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Ask Slashdot: Is Tech Talent More Important Than Skill?

Diomedes01 Is this whole story a troll? (277 comments)

Is this whole story a troll? The false dichotomy proposed between the (poorly-labelled) attributes of "talent" and "skill" is disingenuous. The comparison between acquired knowledge (what the author refers to as "skill") and inductive reasoning about a proposed new piece of functionality/infrastructure/etc (referred to by as "talent" in this bizarre example) is contrived, and somewhat arbitrary. I almost never read or discuss Slashdot stories anymore, and this s a great example of the underlying problem. Now, all you kids get off my lawn, and leave me in peace.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

Diomedes01 Blasphemy (515 comments)

But if you're running Windows, you could actually do a lot worse than Microsoft Security Essentials...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

Diomedes01 More suggestions (1244 comments)

The Demon Princes (really, anything) by Jack Vance. Any short fiction by Cordwainer Smith and Avram Davidson. I also was greatly impressed by Peter S. Beagle's short story collections.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

Diomedes01 Barry Hughart (1244 comments)

Bridge of Birds.

more than 2 years ago
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Google vs. Bing — a Quasi-Empirical Study

Diomedes01 Re:What about AltaVista? (356 comments)

why is there no comparisons to AltaVista...

AltaVista returns slightly more relevant results than Lycos.

Bah, just use metacrawler and search them all.

more than 3 years ago
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ITU's Definition Aside, T-Mobile Pushes 4G Label In New Ad Campaign

Diomedes01 Re:orly? (120 comments)

Had he been duped? Or was he using it as an excuse to talk his wife into the fancy LCD TV?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Puts C# and the CLI Under "Community Promise"

Diomedes01 Re:Seriously, who the fuck cares? (465 comments)

Once you do, you'll realize how correct my original post was. C# is essentially someone running find and replace over the Java language and claiming it's "new," "radically different," and "much, much complex and serious."

Ok, first of all, I am far from a "fan boi", unless your definition of such is "someone who disagrees with binarylarry". Secondly, C# and Java are both based on C++, so it is hardly surprising that they are similar. In addition, designing a language so that it is familiar to those who use other, similar languages, is not a crime; if it is, then Java is equally guilty, as one of their original goals to speed adoption was to make the language similar enough that C++ programmers felt at home.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Puts C# and the CLI Under "Community Promise"

Diomedes01 Re:Seriously, who the fuck cares? (465 comments)

Seeing as how you provided no actual facts or even examples in your post for someone to refute, I'd say the responder did just fine.

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite text editor?

Diomedes01 TextMate (1131 comments)

'nuff said.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

Diomedes01 Re:Yep, it'll be a giant world of SUCK. (3709 comments)

Please, stop holding back - how do you really feel?

Just because someone disagrees with you does not make them 'a disgrace to this country'. I doubt that the brainwashed old man and his religious zealot sidekick would have been a better choice for the country. I used to have respect for John McCain, but lost it all when he sold out to the extreme wing of his party. We see how well this country has done with ultra-conservative Republican leadership. Even if I don't agree 100% with Obama's policies, it was necessary to elect him, if only to shake the Republicans' tree and make them realize that this country doesn't want any more of the batshit crazy wing of their party. I am all about small government, low taxes, and personal responsibility, but that isn't what the Republican party is about anymore.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

Diomedes01 Re:Would it not be interesting... (3709 comments)

Until the adoption of the Twelfth Amendment to our constitution in 1804, after the Jefferson/Burr deadlock, this is exactly what happened. The winner was president, and the runner up was VP.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

Diomedes01 Re:My take on this... (3709 comments)

I fit into your description quite well, except no kids yet, and I am an atheist instead of an agnostic. Perhaps that's why I simply could not bring myself to vote for the man who bowed to the will of the extreme wing of his party and chose a religious zealot as his running mate. I could have voted for John McCain 2000, but John McCain 2008 lost my respect. His concession speech last night makes it clear that the "real" John McCain is still in there, but for whatever reason, was not allowed out into the open this election cycle. Pity.

more than 5 years ago

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