I'm impressed that they didn't just build one one atom thick LED, but three of them. Was it to prove they could reproduce it?
Why in heavens' name would I care whether or not someone I'm going to hire is playing Weed Farmer or -- let's just cut to the heart of it -- even an illegal drug user?
I've known enough people who've taken illegal drugs (pot, X, whatever) who were phenomenally good at their job that I fail to see how it's any relevant to me what they do in their off-hours. You could argue that there's a morality component (if I'm being honest I'm not crazy about hiring someone who beats their spouse non-consensually, for example) to hiring decisions, but even then, what's the morality of smoking pot? Why would I care?
I'm a hiring manager at a tech company. We generally think that looking at a candidate's FB profile is a social faux pas. LInkedIn? Sure. Facebook? That's their business. I'm not friends with my direct reports on FB, I don't expect them to friend me, and whatever they do there is their business.
Maybe it's time to find a better class of potential employers?
If it's government-protected currency, it's government-regulated currency. Bitcoin owners have been crowing for a while that Bitcoin's raison d'etre was to be independent of governments, and I'd say that I'm pretty comfortable with the JP government going "you don't want to play in the financial industry sandbox? You don't get to come in when your sandbox is wet."
We're an iPhone-free house, and while my wife has my old iPad, neither of uses it.
We've had a Roku here, but we ended up standardizing on the ATV as our preferred streaming platform. Its ease of use and interface, for us, were superior to the Roku. We also consume a bunch of iTunes rental movies, which obviously aren't available via Roku. While the Roku lets you rent movies from other sources, those other sources (e.g. Amazon) didn't have the selection we wanted.
This significantly changes the situation, I think, and makes it much more palatable -- you either opt in to the protections of VAC (and its attendant privacy breaches) or you opt out, but you can still play. I can live with that.
(I feel like I'm violating some sort of implicit slashdot rule by not flaming you for disagreeing with me; apologies).
This isn't quite the same as that old "well, just don't use it" canard.
Valve was engaging in a set of behaviors which you considered acceptable, and so "purchased" (more on why "purchased" is in quotes in a second) some games from them.
They've changed their behavior. Let's say you don't want to do business with them anymore. You could, of course, stop using Steam
Someone will, doubtlessly, point out that you can put the Steam client into offline mode. To which I'll say that you can't do it indefinitely. To which they'll say "but Valve says you should be able to do that," to which I'll point to http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/11... which basically says "Valve says they want to make offline mode work 'forever', but they're not there yet."
It doesn't really matter, IMHO, that the scope of what they did here was relatively minor. The issue is that Valve, much like Sony, feels like they can trawl through your computer in areas that have nothing to do with playing the game. Today it was minor because it makes sense to start small; but if they feel comfortable trawling your DNS history -- and Newell clearly says that he has no problem with this practice -- what else do they feel comfortable doing?
That probably came across somewhat cranky, but is entirely accurate.
I'm an engineering manager. Until a year ago, I was an engineer. I'm a decent engineer, though prone to quick-and-dirty hacks sometimes to solve problems rather than good long-term design. I got promoted to managing an infrastructure software engineering group (after the engineers in that group gave me the thumbs up) and in my first one-on-one meeting with each of my engineers I asked them "so what would you like me to be doing around here?"
And you know
Generally, I consider my job to be "the stuff we need to do the engineers don't want to do" (e.g. recruiting). And I get paid less than about half my engineers (and I think my salary's a little below median for my group). Which is fair -- their impact on the organization is higher than mine.
Holy cow, I got FP, and didn't even say something like "frist p0st!".
Doing it wrong, as usual
Turns out that telling women that STEM is just one of those things that men are better at tends to dissuade women from getting into STEM.
So the next time you're thinking of casually throwing around the whole "Oh, men are just better/more interested in this" argument
Remember you're part of the problem.
Just as an FYI because you may appreciate knowing, it's actually "hear hear." See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...
Because otherwise you probably couldn't care less.
Some very smart people are known for not being very good at standardized tests.
And a whole lot of dumb people.
At that kind of distance, is it really even worth mentioning? If I'm 100 nanometers away from something, I don't say "I'm 100nm away from X," I say "I'm right next to X." Why don't they just disembark now?