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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

mwehle Re:Oblig. Monty Python (74 comments)

What's the nautical speed velocity of an unladen seal?

Too sophisticated a question for me. I'm still working on what "speed velocity" is.

about a week ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

mwehle Re:Where were you when the Eagle landed? (211 comments)

I was eight too. Built Revell models of the command and lunar modules - seemed like most boys did. Major Matt Mason toys, Star Trek on the television, Estes rockets launched by the whole class in elementary school. I remember assuming that if there was no nuclear war in the late 20th century by the 21st century there would be space stations and moon colonies like in 2001 A Space Odyssey. Would never in my wildest dreams have imagined that in 2014 the US wouldn't have vehicles capable of putting men into earth orbit.

about a month ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

mwehle Re:SHOCKED! (117 comments)

I am shocked, SHOCKED, at the gambling that goes on in this establishment! http://youtu.be/SjbPi00k_ME

"I am shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here" is the quote.

about a month and a half ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

mwehle Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (205 comments)

Phrases like "revisionist nonsense" and "it is silly to say" should likely be used sparingly unless you have a very deep grasp of your subject matter.

Conflating the Tonkin Gulf Resolution with America's war in Vietnam would be a mistake. In bringing Tonkin into an argument you may wish to acquaint yourself with records detailing the Johnson Administration's orchestration of the resolution. See Michael Beschloss's work for instance, or the Pentagon Papers, either portions of the full set or the single volume if your time is short. With Tonkin Johnson was reacting from fear of voters, but the documentary record shows clearly that the Administration wished to expand the war despite public sentiment, not because of it.

In arguing that the war in Vietnam was popular you will likely want to look at some actual polling data, http://www.gallup.com/poll/119... for instance. Anecdotal evidence such as Nixon's 1968 platform may also prove useful to you.

about a month and a half ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

mwehle Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (205 comments)

Modern US draft registration stems from Jimmy Carter's 1980 response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Wikipedia has a reasonable synopsis. Those interested in reading about the draft may also be interested in using their favorite Internet search engine to query for terms like "draft resistance". There's a fair body of literature out there.

about a month and a half ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

mwehle Re:Not new (253 comments)

Most companies want degrees OR equivalent work experience. I went back to school as a 23 year old and quit soon after because I got tired of professors telling me things that I had taught myself years earlier as part of my job.

Varies with the discipline. I returned to school to study history after some years of political organizing and found value in professors' teaching of historiography that I never would have gained from years of reading history. After ten years of working as a software engineer I started a masters in computer science and found professors were woefully behind the industry. YMMV.

about 2 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

mwehle Re: I can stop any time!!! (710 comments)

Read your history. There was a reason why it was called the "Greatest Generation".

Tom Brokaw's feelings of guilt and inferiority?

The two times USA has been bombed during the WW2 were the Pearl Harbor incident and the bombing of Fort Stevens.

Hawaii didn't become a state until 1959, and Fort Stevens was shelled, rather than bombed.

about 2 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

mwehle Re:Stopping and thinking (490 comments)

You didn't mention this gem: "I'll attempt to time my passage such that I'll cross near my maximum speed, clearing the intersection expediently. Being through quicker reduces the chances I'll be involved in an accident there."

Assuming for the moment that we accept this reasoning, might this then be an argument for drivers, too, to accelerate when approaching stop signs, so that they might also minimize the time spent in an intersection?

about 4 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

mwehle Re:damn units (490 comments)

150 % safer is 2.5 times safer (as 0 % safer is 1.0 times safer).

Wouldn't 0% safer be another way of saying 1.0 times as safe? I don't believe this is synonymous with safer.

about 4 months ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

mwehle Significance? (275 comments)

I think the tacit implication here is that if Tsarnaev had been questioned on exiting the country the Boston Marathon bombing might have been averted, but is there really any substance to this? Do we think he would have changed plans had he been questioned? Pressure cooker outlets would have been alerted to refuse to sell him cookware? What exactly would the outcome likely have been had he been questioned?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

mwehle Re:Ignore Silicon Valley (379 comments)

Ignore Silicon Valley.

50 years ago it used to be a hot-bed of science and technological innovation. Now it is a magnet for designer coffee-swigging social cloud blog web 2.0 get rich quick smartphone app hipsters.

Look for real companies designing and building real products for proper customers. Silicon Valley's day is gone.

Can you give us a hint as to where we would look for those real companies? "Outside of Silicon Valley" covers a lot of ground - where specifically are those real companies designing real products located?

about 5 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

mwehle Re:Class definitions (794 comments)

Trader Joe's has equally good vegetables, nuts, grains, etc. without the Whole Foods ego trip, and with better prices.

I don't know where you've been shopping, or what your view of produce is, but at least in San Francisco TJ's absolutely does not have equally good fruits and vegetables. TJ's has berries, it's true, but for any other produce Whole Foods is always better. TJ's has plenty of good values in packaged goods.

about 6 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

mwehle Re:God (794 comments)

Yeah, I've been enjoying the produce for years while managing to ignore the hype and tolerating the faux-personal interaction of the checkers. I'm not sure that "many of us perceive Whole Foods and the Creation Museum so differently" as far as belief systems and evaluation of empirical evidence are concerned. Many of us go to Whole Foods for the food.

about 6 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

mwehle Re:Dangit Peggy (333 comments)

She speaks fluent Spanish you know.

about 6 months ago
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First Liquid Machines Presage Soft Robots

mwehle Re:Really? (42 comments)

I think you might as well be right.

about 6 months ago
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Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away

mwehle Re:not a surpise - coders should take notice (109 comments)

It's a great shame that he died so young but let's be honest, this isn't exactly surprising. If you're a developer it seems this outcome is far more likely than you'll live to be happy and fit into your 80's or 90's.

You've certainly got that right - the developer's life is a dangerous one, fraught with peril. To write code is to live fast and often to die young.

about 6 months ago
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New 'pCell' Technology Could Bring Next Generation Speeds To 4G Networks

mwehle Re:Good (120 comments)

Yeah, that was my reaction too - I remember in the 60s and 70s "finding a phone" was a recurrent task, and the idea that one could call from "any" point was the thing of science fiction.

about 6 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

mwehle Re:Go back .... (326 comments)

Someone from the continent of Asia is Asian. Someone from the continent of Europe is European. Someone from the continent of Africa is African, and somebody from "The New World" a.k.a The Americas, is American.

This may be news to more than a few Mexicans and Canadians.

about 6 months ago

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Google to strip Chrome of SSL revocation checking

mwehle mwehle writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mwehle writes "Google's Chrome browser will stop relying on a decades-old method for ensuring secure sockets layer certificates are valid after one of the company's top engineers compared it to seat belts that break when they are needed most.

The browser will stop querying CRL, or certificate revocation lists, and databases that rely on OCSP, or online certificate status protocol, Google researcher Adam Langley said in a blog post published on Sunday. He said the services, which browsers are supposed to query before trusting a credential for an SSL-protected address, don't make end users safer because Chrome and most other browsers establish the connection even when the services aren't able to ensure a certificate hasn't been tampered with."

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