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Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

sick197666 Better Idea... (524 comments)

How about we are treated as if we were as important as the marketing department? I mean, without us, there would be no product to market, correct? So how about we are treated as humans instead of code-cranking-machines who do not need food, sleep, or free time on the weekends. That would be a nice, huge change.

about a year ago

Sheryl Sandberg and Technology's Female Leaders

sick197666 Am I the only feminist here who thinks... (181 comments)

That all people should be free to choose the life they wish? Without barriers other than their own abilities??? If you choose to be a stay at home mom/dad/husband/wife - all power to you. If you choose not to, great.

about a year and a half ago

Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory

sick197666 Re:FSM (763 comments)

I remember when the door-to-door creationists showed up in my neighborhood. Knocking in doors and handing out pamphlets about how evolution is the antithesis or religion, blah blah blah, science is evil, blah blah blah.

Of course the entire conversation starts with "What church do you go to?" Seeing that I was at my mother's house, a Catholic (in name only, pretty much agnostic), I replied with that and they ran away anyways.

Bonus points: The Catholic excuse works pretty well with Jehovah's Witnesses too.

about a year and a half ago

2012 another record-setter, fits climate forecasts

sick197666 The real, shocking news (1 comments)

is that Fox News is reporting something truthful...

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Going To a Technical College Worth It?

sick197666 Re:School is worthless... (309 comments)

So did my university, so I graduated with certifications AND a diploma or two. For the price of one tuition.

about 2 years ago

How young is too young for Linux?

sick197666 Start them young! (2 comments)

When I was about 8 my mom bought me a fake "laptop" with a ~4-5 inch LED screen that taught me my first programming language - Basic. When I was 9 I made a website for my 4th grade class. Definitely a BIG impact!!!! I've since passed the still working laptop on to my cousin's (also a software developer like me) son who took to it like a fish to water. My nephew is obsessed with video games and I keep trying to get him into stuff like ALICE or other child/teen computer science programs. My niece, nephews and little cousins all know how to use Linux because that's all they get on Aunt Cait's computers :)

about 2 years ago

Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

sick197666 Re:The answer is simple.... (630 comments)

"From my personal experience....." is always a giant red flag for an incoming logical fallacy.

about 2 years ago

Meat the Food of the Future

sick197666 I have a better idea (705 comments)

Free birth control for everybody!!!!!

more than 2 years ago

CERN Announcing New LHC Results July 4th

sick197666 Re:but.. (226 comments)

More like, "hey we found these fossils and foot prints and droppings and DNA in a dead, mummified mosquito, this must mean there's dinosaurs! but since no human was alive back then, we can only say that with 99.999% certainty"

Or, "there must be some force that is keeping us on this planet, let's call it gravity!! we can see it act upon matter and we can drop things, but we can't see gravity itself, so we have to call it a theory."

more than 2 years ago

Texas GOP Educational Platform Opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

sick197666 Re:Religious fundamentalism (734 comments)

If I had mod points, they would all be yours.

This pretty much lays it out exactly; at least from my point of view of a Democrat - to - Liberal Libertarian convert. (Yes, we exist. No, we don't like big government.)

I have many coworkers from Europe and when they come to visit - they are somewhat shell shocked. They see America as this pinnacle of light in Democracy and Freedom and Free Enterprise and Equality Under Law.... and I have to give them the truth, as it pains me to see them that ignorant of it.

more than 2 years ago

Anti-Education Attack Poisons 150 Afghan Schoolgirls

sick197666 Re:Welllllllll..... (707 comments)

Mod up the AC.

"They've got modern technology without ever having gone through and cultural growth. So they're kind of like Children." Best response ever.

there is little to do to help the savages become civil unless they want to, and they dont. to be civil would require them to give up their absolute control over their women as property and they will never let that happen.

about 2 years ago

Anti-Education Attack Poisons 150 Afghan Schoolgirls

sick197666 Re:RoP (707 comments)

