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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

mycroft822 Re:Courage... (207 comments)

I think it must come from some sort of CEO Bullshit Handbook they all get when they start the job. The CEO at my company has been saying this exact same phrase for about 5 years as she continually does rounds of layoffs, while increasing stock buyback and dividends.

about a month ago

DarkMarket, the Decentralized Answer To Silk Road, Is About More Than Just Drugs

mycroft822 Re:So go ahead - what are the legitimate uses of t (251 comments)

I wouldn't know because I've been fortunate to live in a country that doesn't suffer from fundamentalist, totalitarian rule. Maybe there are some christians in North Korea that would want to buy a bible?

You're obviously struggling to disconnect the tech from what it could be used for though. You're question was why this tech should exist. I gave you a very benign purpose that one could use it for as an example, thinking you could extrapolate on what other uses you might take for granted that not every person in the world is allowed. The medication example I used was meant to be the more compelling argument.

about 5 months ago

DarkMarket, the Decentralized Answer To Silk Road, Is About More Than Just Drugs

mycroft822 Re:So go ahead - what are the legitimate uses of t (251 comments)

Having watched Dallas Buyer's Club a few weeks back, it comes to mind that one could want to purchase medications that are arbitrarily banned by the FDA because corporate interests have a large lobbying arm.

I agree with your point that the majority of U.S. users will not be engaging in "legitimate" business dealings, but I doubt there has been a government that has never banned a substance/item/idea because of pressure from special interest groups. A system like this could be used by people in [OppressiveCountryName] for something as honest as buying a book that has been banned.

about 5 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

mycroft822 Re:Define "App" (240 comments)

The question is specific to mobile apps.

about 5 months ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

mycroft822 Re:Tech is full of minorities (397 comments)

Exactly. I work at a large tech company and our engineering staff is probably close to 40% non-white. He needs to go the schools and communities to encourage education if he wants to see the numbers of his minority rise, not corporate boardrooms.

about 6 months ago

N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

mycroft822 Re:Depends on China (325 comments)

Sounds to me like they just need to build a really big wall. Problem solved!

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

mycroft822 Udacity (149 comments)

I've found Udacity to have some pretty good online CS classes. They have been expanding into other areas as well lately, but their focus has mainly been CS. I thought the Web Applications class was really well done. Python is even my new favorite scripting language because of it.

about 7 months ago

Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

mycroft822 Re:pace (943 comments)

It seems more and more like we're the real leaders in North America now.

The US is just making an effort to be leading from the rear. 'Merica!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

mycroft822 Humanity grokked in fullness (1365 comments)

Stranger in a Strange Land. Our cultures tend to want to kill anyone that is too far from our version of normal.

more than 2 years ago

Yahoo Board Director Patti Hart Stepping Down Over Thompson Scandal

mycroft822 Poorly written article. (96 comments)

FTFA: "Hart, CEO of International Game Technology, a gaming machine manufacturer, told the Yahoo board that the board asked her to step down from her seat." She is CEO of IGT, and the IGT board of directors are the ones that asked her to resign from Yahoo because it is a huge distraction.

//Full disclosure: I work at IGT

more than 2 years ago

Coming to an Ice Cream Shop Near You: Soft Serve Beer

mycroft822 Re:Guiness (157 comments)

These beers only have that thick mouth feel because they use nitrogen instead of good ol' CO2. I would guess that the process described above would remove most of either of those from the beer.

more than 2 years ago

Predicting Life 100 Years From Now

mycroft822 Re:California wants to split off (552 comments)

What you aren't taking into account is why a lot of the states appearing at the top of the list are there, "leeching government money" as you put it. They are some of the states with the lowest population and income levels, but home to federal projects that cost a lot of money to maintain that provide a service the entire country (arguably I suppose) benefits from. New Mexico has two of the largest national laboratories in the country, Los Alamos and Sandia. As I'm sure you know they are responsible for designing and building our nuclear arsenal, which I am sure has a pretty high price tag, along with tons of other advanced research projects. Three of the others that pop out at me are North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. These three states were the ones that actually housed the bulk of the US nuclear arsenal, presumably because every other state said "No F-ing Way". Look here for the list of air force bases that maintained the Minuteman missiles. I grew up in the part of MT where they had those missiles, and they were always doing training drills along the mountain front back in the 80's and 90's before the cold war ended.

more than 2 years ago

What is Your position on Climate Change?

mycroft822 Simple chemistry (695 comments) Most of us should have taken at least a basic chemistry class at one point. It's pretty obvious that the amount of fuel we burn on an annual basis produces a lot of CO2 as a byproduct. It seems rather naive to me to think that adding that much of ANY compound to the atmosphere will have no effect at all.

more than 2 years ago

Getting Closer To Using Graphene For Electronics

mycroft822 Re:Am I missing something? (35 comments)

According to TFA: "We will not be following the model of using standard field-effect transistors (FETs), but will pursue devices that use ballistic conductors and quantum interference. We are headed straight into using the electron wave effects in graphene."

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Health Worries Escalate

mycroft822 Re:The National Enquirer? (520 comments)

As much as I hate to say it, you shouldn't count them as completely unreliable. They were the first to uncover the John Edwards scandal. IIRC, it took the major media outlets a few months to finally pick up on it.

more than 3 years ago

Winter weather this year has been ...

mycroft822 Re:Disappointing (439 comments)

You can have your weather back on one condition; you have to take the Palins back, and keep them quiet.

more than 3 years ago

Don't Stop File-Sharing, Says Former Pink Floyd Manager

mycroft822 Re:All in all... (243 comments)

Share on, you crazy pirate.

more than 4 years ago

The worst I've ever been in trouble w/ the law ...

mycroft822 Re:.04 DUI in Oregon (957 comments)

I tend towards doubting the "science" of the Breathalyzers used also. One of my friend was stopped recently and the cop told him that if he was chewing mint gum, spit it out and wait a bit because it could increase the alcohol reading by up to 0.02%. That's a HUGE margin of error for determining whether or not to give a guy a $6000 fine.

more than 4 years ago


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