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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

crywalt Re:Read Slashdot (479 comments)

I trust it was nice to think of your uncle. It's nuts, but that's okay.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

crywalt Re:Read Slashdot (479 comments)

I'm a gold-plated pedant and even I think this is going too far. This ain't my PhD thesis!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

crywalt Re:Read Slashdot (479 comments)

Can I come work for you, sabri?

about a month ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

crywalt Re:Well, There You Go. (708 comments)

Socialism, by definition, is where the government owns the means of production. This isn't even partially the case almost anywhere any more, unless you really stretch the meaning of ownership. I may be exaggerating somewhat; there may still be state-owned companies here and there. But, really, socialism barely exists today.

about 3 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

crywalt Re:Well, There You Go. (708 comments)

You do realize there's almost no socialism anywhere in the world at this point, right? Even China has given it up.

about 3 months ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

crywalt Re:No (264 comments)

I've talked shit like I'm some kind of tough guy? Really? I'm posting under my real name. Because I'm not afraid. And I don't talk shit.

about 3 months ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

crywalt Re:No (264 comments)

I hope you're modded down below -1 into some minus infinity where we can never see your typing again. I've been to Newark, Philadelphia, Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and similar places many, many times. I am a white man who grew up in New York City and went to high school in Alphabet City. I've seen more of what passes for bad neighborhoods in America than you've had hot dinners, asshole. And I have never once been threatened, let alone menaced, attacked, mugged, beaten, shot, stabbed, or anything. The people of Ferguson are not animals. They're human. They're people. They deserve more respect than you do, Anonymous Coward, with your ridiculous racist views.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

crywalt Re:Wow. Glimpses of greatness... (119 comments)

Congratulations on being the first commenter to spell his darn name right.

about 5 months ago
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id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

crywalt Re:hehehe (100 comments)

If I had mod points I'd upmod the original comment for being hilarious.

about 5 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

crywalt Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

You're right. One example of police state thuggery from the most recent election hardly counts.

about 7 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

crywalt Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

Except when a third party, say the Green Party, does put forth a candidate, say Jill Stein, who qualifies to be in the Presidential debates, *she is actually detained by the police and held for eight hours*. http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

about 7 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

crywalt Proof Things Have Gone Downhill (627 comments)

If /. were still true to itself there'd be an argument between vi zealots, emacs fanatics, and ed enthusiasts, with one lone guy crying out about EDT.

about 9 months ago
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Fighting Paralysis With Electricity

crywalt Re:Proud to see stuff like this... (56 comments)

That guy who is trying to convince you that banks really help people? To heck with him. I worked for a major bank for about a year in IT. You know what I did? Built mini-websites to facilitate wealthy people's getting free stuff. Seriously. In order to keep these multi-million-dollar clients, the bank would have to give them freebies -- tickets to sporting events and such -- the new stadiums for the Giants, the Yankees, and the Mets were all built, not because the old facilities were too small or worn out or anything, but simply because the team owners wanted more luxury boxes and suites they could sell tickets for -- and my entire job consisted of supporting the reps and their distribution of the goodies. Looking back, that may have been the most blatant of my worthless IT jobs, but most of them have been pretty much like that. (And don't even get me started on the couple of months I worked for a guy who turned out to be a spammer. Obviously I quit as soon as I figured it out.) So I'm thrilled to hear that someone out there in IT is doing something worthwhile. Huzzah!

