Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?
Google Search Padma the Programmer
I hope she's cute!
Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?
No. No she won't.
Padma the Programmer, however, is a name with potential.
With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android
Two things that are very important to the Microsoft philosophy are "generating goodwill" and "replacing proprietary bits." Why here's a clip (in Spanish!) from the Simpson's demonstrating this philosophy in action!
The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class
If Kodack rose from it's grave, I'm sure it would boost employment.... in the People's Republic of China!
I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...
Flanian Pobble Beads... can only be exchanged for Flanian Pobble Beads. So, I suppose that choice is just an improbable wish. Fire up the Heart of Gold, and maybe...
BlackBerry Posts $4.4 Billion Loss, Will Outsource To Foxconn
"He's a straight shooter with upper management written all over him."
BlackBerry Posts $4.4 Billion Loss, Will Outsource To Foxconn
"How badly BB got shafted by that loan is determined by how desperate they were when they took it."
On a level of desperation going from 1 - 10, I'm going to go with "Vlad the Impaler" as far as shafting is concerned.
Lead Contractor On Health-Care Web Site Led By Execs From Troubled IT Company
âoeWe had military contracts. Who cares whether it worked or not?!?!â â" Dick Jones
How the NSA Is Harming America's Economy
" And so far, we've seen no evidence whatsoever there's any contrition or accepting that what they did was going to piss off everyone else."
Stratfor hacker Jeremy Hammond sentenced to ten years in jail
I'd say sneering contempt rather than contrition.
Clam That Was Killed Determining Its Age Was Over 100 Years Older Than Estimated
But there's no sense crying over every mistake.
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.
And the Science gets done.
And you make a neat gun.
For the people who are still alive.
Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video
And now for a rebuttal to this inane garbage, McGarnagle:
Never talk to the police!
Study Shows Professors With Tenure Are Worse Teachers
"After all, you don't get tenure by dazzling 18-year-olds with PowerPoints. "
I don't know about the study, but the article is garbage.
The professor's job is not to entertain students, it's to teach them. Sometimes, students don't like the teachers who force them to work hard and learn the material.
That's why we have tenure.
Ask Slashdot: Good Ideas For Creative Gaming With Girlfriend?
Although my significant other simply will not engage in any online activities with me... or with anyone else, pretty much, I do have a good idea for other people.
Gary's Mod Theater Mode!
Yes, it's true, you are limited to watching stuff on Youtube, but there is a lot of good stuff on there. And it isn't as taxing as playing a real game type game.
Can There Be Open Source Music?
If an individual holds the copyright, it isn't folk music.
Can There Be Open Source Music?
It's called folk music.
Foxconn Betting Big On Firefox OS
It was pretty much inevitable that after being taught how to make world class devices by Apple, Foxconn would eventually question why a bunch of foriegners living off in the States should get a cut of their hard work. This means that Apple's big advantages will be:
1. Hardware patents: How easy it will be for Foxconn to get around these to sell to the US and Europe I'm not sure, since I'm no lawyer. If they have to do their own redesigns or are even completely stymied by overbroad patents they may have a limited market for their devices.
2. Software (and Software patents): Foxconn can now make world class hardware, no mistake about that. However, I don't know how well they will do with software, since that isn't part of their core competencies. Also, they'll have the same software patent issues that Android devices have.
I'm not a fan of Foxconn's horrible labor practices, but it will be interesting to watch this develop.
Larry Ellison Rejuvenating Hawaii's Sixth-Largest Island (Which He Owns)
This is pretty absurd, the idea that Larry Ellison can own the sixth largest Hawaiian Island.
On the one hand, it means the Hawaiians, on that island at least, have a royal family again.
On the other hand, he holds it due to fictitious numbers in a database, so what this really means is that the United States gave it to him.
The United States will take it back whenever it likes, unless he decides to be a king like Leopold and establish his own military to torment the inhabitants. In which case the United States will take it back after a rather short war.
But I'm sure he'll enjoy pretending to be king for a while.
Wii Street U Uses Google Maps to Create 'An Immersive Experience' (Video)
Wii U looks a damn sight better than the new Xbox, which I believe Microsoft has named the Xbox Catastrophe. (It goes along with the Calamity operating system that they released for PC/Tablets.)
A Commencement Speech For 2013 CS Majors
Well, the first thing to understand about this article is that it treats software engineering as a pure meritocracy.
Maybe at some places it is.
However, for me the important film is that timeless documentary, Office Space, which drummed into my head two things that I actually found to be true:
1. If you are good at office politics, you will be called "a straight shooter with upper management written all over him," if you are merely good at creating software you will be "Mr. Samir Naga... Naga... Naga... Not gonna work here anymore, anyway."
