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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Drethon Re: Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (660 comments)

Well when far more have died from coal pollution than radiation, I don't really care about AGW, give me nukes. Of course politics and financial issue interfere.

3 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Drethon Re:Skeptics and Deniers (660 comments)

And (according to the article) it is better to assume such questioners are deniers rather than skeptics.

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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Drethon Re:News at 11.. (660 comments)

Code ninjas is more appropriate.

3 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Drethon Like watching a train wreck (660 comments)

Or is it more like playing with matches around gasoline? I'm going to go make the popcorn and sit back and watch now. Anyone want to join me?

3 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Drethon Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (660 comments)

Yes constant questioning is at the heart of scientific inquiry however deliberate obfuscation of established science for political and economic objectives is not scepticism but subterfuge.

I'm not sure which side you are arguing for.

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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Drethon Re:Sounds Nicer (660 comments)

Very convincing argument.

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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Drethon Sure (660 comments)

And then we can call AGW proponents the Church of Global Warming. I'm sure people agree far more when name calling is involved.

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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Drethon Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

You mean the illegal corner store? What do you want to do, make that store more illegal?

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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Drethon Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

I know of a couple relatives that faced intruders (not sure if they were armed). The cocking of a shotgun resulted in the intruder rapidly vacating the area.

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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Drethon Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

You must be a man. I am a man and my gun is more to protect my wife than myself, though I've read about people being killed in my area during home invasions (with the owner not having a gun) and we are in a fairly quiet area.

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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Drethon Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

The problem is that taking away guns results in more guns taken away from responsible people than lunatics (no numbers to back this up). The problem is making guns illegal doesn't stop illegal procurement of guns. That being said I'm not against improving background checks as long as it is not invasive.

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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Drethon Re:yea but (575 comments)

Add some legalese to the tickets at those theaters: "I, the undersigned, swear I, and anyone associated with me, will not hold the theater liable for North Korean terrorist attacks."

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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Drethon Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

How the hell does Muti-terabytes of data leave your network, without even a HINT of it. I'm sure that whatever cost savings they were going for when IT budgets came out was well worth it. I hope Sony gets it pants sued off (see first paragraph) by the likes of all the actors, crews and other employees.

What a cluster fuck.

I don't know their system and I'm only an amateur at network programming but if they do a lot of data transfers what makes you think they will notice terabytes of data copied when they are probably usually seeing petabytes moving around? The whole point of networks is easy transfer of data, effective security makes it harder for legitimate users to use the network and results in a lot of complaints to IT. I work with a government contractor and I'm pretty sure I could bypass most of their security with a virus on a thumb drive, if I wanted to.

Otherwise, well said.

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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Drethon Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

We had a lunatic stalker (certified) that came to my house because she thought I was some imaginary person. When she was banging on my door I called the cops even though I have a gun. Now if she had broken into the house instead of just banging on it this might have been a different story (this woman made death threats against my wife but I don't think they were serious) but I wont open the door to shoot someone, they have to actually break in first.

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Drethon Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

Yeah, I'm a wussie for not wanting to face an armed intruder bare handed.

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

Drethon Re:Hmmmmm. Interesting decision history... (279 comments)

The main thing is finding someone willing to stick with something difficult and not bail on it. Four years with something (the same job, or a degree) is a good indicator. In some ways the degree is better as it shows the person is willing to stick with something that is not always what they want to do.

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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Drethon Re:Papers please, comrade ... (440 comments)

The primary purpose of the law is to ensure that everyone is guilty of something.

The primary purpose of the law was at one time to ensure those not in power have to do what they are told. Fortunately things are at least a little better than that.

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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Drethon Re:Papers please, comrade ... (440 comments)

You make it sound like something new. How much of warrantless wiretapping and surveillance are recent and how much are things the government has been doing for as long as it existed and are just being brought to light by new technologies?

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C/C++ Most Popular Again?

Drethon Drethon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Drethon (1445051) writes "On this day in 2008 a submission was posted that C/C++ was loosing ground so I decided to check out its current state. It seems that C has returned to the top while Java has dropped by the same amount, VB and PHP have dropped drastically, C++ is holding fast but now in third place and Objective-C and C# have climbed quite a bit.

2008 data thanks to SatanicPuppy:

1. Java.....20.5%
2. C........14.7%
3. VB.......11.6%
4. PHP......10.3%
5. C++.......9.9%
6. Perl......5.9%
7. Python....4.5%
8. C#........3.8%
9. Ruby......2.9%
10. Delphi...2.7%

The other 10 in the top 20 are:
JavaScript, D, PL/SQL, SAS, Pascal, Lisp/Scheme, FoxPro/xBase, COBOL, Ada, and ColdFusion"
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What is holding back the paperless office?

Drethon Drethon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Drethon (1445051) writes "CNN has an article (are we up to the millionth article on this topic?) asking if the paperless office has arrived: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/18/paperless.office/index.html?hpt=Sbin.

This got me wondering, what are the main things holding back the paperless office? Just off the top of my head the main thing keeping me printing out documents is the ability to spread a dozen pages of a document under review out on my table and marking it up by hand. PDF and Word markups are not too bad but they still lack the ability to spread many pages out to look over at the same time and could be improved to make markup a bit less restrictive. I do find myself printing out less with the use of dual monitors to have source documents and work under progress up at the same time, perhaps something like Microsoft's tabletop computer used as a desk will let me have at least a paperless desk.

I know there are other reasons why offices are not becoming paperless. What are your reasons?"

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