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Comment: Re:If you're going to name your new software slack (Score 1) 31

...you're going to have a bad time.

FWIW, I use Slack for work, and I find it really useful. It's a pretty good way to connect normal email, github emails, and chat.

My only real beef with Slack is that its markdown language is a bit different than, and inferior to, Github's. Which is an annoyance when, for example, github markdown messages are rendered by Slack.

Comment: Re:Does he stand a chance? (Score 4, Interesting) 161

by DoofusOfDeath (#48660549) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Did they actual show you how it violated those terms, or was it just a vague threat?

It was a vague threat, but the DoD can pull a security clearance for various reasons, which means sudden unemployment for the worker. So having ones clearance threatened is akin to be threatened with firing. Except it's a kind of firing that means you can't easily work anywhere else in that "industry" either. So it's a pretty attention-grabbing threat.

But it also shows the absurdity of the DoD leadership. They were specifically saying that people with clearances couldn't see info that everyone else on the planet could see. This kind of insanity was a major factor in me leaving the DoD. The movie "Catch 22" makes a lot more sense after you've worked with those people.

Comment: Re:Does he stand a chance? (Score 1) 161

by DoofusOfDeath (#48659975) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Assuming he thought this through, does that mean the US law is against the people knowing what their government is doing?

When I worked for the DoD, we were cautioned to not read newspaper pieces describing what Snowden revealed, because it violated the terms of our security clearances.

Comment: Re:haha (Score 1) 114

No, they will be too busy wondering how she ended up in the state pen for violation of federal law.

The combination of two factors:

1. Eric Holder has "broad discretion" in prosecuting federal crimes.

2. There are so many unexpected laws (Mississippi's silly ones include this list), that a committed prosecutor can always find something to convict you of.

Comment: Re:How do we know? (Score 5, Funny) 182

by DoofusOfDeath (#48625077) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

That leads to my question- are you posting from Pyongyang?

Yes, yes I am. After spending years scouring the Internet, my small team of l88t Haxors realized that only one account, on one site, had the propaganda value we needed. It was DoofusOfDeath@slashdot.org. We're sure to get a second serving of rice balls for this exploit! Long live the god Kim Jung Un!

Comment: Re:Not a Real Question (Score 2, Insightful) 280

by DoofusOfDeath (#48612793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Let me try cleaning up your post for you, Senior Fussypants:

Dear original poster,

"STEM" is a very broad category of studies. Most of us who have jobs that could be called "STEM" jobs find that we're highly interested in some topics in this category (for example, software development), but not others (e.g., microbiology). Many of us are sufficiency interested in a broad cross-section of "STEM" topics to read about them on Wikipedia / Science Daily / EETimes / etc. But one thing is true of most of us: we're so interested in our particular corner of "STEM" topics that we've invested lots an and lots of time studying it and/or doing it as a hobby.

So when we hear you asking about "STEM" work in general, rather than something specific such as organic chemistry, that raises a few alarm bells in our minds.

First, if you're still thinking in such broad categorical terms as "STEM", it makes us think you're not particularly fascinated with any one particular subject area, such as organic chem or computer science. We fear for you: there's a long, hard path to proficiency in any of these areas, and we're concerned you lack the level of innate interest needed for you to succeed and to be happy.

The second alarm bell is that "STEM" is a buzzword du jour of politicians and educators who think of it as pixie dust. "STEM helps our economy!" "STEM workers make more money!" "Everyone can (and should) code, because STEM is great!" Those persons strike us as outside interlopers who are likely to damage our community and our productivity, because they have political power but not understanding. And so, when you use similar language, we're concerned that either (a) you've fallen for their foolish thinking, or (b) are a snowflake in the avalanche we fear is coming from their foolishness.

Please don't misunderstand us: if you're interested in putting in the time to learn the ropes, and you also have the right kind of mind, perhaps a number of different "STEM" jobs would suit you well. But you should expect to put in a lot of hours learning, and you should do a gut-check about whether or not you're really interested in spending 40 hours/week on it, year after year.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 440

by DoofusOfDeath (#48609917) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Because it's impossible to secure 3,000 miles of border, and he would just sneak back in if that's all we did.

Not if they're dead.

Seriously - why do we allow this? If illegal immigrants consider the penalties to be acceptable, the problem is the penalties aren't strong enough to persuade them.

It's not like the penalties are an entrance fee, where once you pay it, we're all good.

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