2. Even being a successful office politicker like Peter Gibbons or Bill Lumbergh, you will still possibly find that you have a hateful, soul crushing job that drains away your life and enthusiasm every day.
What does this mean? Well, it means that you have to decide early on whether you are chasing a good life or an early retirement. chasing the good life means hanging on until you get a job you can tolerate, early retirement means making as much as you can so you can get out as fast as you can. Or perhaps being hit by a truck so you can work at your real passion, "A Jump to Conclusions" mat.
All in all, I think wire fraud and armed robbery are probably more satisfying careers much of the time.
Mayor Bloomberg Battles Fleet Owners Over NYC 'Taxi of Tomorrow'
What laws have the Kochs demonstrably violated?
Trading with Iran.
For starters, and there's more if you look.
They should be swinging from lampposts right next to the one Bloomberg is swinging from, maybe across from the ones Jamie Dimon and Don Blankenship are strung up from.
The main problems will be really fat crows and running out of lamp posts.
I've been researching a law called IMBRA. I've been in a committed relationship for about 10 years, so the law doesn't effect me personally. However, everything I've read about the law makes my blood boil, it's essentially something like a poll tax for immigrant wives of U. S. citizens. Now, my personal opinion is that ranting about this in my blog isn't going to change the law, and worse laws (yes, as bad as this one is there are worse ones) hang around on the books forever. So, this isn't about political advocacy. However, part of my research provided an amusing example of Wikipedia being used for political purposes:
So, I thought I'd include that here.
I am not a number, I am a free man
Sony made this distinction, to a large extent, not so much through original design or perspective or technology as through psychology. Their message: videogames are childish, uncool garbage. What we have to offer, it's barely even videogames. It's more like movies, or some other kind of entertainment. They reinforced the premise by generally refusing "old fashioned" 2D games on their systems, unless explicitly labeled as a retro package; through putting a heavy emphasis on "mature"-themed games, and by funneling Sony's limitless funds into years of blanket advertising - rarely showing actual game footage if CG was available, emphasizing the cinematic and familiar. The implication was, the less videogames in any sense resembled what you and I think of as videogames, the better.
-- What's Wrong With Console Design? [next-gen.biz]
Well, this is something that goes along with another quote I read recently:
Are you still dicking around with lovingly detailed 2D sprites? Enormous Gouraud shaded triangles are the wave of the future! Glazed, emotionless eyes! Hair that's been hacked out of stone! Giant 3D booger men in diapers are what today's gamers want, and we'll give you the tools to craft those horrendously ugly damn creatures. Someone perfect time travel already so we can just bomb 1994.
-- Worst Video Game Ads comments [1up.com]
This is why I get irritated whenever anyone says Nintendo censors (oh they do, and in very irritating ways) and Sony doesn't. Sony loves to censor, and they have from the beginning, but they are good at projecting an image, I'll give them that. You suck, Sony!
Re:books vs. video games
It could be a Troll or it could be sincere, but the important thing is that it means that this individual is not worth arguing with about anything. For the rest of this entry I'll assume he's sincere.
He has no ideas that are worthwhile. There is no there, there. People will argue with him though, because he doesn't make overtly racist statements like this all the time. So he'll say something, and people will assume he's decent but ignorant or something. Well, no, he's a Nazi. He actually is one. You know, like Hitler. The question is, when you get into an argument with an actual Nazi, does Godwin's law apply? In other words, does the other person lose the argument immediately for being a Nazi? I think that they should be treated as nothing for the purposes of the argument. However, on certain issues (like immigration) it is valuable to note which side they are on, because that will be the Nazi side of the argument.
by sesshomaru (173381) on Friday May 05, @09:02PM (#15274654)
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This is about the stupidist thing I've ever heard of. Essentially, a bunch of trust fund babies deciding to hassle the working class. I'm reminded of Bertie Wooster stealing policemens' hats. "Well, they like it, just like foxes like to be hunted." It's not coincidental that Wodehouse was popular in Soviet Russia.
...each carried a huge funnel, and I realized with horror that I had seen this awful thing before...
I ended up doing a few more comments later, Re:Manager called 911 and Re:It's funny indeed. The first comment was just to point out that in retail, you constantly have to deal with being insulted and scammed. I pointed out the details of a few scams, one I had read about and three that had happened to me. The second comment was just a Well Done to an Anonymous Coward who had made a comment similar to my previous comment but had done a better job of pointing out why this was a stupid, mean prank.
So, what am I to make of this? Well, this goes along with the hostility to the Star Wars kid for not being able to "laugh at himself." Penn & Tellar made a great point about the line, "It's fun to laugh at yourself, " in their book Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends, as they put it, "that was just a lie." The reason why it was a motto on Candid Camera was to get people to pretend they weren't humiliated for our amusement, and act like they thought the joke was funny too. Think of all the money this motto saved the Candid Camera people on dental work and facial reconstructive surgery. (But it's what I'd expect from masters of social engineering).
