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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

preaction Re:Not necessarily (368 comments)

No, they haven't. Not since government and bureaucracy was invented, things have not changed.

5 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

preaction Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

We don't have to "Talk soft and carry a big stick" anymore, we can offer our troops to the UN for UN decisions. But like all the veto powers on the UN Security Council, we have an irrational fear of giving up our sovereignty to a deliberately-crippled global "government".

5 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

preaction Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

You don't do what someone tells you to just because they have a gun, or a nuke, pointed at your head. That's letting the terrorists win.

5 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

preaction Re: Send in the drones! (831 comments)

I think there are enough examples in history to prove that appeasement does not work. Russia Ascendant is not the doomsday scenario we may have believed it was during the Cold War, but no country, not even a UN Security Council veto power, gets to unilaterally occupy another member of the UN.

5 days ago
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

preaction Re:Incredibly wise advice (119 comments)

So, live your entire life as though you're going to get fired tomorrow. Sounds like real fun.

about a week ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

preaction Re:Republican / Democrat is a false dichotomy. (338 comments)

This and only this kind of thinking will get us out of our current, sustained political quagmire.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

preaction Re:Where to begin (548 comments)

  • How to design a solution on my own time before I code a solution on company time.

Though I inevitably unconsciously think about work code during non-work time, I will never consciously spend time thinking about or working on work code during non-work time.

They are paying for my brain, they can pay me to sit and think for a while. The actual typing of code is not what programming is.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

preaction Re:Just don't deal with Americans (251 comments)

I'm assuming this is a joke, because a lot of people cannot afford to just up and move because they don't like what a utility company is doing.

about two weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

preaction Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

Neither one trips many environmental triggers, except the steady stream of self-indulgent bullshit that both produce.

about three weeks ago
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Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

preaction Re:Now this is funny. (109 comments)

I honestly don't think I can break 80wpm. My bottleneck in programming is not how fast I can type, or how efficient my vim-fu, but how fast I can think, and how fast I can mentally develop the solution (reading documentation, drawing conclusions, and finally writing as little code as I possibly can).

about three weeks ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

preaction Re:Software patents (191 comments)

You'd need to get rid of copyright too, which the GPL uses to enforce its provisions.

about three weeks ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

preaction Re:About bloody time (97 comments)

Every software becomes legacy software the minute it is released. Once you enter a real-world scenario, you need to change and write workarounds for real-world problems.

A new version is a chance to build a better base that handles the real-world problems more smoothly, but it is also an opportunity to forget the lessons those workarounds were written for.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

preaction Re:Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend (353 comments)

No, and that is a ludicrous analogy.

It's more, I should not go into someone else's home, leave my stuff there, and when a legally-dubious thing happens to be in my stuff in their house, I should not expect them to simply let it go (considering that a lot of legally-dubious things have clauses about "conspiracy" and "required to report").

about a month ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

preaction Re:Crazy Parakeet Man (259 comments)

I work with one, but technically they aren't in academia anymore. Perhaps he didn't give off enough of that vibe.

about a month ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

preaction Re: ROI for drug development (390 comments)

That's what the Government should be for, doing things that are necessary but not profitable. What happens when government is privatized for efficiency?

about a month ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

preaction Re:No they cant. (151 comments)

I believe that act would fall afoul of the Geneva Conventions and be considered a War Crime. Uwe Boll skirts the law based on pathetic notions such as "free speech" and "free expression." Purposely inflicting Uwe Boll on people is torture and will be punished appropriately (unlike the US treatment of suspected terrorists).

about a month ago
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Book Review: Introduction To Cyber-Warfare: A Multidisciplinary Approach

preaction Re:and it's already out-of-date (27 comments)

For 0-day exploits, we need -1-day patches.

about a month ago

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