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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

fractoid Re:Allons-y! (701 comments)

I was hoping to see some Starcraft. Depending on what I'm doing, I'll occasionally spout off 'Battlecruiser operational!' or 'Goliath online!'. Or if I've just put on a bunch of PPE or bike gear, "Jacked up and good to go, sir!"

Then again if I'm turning on a piece of heavy machinery I tend to just stick with "Fire in the hole!". Unless it's taken several tries, circuit breaker trips etc. to get it working, at which point it gets the good ol' Ace Ventura "It's ALLLIIIIIIVE!"

about a week ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

fractoid Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

I don't think that would have made that much difference to them, honestly. They already have pretty much all of your data.

My issue with it was that while I've come to terms with Google knowing everything about me, it doesn't follow that I'm OK with everyone else knowing everything about me.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

fractoid Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

At least in my circle of friends, it was taking off pretty fast. We were all sick of Facebook's privacy bullshit and wanted something else to use that would supply the same service. We all dropped it pretty much straight away when they started pushing for real names.

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

fractoid Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

True that. The approach can work on either gender and people are less likely to assume a male's motivation for seducing them is anything other than sex.

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

fractoid Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

Not as cost effective? If I was working on a budget, I would be far more likely to succeed by employing a smokin' hot woman with leet skills to seduce an enemy tech than I would by trying to crack 4096-bit encryption.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

fractoid Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

"In Soviet Russia... you survive catastrophic failure due to a robust ascent abort system."

about two weeks ago
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Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

fractoid Re:Yep. (64 comments)

They become huge.

And delicious.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

fractoid Re:Yep. (64 comments)

Beavers making dams is (I would argue) 'engineering'. Although maybe more 'crafting' in the sense that they build things to manipulate their environment, but their designs aren't based on any kind of rigorous understanding of the structures they use.

What annoys me is that humans are the only species on the planet that are denied the right to change their environment in this way. When we do it it's "unnatural" and "destroying our environment" when any other species a "marvel of nature".

about three weeks ago
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Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

fractoid Re:As an Engineer,,, (64 comments)

Exactly. Calling them "engineers" of the ocean ecosystem implies that they are intentionally manipulating ocean ecosystems to further some goal. When you read the actual article, it's mostly about the fact that they shit everywhere.

about three weeks ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

fractoid Re:This and more (88 comments)

Not in WA - they're everywhere over here.

about three weeks ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

fractoid Re:This means nothing without context (265 comments)

This is what shits me about 'affirmative action'. Companies shouldn't have to be "serious about building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics". They should be serious about building a workplace that reflects excellence in achieving the company's purpose. All of the things listed above are supposed to be irrelevant and most certainly shouldn't be used to screen applicants.

about a month ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

fractoid Re:SO (265 comments)

It's interesting that, as you say, no-one focuses on these minorities.

Wanna know why? It's because (in general) they have a culture of working fucking hard and achieving things. If you have that, you don't need 'affirmative action' or any other kind of hand-me-down or pick-me-up. You get there under your own goddamn steam.

about a month ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

fractoid Re:SO (265 comments)

I said Agents, Neo.

about a month ago
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What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

fractoid Re:Not the data I was looking for... (148 comments)

You need to separately classify people who dropped out in order to pursue more lucrative opportunities, and people who dropped out for other reasons.

Bill Gates didn't drop out of college to bum around and smoke weed, he did it because he and Paul Allen had just scored a supply contract for Altair BASIC.

about a month ago
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What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

fractoid Re: My phd? (148 comments)

You're going to spend your 20s doing something, the postgrad lifestyle isn't all that bad, neither's the workforce assuming you studied something that someone somewhere actually wants to pay you for.

Getting a PhD does pidgeon-hole you as a bit of an academic, though. It's not always necessarily an asset when applying for a job.

about a month ago
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Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

fractoid Re:There've been quite a few procedural games (100 comments)

I'm happy to see a mention of Musgrave here. He was doing procedural landscapes and atmospheric effects back before "fractals" were well known as anything other than the Mandelbrot set or a Koch snowflake.

about a month ago
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Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

fractoid Re: "Helicopter parenting" (207 comments)

Same... when I first heard the term I thought it was similar in meaning to "Seagull manager", but for parents. It does make sense when you see parents hanging around like a news chopper over a house fire, though.

about a month and a half ago
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Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

fractoid Re:Well, so much for slashdot (207 comments)

I'm pretty sure that there is enough of the drug already that is effective ducks.

about a month and a half ago

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