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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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

jmcvetta Re:False premise (546 comments)

Without a degree you will find nearly impossible to get past HR gatekeepers.

Depends where you are. In my experience, what you say is very true on the East Coast. However in California it's not true at all, and I think out here not having a CS degree might even be a slight advantage.

about a month and a half ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

jmcvetta "coding" (546 comments)

Can we stop using the pejorative term "coding" as tho it were equivalent to "programming" or "developing software"? Coding is for code monkeys.

about a month and a half ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

jmcvetta Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

It's the vast majority of our first-hand experience. Covers at least five major American cities, both coasts and the Rustbelt.

about a month and a half ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

jmcvetta Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Yeah - lick that boot!

about a month and a half ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

jmcvetta Re:No, it wasn't. (463 comments)

So the law makes the cops above the law. Sorry bud, legal-formalist arguments don't change the functional reality: the cops are not held to the same standards of conduct they brutally enforce on the people.

about 1 month ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

jmcvetta Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

I too am not a big fan of the police, but that's a hateful slander of the majority police who work hard and are good people.

Nah dude, that's just a bigmedia bullshit line. In my first-hand experience, and in the experience of many other people with whom I've spoken, the vast majority of police are scum sucking bullies who prefer harassing decent citizens over confronting real criminals. That's my experience as a middle class white guy, and most people say the police abuse is even worse if one is poor and/or brown.

about 1 month ago

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