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What's the Shelf Life of a Programmer?

Surt Re:What is there to dispute? (388 comments)

We have about 10 where I work. Dev team of about 200 overall. So they are a small percentage, but clearly not mythical.

about a year and a half ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

Surt Re:Of course it was! (555 comments)

A poorly defined plan is bad by definition. It doesn't meet the core requirements of 'plan'.

about a year and a half ago
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72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"

Surt Re:Or... (446 comments)

I dont see one good solution here.

How about going home?

He requested a good solution. If you don't understand the obvious ways in which that won't work ...

about 2 years ago
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72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"

Surt Re:Or... (446 comments)

Or even that using drones instead of soldiers kills less civilians. Care to guess how many civilians die if we have to invade Pakistan with the army instead of calling in a drone? The historical ratio for conventional military invasion is something like 100 times worse in terms of killing civilians.

about 2 years ago
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72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"

Surt Re:So (446 comments)

I think your unstated assumption that this would increase empathy for the victims is mistaken. Higher realism in games has been on a pretty consistent trend of reducing empathy for the victims.

about 2 years ago
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72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"

Surt drone strikes cause less civilian death (446 comments)

Than all other forms of combat. If we're going to kill terrrorists, there's no less civilian killing way to do it (currently).

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

Surt Re:I recall... (533 comments)

Well, no, 'your property' is pretty much the opposite of 'public'.

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

Surt Re:I recall... (533 comments)

Research studies.

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

Surt Re:Stupider logic (533 comments)

They really wouldn't. Random hookups at a bar rarely involve a person who has sex with more than a dozen or so partners per year. The really good prostitutes could push a thousand.

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

Surt Re:I recall... (533 comments)

No threat of bodily harm is the main problem. That threat is present in virtually all prostitution, even the kind where the threat is kept secret from the johns.

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

Surt Re:Stupider logic (533 comments)

So since drinking lots of alcohol is legal and driving a car is legal then drink driving should be legal? Voltaire is correct but the absurdity here is your argument.

Drinking is legal. Driving is legal. Having had drinks prior to driving is also legal, up to a limit. That's because after that limit you're a danger to yourself and also society. How is having sex a danger to society?

Well, the most obvious answer would seem to be spread of disease.

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

Surt Re:I recall... (533 comments)

Or stuffing someone in a large room

Stuffing animals is legal but there are laws against taxidermy on people.

I wondered why that wasn't a more popular choice than burial or cremation. TMYK, thanks!

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

Surt Re:I recall... (533 comments)

Maybe you should try publicly assaulting someone in the US where violence is OK, and compare how those things turn out.

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

Surt Re:ban it (533 comments)

If you don't know, I really recommend having sex. Or maybe sex with a more skilled partner.

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

Surt Re:ban it (533 comments)

Prostitution is controlled on a state by state basis in the US, it is NOT universally illegal. The separation of powers between states and federal government is a big deal here that burns a lot of court $$$ in figuring out who gets to decide what.

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

Surt Re:I recall... (533 comments)

The argument in favor is that the purely consensual kind is so rare that the harm done in suppressing it is warranted by the benefit gained in the other 99.9% of cases. Similarly, a justified homicide is occasionally swept up by the murder laws, and while unfortunate, we really want to retain the benefit of having those laws on the books.

about 2 years ago
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Physicists Devise Test For Whether the Universe Is a Simulation

Surt Re:What if they are right? (529 comments)

I'd say that's destroying it. The data alone are nothing, the algorithms are integral, even perhaps more important than the data. Would you claim my younger self still exists just because a few of his thought processes are still around? Even myself from yesterday is gone forever.

about 2 years ago
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Physicists Devise Test For Whether the Universe Is a Simulation

Surt Re:What if they are right? (529 comments)

Sure, I programmed in that exact phrase in response to a mirror image, as it happens.

Also, here's a fun thought: You think that you know what you know about what you know. But what if you're wrong? (This is why pinning down when AI is real is very challenging).

about 2 years ago
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Physicists Devise Test For Whether the Universe Is a Simulation

Surt Re:What would the difference be? (529 comments)

It's simulations all the way up and turtles all the way down, with elephants on both ends.

about 2 years ago
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Physicists Devise Test For Whether the Universe Is a Simulation

Surt Re:There is no boundary (529 comments)

A significant fraction of gays are now reproducing via surrogate. It's hardly the dead end it used to be. It would be easy to create a growing population consisting of only gays and lesbians. And that's just today. In a decade, two at worst, two gay men will be able to create a child that is a combination of their genes.

about 2 years ago

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White House opposes SOPA

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Surt writes "In a sure sign that 2012 is indeed going to be the end of the world, the White House has made a formal statement in opposition to SOPA. There may be hope to stop the bill yet, though Obama has yet to commit to a veto if the bill is still able to pass through congress."
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Journals

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apparently someone cares enough to attack me via moderation

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I've had numerous comments over the last couple of days receiving troll for which that tag is clearly unwarranted. I wonder if someone is hoping to break my karma max.

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Another online poker bust.

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/20/10194014-poker-players-sue-to-get-to-the-bottom-of-online-cheating-scheme

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We're hiring.

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I'm looking for skilled java engineers. Are you talented, and looking for stable work? My company had its most profitable year yet in 2009, and is way behind on hiring. Please contact me here, and I'll work to get you into our interviewing process.

Silicon Valley area (Foster City).

