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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

computational super The diving bell and the butterfly (552 comments)

You might want to check out the book "The diving bell and the butterfly" - it was actually written by a locked-in syndrome patient (who dictated the whole thing by blinking out letters). He was even worse off, since he had only one good eye.

about 5 months ago
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Finding More Than One Worm In the Apple

computational super The culture (116 comments)

Yeah, the "culture" is "hurry up and get it done so you can get on to the next thing because if something takes more than an hour to do it's not worth doing" and it exists in every single software development organization on planet Earth. Until these things actually start costing real money to people with real power, this will continue.

about 5 months ago
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An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

computational super Although I agree... (264 comments)

Well, he's right, but unfortunately, the study of humanities in modern higher education has become a wasteland of anti-academic thinkers who viciously punish nonconformity and "ists" with an ax to grind and a debt to wring out of people whose ancestors they believe slighted their ancestors. He's describing what humanities ought to be rather than what they actually are.

about 6 months ago
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Cisco Plans $1B Investment In Cloud

computational super So... (61 comments)

So, they'll be sponsoring Iron Man 4 you mean?

about 7 months ago
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Security Industry Incapable of Finding Firmware Attackers

computational super When? Well, never. (94 comments)

When are they going to start taking security seriously? When consumers are willing to pay more money for more secure devices. So, never.

about 7 months ago
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Non-Coders As the Face of the Learn-to-Code Movements

computational super Re:Am I the only one.. (158 comments)

> will produce code so bad they'll have to bring me in to fix it. That's not necessarily a great position to be in - you'll be six months behind schedule the minute you set foot in the door, and you'll spend half your time in meetings explaining why it's taking so long to fix "that one thing that went wrong". And God forbid you ever suggest a ground-up rewrite.

about 8 months ago
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Non-Coders As the Face of the Learn-to-Code Movements

computational super Re:Am I the only one.. (158 comments)

> The fewer who want to code, the better for the negotiating power and leverage of coders and technologists going into the future. ... which is exactly the point of the initiative. People who can code want too much money, and have outrageous demands like the right to go home and see their families from time to time. Remember you're dealing with people who, deep in their hearts, believe that there's a simple, cheap, instant on-demand solution to absolutely every single problem they can think of (after all, that's what they were taught at MBA school). If the programmers can't produce something RIGHT NOW for a marginal cost of $0.00, then the problem lies with the programmers themselves.

about 8 months ago
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Telegraph Contributor Says Coding Is For Exceptionally Dull Weirdos

computational super Meh (453 comments)

Call me an exceptionally dull weirdo all you like, as long as I'm a well-paid exceptionally dull weirdo.

about a year ago
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Github Kills Search After Hundreds of Private Keys Exposed

computational super Re:Github and Zshell history files... (176 comments)

Man, how bored do you have to be to start stepping through somebody else's bash history file? Yikes.

about a year ago
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Chilling Guidelines Issued For UK Communications Act Enforcement

computational super Re:Not chilling, quite the opposite! (111 comments)

I for one, find it very comforting to know that my freedom depends on whether some arbitrary judge thinks that what I said was funny or not.

about 2 years ago
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US Gov't Mistakenly Shuts Down 84,000 Sites

computational super Re:WHOAH Nelly (296 comments)

He saw it in a movie once. What more do you need?

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Is Easy Prey For Governments

computational super Re:No ideal solutions (314 comments)

And with that, the debate shuts down... this is the problem with any decentralized networking solution. If it's possible to get rid of the (insert objectionable content here), it's possible to use the exact same mechanism to get rid of the (insert government-disapproved content here). This is why a decentralized internet will never happen.

more than 3 years ago
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ISPs Warn Europe — Website Blocks Don't Work

computational super Re:Predicted EU response: (210 comments)

Blocking IP addresses wholesale? Use a proxy server.

Hmm... that depends on finding one that's willing to route your requests, and I doubt that those are cheap. Of course, if I was an LEA, I'd set up a "low cost proxy server for requesting illegal content" and start logging requests right now.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Prove Software Testing Saves Money?

computational super Why are you asking? (312 comments)

Dude, you just made the cardinal mistake of dealing with bosses - you told him what you were doing! Just do it already. When you're done, show him what you did. He'll think it was cool.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Censorship Expands

computational super Re:Their choice (764 comments)

Oh, for God's sake. Mention "censorship" and bring out the etymology nazis...

If what Amazon is doing - refusing to sell something because they object to it on a moral basis - what is it? What word defines that act? "Amazon Private-company-selling-whatever-legal-products-they-wish Expands" isn't a very snappy title, after all. Neither is "Amazon Doing-something-that-is-unworthy-of-discussion-because-amazon-is-not-the-government-and-their-actions-are-not-covered-by-the-first-amendment Expands". "Censorship" is the best word we've got to describe that act, so until we can agree on a better word, we'll continue using it. Now can you please stop jamming up the entire fscking comments section with 500 repeats of "They're a private company!" every time we talk try to bring corporate censorship to the attention of people who do care?

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Censorship Expands

computational super Re:Their choice (764 comments)

Sigh... for the millionth time, yes, it is censorship, it's just not government censorship and therefore not illegal censorship (in the US). It's still censorship. That's what the fucking word means, for Christ's sake.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Dumps X For Unity On Wayland

computational super Re:A bit big for their britches? (640 comments)

I'm a little shocked at all the negativity. Have you people used X? If Ubuntu can drive a replacement, let them drive a replacement!

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Dumps X For Unity On Wayland

computational super Re:Ok great for beginners (640 comments)

X is a part of any proper Unix.

Proper Unix doesn't have any graphical display capabilities at all.

Now get off my lawn.

more than 3 years ago
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Ballmer, Bezos Fund Effort To Undermine Bill Gates

computational super Re:Question, adjusted, remains (866 comments)

Wait wait wait... are you trying to say that food, shelter, clothes & utilities stimulate the economy better than cars, houses and jets (or even drugs)? Either way somebody's paying somebody else to do something. Cars, houses, jets and even drugs are actually better economy stimulators because the profit margin is higher.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Fights To Maintain Indecency Policy

computational super Re:Le sigh (602 comments)

Well, I think that you're ugly, and I don't want to see your face. Put a bandana or a burqua over it or stay inside all the time or something. Have some respect for the rights of other people not to have to look at your face.

more than 4 years ago

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U.S. Launches Internet Anti-Censorship Effort

computational super computational super writes  |  more than 6 years ago

computational super (740265) writes "This sounds so unlike the U.S. government, I had to read the story twice... but the Department of Defense appears to have earmarked $15M to develop software tools to combat censorship in oppressive regimes such as China and Iran. The article doesn't touch on the fact that "repressive" is in the eye of the beholder, and that any tool that can combat censorship in China can also thwart censorship in the U.S. — I can't help but wonder if you have to agree to code a "backdoor" for the US government before you can get any of this money. Still, this is certainly a Good Thing all around."
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computational super computational super writes  |  more than 7 years ago

computational super (740265) writes "MSN is carrying the story of the federal arrest of the operators of what they refer to as a "preteen modeling site". The article refers to 'provocative' photos of kids, but goes on to say that "There are no semi-nude or nude images." From the article, it sounds to me like the operators were bending, but not quite breaking, US law. It will be interesting to see how this plays out."

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