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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Timmy D Programmer Free speech goes both ways (1746 comments)

The people boycotting are also expressing free speech. He is still entitled to say what he wants to say, but when you tout intolerant religion and politics publicly you will alienate the people you wanted to do business with. He will be frowned on by tolerant organizations like Mozilla, he will probably be favored by others, like Westborough Baptist Church.

about three weeks ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

Timmy D Programmer It is taxable, just easily dodged (704 comments)

Income is income, and sales are sales and disguising them as trades, or monopoly money or bitcoins does not change the fact that they ARE subject to taxes. But the fact that you believe they are not is exactly why governments hate bitcoins, because they make tax fraud very easy. Never mind the other crimes made easier by these.

about a month ago
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Russia Blocks Internet Sites of Putin Critics

Timmy D Programmer Hopefully Russians don't give up their freedoms (309 comments)

Rules against criticizing the government makes a political campaign all but impossible for anyone but the incumbent. In other words, they are now a dictatorship. Hopefully the Russian people won't give up their freedoms so easily, and push back.

about a month ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

Timmy D Programmer Bob the babysitter (333 comments)

Seriously, why do the young men all have to flip burgers, and all the young ladies get to babysit. I don't know about the rest of you but I would have much rather played Legos with a 5 year old than stand behind a fryer all day.

about 2 months ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

Timmy D Programmer Can you say 'Microwave Death Ray" (330 comments)

Can you say 'Microwave Death Ray"? I know you can...

about a month ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Timmy D Programmer I don't buy it. (664 comments)

Most of the people who claimed 'sudden' acceleration said it happened while they applied the brake. And I don't care how crazy your engine goes, the brakes wouldn't also happen to go out at that moment too. It's like the Audi's even before the computers did anything more than fuel mixture, folks pressed the wrong petal and blamed it on the car.

about 2 months ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

Timmy D Programmer Things don't move that fast, and solar is too weak (734 comments)

Even if solar were made super efficient (AND affordable) today it would still be nowhere near ready that quickly. I'm not convinced it will even start moving in that direction that quickly, let alone arrive.

about 3 months ago
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Court Rules Against Online Anonymity

Timmy D Programmer Slander is not protected speech (314 comments)

Slander is not protected speech. If they really were customers of this guy they would have no difficulty at all proving they were customers. If they were customers they can go after this guy for malicious prosecution. If they are phonies just trying to hurt his business then they deserve to get their asses sued off to make up any damages they cause this fellow.

about 3 months ago
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Not All Bugs Are Random

Timmy D Programmer 'No' bugs are random (165 comments)

Short of hardware issues, no software bug is truly random, 'it just happens sometimes' = 'I lack the skill to troubleshoot this'

about 4 months ago
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Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing

Timmy D Programmer It will grow even faster in the US now (138 comments)

For many IT people in the US the only reason they don't venture out on their own is concerns over health care coverage. Now that it's possible to purchase affordable care on their own this will no longer be a major obstacle.

about 4 months ago
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NYT: Healthcare.gov Project Chaos Due Partly To Unorthodox Database Choice

Timmy D Programmer Definately an innapropriate choice (334 comments)

NoSQL and Notes types databases are ideal when volume is low, and variety is high and needed values change frequently. Seems to me the data they were collecting and presenting are ideal SQL candidates, and terrible NoSQL candidates. Even if the DB is not bad, it IS a very bad choice for this type of application. Although I'm sure the salesperson/campaign contributor would disagree.

I'm sure it is more difficult to 'hack' simply because it is less familiar to hackers, but validated input, and well patched servers is a better way to prevent getting hacked.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

Timmy D Programmer I was very similar, but eventually got social (361 comments)

I'm only slightly introverted, or was, now I'm a lot more social. Here is my experience, it might work for you too.

If I have a few questions for a user, sometimes rather than sending an email I will invite one of the people who depend on my work to come sit with me at my cube to go over the questions. I let them see what I am doing, discuss some of the changes, even let them see me make some of the changes while asking for their input.

Me: "So would you prefer it to tab from this field to that field, and not to that button over there like it has been?"
Coworker: "Oh yes!, can you do that to the other screen too? that always messes me up".

This can be very empowering to them, exciting to see it in action, and appreciative that you have let them have a peek in at and participate in the secret world that has so much influence on their day to day work.
Do this over time and you end up getting to know your co-workers, what they know, how they work, and maybe even make some friends.

about 5 months ago
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Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It

Timmy D Programmer Waiting for Baseball cards and Tulips to rebound (346 comments)

I just know they will recover. There might be 'Billions' of dollars worth of bitcoins out there, but truly believe they will become worth almost zero in the long run.

about 5 months ago
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Oil Recovery May Have Triggered Texas Tremors

Timmy D Programmer Uh oh, anther lawn chair fell over. (172 comments)

Hold on tight a big ole 3.0 earthquake might almost be felt, or worse yet, knock over a lawn chair,if it's already leaning. The theory is shaky at best, but even if it were entirely true lubricating a fault would mean more frequent less severe earthquakes, I will take constant 3.0 earthquakes over a once in a lifetime 8 thank you.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preventing Snowden-Style Security Breaches?

Timmy D Programmer Can't block access, but you can block motiviation. (381 comments)

The biggest concern for an employer is loss of trade secrets such as costs, margins, competitive pricing, etc. Usually this sort of info needs to be in the employees hands for them do do their jobs

Blocking employees from taking that sort of data is pretty much impossible and a fools errand as you are more likely to take away their ability to do their jobs.

You must make it a well known policy that you put the full force of the law behind protection of company secrets, and violation of those policies can result in not just termination, but further legal action, and even criminal charges if appropriate.

about 9 months ago

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