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you can't trust the house in online poker

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I recently got trashed, extensively, for a comment I made that people were crazy to trust the house in online poker games. People were absolutely sure that such things did not and would not happen.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26563848/

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a new milepost

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

In a previous journal entry, I mentioned my goal of achieving with a single post every moderation, at the time there were 8:
Insightful Offtopic Interesting Flamebait Funny Troll Informative Redundant
since then they've added Underrated / Overrated.

I recently reached a new high with 6 different moderations.

there is no question, posted to Making Statements With Video Games, has been moderated Offtopic (-1).
there is no question, posted to Making Statements With Video Games, has been moderated Insightful (+1).
there is no question, posted to Making Statements With Video Games, has been moderated Interesting (+1).
there is no question, posted to Making Statements With Video Games, has been moderated Troll (-1).
there is no question, posted to Making Statements With Video Games, has been moderated Flamebait (-1).
there is no question, posted to Making Statements With Video Games, has been moderated Underrated (+1).

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=656913&cid=24744813/

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10th anniversary 1st post

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I have never been tempted to go for a first post, until now.

http://meta.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=313513&op=Reply&threshold=2&commentsort=0&mode=thread&pid=20811157

I saw the 10th anniversary discussion pop up, with no comments, as I was checking email this morning. I've never even seen a first post opportunity before. I've never gone for it. And here was the chance to get the 10th anniversary first post.

I had only seconds to think. What would I say? How could I craft the perfect post?

I couldn't. I had to go for something simple, short, quick to type.

I went for a post that would:
a) seem completely banal.
b) show the 'typical' slashdot bravado about lower user nums being better.
c) NOT mention the first post. That was a tough call, but I thought it would be better to seem as if I didn't care about such a 'monumental' accomplishment. As though I were just posting because I thought my comment were actually germane to the conversation.

All in all, for 5 seconds of thought, I feel like it came off ok. If I'd had more time I would have tried to craft something more interesting, but I had no idea this was coming up.

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TRS-80 memory

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Happened to notice this post, but it was too old to reply:


  by eddy the lip (20794) Alter Relationship on Mon Aug 15, '05 03:28 PM (#13326226)

(sorry, been away from slashdot for a few days, or I would have replied sooner).

You got me on that one - I never did this myself. A friend way back in the day claimed to have jacked his TRS-80 up to 1MB. Now, this was many years ago, when people actually used the TRS-80 for other than geek nostalgia value, so I may be misremembering (or have been outright duped. I was young. It could happen....) He bragged to me about it 'cause I was stuck with the standard 32KB.

A bit of googling didn't turn up anything that would substantiate the viability of the claim. And now I have an unresolved mystery from my youth to contend with. Thanks a lot ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-80
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zilog_Z80 (the processor in the TRS-80)

16 bit address registers + 8 bit data = 64k bytes memory max.
Hence your friend with the 1MB was lying.
Well, maybe he managed to solder on a MB chip, but the TRS-80 couldn't have used it.

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friends

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 8 years ago

If you're wondering why I friended you, it's usually that you posted something I found interesting, and I don't want to trust the moderators to interesting your other posts.

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http://ptth.net/squish (Squish!) update

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 8 years ago

For anyone interested, squish has changed quite a bit since I last journaled. I have worked on the layout to make it more friendly for 800x600 resolution. It also no longer requires accepting an applet signature, which seemed to scare some people.

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My latest game http://ptth.net/squish/

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 8 years ago

http://ptth.net/squish/

Please journal comments here.

There is now a how to play page linked from the main page.

Note: requires java 5. If you don't have Java 5 installed and usable from your browser, you'll get a class loader error in your java console, or an applet loading failure. I'm interested in pretty much any other bug reports, as there is nothing I can do about how Sun handles these errors (I've had no error reports so far that did not trace back to not having Java 5 installed & set up to be used from the browser).

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A new goal

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Well, now that I have lots of friends fans foes and freaks, I think my new slashdot goal will have to be the octuple crown. To get one post to have one rating each of each of the 8 ratings:

Insightful Offtopic Interesting Flamebait Funny Troll Informative Redundant

So far I've gotten one post with 5 different ratings, and one post with six ratings with two duplicates.

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sig

Surt Surt writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Recently I got asked for an explanation of my sig.

For anyone who doesn't recognize who Steven Hawking is, he is a fairly famous physicist. Pretty much as famous as you can get as a physicist without being Albert Einstein. He has written a number of bestselling books about physics. And he has accomplished all that he has while confined to a wheel chair, speaking with the aid of a computer voice synthesizer.

His quote refers to a situation in which he stole a physics idea from an associate. When the associate complained that in all fairness the idea was his, Steven Hawking replied with the quote from my sig:

"Who is The Journal Of Quantum Physics going to believe?"

Of course, the quote is taken grossly out of context, and is in fact from an animated humor television program called Futurama. However, Steven Hawking did in fact portray (a perhaps more evil version of) himself, and did in fact actually speak those words, so the quote is factually accurate on its face. And who knows, maybe Steven Hawking actually does steal (as most Ph.Ds do) ideas from associates and claim them as his own.

I like the quote because it emphasizes one of my favorite pet peeves: an (in my opinion) excessive trust in our society of authority. I think the quote is particularly relevant to slashdot, where seemingly 87% of all the postings are from people claiming to have knowledge and authority on a subject that they do not actually have. Worse, responsive postings seem to suggest that many people are taking this 'information' as a factual resource. To help combat this problem, I deliberately include gross misinformation in about 1 in 5 of my posts.

Anyway, that's the explanation of my sig.

A small update to this: after a recent flamewar over a post that was actually just intended to be factual, I realized it might help to clarify that I only post misinformation that can be easily falsified by google search, and pretty much exclusively on political topics (in other words, not in games.slashdot.org).

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