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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

Prien715 Re:Considering his history... (105 comments)

Whedon's quality issue with Avengers is the same one we find with Scott's "Prometheus", Aronofsky's "Noah", or Lucas's "Anal Excretions with Jar Jar Binx".

Too many SFX. I enjoy tech demos as much as the next person, but part of the charm of Firefly was that a low budget forced the team to focus on story, personality, and acting to do what they were trying to do with their special effects. It also forces the creative folk to manage a larger team -- which takes time away from the developing the "soul" of the project.

5 hours ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Prien715 Re:Radicalization (656 comments)

Hamas and Israel both don't recognize their mutual rights to exist at the moment -- Hamas uses rockets and Israel uses bombs to demonstrate this.

At least Hamas is honest about its intentions.

7 hours ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Prien715 Crystal Ball (960 comments)

Based on my discussions in the past, I'm guessing the mostly male audience here will say something like "not here" or "I've never seen that". I am reminded of a (financially struggling) friend of mine who posted on her blog talking about the myth of white priviledge and her other (entirely white) friends saying "Right on!". In casting herself as a vicitm, she tried to say that the experiences of minorities were not unique.

No one here, unless you've been a woman, knows what it's like to work in an overwhelmingly male (and foul-mouthed;)) culture. And yes, it's possible to overcome that treatment -- but that doesn't it right.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Prien715 Re:My experience (272 comments)

I don't think at this point that they really have any valid position in the hardware business.

82 million xBox 360 owners can't be wrong right?

about two weeks ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Prien715 Re:many girls are brought up to believe that (158 comments)

So, you are trying to explain the entire disparity with mistreatment by males. I don't buy it...

I follow the data. In numerous other countries, this is not the case. Again, if you have better data, please share (as I did in GP). Otherwise -- buying into the idea of female inferiority with no data to support your assertion -- is precisely the kind of prejudice I'm talking about and you are the perfect example.

about two weeks ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Prien715 Re:many girls are brought up to believe that (158 comments)

I'm really not sure how sports fits into this. Yes, testosterone gives better performance in sports. Barry Bonds was fined for it. As was the Chinese women's swim team.

As far as chess, first mandatory xkcd. Another good reason is how women are treated in mostly male fields. There's very few women who play Magic: The Gathering or chess for this reason (yes, I've been to the tournies). On the other hand, more women are interested in studying academic subjects -- there must be some reason more women go to college than men right?

Men must be biologically weaker!;)

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Prien715 Boobies (362 comments)

Scientist A: Show me pictures of your boobies!
Scientist B: They're really big

My hobby: Making clean jokes.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Prien715 Cobol is future-proof (509 comments)

...anyone who has tried to migrate cobol code can tell you this. The cobol code will never go away as it is future-proof. Further, anyone who can code in cobol will always have a job since no one is learning cobol, for the same reason that no one learns medieval torture techniques.

about two weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Prien715 Life on Mars? (265 comments)

Being the largest climate controlled dome of its kind, perhaps the engineering "lessons learned" could be applicable to creating a self-sustaining space colony -- one of the chief challenges being climate control. ..or else, I've just been playing too much Kerbal Space Program and reading too much Heinlein;)

about three weeks ago
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Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

Prien715 Conspiracy Theories (95 comments)

There's evidence about a number of consipiracy theories in these documents:
* That Lee Harvey Oswald didn't kill JFK
* The story that the AIDS virus was manufactured by US scientists at the US Army research station at Fort Detrick
* Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination had been planned by the US government

Of course, the real conspiracy was the disinformation campaign by the KGB to spread these false rumors. Which makes me wonder: what theories does a certain former KGB agent turned dic^H^H^Hpresident want spread now?

about three weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

Prien715 Re:Faith in God (299 comments)

Steve Jobs didn't need a God for his wacky religious delusions involving getting treatment for cancer.

God!=Religion and similarly Atheism!=Non-religious.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Prien715 Re:Citizens United did **not** say corp are people (1330 comments)

Thanks for the nicely written reply -- I was being snarky out of frustration.

The recent SCOTUS decisions have been overwhelmingly negative from my (liberal) perspective -- perhaps reading Ginsberg's fiery dissent made matters worse;)

Cheers mate.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Prien715 Re:Citizens United did **not** say corp are people (1330 comments)

In the Citizens United case the US Supreme Court did **not** say that corporations are people.

Can you explain to me what the difference between a coorpation and a person is, legally speaking, if they have the same rights? I'm sure even Scalito would concede their difference (i.e. not having noses or toes), but legally speaking, we ought to treat them the same. When someone makes the statement "Coorpations are people", they of course don't mean that it in the "soylent green" context -- and you know this; you're just being pedantic.

