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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

tthomas48 Re:I've been under a rock... (1198 comments)

"Says something I disagree with"
"puts fingers in ears and shouts I've never seen anything like that, whatever that is, I didn't read the article!"

about 3 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

tthomas48 I'm assuming. (1198 comments)

Assuming posting this on Slashdot was an attempt to prove verify the author's thesis. Bravo. The comment thread proves the veracity of everything he says.

about 3 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

tthomas48 Re:I've been under a rock... (1198 comments)

Well. You can go ahead and just read this comment thread for a start. All the people and reactions he mentions are in this comment thread in spades.

about 3 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

tthomas48 Re:And any idiot with a soldering iron can bypass (765 comments)

I was making fun of the original poster who seemed to think that anyone with a soldering iron became a threat. You're disassembling the wrong statement.

"The answer to this is firearms safety education." - awesome. Most pro-gun types are vociferously against this sort of regulation. This is really what most gun-safety advocates are looking for. Requiring guns to be in safes or locked cases. Requiring training for everyone in a home with guns. Common sense stuff. Ramifications for accidents that occur due to negligence. I agree, that if we had laws with real teeth we wouldn't need things like electronic trigger locks.

about 4 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

tthomas48 Re:And any idiot with a soldering iron can bypass (765 comments)

Most gun lock advocates suggest using it to prevent a gun from being used by a child picking up a gun left around the house, a burglar taking it from your bedside table, or a mugger disarming you. The sarcasm was directed at the notion that somehow the ability to remove a gun lock with a soldering iron would change the dynamic in any of these situations.

about 4 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

tthomas48 Re: And any idiot with a soldering iron can bypass (765 comments)

Yeah, but we're talking about gun ownership so this is all about fantasy. You might as well have the cool sort of fantasy where the bad guy takes your gun with trigger lock, can't fire it, then you kick the crap out of him with your awesome martial arts skills.

about 4 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

tthomas48 Re:And any idiot with a soldering iron can bypass (765 comments)

[bad guy disarms person with smart gun] "Wait, hang on"... [he pulls out soldering iron]... "I'm gonna shoot you".... [soldering].... "hey where are you going?"

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

tthomas48 Why rush it? (309 comments)

If you're any good at computer science I'd assume you could get a job right now. Clearly you're making a decision to improve your skills and deeply learn about computer science. Do that. Enjoy college. You have the rest of your life to work.

about 4 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

tthomas48 Re:informal poll (641 comments)

Me. Work and home. Ubuntu Gnome Trusty Tahr - I don't dual-boot. My wife runs Windows 8.1 and I have an OSX machine for development. I don't get why anyone runs Windows. I sort of get OSX, but I prefer Gnome.

about 5 months ago
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Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

tthomas48 Re:Watch out (74 comments)

It tells me the time with traffic to places I go most frequently. I find it very useful that Google knows my location, it's trivial to turn off, and is off by default.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Tech Support To Development?

tthomas48 I did this. (133 comments)

I started in tech support. Created a QA department and eventually moved into development. Create a github repo. Build things to help make your job easier where you work now. Stress your customer service skills in interviews (programmers are frequently known for not having them). Look as startups as they're frequently looking for people who can wear multiple hats. Maybe you can do tech support and programming for one.

about 5 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

tthomas48 Re:GnuCash (742 comments)

It fails because it's not Quicken. My wife is unwilling to learn a new program, hence I'm trapped with Windows.

about 6 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

tthomas48 Not the issue (742 comments)

The issue is that many of us feel trapped into using Microsoft products that we hate and that don't work properly. I use Linux, but still continue to have to work on my wife's Windows machine to keep it marginally functional and keep it from imploding on itself. We're trapped because of Quicken. I actually have very little anger for them past that. They've become somewhat inconsequential in my life.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

tthomas48 Re:Bad Analogy (716 comments)

"In software, a spectacular crash caused by a particular kind of bug isn't publicly analyzed and the entire software development industry doesn't pass new standards that proscribe avoiding that error in the future"

What is a spectacular crash in software? I hear what you're saying, but you're basically defining why we haven't had this level of introspection. Software just doesn't fail that catastrophically. Being unable to load the healthcare.gov website does not in any way compare to a bridge collapsing killing hundreds of people. If you really think about it a pretty good case could be made for roads being just as buggy as software. Thousands of deaths in my state alone each year? Perhaps it's just that the bar for software "working" is quite a bit higher in software than for many other bits of engineering. Software needs to be innovative, aesthetically pleasing, easy to operate, functional, highly available, and more.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

tthomas48 Re:Bad Analogy (716 comments)

It's a bad analogy because non-software engineers who do really creative work generally do have similar failure rates to software engineers. If you look at builders of original architecture they have to deal with fixing a lot of problems. Petroleum engineers have all sorts of inefficiencies and failures. Bridges that are in any way original are frequently known to fail. Let's stop comparing complex software applications to incredibly standardized roads.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

tthomas48 Hmm... (716 comments)

If your boss makes foolish comments that show a fundamental lack of understand of the complexity of real world problems should he forced to return to elementary school on his own time?

That is a hard question. Where would he find a suitable school?

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake

tthomas48 For Testing (140 comments)

I have a fake account for testing. It would be much simpler if they made testing as simple as companies like Stripe. Until then... fake accounts.

about 7 months ago

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A cheap, network controllable power strip?

tthomas48 tthomas48 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tthomas48 writes "I currently have an old HP LaserJet that all the laptop users in my house share via a print server. It gets used at most once a day, so I'd really like to be able to power it down when not in use. In the data center world I work in we have plenty of options of power strips that can be controlled via telnet. Their price and size make them a bit unweildy for home use. Is anyone making a sub-$50 power strip that can be turned on and off remotely?"

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