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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Vitriol+Angst Re:Boy toy (712 comments)

I think the other side of the problem here is because people read or hear a few stories like this -- they feel persecuted. There''s 24 hour news and 24 hour blogs and writers have to get people to notice them.

it's just filler -- and it will be until the mainstream media stops making news a profit center. There are important issues in this world and our media is studiously avoiding them. So what's safe to talk about that doesn't risk hurting the economic interests of an increasingly influential series of interlocking companies? Rehash the same stale discussions that we've been gnawing on for 30 years.

There are men who listen to talk radio and think they are persecuted, there are women who think they are being ignored -- and the rest of us who are sane and wise know that everyone is being ignored and persecuted because we live in a hostile free market world that isn't handing out any free passes unless your dad's name is on the building.

9 hours ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Vitriol+Angst Re:1..2..3 before SJW (712 comments)

I'm sorry to SOUND misogynistic, but whenever I hear a rant like; "It's there fault, and they should be more X, but on the other hand not too anti-X," I interpret what they are saying as "Blah, blah blah, DO ME, blah blah blah HARD, blah blah-blah NOW."

I could pepper this comment with a lot of psychology, thoughtful hemming and hawing, or some sort of shared responsibility. I am after all a feminist and I think Gloria Stein is awesome. But the difference here is that men recognize when they just need to get -- SomEthing eXactly appropriate -- and are OK with admitting it.

At NPR, they are all sponsored by companies they formerly used to challenge with cutting edge investigations. Now their legacy nod to anything Liberal is to whine about issues that Liberals used to champion. It's got to be difficult coming up with material that pretends to challenge the status quo -- but in acceptable ways inside of the "free speech zone" they've been quarantined in by sponsors and overly sensitive donors. I'm not Professional, but I'm willing to bet that everyone at NPR is in dire need of SomEthing eXactly.

9 hours ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Vitriol+Angst Re:Politics (374 comments)

LOL.

It only needs to be explained if he voted for Herman Cain or that governor from Texas who wanted a double-walled electrified fence with shoot to kill orders on the border with Mexico.

11 hours ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Vitriol+Angst Re:Politics (374 comments)

It's a pointless task to shut the Republicans up. If the wind is blowing East they will complain that it should be blowing West. If it changes to West, they complain that it should have changed sooner. If It was East and suddenly blew West without their complaints being heard, they will complain that it was a UNILATERAL change in wind direction and OMG "the One" is acting like an emperor from Kenya -- this was foretold in Revelations.

11 hours ago
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

Vitriol+Angst Re:So much feedback and yet Microsoft ignores it a (109 comments)

Really -- THAT's how you interpret that sentence?

Me, I figure the process is this;
1) Top Exec gets "vision"
2) Worker drones in various departments feverishly compete for solution.
3) Solution is not compatible with other departments.
4) Hapless new guy gets Vision Solution and the rest implement a generic version that is compatible.
5) Least common denominator patch solution gets implemented.
6) Marketing figures out a way to describe the moderate and stable change as "Visionary".
7) Someone digs up a customer email in their data warehouse of suggesting for a match.
8) Marketing department posts email request from user and let's people know; "Microsoft is Listening"
9) 3 billion suggestions and 4 billion "You suck" comments get compressed and moved back to the data warehouse waiting for the next visionary release, right next to the Arc of the Covenant.

12 hours ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

Vitriol+Angst Re:Solar powered drones (93 comments)

We joke, but it's clearly a target for Denial of Service attacks.

Or anyone who can train a large group of Artic Terns to fly in a circle. Should be pretty easy if you just clip the left wing.

13 hours ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Vitriol+Angst Re:Surely there's more to come :( (302 comments)

They should tax the bad news about the Hungarian government 3X if they really wanted to make money and put the boot down.

yesterday
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Vitriol+Angst Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (302 comments)

You forget that once you METER something, then it effects everything down the line. It's not just the payment -- it's the effort involved in dealing with the payment.

If someone at a school or business has to create a purchase order to request "X amount of projected Bits of Internet use" -- then the school/business has to meter and check and someone has to approve and someone else has to check the process.

