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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

kairu Star Trek covered this (914 comments)

While reading this article, I find it hard to believe that "Roache says when she began researching this topic, she was thinking a lot about Daniel Pelka". Not to insult the inspiration, but it seems like a lot of other sci-fi related shows have already covered this. The one that is on the top of my mind is "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" ("Hard Time", Season 2, Episode 25) where Miles O'Brien's mind has been altered to create memories of being incarcerated for 20 years on an alien world on charges of espionage and sedition.

Isn't this basically the same thing (except, you know, for actual criminals)?

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

about 10 months ago

What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?

kairu Re:Design patterns (396 comments)

I have to agree. I am a self taught php programmer for almost 10 years. When I went in for a programming job interview, the employer (who was a programmer turned middle-management) asked me about OOP structures and algorithyms. I really didnt know what to say because I wanted to show off my experiance, but I was a little embarrassed about my lack-of-textbook-knowledge. Self taught programmers all have unique skills and experiences, but I think the thing that all of them lack (including me) is formal and enterprise-level programming structures (for example, programming for others instead of programming for yourself). The self taught programmers may not have the prettiest code, but "gosh darn it, it works" (most of the time). I am all for learning code practices and structures through a classroom environment, but only IF the teachers are teaching CURRENT languages and practices in a way that the novice programmers can "invent" their own methods, then learn to apply what they already know to a solidified structure. Its just like learning a new language (like Japanese). If you're not emersed in it, or just study the book examples, you're not really learning. Its only when you can discover what you're doing and learn where and how to apply it instead of just following the examples that you can truly understand and apply what you know to future situations.

more than 4 years ago

Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

kairu Re:How much is your time worth (837 comments)

amen to that. when finding a "perfect length" cable for certain jobs seems impossible (and after spending so much on shorter lengths and cable extenders), it's much more cheaper to buy your own spools and crimp them yourselves. I've made my own cables for years and I've only had 1 fail in 6 years (which I quickly fixed with the same process I used to make it - it's not that easy to fix a professional cable unless you buy a new one).

more than 5 years ago

Law Firm Claims Copyright on View of HTML Source

kairu Re:Indefenseble... (601 comments)

I agree. You can look at a webpage and you can look at the source. Only if you know how to "decode" the HTML/CSS/whatever code and get to the content, it shouldn't matter. it's the exact same thing as looking at the page. That's like recording a show on a DVR, then writing down what the News program says. As long as you give credit, it shouldn't matter! As a web developer, I know that some people can "disguise" the code by loading from remote JS files. However, you can just look on a page and copy the info. Ctrl+A + Ctrl+C, open up Notepad, Ctrl+V. Done. Are you going to sue me for that?

more than 7 years ago


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