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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

DoofusOfDeath Re:The First Attempt (131 comments)

I heard the first attempt was with Chuck Norris discs, but they burnt holes through the panels.

I weep that I have no mod points.

6 hours ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

DoofusOfDeath Re:They seem to be asking the wrong people... (320 comments)

Pick any random university and go ask its foreign students how hard it is to get a green card.

I'm reasonable sure Obama just emphasized that green cards aren't important. It's having puppy-dog eyes that matters.

2 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

DoofusOfDeath No, let's not (148 comments)

Slashdot, will you please end the fucking obsession with feminist gripes. I'm still at the point where I'll yell as you to focus on things we actually care about. But eventually, I'm sure some of us will simply be done with your Dicey site.

about a week ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

DoofusOfDeath Re:Yes, it could be much cheaper (150 comments)

Still, when the NSA wanted access to Google's information, they went for tapping fiber optic cables instead of hitting them with National Security Letters.

Not sure we can know it was an either/or situation.

about two weeks ago
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The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

DoofusOfDeath Dice (66 comments)

Over at Dice, there's a discussion

Hell, that's s reason for us not to follow the discussion. Seriously.

Dice-related posts are like diversity hires. They may be good, but people are assuming that they weren't picked for their quality.

about two weeks ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

DoofusOfDeath Re:Because.... (641 comments)

Tell me again what this label actually accomplished: Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics

As a parent, it makes me more willing to buy some CD's for me kids, when I don't have the time to personally screen the lyrics first.

about two weeks ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

DoofusOfDeath Re:(Vorsicht vor den Vögel!) damn birds (150 comments)

A few university set-ups in Germany tried this, (e.g. Hamburg), albeit probably with far simpler specifications as it was some years ago. They had surprisingly frequent problems with birds; birds perching on the towers, birds flying between the source/sink, uzw. Packet loss got enough at one point to contact a local falconer to see if his bird of prey could scare them away. It turned out that the local bakery was too much of a draw. There was whimsical talk of adding a TCP/IP error for bakery janitorial events. I believe they eventually just went with fiber pulled through the sewers ..ja-da

Simple solution: Verstärken die Laser. :)

about two weeks ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

DoofusOfDeath Re:Yes, it could be much cheaper (150 comments)

Fiber optic is trivial to tap. Almost as easy as analog phone lines.

Anything is easy to tap, at least in the U.S.

Step 1. Mislead a FISA court about the need. After all, those being tapped will never find out, let alone have a chance to contest the evidence. It's a secret.

Step 2. Find some ISP in the communications path, and hit them with a National Security Letter. Because, you know, fuck the Fourth Amendment. Threaten them with going to jail for even bringing up the issue in court. Again, because, well, fuck being the land of the free, since it's no longer the home of the brave.

Step 3. Do whatever you want. If it violates the law, you can count on some combination of sovereign immunity, prosecutorial descretion, and Presidential pardons to make sure you never face justice while on this earth.

about two weeks ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

DoofusOfDeath Re:Creato? (186 comments)

I knew it! AC is actually Wolverine!

about two weeks ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

DoofusOfDeath Re:ssh / scp / https maybe? (148 comments)

uh, their name is on the voter rolls at the polling place?

you make it sound like voter fraud is an actual thing.

You make it sound like it's not.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

DoofusOfDeath Re:ssh / scp / https maybe? (148 comments)

Snide answer: How about getting off your ass and actually going to the polling place to vote?

How do you know the person at the polling place is actually legally allowed to vote?

We could implement some sort of credentialing system.

I don't think Democrats would allow that. It's apparently racist.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

DoofusOfDeath Re:ssh / scp / https maybe? (148 comments)

Snide answer: How about getting off your ass and actually going to the polling place to vote?

How do you know the person at the polling place is actually legally allowed to vote?

about two weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

DoofusOfDeath Re:Bennett! Bennett! He's our man! (120 comments)

And don't forget apk - I'm sure he wants to explain that the best way of blocking entire TLDs is using hosts files...

I know Alex P. Keaton was a know-it-all, but I'm not sure he cares about this topic.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

DoofusOfDeath Re:Chocolate (136 comments)

Funny, I was just going to post that same thing. I keep parsing it as "eat chocolate".

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

DoofusOfDeath Re:There is discrimination at the door (459 comments)

It must have been racism. That's the only reason I can imagine they wouldn't want to hire me.

