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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

Maxo-Texas Leave. (236 comments)

If you feel you are being complacent and it bugs you, then don't be complacent.

Start looking for an engaging job which will expand your skillset.

yesterday
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Maxo-Texas Re:Just like bacteria or virii (311 comments)

Inability to breed while miserable is just another selective pressure.

yesterday
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Maxo-Texas Re:Just like bacteria or virii (311 comments)

It's in a book on his experiments...

http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22514...

Page 4.
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Fig 1. John B. Calhoun in rodent Universe 133

and page 18.

Calhounâ(TM)s rodent experiments (note that "universe 133" was actually a mouse experiment, but it is as ever with reference to rats that the work is recalled)

And I hate the lack of ability to edit combined with Slashdot's poor treatment of unicode quote marks!

2 days ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Maxo-Texas Re:Just like bacteria or virii (311 comments)

I must be misremembering the universe #.

Here's a link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

and a quote...

Mouse experiments
John Calhoun with mice experiment.

In the early 1960s, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) acquired property in a rural area outside Poolesville, Maryland. The facility that was built on this property housed several research projects, including those headed by Calhoun. It was here that his most famous experiment, the mouse universe, was created.[1] In July 1968 four pairs of mice were introduced into the Utopian universe. The universe was a 9-foot (2.7 m) square metal pen with 54-inch-high (1.4 m) sides. Each side had four groups of four vertical, wire mesh âoetunnelsâ. The âoetunnelsâ gave access to nesting boxes, food hoppers, and water dispensers. There was no shortage of food or water or nesting material. There were no predators. The only adversity was the limit on space.
John Calhoun meeting Pope Paul VI on 27 September 1973.

Initially the population grew rapidly, doubling every 55 days. The population reached 620 by day 315, after which the population growth dropped markedly. The last surviving birth was on day 600. This period between day 315 and day 600 saw a breakdown in social structure and in normal social behavior. Among the aberrations in behavior were the following: expulsion of young before weaning was complete, wounding of young, inability of dominant males to maintain the defense of their territory and females, aggressive behavior of females, passivity of non-dominant males with increased attacks on each other which were not defended against. After day 600, the social breakdown continued and the population declined toward extinction. During this period females ceased to reproduce. Their male counterparts withdrew completely, never engaging in courtship or fighting. They ate, drank, slept, and groomed themselves â" all solitary pursuits. Sleek, healthy coats and an absence of scars characterized these males. They were dubbed âoethe beautiful onesâ.

The conclusions drawn from this experiment were that when all available space is taken and all social roles filled, competition and the stresses experienced by the individuals will result in a total breakdown in complex social behaviors, ultimately resulting in the demise of the population.

Calhoun saw the fate of the population of mice as a metaphor for the potential fate of man. He characterized the social breakdown as a âoesecond deathâ, with reference to the âoesecond deathâ mentioned in the Biblical book of Revelation 2:11 [1] His study has been cited by writers such as Bill Perkins as a warning of the dangers of the living in an "increasingly crowded and impersonal

2 days ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Maxo-Texas Just like bacteria or virii (311 comments)

The portion of the population which breeds under given circumstances will come to dominate the population.

It might be expressed as a particular religion, simple horniness combined with resistance to using birth control, or myriad other ways.

But that part of the population will be a larger percentage over time and finally come to dominate the population.

There is an exception-- a universe 133 scenario. The population in those experiments collapsed and did not recover.

2 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Maxo-Texas Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (417 comments)

This was true for me when the modem they gave to me failed to bootstrap. I was charged for the guy to come out, debug the problem, and then swap the modem because it was defective from the factory.

But my only other internet option is AT&T and that's it.

So basically a duonopoly in a city with millions of people.

We need the city to lay the lines and then allow the cable companies to compete for customers on those lines like we do for our electric lines.

4 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Maxo-Texas Re:It also buys you (249 comments)

But you have to compare it to what they would otehr wise be doing.

If you pay them $50 an hour but this sucks out of their water cooler time, then no loss.
If you pay them $50 an hour but this sucks out of "figuring out where the hell the command I always use went on the new ribbon system" then no loss.

Seriously, Ribbons cost me well over 10 hours of time figuring out how to do what I'd always done.

about a week ago
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Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

Maxo-Texas And the sound of an excited single atom is... (100 comments)

Bwah bow chicky bow bow, bwah bow chicky bow bow!

(alternatively, "Hey baby, I'm excited! Let's share some electrons and get covalent!")

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Maxo-Texas Re:Seriously? (528 comments)

If you *really* want to talk silly tho... the front page of Yahoo is about 200k (plus images).
98,000 characters were space characters! Why on earth are we transmitting spaces for html source code? Isn't there some way to suppress them?

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Maxo-Texas Re:Seriously? (528 comments)

100mb in a half hour is 100mb/1800s is 1mb per 1.8s is under 1m/s.

I've played multiple videos, played minecraft and done over 12 hours of browsing, streamed music and I've hit 471MB in 27 hours since I rebooted which is a lot lower than 100m/1800s.

Unless you are downloading distros or movies/tv shows or expect sub second response for every page you visit, you don't "need" that kind of speed.

I agree it's NICE to have.

Heck, this entire page is only 40k.

about a week ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Maxo-Texas Re:Obviously. (291 comments)

Just need to be aware that when they say "life expectancy was 45" what it really means is...

