

1 year,24 days
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Ken Brill, the Man Who Defined the Data Center, Dies

CptNerd True in many things... (40 comments)

'My prediction is that in the years ahead, we will see more failures than we have been seeing, because people have forgotten what we had to do to get to where we are.'

There are many aspects of our society and world for which this is true, not just data centers.

about a year ago
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Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

CptNerd Re:Wake up (835 comments)

And this is why the "militarization of the police" is a problem. You're not a soldier, this isn't war, and you aren't an occupying force dealing with insurgents. If you think you are, and you treat all non-police as potential threats, you need to turn in your badge and gun and get psychological help.

about a year ago
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Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

CptNerd Re:A place and time for anarchy? (835 comments)

The media have a role to play in this, as well. By not informing people that these kinds of abuses are happening, it prevents us from knowing just how bad the situation is becoming. If these things stay at the local level of reporting, or aren't even reported because the local media don't have the budget or the concern, nothing will improve. This is why Balko's reporting efforts are vital, and more people need to be involved in reporting these abuses.

about a year ago
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Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

CptNerd Re:Bullies like being bullies (835 comments)

There's also the insanity of "sovereign immunity" or "prosecutorial immunity" here, where basically the police and district attorneys can do nothing wrong, if it's in the execution of their duties. So, the police can break into a house (with no warrant), "accidentally" kill all the pets, attack the residents, "accidentally" shoot the owner, and when they find out it's the wrong address, basically get away without even apologizing or making restitution.

about a year ago
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

CptNerd Re:Fire water? (237 comments)

African or European?

about a year ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

CptNerd Re:Universe 25 (770 comments)

Well, take your own stance in reverse, just because Manhattan is overly dense doesn't mean that Wyoming is overcrowded, and doesn't mean that Wyoming needs to concentrate on the issues that Manhattan does, such as public transportation and construction zoning.

To make a blanket statement about any country based on one region of that country is irrational. Even saying something "on average" or "per capita" doesn't work since reality isn't evenly dispersed.

about a year ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

CptNerd Re:Universe 25 (770 comments)

Surprisingly little, if you're a Japanese citizen. There are fields going fallow because the children are not staying on the farms of their parents and grandparents, and Japan doesn't have the "factory farms" like they have in the US, ADM et. al. haven't managed to get a foothold there. There are likely plots of land becoming available through death or displacement of the elderly owners. I have seen ads for Western-style housing developments outside Tokyo. I also know of a couple from the US who bought a house and small plot of land in the countryside for somewhere around US$10,000, but on the condition that they repair it on their own dime. I think they were part of a Japanese government program, possibly experimental, and I don't know if they had been residents of Japan for any time prior.

about a year ago
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Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

CptNerd Re:Universe 25 (770 comments)

Go outside Tokyo or Osaka, like a few 10s of kilometers north or east, and you won't find the crowding you do in the megaplexes. Trust me, I've ridden the shinkansen from Tokyo to Hachinohe a few times, and once you're past Saitama you have endless fields, peppered with a few houses grouped together. There are a few larger towns between them, but most of Japan outside the main cities is no more crowded than Ohio or Indiana.

about a year ago

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