Sure the internet is a flexible commodity -- but it's not just the COST that will go up, it's the speed that will go down. You've just changed it from free form expression to something that has to be justified each and every time. Might as well get out that AOL floppy and fire up the old Modem and see if the government is checking the phone lines.

yesterday
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Vitriol+Angst Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (302 comments)

When you start with "Reagan said..." you've already simplified beyond recognition.

Most anecdotes Reagan had of "this guy I know who could no longer help his children because of ____ " -- they were all completely made up. He got that bedtime story voice and a boatload of Bull -- and THAT sounds like a guy making sense and being authentic to a lot of fools. Reagan made a lot more sense before he sold out his Liberal rhetoric and started betraying actors for Hoover.

yesterday
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Vitriol+Angst Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (302 comments)

Anyone getting mod points as "insightful" for quoting Reagan shows that we still have people who haven't figured out that Supply Side is a fancy term for Economic Royalists about to crash the economy.

It takes a lot of myopia and selecting history editing to make anything from the Reagan era a good idea. Most Reagan fans still have not figured out that he doubled taxes on the self employed and only lowered it for businesses and the wealthy. Sure, this sounds like a troll comment -- but the difference is; it's true.

Oh, and Reaganites doubled the money going to Social Security -- which was right (except for the limit that kept wealthy people from paying more), so that SS is solvent. And yet, nobody knows that it's SUPPOSED to zero out around the time baby boomers are in the grave because it's mostly a transfer fund,... that's probably going to come as a shock and nonsense to most. That's why we have Think Tanks, so everyone else stops thinking.

yesterday
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

Vitriol+Angst Re:Perspective (135 comments)

It's funny how our media chooses something a few times a year that can tell a story and scare the public. Usually it's something from overseas, that we have to start behaving differently and checking on people coming across the border to prevent.

I just heard a story of some moron who yelled "I have Ebola" on an airplane, and they sent him back home. Why the overreaction? Is someone shouting nonsense MORE likely to have a disease after they say; "just kidding?" than the person next to them on the plane? How about people who get sick of stupid TSA nonsense and act out?

If someone shouted "I have C dificile" on a plane, everyone would say; "sit down and shut up?" Right, nothing would happen. It's almost as dangerous as someone shouting "I have the flu" that kills even more people each year but it's already here -- not something on a plane that requires a background check. Ebola and Al Qaeda are just the latest Pavlovian words that we must respect, otherwise someone needs to over react. It's OK that more Americans die each year from coal pollution or police shootings -- as long as it isn't the "bad guys" from over there. We blow up thousands and a few people get beheaded on TV and everyone MUST DO SOMETHING -- let's spend another trillion dollars without question.

It's so damn old and tired now how like clockwork, we get scared about some existential threat each fall. It's like our local TV stations pretending they've got hard hitting news and investigating a strip club, or the mechanic who replaces your old auto part with another old auto part and RIPS YOU OFF! Ignore the over draft fees from the bank and the hundred and one overpayments you make to a monopoly.

I don't know if this is a plan to distract us, or just an organic process of brain dead 24 hours news chasing the last safe stories that don't hurt the feelings of a paying sponsor -- but it damn sure seems the stay away from topics of real interest regardless of whether they are paid to or not.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Vitriol+Angst Re:grow your own (236 comments)

Mod this up to 11.

This needs to be the major discussion I here from our "so called" leaders. Not fences with Mexico. People seem to be clueless and think everything is a cyclical cycle. Not true when you have a game changer like self-driving trucks or automated fast food.

about two weeks ago
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Startup's Open Source Device Promises Gamers "Surround Sound For Your Eyes"

Vitriol+Angst Re:Colors really matter? (43 comments)

From my experience (I Am Not An Eye Doctor) Eye fatigue can be seriously affected by the light in the room around your monitor. The fact that most people now have flat panel displays, mitigates some of the problem. People used to have CRT monitors and often they were at 60hz. The other problem is that we often have florescent lights and those are at 60hz as well. We perceive consistent light, while in fact the light in the room is flickering on and off all the time. And your eyes can in fact respond to these constant changes faster than you can perceive them and that causes a lot of the strain.

