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Sen. Bond Disses Internet 'Kill Switch' Bill

Stuckey To all of those confused by the headline: (171 comments)

I've looked for this word "diss" but all I could find in the dictionary are entries for a prefix and abbreviation. Google offered another suggestion, a negroism* meaning "to disrespect". *Also known as African American Vernacular English, or Ebonics.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Linux 10.04 Review (Lucid Lynx)

Stuckey Re:Except... (567 comments)

Otherwise known as the I-only-see-"GRUB 2"-after-restarting bug. Yeah, it's a pretty serious bug.

more than 4 years ago
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Japanese Guts Are Made For Sushi

Stuckey Re:Ammo for Racism (309 comments)

This sort of incomplete research just feeds the view of racial uniqueness (and superiority) among Japanese and justifies their racism and discrimination against others.

Are the different races not all unique from one another? Perhaps what you meant to say was that there isn't any *significant* uniqueness between them.

If the Japanese believe they are in some way unique and that they need to promote racial homogeneity and protect their cultural, national, and racial identity to preserve that uniqueness, what reasons might one offer to say they shouldn't do so?

Racism and discrimination is one thing, being proud of who you are and wishing to preserve your identity is something else entirely.

more than 4 years ago
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Disposable Toilet To Change the World

Stuckey It won't change anything (413 comments)

If the third world doesn't have the will to build and use toilets, why would anyone think that they, if given this poop-bag, would deficate in it and then use it as fertilizer for crops? Someone might have overlooked the fact that to the third-worlders, there isn't any problem to be solved. It would seem that to at least some of them shitting on a beach is normal (as shown at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ae0_1264118582).

more than 4 years ago
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What Can I Expect As an IT Intern?

Stuckey Exchange the $8/hr for college credit (325 comments)

You should try to get your college to give you academic credit for the internship. They'll probably want you to forfeit the $8/hr. but I think six or nine hours worth of academic credit would well make up for that.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

Stuckey Re:Education should be a national right and pride (1259 comments)

"Makes one long for the good-old-days of 3% student loans, doesn't it?"

No it doesn't.

A civilized nation should provide free education to the highest level each person wishes to attain, because that's part of believing that the nation's most most important resource is its people.

But when a government just wants dumb consumers, then it's a very different matter.

So it should be easy to understand why such an education isn't provided in America, since America isn't a nation, but a state.

more than 4 years ago
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Alan Turing Gets an Apology From Prime Minister Brown

Stuckey Re:It's about damn time. (576 comments)

Are you implying there is something wrong with being a programmer and a bigot?

more than 4 years ago
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Pigeon Turns Out To Be Faster Than S. African Net

Stuckey Re:Pigeons may be fast but... (406 comments)

Negros could carry a lot more weight. With twenty or thirty 1GB hard drives in a backpack, I'm sure one of them could better the pigeon quite easily.

Maybe, but the pigeon might be a little more reliable. At least it wouldn't think of stealing your data medium (i.e., hard drives, USB sticks, etc.) and selling them on the black market.

more than 4 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Starting a career in COMP/IT

Stuckey Stuckey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Stuckey (1613949) writes "After graduating last year with a good honors degree in philosophy I took some time off to travel and make plans for the future. During this time I've discovered an interest in computer science which I would now like to begin to turn into a career. However, as a philosophy major I don't fit the typical profile of a young, aspiring IT professional.

A post-graduate taught-course in computer science or information technology---for which many UK universities accept applications from graduates of other disciplines---would seem to be an option for me, but choosing a programme is a bit difficult without any knowledge in the field. Would such a programme be a good way to start a career? If so, what sort of things should one look for in such a programme? Which skills are most valuable? What do employers look for? What areas of specialization should one consider? What possibilities are there to work with UNIX operating systems? What other possibilities might be open for me?"

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