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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

Khomar Be a Good Listener (209 comments)

I think one of the most valuable abilities for a good programmer is to be a good listener. A big part of that is also being able to ask good questions. You need to be able to fully understand the problem to be able to develop the right solution -- remember, the solution that customer actually needs is not always the one they think they want. Also, being able to listen also means you will be better able to learn new skills.

2 days ago

New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Khomar Re:Not a cargo ship (116 comments)

It sounds like the plan is for this ship to be the first of several, so the question is how much of that $20 billion investment is for upfront costs (design, shipyard upgrades, construction equipment) that will not be duplicated in subsequent ships. As it is, the first ship looks to probably at least break even or even make a decent profit (provided it works as expected) with bigger profits hopefully to follow. I am sure these numbers have been gone over very carefully. You don't make an investment this large on a whim.

about a month and a half ago

Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Khomar Texas and Montana (525 comments)

I have driven that stretch in eastern Montana many times, and I have also driven that stretch of road in Texas. One thing the article doesn't mention about that toll road in Texas is that it was very expensive -- over $5 if I remember correctly. I tried it once not knowing the cost, and it was a lot of fun to drive on. But for that price, I can see why so few people use it, especially since you have to go out of your way. I was on my way from San Antonio to Dallas, so I didn't mind skipping Austin.

As for eastern Montana, the countryside is very open with gently rolling hills and long stretches of mostly straight sections of Interstate. Very often, you will not be able to see a vehicle in either direction (and just as often, no more than one or two buildings either), so the temptation to cruise is very high. Any wildlife can be seen from miles away, and there are very few trees. My only concern would be raising the speed limit on the western side of the state where there are more mountains and forests. There are some highways with 70 mph limits with limited visibility (both on the road and in the underbrush around) that makes for dangerous driving. As long as they take these things into account, it makes perfect sense. Montana already takes over a day's driving. just to get across.

about 2 months ago

Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

Khomar Re:Simply put: O_o (230 comments)

Not as long as it (would) take Linux to offer a really good Desktop solution.

Yeah, Microsoft made a really good desktop solution and then developed a really broken one. Take that, Linux!

about 3 months ago

The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

Khomar Why is the Local Group moving closer? (119 comments)

The article says that most of the galaxies are moving apart, but the Local Group is moving closer. Why would the local group be different than the other galaxies? Are there other groups of galaxies that are seeing the same effect, or is the Local Group an anomaly?

about 6 months ago

Fear of Death Makes People Into Believers (of Science)

Khomar Re:Another false dichotomy (434 comments)

Absolutely. Actually, I believe that science works through God in that it is God who established and maintains the physical laws that we see. After all, where did they come from, and what keeps them running? So my faith in science is rooted in my faith in God and His faithfulness to keep the natural world around me running just like He did yesterday and the day before, etc. Science is therefore the study of God's faithfulness. He is so reliable that we can create formulas based upon it.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

Khomar Re:True Justice (694 comments)

So long as humans are being tried and put up for justice, humans administer justice, humans define justice, and/or humans exist, I can guarantee this will absolutely never happen.

You are correct, but does that make it any less of a good goal? Should we not worry about corruption because there will always be corrupt people? Should we not try to help the poor because there will always be poor? If you simply give in to defeatism, you will always be defeated. To give up on living justly is to give into the worst forms of evil.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

Khomar True Justice (694 comments)

I think Asaph put it best:

“How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked?
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:2-4)

The most important thing that our nation needs at this point is true justice without partiality toward the rich, the powerful, and the connected. We need the laws that we do have to be enforced with fairness and impartiality. Given the name of your party, this should be your central focus.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?

Khomar Home School Group (701 comments)

Are there any home school groups in your area? Getting involved in a local home school group is a great way to get materials and resources that you don't personally have. Many groups offer courses in subjects like Chemistry for all of the families in the area in addition to group activities like choir or sports. Even smaller towns are likely to have some sort of home school group if you look for it.

