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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

mjr167 Re:Useless (184 comments)

I'm not sure what this obsession with street lights is... We don't have street lights where I live and it's nice. We somehow manage to not run over children and animals, though the deer do occasionally hit cars. Stupid deer dashing out of the woods and running into cars... (cars never hit deer, the deer always hits the car).

As a result we can look up and see the sky at night and we don't have street lights shining into our houses in the middle of the night.

4 days ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

mjr167 Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

If we did accept your argument, then we would also have to accept that it would be a violation of free speech to film film young girls in a dressing room or to take covertly film women going up an escalator so we can see up their dresses. In both cases, this is not acceptable, and the former is is not only because of age issues.

Actually... Upskirting is apparently currently legal.

about two weeks ago
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Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston U's Patent Settlements

mjr167 Re:Universities should have no patents (130 comments)

One of my coworkers is teaching a class at the local university. They are paying him $6000 for the semester. He has 30 students, each student pays the uni $2600 to take the class so the uni got $78,000 in tuition for this one class and had to pay the professor $6000. Where do you think the money goes?

It's an online class. There is no lab equipment, no building fee...

about two weeks ago
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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

mjr167 Re: Bad summary (206 comments)

That actually varies by state to state... Some states require the landlord to provide notice, others do not. I had this problem at my first apartment. The landlord was constantly sending in maintenance and not bothering to tell me. They had to do work on the furnace, inspect the fire extinguishers, etc. At least once a month they came in and the only reason I knew was because I bought a security camera. It was ridiculous. In the end, I moved out. Legally there was nothing I could do and trust me, I was pissed and tried.

about a month ago
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Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders

mjr167 Re:1996 (96 comments)

Actually... yes... If you have a security clearance you are required to report traffic violations resulting in large fines. Until recently the limit was $150, but in the last couple of years they upped it to $300. Apparently the US government thinks that if you routinely drive 90 in a 50 you are irresponsible or something.

about a month ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

mjr167 Re:Recycle! (323 comments)

We have a new hire going through our one project and fixing compile issues (we are porting to a new architecture and upgrading the compiler). He hit a series of errors about copy constructors being private. His solution was to just friend the class instead of asking us why the copy constructors were private. It was a database connection class and the destructor closed the connection. Those of us who knew what was going on, knew that this was Bad and we needed to fix the implicit copy that was happening with the new compiler, not just litter friend throughout the code to make it compile. Had we tried to run his fix, the system would have failed with closed database connections.

So yes. Experience is worth something.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

mjr167 Re:Drink more. (218 comments)

I once interviewed a guy who complained that he almost didn't make the interview cause he was still hung over from last night...

We didn't hire him.

about a month ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

mjr167 Re:Disable player chat (704 comments)

Grand Theft Auto serves the same purpose that Naughty Nurses VIII serves. Not all movies explore the deeper aspects of mankind, morality, and story telling. Not all games will either. We produce a lot of crap in all industries. Not everything will be worthy of being called art.

about a month ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

mjr167 Re:Disable player chat (704 comments)

If we are to claim that games are an art form akin to books, movies, poetry, music, and painting, then we have to accept that art often is designed to make us uncomfortable. Often, an artist calls attention to an issue by exploring it. For example, you have a gay protagonist who struggles with his own inner lack of acceptance and self-confidence as well as fears of how society views him. You include a scene where the gay guy gets beat up because he is gay. A successful artist would establish empathy between the character and the player, causing the player to question the moral implications of the scenario. Maybe he was ok with beating up gay guys before, but now he has established a bond with this character and thus becomes uncomfortable with the scene and questions long held beliefs?

It is not about turning the games into something like Sesame Street or Magical Friendship Land where we watch everyone get along. The stories that resonate the deepest with us are the stories that hit the closest to home. It is ok to portray the struggle of social injustice. To try to pretend that it does not exist is foolish and will not send a message other than "look how PC". Instead it is about creating a story that feels real, causes us to empathize with the characters, and thus question our own personal prejudices.

about a month ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

mjr167 Re:Recycle! (323 comments)

But if we have the correct Processes in place then all the people just become interchangeable, unthinking cogs that blindly follow the all powerful Process!

If you are having trouble with your people not knowing how to do things or having trouble coming up to speed, then clearly your Process is broken and we need to pay 10 managers to take a week long trip to Hawaii in order to revamp the Process.

All the workers need to know is how to look up the correct Process and follow their check list. The Process will cover all scenarios and situations imaginable and should never be deviated from.

about a month ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

mjr167 Re:Internet should go where it should go (279 comments)

Are they actually moving the root DNS servers? Cause otherwise nothing has really changed except the US is no longer regulating ICANN. ICANN is still physically located in the US. If the root servers are still in the US nothing prevents the NSA/FBI/whoever from walking in and turning them off.

about a month ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

mjr167 Re:What about radar? (382 comments)

I blame TV. Apparently everyone thinks we are actively tracking every single object flying through the air everywhere, every second of every day...

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

mjr167 Re:Why dealerships get a free ride (342 comments)

I find it hard to believe that dealers are stocking parts for every single model and year ever made. Can you really walk into a dealer and pick up a part for a '94 Honda right now?

I have an 07 and have been told "X is broke. We need to get you a new one and it's going to take us Y time." Fortunately most parts are standard so you don't need to special order an oil filter. Things like oil filters, control arm brackets, and hoses don't exactly change much year over year.

