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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

MikeRT Did the fall of the Soviet Union (364 comments)

Mean Russia gave up its nuclear arsenal? This title is a very stupid question. The rest of the UK is not going to give up the nukes because Scotland wants to secede, and Scotland will turn them over if it wants to ever have military cooperation from the rest of the UK, let alone the Five Eyes countries and probably NATO.


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

MikeRT Learn the tools (531 comments)

The best tools in a language's ecosystem will free you to actually use the language as intended. With Maven that's certainly the case. Once I committed myself to spending a few days really learning how Maven worked and trying various scenarios with it, I almost cried at how much opportunity cost I'd incurred from sticking with Java IDEs in the past before Maven was built in everywhere. By freeing me from Jar hell, making testing as easy as following a convention and "mvn test" and stuff like that, it got 75% of the drudge work out of the way immediately, leaving me to actually learn Java.

2 days ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

MikeRT Oh it'll happen... (690 comments)

The day that the various desktop environments decide to cut out the middlemen. When I can go grab an official KDE install disk that gives me a polished KDE experience with the latest kernel and Wayland from, that's the day Windows will start really hurting. Then I can say to my relatives "Linux? Just go get KDE" and there'll be no confusion anymore. If it's KDE compatible, it's KDE compatible. Load the binary, off you go. Just like OS X and Windows.

2 days ago

Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

MikeRT Strikingly similar? (179 comments)

Finding differences between that UI and iOS 7 is harder than finding Waldo while legally blind.

4 days ago

Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

MikeRT Bears repeating (126 comments)

For those inclined to make moral equivocations between the NSA and the Russian government, both do what the NSA got caught doing. The difference is that the US Government would have the FBI kicking in this gang's door with a SWAT raid if they were Americans, whereas Putin is probably chuckling right now if he's reading about this.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Confessions

MikeRT Want more profit? Just do right by the customer (234 comments)

I don't know any Comcast customer who has had a positive experience with their customer service. I also know some who've had Comcast blatantly disregard the details of their contract with respect to price and features a few months into a 12-24 month contract. Frankly, what Comcast needs besides competition from more companies and municipal broadband (via utilities) is a few strategic arrests of employees and executives for fraud. Put a few of their guys in prison for fraudulent business practices, and I'll wager their billing and sales people will wake the f#$% up and do right.

about three weeks ago

Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

MikeRT The saddest part (75 comments)

Is that Verizon probably knows there's a market for this from market research...

After what's come out about corporations having to feed the surveillance beast, anyone who opts in should be subjected to having their house and cars wiretapped in perpetuity by the NSA with a direct feed to the FBI as the price for their nonchalance toward surveillance.

about a month ago

Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

MikeRT Elon Musk at Nokia?... (383 comments)

You think Elon Musk went into Nokia with an understanding of what Nokia needed as a business? Or merely a view that whatever they were doing was wrong because it wasn't based on Microsoft stuff?

Don't you mean Stephen Elop? If Elon Musk had taken over Nokia, chances are Nokia would have ended up owning Samsung not being acquired by Microsoft.

about a month ago

Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

MikeRT When the great depression really hits (134 comments)

The NSA's actions will be regarded as the modern Smoot-Hawley which set forth the collapse in sales in one of America's last major export industries that set it into motion.

Though in fairness to the NSA, the American people are to blame for their "want my cake and eat it too" mentality on intelligence gathering. When it was discovered that the CIA did a lot of Really Bad Things because, shocker, that's par for the course in normal boots on the ground intelligence work we switched to electronics surveillance and created this mess.

about a month ago

Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

MikeRT Sure there is (181 comments)

There is no enforcement mechanism in the event of a dispute with another country, however.

Any company rich enough to get there can probably afford to hire people to defend its claim. Within a few years, they'll probably be rich enough to outright buy a company like Blackwater to serve as a small army to defend their claim if need be. That's the real danger here.

about a month and a half ago

Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

MikeRT Say what you will about the US (100 comments)

But there are no credible reports of the US allowing criminals to just wantonly defraud Russian and Chinese citizens. While all of our governments spy on each other (and each other's economies), the US at least tends to take a dim view toward its citizens committing criminal acts against foreigners.

about a month and a half ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

MikeRT She's taking a stand for her own irresponsibility (311 comments)

Seriously? Under what logic is it okay to publicly disseminate, often for the express purpose of humiliation, someone else's private photographs whether obtained illegally, surreptitiously, or shared in confidence with you?

