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Microsoft To Open Source Cloud Framework Behind Halo 4 Services

FearTheDonut Encouragement... (50 comments)

We've been asking for years now (decades, even) for Microsoft to become more open. Regardless of their motivation, this kind of behavior should be encouraged, rather than ridiculed. To my knowledge, none of the other platforms they've open sourced has 'taken back' by them, as some conspiracy theorists have anticipated. While I'm under no illusion that Office or Windows will ever be open sourced, I'm very happy that much of their other platforms are becoming more open and hope they continue to do so.

4 days ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

FearTheDonut Mod Parent Up (258 comments)

Mod parent up... If I hadn't already have posted, I'd do it myself. An excellent question for doctors.

about 3 months ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

FearTheDonut Re:Influenza is a serious risk (258 comments)

Ordinarily, I wouldn't respond to an AC.. But, Ebola HAS mutated into an airborne form in the past. Look at some non-recent (as in, non-edited) posts about Ebola Reston. As I recall, it was an airborne strain of Ebola. Fortunately, when it mutated into an airborne form, it was no longer infectious in humans.

about 3 months ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

FearTheDonut Re: It is all pork barrel politics (342 comments)

America borrows most of it's money from itself. The USA is the largest purchaser of it's bonds. As i understand it, The Social Security Administration buys T-Bills / T-Notes because of it's safety. We're borrowing from ourselves. For better or worse. Mostly, worse.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

FearTheDonut Re:What to know (548 comments)

I didn't realize the .NET bubble popped. In the mid-atlantic area, there are a lot of people looking for SEASONED .NET Developers, commanding 6 figure salaries. I know the start-up community shies away from .NET (which is an understatement), but the corporate world has a lot of use for .NET, and appears to do so for the time being.


Your mileage may vary.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

FearTheDonut Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (168 comments)

Great. I get marked a "Troll" for trolling my own post..

about 5 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

FearTheDonut Re:This is how business should be done (168 comments)

Yes, I agree with this. But, at some point, investors need to get a return on their investment: it's what they asked for and it is required by law. The have never paid a dividend (as far as I can tell), and so their stock price is the only real way to get a return on the investment. At what point does "avoiding short-term profits for long term gains" become a losing bet? When does "long term" happen? That's what investors want to know.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

FearTheDonut Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (168 comments)

Besides poor punctuation, missing end parenthesis, and way too many commas.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

FearTheDonut Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (168 comments)

As a software engineer who is often asked to consider "the cloud," at what point should things like poor company performance impact software design decisions? It's easy to say not to use the cloud, but the cost savings for some make it irresistible. I suppose at some point AWS might go away due to a CEO change, corporate shift, etc., but I have a feeling that, with all of the consumer services using AWS, it will be considered "too big to fail," and be required to stay up (and, therefore, I won't have any reason to consider AMZN's performance as a software design concern.


Anyone have thoughts on this?

about 5 months ago
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Prisoners Freed After Cops Struggle With New Records Software

FearTheDonut Simple Solution (128 comments)

If they only would have used an Apple product, or better yet an iPad, this never would have happened in the first place...

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft To Launch Machine Learning Service

FearTheDonut Re:Leave Windows OS as first step forward (56 comments)

I believe defragging is completely automated at this point (since Windows 7) - no button press needed (but you can do it, if you want too).

about 6 months ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

FearTheDonut Re:Computer Science curriculum (293 comments)

That's interesting to hear. I think my school (University of Delaware, class 2003) mostly assumed you had that entering in the program. It might well have changed.

That being said, I do take issue with one thing: as far as I can imagine, there is only one way to skin a cat. :)

about 6 months ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

FearTheDonut Re:Mod Parent Up (293 comments)

Muchas Gracias.

about 6 months ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

FearTheDonut Mod Parent Up (293 comments)

I already commented on this thread, or else I"d give you a +1 Insightful.

about 6 months ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

FearTheDonut Re:Computer Science curriculum (293 comments)

For a standard high-school "computer" class, yes, I agree with you. 100%. But I'm referring to Advanced Placement classes, where it's gearing you for college credits. It should teach them the same things I've had to learn my first class in CS: basic algorithm development, pointer arithmetic, registers. (My first intro to CS class has us learning C inside and out).

Is this the exception for CS classes now? Or a typical program?

about 6 months ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

FearTheDonut Computer Science curriculum (293 comments)

Does anyone know exactly what is taught in a CS AP class? I'm sure a lot of people would love to be in a "AP CS" class, but the cold, hard reality is that CS can be very different than what many people thing. Just learning JavaScript to make a hip HTML 5 website, while entertaining to some, is not Computer Science. But teach Lisp/Scheme to the students to learn the value of S-Expressions, or algorithm development will help lead others down the road of Computer Science. Just Building A WebSite != Computer Science.

about 6 months ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

FearTheDonut Re:republican voters? (422 comments)

I hear what you're saying about hostility towards law breakers / etc.
Now, if blanket amnesty were passed (as in, no such thing as 'Illegal Immigants'), I seriously doubt that the majority of that hostility would suddenly go away. I also can't picture those same people who are simply trying to support the law be just as passionate as protecting the new citizen / aliens rights.

Perhaps I simply lack imagination.

(Also, I don't ever expect that type of law ever to be passed, nor necessarily think that's a good thing.)

about 6 months ago
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US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

FearTheDonut Re:Oh my ... (253 comments)

I'm wasting Mod Points on this reply.


You are correct in that they had filibuster-proof majority for a brief time. HOWEVER, Obamacare / ACTA (which ever you prefer) was passed with Republican help, only after they lost their super-majority. Remember Ted Kennedy dying? That caused them to lose their majority. Before that, if Democrats were lock-step, we'd be having real socialized health-care instead of these marketplaces. The market-place idea (similar to Romney-care, as I understand) was the compromise to get Olympia Snow and others to vote for universal healthcare. If you are an extremely right-wing person, you should be glad that the democrats aren't lock-step for this reason alone.

about 6 months ago
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Iranian Hacker Group Created Fake News Organization For Social Engineering

FearTheDonut Re:News Organizations (57 comments)

I've always thought NPR was about as unbiased as you get. I've heard all sorts of stories there, although they do have a lot of human-interest stuff. And sometimes that's immediately labeled liberal. But I've heard things on NPR that are downright evangelical in nature (usually around holidays).

about 7 months ago
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NYC Councilman (and Open Source Developer) Submits Bill Establishing Open Source Preference

FearTheDonut Re:Some Reasonable Arguments (105 comments)

Undoing Moderation - Posted Redundant.

about 7 months ago

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