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SpaceX's Falcon 9 Appears As UFO In Australia

morgajel Re:Oh, those Falcon UFOs! (143 comments)

Slashdot is at the top of my RSS reader in the tech folder, BA is after it in the science folder- I saw this article and thought to myself, "Huh, I wonder what Phil is gonna say-" then BAM, first comment on slashdot.

Nice.

more than 4 years ago
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Hollywood Nervous About Kagan's Fair Use Views

morgajel Re:Bad on software patents (239 comments)

Clarence Thomas? He was a pretty heavy swing to the right if I recall correctly.

more than 4 years ago
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Should the Gov't Pay For Injured Man's Wii?

morgajel Simple answer (222 comments)

"Dear Mr. Politician,
If you think it's a waste of money, join me for one of the proposed workouts. If, after an hour of 'playing' you still feel it has no value, I will drop my claim."

I think a few rounds of yoga to limber him up, a quick 7 minute run to get the blood flowing, then some strength training... that should take care of the issue.

more than 4 years ago
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James Lovelock Suggests Suspending Democracy To Save the World

morgajel Re:Democracy? (865 comments)

Oh, so we should use the same system that we use to select juries?

What could possibly go wrong?

more than 4 years ago
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Truth Or Dare — What Is the Best US Cell Company?

morgajel I just went through this same thing (395 comments)

I switched jobs in December and had to get my own phone for the first time in 3 years. Started with Sprint, ended up on Verizon due to the shitacular coverage and service from Sprint. If you're interested in a comparison of the Samsung Moment vs. Motorola Droid, here's my writeup:

http://morgajel.net/2010/01/16/642

more than 4 years ago
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Nexus One vs. Top 10 Phone Security Requirements

morgajel Re:From the article (189 comments)

Quick, someone knows what they're talking about- STONE HIM!

more than 4 years ago
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10 Business Lessons I Learned From Playing D&D

morgajel Re:Other things learned (257 comments)

"Intelligence can find an answer. It takes Wisdom to determine if it's the *right* answer..."

So says the chaotic neutral, paranoid schizophrenic, dual-club wielding, donkey riding, zeppelin flying human fighter running around in my head speaking gnomish to his clubs who are telling him to chop the tree down to get the cat out of the branches.

about 5 years ago
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Daemon

morgajel Re:Nope. Never. (395 comments)

Wow, I don't even know where to start dissecting the FAIL in your post.

  1. Some people write books for fun. Case in Point: NaNoWriMo. How many books have you written and published? (Why don't you go get ya shine box right now.)
  2. Some people write books that may be useful for some people, but have a very small niche market. For example I wrote a guitar book, though I really stretch the meaning of "wrote" with it since it's mostly a journal with some useful nuggets in the front. I know 3 people who've already thanked me for it because there wasn't much in the market for that already.
  3. I have 2 novels in first draft form that I plan on self-publishing through Lulu. Do they suck? well, right now yes because they're a rough draft, however when I publish them, I'm hoping they won't. I know enough talented people to help quite a bit with this sorta thing because...
  4. My wife runs Literaryescapism.com which is a book review site. She quite a few books per month, and my favorite out of all of them that I've read is Pulling Strings by P. Vera, and he's self published.
  5. To say we have no dignity because we self-publish is... more pathetic than anything. I really can't respond to someone who'd think that, I can only give you this advice:
  6. Never go full retard (again).

more than 5 years ago
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For CS Majors, How Important Is the "Where?"

morgajel Re:Advice from someone who hires programmers (991 comments)

1) - THIS

My college instituted internships for CS majors the year I started- I was friends with many cs majors that were a year ahead of me, and they weren't required to do them. One of them especially loved to mock me for it.

5 years later, I'm a sysadmin with a decent job, and the friend that mocked me has been working in retail (as of this month an office job at a new company).

The internship goes a long way to giving you a wakeup call.

2) - THIS.

when I was looking for people I paid attention to what side projects they were working on. I want to hire someone who's passionate about their work.

As a sysadmin, I look for people with some development experience- They need to be able to fix stuff themselves if needed. It drives me nuts when I find a sysadmin who "doesn't like to code" and refuses to learn simple scripting languages.

As a developer, I look for people who contribute to open source projects. The code you submit can tell a lot about the type of developer you are, and can show if you're passionate about development.

My suggestion for anonymous is to find a middle ground. I went to GVSU, and while it's not a great CS school, it gave me the exposure of a liberal arts school while still providing plenty of CS students and profs to bounce ideas off of.

But what do I know, I started off as a film and video major.

more than 6 years ago

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