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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

grasshoppa Now I know it's bullshit (428 comments)

Anytime Jesse Jackson gets involved, you know it's more about skin color than relevant metrics.

In some cultures, we might call that "racist".


Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

grasshoppa Flawed reasoning (77 comments)

It is flawed to think that MORE laws will fix a problem. If a problem exists, it is likely due to the fact that there are too many laws to begin with.

When it comes to laws, less is most definitely more.

5 days ago

Poetry For Sysadmins: Shall I Compare Thee To a Lumbering Bear?

grasshoppa Beer (31 comments)


about a week ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

grasshoppa Online trolls, really? (962 comments)

Is this what we've come to? Pretending online trolls are a problem specifically for women?

Here's a hint for the author of that article: Trolls are adept at identifying that which will get under your skin, and will hit that button repeatedly as long as it keeps spitting out a pellet ( much like this article ). If we're going to generalize it, men don't get this particular brand of trollling because it doesn't work on us. Ultimately, it has very little to do with sexism.

But no; let's work on trying to make ourselves a better brand of troll. Let me know how that works out for you.

( and no; had the author been a man, I'd have responded in the same manner )

about a week ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

grasshoppa Corporate doublespeak (401 comments)

We are very embarrassed by the way our employee spoke with Mr. Block and are contacting him to personally apologize. The way in which our representative communicated with him is unacceptable and not consistent with how we train our customer service representatives. We are investigating this situation and will take quick action. While the overwhelming majority of our employees work very hard to do the right thing every day, we are using this very unfortunate experience to reinforce how important it is to always treat our customers with the utmost respect.

If you read this carefully, they aren't sorry for the content, merely the delivery.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

grasshoppa I've toyed with this concept.. (265 comments)

...and while I'm reasonably sure I can execute automated maintenance windows with little to no impact to business operations, I'm not sure. So I don't do it.

If there were more at stake, if the risk vs benefits were tipped more in my company's favor, I might test implement it. But just to catch an extra hour or two of sleep? Not worth it; I want a warm body watching the process in case it goes sideways. 9 times out of 10, that warm body is me.

about three weeks ago

Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

grasshoppa Am I alone here? (160 comments)

I mean, ya; "facebook is the enemy", sure. But honestly? Where's the personal responsibility? You can show me whatever you want, *I* control my emotions and my responses.

This whole thing has seemed a tempest in a tea cup, but because facebook is of questionable morals and ethics, it seems everyone is jumping on board how horrible this was.

about a month ago

Intuit Beats SSL Patent Troll That Defeated Newegg

grasshoppa Overall happy (59 comments)

...but intuit. Ya...

If those folks were forced out of business tomorrow, I'd be just as happy.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

grasshoppa Re:Fitness pretty much covers it (427 comments)

Fitness telemetry doesn't *need* a point beyond "it's fun". There's a sizable number of us stats geeks that would love to play with that dataset.

Seeing how we're effectively talking about a toy here anyway, "fun" is allowed to be the point.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

grasshoppa Fitness pretty much covers it (427 comments)

The only thing I can think of are the fitness metrics. It would be exciting if a smartwatch could measure not only heart rate, but vo2 stats as well as blood pressure.

That'd be almost exciting enough to plop down 100 bucks on it.

about a month ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

grasshoppa Re:*sigh* (619 comments)

I wonder if you are familiar with the US Budget. Take a look at it sometime. I don't think it's outside the range of possibility that they might divert funds from frivolous expenses to maintain critical infrastructure.

There is no need to give the government MORE money that they may or may not spend on what it's been earmarked for.

about a month and a half ago

Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

grasshoppa Let me see if I've got the shape of this (548 comments)

Is the goal here to engage otherwise disinterested parties with the hope of said parties gaining employment?

Doesn't that suggest a shortage of viable, potential employees for those positions? Well? Are we really that short on coders that we have to start chasing currently disinterested people to fill those positions? Assuming for a moment that there is an abundance of currently viable coders on the market, wouldn't this then suggest that "better" employees for this position will be female? Wouldn't that then potentially lead to situations where otherwise disinterested women are being employed over interested men? Who's output would you expect to be better?

How does that make any damn sense?

about a month and a half ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

grasshoppa *sigh* (619 comments)

Why is it the only time Ds and Rs can agree on something is when they're reaching their grubby little hands into my wallet?

about a month and a half ago

One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

grasshoppa Re:Detachment (396 comments)

Well, in the "grand scheme of things", so are we.

Me? I get rather attached to the source file I've been working on for the past 6 months.

about a month and a half ago

3D Bioprinters Could Make Enhanced, Electricity-Generating 'Superorgans'

grasshoppa Re:Being diabetic could become an asset (69 comments)

It could also be used to burn off the excess sugar as bio-luminescence to be the light of the party.

Sorry, the joke had to be made.

about a month and a half ago

The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

grasshoppa Re:How is that stranger? (136 comments)

How can computers be so alien to us when we've designed them? No, alien isn't quite the right word to use here, but rather lacking in development. You might say they are a proto-intelligence; all we've been doing, for the past 50+ years, is building the foundation for real artificial, rational thought.

You can't label something "alien" simply because you don't recognize it.

about a month and a half ago

US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

grasshoppa You keep using that word... (253 comments)

This must be that "transparency" I've been hearing so much about.

about a month and a half ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

grasshoppa Re:Novelty Factor (711 comments)

Is certainly why many went to Android. While I do know a few android power users, most got an Android because the did not need most of the features of a smart phone.

I'm curious; what can iphone do that android can't?

about 2 months ago

Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

grasshoppa Re:Good luck on that... he won't appear (304 comments)

Are you kidding? I hear there's some great hiking up along the border.

( god damn retards )

about 2 months ago

The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

grasshoppa Re:Buzzword bingo 2.0! (162 comments)

No, I'm the poor bastard that continually gets sucked into meeting after meeting with ignorant salesdrones spouting nonsense like "Internet of Things" and "Clouds" ( when they, themselves, haven't got a god damned clue what they're saying ), wasting time I should be spending on actual IT work.

High enough to be technical lead, not high enough to farm that shit out to my staff.

Ah, but if I don't go to it and correct the bullshit as it happens, it will have time to implant itself into management's head, and by the time I become aware of it it's already gained enough momentum to be called a "Project".

about 3 months ago



grasshoppa grasshoppa writes  |  more than 7 years ago

grasshoppa writes "Reports from around the web comic community indicate that Matt Boyd was paid a visit by detectives after posting this. This after being fired ( as can be seen from previous comics ) for discussing target shooting."


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