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Comment: Philosophy Major here (Score 1) 392

by Fished (#47921533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I was a philosophy major as an undergrad, have a Masters in Theological Studies, and a PhD in New Testament, and pastored a couple of churches along the way (part time.)

I've been working in IT continuously since the mid 90's (part-time when I was working on the PhD), and am presently employed by a Major Telecommunications Company as a senior architect. I make very good money, and when I left another Major Telecom Company in March, after 15 years, I had 15 inquiries just by posting to Facebook. The other day, I had a recruiter from Amazon practically beg me to come interview (they lost out in March due to being too slow to arrange an on-site interview.)

The degree doesn't matter. The skills matter. If anything, my broad background sets me apart from the pack. But only because I've got the skills.

Comment: Whatever (Score 2) 359

I was an Emacs dude for a long time and still use it. Then I tried RubyMine, and eventually upgraded to IDEA. The IDE features are sometimes handy. I also use vi very regularly for quick edits of small scripts.

I would no more stick to one editor than I would stick to one programming language. Right tool for the job is the key.

Comment: A distinction without a difference (Score 2, Insightful) 570

by Fished (#44610173) Attached to: The Steady Decline of Unix

The distinction betwen "Linux" and "UNIX" is virtually meaningless. All of the traditional proprietary unixen are massively customized from the original System V/System 7 sources over the past thirty years -- such that it's hard to say that they have a common core even. The only real difference is a marketing difference.

So, say it with me!


Comment: Missing the point... (Score 5, Interesting) 419

The point is not what the NSA has done with the information. The point is what they could do. Having "legally" (I use the term advisedly) obtained all this information on every American, they could now use it for any nefarious purpose. Having done so in secret, they hardly seem trustworthy.

I'm old enough to remember the days when we posted garbage at the end of messages for the "NSA line eater." Time to do that again.

Comment: Re: Dictator hating free speech, news at 11. (Score 5, Informative) 418

by Fished (#43894631) Attached to: Turkish PM: "To Me, Social Media Is the Worst Menace To Society."

Dude, I could drive a bus through the factual errors in your post. By the fifth century, the Roman Empire had no trace of democracy, it was a brutal dictatorship. Nor did kings have any real restraint in medieval Europe. Not did Islam have its origins in the late Roman Empire - Byzantine, MAYBE, but by the seventh century their control if Arabia was sketchy at best. Nor was Byzantium remotely democratic.

That dog won't hunt, and it's amazing to me that people are actually agreeing with you!

Sources: phd in New Testament and early Christianity, university of Virginia.

Comment: Re:Double Standard (Score 1) 443

by Fished (#42724487) Attached to: Prosecution of Swartz Typical for the "Sick Culture" Pervading the DOJ

The other catch is that the public defender will be payed less -- usually dramatically less -- to defend you than the prosecutor is paid to persecute you. In Virginia, the state pays public defenders $120 to represent you for a class 1 misdemeanor, which carry up to five years of jail time.

At the standard legal rate around here, that means you get half an hour of representation, if you're lucky.

Comment: Re:at the most they can shed light.. (Score 1) 252

by Fished (#42706767) Attached to: Anonymous Warhead Targets US Sentencing Commission

Hitler engaged in a decades long persecution of Jews, and the purpose of the concentration camps was to provide a "final solution" by exterminating them. Over 7 million were killed.

Roosevelt allowed the internment of Japanese Americans after the US was sneak-attacked by their home country without provocation. He and his military commanders felt that Japanese Americans with easy access to the cost might assist the Japanese government with an invasion, so they moved them away from the coast. The

I'm not denying that racism played a role in making the US Government regard Japanese with suspicion (while not so regarding German Americans, for example.) I AM saying that there is no evidence that there was ever any intent to kill Japanese Americans en masse. I am not defending the internment, I AM saying that it wasn't genocidal.

Comment: Re:at the most they can shed light.. (Score 2) 252

by Fished (#42705791) Attached to: Anonymous Warhead Targets US Sentencing Commission

While I'm, no big fan of the US government, do bear in mind that there's a huge difference between "concentration camps" as Japanese detainment: with rare exceptions the victims survived. Moreover, most detainees were treated reasonably (but not very) well, so long as they kept the rules. I don't think the comparison is helpful. These were two very different things.

Comment: Re:No working Skype for Android either (Score 1) 372

by Fished (#42450537) Attached to: Chromebook Takes Top Place In Laptop Sales On Amazon
Which is the Achilles heal of Android -- between vendor customizations, carrier customizations, and many different hardware models, it can't provide a consistent experience. If I were Google, I'd lock it down and say, "don't mess it up, keep the Interface the way it is"

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