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Comment: LOL Itanium (Score 1) 62

by Just Some Guy (#47577925) Attached to: HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

I'm sure someone's crunched the numbers and this makes sense on paper, but seriously? Porting to Itanium before x86? I know HP wants to prop up its teensy niche CPU server line, but I just can't see how to justify that. Who's going to migrate software from old VMS systems to a new one on very highly vendor-locked hardware? It seems like anything likely to ever be updated before the heat death of the universe would probably have made the jump to Linux-on-x86 years ago.

Comment: Re:ACM doesn't get it on (C) (Score 1) 191

by Just Some Guy (#47576653) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Yep. Their Code of Ethics says:

1.5 Honor property rights including copyrights and patent.

Violation of copyrights, patents, trade secrets and the terms of license agreements is prohibited by law in most circumstances. Even when software is not so protected, such violations are contrary to professional behavior. Copies of software should be made only with proper authorization. Unauthorized duplication of materials must not be condoned.

I don't pirate software. I pay for the stuff I use when required. However, I damn sure don't respect software patents or nebulous "terms of license agreement" EULA bullshit. I'll honor them as mandated by law to keep me and my employer out of trouble (although every programmer reading this has probably violated 3 stupid patents today in the course of their job). And while the RIAA doesn't "authorize" me to rip CDs I've bought, I'm legally entitled to do so and will at my convenience.

I think my views are pretty mainstream among programmers. If the ACM wants me to join, they need to remove the requirements for me to worship pro-corporate, anti-citizen, rent-seeking behavior. I can't ethically consent to support their unethical Code of Ethics.

Comment: Re:Stress could not be understated (Score 1) 96

by Just Some Guy (#47574801) Attached to: "ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

My wife's a doctor and we recently moved to a new state with very protectionistic licensing policies. For example, you're required to have passed the medical boards within the last ten years. Doesn't matter if you're a professor of medicine at Harvard: you had to have passed the boards recently. You know, the ones new doctors take in their senior year of med school when they've been doing nothing but studying for the last for years straight and it's still fresh in their minds. So my wife, who's owned a successful practice for the last (more than 10) years had to pass the given-every-6-months test that determines whether she gets to keep doing the job that she's an expert at.

I'm writing this in sympathy for your situation, and to let you know that it apparently sucks for lots of professions. Your wife's not in it alone, and as someone who went through your role in the situation: I feel your pain. Best of luck to both of you!

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 96

by Just Some Guy (#47574589) Attached to: "ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

I don't know about that. Say the average first year lawyer makes $60,000 (pulled directly from my butt; I have no idea what the actual number is and don't care to look). Suppose that 80% of bar takers pass the exam. That means the expected income for the next six months of a random person taking the bar is 60K * .8 * .5 = 24K. This is the number that a good lawyer could convince a judge (who is a lawyer) that these young, brilliant, aspiring lawyers should be compensated by the testing firm (who is not a lawyer).

That's not shabby pay for a fresh graduate sitting around (ahem, studying!, ahem) until the next testing period rolls around.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 96

by Just Some Guy (#47574531) Attached to: "ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads
I'm almost certain that a company which just screwed over a bunch of protolawyers will allow free re-testing for those involved. It would probably turn very, very ugly for them if they didn't. Test takers will have to pay for travel again, which is probably significant for many of them, but they won't have to pay for test prep and fees again.

Comment: Re:Stop the idiocracy (Score 2, Insightful) 487

by geminidomino (#47569157) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

It's urban black culture that disparages intellect.

It's hardly limited to that.

* The 20% of the country's land area called "the bible belt", especially the more rural chunks of it fit neatly into that box.

* Enough of the boob-tube watching population that it's a trope second only to "oafish husband-father/long-suffering wife-mother."

* All of Washington DC.

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