Also, are you sure he doesn't read as well as his peers, or does he just not read as well as you remember kids his age reading? From my experience, if he is not reading as well as his public educated peers, there is something very wrong. My boys are home-schooled, and while they started a little "slow" for the first year due to the different approach, they rapidly moved beyond the level of most public school kids and are now pretty advanced for their age. Reading in public schools (or the lack thereof) is a joke with close to half of the students graduating not being able to read. This skill is far more important than any other because it is through reading that you can learn virtually anything else. Make sure that is a priority.

more than 2 years ago

Senator Rand Paul Detained By the TSA

Khomar Re:MUAHAHAHAH (941 comments)

These words will likely haunt you when it is your turn to be harassed and strip searched. Don't think it cannot happen to you.

about 3 years ago

Insiders Call HP's WebOS Software Fatally Flawed

Khomar Re:Who cares (191 comments)

I have not played with the iPhone much, but compared to the Android, I would choose WebOS hands down. I love the interface and the multitasking abilities. It is my hope that open sourcing WebOS will give it some new life, because I really would like to see the OS continue. It holds a lot of promise, and I would hate to see the UI ideas go away.

Disclaimer: I am an HP employee, but I have no connection with the WebOS or TouchPad team at all. I was able to get a hold of a TouchPad through the employee fire sale, but other than that, I come at it as simply another user.

about 3 years ago

Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery

Khomar Re:Easy to do (302 comments)

Agreed. I am not a Catholic, but even the Protestant churches need to do some house cleaning. However, the fact that someone else is a hypocrite does not absolve you from doing the right thing.

more than 3 years ago

Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery

Khomar Re:Easy to do (302 comments)

I meant to say that it leads to increased demand. The pervasiveness of pornography only works to fuel the problem, and as men (and women) grow accustomed to instant gratification (not to mention a taste for deviant behavior that most partners would not willingly do), they will turn to prostitution to meet their perceived need. As there are not enough people willing to perform to meet the demand, the market for sex slavery is born.

more than 3 years ago

Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery

Khomar Re:Easy to do (302 comments)

Yes, child pornography is illegal, but pornography itself leads to demand which fuels sex trafficking (both for women and children) as you can see from the statistics cited.

Also, there are many states currently where the only person who is convicted in the case of under-aged prostitution is the victim -- the young girl. For example, Texas just recently passed a law finally making it a prosecutable offense for pimping an under-aged girl. Before that bill was passed, the pimp would not have faced any charges.

And just because a law is on the books doesn't mean it is enforced. While the number of sex traffickers being convicted is growing, the vast majority of cases have yet to be prosecuted.

more than 3 years ago

Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery

Khomar Re:Easy to do (302 comments)

Actually a bigger dent (and one that would be extremely unpopular... especially on slashdot) would be to put an end to pornography. The correlation between sex trafficking and pornography is very strong as pornography fuels desire for the real thing. For example, you can read this article for references to many government and private studies linking the two. This interview with a government official who specialized in sex trafficking was also very interesting.

The statistics of sex trafficking in America are disturbing. There are an estimated 300,000 sex trafficking victims in the United States alone. Half of them are children (under the age of 18) and 90% of them are American citizens. The average age of entry into prostitution is 13 with an average lifespan once being trafficked of only 7 years. The average girl caught in sex trafficking is dead before she is even legally allowed to drink.

This is an important issue to me. I even wrote a song on the subject and have started speaking out about this problem to raise awareness. If you start to look into this world, prepare to be very disturbed by what you see.

more than 3 years ago

Setting the various household clocks ...

Khomar Children (344 comments)

My clocks took a mild effort, but that is not the real challenge. The real challenge is to get five young boys to figure out that they can sleep in an extra hour now. So far? No such luck. All five were up and running at 5 AM this morning.

more than 3 years ago

Help Rename the Department of Homeland Security

Khomar The National Guard (382 comments)

We have had an organization charged with the defense of our nation for 370 years. How about we let them do their job rather than fight in overseas wars (and get rid of the expensive and excessive DHP)?

more than 3 years ago

The recent snow on the U.S. east coast ...

