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

Troy Roberts Re:"Real programming" is BS (637 comments)

So, you are arguing that only being exposed to one environment is fine? I didn't mention anything about real or good. I just said if your school is only exposing you to a single environment and language, then the school is doing you a disservice.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Troy Roberts Exposure to multiple environments and languages (637 comments)

Many of the modern CS students spend all there time in a single environment and a single language (Java on Windows). If this is the case for your school they are doing you a disservice. I was exposed to the at least 5 operating systems and 7 or 8 programming languages and wrote assembly that ran on bare metal in school. If you experience a variety of environments and languages you will have a much better base to judge what is good and bad when developing solutions.

about three weeks ago
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Texas Declares War On Robots

Troy Roberts Re:The Paddleborough problem (387 comments)

Really! Are you sure? If assault can not be consented to, then why can boxer consent and it is not a chargeable offense?

about a year ago
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Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

Troy Roberts Re:is it shipping to customers ? (394 comments)

Yes, it's nonsense, because the theoretical creation of a derivative work at run time due to dynamic linking (e.g. shared libraries and kernel modules link at run time) has never been tested in court. Furthermore, the derivative work is not being distributed (I generally programs are not distributed while they are running).

about 2 years ago
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Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

Troy Roberts Re:is it shipping to customers ? (394 comments)

OK, I see it claimed often that linking into a GPL'ed code makes a derivative work. First, I will note that little claim has never been tested in court and I suspect it would not stand. Secondly, APIs and header files are generally not copyrightable. So, I think there is not legal route to call run time linking a derivative work in the legal frame work of US copyright law.

However, let's assume that is wrong, then if it is not a derivative work until it is linked, then the end user is doing the linking and is not distributing "derivative work". So, even in the unlikely case that linking creates a derivative work, the GPL is still not violated because that derivative work is not being distributed.

about 2 years ago
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Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

Troy Roberts Re:Why not a free market for labor (456 comments)

I suppose I should point out that the US does not implement a purely capitalist economy. There are regulation on many parts of the economy, including how and when labor can organize.

about 2 years ago
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Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

Troy Roberts Re:Why not a free market for labor (456 comments)

I was replying to the comments about China, not the US. I was responding to the claim that China was a shinning example of capitalism, which I think is a hard claim to support.

about 2 years ago
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Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

Troy Roberts Why not a free market for labor (456 comments)

I wonder why in many examples of capitalism, all markets are free except labor. If a nation is truly based on capitalist ideas, why not have a market for labor. In this case workers could band together and sell their labor to the highest bidder. For some reason, this is never considered a part of capitalism, which I believe is just a convenient inconsistency by the rich.

Because China does not have a free labor market, it is not a shining example of capitalism. It is a shining example of the powerful taking advantage, which happens everywhere.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox 15 Released: Silent Updates, Compressed Textures, Add-on Memory Leak Fix

Troy Roberts Re:Upgrades wipe out my login cookies! (393 comments)

No doubt, you have "Clear history when Firefox closes" checked on the options Privacy tab.

about 2 years ago
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Diesel-Like Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy By 50%

Troy Roberts Re:Better than conservation (721 comments)

Though, I agree with what you have said, I think it might be helpful to look at the definition of justice and just.

Merriam Webster:

Justice (noun)
1 a : the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments
            b : judge
            c : the administration of law; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity

2 a : the quality of being just, impartial, or fair
            b (1) : the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2) : conformity to this principle or ideal : righteousness
            c : the quality of conforming to law

3: conformity to truth, fact, or reason : correctness

and maybe the word just also.

just (adjective)
1 a : having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason : reasonable
            b archaic : faithful to an original
            c : conforming to a standard of correctness : proper

2 a (1) : acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good : righteous (2) : being what is merited : deserved
            b : legally correct : lawful

I believe the meaning usually assigned to "Social Justice" is related to definition 1a of Justice and 2a (1) of the Just (or possibly 1a). People are making a moral judgement (or stating what they think is reasonable), which may or may not be tied to any legal precept.

So, the gp may, in fact, be using "Social Justice" is a consistent way that happens to match his morals or reason.

more than 2 years ago
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Global Online Freedom Act Approved By House Committee

Troy Roberts Hypocritical US Government (55 comments)

Our government is happy to surveille their own citizens (even with drones and cameras everywhere). So, essentially we can do it, but nobody else should!

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style

Troy Roberts Re:From Latin ("de" + ablative of "factum") (110 comments)

I suppose I was confused by your sarcasm and the fact that there is not agreed upon style guide for American writers.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style

Troy Roberts Re:From Latin ("de" + ablative of "factum") (110 comments)

I see you think you know latin and thus assume you under stand "de facto". Just in case, you are confused on this point, let's see what Merriam-Webster says:


1. de facto
adv \di-fak-()t, d-, d-\
Definition of DE FACTO
1: in reality : actually

2. de facto
adj
Definition of DE FACTO
1: actual; especially : being such in effect though not formally recognized
2: exercising power as if legally constituted
3: resulting from economic or social factors rather than from laws or actions of the state

His usage looks good to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Small, Modular Nuclear Reactors — the Future of Energy?

Troy Roberts Re:Distributed Grid (314 comments)

One must wonder what the MW above the left axis on the chart could possibly mean. Hmmmm ... MW ... MegaWatt. Not to mention that the total contributions of Solar are below 4%, I am uncertain what additional power solar is contributing to the sale of electricity to France. In fact, since the peak demand is in the evening (when solar produces nothing) and not at noon, I am pretty confident that the additional power is coming from fossil fuel burning

more than 2 years ago
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RAM in my most-used personal computer:

Troy Roberts Re:32 GB in my Mac Pro (543 comments)

If you have a working set that is larger than 2GB, then the Duron may, in fact, do better on this hypothetical bench mark. Because, if your working set is larger than 2GB, then the i7 machine will be swapping to disk and if the disk is a HDD, then the access time is orders of magnitude slower than the RAM access on the Duron.

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat Nears $1 Billion In Revenues, Closing Door On Clones

Troy Roberts Re:What about CentOS? (201 comments)

Me either

more than 3 years ago
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N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

Troy Roberts Re:Here is the section of the NC law (705 comments)

You surely did not read the paper that was submitted. It does not contain any advanced math. It contains a reference to the relevant regulations. It uses simple math, data from the city, and simple street diagrams/pictures to make an argument for the installation of traffic lights. It does not claim to be any sort of engineering.

You also fail to understand what the words "practice" and "offer to practice" mean in the context. So, the Merriam-Webster dictionary provides us with some help. Definition 1.c : to be professionally engaged in .

I think it is clear that he did not claim to be and engineer, did not practice engineering in any professional manner, and thus the law does not apply.

If this law would apply, that would mean any well thought out and researched petition of the government would be unlawful, if done by anyone accept a qualified engineer.

more than 3 years ago

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