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Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by Jakeula (#47577865) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity
There is far more at work there than words though. If I shout "kill the Jews" where I am, no one is going to go kill Jews. The people that do go attack them are not acting on my words, they are acting on their own hatred. When you make an act of violence towards someone else, you are responsible for that. I don't care if someone tells me to go punch some dude in the face, if I go punch the guy that is on me.

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by Jakeula (#47577773) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity
No, I think it works just fine. If I own a gun, and suddenly they become outlawed, I too become an outlaw. I don't suddenly become part of a crime ring of some sort. If you outlaw red clothing, and I own a red shirt, I become an outlaw. If you ban anonymity people will still use things like TOR. That doesn't mean they are using it for passing around CP or bullying people, people don't suddenly start to partake in other illegal activities because of the ban. The point is, if you ban something that is commonly used or owned, people will suddenly become outlaws for no other reason than because it illegal to have.

Comment: Re:My Issue (Score 1) 627

by Jakeula (#46944277) Attached to: US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe
you misread what I said, we do not have a moral obligation to OUR PLANET! do we have the same obligation to our future generations? debatably. However, whenever I get into a debate about climate change its always about how much damage we are doing to our PLANET! Don't litter, its not good for the planet. Don't chop down trees, your hurting our planet. I imagine two examples are enough for you to see what my point is. Then there is my other point, that we are likely to go extinct at some point no matter what. War, pollution, space objects, etc. I mean, Earth has gone through radical changes even when no humans were on this planet "destroying" it, so it's likely to happen again even if we get our emissions down to zero. Now, the option is that we advance in technology so that these things don't effect us at all, in which case toxic air and no water shouldn't be an issue anyways. I am not saying we shouldn't look for alt energies or that I don't want to improve the situation, but its not a very strong argument to begin with and we are just being petty humans.

Comment: My Issue (Score 2) 627

by Jakeula (#46933885) Attached to: US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe
See my issue with the entire Climate Change debate is that we argue it as if its a moral obligation to our planet to fix this. At the end of the day, its only us that suffers. Let all the oceans dry up, and lets pump the air full of CO2, Earth honestly doesn't care. It will use all of that to make something else, and life will prevail. Its us humans that will die off, and I promise you the Earth doesn't give two shits about that. Yet anyone who I talk to gets all indigent about how heartless I am for not worrying about this. I don't deny climate change, and while I do question the amount that is caused by humans I just don't care about it. I see it a few ways: 1) I will be dead by the time this screws me over, and its likely that humans were to face extinction at some point no matter what. 2) we achieve a level of technology that makes this entirely moot. Like we fuse with computers meaning we don't need breathable air or drinkable water. So yeah, get over it. Solar and wind energies simply arent ready for the big stage, and when they are they will find their ways into our daily lives.

Comment: Re:Why not try it? (Score 1) 128

by Jakeula (#46891063) Attached to: OpenBSD 5.5 Released
What an odd measure of the quality of an OS. Like changing your IP from the command line is something that speaks to how well Linux has been developed. And you can change your IP from the command line. ifconfig does this just fine, even if its not the preferred method. you can also do something like this: sudo ip addr add xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
but I guess I just fed a troll, so jokes on me.

Comment: Re: Reply (Score 1) 302

by Jakeula (#46852023) Attached to: Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech
If you ask a feminist, they would say they got stopped years before being in a position to create the next innovative tech startup, because school discourages them from learning math, science, and technology. That's why I don't really get these arguments. Feminists argue that women are somehow discouraged by peers for being bossy or good at math or science turning them away from these things. If that's true, why do we expect for then to have equal presence in the work place? There's not enough qualified applicants. When it comes to most careers (especially in STEM) you need to be passionate about what you're doing to be good. You won't want to be a programmer if you get bored after 20 minutes, and that means even if you somehow get qualified for a job, you'll hate it. So if women's passion is already squashed by high school, what makes you think that they will regain this passion in college, and then surpass their male counter parts who've been passionate for longer? I mean, it's getting better, but we shouldn't expect every company to have females at the highest levels, there's just not enough qualified women to go around.

