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Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

cfsops Re:War Engines (406 comments)

12 MILLION people died in WWII.

I think it was more like 50 million, but who's counting.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

cfsops Begin by communicating. (361 comments)

As a new developer at a young-ish software company, I've been told my communication skills need some work.

Is your manager telling you that your communication skills need work, or is it your co-workers?

If it's your manager, then part of his/her job is to help you improve; he/she needs to suggest how you can improve your communications skills.

If it's not your manager, then talk to (communicate with) your manager, tell them you're concerned that your communication skills may need some work and ask them for suggestions. It's part of their job to help you improve, so they should have no problem offering advice.

If your manager isn't willing to offer any help, then think about looking for a new job and moving on.

about 8 months ago
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EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

cfsops Re:fourth amendment vs. first amendment (333 comments)

Unless you really believe the nutball theory that evil UN men in black will use those databases to swoop in and start confiscating guns indiscriminately then it's pretty implausible that holding gun sellers and owners accountable would violate anyone's rights.

It was exactly that "nutball" confiscation of guns, perpetrated by James against Protestants, that led to the assertion of the right in the British Bill of Rights and which in turn led to its inclusion in our Second Amendment.

I'm sure I don't know what you mean by holding gun sellers and owners accountable. Hold them accountable for what? Are you suggesting that gun sellers and owners are, by definition, guilty of some crime for which they must be held responsible? If they've done something "wrong" and have been judged guilty, as you seem to suggest, what's the point of a list? Why not just punish them?

1 year,7 days
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Federal Judge Rejects State Secrets Claims: EFF Case To Proceed

cfsops Re:Judicial control is what was missing (146 comments)

It's little to do with soldiers. Everyone's a fucking hero any more here. If a cop or a fireman or heaven-forbid a mail person just does their job, they're now a "hero". If someone walks down the street and doesn't fall into a quivering mass at the corner, pissing itself over the cars and shit driving by, then that someone is a fucking hero.

1 year,14 days
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Federal Judge Rejects State Secrets Claims: EFF Case To Proceed

cfsops Re:Judicial control is what was missing (146 comments)

The Pentagon just argued that Seal Team 6 was on loan to the CIA when they went after Bin Laden,

It was my understanding from the beginning that it was a CIA operation with JSOC people temporarily assigned. IOW, I don't think this was ever a "secret". I think this is not unusual and sometimes works in reverse, (CIA/SOG temporarily assigned to JSOC units), as well.

1 year,14 days
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Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

cfsops Re:but, back to root cause (423 comments)

especially for a person landing for the first time at a given airport.

This was not the flying pilot's first time landing at KSFO. It was his first time landing a B777 at KSFO. Though the training pilot had only 40-something hours flying the B777, he's been an airline pilot for nearly 20 years and, therefore, has many thousands of hours flying jets, including the B747.

I'm not trying to apologize for the guy; he (and the others in the pointy-end) fucked up huge and two people died and others are probably permanently injured because of it. Let's try to get it right for their sakes, if nothing else.

It could be that the pilot flying lined up on the edge of what they saw, which was the seawall, instead of lining up on the runway edge, fifty feet further up.

Which is why you don't "target" the edge of the runway, but rather the excessively clearly marked TDZ. This airplane was not coming down "a few feet" short, it was coming down many hundreds of feet short.

1 year,14 days
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Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

cfsops Re:but, back to root cause (423 comments)

Yes it can be landed in that manner. However, to do so requires a working Instrument Landing System for the runway on which the plane intends to land. In this case, it appears that at least part of the ILS system for runway 28L, the glide slope part, was not working, (due to maintenance). This part of the landing system tells the pilot how high the plane should be at a given distance from the runway. It creates a sort-of invisible slide (usually 3 degrees) that the plane flies down, with the bottom of the slide being near the end of the runway, (specifically in/near the touch-down zone or TDZ). In this case, the pilots apparently were flying the approach manually, so they had to judge for themselves how to descend to the runway. All pilots are trained to do this, so it's not some mysterious procedure that only a few know how to do. The problem in this case is that the plane was descending to a point well short of the runway, a point in the water, and the question is why did the pilot(s) flying the approach not realize and act on the error until about 7 seconds before impact, which was too late to do anything about it. In terms of the appropriateness of manually flying the approach, the weather conditions at San Francisco on Saturday are probably the most suitable.

1 year,14 days
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UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

cfsops Re:I answer... (976 comments)

Right. But you might be tortured, burned at the stake or have your vestigial head removed from your body by a "properly managed" religion.

