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"Dramatic Decline" Warning For Plants and Animals

Rogerborg Re:neverending FUDery (696 comments)

If your counter argument is "nanny nanny boo boo", then aren't you rather confirming OP's point that this is a game of ideological mud slinging?

about a year ago
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Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

Rogerborg Re:Funny (786 comments)

They've actually got on top of much of the core stuff in the past few years. Which is why it's astonishing that they went so nuts with "Window" 8.

about a year ago
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Electronic Arts Slashes Workforce

Rogerborg Re:Not news worthy (188 comments)

You don't "lay off" in order to recruit "new people". In many jurisdictions, you can't do that legally.

Not that EA has ever cared about silly little things like employment laws.

Incidentally, I work for a 10,000+ employ software company, and to my knowledge and belief, they have never "laid off" anyone, ever.

I'd better tell management that consistent year on year growth - and regularly heading up the best companies to work for lists - is "abnormal" and "unhealthy". They're doing it wrong!

about a year ago
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Electronic Arts Slashes Workforce

Rogerborg Oh... they're reducing the number of employees (188 comments)

Because when I read "EA" and "slashing workforce" I half expected it to be about "the cubicle stabbings will continue until morale improves."

about a year ago
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How To Build a $30M Startup Without Spending Any of Your Money

Rogerborg Re:What Forbes didn't mention... (120 comments)

tl;dr version - money attracts money. Who knew?

about a year ago
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Apple To Launch Largest Stock Repurchasing Plan In History

Rogerborg Re:Could have bought Apple stock (282 comments)

I used to be a Bitcoin investor like you, then I took an Apple to the knee.

about a year ago
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Overconfidence: Why You Suck At Making Development Time Estimates

Rogerborg All estimates are bullshit anyway, and here's why (297 comments)

Because by the time anyone who could come up with accurate estimate is asked for their opinion, the product has already been sold and the contracts signed.

Prioritise the order of development and get on with it. It'll be done when it's done, you'll get paid or you won't. Wasting time producing imaginary numbers has never fulfilled a contract, ever.

about a year ago
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RCMP Says Terror Plot Against Canadian Trains Thwarted

Rogerborg "investigating the plot" (170 comments)

Anyone else having real problems not reading that as "instigating"?

about a year ago
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China Leads in "Clean" Energy Investment

Rogerborg Re:Per Capita? (313 comments)

Well, quite. An equally accurate headline would be "China #1 for dirty energy production".

about a year ago
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NASA Trailer To Be Shown Before Star Trek: Into Darkness

Rogerborg Re:Target audience? (158 comments)

Yes, "that whole age bracket" agrees with you, which is why the Historical Documents marked the beginning and end of the franchise, and it died alone, unloved and unremembered, inspiring nothing and no-one.

about a year ago
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Re: Bitcoin, I most strongly agree with the following:

Rogerborg Re:Bitcoin is simple, and complicated (398 comments)

The value is only what you can trade it for at the time when you're ready to deal.

National currencies are backed by the threat of force. Accept this, or else. Bitcoins are backed by a shared trust in their security.

When (not if) it becomes worthwhile for a mob to pay their crackers to perform a major bitcoin heist, it'll deflate faster than the Hindenburg. Make sure you predict that and cash out 5 minutes before the story breaks.

about a year ago
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The Twighlight of Small In-House Data Centers

Rogerborg Re:My problem with offsite/cloud storage. (180 comments)

If some perv is going to stare at my junk in the shower, I'd prefer that he knock on the window so that I know that he's doing it.

about a year ago
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Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America

Rogerborg Wonderful, but see it for what it is (89 comments)

At 43mph, they're entirely at the mercy of local weather conditions. And "without using a single drop of fuel"? Tish. Factor in the fuel used by the support crew as they fuss around it. Don't like that? Then let's see them do it without support.

Even with fantasy efficiency, there's no mass-to-surface-area that could make this a commercially viable form of transport, ever. It's a beautiful folly, and an impressive exercise in materials science, and should be enjoyed on that basis. The PV aspect is essentially a gimmick though.

about a year ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

Rogerborg Re:Atheist Shoes? (1121 comments)

It's Soylent belts that are people, not bible belts.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

Rogerborg Re:SuSE (573 comments)

If the trap hasn't sprung, it's only because not enough dumb animals have blundered into it yet.

about a year ago
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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

Rogerborg Re:Put simply; yes (759 comments)

hypocrite troublemaker who is creating divisions in the dev community along gender lines for no good reason only her own need to validate herself out of victimhood

Bit strong, but not too far from Amanda Blums's experiences with Adria Richards.

about a year ago

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Computer Science graduates the least employable

Rogerborg Rogerborg writes  |  about 4 years ago

Rogerborg (306625) writes "The BBC reports that in the UK, computer science graduates are now the least employable, with 17% unable to find a job 1 year after graduation. Unsurprisingly, medics, educators and lawyers do better, but when even much mocked Communications and Creative Arts graduates are finding work more easily, has computer science now become the joke course to avoid at all costs? We used to work with chips, now we're lucky to be serving fries."
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Rogerborg Rogerborg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rogerborg (306625) writes "The BBC reports on an attempt to create smart security cameras which will "use computer vision to interpret human behaviour and [predict] what people are likely to do next."

The inventor believes that "it [will remain] down to a human to make the decision" about your actual guilt, and proposes that the use will be in business environments.

I'm sure there's no danger of this technology being used to flag us as suspicious terrorists, with the attendant consequences."

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