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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Krishnoid Re:Could have fooled me (217 comments)

Well, the survey really only considered scientific literacy in moose and beavers. I think that was mentioned in a footnote.

5 days ago

No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

Krishnoid Re:Thanks (122 comments)

Sorry for self-posting, but I thought folks here might be interested in the truth since the false story was one of the top posts earlier this week.

The additional research you did is definitely very valuable, but it's going to take a lot more than a simple 'sorry' to make up for all the self-posting so far, Bennett.

5 days ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Krishnoid Re:Putin: "Your move, West" (832 comments)

They're gambling that Ukrainian sovereignty is less important to the US and Europe than getting in a shooting war with Russia, and quite frankly they're probably right.

huh-sorry-what-did someone say Ukrainian oil interests? Oh, sovereignty -- never mind ... zzzz ...

5 days ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Krishnoid Re:The surveillance state (622 comments)

Are we sure about this? In the end, cops are individual people, and they're interacting one-on-one on the ground with people in their own community, most hopefully for the better, some for the worse. This looks like a step towards involuntary ubiquitous surveillance for the individual, civilian cop or regular civilian, while visibility into decisions and actions of larger organizations, those that affect large groups at once, is still hazy or completely unavailable:

  • basic text of US legislation before voting
  • lobbyist discussions with legislators
  • international agreements like the trans-pacific partnership
  • centralized government surveillance via NSA

about a week ago

The Evolution of Diet

Krishnoid Re:ha! Inuit diet. Hazda diet. (281 comments)

Along those lines, were paleolithic human diets composed of foods that suited an organism with a paleolithic human life span?

about a week ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Krishnoid Re:Amazing (276 comments)

Candy crush players are not gamers anymore than people who like to watch Star Trek on occasion are Trekkies...

Those are both true, and there's even a generally applicable term for them: filthy casual

about a week ago

13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

Krishnoid Re:The Tools of Science (134 comments)

The girl did not do the science. She just assisted the scientists with the manual labor.

So she's, what, a grad student?

about a week ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Krishnoid Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

I recommend you start your own, with blackjack and hookers.

about two weeks ago

NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

Krishnoid Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (116 comments)

Google, Facebook, and the NSA government are nothing more than competing Panopticons.

Google provides me with free, high-ish-ly-available:

  • spam-culled email with high-performance web/IMAP access
  • online calendar with shareable events
  • online Office-lite document editing and collaboration
  • phone/text forwarding with online voicemail access and transcription
  • photo management application and storage
  • maps
  • search

as well as sync of all of these with tablets and smartphones for no extra cost. So I'm getting something more from Google than the rest.

about two weeks ago

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

Krishnoid SW Engineering as a _trade_ is still maturing (548 comments)

One thing that keeps coming up is the constant inflow of rookie (and intermediate-level) programmers making rookie mistakes. There seems to be an unwillingness to treat software creation, from the academic level onward, as a controllable process towards a working, reliable, secure, usable, maintainable result. It's still being treated from day one as a sandbox with a rigorous theoretical mathematical underpinning, but cowboy coders and fluid design-level rules in the day-to-day.

Examples of this are that the nuts and bolts of code standards, defensive programming, code hygiene, technical debt, refactoring, and at a higher level, revision control, automatic builds, code review, and static analysis are considered best practices by some, but are nowhere near ubiquitous.

It may not be an unwillingness as much as growing pains, or that the field lacks a requirement for a P.E. certification that can be used to push back on unreasonable business pressures. Don't assume that you're entering or working in a field that has a well-established set of rules that you can rely on, and if your gut tells you that cult of personality is overriding a technically-based meritocracy, that may very well be the case. The process of software creation seems to still be changing, evolving, maturing.

You can still learn those best practices and apply whichever of them you have the power to in your own environment -- just don't assume everybody will abide by them, or even agree as to what they are.

about two weeks ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Krishnoid Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

This whole story is a tale of over-reaction that only seemed to have occurred, because "oh my god, video games!".

Overreaction, indeed. If they were US citizens, I'd like to see them testify and hear what they have to say the next time Congress wants to weigh in on violence in video games.

about three weeks ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Krishnoid I'm not sure they'd start *playing* games (419 comments)

For some reason, what goes through my head, is that on return they'd want to write a war simulator from the civilian perspective.

about three weeks ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Krishnoid Re:Problem is (419 comments)

A week will teach nothing. They need to know years of war and what it does.

That's an interesting point -- what time range imparts which lessons?

  • A week might familiarize you with the issues
  • a month and you'd experience first hand some of the day-to-day logistics problems
  • beyond this point you might run a not-insignificant risk of injury or death from attack
  • a summer vacation would let you bond with the locals and put you through a few close calls
  • a half a year would probably imprint a lot
  • years and you'd be indistinguishable from the locals

I'm sure this is wrong, and definitely not accurate for a 10-year-old. But is there a rough cut for the actual timeline of changes that someone from a developed nation would experience?

about three weeks ago

Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Krishnoid Re:Does it matter? (151 comments)

I run Rosetta@Home on my own computers -- I can't believe I forgot about that. Great point.

about three weeks ago

Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Krishnoid Does it matter? (151 comments)

There was a time when 1GHz/1GB was overkill, and while CPU/IO speed improves, usability doesn't seem to be getting all that much better. Considering we've had multiple orders of magnitude improvement in raw hardware performance, shouldn't other factors -- usability, reliability, security -- get more focus?

Sure, those could benefit from more raw hardware capability, but the increased 'power' doesn't seem to be targeted at improving anything other than raw application speed -- and sometimes, not even that.

about three weeks ago

US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

Krishnoid Dumb question (162 comments)

What's 'national security'? I mean, is there a rigorous definition of it?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Krishnoid Re:Software Documentation is bad everywhere (430 comments)

I'm not that familiar with how Agile 'stories' are scoped, but those seem a little abstract. While you're right about the specificity of the focus, wouldn't it sound more like:

Story 1: Enters a transaction originating in Chicago, IL

Story 2: Enters a transaction originating in Manhattan (too specific?), New York City, NY

Story 3: Enters a transaction originating in unincorporated Los Angeles county, CA

Those are specific, but wouldn't the 'story' involve actual physical jurisdictions, and eventually devolve the implementation and design to doesn't/have state/county/city-level taxes situations? Also, would the stories change as those indepedently governed locations introduce/change their laws?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Krishnoid Re:At least the neckbeards weren't hipsters. (430 comments)

The hipsters have none of this. Most of them are in their early 20s, if not younger. They have no real education. Their knowledge is extremely limited, but they don't realize this. This is why they think JS is a good programming language, for example. They have absolutely no idea about anything else.

Are you sure their evaluation skills stem from a lack of awareness of alternatives? They do drink Pabst Blue Ribbon, after all.

about a month ago


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Krishnoid Krishnoid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Slifox, I have a question about one of your postings -- would you email me at 'krishnoid+slifox+pig' at gmail so I can ask you a question?

Much appreciated.

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