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Comment: Re:From Experience (Score 1) 541

by Chelloveck (#48430223) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Someone who wants to be offended can find reason to with anything.

  • Barbie's a manager who employs male engineers: "This teaches girls that women need men to do their work for them!"
  • Barbie's an engineer working for a male manager: "This teaches girls that women will always be subservient to men!"
  • Barbie's a member of an all-female engineering team: "This teaches girls that women can't work on an equal footing with men!"
  • Barbie's a member of a racially, culturally, ethnically, and genderally diverse autonomous collective who share all the tasks equally: "This teaches girls that women can only be generalists and never excel in any particular area! Oh, and socialism!"

It sounds to me like the group who should *really* be offended are the computer engineers for being so badly misrepresented. Oh, and Barbie fans because it makes Barbie (not women in general, just this particular woman) look like a freaking idiot. (Going on the descriptions here; of course I haven't read the book. Who needs actual facts when we're surrounded by all this juicy hearsay and speculation?)

And yes, "genderally" is a perfectly cromulent word.

Comment: Re:Call Comcast? (Score 1) 405

by Chelloveck (#48380189) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

And say, exactly, "Hi, I have a business account. I can't email my customers who use Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail, apparently because those providers are blocking mail originating within Comcast's IP space. This needs to be fixed or your business account is worthless to me and I'll consider it a breach of contract." Work with them. The answer might be to move you to a different block of IP addresses. Or, it might be to forward mail through their servers. There is undoubtedly a solution.

Also, talk to Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail about being blocked. Maybe they can tell you what criteria you're hitting. It may not be Comcast's fault. (I know it seems incredible, but it is a possibility. Really.)

Lastly, if you can't get satisfaction from Comcast but there really is no alternative ISP that works for you, you can purchase email service from hundreds or thousands of different providers out there. Get an account somewhere else and set up your server to forward through theirs.

Comment: We're doomed (Score 1) 76

by Chelloveck (#48378081) Attached to: US Weather System and Satellite Network Hacked
Crap! The Chinese have hacked into the weather satellites. Now they control the CIA's Weather Dominator and will be able to make the polar vortex a permanent feature over North America! Oh well, at least this will expose "global warming" hoax that the Obama administration has been perpetrating with it. So much for giving this country the climate of his native Kenya.

Comment: Re:i feel bad for the parents (Score 1) 319

by Chelloveck (#48373215) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

"You are not looking for me to write a list API, you're looking for me to write much higher level code. If the environment you are using don't provide a list API, you are in trouble."

Speaking as someone who often poses that sort of question in an interview, yes, I know. I sometimes even preface that portion with, "I know that no one should ever again have to write their own implementation of this, but..." No, in the job you're not going to be asked to write elementary data structure code. It's just a tractable problem which can be done in the amount of time available, and makes a good starting point from which to discuss code complexity, time/space tradeoffs, and similar subjects which you *will* need to know in order to do this job.

And you would be amazed at the number of candidates who can't manage even the simple stuff. No, I don't need someone who can write yet another linked-list traversal. I need someone who can do much more difficult things! If they can't even do the sophomore-level stuff then there's no need for either of us to waste any more time. (Seriously, I've been to on-campus career fairs where by the end of the day I just want to tell people, "Pick a programming language. Any language. Write 'Hello, world'." Because I've come across a number of soon-to-graduate CS majors who couldn't even do *that*. I am not exaggerating.)

Comment: Re:Sad.... (Score 2) 212

by Chelloveck (#48362149) Attached to: New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable
Assembly? That's for you mollycoddled youngsters. You don't know how to really program until you've entered raw machine code via toggle switches on the front panel of a CPU you built yourself out of nothing but vacuum tubes and a spool of wire. And don't get me started on macro assemblers! You may as well be using COBOL if you need training wheels that big.

Comment: This research brought to you by... (Score 1) 282

by Chelloveck (#48345221) Attached to: When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

This research brought to you by the letter "Duh!" and a grant from the Really Freaking Obvious foundation.

I suppose it's good to have a study to back up the obvious. It's just that, according to the study, the people most in need of convincing are exactly the same people who are going to most vigorously deny the validity of the study.

Comment: Re:Neutrality should be about source and destinati (Score 3, Informative) 200

by Chelloveck (#48321059) Attached to: Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why
Right. I don't think many people would argue with QoS policies being applied uniformly across all providers of similar services. Having all video set to a different QoS than all email isn't a problem. Having one video provider set at high priority and another one set at low is a problem.

Comment: Re:100 year old survival knowledge in PDF files??? (Score 1) 272

by Chelloveck (#48252961) Attached to: A Library For Survival Knowledge

More over, I firmly believe that the next 30 years will see the advancement of some form of fusion power.

I remember first reading that fusion was "only 20 years away" back in the 70s. By the time I graduated high school in 1984 I knew it was kind of stalled but I was certain that we'd have it within 30 years. *sigh* Those were the days. The future was much brighter back then.

Lockheed Martin has even been willing to claim, publicly, that it will have a fusion reactor ready for market in 10.

And I really hope they're right. I'm just not going to bet on it until someone demonstrates a sustained net-positive output. Once that happens I figure it'll be 10 years until a commercial-scale plant can be designed, get regulatory approval, and actually brought online. (And I'm probably way optimistic on the regulatory approval part!)

Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 0) 353

by Chelloveck (#48229437) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'
Which is the solution to all of this. Make Windows a free gift with purchase of any computer. It's not a $500 computer and a $100 OS, it's a $600 computer and a free OS. Done and done. Throw in a free copy with every Mac sold, too, just to say thanks for the free U2 album.

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