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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

russotto Re:Hold on a minute (175 comments)

In rural Illinois you'd pay $500/month mortgage on a reasonable 3 bedroom home in a safe middle class neighborhood, in Dallas you'd pay maybe $700, in Albuquerque you'd pay $800, in Miami you'd pay $1200. So, the biggest gap there is $700/mo. That's $8,400 a year.

In suburban NJ you'd pay $2000. Plus another $1000 in taxes. In Silicon Valley you can double or triple that mortgage payment. You just haven't included the highest-priced markets.

11 hours ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

russotto Re:So what qualifies? (477 comments)

I was recently called a troll for claiming that a call for censorship was, in fact, a call for censorship. Now, as one who has perhaps occasionally indulged in a bit of trolling (search Slashdot for my insightful and informative mods, of course), I know trolling, and that ain't it.

2 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

russotto Re:Also, nothing against SJ State, but... (127 comments)

For some reason, according to Wired, SJSU is a major feeder for Apple and feeds to Yahoo as well, but not so much to other tech companies. Not sure why, though my guess would be there's a "critical mass" of SJSU alums at Apple.

2 days ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

russotto Re: As expected from google (109 comments)

I was talking about my writing tool, damn you. "My small pen is...". Fucking incompetent copyeditors.

2 days ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

russotto Re:how do SSD's compare to HD's? (106 comments)

Nobody argues that the adhesives aren't up to the task of holding the machine together. Just that they make repair and/or upgrade difficult. Obviously Apple deems it worth saving the few cents it would take them to use a more convenient fastener even if it costs them in warranty repair time. Economically they're almost certainly correct, but it still seems like something of a dick move to those few of us who still repair our own machine.

2 days ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

russotto Re:how do SSD's compare to HD's? (106 comments)

Many of the older iMacs you open with a plunger and/or suction cups -- remove the glass with the suction cups, then unscrew the screen. This sounds worse than it is. This one (and I think the previous one) is held together with tape; you have to use a cutting wheel to cut the tape from the side, then pry it apart. To put it back together you need to remove the tape remnants and put new tape on.

2 days ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

russotto Re:how do SSD's compare to HD's? (106 comments)

The only real problem taking it apart is cutting the stupid tape, which you then have to replace.

2 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

russotto Does Nigeria have subways? (381 comments)

This disease can spread from surface contact with contaminated fluids (which Ebola victims tend to leak profusely). Indoors, even dried fluids can remain infectious for hours. All it takes is to touch the fluids and then touch your eyes or mouth (which you do all the time) Something like the NYC subway provides very good conditions for spread, once the first sick people take a few trips

5 days ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

russotto Re:I don't get the rage (238 comments)

"I've received an anonymous death threat, therefore my opponents are scum" is pretty fallacious "reasoning".

about a week ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

russotto Re:I don't get the rage (238 comments)

Right -- there is no controversy about women in gaming. Not about women playing games, and not even about women making games.

There's a controversy about women (mostly two particular women) criticizing games and gamers on feminist grounds, and there's a controversy about one woman game developer who was involved in some rather public relationship drama involving game journalists. And there's a controversy about all their journalist supporters conspiring against gamers -- which the damn fool journalists went and set afire by proving their opponents right (on that point at least) by launching a coordinated attack in their respective publications.

about a week ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

russotto Worse is better is better (240 comments)

Without worse-is-better, you make sure the job is completely done before release. So, it takes years to make progress, you end up building an extremely complex system to cover every possibility. Because of that very complexity it is difficult to extend for new requirements, which become apparent after the system is specified and before it was built.

If you want to build a nuclear power plant control system or something equally as critical and unchanging, sure, go ahead and engineer everything out the wazoo. Otherwise, get things done, even if they are "worse".

about a week ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

russotto Re:Systems perpetuate themselves (228 comments)

Global climate is changing, but if we stopped emitting CO2 within the next couple decades there's still a chance that the change would be short-lived and once the excess carbon has been absorbed

But the survivors wouldn't really give a shit, and anyway after civilization collapsed they'd go right back to burning wood and coal.

Civilization runs on energy, and stopping all CO2-producing sources would result in the collapse of civilization.

about a week ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

russotto Re:Your conclusions are invalid. (216 comments)

Of course we're 100% rational. We just start from some really dumb axioms, like "the best partner is the one with the biggest boobs and smallest waist".

about a week ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

russotto Re:As expected (216 comments)

What actually is the weird obsession with "SJWs" (as a negative?!) on this site?

Social Justice is to justice as People's Democracy is to Democracy.

about a week ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

russotto As expected (216 comments)

Saw this story, knew the comments would provide ammo for the SJWs. Way to go, morons.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

russotto Re:op is uber agitprop (280 comments)

Says the AC who bribed his way to a hack license.

about a week ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

russotto Re:For the love of god... (144 comments)

STEM as a whole is already at parity at the undergraduate level.

about a week ago

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US Software Developer Wages Fall

russotto russotto writes  |  about a year and a half 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 4 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 6 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  |  about 6 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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