You're missing the point. It's not ok, but it is a highly foreseeable consequence of taking nude photographs, much less disseminating them. You'd have to live under a rock and have a Pollyannaish view of human relations in 2014 to have no idea that this is a common consequence. Most often now, it probably happens because someone believes they are special and they won't fall victim to what so many others in their demographic have suffered. In that sense, it is precisely the sort of behavior one expects of a child because children and adolescents are almost completely incapable of believing "you're not special and it could damn well happen to you too."

about a month and a half ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

MikeRT Why yes, we should blame the victim here (311 comments)

Don't want your nudes to end up in public? Don't take nudes that you wouldn't want the public to see. Then you can be a true victim. The whole concept of "revenge porn," insofar as it applies to nudes and porn freely made and disseminated, is ever so much "I want my freedom.... but I don't want my choices to have consequences of which I don't approve."

We have a term for that behavior. It's called behaving like a child.

about a month and a half ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

MikeRT WTF are they talking about? (608 comments)

We live in the golden age of low barrier to entry programming. I'm 31 (upper bounds of millennial). When I started, JavaEE in its earlier stages or .NET were the only choices outside of C/C++ that a typical graduate could get. Now you have Node, Python, Ruby, PHP, Groovy and all sorts of easy to use languages. FFS, JavaScript is now a serious career choice where it was considered a skill that no serious developer needed when I was in college (2001-2005).

I swear, some people won't be happy until the machine becomes sentient, writes the code they really meant to write (originally express in plain English, probably at a 6th grade level) and then gives them all of the credit at review time.

about a month and a half ago

Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

MikeRT Playing thought police (185 comments)

If we were to lock him up for ideas that if acted upon would be dangerous, the moderate left, center and right would be justified in openly exterminating the entire registered member list of every Socialist, Fascist and Communist movement in the US. Ideas do have consequences, one of which is that if you are going to declare that a hypothetical cannibal is a threat to his neighbors because he might snap and eat them (despite showing no signs of willingness to act on his depravity), then society would be justified in wiping out those political movements known to have a historic predisposition to slaughter their opponents.

about a month and a half ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

MikeRT You talk, it's your fault (560 comments)

but bullshit as in, contrary to a reasonable reading of the Constitution by a citizen of normal intelligence.

And how so? He waved his ability to execute their search in their faces and then suddenly is surprised when his failure to STFU per the 5th was held against him.

If an ordinary person believes they can give a cop legally valuable information about a case against them and not expect to have that used against them, their intelligence doesn't even rise to the level of pop culture references (you have the right to remain silent, anything you say...)

And let's be clear here. This was a lawyer, not an ordinary person. Odds are higher an ordinary person would have been smart enough to just shut up whereas this guy probably thought he'd use some fancy legal maneuvering he learned along the way to win on a technical point.

about 2 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

MikeRT He walked into this one (560 comments)

I think the correct response here would be to say that you can plead the 5th on the question of whether you can decrypt it or not, and if you claim the 5th compulsion is illegal. However, once you make an affirmative statement you waive the right to not be compelled. In terms of a key, it would be like if you had an almost impenetrable door that used a single key. The police ask you if you are in possession of said key while they have a valid warrant. You say yes, which means they have a right to compel you to hand over the key per the valid warrant. However if you shrug and plead the 5th it should not be on you at that point.

about 2 months ago

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

MikeRT Sexism (435 comments)

Men, particularly blue collar men, have been disproportionately impacted by the bad economy. Where is the same level of enthusiasm about training blue collar men for an "exciting career as a nurse, nurse practitioner, etc.?" Those are high paying, skilled, wildly disproportionately female-dominated positions. They could easily accommodate an influx of men. There is also a true shortage of qualified people, unlike in computer-related fields. Why no interest? Because if we suddenly gave men the opportunity and incentive (ex aggressive recruiting, preferential college admission, etc. ) to pursue those fields, a lot of women might be pushed out and that'd be "sexist."

about 2 months ago

US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

MikeRT Cheaper solution (249 comments)

Build a "common operating environment" version of Android, just like how the DoD has a common build of Windows that meets all of its needs. Have a variant that has all wireless hardware and external storage drivers removed. Problem solved.

about 3 months ago

Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

MikeRT We know why true net neutrality cannot happen (282 comments)

It's becase everyone here knows that Verizon, Comcast, etc. have not invested te resources needed to ensure that your 50mpbs plan is actually providing 50mbps reliably. There's always an asterick and that leads to a note that says "well, you'll get 50mbps provided the rest of your neighborhood isn't trying to hit the pipe hard at the same time." You want neutrality and speed? Pay up. When the average consumer is willing to pay the cost of delivering Netflix to them without hosting their content on the ISPs' networks, you won't see the ISPs fighting over net neutrality. Heck you might even see Verizon sell off the TV side because their Internet side would be the cash cow at that point...

about 3 months ago


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