1 year,14 days
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UCSD Lecturer Releases Gun Owner Geotagging Application

cfsops What could go wrong... (10 comments)

I expect those who advocate this despicable app will soon discover it's far more beneficial to the criminals in pointing out where the people who can defend themselves live and consequently where the sheep live. Why would the BadGuy fuck with me when he can mount the sheeply, mewling quim, (to borrow a phrase from another post), that bleats next door. Great Idea!

1 year,15 days
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U.S. Independence Day is a ...

cfsops Re:Not surprising . . . (330 comments)

I personally don't consider "quim" to indicate weakness. Quite the contrary in much of my experience. OTOH, I do consider "mewling quim" to be negative, derogatory, denigrating (read that three times fast), and indicative of weakness.

1 year,16 days
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Teen arrested after 'Timebomb' tweet

cfsops Re:Has this ever happened? (2 comments)

I don't know the song whose lyrics were supposedly being "quoted", but in my opinion the tweet as cited is a direct threat. Even I would carry the little shit off to jail. He can't be that oblivious to the world he's living in.

1 year,16 days
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

cfsops Re:You should have retracted thsi by now... (506 comments)

Korean pilots augur ...

Fascinating. The pilots were ancient Roman religious officials who foretell the future? Seems like they messed that one up.

Oh, wait. I guess you meant "auger". Maybe you could take some time off from writing headlines and give Korean flight crews some remedial training in hand-flying approaches in B777's? Whadda ya say?

1 year,16 days
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

cfsops Re:source of fire in the forward cabin? (506 comments)

It appears to me that the plane rotated clockwise as it skid across the ground. As you noted, such a rotation would cause the right engine to get "stuck" in the area it's found, at the wing root on the right side and the temperature at the back end of the motor will likely be around 1,500 Fahrenheit. From the picture I saw of the right side of the plane, there appeared to be a burn-through just forward of the wing root, next to where the back of the engine was resting. Also, the tail impacting the ground caused the mains to slam into the ground with enough force to break them off. That may have caused a fuel tank breach, or at least a leak. I think a fire may have started in the cargo hold, maybe fed by a small amount of fuel.

1 year,16 days
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

cfsops Re:news for nerds (506 comments)

... or 3d-printed dildos ...

wait... what?

1 year,16 days
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EU To Vote On Suspension of Data Sharing With US

cfsops Re:A constitutional amendment (330 comments)

Yeah, not true. The Constitution and the laws derived from it apply to everyone within the jurisdiction of the United States.

1 year,18 days
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EU To Vote On Suspension of Data Sharing With US

cfsops Re:A constitutional amendment (330 comments)

> The US needs a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to privacy.

No, it doesn't. The Constitutional right to privacy is already well established in the US.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_privacy#United_States

The problem is that it is not observed.

The article cites says that there is plenty of precedent in court decisions that support a notion of personal privacy. The article also says that the so-called right is frequently debated. Regardless of what the SCOTUS and others have ruled in the past, regardless of the weight precedent holds, a new and different ruling can appear in the future. An explicit amendment, (especially a properly worded one), to the Constitution would help to put any right to privacy on firmer ground. As others have pointed out, an amendment doesn't ensure compliance, but I think it's a much higher bar than precedent.

1 year,18 days
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China Says Serious Polluters Will Get the Death Penalty

cfsops Re:Thou hast angered thy King (260 comments)

Phht. I've been executed three times for the same thing. No deterrence at all. Last time they got pissed cuz I was giggling the whole time singing 'you can get anything you want at alice's restaurant.'

about a year ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

cfsops Re:Wow, just wow. (406 comments)

Being a "tin plated overbearing dictator with delusions of godhood" is not cool and shouldn't be tolerated generally.

And that, precisely, is the trouble with tribbles.

about a year ago

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The vision for Xbox One and the character of a company.

cfsops cfsops writes  |  about a year ago

cfsops (2922481) writes "Here’s an interesting article on Windows IT Pro about the Xbox One along with comments by Don Mattrick. From the article:

“Case in point: When asked about Xbox One’s controversial and Draconian “always on” Internet connection requirement, Don Mattrick, the president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, this week recommended that those gamers stick with the aging Xbox 360.

“The Xbox One is the future-proof choice,” he said. “We have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of [Internet] connectivity. It’s called Xbox 360 If you have zero access to the Internet, [the Xbox 360] is an offline device. Seriously, [when I saw the complaints about Xbox One] and thought about who was really most impacted [by the always-on requirement], it was a person who said, 'Hey, I’m on a nuclear sub' I can empathize, if I was on a nuclear sub, I’d be disappointed [too].”"
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