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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

thedonger Re:SO (265 comments)

Non-hispanic whites are 64% of the US population, but only 57% of Facebook's employee base. White people are under-represented.

  • Too many white males == racist hiring practices
  • Not enough white males == Excellence in diversity hiring practices.

about a month ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

thedonger Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

Or not. I'm sorry, I don't trust kick starter campaigns.

Right? I gave Toad the Wet Sprocket $50 for their new record. Then it arrived as double LP with four bonus tracks! If I wanted bonus tracks I would asked for freakin' bonus tracks! And don't get me started about that photo essay book I bought into. It was so good I almost cried. If I want to feel stuff I'll give to an Indiegogo campaign!

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Early IE12 Preview As Part of Its New Developer Channel

thedonger Re:You want IE to be relevant? (105 comments)

Microsoft can and should be a huge driver for innovation in the industry.

Google (via Chrome) and earlier Mozilla (via FF) are the driver for Microsoft to innovate, since without that outside pressure we would still be using IE6. Maybe the Dev Channel is the start of Microsoft spinning off (well, not actually "off") innovation groups that aren't encumbered by the 800 pound corporate gorilla?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

thedonger Controllers for PC? (174 comments)

From the summary:

'In August of last year, a Microsoft spokesman confirmed that the Xbox One controller will be compatible for PC users sometime in 2014. That time has finally come. Windows gamers can now use the Xbox One controller to play games on their computer. If a game supports a USB gamepad or the Xbox 360 controller, it will also support the Xbox One controller.'

That is interesting given that my brother and my cousin - both big into gaming - use PC-style controls with their Xbox because they feel it gives them an edge over users of the Xbox controller.

about a month and a half ago
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Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

thedonger Re:Interesting... (170 comments)

...communication with the satellite?

*The satellite that serves a given area.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

thedonger Interesting... (170 comments)

It's also a neat way to boost the sale of satellite transmission and receiving equipment. Will individuals need the equipment, or will an ISP of sorts swoop in monopolize the communication with the satellite?

about 2 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

thedonger Re:WOW (142 comments)

yeah, where everyone is in a few insurance groups and gets the same basic benefits

obamacare has variable pricing based on history, finances, where you live, etc. lots of business rules to properly price the policy

Actually, no. We can program a high amount of variability in pricing and eligibility based on whatever data is required. And we own a private exchange, so we do that, too. Also, we can implement such a project in 6 months, sometimes less, including the entire reporting requirement.

about 2 months ago
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The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

thedonger Re:Sentient machines exist (339 comments)

I fear the day we make truly sentient "machines." (In quotes because because I don't know if they will be machines or not.) In order to replicate life as we know it - human, feline, insect, etc. - we must first figure out how to make it want to survive. And once we do that we have created a new competitor in the food chain.

about 2 months ago
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The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

thedonger Re:But, what is a singularity? (339 comments)

The singularity, of course, is defined as the point where the function and all its derivatives approach infinity. There is another way to think of a singularity. If you are extrapolating a function based on a power series around a point, you can only expand that power series as far as the closest singularity ("pole") in the complex plane (the "radius of convergence"). You can't extrapolate further than that with a simple power series, even if you aren't trying to solve for the function at the pole itself.

So, thinking science fictionally, we can't extrapolate the future based on the present any further than the distance to the singularity, even if our actual future doesn't in fact pass through the singularity.

So, don't think of the technological singularity as a time when life for humans ends, and robots/artificial intelligences/transcended humans take over. Think of it as time scale beyond which we can't extrapolate the future based on what we know now.

So you're saying I won't be able to fuck a sexbot by 2035?

about 2 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

thedonger Re:WOW (142 comments)

Forget about the number of lines of code. I work for a U.S. company that builds healthcare.gov type web sites and the reporting back end for large companies. The estimated price tag of the front end ($150 million or so) is about 20 times what the tax payers should have paid. Add in the back end reporting to the insurance companies and billing, throw a call center in at least two different time zones, main and backup datacenters and instead of the full price tag ($600 mil?), let's say at the high end $20 million for the whole thing. Ongoing administration costs maybe in the 7 digits per year. The whole thing was a sham to get votes and fill the coffers of some cronies.

about 2 months ago
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Why Snowden Did Right

thedonger Re:But that's not all Snowden did... (348 comments)

Because the only people who claim that have "harming the US" as a goal.

I don't think anyone should have harming the American people , as a goal, at all. The complete abolition of the American government , on the other hand, is a goal which I think is overwhelmingly in the interests of humanity as an entire species, and in seeking such, the American people themselves should be leading the charge.

