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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:really (337 comments)

Remember the first World Trade Center attack, where the terrorist was arrested when he tried to get his $400 deposit back on the truck he used?

That part of the Official Mythology has always seemed a wee bit implausible to me...

1 hour ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:A Pox on Both Your Houses (337 comments)

Should I live in terror of an anvil spontaneously falling thru my ceiling and crushing me? 'Cuz there's no real chance of that happening either.

2 hours ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:A Pox on Both Your Houses (337 comments)

Really dumb SSID name choice? Yes.

NO. It's NOT a dumb SSID name. It's a FUNNY name. When most people see an SSID with a funny name, it makes them chuckle. It takes a special kind of fucktardedness to call in the Gestapo because of someone's mildly amusing joke.

2 hours ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:This was no AP. (337 comments)

How about we fine the dunce in charge, who decided a humorous wifi name was a good reason to go into ape-shit public panic mode.

2 hours ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:This was no AP. (337 comments)

Personally, I am terrified of my wrists...

2 hours ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:This was no AP. (337 comments)

Mine's 'Big brother is watching'.

2 hours ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

jmcvetta Re:gtfo (724 comments)

It's never Martin Luther King, Jr, walking up to the stand; it's always the Black Panthers, the Trayvon rioters, Jessie Jackson, hood drug dealers, and hood gang members coming to complain about "The Man" because they need something to complain about.

In fairness I don't think the Panthers belong with the others in this list. When a movement for social change ends with its leaders being killed in a hail of FBI bullets, that's at least a good hint they were doing something positive for the common people.

That's what progressives do: They make real issues illegitimate by associating a group of people with a bunch of whiny babies.

Progressives don't actually want to change the problems they whine about. Rather, they want cushy gubmint-funded non-profiteer jobs "managing" the ill effects thereof.

about a month ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

jmcvetta totalitarian prudery (274 comments)

Ohh noez - kiddie pr0n!!!1!!1! Burn the witch, burn the witch, BURN THE WITCH!

about a month ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

jmcvetta Re: Or so they say... (142 comments)

I'll take that as a "yes".

about 2 months ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

jmcvetta Re: Or so they say... (142 comments)

Ahhh... so you believe only subjects with a credulous & servile attitude should be included on a jury?

about 2 months ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

jmcvetta Re: Or so they say... (142 comments)

Yes, that's a good little Centrist - lick that boot. No one could possibly have an experience with the legal apparatus that contradicts the fairy tales you were taught in high school Civics class...

Regardless of your baseless opinion on why I was removed, the fact is at least 11 of 12 original jurors were removed. The attorneys cycled thru something like 18 of the 30-ish potential jurors by the time I was excluded. Jury selection continued after I left.

It's pretty obvious juries in my city are not juries of the defendants' peers, but rather juries of select persons favored by attorneys.

about 2 months ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

jmcvetta Re:Or so they say... (142 comments)

This is the morning before we wake up to a boot on our neck

Sorry, too late by about a decade. The old Republic was sick for a long time, and died an inglorious death in 2001. Long live the Empire!

about 2 months ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

jmcvetta Re: Or so they say... (142 comments)

When I was called for jury duty (in California), the attorneys had something like 10 peremptory challenges each. Everyone who wasn't a slack-jawed dimwit was removed. This was only for a traffic accident case - I imagine the lawful-corruption would be even worse in a more serious case.

In Centrist America, it's only a jury of your "peers" if you ride the short bus.

about 2 months ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

jmcvetta Re:Undercover cop issue a non argument. (142 comments)

If the honest cops want to stop this perception

There are no honest cops. Any decent, non-abusive, non-corrupt person who joins up is drummed out of the force within a year.

about 2 months ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

jmcvetta Re:Holy cow ... (142 comments)

Yup - pure banditry.

Since we're on the freeway to neofeudalism anyways, maybe we ought to look into how bandits were dealt with back in the bad old days....

about 2 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

jmcvetta Re:Is Coding Computer Science? Of Course! (546 comments)

The best-run company I ever worked with took what I thought was a sensible approach to optimization:

We were working on a complicated production system with hundreds of individual components and intense uptime requirements. The vast majority of the programmers (about 1000) were to focus on writing "robust" code that worked in an "obvious", easy-to-maintain way. The Performance Engineering team would look at system metrics (everything was instrumented) to find the actual performance bottlenecks. Then they would send in a crack team of commando programmers to do trippy, non-obvious optimizations on very small pieces of code.

The idea was, in a complicated system it's very unlikely that your specific piece of code is going to be the limiting factor in overall system performance. So it's better to have less performance-optimal but more robust code in most places; and to use fast but brittle code only where absolutely necessary.

FWIW, the company in question is outlandishly profitable, and their software is widely considered the best in their industry.

about 2 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

jmcvetta Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

If you're writing your own sort function, you're doing it wrong. Just call the one in the API.

Amen.

about 2 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

jmcvetta Re:"coding" (546 comments)

Imho,

coding : developing software :: typing : writing literature

about 2 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

jmcvetta Re:Yes and no. (546 comments)

Buildings large & complex enough to require a structural engineer generally aren't built by carpenters. Afaik (I don't work in construction) for large steel frame or ferroconcrete building there is role equivalent to the master carpenter on a wooden project - a single person who in theory could build the entire building by himself.

about 2 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

jmcvetta Re:Programmer or Engineer? (546 comments)

An Engineer Designs. Which do you want to be? The theory that CS teaches is mostly and directly translatable to Software Engineering.

The considerably majority - tho by no means all - of the CS majors I have worked with couldn't design a clean, elegant API if their job depended on it. Alas, it never does.

about 2 months ago

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