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'Just Let Me Code!'

PerlPunk Tools not the real problem (372 comments)

Tools make it easier for project managers and execs to try to collect data from developers for compliance initiatives, and the additional (and often unnecessary) burden that places on a development team in turn compromises development efforts, including those not directly related to coding.

about 4 months ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

PerlPunk Good idea (244 comments)

I'm for it.

about 4 months ago
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R Throwdown Challenge

PerlPunk Re:Meh (185 comments)

I agree with the above about R. But as regards to reliability, I would prefer SAS to R, even though I hate SAS even more than R. Yes, R has lots and lots of features, good documentation, better libraries than any other out there. But sometimes I find discrepancies between R and SAS in performing the same operations, and when I test which is right SAS always seems to win. That is to say that R as an open source platform has the same problems open source platforms tend to have -- buggy code, sometimes inconsistent or barely-there documentation. Vendor-supported software like SAS does have a quality advantage.

Also, Matlab / Octave rocks when it comes to matrix manipulation. It beats R hands down in working with matrices.

about 6 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

PerlPunk The new rule is compassionate (566 comments)

I mean, please, let them do what reasonable people should be expected to do to make a life for themselves!

If you see the conditions some of the families of H1-B visa holders live in, through no fault of their own, you would agree to let spouses work if they can and are willing.

This is a question of decency, and dignity.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Team Trying To Return 36-Year-Old Spacecraft From Space About Their Project

PerlPunk Change name of company (53 comments)

Should be Skynet

about 7 months ago
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Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

PerlPunk Lecithin to Soy Lecithin (269 comments)

Soy lecithin is a good example of how plant-based replacements for eggs can succeed.

about 9 months ago
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Britain's GCHQ Attacked Anonymous Supporters With DDoS

PerlPunk Re:Am I the only one... (133 comments)

No, you aren't.

about 10 months ago
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International Space Station Mission Extended To 2024

PerlPunk Facilitate Commercial Space Flight (104 comments)

NASA should move into a role of supporting commercial space flight. Let players like SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace create the technologies needed. Let the lawyers figure out how to grant property rights on the Moon, Mars, etc. At this point, I'm inclined to view the ISS as a LEO flying turkey.

about a year ago
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US Working To Kill UN Privacy Resolutions

PerlPunk Rules are going to be used against US, not others (197 comments)

If you think the signatories to the privacy rules really believe in them, you are smoking some awfully strong weed. No politician--NO POLITICIAN--cares about your privacy. At best those rules will be used unilaterally and when some advantage against the US can be secured through those rules.

On the flip-side, if you think the US is doing the same thing, you're right. This is politics, and you have to see both sides, not just one, through political lenses.

1 year,1 day
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US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

PerlPunk Moral dilemma for the IT community (411 comments)

On the one horn of the dilemma, we like privacy and want information to be free. So we embrace technologies like Tor, form darknets, etc. But on the other horn, there really are people out there who will use these technologies to bring harm to innocent people--for the greater good, of course (or for a profit). These people will use technology against our best wishes.

about a year ago
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Adobe Hacked: Almost 3 Million Accounts Compromised

PerlPunk Dayamn! Thjs is big! (256 comments)

This is big news. Expect untold exploits for the Adobe technology stack to emerge out of this. If someone or some group is determined to run Adobe into the ground, they are off to a good start.

about a year ago
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NSA Chief Built Star Trek Like Command Center

PerlPunk So what? (372 comments)

So what if it if the design is inspired by a Sci-Fi TV show? Show me that this would have cost way more than some other design had a non-Star Trek fan been responsible for its acquisition.

about a year ago
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Ministry of Sound Suing Spotify Over User Playlists

PerlPunk Re:Definitely A Copyright Violation (201 comments)

There are two questions here: an ontological one (is authorial intent immanent in a playlist?), and a moral one (would it be right to claim copyright over all of one's publicly created playlists?). Of the two, the ontological one is fundamental to the moral one. If authorial intent is not reflected in the playlist, then there is no moral argument.

about a year ago
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Ministry of Sound Suing Spotify Over User Playlists

PerlPunk Re:List Copywrites (201 comments)

I can now copywrite my grocery list? Sweet!

You can copyedit it, too.

about a year ago
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Ministry of Sound Suing Spotify Over User Playlists

PerlPunk Definitely A Copyright Violation (201 comments)

The order of songs in an album is indeed an artistic decision. It definitely deserves copyright protection.

about a year ago

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Do geeks drive women out of Computer Science?

PerlPunk PerlPunk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PerlPunk (548551) writes "Some researchers think that "geek culture" keeps women out of computer science.

"When people think of computer science, the image that immediately pops into many of their minds is of the computer geek surrounded by such things as computer games, science-fiction memorabilia and junk food," said lead researcher Sapna Cheryan, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Washington. "That stereotype doesn't appeal to many women who don't like the portrait of masculinity that it evokes."

In the first experiment, about 40 male and female students entered a small classroom that either contained objects stereotypically associated with computer science, such as Star Trek posters, video game boxes and Coke cans, or non-stereotypical items such as nature posters, art, a dictionary and coffee mugs. (The students were told to ignore these objects because the room was being shared with another class.) Then, the students filled out questionnaires about their attitudes toward computer science. In the geeky environment, women were significantly less interested than men in computer science, while there was no gender difference for the non-stereotypical classroom. Female students in the stereotypical environment said they felt less similar to computer-science majors than did those in the classroom that wasn't geeked out."

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