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Comment: Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (Score 1) 159

by ADRA (#47524757) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Well, if you've used it every job you've ever worked at, then clearly every liberal arts major should be mandated to learn it too. And by that vein, all CS grads will be required to take Latin Studies and Advanced Musical Therapy because, who the hell knows, some day you may need to learn these things.

Comment: Re:~50% have no degree... (Score 1) 159

by ADRA (#47524655) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Clearly your ability to rationalize and look at the big picture had nothing to do with the roughly 6 years between when you hacked code and when you re-entered the market as an experienced software engineer. Don't get me wrong, eduction is great to help become a 'better person' (though I wouldn't judge them more capable than one without based on many job categories), but to assume your radical transformation had nothing to do with simply growing up is a little disengenous.

I know that when I left school, I was the biggeest hot shot coder on earth and everyone else was wrong. Flash forward 10-15 years and now I know I'm a piece of the team, and if I can't function well in the team, we all fail, etc. and so forth.

Wisdom, eduction, and experience (in life and career) change your outlook on how you do your job and live your life. Cookie-cuttering it into one category would be an oversight, and highly simplifies one's personal development.

Comment: Re:ads (Score 1) 163

by ADRA (#47516121) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Most applications from Google can be specifically configured to not run over mobile. Just don't watch videos or download countless imaginees and you'll be fine. The first month is ALWAYS the heaviest month you'll use mobile data on any given phone, at least from my experience (because you want to try everything, and still working out how best to integrate the phone into your life, etc..).

Comment: Re:Take responsibility for your decisions (Score 1) 163

by ADRA (#47516115) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

"We're whining that all products sold near us are designed to do something that we find undesirable."

Whining about a lack of choice is perfectly reasonable, and in the perfect world, a large enough population of people should be able to solve the issue with market forces and unrestricted market entry.

Dumb phones still exist, so the choice is yours for not settling for them, or the many other competing phone platforms in the market. We as a society have chosen walled gardens and interconnected services, many because they wanted it that way, many because the heavy marketing convinced us to do it despite reservations. Don't blame people for buying what they wanted.

Comment: Re:"reasonable" is a term often used in law (Score 2) 163

by ADRA (#47515935) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

I've got a Nexus 5 and the amount of data wasted on systems updates is pretty small, and that's with syncing my entire google catelog of services. How can someone sue for a service that can be TURNED OFF, hence saving your entire reason for sueing.

The shitty thing about this suit is that Google actually makes very good use of elecricity and has spent years getting it to the point where battery usage for regular background activities like described are well performing. Its an insult to all good nerds to be insulted by a bunch of ignorant people looking for their handount.

Comment: Dubai has bigger problems (Score 3) 265

by ADRA (#47420589) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Dubai a city with a significantly challenging future and it has little to do with a dome. It's the center of little, its propelled by wildy deep pockets vs. social need, and wealth centers in the middle east are already distributing their investments to other regions. Forget the fact that once the oil's gone the wealth remaining in the region will leach away as there's so few people (though it'll take a very long time). UAE: 9mil, Yeman: 23mil, Oman: 4mil, Saudi Arabia: 30 mil. They have huge gulfs of weath distribution, and generally horrible climates. Why would people go to Dubai if it wasn't a spectacle or a huge weath gaining opportunity? My advice: Bilk Dubai for all its worth now, because in 50 years it'll be a distant memory of largesse gone awry by modern standards.

Comment: Devil's Advocate (Score 1) 311

by ADRA (#47417473) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

I can't say much about the merit of the case or common sense, but considering radar jammer manufacturers can be held accountable for miss-use (intended abuse of the law) its at least possible that the case will go to trial. The significant note of the case (if it continues) will be if TOR is designed to facilitate breaking the law or if it has enough legal uses to be considered incidental support, like the internet, air, electricity, etc...

Comment: Re:i remember when (Score 1) 223

by ADRA (#47416673) Attached to: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Well, you don't remember very clearly then. People's 'rights' have always been trampled on when the state deemed it necessary. This is nothing new to the US. It's happened since the dawn of time. Human's requirements for security will always trump their desire for equality (well unless you're the top of the pyramid I suppose). Once things 'calm down' on a global scale, expect more politicians massaging away the bad bump in these laws. Then expect 'the next great calamity', which will again cause more knee jerk laws to be passed with roughshod through the political spheres.

Comment: Re:Incorporate (Score 1) 223

by ADRA (#47416617) Attached to: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Generally speaking, if you're a major shareholder with inside knowledge of wrongdoing and the power to change it, you can be personally held accountable for the actions of ' the corporation'. Since you're a 1 man band, you'd be guaranteed to meet the two conditions and be thrown in jail regardless of the veil of a 'corporate shield' or not.

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