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### Dmitry Itskov Wants To Help You Live Forever Via an Android Avatar

Re:Don't do it! (383 comments)

When was the last time you saw, outside of manga/anime or more obscure science fiction novels, somebody putting their brain in a jar, and putting that jar in a non-humanoid body?

I think that's the only place where you would typically see this. This concept reminds me of the cymeks in the Dune prequel series. I do see your point though. Who among us wouldn't want to trade our bodies in for a huge hexapodal machine capable of space flight?

about a year and a half ago
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### How Old Were You When You First Got a Cell Phone?

Re:I'm old (330 comments)

You must be new here.

about 2 years ago
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### Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

Re:US Metric System (1387 comments)

I had meant to say 32 to 212 actually

about 2 years ago
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### Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

Re:US Metric System (1387 comments)

I don't think you really explained why Fahrenheit is more practical than Celsius at all, it's more like you're just saying you prefer Fahrenheit. It seems to me that Celsius is the more logical choice in day to day life since you have a scale from 0 to 100 that takes you through the three states of water, solid, liquid and gas. Since we are made of mostly water, this gives us a clear indicator as to what would happen to our bodies when exposed to certain temperatures at any given time without thinking about it too much or memorizing random numbers. Most scales or graphs you see anywhere will start at 0 and end at some easy to remember number like 100. If 32 to 98.6 makes more sense to you than 0 to 100 then let me know what you're smoking because I want some. :)

about 2 years ago
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### 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Re:rampage killers (2987 comments)

That's why in the most recent /. poll, I voted to invest most research into the human mind. Too often the understanding of ourselves is sidelined for more selfish pursuits. A society that thinks isn't a society that can be controlled. A society that fears however...

about 2 years ago
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### 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Re:Was the gun legally obtained? (2987 comments)

I see a lot of posts in here about banning guns. They are far more controlled where I live (Canada), but rest assured shootings that happen in Canada are always with black-market guns. It's not the people who legally purchase and register firearms doing these things, it's those who obtain them illegally.

You may argue that making guns harder to get, like here, reduces this kind of thing. That may be correct. But no matter what, people can get anything, and they will, if sufficiently demented, do something bad.

What's the answer to that?

There is no answer to that. The lesser of two evils is less people with guns and I'm fine with that since there will never be a better option.

about 2 years ago
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### 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

What the FUCK is wrong with people?! (2987 comments)

This is about the worst thing anyone can do, I mean, these are fucking children for fuck's sake! :(

about 2 years ago
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### Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

Re:It's not so cold. (230 comments)

The Simpsons came up with a great phrase for people who visit my city: "We were born here, what's your excuse?". -7 right now though and pretty "warm" for this time of year :P

about 2 years ago
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### Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

Re:It's not so cold. (230 comments)

No kidding - I've experienced -52 C (it was closer to -60 C with the wind chill.) That's pretty cold.

Yes, definitely. At around -50, the batteries in your discman stop delivering a charge and your headphone cables get really stiff. Happened to me walking to work some years ago, it was worth a few laughs with the coworkers, since the cold weather is an inside joke where I'm from.

about 2 years ago
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### Brain Scans of Rappers and Jazz Musicians Shed Light On Creativity

It's Friday, my day, my way or the highway,
Can't wait to get off work so I'm letting my mind spray.
Stuck here in my chair on some last minute shit,
Debuggin' the fuckin' program till those breakpoints get hit.
Go home, pop the beer, spark the la like rastafari,
Relaxin' on the couch and watch the time just fly by.
Get a call from work, they say the shit done turn real,
Log into my machine, oh how shitty this must feel.

more than 2 years ago
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### Nate Silver Turns His Eye To the American League

Maybe Nate Silver is really a Tleilaxu face dancer?

more than 2 years ago
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### Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

Re:Let them go. (1163 comments)

What I found especially amusing was the tea-tard messages claiming people would high-tail it to Canada if Obama got re-elected. Yeah, the country next door with single-payer health insurance, decent social security, more gun regulation, etc.

Go. Go to Canada.

-- BMO

Actually, don't come here. I'd prefer the people who wanted to hightail it because of Bush. Mexico is a lot closer, and warmer.

more than 2 years ago
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### .xxx Registrar To Launch Pr0n Search Engine

Re:How do I get at the search engine. (149 comments)

That's why you shouldn't aim toward the keyboard, genius.

BTW, if I ever meet you in real life, please don't let me use your computer!

more than 2 years ago
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### Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

Re:For "sloppy coding"? Definitely! (550 comments)

Doing the bare minimum when everyone else isn't is not what I'd call job security. If everyone is doing the bare minimum, the company is hiring the wrong people.

more than 2 years ago
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### Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

Re:For "sloppy coding"? Definitely! (550 comments)

Well then it is those that make the decisions that should be liable, not the people who can't make the decisions. The solution isn't as easy as just not doing sloppy coding. The coding is only part of the mechanism that creates a product.

more than 2 years ago
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### Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

Re:For "sloppy coding"? Definitely! (550 comments)

It probably wouldn't if developers got sued instead.

more than 2 years ago
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### Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for \$50K

Re:never released in the US? (109 comments)

You're trying to be funny, right?

more than 2 years ago
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### Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

Re:For "sloppy coding"? Definitely! (550 comments)

No, they don't.

Prove it. I'm basing this assumption on the fact that most people want to ensure they have food on their plates. Not doing your job ensures the opposite.

Because if they did, they are in a perfect position to enforce their rules: you just don't write down a single semicolon and the software doesn't run at all. It's up to the developer when exactly to write down said semicolon.

Whether or not you want to do the best you can at your job has no bearing on how much influence one has over the project they work on. It's variables such as tight deadlines, insufficient requirements, feature creep, incompetent management, power outages, sickness, turnover, etc. that can completely derail developers. Come back and argue your point when you figure out a way for developers to completely control all of these variables.

more than 2 years ago
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### Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

Re:For "sloppy coding"? Definitely! (550 comments)

Except you fail to consider the fact that many managers expect unrealistic deadlines from developers, leaving them no choice but to take the quick and easy way out. I'd say that most developers want to create the best code they can, but contraints on timelines, requirements, and feature creep often work against this ideal situation. Do you really want to be sued because of an incompetent manager?

more than 2 years ago
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### Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

Engineering Discipline (550 comments)

If software development was an official engineering discipline that required P.Eng designation, then maybe this case would have more legs. Even then I'd be in disagreement. Otherwise, hell no, HELL NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! That is definitely one way to drive people away from a career in software development. This actually seems like a sneaky way for management to evade culpability if their product harms a customer/user.

more than 2 years ago

# Submissions

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### How to get non-developers to send meaningful bug r

DemonGenius (2247652) writes "I'm in the midst of a major rollout of one of our primary internal applications at work and we have a beta version available for all the staff to use. The problem here is most of the staff don't know how to send reports meaningful enough to get us devs started on solving their problems without constant back and forth correspondence that wastes both developer time and theirs. Some common examples are: screenshots of the YSOD that don't include the page URL, scaled screenshots that are unreadable, the complaint that wants to be a bug report but is still just a complaint, etc. FYI, from the user's perspective they just send an email, but that email registers in our tracking system. Any thoughts on how to get the non-devs sending us descriptive and/or meaningful reports? Does anyone here have an efficient and user-friendly bug tracking system/policy/standard at their workplace and how does it work?"

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