I genuinely can't tell if you're being facetious.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

DoofusOfDeath Re:There is discrimination at the door (459 comments)

If you're good at software development, and black, there's no shortage of companies that want you. Especially those that do business with the federal government. You'll easily be chosen over more qualified white males. You may want to consider working in a region that does lots of federal contracting.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

DoofusOfDeath Re:not again (459 comments)

First, we have constant articles on gender discrimination. Are we now going to get race discrimination articles? If we're all such white male racists here in Tech, why would women or black people even want to work here. These articles are getting so tiresome it almost feels like we're getting deliberately trolled.

It strikes me as click-baiting. It's abhorrent, but if you look at the numbers, something about the topic does keep us coming back for more, over and over.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

DoofusOfDeath Re:There is discrimination at the door (459 comments)

Okay, but here's the thing. Your conclusion was that it happened because you're black. I think that's a hasty conclusion.

Not only are you black, but also you were dealing with a big, probably disorganized company. The larger the organization, the more moronic its hiring practices can be, and the more they can accidentally poop on candidates. I'm white, have a CS PhD, and have experienced similar things.

Also, even if you did actually run into racism, I suspect it's rarer than you expect. Running a software company is so difficult that one generally wants the most productive, high-quality software developers available. There's rarely enough wiggle room to accommodate personal bigotry. Most of us care a lot more about having our company succeed so we can be wealthy, than we do about skin color.

Also, you had one bad job interview experience, right out of school, and you quit the entire profession? I know that's discouraging, but seriously, you need to grow some backbone.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

DoofusOfDeath Re:I thought it was racism... (459 comments)

...to judge a person by his or her skin color.

So let me get this straight: When I need to fire someone, I should never take skin color into account; however, if I'm hiring for a new position, I should always take skin color into account? OK, got it.

That's not quite right. You should never take skin color into account when hiring. However, you should take it into account when seeking people to hire, and you will be chastised if you don't end up with a particular racial mix in your workforce at all levels. But obviously, you have no reason to consider race when making hiring decisions.

about two weeks ago

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Choosing which OSS database project to help

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  about 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I've done a good bit of SQL development / tuning in the past. After being away from the database world for a while to finish grad school, I'm about ready to get back in the game. I want to start contributing to some OSS database project, both for fun and perhaps to help my employment prospects in western Europe.

My problem is choosing which OSS DB to help with. MySQL is the most popular, so getting involved with it would be most helpful to my employment prospects. But its list of fundamental design flaws seems so severe that I can't respect it as a database.

I'm attracted to the robust correctness requirements of PostgreSQL, but there don't seem to be many prospective employers using is. So while I'd enjoy working on it, I don't think it would be very helpful to my employment prospects.

Any suggestions?"
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Kickstarter for Linux version of Defense Grid 2

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "Awesome news for those of us who loved the game Defense Grid, and who wanted a sequel, and/or want to see more high-quality games on Linux. The developer of Defense Grid has started a Kickstarter project to develop Defense Grid 2. But even better for us Linux (and Mac) gamers, if they get to the $750,000 mark in contributions, they commit to a Mac and Linux port as well."
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Best country to avoid software patents?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "What's the best country for computer scientists who just want to create, rather than worry about software patents?

Even though I'm nearly done with my PhD in computer science, I'm less enthusiastic than ever about my work, because of software patents. I used to be filled with wonder at the possibilities of what we could create with software, but now I just expect innovation to be rewarded with a patent lawsuit and crushing fines."
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Best way to store imporant personal data?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I'm about to digitize lots of old family photos and videos. At some point the digital versions will be the only ones we can find. What's the best way to store large amounts of personal data that's practical, affordable, and minimizes the risk of losing the data?"
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Google revoking DRM permissions on bought videos!

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "A few months ago I purchased a great Discovery Channel video from Google's downloadable video service. Sure I can't media-shift it, but I was willing to trade away some fair-use rights so my kids could see the video. I paid cash, they give me the video. End of story, right?

Wrong. Today I got this email (see below). It just goes to show that with DRM, there's little limit to the evil that can be done to you:

Hello,

As a valued Google user, we're contacting you with some important information about the videos you've purchased or rented from Google Video. In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video, ending the DTO/DTR (download-to-own/rent) program. This change will be effective August 15, 2007.

To fully account for the video purchases you made before July 18, 2007, we are providing you with a Google Checkout bonus for $20. Your bonus expires in 60 days, and you can use it at the stores listed here: http://www.google.com/checkout/signupwelcome.html. The minimum purchase amount must be equal to or greater than your bonus amount, before shipping and tax.

After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.

If you have further questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Google Video Team

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
"

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