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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

MikeRT There's no peaceful and tolerant way out of this (510 comments)

The only way to end the "better safe than sorry" stupidity that results in all sorts of cowardice and mayhem from cops shooting on the slightest hint of "I was afeered for muh life" to this is to brutally punish that mentality in court in a very public way. Let the Sony shareholders financially rape the executives who reacted hysterically to such a non-threat. Start putting cops in prison for decades or death row left and right the way ordinary people would. Heck, when one someone starts advocating fundamentally subversive to the Bill of Rights legal changes, charge their ass with sedition and lock them up.

People tend to rediscover common sense when the penalty for choosing to not use it is swift and severe.

yesterday
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

MikeRT Radical thought here (305 comments)

How about you just let these "seasoned programmers" test out of the introduction classes and jump directly into the non-intro classes? Can't have that, though, as that would promote inequality further by giving them a chance to take sophomore level classes as freshman. Oh the humanity...

4 days ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

MikeRT Of course... (687 comments)

It has apparently never occurred to publishers to band together and fund the creation of a system for buying content at dirt cheap prices using something like ACH transfers to keep the transaction costs low. How about a one-click purchase model where you pay $0.50/article or $3 for all content published that day? Nah, couldn't do that. That would require someone to say "this isn't working, let's try finding a new way to sell this stuff."

The reality, though, is that you'd never get them to realize that opening it up to all publishers, even prominent blogs, is a great idea. They'd never be able to fight their political biases and elitist views on new media and blogs to make a content sale system capable of replacing advertising.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

MikeRT Leave the employers alone (398 comments)

Put the heads of Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. in prison for violating 15USC:

Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal. Every person who shall make any contract or engage in any combination or conspiracy hereby declared to be illegal shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.

Send a few dozen Silicon Valley darlings to prison for a decade over the wage price fixing scandal and I bet H1B interest will collapse.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

MikeRT Followers exist across the character spectrum (717 comments)

You'll find followers in every part of the character spectrum. Hell, even MS13 probably has a ton of follower personality types in it. Character is orthogonal to personality type.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

MikeRT No, you're not barred (717 comments)

A felony can only delay a security clearance because the only relevance a felony has to a security clearance is whether it shows a fundamental character issue making one insufficiently trustworthy. That's fundamentally what they want to find out in a background investigation. Can we trust you? That's why a guy who's 40 with a felony charge for selling drugs but can show he's been a cleaned up citizen for 15 years can probably get a clearance but a guy with no criminal past who's had an affair on his wife or two in the recent past cannot hold one.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

MikeRT What's wrong with them? (254 comments)

So what's wrong? It's one thing to accidentally have (things that can be seen as) sexist texts in a product but the idea that correcting that is somehow wrong is unbelievable idiotic.

Are you stupid or just pretending to be stupid? The issue is that there was an established technical reason why commits like that shouldn't go in. He enforced the rule and then called an asshole among other things demonizing his character. If you think this is acceptable, especially from a Vice President of a company (Cantrill is a Vice President according to Wikipedia) then I don't know what to say except that your social skills make Linus Torvalds look like he's ready to ghost write an etiquette book for managing teams.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

MikeRT Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

You think? You treat a core contributor like this and then wonder why he steps down and leaves? The best part is that when they announced his departure they're like "yeah, uh we totally respect him and his amazing contributions now please respect our wishes and stop bringing up the fact that we are a bunch of SJW tools who treated a major contributor with less respect than Linus Torvalds treats people who intentionally crap all over his code base."

I've shown this crap to coworkers who were interested in learning Node and their reaction was "W...T...F..." that's how they treat their community?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

MikeRT OS X supports NTFS (250 comments)

The last few releases of OS X can read from NTFS volumes just fine. Try again.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

MikeRT How much of that is big data-driven? (277 comments)

A lot of big data work seems to be done or prototyped with Python. Storm, Spark and others treat Python very well, but Ruby (MRI, not JRuby) gets a lot less love there and big data is a market with big salaries.

about two weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

MikeRT Won't happen (433 comments)

She's a second rate, female Mitt Romney with the business acumen of George W. Bush. She'll get into the primaries, get ripped to shreds and probably run off crying about sexism because her track record will make the Republican base convulse at even thought of her winning the nomination.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

