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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

MAXOMENOS Re:From a physics professor (234 comments)

Also, never be afraid to learn your math in a physics course. It's the best way.

That kinda depends...I found it was easier just taking more math courses than trying to figure out what the hell my EM professor was doing. Eventually I just switched majors to Math.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

MAXOMENOS I like to tell college-bound people... (392 comments)

...double major in something useful and something useless.

I majored in math and computer science. I have a friend who went back to school in her 30s. Her majors are German and Philosophy. She's already getting translation work a year before graduation.

about a month and a half ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

MAXOMENOS Meanwhile.... (323 comments)

I downloaded the album (Free U2? Okay!) and have listened to it a couple of times in the car. It's not bad. Not exactly world-shattering --- they haven't done world-shattering in 20 years --- but enjoyable.

about a month and a half ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

MAXOMENOS Re:Antibiotics and Viruses (106 comments)

Yeah, I was about to say.....that sentence alone tells me the author doesn't have a clue what they're writing.

about a month and a half ago
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White House Names Google's Megan Smith As CTO

MAXOMENOS She's worthy of the title (75 comments)

Even if she doesn't have the academic background (I agree with others that ME is close enough to CE/EE to pass muster), she certainly has the experience.

about 2 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

MAXOMENOS Or.. (1134 comments)

...the obnoxious, stupid, piggish behavior will just take on a more inclusive veneer, as it does with other forms of commercial art (music, movies, tv, etc.)

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech

MAXOMENOS Re:Bezos? Patent troll? (75 comments)

I don't doubt that Blue Origin, like Bezos's most famous project (Amazon), is constantly engaged in R&D. But like Amazon, it appears that Blue Origin is trying to patent stuff that shouldn't be patented (in this case because of prior art). That's patent troll behavior.

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech

MAXOMENOS Bezos? Patent troll? (75 comments)

Whodathunk?

about 2 months ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

MAXOMENOS I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (542 comments)

Iran's government is fighting over whether or not to implement rusting-edge technology, with calls for impeachment if they go ahead. It's like they WANT to remain in the 8th Century. Why is it exactly that we're afraid of them?

about 2 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

MAXOMENOS Re: Her work (1262 comments)

"IF" is a powerful word, and can trick one into presuming that the predicate is true. Have you actually watched any of her videos?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

MAXOMENOS Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

I work in a unionized software shop. It's awesome during bad times. In good times one is tempted to think it's better in fast-and-furious start-ups, but then one compares one's salaries and benefits and realizes, "no, actually, union shop is still better."

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

MAXOMENOS Where to begin (548 comments)

  • Project management, specifically the importance of not being a bottleneck.

  • How to design a solution on my own time before I code a solution on company time.
  • Differential diagnosis of bugs (see #2 of the link above --- although I learned this skill later in graduate school and have applied it multiple times since.)
  • Code for readability and correctness first, efficiency later. Code that is "too clever" will never be maintained (except by you).
  • I really enjoy programming as a way of automating tasks and not for other reasons --- which makes me better as a systems administrator than as a software developer.

about 2 months ago
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Maryam Mirzakhani Is the First Woman Fields Medalist

MAXOMENOS Congratulations! (75 comments)

Let's celebrate like topologists --- with donuts and mugs of coffee!

about 3 months ago
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Maryam Mirzakhani Is the First Woman Fields Medalist

MAXOMENOS Re:A woman won the Fields.... (75 comments)

It's not a very good pun.

A good pun would present, on the surface, a deeper knowledge of the (admittedly complex) material.

about 3 months ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

MAXOMENOS Mandatory Sacred Reich reference (322 comments)

"I know a place
Where you're all going to go
They'll pay you to kill
If You're eighteen years old
First You'll need a haircut
And then some new clothes
They'll stick you in a jungle
To play G.I. Joe

CHORUS:

You fight for democracy
And the "American Way"
But you're not in your country
"What am I doing here?" you say
But now it's too late
You're entering Managua
If you had brought your surfboard
You could surf Nicaragua

Video here

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

MAXOMENOS O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) (131 comments)

OSCON is held every July in Portland, Oregon, and focuses on open source solutions to all sorts of IT needs. They have specific tracks for public sector and education. Plus, there's good beer.

about 3 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

MAXOMENOS My thoughts on these selections. (315 comments)

CSS/JavaScript/HTML5 is plainly obvious. Everything from Microsoft to mobile hybrid development relies on this these days.

C# is the standard language of the Microsoft stack --- in fact, the bulk of MS-stack training is in C#, with only a smattering in VB.NET.

Java is the COBOL of the early 21st Century. It isn't sexy anymore but it will always be around.

PHP is used in a lot of web applications. I wish it weren't. In fact, I'd really rather see Ruby on Rails take over this space.

If you're going to program native code, you could learn Swift, sure. You could also learn Rust (Mozilla's systems-level language with significant buy-in from Samsung) for device programming. If your goal is to write native apps, your best bet for Android is actually Java. By the way, one can also design native apps in Java (the code is Swing-like) and compile them to native apps for iOS or Android using Codename One, and I imagine a few shops will pick up that practice.

I like Erlang as an honorable mention. I'd also add two others: Python (especially for data analysis) and PowerShell (which will set the grown-up Microsoft sysadmins from the point-and-click kids).

about 3 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

MAXOMENOS As someone learning Go (701 comments)

So far my favorite phrase is:

go list.Sort() // run list.Sort concurrently; don't wait for it.

Because how cool is that?

about 3 months ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

MAXOMENOS About average for West Texas? (242 comments)

A glass of the finished product, sampled at a downtown restaurant, tasted about average for West Texas.

So the water tastes like shit. Good to know.

about 4 months ago

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Yahoo! Mail Compromised - Users Urged to Change Passwords Immediately

MAXOMENOS MAXOMENOS writes  |  about 9 months ago

MAXOMENOS (9802) writes "Today Yahoo! announced via their Tumblr page that Yahoo! Mail was hacked, and advised their users to change their passwords immediately. Quoting:

Based on our current findings, the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise. We have no evidence that they were obtained directly from Yahoo’s systems. Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts. The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails.

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