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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

musth Re:Every day (282 comments)

Concerns about ability to kill animals after relocation are a really big deal to most of us, Hemingway.

about three weeks ago
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Intelligent Autonomous Flying Robots Learn and Map Environment As They Fly

musth Yay, another likely tool of war (37 comments)

Not too easily purposed to warfare and domination of other peoples. Just what we need more of.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Researchers Can Take Your Pulse, Right Through the Walls

musth Another fucking military hijack (125 comments)

The research could be used for health-tracking apps, baby monitors, and for the military and law enforcement.'

Of course, always for the military and law enforcement. The ethos of technology development in this country, spreading to the world, increasingly sickens me.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

musth Re:Well.. (274 comments)

This is not for the question submitter, but in general, do not fuck your coworkers. About once or twice a year I end up attracting the attention of a younger engineer of the opposite sex who mistakes mentoring and being a nice guy for mate material. This is a workplace complication you do not need. If you're confident in the middle of the biggest engineering shitstorm ever and manage to right the ship, you're going to attract attention, and not just from management.

Yeah, women are practically automatons, naturally drawn to confident alpha male types. In these situations their genes and hapless little neurological and hormonal structures dictate to them to fuck, and the unsuspecting prime specimen that is the object of their attention is put into the awkward position of having to ward them off (repeatedly, as you report), or kind-heartedly acceding to their animal wishes, which sure puts that fella in a heckuva spot (as you can attest!)

They can also be controlled easily with shiny rocks, such little restraint and higher cognitive function they have.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

musth Re:In my experience in that situation... (274 comments)

I instead, genuinely, showed interest in hearing about their antics, which they enjoyed sharing with me.

You did this convincingly, and without having disgust overtake your work life, how?

about 3 months ago
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An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

musth Technology detox (264 comments)

What other essential knowledge or skills should we add to this imaginary 'toolbox'?"

Whatever they are (and Heinlein's list is very good), the skills that we need to live as well-rounded humans cannot be perceived, checked off, or checked in like items on a requirements list or lines of code. A great problem with technology, and with most practitioners of it, is the instrumental view of the world it inculcates. As the Dean says, the humanities represent a very different way of thinking and understanding the world.

Probably the best thing that could happen to most technology majors is a several-years-long break from it.

about 3 months ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

musth Re:facebook, google, NSA, etc (183 comments)

Working for a "defense" contractor, you can be extremely sure you are contributing to evil.

about 3 months ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

musth Re:facebook, google, NSA, etc (183 comments)

At some point between 9/11/2001 and 6/5/2014, I worked for a defense contractor for several years....I had no idea! Do you honestly think they'd tell someone like me?

You worked for a defense contractor, and then claim plausible deniability that the shit you're contributing to is used for evil?

Seriously?

about 3 months ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

musth Re:I've grappled with the ethics of CS for 20 year (183 comments)

That's convenient, isn't it? Because in your worldview individuals are exempt from making moral choices - they need just point out some other person or entity which has a lot of influence.

about 3 months ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

musth Re:facebook, google, NSA, etc (183 comments)

What rationalizing bullshit, as if programmers don't have brains and can't be expected to develop and follow moral consciences. As if they are somehow exempt from the moral duties we all have.

You can feed your family doing other things, which may not give you as much comfort as you want, but which don't have you hurting other people to the same degree.

about 3 months ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

musth Re:I've grappled with the ethics of CS for 20 year (183 comments)

...but sometimes you just have to shut up and play the game if you want the rewards of the game.

Basically, you chose to shut up and do unethical things, to keep getting your hands on those $$$$ greasy paychecks. So quit rationalizing.

You had and have options.

about 3 months ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

musth The biggest ethical problems not even mentioned (183 comments)

"Are you going to be an asshole who chooses to accept money for working, directly or indirectly, for the military?"
(This is what the "defense industry" is, kiddies. Very lucrative and widespread.)

"Are you going to be an asshole who chooses to accept money for working, directly or indirectly, for spy agencies?"

Addressing these ethical problems requires personal political and social awareness, something often missing from young people's time allotments.

about 3 months ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

musth Can we stop with the cutesy usage of "Condi"? (448 comments)

Slashdot would like to be taken seriously, I assume. But "Condi" isn't our friend; we don't know Rice on a first-name basis, much less on a nickname basis. Serious journalism/reporting/blogging doesn't refer to public figures by their first names.

The same goes for all the Google billionaires and other tech luminaries, whom tech outlets like Slashdot routinely refer to as, e.g., "Sergey" or "Larry".

They are not our friends. We're not all part of some big club together - the concerns of tech CEOs are vastly different from those of most working tech people. Tech blogging doesn't serve the tech community well by employing these kinds of linguistic devices, which help to disarm the critical thinking of readers.

about 3 months ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

musth Sobering to realized that Cerf cashed in too (149 comments)

The crypto tools were part of a classified NSA project he was working on at Stanford in the mid 1970s to build a secure, classified Internet. 'At the time I couldn't share that with my friends,' Cerf said."

Another one drops into my asshole category for working for intelligence/military/military contracting. And they probably almost all think they were "serving America".

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

musth The big boys' conceit is.... (177 comments)

...that the advertisements that they serve are "wanted".

about 4 months ago
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The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

musth Yay, progress (143 comments)

And thus, technology continues to uglify the world.

about 4 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

musth I prefer.... (285 comments)

...not to trendy-quantify every goddamn piece of food I eat.

about 4 months ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

musth Zuckerberg not exactly a well-rounded person (281 comments)

Case in point, Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of college, and I don't think anybody would say he made a mistake.'"

You would if you don't think that making money should be a prime goal in life.

about 4 months ago
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What Makes a Genius?

musth Bad reasoning (190 comments)

The assumption that genius requires "achievement" of some kind is smuggled in.

about 6 months ago

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Are Video Game Makers Becoming Responsible?

musth musth writes  |  more than 3 years ago

musth writes "With NFL 12, industry acknowledges gameplay depictions of head concussions influence RL behavior of young men — so why not likewise with sexual and violent behavior, one wonders....could it be the millions of dollars in violent video games, ya think?"
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They're good enough for the army

musth musth writes  |  more than 3 years ago

musth (901919) writes "Hey Slashdot: if video games don't lend themselves to violent behavior, why are they being used by the US military to get children revved up to live the good life and go out and kill people?"
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musth musth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

musth writes "Here in Oregon the current drama is the rescue of the Kim family, who decided to take a wilderness shortcut over some forest service roads impassable in the winter. The father is a tech geek working for one of the tech web sites (I forget which). The family stopped at the vistors center in Wilsonville, OR, where they were warned to stay away from these roads, but staff there noticed he had a couple laptops, possibly GPS equipped. Google shows the road as usable and does not indicate the danger. The mother and child were rescued at the car, but the father trekked off for help, alone through the wilderness, again possibly relying on GPS. A major search operation is under way. They have found his pants and possibly some other items. See http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf ?/base/news/1165379133269380.xml&coll=7 in The Oregonian; I think there are stories with more details out there. Got most of my info on the local Portland news last night."

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