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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

preaction Re:~50% have no degree... (173 comments)

I also do not have a degree, though I'm at year 13, and I've learned those lessons you said earning your degree taught you. It is good that you learned those lessons, but your conclusion is specious bordering on elitist.

I do have a large gap in knowledge. I made a great leap over a mountain of theory and low-level practice that I must fill in, but I (lucky for me) didn't need college to teach me humility and how to be receptive to learning (even when I "know" I'm right). The more I fill in that gap, the more I realize exactly how big that gap is, and strangely, the gap grows as it fills.

The point being: Though a university degree is how you reached... well... enlightenment, there are many paths. And if you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.

4 days ago

Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

preaction Re:No shit really? (140 comments)

Well, not that shocked.

about two weeks ago

"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

preaction Re:Pick up that can (157 comments)

But Youtube was supposed to change the world! Time magazine said it did! Instead, it and all other things like it are just another channel by which the major content providers are allowed to provide you with content. Consume, citizen!

The DMCA requirements for good-faith are too lenient, clearly, if this many false-positives are allowed to continue. Google won't push back, it's not good business. And we won't stop using Youtube, ever.

The Internet was allowed to be free only until there was money to be made.

about two weeks ago

"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

preaction Pick up that can (157 comments)

As long as our methods of content sharing are allowed to operate only by the grace of the major players (i.e. the rich), we will never be free.

about two weeks ago

Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

preaction They're Absolutely Right (143 comments)

They're right, it _is_ a privacy/security hole. Most people just don't care. Apparently including me.

about two weeks ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

preaction Re:Remote Kill Switch. (443 comments)

Didn't we discuss, here, how a remote kill switch is AMAZINGLY DANGEROUS? Does it just turn off the ignition? In the middle of the highway? Do the brake lights come on to show I'm slowing down because the car is now off? Does the kill switch wait until I come to a stop to simply choke the car dead? Am I still stopped in the middle of a road with no way to move out of peoples' way?

No, the remote kill switch is a horrendous idea.

about two weeks ago

DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

preaction Re:I don't think I like this (188 comments)

That's the fun problem with an arms race: If you don't race, you lose. If you do race, you still lose.

about two weeks ago

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

preaction Re:Wikipedia survives it (132 comments)

Wikipedia's core tenet is "Everyone can edit". I've known I could edit it since the day I started using it. I just learned today, just now, that I can edit Google Maps, and I've been using it for years. Consequently, I have more trust in Google Maps (despite being burned a few times) than I do in wikipedia, even though wikipedia's citation policy lets me see how they got their information.

about three weeks ago

The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

preaction Re:What's the solution? (205 comments)

I'd say the aerospace industry is dealing with it a lot better than the software industry. Perhaps we should get held up to the same standards, maybe then we could earn the title of "(Software) Engineer".

about a month ago

Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

preaction Re:Bet (249 comments)

I'll take it, proviso that if SCOTUS strikes the law down as unconstitutional in less than 5 year... make that 10 ye... How long has the USA PATRIOT Act been around?

about a month ago

Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv

preaction Re:start up nation (81 comments)

Simpsons did it! Simpsons did it!

about a month ago

Perl Is Undead

preaction Re:Ruby is fast behind. (283 comments)

There are developers who ride the wave of new languages (who appear to be surfing towards Go and Rust now that JavaScript has crested). In that respect, Perl has long since settled down, and Ruby is on the wave's trailing end. It could be said that now the hype wave is over, people can get real stuff done in the language.

about a month ago

Perl Is Undead

preaction Re:It should be dead (283 comments)

Shall we drag out all the other obfuscated code contests and judge all languages guilty by the most heinous crimes committed with them? Remember that C and C++ give us Windows.

about a month ago

Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

preaction Re:to state a few obvious facts not in TFA (139 comments)

Do they not appreciate Huey Lewis's undisputed masterpiece? You should murder them with an axe.

about a month ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

preaction A sure failure (345 comments)

Harley owners want to be noticed, and without the 120 decibel roar, we won't be paying enough attention to them.

about a month ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

preaction Re:Something is wrong with these reintepretations. (646 comments)

They're fighting this on the grounds that it should never have been granted because it was disparaging at the time it was granted, not that it is no longer okay, that it wasn't okay when it was made.

about a month ago


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