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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

russotto Re: Rule of thumb (121 comments)

He used only one because security torx is expensive compared to Phillips and minimizing the BOM while fulfilling the requirements (including making user repairs a pain) was his job. Naturally he had to balance this against the cost of having separate tooling to insert the security screw.

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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

russotto Re:Motorcyclists rejoice! (256 comments)

Most state's vehicle codes are silent about lane splitting, and do not forbid multiple vehicles from traveling within the same lane, nor passing within the same lane.

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

russotto Re:Traffic stops? (599 comments)

I'm male and I got a written warning once. Of course the fact that it was an official written warning means this was standard procedure and would in no way be affected by a camera. The fact that no speed was written on the warning (despite their being a blank for it) explains how I got it... he'd spent a few minutes trying to get me to tell him a speed, which I wouldn't. Obviously he didn't know. Fortunately a reasonably honest specimen for a cop, even if he did try to trick me into confessing.

2 days ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

russotto It's way simpler than that (201 comments)

They just lifted them into place. The big ones might have taken two to four people. If you hadn't noticed that each generation has gotten weaker, lazier, and more morally depraved than the last, ask your parents and/or grandparents -- reserve the afternoon. Thus, by extension, back in ancient times, people had strength, stamina, and willpower that we attribute only to supernatural beings today.

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

russotto Re:Speaking as a grumpy (119 comments)

Lambdas. Ha. Lambdas are older than I am, and they think they discovered them. Garbage collection, too. Yeah, we know, functional programming and garbage collection will save the day and no one will ever have to write a loop, mutate an object, or allocate memory again. How many years have they been saying that? Probably longer than they've been saying RISC will kick CISCs butt, and ... oh, hell, the young'ns don't even know what that is, do they.

2 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

russotto Re:Seriously, we're not rapists.... (583 comments)

Bet you didn't see that coming. It's not merely everything a man ever does that promotes rape culture in this new world, you see, it's also every step a woman might take to reduce the likelihood of rape.

Apparently they're upset at anything a potential victim might want to do, at all.

From the article:
"As a woman, I'm told not to go out alone at night, to watch my drink, to do all of these things. That way, rape isn't just controlling me while I'm actually being assaulted -- it controls me 24/7 because it limits my behavior. Solutions like these actually just recreate that. I don't want to fucking test my drink when I'm at the bar. That's not the world I want to live in."

And there's actually a small point there. Unfortunately, however, she doesn't get a choice as to the world she lives in; none of us do, it's take it or leave it. And despite all the man-blaming, there's not much the vast majority of men, who are non-rapists, can do about the few who are. No amount of our not-raping will change the rapists out there. Particularly not the vanishingly few using date-rape drugs; they either know they're doing wrong, or they're mentally ill, and aren't likely to respond to any sort of cultural persuasion either way.

So, should she let (fear of) rape influence her to take precautions? It's really up to her. If she doesn't want her behavior limited, she can simply not limit it. The risk is hers to take, and the rapist is still in the wrong -- but that doesn't make the risk go away. It's the same risk anyone takes when they engage in behavior putting them at risk of crime -- walking around the NYC subway holding your iPhone. Cutting through the projects rather than walking around. Driving a nice car through Southwest Philadelphia. Though not testing one's drink probably falls into the same category of "not wearing a Kevlar vest whenever you go out", given how rare drink-spiking is.

3 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

russotto Re: The world we live in. (583 comments)

Otherwise they'd be black knights. I will tell your from experience though that no amount of White Knighting on the internet is gonna get you laid.

How about Black Knighting? I know it gets us much better looking horses and armor (except that guy in Holy Grail; he always was the white sheep of the group)... so maybe that too?

3 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

russotto Re: The world we live in. (583 comments)

Why else would someone decide the only way to deal with someone texting in a theater is to blow their fucking head off?

Yeah, because that happens all the time. It's socially acceptable. When I come into work on Monday, my co-workers and I talk about all the fucking texters we shot over the weekend.

Or to deal with someone who's music is too loud is to put a gun through the window and start shooting?

Yep, because a singular case which makes national headlines is evidence of a greater culture of acceptance of such things.

3 days ago
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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

russotto Re:Bring on the tracking!!! (74 comments)

It swings both ways. If they want to track my every move via a cell phone then I'll use it as an alibi when I go out and commit crime then tell them I was home the whole time because I purposely left my phone on the kitchen counter.

Nice idea, but you also have to deal with license plate recognition, EZ-Pass, tire RFID, shoe RFID, facial recognition, and the like.