Khomar Working Remotely (292 comments)

I live in Texas, so ordinarily a major snowstorm in the northeast would have no impact on my personal life. However, I also work remotely with an office in Connecticut that has lost power with no estimate for recovery as of yet. While many of the servers are hosted off-site, some of the critical systems are shut down for the duration. At least half of the people on the project are without power and/or Internet making design meetings impossible. So... definitely impacted at work, but life goes on here at home.

more than 3 years ago

Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

Khomar Re:Easy (515 comments)

The claim is made for Michigan, but it has proven true for Bozeman, MT some years. The first day upon waking up in Bozeman, there was an inch of snow on the ground. That was August 23rd. A few years later we had another inch of snow... on July 3rd! We even had an 18 inch blizzard on flag day, June 14th. That is what comes from living up north over four thousand feet above sea level (of course, it is much worse when you actually live in the mountains). While snow in the summer is not necessarily "normal", you truly never know what kind of weather any one month will bring.

more than 3 years ago



Gamers Decode AIDS Protein In Just 3 Weeks

Khomar Khomar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Khomar (529552) writes "Now you have a justification for all of those late nights playing online computer games.

A 15-year-old AIDS problem was recently solved in just three weeks using a new online game site that allows users to contribute in decoding complex proteins. Fold.it users incredibly modeled the enzyme, Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV) retroviral protease, in a manner that matched crystalline structures observed by scientists.


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America's Compassion

Khomar Khomar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

There is no denying that the world is full of problems. From the recent developments in Myanmar to the violence in Darfur to the ongoing conflict in Iraq, we continue to see the rise of evil people who oppress their fellow man. In light of these events, it is easy for us to want to step in and "fix" the problems. In Thursday's presidential debate, Ron Paul was attacked for saying that he would not become involved in Darfur. Is he insensitive to the problems around the world? Doesn't he want to help the suffering and aid the needy?

The issue is not about caring. It is about understanding which battles should be fought. If we attempted to fix every problem in the world, we would be spread so thin that we could accomplish very little and bankrupt ourselves in the process. There are several key points that must be considered when addressing federal aid and military assistance around the world.

1) We are often not wanted

Many of the conflicts around the world are caused by grudges and feuds that have raged for hundreds if not thousands of years. Just like domestic disputes between couples, the combatants resent any outside interference in what is to them a very personal matter. We often do not understand the intricacies involved in the internal politics, and our misguiding actions can often destabilize the region instead of solving the problem. This misunderstanding of the history and politics also makes it very difficult to ascertain which side of the conflict is really in the wrong and which side deserves our support. In many of these civil wars, both sides are responsible for atrocities committed against the other and choosing sides becomes more a case of political convenience rather than moral outrage.

2) Our federal aid is often ineffective

The aid and assistance that we send to foreign countries usually ends up in the hands of those currently in power in that country. Federal aid is required to go through diplomatic channels that results in the vast majority of aid going into the hands of the military and governments of foreign countries rather than reaching the country's citizens where it is most needed. These resources are often used as a weapon against their people by requiring subservience to get meager scraps from the government table.

There is also inherent in federal spending the waste and corruption that has become all to prevalent in Washington D.C. How much of the foreign aid becomes corporate subsidies for American companies working in the region? For example, as the Sudan and other regions in Africa tear themselves apart, the oil companies continue to rake in profits in well protected and maintained facilities. These companies are often supported by our government to "improve the economy" of these nations, but in fact, the average citizens see little to no benefit. A few national leaders and the owners of these corporations are the only ones who grow fat and wealthy off the oil money. I don't think anyone would see making the rich richer as an effective foreign policy.

3) Our involvement can be seen as arrogant, hypocritical, and damaging.

We Americans have had a reputation for arrogance and ignorance for quite a while now. Even at our best, a lot of this reputation was deserved -- and not always for bad reasons. Our government system has been very effective, and our liberties have given us some reason to boast about the virtues of American freedom. However, we need to remember that we are not perfect, and the other countries of the world are very cognizant of that fact. It does seem rather hypocritical that we are pushing the virtues of democracy when our own citizens are so disenfranchised by the process that we have less than half of our citizens turning out to vote in our elections. Our foreign policy seems to strut around as if only we know the correct solutions and can solve the problems of the world. We claim a moral high ground even as we pick and choose our battles based on selfish monetary or political gain as opposed to any true moral outrage or justification. This fuels anti-American sentiment as our actions are very often hypocritical and cause untold hardships for many people who are hurt along the way. Let us not forget that Saddam Hussein was put in power via actions of the United States government in Iraq. In a sense, we are responsible for the atrocities he committed in Iraq because we gave him the ability to do so.

