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Obama Names National Medal of Science, Technology & Innovation Winners

NotSoHeavyD3 I always like to say I'm a NPP winner myself (53 comments)

The way I figure it is like this, I've done nothing for peace. Oddly enough that's way more than quite a few people that have won it. (Like Arafat and Kissinger) Therefore logically I must have won it as well. (Since I did more for peace) Of course when people ask where my prize is I say they probably lost it in the mail. Either that or they're still trying to get through the list of people that also did more for peace by doing nothing and are ahead of me alphabetically.

about two weeks ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

NotSoHeavyD3 The other question that needs to be asked (600 comments)

Was that 99.99% test done on a fire arm that has been used much? I kind of remember one of the big problems with these kinds of devices is that if you practiced regularly with the gun the shock from all those firings tended to break this kind of hardware. (And yes, you're supposed to practice with the actual gun you're going to use to protect yourself with. Picking up a random gun and getting off a perfect only happens in the movies.)

about a month ago
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Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells

NotSoHeavyD3 Well this should piss off everybody (75 comments)

Since you know, righties hate stem cell research and lefties hate genetic engineering. (Which this apparently uses when they insert a couple of genes. Yeah, I'm cynical so go ahead and mod me down.)

about a month ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

NotSoHeavyD3 Is it really the Leidenfrost effect? (182 comments)

I ask since it always seems that they use that one to explain everything even when it doesn't make sense. (IE fire walking where I saw Jearl Walker use plastic bags to build up sweat on his feet to do that but it still works even if you don't do this. BTW it seems the only requirement to fire walking is just don't stop.)

about a month and a half ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

NotSoHeavyD3 No surprise there (463 comments)

I mean we had a statie here in Mass literally shoot someone while hunting and didn't get charged. (Long story short he didn't identify what he was shooting at, thought a lady's dog was a deer and ended up hitting her. Last I checked any responsible hunter would not only know what he's shooting at, which this guy didn't do, but he'd also know what part of the animal he was shooting so it would die quickly without needless suffering. This guy took a half blind shot into some bushes because he thought he saw a tail.) The guy is still a statie and yes, still has a gun.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

NotSoHeavyD3 Well, I wouldn't be surprised if that worked (426 comments)

I mean it worked for Windows Vista. (I'll always wonder if they didn't have to rename it would we have gotten what became Windows 7 as a service pack.)

about 2 months ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

NotSoHeavyD3 I try to help them make business decisions (371 comments)

and of course I get ignored. I'm still pissed that I told them for the trade show demo we should use the older version which actually works and not the latest version which has a couple of show stopper bugs.(Given that 3 days is unrealistic for me to fix that and have QA test it.) Of course in their infinite wisdom they not only should we go with the new version(ooh, it's got new features, we don't care what they actually are it has them) but that I should add another new feature to it. (Lets just say they should have took my advice.)

Hey, I could bring up how they had the great idea to release software during a literal blizzard.(Yes, that really happened and yes it really was a blizzard. This did not go well.)

about 2 months ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

NotSoHeavyD3 WarKitteh? (110 comments)

So "Cat Scan" was too bad of a pun?

about 2 months ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

NotSoHeavyD3 Good luck with that my friend (116 comments)

It sounds great in theory but I've worked places recently where developers decided they didn't need to do code reviews or follow coding standards or use source control

about 2 months ago
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New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

NotSoHeavyD3 Of couse the other thing that would be great (117 comments)

Would be develop a way to make air, water, and sunlight into petroleum without needing all the time it takes nature to do the same thing.

about 2 months ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

NotSoHeavyD3 Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

My understanding is that the main way in pretty much every war one plane shot down another plane isn't via dog fighting but pretty much dicta boelcke, IE the victim was shot down before he had any idea he was getting attacked. (In other words "Shoot him in the fucking back.")

about 2 months ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

NotSoHeavyD3 If this helmet is that great (184 comments)

Why wouldn't you pretty much use this in every fighter plane we use. (I mean besides having to come up with upgraded electronics for the F-15, F-16, F-18, ETC) Why tie it to the F-35?

about 3 months ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

NotSoHeavyD3 I'm trying to not get into a 4 yorkshiremen (230 comments)

thing with you but I've seen similar stuff with self taught "experts". Let's see, I've seen experts that didn't know what the real difference between a list and array were, let alone knew what a map was. (CS 102 stuff.) Would always try to reinvent the wheel whether it was writing their own quick sort instead of using the built in one or building their own formatting routines that make the same strings as the ones already available in the class they're using. Then there's the whole issue of doing object oriented code because they're using C++ but having no concepts of some pretty basic OO ideas. (Like encapsulation or inheritance. Everything is public and everything is implemented multiple times it classes that really should be derived from one basic class.) Of course I'm guessing yours said the same stuff like "Oh my code is linear, if we need it to run faster get a faster computer." (It wasn't, it was order N^2)

about 3 months ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

NotSoHeavyD3 Actually you may have something here (230 comments)

