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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

russotto Nope, it's the homeless (162 comments)

There's one guy who is constantly begging on the New Jersey Transit trains in Penn Station NYC, he claims he just needs a few bucks for a ticket to get home (common scam actually, this guy is just more regular than most). Of course he's full of shit, as another guy on my car proved by offering him a ticket to where he wanted to go, and when he refused it, lit into him about how he was a pathetic loser who was making his race look bad.

Then there's the "Why Lie, I Need a Beer" guy also in Penn Station NYC. Though I think he's actually not homeless at all but a cop of some sort, he seems a bit too healthy.

And the bunches who fake some sort of deformity. They seem to have shifts worked out; maybe there's an organization who controls it. Anyway, they get in their contorted positions and hold out a cup or a sign or whatever. Then when their shift is up, they straighten up, pick up their stuff, and go.

5 hours ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

russotto Fine. Lets see a better language (181 comments)

If you don't like C++ (and who does?) or C, what DO you suggest as a systems programming language?

Rule 1: If it runs under a VM, it's out
Rule 2: If it requires a garbage collector, it's out.
Rule 3: COBOL and FORTRAN are out too.

yesterday
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

russotto Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (428 comments)

Yes, those statistics are nonsense for these purposes. They include foreign language speakers (1st generation immigrants) as well as people who are illiterate in all languages. They're probably not fine-grained enough to separate your crackheads and tweakers from the rest of the population. And of course including black population as an input means you'll see it as an output.

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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

russotto Re:Google's mistake (334 comments)

They should just leave the state and move to more friendly locations in which this is not a problem.

Just set up an Omni Consumer Products division and take over Detroit.

yesterday
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

russotto Re:Someone doesn't understand devops. (206 comments)

It's scary how much "cowboy configuration" there is out there, and yet in the programming world, "cowboy coding" is frowned upon.

Oh yeah, it's frowned on. Every senior developer will sternly tell you that "cowboy coding" is a terrible idea, then they will saddle up their horse and ride away.

yesterday
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

russotto Re:Ah, the joys of getting old (423 comments)

Are we ever going to get an "oopsie, so sorry" from all the environmentalists who squashed the US nuclear power industry?

No, they and their heirs are too busy trying to keep wind and solar and geothermal energy down in the US. They'd like to stop oil, gas, and coal too, but those guys seem to have bought a better quality of politician. Shivering in the dark is the way they'd like us to live, if we live at all.

3 days ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

russotto Re:Safer phones? Seriously? (183 comments)

At that point, we can start imposing a much higher standard of driver education and much harsher penalties, and it will be what it should be -- simple revocation of the privilege of driving -- rather than an act that can potentially be financially ruinous far out of proportion to the offense.

If revocation of a drivers license couldn't be financially ruinous far out of proportion to the offense, it wouldn't be nearly so popular among the law-n-order crwoed.

3 days ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

russotto Re:Your phone should belong to the collective (183 comments)

But I'm a bourgeoisie materialist!

Anyway, when I see numbers like "multiple of 23.2", I know someone's playing fast and loose with the truth. Where's the buckets of blood if using a cellphone and driving is so dangerous? Personally I don't talk or text while driving, because I'm an asocial geek anyway. But I expect the main effect of the laws being pushed and passed is I'll end up spending a few nights in jail because I was using my phone as a navigation device ("a likely story") and told the cop so in rather strong language.

3 days ago
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Mr. Schmidt Goes To Washington: A Look Inside Google's Lobbying Behemoth

russotto Google was never (113 comments)

...a one-man shop.

3 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

russotto Re:Why so much resistance to climate science? (844 comments)

The crazy thing is, if we weren't spending trillions on the force projection necessary to secure our unsustainable fossil based energy infrastructure, we could easily use that wealth to build a sustainable solar/nuclear-based infrastructure - no drastic controls or raised taxes required.

And you know this... how? Anyway, nuclear is a non-starter politically, and for political reasons it is non-sustainable; we can neither reprocess waste nor store it long term. Thermal solar is a non-starter politically, as it impacts various desert habitats. PV... forget about it.

I don't believe there isn't a way to manage a peaceful transition. We went to the moon because we had the will to do it. We could do the same with our energy infrastructure.

The moon was a one-shot (well, six-shot) publicity deal. Energy infrastructure is an ongoing thing. Not really comparable.

3 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

russotto Re:German != English (428 comments)

You can't actually write "fish" as "ghoti" in English either, it's an exaggeration for effect; English is full of arbitrary rules and exceptions and inconsistency, but it doesn't go that far. Both 'gh' as the voiceless labiodental fricative typically written as 'f' and 'ti' as the voiceless palato-alveolar sibilant typically written as 'sh' are context sensitive, and the context is wrong in 'ghoti'.

The vowel is unlikely too, but English is even less consistent about vowels. I suspect 'o' in 'women' ended up pronounced like 'i' in 'fish' to distinguish it from 'woman'; the different unstressed vowel wouldn't be sufficient.

