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

retchdog Re:Four year engineering degrees- great (157 comments)

uh, yeah, a Ph.D. in mathematics might once have been a death sentence, but nowadays it's more like a license to print money (almost literally, in the case of Wall Street) if you're willing to hold your nose, check your ego, and get back out of pure math.

similarly, a four year math degree from a respectable (not even necessarily great) university, coupled with the right research experience, extracurriculars, and/or job experience/internships, is a solid credential. maybe not as much of a sure bet as engineering, but pretty damned good and much better for certain specialized areas.

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

retchdog Re:um (157 comments)

Yeah, I can tell you that a CS "degree" which involves being "specialized" in a particular programming language is a bullshit trade diploma. It's not surprising that such an applicant is garbage; degrees in programming are for idiots. Smart people program on their own, or go to college for formal maths/sciences, or ideally both.

yesterday
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

retchdog Re:Huge Issue (102 comments)

given your ridiculous hypothetical, i think i'd take the one with the minor arrest. it shows that he is willing to socialize and take moderate risks in a social setting, while still performing equally to the poindexter.

on the other hand, even a 5-minute interview would probably give me more information than a list of mostly-bullshit "accomplishments", so whatever.

2 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

retchdog Re:original title (289 comments)

i never said that your statements were correct. i was being rhetorically generous.

as for the rest, i don't see why i should give advice on a business plan, for free, to a self-described "entrepreneur."

2 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

retchdog Re:original title (289 comments)

huh? your point got lost somewhere, if there ever was one.

3 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

retchdog Re:original title (289 comments)

on behalf of a math student (myself), i will mention that there are literally an infinity of statements that are not "incorrect". some very basic software can enumerate millions of "theorems" within a few hours given appropriate axioms.

this list of facts will not, however, have any point; it will just be a list of correct statements.

simply because something is correct, doesn't mean that it is worth reading. this is the problem people have with you. your slashdot articles are vapid and narcissistic, and you doggedly persist in ignoring (or pretending to ignore) this. that is the point and it's been made ad nauseam.

3 days ago
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Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

retchdog Re:Time to get rid of Tor (122 comments)

I think he has... ahem... balls to assert such a contrarian viewpoint on slashdot.

But, yeah, he's a loony reactionary. Just ignore him or laugh at him. "Collaborator" is a bit too generous.

4 days ago
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Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

retchdog Re:meh, they're retail workers (68 comments)

since i like to use sarcasm to drive home a point.

you don't have a point.

about a week ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

retchdog Re:Fusion? (81 comments)

as opposed to bitcoin itself.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

about a week ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

retchdog Re:So... (224 comments)

whether all trolls are psychopaths is another issue. pop psychology isn't that impressive to me.

i'm not trolling, i honestly don't understand. you seem heavily invested in this issue, and since you've already spent a lot of time on this topic (judging from your posts here), i thought you could explain it to me briefly. i can only conclude that you just don't like systemd, and are upset because something you don't like has become popular. maybe i've already read those articles and simply disagree with them. i just wanted your opinion. disagreement isn't trolling.

about a week ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

retchdog Re:So... (224 comments)

"sadism"? really? it's just some asshole on the internet.

what's with you, anyway? i know barely anything about this issue, but can you explain how systemd is being forced onto linux in general? if other apps are building it in as a dependency, maybe that's because it offers useful functionality despite the drawbacks. no one's even made a very clear list of the drawbacks, though i get the general idea of sprawling monolithic monstrosity. but then maybe that's just a side effect of the same development process offering useful functionality.

can you explain how it's being forced onto people?

about a week ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

retchdog Re:So... (224 comments)

nah, most slashdot comments are really just versions of what the AC said, especially when they have anything to do with politics, where nerds are especially unclueful.

i thought it was a pretty solid troll. it has nothing to do with systemd in particular. that you thought it did is just more evidence of the troll's success.

about a week ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

retchdog Re:Soon... (224 comments)

I agree; Apple sucks.

The best (and maybe only) competition so far, though, is Ubuntu and its derivatives. Fucking christ, that's depressing.

about a week ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

retchdog Re:Or Just Use a Password Manager (278 comments)

What is your point? If your hyper-intelligent, single-minded adversary asks to borrow your phone, just don't let him.

If some poor schmo needs to borrow your phone to call the hospital because his friend just had a heart attack, well, just tell him to get fucked, there isn't anyone who's going to trick you out of your slashdot password.

about a week ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

retchdog Re:No duh (278 comments)

"you probably deserved it. also, it helps me avoid working for easily-offended faggots. later."

about a week ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

retchdog Re:Or Just Use a Password Manager (278 comments)

You can use one on your smartphone. For android, you can even get an open source one and build it yourself if you want. (i forget the name of the one i used.)

Or just print out the ones you might need and put them in your wallet. (waits for shocked disbelief to pass) Seriously, why not? You're not being hunted by the NSA here; if your wallet gets stolen, it'll be by some street thug, not a master haxx0r. They're going to take your money and maybe your credit cards, then throw out the rest of the crap. If you're really worried, print out the first (N-3) characters of your passwords, and then just memorize the three characters. This way, you get high entropy against skilled attackers (good), and low entropy against street trash (good enough) who won't bother more than a few attempts at most.

It's all about having good enough security for the circumstance at hand, and compromising against convenience for you.

about a week ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

retchdog Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (278 comments)

Never before have I seen the use of partial differential equations to justify unequivocal bullshit.

Haven't read many research papers, have you? ;-)

about a week ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

retchdog Re:Hard to get excited. (129 comments)

this kind of thing probably does help, but, yeah, not because of the magical linear time bank.

rather, something that keeps the user's attention often means less coffee breaks and chit-chat. waiting sucks.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

retchdog Re:Very typical of them (401 comments)

it all sounds familiar.

i was waiting for "what are your crimes?"

about two weeks ago
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Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

retchdog Re:Any cell phone is a security risk. (134 comments)

i agree that the NSA's activities are unconstitutional, but what's the point in this context?

and, going on your ridiculous tangent, would you be perfectly fine with what the NSA were doing if the constitution were amended to allow it?

about two weeks ago

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wtf

retchdog retchdog writes  |  about 3 years ago

here i am, modding up trolls; aspiring gadflys; inarticulate racists; and even the occasional goatse link... and i'm still getting an average of 15 mod points a week!

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FSF/EFF

retchdog retchdog writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I predict that within four years, the US federal government will make a serious attempt to nationalize and/or directly destroy/reorganize the Free Software Foundation and/or EFF.

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