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

russotto Re:My opinion on the matter. (807 comments)

Everyone I know who uses vi uses ":wq" rather than ":x". Don't know why. I'm an emacs user, so I couldn't even tell you what the command is to save and quit; I just move my fingers and feet in a pattern stored in muscle memory, and things get done.

3 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

russotto Re:Bad actors? (145 comments)

What's innovative about AirBnB and Uber and the likes is figuring out how to do something blatantly illegal to gain a competitive advantage over legitimate businesses that do follow rules and regulations (which in many cases exist for very good reasons), without getting immediately shut down.

Ha ha, yes, "legitimate businesses" in the Fat Tony sense. Legitimate businesses that long ago used those rules and regulations to put competition out of business.

4 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

russotto Re:Correlation != causation, dammit (329 comments)

*People* are different, and like different things. Men and women, however, aren't that different (roles in reproduction excepted), so a statistically significant difference points to a social or psychological cause, not biology.

Well, you can go ahead and take that on faith... but there are gross physiological differences between men and women, even besides those directly implicated in reproduction. Women are smaller on average, have longer legs proportionally, have different normal hemoglobin levels, etc. So why assume everything's the same neurobiologically?

Blechley Park and earlier research projects employed female "computers" before they developed electric ones because women worked hard and worked cheap.

You're kind of missing the obvious there: men were in short supply due to the war.

4 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

russotto Re:why can the world (329 comments)

The slashdot editors apparently think it's a problem. I feel like I see this same topic on slashdot every month...

There's a general push from a few groups to try to push men out of the field. Well, a few of those groups want to do that, but the ones who are getting things accomplished along those lines (mostly white males in upper management or executive positions) actually just want a stick to beat up their low-level male tech workers.

4 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

russotto Re:"Computing's Narrow Focus"? (329 comments)

"Computing's Narrow Focus"? Get a degree in petroleum geology or structural engineering if you want a narrow focus. Or pick the wrong field in biology. I know a woman who got a PhD in an area of microbiology that turned out to be a dead end. She ended up managing a coffee shop.

It's certainly true that my not-far-post-1984 CS degree was focused pretty much on computing itself; computer architecture, automata, algorithmic complexity, database internals. Not so much on applications; the article suggests that pre-1984 there was more focus on what you can do with computers. I'm not so sure this particular explanation holds up, because the drop in women in CS is mirrored by a drop in women in business computing, which by definition remained focused on applications.

To throw out my own hypothesis, the PC revolution also caused a huge increase in the number of prospective majors in the field. Overwhelmed departments responded with "weed-out" classes and restrictive admissions policies; this may have had a disparate impact on women.

5 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

russotto Post hoc, ergo propter hoc (329 comments)

It's certainly true that the first drop in female enrollment happened shortly after the PC came on the scene (the second drop happened after the dot-com crash). I'm not sure that's sufficient evidence to blame the PC (my post title is a formal fallacy, after all), but at least it has better support than the prevalent "smelly misogynistic nerd" theory.

5 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

russotto Re:Where's the money? (275 comments)

The industry won't cater to female gamers until there's a value parity between different demographics.

On the contrary, the industry already is catering to female 'gamers'. It's just that the industry isn't going to stop catering to male 'gamers' as well. And the industry (or industries), unlike the summary writer and some of the more disingenuous commenters, realize that despite that both consist of people who play video games, there are significant differences between the markets.

5 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

russotto Re:They're not gamers. (275 comments)

Most of these women (who play a bit of casual games) don't even WANT to be called gamers, so I don't understand the push to call them so.

It's just an oblique attack on men. They would like game companies to not only stop catering to teenage boys, but to actively exclude them in favor of catering to women. Of course, the game companies are not that stupid and realize that equivocating over the term "gamer" isn't going to change a thing.

5 days ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

russotto Re: This is stupid advice (243 comments)

Import talent from abroad? Yes, it definitely works. You only need someplace to dump stupid americans into, to make room for the talented immigrants.

So where are the Einsteins, Fermis, and Von Brauns of today?

5 days ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

russotto Re:Definition of Irony (243 comments)

I think you're right. Being smart isn't a liability. It's an extreme advantage. Being an arrogant prick is a liability because you aren't stronger or more powerful than those around you. But as you said, if you were smart you'd figure that out.

That's odd, because I see a lot of successful arrogant pricks who aren't particularly bright; in fact, it appears to me that being an arrogant prick is more likely to lead to success than intelligence.

5 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

russotto Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

The cops just didn't know that dinosaurs were extinct. Now, if he'd written that he killed an honest cop, they'd have known it was fiction.

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 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  |  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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