1 year,29 days
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How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

crywalt Geek? (688 comments)

If this Brian Boyko were a real geek, he wouldn't misuse the phrase "begs the question".

about a year ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

crywalt Re:In Depth Fisking for the time crunched: (1255 comments)

I can't even read this entire attempt at fisking because, good lord, the chucklehead uses the word "statist" in his second paragraph. Talk about telegraphing your idiot biases right up front. And then his very first well-reasoned argument is to laugh at the use of the word "manifesto". Because, obviously, only statist commie collectivist numbnuts use the word manifesto! Does Correia just start typing in swaths of _The Fountainhead_ partway down? Because I'm not reading any further to find out.

about a year ago
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On handedness: I am ...

crywalt Nondextrous (260 comments)

There definitely should've been an choice of nondextrous: Someone who uses their hands, both equally poorly.

about a year and a half ago
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What Is Your Favorite Polearm?

crywalt SPETUM (469 comments)

Come on, with a spetum you can disarm an opponent with a successful hit against AC 8! Name one other polearm that does that!

about a year and a half ago
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Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

crywalt Re:Ever heard of "build it, and they will come"? (573 comments)

Google is subsidising the 1Gb/sec service at levels no company hoping to turn a profit on the venture would ever do... There's a reason they picked a small town to host this "showcase" ISP service.

Interesting book: Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy by William Janeway. Short version of the thesis: Nothing truly technologically innovative was ever rolled out with a rational profit motive in mind, because anything truly innovative cannot rationally be predicted from what came before. Railroads, electricity, telephony, wireless telephony, the American interstate highway system, and the Internet were all built by irrational investments (driven by government) and economic bubbles amid great waste and inefficiency.

about a year and a half ago
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Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

crywalt Consumers (573 comments)

We've also heard that consumers in 1910 don't really want electricity. Also, in 1890 they don't want flush toilets, and in 1860 the railroads don't interest them. We checked in 1215 while we were at it, and consumers said they don't need black pepper or the Magna Carta.

about a year and a half ago
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Surface Pro: 'Virtually Unrepairable'

crywalt Re:Link o iFixit (418 comments)

I was wondering this myself. Why link to a summary of the article on Wired when you could just link to the original? Is someone at Wired getting paid for the extra eyeballs?

about 2 years ago

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Apple Offers No Solution for iPhone 4S Wifi Breakdowns

crywalt crywalt writes  |  about 10 months ago

crywalt (2426042) writes "It seems that thousands of iPhone 4S owners around the world have encountered a problem where their phone can no longer connect to any wifi. They find their wifi options grayed out in the phone's settings. This has been going on since at least last September as owners upgraded to iOS 7; the current hypotheses are that iOS 7 either overheats the Broadcom wifi chip or uncovers some hitherto unknown bug in the chip. Apple's response to the many comments in their support community and elsewhere is to list some possible software fixes which don't help many people and basically amount to "Have you tried turning it off and on again?" Most owners report this is occurring with phones slightly older than the one year warranty — a perfect storm considering the age of the 4S and the iOS 7 update which is breaking them. Most users report both Apple and their carriers are essentially telling them to buy a new phone. Taking matters into their own hands some DIY owners are going to extremes to fix their phones, including heating them with hair dryers and then sticking them in the freezer. There's a Change.org petition with a paltry number of signatures on it; one wonders how long it will take before Apple addresses this problem."
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Ask Slashdot: Web Development in 2012?

crywalt crywalt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crywalt (2426042) writes "I was introduced to the World Wide Web in October of 1993 and put up my first Webserver — on VMS — not long after that. I've been working on the Web, for fun and profit, ever since. When the CENTER tag was implemented, I used it. When JavaScript was first invented, I picked it up. When PHP was first invented, I picked it up. When CSS arrived, I learned it. I have always hand-coded everything and despise tools like Dreamweaver.

I'm currently unemployed and my most recent full-time position involved developing for IE6, unfortunately. Shopping myself around I find people looking for HTML5 and CSS3. The new versions don't seem too hard to me. But the more I look into current Web development, the more complex it gets. Yeah, I use jQuery — and love it. But there's also LESS, and Google Web Fonts, and then I see things like BrowserQuest. And all of this is so far beyond me I'm not sure where to start.

Right now I'm looking at developing three new — small — websites. What I'm wondering is, what are people using for Web development in 2012? The obvious answer is "it depends" but I'm looking for a broad cross section, possibly some starting points."

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