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Asteroid Will Make Close Pass To Earth

JordanH Re:45 meters? (119 comments)

IANAA (Astrophysicist), but I believe asteroids of that size would reach the earth. Depending what it's made of, it could break into a lot of pieces, though.

This is a pretty small asteroid and (again, I'm no expert) but its orbit means that it wouldn't have a great relative velocity if it did strike earth (nothing like a comet, by comparison). There were some estimates on the damage it would do if it were to strike in the referenced article and this doesn't seem to be a major concern.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon's Silk: SaaS Is Closing the Net

JordanH Re:How do they handle SSL? (95 comments)

I wonder how this automatic man in the middle handles SSL connections? Does it pass that traffic though? Does it open a new connection and handle the SSL handshake in the cloud?
Sniffing people's bank accounts is a great service, would bring 1 click buy to a new level.

0 click buy!

more than 3 years ago

Why the New Guy Can't Code

JordanH Some issues... (948 comments)

I think this advice is good in most cases, but there are some cases where it might not be applicable.

This might be good advice for people fresh out of school, but I'd like to point out that some companies make it difficult for people to do anything public outside of work.

Also, not everyone is interested in web work. In those cases, I'd expect those people to have blogs where they discuss their projects, show code and relate experiences.

Another issue is that certain school programs are pretty demanding and don't leave much time for work outside. A prospective employee going through one of these schools might be also doing internships at one of the companies that don't allow you to do work outside.

In all these cases, the prospective employee should have code that they can show and explain, a portfolio.


more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Online Science For 8th Grade Students?

JordanH Wish I had mod points... (225 comments)

I'd use them to assign off-topic to all the posts concerning teacher pay, benefits, workload and state budgets.

Come on people. This teacher is just trying to do a good job and we have to turn into an on-line teaparty or NEA advocacy forum?

more than 3 years ago

Gtk 3.2 Will Let You Run Applications In a Browser

JordanH On Broadway! (184 comments)

Sounds like they've reinvented Broadway.

I always thought it sounded like a neat idea, but it went exactly nowhere 14 YEARS AGO.

more than 3 years ago

Dell and HP To Sell Oracle Operating Systems

JordanH Re:Hey, Dell (91 comments)

Do you have inside information concerning the subsidies, because that's privileged information. I'd be surprised if the adware and MSN pays for the OEM Windows license, but maybe I could be surprised.

I do recall that netbooks used to be cheaper without windows. I think MS has since struck arrangements that make this no longer possible, but that's the way it used to be.

more than 4 years ago

Pentagon Workers Tied To Child Porn

JordanH Re:Wow (253 comments)

Huh? Of the 3 Republicans you mentioned, there was one alleged gay and two men with women on the side. These are your examples of closted gays and "diaper wearers" in the Republican Party? Mark Sanford resigned. Larry Craig actually resigned, but took it back.

I'm surprised you didn't mention Mark Foley, but then, he did resign, so I guess that wouldn't fit with your theme.

Spitzer resigned, true. He had lots of powerful enemies on Wall Street, he was seriously weakened by "Troopergate" and was under investigation for financial misdeeds surrounding the prostitutes (bribery, misuse of campaign funds) he was procuring that it's hardly surprising that he had to go. Note that Patterson suffered not a bit when he admitted to infidelity.

It's pretty surprising, actually, that Clinton survived. He was caught in a clear case of harassment, it doesn't matter a whit if it's consensual, the difference in power between a President and an Intern would have been harassment in a reasonable world. There was also that little matter of lying in open court. Martha Stewart goes to Prison for lying to an investigator and Clinton skates on lying in open court?

What other Democrat had to resign? Are you saying the Democrats are pure on this account and Spitzer and Clinton are the only examples?

I agree that the media applies different standards to Democrats when it comes to scandal. Like the blackout on the stories about Gore that have been known to reporters for years and are just now coming out.

more than 4 years ago

New Messenger Has Same Old, Gaping Privacy Holes

JordanH Re:Open communication? (287 comments)

If I had a girlfriend...

Stop right there.

more than 4 years ago

Google Incorporates Site Speed Into PageRank Calculation

JordanH Net or Search Neutrality? (202 comments)

So, now well-connected sites run by media companies will have more relevance in Search results vs. minority opinions put out on a cheap web host?
'Do no evil' is meaningless if you don't actually examine what you are doing.

more than 4 years ago

Google's Computing Power Refines Translation

JordanH Chess translations (142 comments)

If you are into chess, Google Translate opens up a whole world of chess blogs to you. I haven't used it extensively, but I was quite impressed with this translation.

To the chess players out there, note how it picks up notation interspersed with the text. It's not perfect and seems to fall back into Spanish algebraic in odd places, but I think they are the only translation tool that even tries to do chess notation.

I wonder if there are other "special purpose" translations that Google Translate attempts. It's pretty impressive to me that they even bother with the small chess blog reading public.

Oh, Google Translate does a lot better job on the non-chess parts of blogs, too.

more than 4 years ago


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The words you use are important

JordanH JordanH writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Some labels apply to people, you know, human beings?

When we overload them with negative meanings, we dilute their meaning and risk misrepresenting real people who might need understanding.

The term "gay" is not the same as bad.

The term "retarded" doesn't mean foolish or stupid.

Maybe these words have come to mean this to you, but maybe you should think about what this might imply. If it doesn't bother you, then never mind, you might be beyond reflective thought. Maybe some of you who do care about language and people will be more thoughtful.


Page 23

JordanH JordanH writes  |  more than 10 years ago Just saw this in Stoolpigeon's Journal.

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Turn to page 23.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"addict ... -v.t. 3. to habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively: a writer addicted to the use of high-flown language; children addicted to video games."

Source: The Random House Dictionary of The English Language. Second Edition, Unabridged.

I did my best, this book isn't really arranged in sentences in the same way that other books might be.

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