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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

wisnoskij Sounds like a WRT54G Successor to Me (112 comments)

A (?possibly?) decent router with such bad firmware you will be forced to go to extraordinary lengths to fix it.

yesterday
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

wisnoskij Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (175 comments)

It would depend on the structure of the organization/project. But yes, most private corporate projects are not similar to Wikipedia in that way (but all additions have the possibility to include bugs that make revisions simply the best thing to do).

But that is what makes it such a simple situation. You have the original code, you have her changes, and you know what revisions/additions the accused did. Have a third party scan the changes, than ask the accused employee to justify his revisions. It would take like 3 hours of time to come to the bottom the the situation and figure out what exactly happened and dispense disciplinary action.

But lets make this clear. It is possible that the accused acted in way that hurt the company, but I cannot see how he possible hurt the "victim" here. And at the very least the company is better off with her gone.

2 days ago
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The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

wisnoskij Re:How flammable is it? (172 comments)

Just because you can put powder in anything, while a liquid needs special liquid containers that might leak or shatter and for the most part will be solid instead of flexible.

A bottle takes up a lot of room, is often going to be an inconvenient shape, and there is the whole breakage concern. Liquid would be easier to use, but powder would be easier to pack.

2 days ago
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The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

wisnoskij Re:How flammable is it? (172 comments)

But it is easier to carry a box of powder than a bottle of liquid.

2 days ago
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

wisnoskij Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (175 comments)

Some of her patches were reverted by a co-worker? How traumatic for her.

Who could take anything seriously from someone would quit the moment the quality of their work was even slightly put into question by a single co-worker?

2 days ago
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Reinventing the Axe

wisnoskij Balanced Equipment (214 comments)

There is a reason we like balanced knives, axes, etc.

Unbalanced axes are dangerous, hard to use, and hard on the person using them.

There is no way this is actually anything but a defective axe.

3 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

wisnoskij Well Duh (351 comments)

Its English, there are no jobs for English grads. In many instances it would be better to be a CS drop out than an A+ English grad.

3 days ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

wisnoskij Re:Unregulatable! (207 comments)

How is it unregulated? Making a gun is actually quite easy, therefore guns are somewhat unregulatable.

As far as I am aware you pretty much have no chance of making a working 3D printer/3D toner in your garage. So if you are forced to buy them from one of the 12 factories in the world who make them then they are easily regrettable.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

wisnoskij Re:Never forget where you came from (389 comments)

My university food memories mostly involve dipping fried meats in peanut butter. So delicious, but I do not think my metabolism could handle that any longer.

5 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

wisnoskij Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

It is entirely reasonable to assume they they did not want Donald Trump to own a nuclear missile, or for some random person to stockpile Mustard gas.

But they very clearly wanted the average citizen to be able to legally own guns that would be compatible to a normal military footsoldier.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

wisnoskij Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

And to pretend that they intended this ability to legally amend the constitution would mean that they would agree with removing rights is just silly.
They rightly thought that it would need to be updated from time to time, not for basic constitutional rights to be trimmed from it.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

wisnoskij Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

Yes and no.

Yes, Joe Nobody cannot own a tank simply for financial reasons, but AK47s are still far more important to warfare than any other single thing.
Joe Nobody can still own the most integral part of any personal and societal defence.

If you are talking state militia, sure they would be outspent by the US military, but there is no solution to this. And any State militia would still theoretically have enough money to get necessary stuff, like ground to air missiles, and talk busting rocket launchers/C4.
And if you are talking personal protection, a handgun and a knife is as good at it ever gets. It is not like person would walk around dragging a mortar for personal defence.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

wisnoskij You Don't Understand (816 comments)

American citizens don't want to stop the exploitation. We want to find a way to become the exploiters.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

wisnoskij Democracy? Hypocrisy! (816 comments)

"Democracy? Hypocrisy!" - (Aristotle, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles)

about a week ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

wisnoskij Re:Bloody Idiot (588 comments)

But most don't... Walking across the street can cause death or brain injury, but like measles that is a very small risk.

I think the medical community would agree, if the measles vaccine caused a high rate of autism, it would be far worse than .001% of people who contacted measles suffering permanent damage. They simply would not allow you to make that damaging decision and would label it child abuse.

Hell, at least some studies into autism would have us believe that actually more people would die in scenario one (from autism related deaths [which have been measured as ten times the national average]) than in scenario two.

about two weeks ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

wisnoskij Re:Sounds like Microsoft is making a pretty penny. (322 comments)

And you would expect hundreds of QA engineers to be employed for this task? (lets not forget they already have everything in place to continue patching and testing)

about two weeks ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

wisnoskij Sounds like Microsoft is making a pretty penny. (322 comments)

Every corporation and agency is independently paying millions and millions to have them continue to patch their computers. I would not wager a guess at how much it costs to continue producing patches, but I cannot imagine it is more than a handful of full time devs.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

wisnoskij Re:Ability to design and write software... (581 comments)

Zuckersberg just wants the government to train a bunch of coders, flooding the market and lowering the average pay (even the no noticeable percentage of the new coders ever being decent coders).

about two weeks ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

wisnoskij Re:Ability to design and write software... (581 comments)

By some we are of course talking less than 1% of the coal miner population with enough fundamentals to even have a chance at a quick re-training (a year or two), and the right desirers, personality, and intelligence.

And lets remember, these people ?picked? or at least have been doing for decades a physical trade. Going in and saying to them they all need to become intellectual desk jockeys not only won't work but is just cruel. If you are going to offer opportunities to coal miners, offer them trades retraining.

Governments and corporations might like to think of people as interchangeable cogs, but that is not the reality.

about two weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: How to Buy Windows 8 (none upgrade)

wisnoskij wisnoskij writes  |  about a year and a half ago

wisnoskij writes "Microsoft is really pushing the cheap upgrade to windows 8.
But some people just want an iso and a product key.

Is there any way to simply buy a windows 8 key, with or without a simple ISO download."

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Spying School District Updates

wisnoskij wisnoskij writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wisnoskij (1206448) writes "The Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District has suspended 2 IT workers for their involvement in the webcam spying case.
Additionally, the software, LANrev, used to spy on the unsuspecting children will get a update this week that will will disable the option for admins to remotely switch on a computer's webcam."

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