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Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

Matheus Re:Useless bullshit (59 comments)

Commas are such dangerous weapons... All of the deep seeded psychological issues exposed aside, the incest described by your final sentence would be cleanly done away with by removing most of the commas utilized. You could alternatively replace the word 'then' with 2 words 'followed by' or even easier 'and then' to make your intentions clear.

I may stand corrected in which case I owe your Husband-Father an apology (and child protective services a phone call!)


GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

Matheus Re:Spare Change (318 comments)

Naw... it's everywhere. When I was going to school in Madison, WI you'd see this nice big ole Escalade drive up and lil street rats would pop out of Mommy and Daddy's car to the "Be home for dinner!" usual then go straight to a comfortable piece of concrete to spend the afternoon begging for change. Apparently it was cool (or just kept the kids busy and gave them candy/cig money so the parents supported it)

I hate the pretend poor... some people kids geez!

2 days ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Matheus Re:Seems dubious to me. (195 comments)

Not sure which 'real world' you live in but nearly 100% of the people in my sphere know who Monsanto is (whether they are casually aware, blindly reactionary or truly informed about what they do aside). I don't know everyone so my own anecdotal statistics are only worth what they are BUT I'm personally aware of entire classes of people who are intimately aware of Monsanto that amount to WAY more than 1% of the U.S. at least. Numerous foreign governments have banned their products so there is a decent amount of international awareness (or at least fear of the concept/unknown).

Roughly 1% of our country work in the Ag business and I guarantee *all of them are intimately aware of Monsanto and their dealings. (numbers not accounted for above... I don't spend much time in the Agricultural community)

Sorry your circles are not in the know but frankly your sample seems to be a bit off from the whole.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Matheus Re:Seems dubious to me. (195 comments)

Ya... AC who thinks no one knows who Monsanto is sounds like a targeted "shill" trying to discredit the survey!

Honestly Monsanto is the food industry's Comcast. They are HUGE and virtually unavoidable in that space. They produce a bunch of probably fine products (I'm FAR from Anti-GMO in my personal sentiments and IF Comcast were my ISP I'd be getting better bandwidth than I am at the moment) BUT they perform their business in the most despicable ways (Which makes it really hard to defend GMO when they are the poster-child.)

Both organizations are severely guilty of criminally Anti-competitive activities yet the U.S. Gov't seems unwilling or able to prosecute. (Add to that list Ticketmaster/Live Nation... how the $%c& did they approve *that merger?!) so it's probably a forgone conclusion that Comcast+TWC will happen eventually if not now.

about two weeks ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Matheus Re:It's not trending. (371 comments)

PS. I can't stop mis-reading the summary title as "Smart (car tipping)" instead of "(Smart car) tipping"... better read that way.

about two weeks ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Matheus Re:It's not trending. (371 comments)

My girlfriend at the time drove a Geo Prism. *2 people (big) could pick up and move that car... which they did... to a number of increasingly hilarious places :-)

I do object to the description of these cars being tipped on their side when the photos clearly show them being tipped on their ass which is WAY more funny!

about two weeks ago

NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Matheus Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

Straight out of 2010... where's the monolith when we need one?!

about two weeks ago

Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

Matheus Re:Captain Trips!! (94 comments)

Don't forget about the Andromeda Strain! (1969)

about three weeks ago

State Colleges May Offer Best ROI On Comp Sci Degrees

Matheus Re:Bullshit. (127 comments)

...and there's my alma mater sitting tied for 11th :-)

The school that, I will most emphatically add, cost me less for the duration than Harvard costs per *semester these days!

about three weeks ago

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Matheus Re:Safety issues? (262 comments)

thousands of babies across the globe suddenly die in their sleep...

about three weeks ago

Estimate: Academic Labs 11 Times More Dangerous Than Industrial Counterparts

Matheus Re: Really? (153 comments)

Actually in a way they have... since bringing said pocket knife to school is often an expulsion offense the kids are only learning those skills now at home or in scouts/other program like that. I'm not that old but even when I was a kid we used "dangerous weapons" all the time and leaned how to use them properly in *school (as well as the other listed). The bubble wrapped world we live in doesn't go for that so much.

about a month and a half ago

Computer Program Allows the Blind To "See" With Sound

Matheus Re:But can you (56 comments)

I think Ben Affleck starred in that one...

