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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

QRDeNameland Re:where's the money?! (213 comments)

Academics and Code Monkeys

about three weeks ago

The Problems With Drug Testing

QRDeNameland Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (166 comments)

Not to be seen as a classist biggot, but if someone homeless or destitute, but understand the nature of the proposition, why shouldn't they be able to enter an agreement to test drugs that 1) might help whatever the condition being treated is and 2) render them with some income? The same opportunities should be afforded them as others. You can't exclude someone because they are homeless or destitute.

Well, putting aside the question of whether or not this practice is exploitative, I see a greater concern in the fact that they are testing on a group that may not be representative of the general population. If, for example, the people you are testing on are disproportionately severe alcoholics or drug addicts, you might get a disproportional incidence of side effects that will skew your results. Ethics aside, it seems like bad scientific practice to me.

about three weeks ago

Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

QRDeNameland Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

The real question is: If you value privacy and dislike ads, why would you ever use Chrome?

Well, I keep Chrome installed as my secondary browser because I run Firefox by default in "hazmat suit" mode (ABP, NoScript, Ghostery, RequestPolicy, etc.) which does break a lot of sites. For sites that I trust, oftentimes it is easier to just use Chrome than figure out what I need to whitelist in which plugin using FF. In terms of using it as your only/default browser, I agree with you, but even for a moderate paranoid like me, there is a case to be made for 'ever' using it.

about three weeks ago

Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

QRDeNameland Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

uTorrent IS malware these days.

Sadly true. I recently switched to qBittorrent and and though it lacks a few of the bells and whistles, I have not looked back.

about three weeks ago

Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

QRDeNameland Re:Holy grey area! (159 comments)

Provided you don't know that _all_ poppies are opium poppies, then it's legal to buy the seeds and grow the flowers. Of course now that you know ...

GP might not "know" that because it's false.

Only Papaver somniferum are opium poppies. The common red 'Flanders' poppy aka the Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is not an opium poppy, nor are a number of others like the California poppy that are not even of the genus Papaver.


about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

QRDeNameland Re:Schedule some days as offset days (265 comments)

Or you can just work 16hour days like the rest of us and wear it with a badge of sucker.


about a month ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

QRDeNameland Re:Buffet vs. A La Carte (353 comments)

No, really, it is. Remember when everyone said that butter was bad for you and you had to eat margarine instead? Now it's the other way 'round (or looking to go that way). So - how would you feel about having to pay for all those times you bought real butter all those years?

Oh, even better - let's talk diets! Not like recommendations for those don't ever change from, say, the old four food groups to pyramid to tetrahedron, to... - oh, wait.

No thanks - I prefer to not put my eating habits and health in the hands of some corporate asshats.

My first thought reading this: Is there any actual scientific evidence that the data gathered by a FitBit or similar device is actually indicative of better health? Or is it yet one more assumption in the field of human health that seemed reasonable but turned out to be misguided, as in the cases you mentioned?

My second thought: once you put a financial incentive on wearing such a device, there will now be incentives for people to hack/game the output...e.g., throw your FitBit in a paint can shaker and it looks like you're doing calisthenics when you're really sitting on the couch eating bonbons. (I have no idea if that would work, but you get the picture.)

about a month and a half ago

DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

QRDeNameland Re:Superman logo is a Trademark (249 comments)

Why not put the logo on the marker of Christopher Reeve or George Reeves. They are the only people who would have actually earned it.

What about Kirk Alyn, you insensitive clod?

about a month and a half ago

How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

QRDeNameland Re:Seriously? (196 comments)

You were wearing them wrong.


about 2 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

QRDeNameland Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

I'm guessing, since I've heard this argument before, that s/he's saying that if you're going to drive a car that will be an average of 7 1/2 years old over the time you own it, you might as well buy a used car to start with and avoid the upfront depreciation hit of a new vehicle.

I'm with you, though. My response to the person who made this argument to me was to refer him to George Akerlof's The Market for Lemons, and my sentiment that it's worth it for me to know that the only one to ever abuse my vehicle is me.

about 2 months ago

US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

QRDeNameland Re:Easy (213 comments)

Search the text for /sarcasm or #sarcasm.

Done. Where's my paycheque?

Unfortunately, I think you'll need to go a bit further and submit an RFC for the Snarky Bit.

about 3 months ago

Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

QRDeNameland Re:what's wrong with public transportation? (190 comments)

All government services are based on "theft" of resources from people who don't use that government service. This includes the roads that private cars drive on, which are funded in part by gasoline taxes but mostly through non-user-pays revenue streams such as income taxes.

Which "non-users" would those be? Even among those who do not own a motor vehicle, how many of them buy no products or services or otherwise engage in the modern economy; or rely on no public services like fire depts, ambulances, police, post office, all of which are dependent on those roads to function?

Unless you are living a more off-the grid lifestyle than Dick Proenneke, you can not honestly claim to be a "non-user" of the road system.

about 3 months ago

Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

QRDeNameland Re:just because (143 comments)

Don't forget about Colonel Panic!! (to bring this back kinda on-topic)

about 3 months ago

Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

QRDeNameland Re:Space is cheap, rip to FLAC (329 comments)

IIRC, by default EAC will append any gaps to the previous track ripped, even if you're not generating a cue sheet. The only time there is an issue if there is a gap before the first track, which is pretty rare. I've ripped hundreds of CDs with EAC and never had problems with gaps.

about 3 months ago

Programming Language Diversity On the Rise

QRDeNameland Re:Selection bias much? (177 comments)

Github as a yardstick for language usage tells you nothing beyond what the most popularly used languages for github hosted projects are. Publicly accessible github projects at that.

The other thing that makes such a comparison fairly uninformative is that the vast majority of publicly accessible GitHub repos are surely small hobbyist/academic projects, so the stats are going to skew towards the tools likely to be used by hobbyist/academic developers. And since new languages arise all the time and old languages never die, it's not really very surprising that by the raw number of projects that GitHub would show increasing diversity on that front. If someone pushes a 3 line Brainfuck experiment, then the language diversity has increased, but I don't think that tells you much.

about 3 months ago



Intel to Pass on Vista

QRDeNameland QRDeNameland writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QRDeNameland (873957) writes "Steve Lohr on The New York Times' Bits blog reports that:

Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft's Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company's plans said.
Ouch, that's gotta hurt..."

Link to Original Source

QRDeNameland QRDeNameland writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QRDeNameland (873957) writes "In a NY Times Op-Ed piece today, Mark Helprin argues for what amounts to perpetual copyright, and that anything less is essentially an unfair public taking of property. According to Helprin, "No good case exists for the inequality of real and intellectual property, because no good case can exist for treating with special disfavor the work of the spirit and the mind." Well, I can think of quite of few arguments for such a case, unfortunately the NY Times did not see fit to publish any contrary view for equal time."


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