A study of American history will reveal example after example of suffering and war caused by American foreign policies. Who are we to criticize other countries about mistreating ethnic groups when we have our own sordid past with American Indian oppression and detainment camps for Americans of Japanese descent during World War II? Do we have any right to claim a moral high ground when our own history is replete with failures and prejudice? We need to remember that we too are human with all of the frailties and failings common to all men.

So what should we do? The solution is not to isolate ourselves from the world. There are problems in the world that need our help. There are starving children around the world that need to be fed. There are oppressed people who desperately need help. We cannot sit idly by while they suffer and die. However, the best solution is not federal. In foreign aid as in most things, the best solution is personal. In personal charitable giving, Americans are the most generous people in the world. Further, charitable organizations are often far more effective at getting aid and assistance directly to the people who need it the most. They can often bypass the governments in ways that our federal government can't, and the presence of personnel on the ground in these countries gives them the ability to understand the true nature of the problems far better than our bureaucrats in Washington D.C.

This is the position of Ron Paul. Instead of relying on the government to try to address problems around the world, he wants to empower us as individuals to get involved. By allowing us to keep our money by not paying income tax, it frees us to spend that money on the issues that matter most to us in the way that we see fit. Talk the the citizens of Louisiana and Mississippi to see who was most effective in reaching out and helping them in their needs after Katrina. Private charity groups and churches were far better at getting the money and resources where they were most needed than the federal government, and the same rule applies to foreign aid as well.

As the saying goes, if you want a job done, you have to do it yourself. While private aid may not avoid all of the pitfalls listed above, it goes a long way toward that goal by bypassing the greed and corruption that inherently comes with bureaucracy and big government.

Come join the Ron Paul Revolution and find out about the power of a free people. Come rediscover what made America great in the first place: we, the people. RonPaul2008.com


Who is responsible for 9/11?

Khomar Khomar writes  |  more than 10 years ago

In America, the inquiry into who is responsible for 9/11 is in full swing. Suspicion is being cast, blame is being passed, and everyone has a different view of what should have been done. However, no one wants to admit the truth of the matter here in America. Who was to blame for 9/11? We all were.

Let's face it: Americans were not ready to seriously consider terrorism until after 9/11. We were too busy worrying about Y2K bugs, our rising and then disappearing portfolios, the latest sports team strike, hanging chads, and last week's episode of Friends. Al Qaeda was far from a household name, and the Taliban, to those who even knew who they existed, were just some religious fanatics who were discriminating against women and destroying the cultural heritage of Afghanistan by destroying some ancient statues.

We hear accusations that the government should have killed Osama bin Laden or invaded the Al Qaeda network in Afghanistan, but let's be honest here. Many still strongly oppose "assassinating" leaders of foreign countries or groups, and there were protests against our invasion of Afghanistan even after 9/11. It would have been very difficult to pursuade Americans that we needed to invade some insignificant Middle Eastern country for some nebulous evil that was being done there. Sure they were militant extremists, but they were all over there. The terrorist attacks on American interests were all over there. What did that matter to us? Did we really want to risk American lives for what was really just a Middle Eastern problem?

As for increasing security, does anyone really think that the American people would have put up with the headaches and inconvenience of our current airport security back then? People complain about it even now, and back then, the average American saw no need to worry about attacks on American soil. Sure, people talked about the potential threat, but nothing had ever really happened here in America. Terrorism was just something that people had to worry about in the Middle East and Europe. We were isolated. We had the ocean between us and them. We were too far away. We were fat and happy in our own little coccoon. Even if we were concerned, we were not willing to actually make the effort to do something about it. We didn't want to have to go to the airport any earlier than absolutely necessary, and we certainly didn't see any need to be delayed in crossing the border into Canada with unnecessary security checks. The average American would have been up in arms if they had started implementing the current security procedures back then. Afterall, our time was valuable.

The attack on 9/11 was unprecedented. There had never been a hijacking that ended in a plane being flown into a building. No one, save the Al Qaeda themselves, could have foreseen this event. There are lessons to be learned and improvements to be made, but there is more than enough blame to pass around for all Americans, be they Democrat or Republican. Could have, should have, would have. The enemy is still here, and they want to kill us as much as ever. Let's not waste time and effort haggling over past blame.

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