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Lizard Named For Jim Morrison

gatesstillborg The Lizard King is good fun, but my real favorite (50 comments)

is Horse Latitudes. When the still sea conspires an armor, And her sullen and aborted currents breed tiny monsters, TRUE SAILING IS DEAD! Awkward instant, and the first animal is jettisoned. Legs furiously pumping Their stiff green gallop And heads bob up Poise Delicate Pause Consent In mute nostril agony Carefully refined And sealed over

about a year ago
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Lizard Named For Jim Morrison

gatesstillborg Re:For Everybody under 50 (50 comments)

I think he came flat up against one of the greatest trials or our age, specifically, to be used (emotionally) incestuously by his mother. (Which emotional is the standard though generally unrecognized form of mother/son incest.) He took some pains to understand what happened to him, though in the end was unequal to the resultant self-destructiveness. Still, all that notwithstanding, he did his best to "live out" and make a positive contribution in the form of great/cathartic art and entertainment.

about a year ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

gatesstillborg That's completely chickenshit. (1145 comments)

Yeah, the main thing to start with is driving mileage. They aren't doing much with metric if that (ie public facing) is still English, and only internal govt stuff is metric.

about a year ago
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New Study Suggests No Shortage of American STEM Graduates

gatesstillborg Re:"STEM" is a useless grouping (344 comments)

Not sure there is that much difference, because those who started out as astronomers frequently end up in IT.

about a year and a half ago
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LinkedIn Invites Gone Wild: How To Keep Close With Exes and Strangers

gatesstillborg Hope (164 comments)

The snake will always end up eating its tail. They will always find enough rope to hang themselves, etc.

about a year and a half ago
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Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies

gatesstillborg Re:Indigenous vs. Immigrants? (484 comments)

QUALIFYING as an MD might indeed be hard work, but though many doctors do in fact ultimately "toil" significantly, they also stand to ultimately attain relative autonomy AND be turned loose ("orgiastic") upon a trough of green backs. An engineer's fate, on the other hand, is more along the lines of "an honest day's pay for an honest day's toil."

To summarize, that (ie. "money mountain") is precisely what still draws substantial numbers into medicine.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Telling Users To Uninstall Bad Patch

gatesstillborg So, based on the linked garb, this only... (154 comments)

...affects Vista, 7, /Server? Shoot, perhaps we're already seeing the impact of failing to support XP! :)

about a year and a half ago
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Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies

gatesstillborg Re:Indigenous vs. Immigrants? (484 comments)

That's not why. Sadly, it's because it's hard work.

about a year and a half ago
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Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies

gatesstillborg Re:Immigration (484 comments)

wrong thread!

about a year and a half ago
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Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies

gatesstillborg Re:Immigration (484 comments)

Well, duh! Taxes correlate inversely with share value!

about a year and a half ago
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Aaron Swartz Prosecution Team Claims Online Harassment

gatesstillborg Re:Overaggresive US Attorneys... (429 comments)

Thanks for your well spoken, inside perspective.

about a year and a half ago
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Aaron Swartz Prosecution Team Claims Online Harassment

gatesstillborg Re:Payback is a bitch (429 comments)

Also see excellent documentary Thin Blue Line.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

gatesstillborg Completing a web progg certificate (347 comments)

at some junior colleges was the best educational move I ever made, at least with regards to employment. My biology and chemistry degrees were nice for general information, and as a time to experiment with different fields.

about a year and a half ago
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German Science Minister Stripped of Her PhD

gatesstillborg A. seems pretty inapplicable 4 a Science Minister (123 comments)

and B. the profound irony re. matters of ethics/"conscience"!

Schavan’s ethical-philosophical dissertation entitled ‘People and conscience — studies on the conditions, necessity and requirements for formation of conscience today’.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Study Mystery of the Toddler Who Won't Grow

gatesstillborg Re:Wouldn't They See That in the Endocrine System? (252 comments)

Yeah, that article looks like real schlock. I'm shocked to see something like this anywhere outside of the tabloids

Mainly, I'm shocked that we should appear to know so little about physiological development. I guess their saying there is nothing wrong with her endocrine system must mean the hormones are found. But, does that mean they then know nothing about the receptors and secondary developmental mechanisms? In that case, how would they know the things they are looking at are even growth hormones? Truly shocked medical science should draw such a blank on this one.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

gatesstillborg Re:Old problem (507 comments)

Other people's styles definitely present a challenge, no matter how "good" it is. Problem with bad is definitely there. So many more ways to do it poorly than there are to do something well!

I am fortunate to work at a place where very high standards of technical excellence are upheld. Pretty much all managers come from an accomplished technical background, and many continue to practice. Non-technical managers will defer to a considerable extent on technical matters.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

gatesstillborg Re:Old problem (507 comments)

Though you didn't seem to intend to reply to me, I would support your point. I agree that it is valid to be aggressive if you truly believe in what you have to say, but should still maintain tact so communication is as effective as possible. It just seems that the tact must be missing for someone that junior and considering the OP seemed to suggest he did this coming right in the door, though not necessarily, so long as he has adequately reviewed the code.

Additionally, though, as someone mentioned elsewhere, one must be wary of those who are better arguers than they are critics.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

gatesstillborg Considering he is an intern and his... (507 comments)

...longevity should be limited, I would (severe, though probably merited by his superior (for an underling) attitude) tend to reduce the priority of his learning experience. If he was under evaluation for a permanent position, I would think this confidence/arrogance should buy him an earlier than usual trial-by-fire of a somewhat substantial project, or at least a portion of one he can lead the development on. Hopefully, he would do well, though probably still find himself a bit more isolated than he might otherwise have been, which should be helpfully chastening.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

gatesstillborg Re:Old problem (507 comments)

I disagree with this "perceiving everything they didn't write as shit" stance.

I came into a new position, my first serious one (when I was in my forties, second career field, after a couple years of good community college studies). I have experienced in depth 3-6 (3 thorough exposure, 3 partial/peripheral exposure) different, substantial code bases. Two of them where horrendous ("devil spawn"), one was not exactly a work of art, but manageable, managing considerable (reporting and logging) complexity, and the other 3 were solid to the point of being elegant, and naturally readable. And mind you, this was my first serious in depth exposure, across a variety of development platforms, including both proprietary and open source.

"Man is the measure of all things." -Protagoras

about a year and a half ago

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