I saw a report on I think 60 minutes probably 10 or 15 years ago where the black community was up in arms because they were losing out on scholarships. The complaint was they were losing them to the children of recent immigrants from Africa, a group that hadn't gone through the history of slavery because their ancestors didn't live in the US. (The whole point as far as they were concerned was this was to give a leg up to people that as a class had suffered through slavery and racism and recent African immigrants were not in this group but qualified for the scholarships and took them away from the people they were intended for.) To add insult to injury the recent African immigrants tended to be fairly successful and that lead to the complaint they didn't need the help anyway. But like you wrote, these immigrants were a self selecting group who went through all that hassle and they were more likely to be successful in the end.(It looks to me as though any group that intentional migrates will tend to do well because they're the driven to find success while people that are forced to migrate probably won't.)

about 3 months ago
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Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond

NotSoHeavyD3 Actually they released a Sega-CD version (112 comments)

It was one of a couple of TG-16 games they did on the Sega-CD. Funny thing was even though Lords of Thunder was basically the same game as the Duo-CD version the Sega-CD version of Dungeon Explorer was a totally new game.

about 4 months ago
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Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond

NotSoHeavyD3 Hey it's the planet (112 comments)

from the Sega CD version of Dungeon Explorer .(There's an obscure reference.)

about 4 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

NotSoHeavyD3 And the stupidest thing about it? (710 comments)

If everything I've read about it is true(and I mentioned this in another article here on /.) you literally can't get more than 40 hours of work out of people anyway. Oh sure, the first couple of weeks they do more work but then they get tired and slow and make mistakes. After a few weeks of that they're working more than 40 hours but aren't producing any more work. Go ahead, read stuff like Peopleware where they point this out. (That working overtime makes no sense, you don't get anything but pissed off employees.) Before anybody asks, no I don't work more than 40 hours a week. (And yes one of the big reasons is I'm old enough to recognize I don't get any more work done if I do. Plus the fact you do it and your manager quickly abuses it.)

about 4 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

NotSoHeavyD3 Re:You are the only one. (370 comments)

Wait, you've seen them actually clean it up? I guess I have bad luck then because what happens in my experience is the company just keeps building up tech debt and think they'll never have to pay it down. (You know, like an idiot maxing out his credit card because he figures he only has to pay part of it off at the end of the month. It's practically forever before the whole bill is due:) ) Guess I'm gun shy since my experience is managers abuse it. (IE do the half ass version and then don't get time to clean it up until it collapses on a customer which is of course dev's fault.)

about 4 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

NotSoHeavyD3 Re:You are the only one. (370 comments)

Just to be clear I've seen what you say work if it's along the lines of keep out features that aren't needed and we kept track that those features aren't there.(As you say tech debt or in this case reduced feature set.) What I haven't seen work is "We want all the features, we'll just do a half assed version of it and not keep track of the tech debt." turn out well. (I bring it up a lot but I always have this story of a communications protocol where my company tried to take the toy "proof of concept" version that made no attempt to implement large necessary portions of the protocol. Pretty much that was written under the directive of "Get a proof on concept in a day for a protocol that should have taken a week or 2 to implement." Basically the entire "handshake" portion was written with the idea that it would always work since there was no time to actually implement it. Not true in reality.) They spent weeks after that trying to get it to work and it still has serious issues. (It would have been quicker to just do it right in the first place. Of course now it gets dumped on me so I'm annoyed.)

about 4 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

NotSoHeavyD3 Actually we had a clued in manager before (370 comments)

Of course that was until they hired the manager that sucked at leadership/management but was awesome at company politics. End result was they laid the good manager off. (Since he thought it was stupid to use software engineers as tech support and actually tried to protect us from that shit, make sure our computers were up to date so we weren't frustrated, ETC. The rest of the company hated that since they absolutely love using us as their tech support. As best we could figure out the lousy manager considered the good one a threat so the crap one climbed the corporate ladder until they were above him and then used the layoff excuse to get rid of him.)

about 4 months ago

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Avast having problems with false positives

NotSoHeavyD3 NotSoHeavyD3 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) writes "So just today Avast anti-virus is going nuts claiming I have win32:delf-mzg [trj] infecting pretty much everything. I should have googled it first before going nuts scanning everything but it looks like this is actually a false positive that pretty much cripples my machine. At this point apparently there isn't much to do but disable avast and wait for a fix to come out. Anyway hopefully this can prevent other Slashdot'ers from trying to clean out their entire machine of viruses that don't actually exist."

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