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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

DoofusOfDeath Tradition (90 comments)

Nice to see Australian politicians are getting back to their ancestral criminal roots.

2 days ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

DoofusOfDeath Re:How do we know? (181 comments)

That leads to my question- are you posting from Pyongyang?

Yes, yes I am. After spending years scouring the Internet, my small team of l88t Haxors realized that only one account, on one site, had the propaganda value we needed. It was DoofusOfDeath@slashdot.org. We're sure to get a second serving of rice balls for this exploit! Long live the god Kim Jung Un!

2 days ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

DoofusOfDeath How do we know? (181 comments)

Why should we believe anything the "senior intelligence officials" tell us? They have a profound record of lying.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

DoofusOfDeath Re:Not a Real Question (279 comments)

Let me try cleaning up your post for you, Senior Fussypants:

Dear original poster,

"STEM" is a very broad category of studies. Most of us who have jobs that could be called "STEM" jobs find that we're highly interested in some topics in this category (for example, software development), but not others (e.g., microbiology). Many of us are sufficiency interested in a broad cross-section of "STEM" topics to read about them on Wikipedia / Science Daily / EETimes / etc. But one thing is true of most of us: we're so interested in our particular corner of "STEM" topics that we've invested lots an and lots of time studying it and/or doing it as a hobby.

So when we hear you asking about "STEM" work in general, rather than something specific such as organic chemistry, that raises a few alarm bells in our minds.

First, if you're still thinking in such broad categorical terms as "STEM", it makes us think you're not particularly fascinated with any one particular subject area, such as organic chem or computer science. We fear for you: there's a long, hard path to proficiency in any of these areas, and we're concerned you lack the level of innate interest needed for you to succeed and to be happy.

The second alarm bell is that "STEM" is a buzzword du jour of politicians and educators who think of it as pixie dust. "STEM helps our economy!" "STEM workers make more money!" "Everyone can (and should) code, because STEM is great!" Those persons strike us as outside interlopers who are likely to damage our community and our productivity, because they have political power but not understanding. And so, when you use similar language, we're concerned that either (a) you've fallen for their foolish thinking, or (b) are a snowflake in the avalanche we fear is coming from their foolishness.

Please don't misunderstand us: if you're interested in putting in the time to learn the ropes, and you also have the right kind of mind, perhaps a number of different "STEM" jobs would suit you well. But you should expect to put in a lot of hours learning, and you should do a gut-check about whether or not you're really interested in spending 40 hours/week on it, year after year.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

DoofusOfDeath Re:What? (440 comments)

You might ask why your American governments don't afford you the same freedoms.

So it's okay for me to go live in Switzerland without any documentation? Sweet!

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

DoofusOfDeath Re:What? (440 comments)

Because it's impossible to secure 3,000 miles of border, and he would just sneak back in if that's all we did.

Not if they're dead.

Seriously - why do we allow this? If illegal immigrants consider the penalties to be acceptable, the problem is the penalties aren't strong enough to persuade them.

It's not like the penalties are an entrance fee, where once you pay it, we're all good.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

DoofusOfDeath Re:Check your math. (874 comments)

the Western world has to ask itself it can tolerate this dangerous ideology to spread within our societies

Please tell me you can see how dangerous a concept this is?

Your right! the GP's idea is dangerous and cannot be tolerated!

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

DoofusOfDeath Re:Check your math. (874 comments)

Islam is a peaceful religion, that's why followers just went out of their way to do this.

There are about 500,000 Muslims in Australia.

1 of them is committing this crime.

And there seem to be about 499,999 who claim terrorists don't represent true Islam, but don't clearly, publicly articulate why the terrorists' theology is less supported by the Koran than their more peaceful interpretations.

5 days ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

DoofusOfDeath Re:Have the Germans threaten to invade (698 comments)

That was quick. An article about ads devolved faster than anticipated.

Because WW2 involved Hitler. Godwin wins, every time.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

DoofusOfDeath Re:what? (398 comments)

Normal people get walked out the door by a security guard and told the stuff on their desk will be mailed to them postage due.

Is that really true? I've wondered about that. It sounds like criminal theft to me.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

DoofusOfDeath Re:Hail Caesar! (341 comments)

In short, we need law to evolve toward a 21st century science-based ethical viewpoint.

You seem to be confusing science with metaphysics and ethics. A surprisingly common mistake.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

DoofusOfDeath Re:good (341 comments)

Regardless of the decision, I think it is good that people are forced to argue why.

There are lots of interesting philosophical questions, and we generally don't have the time (or skill) to tackle them all. Why do you feel this one is especially important?

about two weeks ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

DoofusOfDeath Redundancy (148 comments)

"—a controversial tactic that security experts say could be exposing the general population to criminal hackers."

Well yeah, the article said it was for the NSA.

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

DoofusOfDeath Re:Agreed! (216 comments)

We should hold ISP's responsible for lies told by politicians. If a politician is caught lying three times, ISP's should refuse to carry any internet traffic involving their campaign ads.

about two weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

DoofusOfDeath Re:Sweeeet (246 comments)

Which begs the question why its not a class action suit....

Begging the question actually means assuming that something is true, in the course of trying to prove it.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

DoofusOfDeath Domain knowledge seems to help (376 comments)

I've noticed that guys how program in niche areas (such as computational acoustics) manage to stick with it as long as they want, if they really know what they're doing. Their domain expertise trumps ageism in the job market. OTOH, it's also a small job market, which affects things like where they can live.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

DoofusOfDeath How should I know? (189 comments)

I've only had it conventionally roasted. The other methods sound yummy, but perhaps because I live in New England, I haven't had a chance to try them.

about three weeks ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

DoofusOfDeath Re:The First Attempt (194 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.

about three weeks ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

DoofusOfDeath Re:They seem to be asking the wrong people... (338 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.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

DoofusOfDeath No, let's not (155 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 month 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 3 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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