Lastly (and because I'm curious why people represent views that are clearly not in their interest), are you a paid coorporate shill or merely delusional (from my perspective, of course)? If you're going to promote the rights of corporations, you may as well get paid for it.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Prien715 Re:vim and C++ (359 comments)

I used to use vim, but then switched to Qt's Creator even for non-Qt projects. VIM is nice when you're just writing a simple program, but for anything complex, I need to be able to find function definitions, jump through several function calls in a few seconds in files I've never seen, and still be fast.

Advantages:
* Autocomplete for functions, variables, classes, etc. (ctrl+space)
* Jump to definition for variables, functions, classes (F2)
* Keyboard-centric searching (search by class, method, filename, etc) (ctrl+K)
* Visual debugging with GDB (attach to sessions, change complex variables, switch threads, etc)
* Has a FakeVIM module;)
* Very fast and rock-solid stable
* Free (both in beer/libre)
* Cross-platform (used it on Linux/Mac/Windows. I prefer it to Visual Studio which is far too slow and has really wonky keyboard shortcuts)

Disadvantages:
* Have to use a windowing system. I still use VIM on remote systems.

There's just so many advantages of having an editor which understands your code model. Forget whether the function you're calling is camelCase or uses_underscores is a thing of the past for me resulting in most of my code compiling the very first time -- and when it doesn't, inline errors!

You can get your OSS fix here.
(For a generic project, just click New->Import Project->Existing project.)

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Prien715 Re:Do more with less! (710 comments)

Dear Upper Management,

One of our primary focuses this quarter has been "right-sizing" our teams to fit within the new budget constraints. As you'll be pleased to note, I've achieved a 30% reduction in expenses -- well under our target of 25% -- while actually increasing the size of our engineering team. Moving forward, we have a much stronger team with a better attitude to complete the goals that lie before us.

My success has not gone unnoticed -- Bain Capital (Gotham City) has offered me a senior position in their M&A department where I will lead efforts to cut costs while maintaining an efficient workforce.

It was an honor working with you,
PHB

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Prien715 Do more with less! (710 comments)

Dear team,

After coming back from my vacation in Aruba, I've decided that in these times of trouble we need to do more with less. We're in a troubled economy -- do you realize how much yacht gas has gone up in the past year? In addition, the Affordable Care Act has made it cost ineffective for our FTNE (Full Time Non-Employee) initiative to continue.

Moving forward, we'll need to tighten our belts and take on other responsibilities. Some of you will work longer hours than usual. My performance bonus is based on how much money we can save, so I'm simply going to let go anyone who refuses to comply with this iniative -- I'm sure I can find someone to replace you.

Cheers!
PHB

about a month ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

Prien715 Re:Anyone who knows street parking in San Francisc (404 comments)

It's city's fault for not designing streets for both residents and expected number of visitors

No, it's the visitor's fault for not taking public transit. San Francisco has some of the best public transit in the country. BART is ~$4 round trip, runs past 1 AM and parking at the stations is free on the weekend. And now the rent is higher than NYC, any spare space should be devoted to housing.

It's vastly more efficient use of space to park your car outside the city and make the city navigatable with transit (see Tokyo, Berlin, Prague, etc).

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Prien715 Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense (276 comments)

Thank you!

It's not the first time I've heard it, but the from an ontological view it's important to declare the rights exist independent of the government in power to enforce or restrict them....

Then I learned that rights always come from a perspective. "Property rights" was a crowd-favorite from the Dred Scott decision.

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Prien715 Free Drone Strikes (371 comments)

Good new everyone!

All you have to do to claim your FREE drone strike is to simply mention the word "Allah" and criticize US policy in a comment below! It's that easy! Here at the Homeland Department, we've reduced the amount of government red tape you need to get a drone strike on your house. Annoying procedures like "trials" and "juries" have been removed -- saving you time and money!

But wait, there's more! Reply in the next 10 minutes, and we'll even throw in a 2nd drone strike for your family! That's right, two drones strikes for one comment.*

* Offer can only be redeemed in the Middle East. Offer void in Saudi Arabia. Some terms and restrictions apply. Must be 18 or older unless your parents signs up for the "family plan".

about a month ago

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M$ vs MS and My Sig

Prien715 Prien715 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The M$ vs MS joke was funny the first time I saw it. The second time, not so much. The 3rd time. By now, it's really old and neither witty nor funny. What this spelling does do is remove any hint of journalistic integrity from the poster. Would it be any different if MS spelled Linux "Lunix" every time?

Though I may disagree with some MS business practices and dislike some of their products (*cough* Windows Me *cough*), I think if the OSS community wants respect, it begins with their respecting other people. To respect those who respect you is expected; only by respecting those who disrespect are you truly respectful.

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