3 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

russotto Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (428 comments)

I suspect you'd find high levels of illiteracy among the rural white poor subcultures (the ones who smoke meth instead of crack) as well. But nobody cares about them; they're too poor to concern conservatives and too white to concern liberals.

3 days ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

russotto Re:FAA Didn't get the Memo? (214 comments)

They tried to use 91.13(a) in the earlier case which they lost (in their own courts). In this case it was just "As I have told you before, UAS operations that are not authorized violate part 91(and some others) and hence are illegal."

3 days ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

russotto Re:Drones are still too dumb (214 comments)

The trouble with drones is that most of them don't have enough sensing to avoid other aircraft. Most don't have aviation transponders. Yet some of them are big enough that they're a hazard to other aircraft. Many of them can get 500 feet above ground level (AGL).

Many model aircraft can get above 500ft AGL. It's not a real problem getting them up there, it's a problem controlling them once they're up there if you're watching from the ground. Thus, "first person view" drones.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics used to have a 450' AGL rule, and the FAA has a clear rule about doing anything off the ground within 5 miles of an airport without coordination with the tower. That's enough to keep the little guys from interfering with aircraft.

The AMA is a bunch of irrelevant old retired guys; their main thrust is to convince municipalities it is too dangerous to allow anyone to fly model aircraft unless they have the AMA seal of approval, which they'll grant you (for a fee) if you're an old retired guy willing to fly your plane in a predefined pattern all day. They hate First Person View because they think it violates the purity of the hobby or something, and a lot of them object to anything that's not fixed-wing.

I suspect most people flying model aircraft in the US haven't heard of them; certainly few enough are members.

3 days ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

russotto Re:Fuck the FAA (214 comments)

The FAA has lost the only court case on this matter they've fought.

It's worse than that. Not only did they lose the case, they lost it in their own administrative courts. But of course they can force everyone else go to through the exact same long and expensive process because there's no cost to them for doing so.

3 days ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

russotto Re:Martin Luther King would like a word with you. (75 comments)

If instead of fucking around with putting MLK in jail for 30-60 days at a time, they've managed to get the laws changed so that organizing a sit-in was a felony, they could have kept him locked up, incommunicado or nearly so, for years and kept him on a tight leash (as a convicted felon) even if he got out.

The scarier people could either have gotten the message or been shot while resisting arrest.

We've got the necessary laws, 100 times over, by now. The protests that happen are ineffective because anything that threatens to become effective will be destroyed in no time.

3 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

russotto Re:Buy a Prius as your next car... (844 comments)

Precisely. No matter what alternative energy you come up with, as soon as it threatens to become practical to use it at scale, the environmentalists will find a problem with it and shut it down. Fuck em, just burn lignite.

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

russotto Ahh, statistics (844 comments)

Temperature goes up more or less linearly, and CO2 goes up more or less linearly. Thus they are well-correlated. There's not a lot of power to that correlation, as the article demonstrates itself by trying it with different lags (from 0 to 20 years -- would have been interesting if he'd tried negative lags); the data is too featureless to show anything interesting.

4 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

russotto Re:Why not? (236 comments)

That's why software developers shouldn't insist on using the title Engineer. This kind of accountability is expected of an engineer, it's not an anomaly.

Engineers just build siege engines, they're not responsible if the siege fails.

5 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

russotto Nonsense (236 comments)

Making mid-production changes in parts without changing the part number -- at least the customer-visible part number -- is not unheard-of, it's common.

5 days ago

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US Software Developer Wages Fall

russotto russotto writes  |  about a year ago

russotto (537200) writes "Despite all the talk of "skills gap" and "tech worker shortage", wages for the software industry are falling, not rising. Wages fell 2% to $99,000 in 2012. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't basic economics state that if wages are falling, there must be a surplus, not a shortage?"
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Modern man result of interbreeding with Neandertal

russotto russotto writes  |  more than 3 years ago

russotto (537200) writes "It turns out Neandertal man could, and did, interbreed with modern humans. According a study in _Science_, 1 to 4% of modern DNA from Europeans and Asians comes from Neanderthals. So next time you call someone a knuckle-dragger, remember your great-to-the-Nth grandfather probably was one too."
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Man arrested for anti-cop video on YouTube

russotto russotto writes  |  more than 5 years ago

russotto (537200) writes "In an apparent attempt to prove that while we may still have the Second Amendment, that pesky First Amendment is obselete in the digital age, Philadelphia police arrested and charged a man for posting a video on YouTube where he says that he rejoices every time a cop is killed. He was charged with aggravated assault, corruption of miniors, terroristic threats, and harassment. YouTube, demonstrating its commitment to free speech, pulled the video for "terms of service violations"."
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russotto russotto writes  |  more than 5 years ago Wow, someone out there really hates me. Used up all 5 mod points to score my comments as "Flamebait", when none of them were (and 4 of them clearly weren't).

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