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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

Garridan Re:There is a difference ... (105 comments)

Until 1987, doctors didn't anaesthetize babies for surgery on the logic that "babies don't feel pain". In fact, they do. Yikes.

about two weeks ago
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Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life

Garridan Re:Misleading (81 comments)

No no, the presence of a brass gear is all that is necessary to make something steampunk. The Antikythera mechanism is just as steampunk as a rolex watch or a hat with a gear hot-glued to it, which are much more steampunk than a steam locomotive since they produce way too much torque to transmit through brass years. Don't you know anything?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

Garridan Re:Obvious guy says (223 comments)

You missed the point.
Entirely.
As for snark, check the mirror.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

Garridan Re:Obvious guy says (223 comments)

you suck at haiku
four lines is too many
do you even count syllables?

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Garridan Re:That's true, but... (212 comments)

What makes "the greatest system" depends entirely on what "great" means. If it means "fitting into 500 bytes" or "1ms boot time", etc., then flexibility might be the very last thing that you want.

I've intentionally let the world pass me by, and spent my career learning how to optimize for time & space in several proven stable languages, rather than learn every new widget and buzzword. The drawback is that I'm a little slow when it comes to new tech. But the new shit is way easier to learn than what I've been torturing myself with over the years, and "youngsters" won't catch up to my skill without a decade of practice. And I've never had trouble landing a job.

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Garridan Re:The answer (441 comments)

One has a right to not be abused in their place of work. Did you even read the fucking article? She doesn't want to feel special. She wants to go work, do her job, and go home without getting ostracized by her coworkers. When your JOB involves working with people, your success in doing your job depends crucially on how those people interact with you.

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Garridan Re:Assumptions? (441 comments)

The predominance of black males in some sports is a byproduct of segregationist culture. Professional sports are like playing lottery. A long shot is significantly more attractive to those with the least to lose. Whites don't go into sports 'cause they are practically guaranteed to find good paying work elsewhere. Moreover, professional sports teams represents a few hundred jobs nationwide. Compare that to IT, offering tens of thousands of jobs, and ever-growing.

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Garridan Re: Would you look at that (441 comments)

If you somehow think that white men are smarter, or more capable, than everybody else, then I'm willing to bet that you haven't spent much time as 'the token white guy'. If all your experience with other races is service oriented (restaurants, banks, etc) or with 'token non-(white guy)s', then you experientially have no reason to expect as much of them as you do of yourself. This is natural. Racism is natural, just like rape, theft, and murder.

Humans: more than just a lizard brain. Act like it!

In fact, people who are raised in different cultures think differently*. From a completely utilitarian viewpoint, diversity of ideas is the most critical ingredient to problem solving. Moreover, in terms of numbers, there are vastly more non-(white male)s than white males. By maintaining the status quo, we restrict the talent pool to a tiny margin, and homogeneous dev teams get stuck in groupthink. You're trapping yourself in a stuck mindset, and the competition will pass you by.

Without diversity of eye, hair, and skin color, think of the example you're setting. When white folk inevitably lose supremacy, who the fuck is going to hire your white ass? If we get diversity up & running nice and smooth, it'll seriously work out in our favor in the long run. Make people feel welcome, regardless of their coloring. They might return the favor... but slight them, and that'll surely come back to bite you.

* If it needs to be said, culture and pigment levels are strongly correlated. Also, sending white babies to be raised in different cultures so you can maintain a lily-white workforce with a diverse cultural footprint probably won't end well.

about three weeks ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

Garridan Re: Algorithms Can Be Patented (164 comments)

I'm a grad student with a patent. It's a pretty sweet deal for all involved parties. I can't afford to get a patent. The university can, though. They file for a patent in my name, and I keep a large percentage of the proceeds, should it ever get licensed. It's potential revenue for them, with nonzero costs -- did you know, you have to pay for patent renewal year to year? On the rare occasion that a google happens, the university wins big... but obviously Page isn't dead broke in a gutter somewhere. They helped him get off his feet in a number of ways; he'd have lost a much larger slice if he'd gotten private help starting his business.

about a month ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Garridan Re: For those who said "No need to panic" (421 comments)

Yes because time and time again it has been proven that lampooning conspiracy theorists is the same as buying into their theories. Thank you, lieutenant obvious. Hope you get that promotion you've been working towards.

about a month and a half ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Garridan Re:For those who said "No need to panic" (421 comments)

I predict this turning into a "global conspiracy to push more vaccines (hence autism) on our kids". I, for one, welcome our viral overlords.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Garridan Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

The shovel is to give to Liebnitz in exchange for the shovel that he borrowed from Newton. That'd settle the grudge that culminated in the calculus debacle, and advance scientific progress to the point that we'd have a time machine in our lifetime.

about a month and a half ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Garridan Re:Pigs are dependent on humanity? (481 comments)

Let's accept, for the moment, the claim that pigs are dependent on humanity. I think that this is an oblique nod to the intelligence of pigs, which (accoring to a friend of mine who grew up with pigs) is similar to that of cats. The claim here is that "since this life form is dependent upon us, we can eat it despite being as smart as a cat". Pretty sure that the same argument can be applied to justify eating human babies.

about 2 months ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Garridan Re:The WHO (478 comments)

Or, in the case of Hawking, several "right women". 'Cause when you're a rock star and you know it, you don't just stop at one.

about 2 months ago
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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

Garridan Re:Look this gifthorse in the mouth (59 comments)

The flippant answer is all that your paranoia deserves.

A healthy amount of paranoia is a must in the security industry. Every piece of security hardware or sofware demands third-party evaluation, even that made by people you trust completely. Not all flaws are deliberate. Thank you for your time, and (at last) thoughtful response.

about 4 months ago
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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

Garridan Re:Look this gifthorse in the mouth (59 comments)

I didn't say that DARPA was evil. I just said that this merits an independent audit. I take your flippant answer for a "no".

about 4 months ago
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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

Garridan Re:Laser cutting directions! (59 comments)

3d printing air into solid aluminum? I'm sold! Can you do transparent aluminum too?

about 4 months ago
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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

Garridan Look this gifthorse in the mouth (59 comments)

When old enemies arrive at your door bearing a gift horse large enough to fit a fireteam, don't stop at it's mouth, do a full cavity search.

Are there independent third-party audits underway? If DARPA likes it, I'm suspicious.

about 4 months ago

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DJB Releases All Source to Public Domain

Garridan Garridan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

A Sage Developer writes "During a recent conference, Sage Days 6, Dan Bernstein (who has recently come under attack for his licensing policy) was among the invited speakers. During a panel discussion on the future of open source mathematics software, Bernstein declared that all of his past and future code would be released to the public domain (video here). This includes qmail, primegen, and a number of other projects. Given the headache that incompatibility between GPLv3 and GPLv2 is causing developers, will we see more of this?"
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