One of the things I realized from this article is that I'm no longer dealing with my peers, mostly, on Slashdot. No, I'm dealing with children, people who are younger than even my girlfriend, who were 6 years old when Street Fighter II came out. It's an odd sensation to realize that there are people, who have reached "official American adulthood" (but who still act like children thanks to all those years of forced infantilization that our school systems provide) who were babies when Street Fighter II came out. It gives me the shudders. I'm wondering if, just maybe, the kids are not alright.
Hopefully this isn't a representative sample of 20 somethings. (Well, my girlfriend is a 20 something herself, and she's alright. I often "rap" with her to find out what's going on in the younder generation.)
Steel Legion Mod
This is a very well made, complete mod for the original Dawn of War as far as I know, it is not yet compatible with Winter Assault. There will be some people, mostly those who prefer original Dawn of War to Winter Assault who will like this mod better than Winter Assault.
Winter Assault may have the edge for including a new single player game, but I'd say Dawn of Steel is equal in quality to the Cadian Imperial Guard included in Winter Assault. I'll comment more later.
Imperial Guard Skirmish Tactics Part II
I noticed that the tank population increases with Mechanized Command, just as the infantry population increases with Infantry Commands. Also, setting a rally point on a garrisonable building (except a listening post) seems to lead to it being auto-garrisonable.
Imperial Guard Skirmish Tactics
Owing to a comment I got in response to one of my comments on the review of the game DragonShard, I decided to try playing the IG in skirmish mode. Incidentally, I agree that the stupid AI tends to use rushes rather than more sophisticated strategy. However, if the IG defenses work, I should be able to laugh at rushes as the enemy breaks against my fortified lines.
So far, however, I haven't been able to use them effectively in a single player skirmish mode against Red Destiny (my computer) playing as the Chaos Space Marines (on "Hard" AI level). It's my own fault, I wasn't paying attention to the buildings that the IG use, so I did what I normally do with regular Space Marines. I chose my favorite defensive map, Dead Man's Crossing, grabbed the two strategic points near the main chokepoint, and started building listening posts and bolter turrets.
Well... my IG are quickly made sacrifices the the Chaos Gods using this strategy. However, today at work, during a break I decided to look up strategy for them on the Relic forums. The Relic forums post I read makes it clear that the main defensive building for the IG is the Infantry Command, which seem to be the equivalent of Starcraft bunkers combined with barracks. In fact, the writer of the post does not think highly of turrets.
So next chance I get, between work and studying, I'll try building more infantry commands, and less turrets. I'll post the results here.
Dawn of Steel: Very well done Steel Legion mod for the Original Dawn of War, praise the Omnissiah
Now, of course, it has been conclusively proven that for both major parties, the Second Amendment is a quaint holdover from the 18th century, with no force of law. "Soldiers and police confiscated guns from homeowners as they went house to house, trying to clear the shattered city of holdouts because of the danger of disease and fire."
I also have to wonder at the much vaunted slogan, "They can have my gun when they take it from my cold, dead hand." Let's make this clear, the police don't care whether the weapons are "legal" or "illegal".
P. Edwin Compass, the superintendent of police, said as little force as necessary would be used but that staying is not an option. Anyone with a weapon, even one legally registered, will have it confiscated, he said.
"No one will be able to be armed," Compass said. "Guns will be taken. Only law enforcement will be allowed to have guns."
-- Holdouts leaving New Orleans (Should be, Holdouts Being Forced Out of New Orleans.)
Of course, the whole point of gun registration is so they can take your gun when you actually need it, especially when you may need it to defend yourself against the Feds:
I must have been quite a sight alone out there on the darkened New Orleans street wearing a headlamp and holding a cell phone at an odd right angle, the only way I could get it to work. I had just been placed on hold.
"I'm a journalist working for The San Francisco Chronicle," I said quickly, trying to remain calm. "I'm out here because the signal ...."
"Step out here!" he interrupted, and his tone suggested that the consequences for not stepping out into the street would be dire. I stepped out.
and further down in the article...
As I looked up, they seemed to be taking firing positions, men on either flank, two more behind cars and the man in the middle shining the light. They were a New Orleans police SWAT team, and their guns were pointed directly at me. I made the decision not to slap at the mosquito that was siphoning blood out of my arm.
"Do you have ID?" I was asked. I tried to explain that it was in the car and the keys were in the house. "Do you live here? What are you doing here?" The questions came rapid fire, under the threat of a bullet.
-- On New Orleans' dark streets, patrols assume the worst
Martial law and poor communication lead to tense situation for one reporter
"Come on, Mr. Yukawa, get up!"