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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

xski Re: SO (377 comments)

Actually, just beware people

Damn, where are those mod points when I need 'em.

about a month ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

xski Re:Sad.... (212 comments)

It's sad how many "programmers" I meet who have never even typed "make" let alone more interesting things like readelf and strace.

That's just elitism.

Wow, who knew Ben Affleck reads Slashdot?!

about a month ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

xski Re:Do a prenup (447 comments)

If both party's motives are pure, they should have no problem with one.

Well, if someone asks for a pre-nup he or she is already considering divorce to be a event with a rather high likelyhood. Is it really smart to marry someone who considers divorce a likely event?

It means nothing of the sort. It means they understand that life isn't a fairy tale, that anything is possible in human relations and that includes divorce, like it or not. Is it really smart to marry someone who lives in a fantasy land where bad things like divorce don't happen? Or worse, just don't happen to them because they're somehow special? Likelihood isn't the issue. Possibility is. Its always possible.

about 2 months ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

xski Re:Oh lord (342 comments)

The news is for spreading government & corporate propaganda, not to mention it makes for a good marketing vector.

FTFY

about 2 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

xski Re:good (238 comments)

At some point, the user has to actually pay attention to what they are doing and put some personal effort into it.

Ding! Ding ! Ding! Ding!

You just nailed it spot on.

Perhaps this is why we call them 'users' (and why we're the 'other' industry that refers to its customers as 'users').

about 7 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

xski The answer: More Windmills... (405 comments)

If they really want to bring in the masses, the PGA should switch to much smaller courses with less walking (say, something that fits near a mall) and lots of obstacles like Windmills and Castles and little bridges and slopes and ... wait, there's something familiar about this...

about 8 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

xski Re:Whatever (529 comments)

What? No link to the documentary on youtube?

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

xski Re:Apply to jobs (451 comments)

50%??

Bit optimistic, no?

about 9 months ago
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Safeway Suspends Worker For Sci-Fi Parody of His Firing

xski Fortunately, Safeway has an Ethics Hotline (191 comments)

Safeway strives to maintain the highest level of honesty and integrity in its dealing(s) with employees and vendors. If you have any questions, concerns or information regarding business ethics or integrity in your dealings with Safeway, please contact our confidential Business Ethics Hotline at 1-866-239-1376 or email us at business.ethics@safeway.com

Thar ya go.

about a year ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

xski Re:"Why are you spying on grandma?" (841 comments)

So, essentially, the NSA is an industrial espionage agency and any government helping them is too dumb to notice it.

No, those other governments were already doing in with their own resources anyway. They were happy to have a new resource-rich partner.

Fuzzy recollection from my mid-to-late 90's Ecomonist-reading days: others (EU, Russia, China, Aus, SA, Japan, ok, pretty much everyone in the global economy) apparently had long made use of government intel assets for industrial/economic spying. There was a small stink when the US was caught doing similar things, except, it was only a small stink because the US was able to say "And here's what we saw while we were spying.. Here's the German spies, here's the UK spies, those are the French spies over there, let's see i know we have some Israeli's around here too, oh there they are discussing affairs with their Arab spy friends...." and so on, to which the collective response was something along the lines of "Oh. Yes, Well then..."

Or at least that was my take-away from the series of news articles and reports. There are no innocent parties.

1 year,10 days
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

xski Re: All Feds. (841 comments)

Wait... you mean you didn't set that up on purpose?

1 year,10 days
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Just Thinking About Science Triggers Moral Behavior

xski Re:belief in science (347 comments)

The beauty of science is that you don't have to believe in it, in the sense of 'to believe' meaning 'to accept on someone else's authority.' ... the 'authority' of science derives from empirical testing and reason, not belief.

This should be burned into the minds of schoolchildren everywhere.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Donate Older Computers to Charity?

xski Re:I hope you plan on donating your tech support (260 comments)

I would hazard to say that if it has an Audio/Video Department it long ago made the transition from what I would call a Church into what I would call a Marketing Department.

about 2 years ago
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Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican

xski Re:Turns out (473 comments)

Why couldn't I have mod points today...

about 2 years ago
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Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk

xski Re:Rape trigger? (562 comments)

Yup, some folks simply don't want anyone to have the conversation at all. Be amazed.

about 2 years ago

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