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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Stormy Dragon Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

Germany didn't have the power to vaporize most of the planet with the push of a button.

5 days ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Stormy Dragon Re:Casting bricks in place? (202 comments)

Limestone is a segimentary rock. Are we sure they didn't quarry limestone aggregate that just turned into limestone blocks because of all the weight on top of them for hundreds of years?

about a week ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Stormy Dragon Re:Wrong (202 comments)

When you have an absolute monarch, the entire population is slaves for practical purposes, even if they're not formally slaves in the sense we mean the word today.

about a week ago

Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

Stormy Dragon Re:could've sworn this was not the case (129 comments)

That's the schools PR spin, but it's undermined by the fact the policy itself specifically says it applies to students:

Northern Illinois University information technology resources, including the electronic communications network (NIUnet) on the NIU campus and off-campus education and research centers, computers attached to this network, and any associated computational resource or service are for the use of persons affiliated with Northern Illinois University, including faculty, staff, emeritus personnel, and students in good standing. Information technology resources are provided by the university to further the university's mission of research, instruction, and public service. The use of these resources should be consistent with this mission, this policy, and the University’s other use, security policies, and other applicable regulations including the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (SOEEA). Pursuant to the NIU Electronic Mail policy, the email system may be utilized for personal messages subject to the limitations set forth in these and other applicable policies and to the extent that personal usage does not interfere with assigned responsibilities. By using NIU services, all individuals, including, but not limited to, employees, students, customers, volunteers, and third parties, unconditionally accept the terms of this policy.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Stormy Dragon Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Unions are themselves corporations. Private sector unionization has stagnated because being in a union to often just means you end up with two corporations screwing you over.

about two weeks ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Stormy Dragon Re:Whatever games they chose?? (419 comments)

Bah, mowing is easy. Now weeding, there's a chore I hated doing.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Stormy Dragon The Digital Yorkshiremen (637 comments)

Yeah, well I'm sick of people learning CS in C. They don't know about manually managing the stack like they would if they'd learned in assembly.

about a month ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Stormy Dragon Re:They are the rich (442 comments)

Sheldon doesn't trust banks because he believes that ATM machines will be the first wave of the robot uprising.

about a month ago

The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Stormy Dragon Re:String theory is voodoo physics (259 comments)

String Theory has made testable predictions:

The problem is that all of them either require particle accelerators that are far beyond our current ability to power or require measuring some aspect of space that we haven't come up with a device to measure yet.

about a month ago

The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Stormy Dragon Re:String theory is voodoo physics (259 comments)

The theory of relativity wasn't testable when it was first proposed. Part of the reason Einstein never got a nobel for it was that it wasn't until the 1970's that there was real firm experimental evidence for it.

There's a distinction between something that can never be tested and something that can't be tested now due to technological limitations.

about a month ago

Spain's Link Tax Taxes Journalist's Patience

Stormy Dragon Poe's Law Strikes Again (113 comments)

The Candlestick Makers' Petition by Bastiat:

We are suffering from the ruinous competition of a rival who apparently works under conditions so far superior to our own for the production of light that he is flooding the domestic market with it at an incredibly low price; for the moment he appears, our sales cease, all the consumers turn to him, and a branch of French industry whose ramifications are innumerable is all at once reduced to complete stagnation. This rival, which is none other than the sun, is waging war on us so mercilessly we suspect he is being stirred up against us by perfidious Albion (excellent diplomacy nowadays!), particularly because he has for that haughty island a respect that he does not show for us.

We ask you to be so good as to pass a law requiring the closing of all windows, dormers, skylights, inside and outside shutters, curtains, casements, bull's-eyes, deadlights, and blinds — in short, all openings, holes, chinks, and fissures through which the light of the sun is wont to enter houses, to the detriment of the fair industries with which, we are proud to say, we have endowed the country, a country that cannot, without betraying ingratitude, abandon us today to so unequal a combat.

about a month ago

UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Stormy Dragon Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

So you think making it possible for bullies to determine the RL identities of their victims is going the REDUCE online abuse?

about a month ago

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Stormy Dragon Visas (514 comments)

If Jackson is actually worried about racial diversity, wouldn't his proposed solution (drastically reducing the number of foreign workers by cutting H-1B visas) actually make the problem worse?

about a month ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Stormy Dragon Re:What? (200 comments)

Name one other content distribution model where the content producers pay the distributors rather than the distributors paying the content producers?

That's why it was always stupide for the ISPs to stop messing with net neutrality. Once the idea someone had to pay came into it, it was inevitable that the ISPs would end up paying Netflix, not Netflix paying the ISPs.

about a month ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

Stormy Dragon Derive Joy from It? (372 comments)

Project overhead, even for simple projects, is so heavy that it's a wonder anyone can find the time to code, much less derive joy from it

If I was supposed to derive joy from it, I'd be paying my employer to do my job rather than the other way around. I'm being paid because I do it for their benefit, not for mine.

about a month ago

Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

Stormy Dragon Re:uh huh (89 comments)

The problem is that while widget A and being treated as fully equivalent to widget B, it's hard to compare one line of code to another line of code from a completely different program.

If good programmer just means "spits out more lines of code than anyone else", I can write all sorts of gobbledy gook that add lots more code without really participating in the actual purpose of the program.

about a month ago


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