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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Princeofcups Re:At some point us intelligence changed (161 comments)

If I have a problem with US intelligence organizations(and I do), it's that their mission transformed from being pragmatic and getting useful, accurate assessments to military and law enforcement branches in the US to being paranoid about the theoretical possible threats that might exist to US interests in some way shape or form.

The problem is you believing that. The driving factor is money. The information is important to the ruling corporations to keep their profits up. Also, organizations need to find excuses to increase their budgets to hire more cronies onto the payroll, not to mention massively overpriced contractors. The opposite of an organization growing is shrinking, and those that are losing money, NSF, NASA, haven't found a way (or have too much integrity to go this route) to utilize fear and hatred. This has absolutely nothing to do with the organization wanting to protect citizens.

13 hours ago

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Princeofcups Re:they will defeat themselves (924 comments)

That obviously can't happen because they've ignorantly shunned the sciences, but it could take a whole 'nother generation or two before that lack of knowledge really takes its toll (if they're left unchecked in the meantime).

No silly rabbit. The people they rule are not allowed to have any learning. This is nothing more than a return to society a couple hundred years ago. The leaders will still have "western style" educations. That's how they stay in control.


Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Princeofcups Re:Natural immunity (120 comments)

After I did this, I have no more stomach problems, and no more wheat allergy. Of course you may want to consult a doctor before doing this.

Allergy. I don't think you know what that word means. Gut bacteria has absolutely nothing to do with your histamine immune system reaction to certain proteins. I think you may mean "it gave me the runs." That is NOT an allergy.

2 days ago

Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Princeofcups Re:This isn't scaremongering. (486 comments)

Americans might look on with bemusement; I can understand that. I guess it's a bit like Florida choosing to break away from the US, having a pro-Florida political party endlessly demonizing "them" (the rest of the US) as causing pretty much every economic and political woe Florida has going for it.

We have a Scotland, but here it's called Texas.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Princeofcups Re:Free market (225 comments)

If employees stay while working 18-hour/day, 6 day/week, it's because they are unable to find a better job.

That's called blaming the victim.

2 days ago

The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Princeofcups Re:More restrictive (291 comments)

Sure, if you don't know how to make an AI then your only choice is only multiplayer.

Look at any major game development and there will be a sea of people working on graphics, cut scenes, animation. And there will be the one guy in the corner who codes the AI. I want games that are the opposite. I have no problem with the original Sim City, Civilization, etc. graphics but after a couple of years of serious AI development to teach the computer how to play a good game, like the old days when people used to code chess and go programs. I know, not going to happen.

2 days ago

Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Princeofcups Re:Urban Fetch (139 comments)

The documentary about, e-Dreams, is both fascinating and painful to watch. These guys went through a breathtakingly huge pile of money in a very short time, trying to do exactly this sort of personalized delivery.

Not quite. They lived the high life for a couple of years off of that money, while pretending to have a business that actually did something. I was with a similar company back then, and contrary to their press releases, they never intended to be successful. Success means oversight and someone has to account for the spending. "Start up" means champaign and prostitutes billed to "miscellaneous expenses."

3 days ago

Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Princeofcups Re:Don't lie (499 comments)

Just so.

Look, basically three things get you into trouble during a government background check:

1. You *currently* participate in an organization trying to harm the United States Government.

2. Anything about yourself or your family life leaves you vulnerable to blackmail.

3. You conceal relevant truth, lie, or exhibit a pattern of deceit and/or theft.

Pretty much nothing else disqualifies you for work for Uncle Sam.

Bzzt. Wrong. Put down legal marijuana use in the last year, even if you have quit, and you are automatically disqualified from pretty much anything. The point is that the government (national, state, local) have more and more leverage to discount people for their LEGAL practices and viewpoints. In the 70's people would have been up in arms about this kind of thing. Now you quietly accept it as the status quo.

about a week ago

When Scientists Give Up

Princeofcups Re:The obvious solution (347 comments)

The obvious solution is to return to traditional methods: establish an independent income, then take up scientific research as a hobby.