MikeRT Because infrastructure "doesn't matter" (516 comments)

Because our elected officials love to talk about public infrastructure, but as long as the decline isn't so bad that it's killing people left and right and causing a riot as a result, they don't care. Witness the complete lack of interest in Newt Gingrich's SHIELD Act which would have spent $100B on anti-EMP measures. EMP bursts could kill more people than a nuclear blast due to starvation and exposure in winter. Did anyone care? Nope.

about three weeks ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

MikeRT And this is why... (183 comments)

HSBC's leadership are doing life in prison without the possibility of parole for helping Iran evade sanctions when Iran is one of the top state sponsors, right?

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

MikeRT Occam's Razor (454 comments)

If they really were looking for the high skilled, highly productive people they claim they need by the battalion, they'd be beating the drum to expand the O1 visa program and they'd be lying, cheating and stealing their way into monopolizing its pipeline. That they are going H1B is proof that their needs are, well, mundane. Facebook might love to have a labor force that's all good enough to work on HHVM and other cool, skunkworksy projects. Truth is, they don't. Most seasoned American web developers could easily jump in and work on their core products.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

MikeRT It's an observation, not an argument (481 comments)

You seem incapable of understanding the difference between an argument for something and an observation. My observation is that NYC and South Africa are largely ungovernable without means that are either quasi or outright intrinsically immoral. You seem to just get pissed because I pointed out the larger issue which is that without tactics like stop and frisk, the NYPD couldn't do the things it has had to do to make NYC "work."

Frankly, I couldn't care less if NYC collapsed under the weight of its own governance problems except insofar as many of its residents would flee to Northern Virginia where I live and try to recreate the same quasi-police state here.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

MikeRT It's more of a statement about NYC (481 comments)

The ugly truth about NYC is that it would be ungovernable without a very large and powerful police force because it's an extremely diverse and class stratified city. Studies have repeatedly shown that trust people between strangers deteriorates as a function of the increased diversity of a population. Does this mean minorities and such are "bad?" Of course not. What it means is that a city which is basically a miniature United Nations is going to be likely held together by an iron fist in a velvet glove, not shared customs and values which often lead to conflict resolution without getting the state involved.

about three weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

MikeRT Most people don't object to public breast feeding (350 comments)

What they object to is a woman pulling out a large, engorged breast in plain view of everyone and then shrieking "stop sexualizing me." Breasts are intrinsically sexual. That they have an equal intrinsic role in child rearing is beside the point that if a woman with decent or great breasts bares the public, for whatever reason, many won't like that.

Call it a double standard, but then women either get away with legally prohibited sexual acts or get them plead down far more often than men do. The "privilege" on sex issues before the law is overwhelmingly in favor of women.

about a month ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

MikeRT The federal government is a lost cause (224 comments)

For now, at least. Too many votes in the same geographic region are required to win one paltry seat. This is why reform must target state legislative positions more than federal positions. If a third party won enough seats in a state to block a majority from the Democrats or Republicans, it would open the door to forcing the hands of the establishment in unprecedented ways. If they could hold onto that, it'd probably be a matter of time before they send either their own candidate to the governorship or attorney general or get a Democrat or Republican who meets their approval. And why does that matter? Because the states have tremendous law enforcement power and may of the more serious problems facing this country are matters of putting the right people in prison, not passing new laws.

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

MikeRT Dishonesty (429 comments)

Ex nihilo means literally nothing. There is not even the slightest trace of physical reality in the concept of ex nihilo. If quantum fluctuations are even possible, you are operating a level of existence above ex nihilo.

about a month and a half ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

MikeRT Don't walk on eggshells (441 comments)

I'm still trying to figure out what my comment about Joan -- white Joan -- had anything to do with Kelly. Yes, I walked on egg shells around Kelly from then on.

It's called solipsism. You can't really negotiate with a solipsistic person since even abstractions that obviously are intended to show them things about others invariably, in their minds, come back to them.

Word of advice, though, from experience in dealing with these types of people. The best defense is to make it clear you are a hard target. By hard I mean, you will defend yourself and make it costly even if they nominally win the fight. No one wants to suffer at best a pyrrhic victory.

about a month and a half ago

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