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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Maclir You are all just programming technicians (637 comments)

So, you "I'm the real programmer because I program in C" types... tell me, how will having to handle memory management and all the crufty bits help you when you get a real work problem, and deal with a bunch of users who really don't know what they want their system to do, or you have to deal with management who have no idea what IT can do. When your requirements keep changing, but the deadline can't shift. When you have to take a poorly written system, and adapt it to the new business environment - but you don't have the time, budget or resources to rewrite from scratch. Get your collective heads out of your "this is what real programming is" arsehole. Thirty years ago, the same was said about people who programmed in BASIC or COBOL vs those who coded in Fortran or Assembler. You're just a bunch of irrelevant elitist snobs.

about 4 months ago
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Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

Maclir Why String the Cables from Poles? (291 comments)

Surely, with all of our experience with what natural events (strong winds / tornados / hurricanes / ice stoems) can do to aerial cables, wtf isn't the city / state mandating that all new utility services are run underground?

about a year ago
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Researchers Discover First Use of Fertilizer

Maclir Fertilizing (71 comments)

No shit.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?

Maclir Bedroom And TV (372 comments)

Why would you want to have a television in the bedroom? The bedroom is for sleeping (and other related activities), not watching the idiot box.

about 2 years ago
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Univ. of Florida Announces Plan To Save CS Department

Maclir Re:But do we really need a separate CS dept anymor (112 comments)

.. like saying Physics is just applied math, or chemistry is applied physics.

When I was at University, my Physics professor told us "chemistry is just outer orbital physics".

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password

Maclir Re:i would love to sue my boss for that (504 comments)

Sure - I'll give you my Facebook password, if you give me a network administration user name and password. I won't do anything bad, I promise....

more than 2 years ago
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Why Microsoft Developers Need a Style Guide

Maclir Re:Call me crazy, but I digress. (262 comments)

You clearly have never had to work in a programming team environment, when you have to take some piece of shit code written by some half-arse educated script monkey, and actually make it work.....

more than 2 years ago
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Yes We Can (Profile You): a Brief Primer On Campaigns and Political Data

Maclir What if voting was compulsory? (48 comments)

Like in Australia - every person eligible to vote has to enrol and vote. Maybe that would help drown out the extremists?

more than 2 years ago
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Megaupload Shutdown: Should RapidShare and Dropbox Worry?

Maclir Re:Safe Harbour (428 comments)

And what about that US law (its called the Constitution) which states:

No person ... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;

"Due process" generally involves a court of law, where the prosecution has put put their case, and is subject to cross examination - none of that took places, as required by US law.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

Maclir For once, I agree with RMS (1452 comments)

I never drank the Apple kool-aid. I used a Mac once, back in the mid 1980's, and after a week, it started to piss me off - it treated me as if I was a computer imbecile, that didn't need to know what was going on behind the flashy interface. To those that believe in the cult of Jobs - that Apple produces were the pinnacle of what technology could offer - I'm sorry, but they were just another computer, running just another point and drool interface.

About time someone realized that the emperor has no clothes.

more than 3 years ago
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Evangelical Scientists Debate Creation Story

Maclir What part of the Bible to believe? (1014 comments)

I am always amazed my "Christians" that climb desperately to the Old Testament - that's the bible of a non-christian religion - Judaism. It's tenets and doctrine doesn't apply to a Christian - the fundamental way a Jew received salvation was by following the "Law" - which is contradictory to what Jesus said - "I am the way the truth and the life - no one gets to the father by through me". So, there's 39 books that can be removed from the Christian Scripture. And the epistles - why should the writings of some of the early church leaders (Paul, et al) given the same status as the record of Christ's life and teaching? There's another 21 books that can be removed. And Revelation - that should go too.

more than 2 years ago
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Pdf.js Reaches First Milestone

Maclir Re:"older Firefoxen"?? (164 comments)

No. The plural of "fox" is "foxes".

If someone can't use the English language correctly, how seriously do you expect me to take anything they write?

more than 3 years ago
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European Court of Justice To Outlaw Net Filtering

Maclir Re:Copyright lobby won't let this stand. (171 comments)

Talent is the first and last key to art, ... and cannot be bought or taught.

You clearly havn't been watching shows like "American Idol".

more than 3 years ago
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America's Tech Decline: a Reading Guide

Maclir Want to see the future - look at education (611 comments)

Innovation and discovery comes from people with inquisitive minds - minds that have been nurtured by a well rounded education system; one that encourages critical thinking, experimentation, and a good understanding of what scientific knowledge we have already. Now look at what is happening in the US - a drastic cutback in public education, "teaching to the test", and in many areas, official dismissal of science and scientific discoveries. Quite a few school districts are actively pushing creationism against evolution, dismissing global climate change, and many "non-essential" curriculum activities.

I was once told "If you think the cost of education is expensive, consider the cost of ignorance."

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie PM Office Calls For Government Ban On Gmail, Hotmail

Maclir Re:Democracy! (178 comments)

The government isn't telling it's citizens what they can and cannot do. This is just an employer directing it's employees what they are not permitted to do while at work using the employer's equipment and facilities. Just about every employer will do that. So what's your problem?

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie PM Office Calls For Government Ban On Gmail, Hotmail

Maclir Yank (178 comments)

Or even more insulted if you were called a seppo.

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie PM Office Calls For Government Ban On Gmail, Hotmail

Maclir Sit down and have a nice cuppa tea (178 comments)

Have you ever met, in person, an Australian Prime Minister? Back in 1988, I was a guest at the Parliament House Christmas party put on my the Labor Party for Parliament House staff. While I was having a cold beer, up comes an older man, magnificent head of silvery-gray hair, with a glass of orange juice and a big cigar.

"G'day mate, I'm Bob", he said, offering his hand

I shook his hand and replied, "G'day Bob, I'm Ken."

That's how Aussie PM's should interact with other Aussies. I would hope the current Aussie PM would react the same if I said "G'day, Julia, I'm Ken."

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

Maclir Re:Secession (1251 comments)

Just because you win a battle doesn't prove you right, it only proves you are stronger. Likewise, just because you lose a battle doesn't make you wrong. The leaders of the US revolution committed treason against the British monarchy - but of course once they won the war, who was going to prosecute them. There are few war crimes for the victors.

It's a moot point anyway - even the current people governing Texas would not be foolish enough to seriously consider secession. Once they were no longer part of the US, but a foreign country, it would only be a matter of time before Mexico reclaimed that area.

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

Maclir Re:Secession (1251 comments)

Maybe they were free to leave the first time. But what about when they were readmitted to the Union - I'm sure part of the readmitting of the confederate states would have involved no future secession.

And many constitutional scholars disagree with your proposition that any of the US States can secede from the Union.

more than 3 years ago

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