I 1000% agree with you. Its not necessarily Republican-ism, but or fiscal conservatism, or gun rights, etc, etc. You can be a rocket scientist and a fiscal conservative - those things are all matters of opinion. You can argue over the virtues of owning hand guns or not or the merits of a charity based approach to welfare versus government-financed. Its all well and good; one can agree to disagree. Education, on the other hand, is all based on fact. Religious people who are not open minded to the fact that other people have different beliefs cannot cope with the idea that science is fact based. Education teaches children to think for themselves and make their own decisions, which is deadly to a faith-based ideological system. Sure, any one can choose to be a Muslim or a Christian or a Buddhist once they are educated in these religions and agree with the teachings - but the vast majority of logical people would not when confronted with ALL the evidence. this is the problem. To keep forcing your faith on other people, they must remain ignorant or you cannot control them.

about 2 years ago

The ugly underbelly of coder culture

sick197666 Re:Garbage ! (4 comments)

More excuses for why women don't make good pgrammers, not why there are way less programmers. These are different questions.

more than 2 years ago

Magical Thinking Is Good for You

sick197666 Just World Theory (2 comments)

is too dangerous. blaming the victim is too easy when we give in to "magical" thinking, or the irrational belief that your invisible friend WANTED person X to die of cancer while they WANTED person y to become a multimillionaire. yeah k. i believe in statistics.

more than 2 years ago

Religious Americans Enjoy Higher Wellbeing

sick197666 So... (2 comments)

Ignorance really is bliss?

And all the starving people in Africa "deserve" to be starving due to some one's imaginary friend says so?


about 2 years ago

How the GOP (and the Tea Party) Helped Kill SOPA

sick197666 Re:I'm glad I support the Republicans (857 comments)

"Abortion is the taking of a human life. You don't think it's a human life? Um, what makes you qualified to determine what is human life and what is not?"

Because they are MY stem cells, MY DNA, and MY eggs. The government doesn't get to tell me what to do with MY cells that make up MY body.

Being against abortion is not the same as being for the government's control of our bodies. I would never have an abortion, but, I will fight for my right to control myself. With MY second amendment, with MY guns.

more than 2 years ago

"Learn To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN

sick197666 Re:Story time (688 comments)

10000% agreed! Is Operating Systems 300-ish level class should be required for all CS students. I double majored in IS and I took the A+ class for IS and Operating Systems class in CS at the same time (on purpose, I added the IS major late, it was only like a 200~ level class) and I must say, learning about Operating Systems from both sides - the programmer of the OS and the power user of the OS - at the same time was a learning experience I wouldn't trade anything in the world for. It hands down made me a better programmer and IT manager at the same time, when you understand WHY the system is deadlocking BEFORE it crashes, why the SQL server is acting in such a way due to X amount of processes doing Y, etc, etc. It also helped a lot for the N+ and CCNA classes, when we're reprogramming our routers by command line I had a distinct advantage against the IS-only students who had no underlying grasp of the intricacies of the OS - even ones small/simple enough for consumer routers.

more than 2 years ago

America's Turn From Science, a Danger For Democracy

sick197666 Re:U.S. is established on religion, so (900 comments)

> Anybody claims to have The Truth and I just giggle, give us another thousand years and we might.

Yes. I apply this to science, religion, politics, anything. Modern science (if Aristotle's Physics == modern) is less than three thousand years old. We are but infants in the great experiment known as our universe. If someone cannot accept the fact of the possibility that their own personal philosophy could be wrong, then it is not called faith. I believe that the universe flows as such: Big Bang -> Big Crunch -> Big Bang -> Big Crunch, ad nauseum, but I am willing to change that belief if and when new evidence is presented towards me (as in, it could be multiple universes bumping into each other, but I think that the BB -> BC cycle is more likely. At this present time.) The lack of the ability to change one's beliefs when presented with evidence to the contrary is the textbook definition of a psychological delusion.

Personally, although I doubt it, I hope the Buddhists are correct so maybe I can come back in another thousand years and see what the future scientists have cooked up. (That and I hope Karma truly exists but I doubt it) Until then, I'm not concerning myself with an afterlife that I cannot find reasonable evidence to believe in. If the rapture starts, zombie Jeebus comes back, or Cthulhu attacks, then I will admit I am wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Appeals Court Says Genes Are Patentable, Because They're 'Separate' From Your DNA

sick197666 IMO.... (1 comments)

IMO, the idea that any part of the human body is patentable is preposterous, because the human body belongs to all humans. Since instead of patenting 0011010011001, they've pattented "1" doesn't change anything.

more than 3 years ago


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