So how do you imagine we "abolish the US government" without harming the people? It's easy to point out the "bad", "evil", (and the favorite of the anarchist/libertarian sort) "facist" things the US governemnt does while ignoring the massive good it has done. Of course, if looking through a very narrow lens helps suport your cause, I guess you're free to do that, and somehow get positive mod points for it. Guess you brought friends, eh? Just remember, the evil government is what is allowing you to post negatively about it. Try the same in any of many more oppressive countries out there.

Let's not forget that what most people dislike (or hate) about the U.S. government is something outside the intentions it was founded upon. It wasn't supposed to become a rich man's club running at the behest of other rich people.

about 2 months ago
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Why Snowden Did Right

thedonger Re:Almost... (348 comments)

It's not democracy if capitalism has its hooks in every aspect of government.

Capitalism doesn't have hooks it can put in government. A government highly influenced by corporations is cronyism, or straight out bribery. And lest we give "Big Academia" a pass, a government highly influenced by large universities with millions of dollars is also cronyism.

about 2 months ago
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Zenimax Sues Oculus Over VR Tech

thedonger Prior Art (97 comments)

The universe has been in 3-D for like 30 billion years.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

thedonger Re:You know... (403 comments)

*They are.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

thedonger Re:You know... (403 comments)

Easy there, fella. We all understand you've got the Ewok love.

Their like pocket-sized Wookies! What's not to love?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

thedonger Re:You know... (403 comments)

Obi-wan seemed like a real dick after that scene. His former friend and pupil is lying there, on fire and dismembered. Obi-wan can't even be bothered to finish him off and put him out of his misery. Instead he just leaves him there to be horribly scarred and rebuilt into a hate filled cyborg that thinks nothing of blowing up entire planets.

I don't think they had a choice at that point except to make him look like a dick. The story had to continue with him as Darth Vader because that's how it was written 30 years prior. They painted themselves into a corner by trying to tell the story starting way further back than they could hope to tell in three mostly consecutive movies, and then by wasting almost one entire movie (Episode 1) just showing us crap.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

thedonger Re:You know... (403 comments)

Prequel complainers are just full of shit. They cry about movies that are roughly as good as the originals.

Also, anyone who compares Ewoks and Jar-Jar is a moron. The Ewoks actually fought, using old but useful weapons to help defeat the imperial forces. Jar-Jar was running away like a coward and accidentally destroyed an invading force in the process. Both character types aimed at kids? Sure. But they were nothing alike.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

thedonger Re:You know... (403 comments)

It's not even that. Look at that quotes list. Awkward quote #1? Just Jar-Jar being Jar-Jar. That was an appropriate quote for the character and context. Quote #5 was a neutral way to avoid an awkward silence. #7 was Anakin being a 9-year-old boy--yes, 9-year-old boys say awkward stupid shit like this. Quotes #20 and #34 were frighteningly insightful: this is exactly what happened after 9/11.

Prequel complainers are just full of shit. They cry about movies that are roughly as good as the originals.

The prequels sucked because they tried to cram foreshadowing into every scene, as if we needed every single event in the prequels to relate to a specific event in the original 3. Then after the second prequel they realized they left so much undone that the third was just two hours of screen wipe-divided vignettes, and right at the end they were like, Oh shit, Anakin only has the one fake hand. So 5 minutes, one ill-constructed fight sequence, and single slashing of a light saber and suddenly he is Darth Vader in all his shiny, black awesomeness. Crap. Crap. Crap.

about 2 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

thedonger Re:And any idiot with a soldering iron can bypass (765 comments)

I never said bludgeoning a person was easy.

. I said that someone who can and will disarm a person with a gun probably has the skills to then beat the crap out of you with your gun if it for some reason does not fire.

Although it is not "easy" to bludgeon someone to death, it only takes the right kind of strike to knock a person unconscious, at which point the perpetrator can take their time pistol whipping the limp body.

about 2 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

thedonger Re:And any idiot with a soldering iron can bypass (765 comments)

If you are defending yourself with your smart gun and the person takes it away from you, I'm pretty sure that if they can't shoot you with it that they will still be able to beat you to death with it. And if they are the kind of person who can and will disarm someone then they probably can beat you up, too. Either way, I'll take my chances that someone else might get my gun over my gun not firing when I really need it to. I can train to deal with misfires, not with electronic malfunctions.

about 2 months ago

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