There are also a number of shops and mechanics who somehow have parts and can fix cars without running an entire dealership. When I needed the rear half of my car rebuilt, I didn't go to the dealer. I sent to a body shop and they somehow managed to get parts. I'm guessing they called the manufacturer and ordered half of a car :P

about a month ago
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Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

mjr167 Re:Risk? (104 comments)

Your sample set of 2 is certainly proof positive that your lifestyle will work for all 8 billion people living on this planet and anyone who is sick must have just been taking stupid risks.

The arrogance of people who believe that they know best is truly astounding. Unless you are a doctor and specifically MY doctor you have no right to judge my lifestyle. As a point of fact, my doctor specifically told me once that anything I could eat (didn't matter what, ice cream, pizza, whatever as long as it was food) I should eat. At the time I was pregnant, suffering from sever nausea, and loosing weight cause I pretty much threw everything right back up. The point is, you don't know what is driving the choices people are making. You don't know if a person is having weight problems because they are undiagnosed celiac's disease. You don't know if they are having thyroid problems. You don't know if the woman constantly eating crackers and popcorn and getting 'fat' is really pregnant and trying her best not to puke on your shoes.

It is also arrogant to assume that your particular choices will fit with everyone's needs. The 2000 calorie diet is a baseline suggestion. Athletes, pregnant women, women who are nursing, people who live in Alaska where it is fuck cold year long will need more calories. People who are sedentary or have low metabolisms will need less. Carbs and proteins both have their places in different healthy lifestyles.

Lifestyle choices are certainly important, but they are not the only factor in our health. There are a whole variety of genetic and environmental factors that also impact our health. To say that anyone who has a health problem must have made poor life choices and thus deserves to die because they are stupid says a lot about you as a person.

about 2 months ago
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Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

mjr167 Re:Risk? (104 comments)

Cause "lifestyle choices" are why we all get sick and die? Really?

News Flash: Everyone dies.

While you can certainly make poor lifestyle choices that increase your risk, you can also make all the 'correct' choices, cut yourself while doing your healthy outdoor activities on something stupid, get flesh eating bacteria, and die.

They are not saying "these activities" are high risk, but "these compounds that everyone has and fluctuate for a variety of reasons not all controlled by the individual" indicate risk. It's like saying something like "white people have a higher risk of this fatal disease (let's say... skin cancer) so lets drop all white people and tell them well, you should have known better than to be white".

about 2 months ago
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All In All, Kids Just Another Brick In the Data Wall

mjr167 Re:Negative reinforcement (110 comments)

You don't have kids, I take it. My three year old constantly tells me things like "I can't do it! I don't know how! Help me!" when I tell her to do things like put her pants on or take her shirt off. I usually just ignore her and let her struggle for a while unless I actually need her to be dressed or undressed. She has also yelled that she is stuck and needs help from the middle of the foam pit in her gymnastics class and desperately pleaded for me to jump in and get her. I also once told her if she jumped high enough she touch the clouds and then watched her try (this ended with her asking me for a ladder).

The trick is to recognize when the kid actually can overcome the challenge and when they can't. If they actually cannot overcome the challenge, then it is pointless to watch them struggle. Otherwise, they need to learn that they actually can get themselves out of the pit.

about 2 months ago
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Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

mjr167 Re:Don't Hold Everyone Else Back (259 comments)

That's how we roll in the US. Poor little Johnny is having trouble adding? We can't hold him back so now no one learns to add until he catches up!

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

mjr167 Re:NAT (574 comments)

Practically speaking, the IP address doesn't change unless you reboot the modem or manually do a release/renew.

about 2 months ago
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Putting the Next Generation of Brains In Danger

mjr167 Re:TOTC (143 comments)

Hell... Given how many things either kill or children or make them grow up stupid, its a wonder the human race has managed to survive as long as it has.

about 2 months ago

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Cell Phones Will Soon Control ATMs...

mjr167 mjr167 writes  |  about 6 months ago

mjr167 (2477430) writes ""Just like using a "remote control for the ATM," you will soon be able to log onto a mobile app, indicate the amount of money you want and receive it in seconds from an ATM. No debit card necessary — all you need is your phone, financial services giant FIS announced at the Money2020 conference in Las Vegas this week."

What could possibly go wrong?"

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Beware the Militant Millipedes

mjr167 mjr167 writes  |  about 7 months ago

mjr167 (2477430) writes "Millipedes in Australia have taken to the streets... er train tracks... in an effort to bring awareness to their plight as a trodden upon second class citizen of our planet. While the little guys have been throwing themselves in front of trains and cars for decades, they have finally managed to organize in sufficient numbers to actually have an impact and are now responsible for at least one train crash.

I bet you always thought the "How many millipedes does it take to stop a train?" question on your physics exam was a joke."

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Smart Guns

mjr167 mjr167 writes  |  about a year ago

mjr167 (2477430) writes "While most in the gun debate argue about minor details about availability of guns, there is one proposal to make guns that "know" if they should fire or not. The guns would somehow know if they are being to told to shoot a child and not fire when the trigger is pulled. How could this possibly go wrong?"
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Georgia School Math Assignment Teaches About Slave

mjr167 mjr167 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mjr167 (2477430) writes "A Georgia school decided that it would be a good idea to have a crossover between a social studies class learning about Fredrick Douglass and slavery and math. The resulting homework assignment asked students the following questions: “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?” and “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?” Apparently several teachers collaborated to put the assignment together."
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