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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

DexterIsADog Re:It'll never happen (294 comments)

Any form of life that is smart enough to go faster than the speed of light would view us something like the way we view bacteria.

I'm continually astonished at the assumptions people make with absolutely no data whatsoever.

9 hours ago
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

DexterIsADog Re:It'll never happen (294 comments)

How do you know we're not decedents of exiles on a prison planet already?

"Decedents"? What an egregious error - you're dead to me.

Good one - you said something funny entirely by accident. Maybe if you have children, your descendants can explain to you the difference between "descendant" and "decedent".

9 hours ago
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

DexterIsADog Re:It'll never happen (294 comments)

I thought someone had proven, with a good thought experiment...

"Proven". I don't think that word means what you think it means.

The word you were looking for was "conjectured", which is as valuable as a handful of spooge.

9 hours ago
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

DexterIsADog Re:...on intelligence and technological advancemen (294 comments)

Until the Martian bacteria escapes from the lab and starts to devour everything on Earth. Alien bacteria is in some ways far more dangerous than spacecraft riding humanoids.

You write that like we've found alien bacteria, or that you somehow know how this hypothetical organism would act.

Are you talking out of your ass, or is there something about you that would generate the largest headlines in the history of journalism?

I'm guessing... ass.

9 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

DexterIsADog Re:This. SO MUCH This. (488 comments)

40 is old for a software developer. Someone who is 40 today entered college just as web browsers were being invented. You could not just connect the dots on library calls to put together an application then. Now you can.

I have a strong sense of wanting to know how things work that comes from having built a lot of software in the 80's and 90's, when you had to know the internals to make progress. That is downright counterproductive in web development now. By the time you learn enough to understand how a library works, the developer who just learned enough to use it already shipped their code. That's the sort of disconnect between age ranges at work now.

Yeah, that slapdash mentality is a large part of what I have to manage, so we don't experience continual disaster. I didn't say I was a software developer any more. I ride herd over business analysts, systems analysts, and the menagerie of IT who do the programming.

Fortunately, I have a long technical history, and even though I got my degree about 8 years before the first browsers, I picked up web programming just like I did every other model, from mainframe to minicomputer to PC, to web services. It's so much easier to manage my folks when they realize they can't bullshit me. :-)

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

DexterIsADog Re:This. SO MUCH This. (488 comments)

Not really. My point was that you were generalizing too much.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

DexterIsADog Re:This. SO MUCH This. (488 comments)

I often feel like everyone on Slashdot is a mix of two people

- Old 50+ year olds used to the good 'ol days when you would write your own stack from scratch whenever writing an application

- 20 year olds fresh out of (or still in) college who yell "squirrel!" at everything new and shiny

50+ is old? Huh.

Well, you forgot a third class - 50+ (old? really?) people who still learn about new tools and concentrate on process and quality, instead of sticking exclusively to what worked early in our careers. I am one of those.

But then, I graduated from coding to management about 10 years ago, which probably explains it. :-)

about a week ago
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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

DexterIsADog Re:Solves a different problem I'm not sure exists? (85 comments)

Yeah, that's pretty funny. UPS does an excellent job for me. So does FedEx. I only had one problem with a package in the last 10 years, out of the hundred or so deliveries I've had to my home, and that was when someone stole my gaming rig out of the UPS warehouse. Which had nothing to do with delivery.

Maybe they just don't like you?

about a week ago
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The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

DexterIsADog Re:I don't think so. (154 comments)

I tried your suggestion, so I could post something useful (rather than just post a useless, "well, why don't you..."), but neither Bing nor Google provided a good candidate to answer the question.

I think your search term is useless, and a few minutes of searching variations didn't help either. Feel free to actually try to contribute.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

DexterIsADog Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

My post didn't blame anyone. I think you misread it. I mentioned a couple of facts. All I related to HIPAA is the fact that email must be secure.

I sure as heck didn't write, "BLAME HIPAA AND THE GOVERNMENT!", so easy there, cowboy. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Short-Term Exposure To Diesel Fumes Causes Changes In Gene Expression

DexterIsADog Re:Activists not scientists (132 comments)

omg, you likened my theoretical ownership of a non-existent company with Jenny McCarthy's activities.

Even at that remove, I still feel all dirty and need to take a shower. Well played, sir.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

DexterIsADog Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

For my last mortgage I took pictures of documents with my phone and sent them via email. Not one problem....living in the house now.

...and we're all very proud of you.

For my last refinancing, over 5 years ago, I received documents via email, signed, scanned and emailed them back. What does that have to do with my observation that "...fax machines are still very common in... mortgage underwriting."?

about three weeks ago
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What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

DexterIsADog Re:Something Truly Innovative (162 comments)

...And they all have stories of the "dumbass" PhD, that often turns out to be unfair. Like, maybe that this guy with a PhD couldn't find his car keys one time, and he was holding them in his hand the whole time. One little mistake like that is good enough for them to crap all over everything he's ever done, his alma mater, and the entire college education system... ...position Henry Ford was in when Hitler sent him a medal for all the Jew bashing he did.

Dude, how long have you been smarting over that car keys incident? Did someone yell "NEEERRRRRDDDD!!!" and stuff you in a locker?

And how in the world did you manage to connect the dots from making fun of PhD's to Nazi sympathizers? Bravo.

about three weeks ago
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What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

DexterIsADog Re:Something Truly Innovative (162 comments)

...Meanwhile people like Bill Gates and Larry Ellison steadily built up immense fortunes by making absolutely sure that everything their corporations did was directly geared to support continuous long-term profit growth. They may have done some good things along the way, but that was purely coincidental.

I take exception to that, and really, it limits your own perspective to make absolute statements like that, when they're pretty obviously not true. Bill Gates was definitely interested in transforming computing. You can criticize his methods, but his company advanced the commoditization of computers immensely, to the great advantage of the world. Could you have done better?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

DexterIsADog Re:my mother and my father (790 comments)

Yes, but if you turn them into ash, then you can keep a container of what the mortuary claims was them, on your mantel.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

DexterIsADog Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

Fax machines are still very common in medical claims processing and mortgage underwriting. For medical claims, think Medicare - very old people, who insist on filling out paper forms. It's easier to fax them than scan and email - especially since the email has to be secure, because of HIPAA.

about three weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

DexterIsADog Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (786 comments)

He served for two and half years. How is that "ridiculously short"?

He was also awarded a Bronze Star, Silver Star, and three Purple Hearts.

Are you really denigrating his service? Are you nuts?

about three weeks ago

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