It wasn't a logan's run world.

about a week ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Maxo-Texas Re: I can simply ignore all health and diet advice (291 comments)

But real tobacco (ala pipes and cigars and hand rolled cigarettes) is awesome and if you only smoke a couple times a year, your risk is essentially the same as non smokers.

If you ever have one, you can understand why people smoked before all the weird stuff with commercial cigarettes.

Overeating is higher in risk than light smoking (less than a cigarette per day).

about a week ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Maxo-Texas Re:Obviously. (291 comments)

People consistently overlook the fact that lower life expectancy figures given for the past are almost entirely do to mass deaths by babies and children up to 12.

about a week ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Maxo-Texas Re:CDC guilty of correlation == causation (291 comments)

Statin drugs do funny things to your brain.

There was even one guy who had amnesia whenever you took it.

Statins do have a 2% decreased risk of cardiac events for diabetics.

The link is less clear in non-diabetics.

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Maxo-Texas Re:Seriously? (528 comments)

If that is your experience, then your speed isn't really giving you 10m byte.

Seriously man. Something is wrong.

4Mbps is too slow and I think it should be raised to 6 or 8Mbps but that's so you can support some HD quality video since almost every consumer TV now has a HD quality.

Basic web browsing uses almost no data. A friend was able to browse through my lumia last night because her internet was down and 10 minutes of browsing and sending a couple emails didn't even show on the usage summary.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

Maxo-Texas Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

Mojang is very explicit.

You may charge for access to your server.

You may charge for banners, colored things, vanity items. You may charge for having bright yellow letters saying "VIP" in front of your name.

You may not charge extra and give different/extra items that help players beat the game and other players to only some players.

For example...

You may charge $15 for server access and give EVERYONE the same amount of free diamonds, invisibility potions, and sharpness V swords.

You may NOT charge $5 for 10 diamonds, $3 for 10 invisibility potions, and $1 for a sharpness V sword.

I.e. you are not allowed players to "pay to win" on your server. Apparently they were getting a lot of complaints from customers or parents of customers about servers using this business model. Some have alleged that bukkit members were connected with or running P2W servers so that's why they were so upset.

Reading the bukkit goodbye's, it was probably a lot more complex than that. Some were probably running P2W servers, many were just burned out, some were upset that the original 4 founders of bukkit got jobs but they didn't (and some were apparently more active than some of the 4 founders). At least 6 non founders had made significant contributions to the project.

And a lot took Mojang owning the name and the repository/distribution setup to mean Mojang owned Bukkit.

I think Wes felt bukkit had enough stroke to force Mojang's to give in.

I also think Wes misjudged things, ruined his rep with a lot of people and perhaps with potential employers.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

Maxo-Texas Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

One of the ironic things is that that Bukkit community was getting upset with Mojang for making changes to the internals necessary to bring out their API because it was breaking Bukkit and making a lot of work for them to stay in compliance.

And least I think it's ironic. Perhaps it's sardonic.

Minecraft has had a lot of API preparatory refactoring for the last 20 months or so.

I appreciate all the work they did on the project and had donated to servers that used their work.

about two weeks ago

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GPL risk shown when popular Minecraft plugins shut down by DMCA.

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  about two weeks ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "One of the primary programmers, Wesley Wolfe (Wolvereness), who contributed over 23,000 lines of code to the Bukkit project which enhances Minecraft server performance and allows others to write "mods" and "plugins" submitted a DMCA request September 5th, preventing use of his code in the popular Bukkit or Spigot (and numerous other Minecraft plugins, mods, and other open source enhancements that depend on them). This has the effect of freezing all further development for multi-player server Minecraft based on these addons until the issue is resolved.

The programmer says that Mojang must release the Minecraft server code to the public domain since decompiled, deobfuscated versions of the java code are included in the Bukkit project before he will withdraw the DMCA. Mojang has never released the real source code and has stated they will not opensource the server code to meet the GPL and LGPL licensing requirements.

Read more here:
http://www.spigotmc.org/thread...

This approach might be a risk for other GPL and LGPL projects out there which are derivative of or enhance non GPL programs or products."
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How Cohen & Grisby helps avoid American Worker

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "http://youtu.be/TCbFEgFajGU
As it says "Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explains how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers. See what Bush and Congress really mean by a "shortage of skilled U.S. workers." Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week.""

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High Radiation Levels 35 kilometers from reactor.

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "Video showing very high radiation levels in Japan was posted on Youtube yesterday. The video is not dated. It appears to show the ground is at over 2000 microseverts at multiple locations.
The alarms on the geiger counters are eerie. At 3 minutes, they state that at some areas people are getting a years radiation every 4 days and that these areas should be evacuated.
If this is like the chernobyl site, the random vagaries of the wind will have created some intense areas while leaving others relatively untouched."

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Wikileaks: Shell Corporation runs Nigeria

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "The Guardian's analysis of wikileaks documents has revealed that Shell Corporation has inserted employees into every aspect of the Nigerian government and basically runs the company. In what is a view into our corporate controlled future, while the country has billions of dollars in oil income, 70% of the population lives below the poverty line.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/08/wikileaks-cables-shell-nigeria-spying

"The company's top executive in Nigeria told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew "everything that was being done in those ministries". She boasted that the Nigerian government had "forgotten" about the extent of Shell's infiltration and was unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations.""

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