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

Matheus Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

Doesn't help as much as you'd think since many users hook up to their company WiFi to make their phones and tablets (especially tablets) work right.

I have one of my browsers permanently proxied through an SSH tunnel out of the office. Not 100% (nothing is these days... how much to I trust my shell provider really?) BUT at least I know I'm getting out of the government office I'm in where I *presume they are accessing anything and everything they can.

about a month and a half ago

Scientists Revive a Giant 30,000 Year Old Virus From Ice

Matheus Re:Welp (121 comments)


about a month and a half ago

Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

Matheus Re:So (118 comments)

Ditto. Run by the university too. So far as I know there were no psych experiments going on but then again Madison has a fairly active psych department so who knows ;-)

As for this study... why people drink? All for their own reasons... but mostly because they can.

I could write a fairly in depth thesis on the subject just based on my past 20 years of spending ~5 nights a week in a bar (the last 2 of which without alcohol) but I don't feel I would be contributing anything new to the subject (and neither will these people)

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

Matheus Re:Slashdot continues to get worse (478 comments)

This story is what it is... what I'm mad about is how quietly in the past day my ability to disable ads went away. If that's the way it is so be it but poof there it went with not so much as a whisper!

about 2 months ago

Boom Or Bust: The Lowdown On Code Academies

Matheus Re:WTF (130 comments)

1) This is a projected shortfall for 6 years from now not now. That being said I rarely give credit to such speculation as the logic behind is usually lacking.

2) Having recently been in the job market there are *TONS of jobs available in the Software field at least in my area (Minneapolis, MN) but even more so searching nationally. You may or may not have the skills or experience or desire to do certain types of development but there is no shortage of computer jobs at the moment.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

Matheus Re:Enjoy your Death March (308 comments)

Thanks for the fairly sane post :-)

I've been handed "failed" projects numerous times... I'm good at taking them at fixing them. (and because of that it's a regularly offered job to me) One thing that hasn't been mentioned is initial code analysis. A well crafted, *objective (no slandering the original developer), review of the code in advance can go a long way towards easing tensions later. When you demonstrate the issues you are about to fix and *then fix them you are more likely to get the credit you deserve.

Another note: if the original code was written by your *single well respected member of the company then if it is truly terrible then there should be very little stopping you from taking the re-write route (assuming the intended product isn't infeasible). You are better off designing the product properly from scratch anyway instead of trying to piece-meal repair something as terrible as you imply.

Anecdotal: 1 contract job I was given they literally gave me the entire source repository in advance of the interview and asked me to check it out (project that was WAY over budget and over schedule). They wanted me to "finish up a few features" and deliver. I wrote a long plain text email review of the code telling them how bad the entire situation was and the job was given to me (with orders of magnitude larger budget) before I even went in.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

Matheus Re:Stick to what you know (387 comments)

When I started working in the industry companies were all looking for 10+ years of Java experience when the language had only existed for 4 years. Companies will always ask for the impossible... job hunting 101.

As for the OP's question my current job is a great example of what he may go through:

I've spent nearly 15 years writing standalone j2Se applications for a variety of uses. I'd bumped into Web in a variety of ways but it'd never been my actual job and so got very little of my time. There are a number of other technologies as well such as JPA, Spring, etc that I'd seen, maybe fixed, but not created in.

My current job has been a learning experience as, although my foundation in base Java is quite solid, almost every technology/framework/etc we're using here was new to me 1st day on the job. I was very clear about this in the interview. Their response / reason for hiring me was exactly right: You're a great programmer the rest of this you can learn.. we're not worried about it.

Obviously this takes a certain amount of intelligence on the part of the hiring manager and some skills to get past the filters but honestly *every job I've ever had has used some tool or skill I didn't possess on hiring. It's almost in your better interest to find the job and let them pay you to do the learning once you know exactly what you will need to do *that job.

Only aside I would say is if you've lived in a world of *pure C then you probably need to wrap your head around OOP concepts. They're not that hard really but it's enough of a different way to interpret the world that you should get your head moving in that direction.

about 3 months ago



MN-US Ceases Attempt to Blacklist Online Gambling

Matheus Matheus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Matheus writes "In response to a lawsuit filed in federal court against the head of the MN Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division the order for all ISPs to block access to a list of on-line gambling sites has been dropped. This topic came to light here when the order was placed the end of April. Thankfully a bad mistake undone by my home state!"
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