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Comment: Re:What solution? (Score 1) 213

We could put Libertarian dogmatism and naivety on the list, but they themselves have little influence, so it isn't like fixing them would fix the problem.

I guess you could call it pathological cynicism, and it expresses itself in many ideologies: government is evil, corporations are evil, America is evil, the West is evil, cisgender heterosexual white men are evil, etc.

Comment: Should be called "Whine at Slashdot" (Score 1) 809

by 0xdeadbeef (#49048623) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

The person started off by asking me if it was an excel file, a PDF, etc

That's a reasonable question. Without knowing the level of security required, the encryption facilities that are standard for these file types could be sufficient. The applicant wanted requirements, which is a smart thing to ask.

And why the fuck should everyone know the details of PKI? You didn't say it was a security position. Hell, a little knowledge of encryption can be worse than no knowledge, because then they might try to roll their own.

Something tells me the submitter is inflating his/her own expertise.

Comment: Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (Score 1) 388

by 0xdeadbeef (#48804645) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

It's hilarious the parent comment got at least two upvotes. Say what you will about geek arrogance, but insecurity at others being smarter than them is a lot more common on Slashdot than its opposite. Or maybe they just prefer to hide in silence and let the mod points do the talking.

Comment: Well that's inconvenient for the dominant theory (Score 2) 208

Feminists are always saying there are no mental differences in men in women. And because of that, the gender disparity in CS must be due to sexism.

Now they're altering the content of CS curriculum to appeal to women, and it is apparently working.

So if women do actually need to be taught CS differently, why is all that dark matter sexism still necessary to explain it?

Comment: Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (Score 1) 481

by 0xdeadbeef (#48449989) Attached to: Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Escalation is the only thing that changes things. Maybe what this country needs is a white nerd to get murdered by a cop. Maybe then the right wingers will be like "Oh, shit, you mean the cop problem is real?"

Then again, the "am I free to go" guy gets ridiculed by the social justice types. They want to pretend that civil libertarians are all bravado, but when those civil libertarians routinely cash the checks their mouths write, somehow they're still in the wrong.

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