Sad but true. My only friend who made it to being a teaching professor can sustain himself because he was rich going in. He donates his teacher's salary checks to a charity or some such, and lives off his investments. He teaches science and does a bit of research because that is his passion. No way he could make it otherwise.

about a week ago

When Scientists Give Up

Princeofcups Re:Tax patents/royalties to fund basic research (347 comments)

Enter into a licensing deal on a drug patent? Chip in 0.5% of the revenue to fund grants.

Great in theory; does not work in practice. Look at Hollywood. Every film ever made loses money for the studio. Their accounting says so. The drug companies would just adopt the same scheme, and never pay a penny.

about a week ago

When Scientists Give Up

Princeofcups Re:If you think medical funding is bad (347 comments)

In college I started out as a physics major. Then I realized "holy shit I'll never get a job" and switched to engineering.

I'm sorry you bailed on your real potential. Not as a physicist, but the training helps make you a better IT prospect than anyone who learned coding in college. Let's see:

myself - physics major, now a rather well paid systems/storage analyst for a fortune 500
friend 1 - physics major, astrophysics major (ABD), now a systems admin and IT director for a major hospital
friend 2 - math major, now a highly paid database admin and IT director for a major health care firm
friend 3 - biology major, now a high priced coder/architect for one of the big business consulting firms
friend 4 - history major, philosophy PhD, now IT director for a major law firm
friend 5 - physics major, now owns a successful IT consulting firm
friend 6 - dropped out of college, now a high paid systems administrator
friend 7 - physics PhD, now a junior professor at a small midwestern college

With an engineering degree, you are just one in a million. With a more intense intellectual degree, you will be picked to lead, not follow. Friends 6 and 7 buck the trend I guess. :-)

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Princeofcups Backwards (471 comments)

People are looking at this backwards. It is not a piece of tech to wear on your wrist. It is a watch that has tech features. If you do not currently own a watch, then you do not want one. Who own's watches? Guys who wear expensive suits and guys who are dressing up to impress women. They are quite willing to spend several hundred for a nice piece of bling. My wife has been asking me to get a watch for when I dress up, and I'm seriously considering getting one of these.

about a week ago

NASA Panel Finds Fault WIth Curiosity Rover Project's Focus

Princeofcups Follow the Money (51 comments)

So which multinational conglomerate is making the over priced pork barrel replacement?

about two weeks ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Princeofcups The Entitled (814 comments)

All I get from the comments here is that a lot of people feel entitled. If anyone has something they don't, however trivial, they feel entitled to have it, and it is morally wrong that they do not. I saw this strikingly when I moved from the Midwest to California. I see if more and more on Slashdot. I don't know what this has to do with anything. Just an observation.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

Princeofcups Call me silly (137 comments)

But shouldn't this have been part of the design BEFORE you rolled out 500 servers?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Princeofcups Head Scratchers? (729 comments)

More like, "doesn't behave like I think it should." Nothing to see here. Move along.

about two weeks ago

Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Princeofcups Bragging (231 comments)

Before all the bragging about how bad-ass everyone was, I was one of those quiet good kids that read and studied. That's how I got into a top college without being rich. Getting into trouble? Too busy, or maybe too smart, to get into trouble. There's my bragging.

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Princeofcups Trade School (546 comments)

How many times do we have to go over this. College is NOT supposed to be trade school. Yes, you learn things that have no real world application except on an intellectual level. No, all the classes are not tailored for making you marketable in the work place. No, computer coders should not expect schools to be turned into their personal trade schools.

So please set up coding schools where they can learn their trade along side the welders and auto mechanics, and leave the colleges alone.

about two weeks ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Princeofcups Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

While this sort of news is important, without a doubt, I just don't see why it's on Slashdot's front page. This submission contains nothing but political news.

Proving again that the "geek" community is going the way of the idiocracy. News about Linux will NEVER be more important than impending war.

about two weeks ago

You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Princeofcups Enterprise (613 comments)

I guess people still haven't come to the realization that enterprise level stability and uptime are neither simple nor easy.

about two weeks ago


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