The other factor in strain is staring at the same position in space all the time; our eyes are designed to be constantly looking at objects that are both near and far and not doing so makes them weak. If you just remember to focus your eyes at an object about 15 feet away for a few seconds a few time an hour - this can do a lot to prevent "eye strain" -- in fact it's probably eye focusing weakness while the pupil is getting strained.

Dark room + bright monitor = not good. Have a bit of fill light around your monitor (not florescent) is better.

Having full spectrum light or something to look at behind the monitor -- YES that can help. But knowing how your eyes are getting weak is also part of the issue.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Vitriol+Angst Re:The article is on dice.com. (547 comments)

Actually, having a Job Hunting website give the heads up on which languages are dying makes perfect sense. Who else is going to first notice; "nobody is asking for a Perl programmer?"

It's like the Housing market as a bell-weather for the economy. More building starts means more money in circulation. More jobs in a programming language means there is demand for that skill set.

It could be a puff piece purchased to get clicks and then resumes, but I just posit the notion that collecting data on job positions is not a bad way to read the tea leaves.

about two weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

Vitriol+Angst Re:Technical claims as reported puzzling (208 comments)

That's why agencies that use the NSA services choose to re-route the sexting from the smart phone to ruin a person's reputation, rather than go after them on criminal grounds.

*wink*

about two weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

Vitriol+Angst Re:Both are guilty (208 comments)

A problem with this statute is that it allows people we know to be guilty to get off.

Well I don't agree. People with power to incarcerate you following the rule of law and checks and balances is FAR MORE important to me, than some dark net distributor getting away with it.

Some things are legal and some are not -- and I can see many examples of where that decision was not informed.

It's better that a thousand guilty go free than one innocent go to prison. The guilty will commit another crime and we may catch them. But an abusive justice system scares me more than Al Qaeda.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

Vitriol+Angst Re:Wait... (315 comments)

It's actually been "working" for a long time.

It just takes more energy to make it work, which won't work for making energy.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Vitriol+Angst Re:Incompetent Administration (Thanks GWB) (425 comments)

This post got modded up?

1) The violation was of a UN resolution. The DAY it would expire. When was the last time the US cared about a UN resolution? All I can remember is that one time. So there was no violation found and no probable cause.

2) The US supports all kinds of dictatorships.

3) We were responsible for the deaths of many thousands. At least 2 million people were dispossessed of their homes. We didn't collect numbers on these deaths we caused because the lady charged with collecting that data was killed by friendly fire in the green zone on her way to the airport. The fact that "other Iraqis" killed even more people does not dismiss the fact that this would not have happened had we not bombed and invaded their country, destroyed their government, let the soldiers go home with their weapons, left the ammo depots with a couple padlocks on them and sometimes a guard or two, and generally set the country up with two religious factions and designed to fail.

The people in charge are responsible, and we were in charge while about 100,000 or more Iraqis died and 2 million more displaced, and thousands of birth defects which were likely due to depleted Uranium.

Anyway; invading another country is not trivial, and there was no reason to. Other than putting some oil companies back in the country and having the same production sharing agreements as they had before Saddam kicked them out. Is it a coincidence that our 14 fortified embassies are all located on the path of the oil pipeline? It was a resource war; plain and simple. It's just now that we have an internet, more people realize this than when we had the Spanish/American war.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

Vitriol+Angst Re:Google's forgoten its obligation to shareholder (134 comments)

So, on balance, we can find an economic reason for not treating people like crap.

However, if someone could save a buck; die!

about two weeks ago
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First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

Vitriol+Angst Teleportation WITHOUT data. (107 comments)

I imagine that teleportation of complex objects would be a technique that did NOT require gathering data independent of an object. I figure anything transported would either have the "space around it" reassigned -- kind of like a carrier wave, or they would be smashed into a super dense object that had to transfer 100% of the energy to a receiver. Basically, you use the "equal and opposite" properties of physics to guarantee data transmission. However, you may have to jump on another pad if you are uncomfortable with suddenly being left handed.

about two weeks ago

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