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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

mariox19 Re:C++ is not the language you start with (527 comments)

Actually, from everything I can gather, medical school is damn hard to begin with—and you only get to experience that after getting in to medical school, which, from everything I can gather, is damn hard to get into.


Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mariox19 Switcheroo (541 comments)

I do not believe you did this on purpose, but you switched contexts during your argument. First, you stated that race does not exist at the "biological" level; and then you went on to say, presumably as an explanation, that there is "no genetic trait" behind race. Those two statements are not the same thing. I recall that when the human genome project was completed, scientists stated that one of the things they determined is that genes, by themselves, cannot account for all of the variability among human beings; and, thus, the field of epigenetics took off.

What goes on at what you call the "genetic" level is not the last word on biology. If at the genetic level race is not distinct, that does not mean there is no biological cause behind race.

about two weeks ago

Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

mariox19 Re:First post (266 comments)

The traitors are those in power who have operated using unlawful actions. Nothing is more dangerous than a government operating outside of law. Get your priorities straight.

about two weeks ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

mariox19 Re:Ban caffeine! (511 comments)

It's gateway personalities that are the problem.

about three weeks ago

Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

mariox19 You're forgetting... (126 comments)

They also collaborated, along with Motorola, on the PowerPC. Admittedly, that's a dubious thing to note.

about a month ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

mariox19 Re:Silicon Valley is officially old (533 comments)

Generally speaking, the highest earners provide the greatest benefit to the country.

about a month ago

Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

mariox19 Robber Barrons 2.0 (155 comments)

This has been the favored business model of big players in this country since before the railroads. From what I can gather, it began with the canals. Monied interests get in bed with politicians and use the law to squeeze out everyone else. I think you're absolutely right. And none of us should be surprised when Amazon, whose web services host a number of government departments, and whose CEO owns one of the two major newspapers in the country, is granted an "exception."

This is how the crooked game is played.

about a month and a half ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

mariox19 It's the politics (725 comments)

The whole idea of (whatever they're calling it now) global warming is inextricably bound up with centralized economic planning or, at the very least, extensive economic regulation; and in many cases it goes beyond that with the advocating of international boards that threaten national sovereignty. Furthermore, many of these proposed treaties are seen by their opponents—and not without good cause—as a way of stifling rich, developed countries while favoring un-developed or developing countries. They're seen as a political punishing of the "Great Satan." This is what people can't get past.

about a month and a half ago

Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

mariox19 Re: So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (190 comments)

So, what! The Cubans can just put the resources of their mighty socialist republic to work and manufacture all the food and medicine the people need. Isn't that the way it works?

about 2 months ago

Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

mariox19 Re:"Surprising"??? (567 comments)

Who knew that Bible-thumping Republicans were farming Sweden!

about 2 months ago

Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

mariox19 Re:Common core changes history (113 comments)

You do know that the Common Core has only begun with English and math standards, and that social studies and science standards are next, right?

about 2 months ago

Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

mariox19 Re:Common core changes history (113 comments)

I think national standards are the entire problem. We shouldn't have national standards. For one, we're a nation of some 300-plus million people distributed across 50 states, with varying geography, cultures, industries, and so forth. Why would anyone think one size should fit all? It's funny how there is so much talk about "diversity" all the time and how great it is, but heaven forbid there should be diversity in education in this country. The federal government has no business in education. But apart from all that, centralization in a country like this poses another problem. It gives a single pressure point for every kind of political or ideological fad or bent. Anyone with an axe to grind, a chip on his or her shoulder, or just a run-of-the-mill "I know better than thou" complex has but a single pressure point to grab hold of to bend the country to his or her will. Today you may like who is behind this push for a de facto national curriculum. But tomorrow you may not be. What happens then?

I'm for competition, diversity, innovation, and freedom. The Common Core is antithetical to all that.

about 2 months ago

FBI Issued 19,000 National Security Letters In 2013

mariox19 Re:NSLs should be made illegal (61 comments)

I hope I'm remembering this correctly, but haven't some people challenged the National Security Letters, only to have the FBI rescind them before the case comes to court, presumably because they fear having a court rule them unconstitutional?

about 2 months ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

mariox19 Re:Yeah sure (371 comments)

I want to be sympathetic to your sentiment, but there is no one outside of the United States threatening our freedom. That's a fact. There is no one in the military fighting for our freedom. Granted, they may stand ready to defend our freedom, should a foreign threat materialize, but that's a different story.

Sadly, the real threat to our freedom is from within. It's from people in government who fancy themselves on the side of the angels and who think it's okay to bend or break the rules—a.k.a. the Constitution—to defend the "homeland." They're setting up the legal framework and law enforcement infrastructure that will completely obliterate the United States of America for good. What will be left is lines on a map claiming a heritage it has no right to.

about 2 months ago

Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

mariox19 Re:people are the problem. (251 comments)

It's not simply that they're "just doing their job." Some of them justify what they do that way. But some of them have convinced themselves that they're on the side of the angels. They catch "bad guys"—that's the simpleton phrase they use. So, anything they do is okay, because the ends justify the means.

What?! Do you like bad guys or something?

The average person cannot integrate anything so abstract and complicated as the need for constitutional restraints: meaning, why government power needs to be restrained, even if in the short run of particular cases the "inconvenience" of such restraints lets the "bad guys" get away. The only thing the average person is able to digest is so-called "patriotism," the fight of "good guys versus bad guys" (in this case, literally, cops and robbers), and the kind of chauvinism of association that allows them to believe that they and the other great bunch of guys on the job are hard at work doing good.

This kind of mentality can accommodate any kind of political circumstances just as happily as any other—America, Iran, Cuba, the old Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, or what have you. That's what's so scary.

about 2 months ago

Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

mariox19 Re:They never answered the question... (137 comments)

and leaves phone on the bar

But for the fact that "blaming the victim" is currently considered a mean-spirited social faux pas, I would point out to you where your friend went wrong.

about 2 months ago


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