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Interviews: Ask Robert Ballard About Ocean Exploration

CryptoJones The last unexplored region on earth; the ocean. (40 comments)

Dr. Ballard, Growing up I watched you on the epilouge segments of SeaQuest DSV. My question for you is this; How long do you think it will before we actually start colonizing the ocean the way SeaQuest DSV depicts? Is there anything we can do to get the process moving? Thanks, A Long Time Fan

about three weeks ago
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Cyanogen Mod Raises $23 Million Funding All Set To Become Major Android Player

CryptoJones What about contributers? (133 comments)

What do people that have contributed to the code base get? Who is getting money for this? I don't understand how you can go from an opensource project to a for-profit project.

about a year ago
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NSA Internet Spying Sparks Race To Create Offshore Havens For Data Privacy

CryptoJones I've read this book... (166 comments)

it was called Cryptonomicon.

about a year ago
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DIY Space Suit Testing

CryptoJones Perspective (37 comments)

What they are doing is fairly difficult, and I just want to put what they are doing into perspective. What they are doing is akin to building an mercury program from scratch in a garage. These guys are both brilliant and passionate about this endeavor, so I expect to seem them succeed in the near future. CJ

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

CryptoJones Trans-What?? (784 comments)

I am totally for gay rights. If two dudes wanna bang, and they are both consenting, more power to them. But transgender people are just fucking nuts. You want to be a girl and you turned out to be a guy? Too fucking bad. I wish I was born rich instead of good looking. But them the breaks.

about a year ago
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Omni Magazine To Reboot

CryptoJones I'll Subscribe (95 comments)

Just for the nostalgia effect.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

CryptoJones Re:Oh dear (656 comments)

This. I wish I had mod points right now.

about a year and a half ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

CryptoJones Telemate Scripting Language (623 comments)

When I was a teenager the "In" thing was MajorMudd, a BBS Door Game. Using the Telemate Terminal Software's Scripting language my friend wrote a script to walk me around while I was in middle school and level my character. Reading through the code is what inspired awe and the curiosity to get into program. Now I mainly write C# on Windows Systems and occasionally Python scripts in Linux. Ah how times have changed.

about a year and a half ago
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US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

CryptoJones Re:bollocks (678 comments)

Well if I understand it correctly, this will actually lead to less revenue for the U.S. Government. They are not instituting a federal Internet sales tax--they are forcing merchants to collect sales tax that is due to the individual state in which the purchaser resides. Aside from the problems this will cause for smaller businesses on the Internet, this will increase the Federal deduction that individuals can claim due to payment of state taxes. Higher federal deductions == less money for the feds (though almost certainly more for the individual states.)

Hey you! Don't you use that logic stuff here! On Slashdot, we don't take kindly to people who use logic.

about a year and a half ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

CryptoJones Re:Hilarious Irony (509 comments)

Same here. I voted with my wallet, even though I don't play games.

about a year and a half ago
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SpaceX Cargo Capsule Reaches International Space Station

CryptoJones Congrats! (89 comments)

Congrats SpaceX and their NASA Counterparts!

about a year and a half ago
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Unemployed Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks To Factory Jobs

CryptoJones I work in a Factory (366 comments)

I work in the IT Department at a huge factory. My pay is above average for this area, I have freedom to do side projects and keep the rights to my code. I get to talk with interesting people from all walks of life and its much more interesting than the consultancy I was working at before this. Having to work on writing queries that involve the payroll databases I know how much most people make, and most of the blue-collar managers and shift leaders make more than I do. My point in all this is factory work shouldn't have a negative connotation. I love my job and the people I work with.

about 2 years ago
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Is HP Right? Autonomy Salesperson Shares Internal Emails

CryptoJones Re:Ah, the new Slashdot... (92 comments)

Some of us (with social skills and upward mobility) do quite well for ourselves, Thank You.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

CryptoJones Re:University of Maryland, University College (433 comments)

I'm getting my CS degree from them right now, while working full-time. It's not great for learning, but if you already know how to program, you can definitely check the box there (and probably get a 4.0 to boot).

I disagree about the learning. I have had some great professors, and while almost all are adjunct, the bad ones were few and far between.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

CryptoJones UMUC (433 comments)

While it is a little pricey, UMUC (which started out as the distance education branch of UM College Park) has some good teachers and a great Computer and Information Science Program. Comparing notes with the local "State College" the classes are harder and regardless of an percieved online stigma, I am proud of my education. Full Disclaimer, I still have 8 classes to go until graduation. CJ

about 2 years ago
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Lockheed, SpaceX Trade Barbs

CryptoJones Re:Oldspace got fat and lazy (215 comments)

Oh yeah. Pre-pregs are pretty much standard. So much in fact that that Hexcel can't make it fast enough. The only thing I have seen hand-impregnated are fiberglass cloth for some legacy parts.

about 2 years ago
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Lockheed, SpaceX Trade Barbs

CryptoJones Re:Oldspace got fat and lazy (215 comments)

Even using prepregs in climate-controlled layup rooms with the exact same mold with the same CTE, parts will vary significantly.

about 2 years ago
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Lockheed, SpaceX Trade Barbs

CryptoJones Re:Progress! (215 comments)

+1 for this. When I worked at JSC, Sen. KBH (Named removed) was on the VIP list for NASA. How many European vacations did we give her? The answer may never be known.

about 2 years ago

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