Comment: Re: One question for the users (Score 1) 244

by Jakeula (#46851987) Attached to: Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology
Not really. Plus a huge benefit of the app is their reader. It's amazing even on small devices. It's far better than any comic reader I have seen on either platform, but it doesn't import downloaded comics, and even if it did it wouldn't work with the pirated copies the same way. While the in app purchases are nice, the reading experience is a huge draw for me.

Comment: Re: As a big comixology user, this *sucks* (Score 2) 244

by Jakeula (#46851961) Attached to: Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology
I believe the idea here is that comics would cost more when purchasing them on the iOS version due to them having to pay Apple. I read my comics on Android, so I have no clue if there is a price difference. I imagine their 99 cent deals are likely still priced at 99 cents, so I would expect to find that the comics cost exactly the same price on both platforms. Honestly I can see why Amazon would want to change this immediately. Comixology had no ground to oppose Apples charges, but Amazon has the cash to front the costs of this move. I mean, if I just bought a company and a good portion of my purchases came from a platform that charged 30% I would rethink things as well.

Comment: Re:edx (Score 1) 84

by Jakeula (#46663203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Open CS, IT, and DBA Courseware in 2014?
I am also doing an edx course, and I think this is a pretty smart route to take. If you already have a degree in something, all you really need to do is prove that you have the chops to work as a programmer. Edx offers the ability to pay for the course and get graded, and at the end receive a certificate signed by the University offering the course.

What's even cooler is that they offer something called XSeries courses, and as the name implies, you take a series of courses and at the end of that you get a cert that says you are proficient in a specific focus. Right now I am taking 6.00.2 and I took 6.00.1 already. I am taking it because I wanted to learn more about data analysis, and once I complete part 6.00.2 I will get something signed by MIT saying that I know some stuff about computational thinking and data science. My company is also going to pay for me to take a course on SaaS that has two parts, but I am not sure that it will be an XSeries. I will however still get 2 certs saying I understand how to build, deploy, and maintain SaaS applications, and this one is done by Berkeley.

Basically, if you already have a degree, you just need some additional resume pieces to get you in the door, and I think these courses allow for that. You have formal education, and then you have major Universities saying you know at least the basics. That should get you an entry level programming gig at the least.

Comment: Re:On the road to replacing DirectX (Score 2) 130

by Jakeula (#46455669) Attached to: Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer
You're correct that it seems like OpenGL is playing catch up with D3D, but to assume that it will *NEVER* get ahead of the curve is quite an assumption. The Linux Kernel took years of playing catch up, and now its just as modern as anything else (as a pure kernel). If Valve is moving to OpenGL and others follow Valve, then it stands to reason that Khronos will likely be able to make strides and eventually close the gap. Right now more graphically driven things are done on Windows (gaming), so of course it has the best tools for the job. However, the tides are slowly changing, and if they change in a quality fashion, I see no reason OGL has to stay in the back seat. I say this as someone with limited experience dealing with both OpenGL and Direct3D.

+ - Russian Cyber Attacks On Ukraine Are By Hacktivists, Not Government - Kaspersk->

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judgecorp (778838) writes "As the situation in Ukraine has escalated there have been reports of cyber attacks, with Ukrainian news sites and politicians' phones under attack. Observers have assumed that the Russian government is organising these attacks, but Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky thinks it's more likely the work of patriotic vigilante hacktivists. The attacks have been somewhat obvious, and would "damage trust between nations", says the Russian security expert."
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Comment: Re:What is wrong with you people? (Score 1) 144

by Jakeula (#46371465) Attached to: How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk
Seriously? I thought we were on Slashdot, a place where nerds hope real nerd worthy news is aggregated. My mistake. We must be in a middle school classroom. Here let me explain how you can find simple answers in the future: GOOGLE IT! need the link too? https://www.google.com/ - there ya go. type in "what is a quart" and you get a definition and a converter on that very page. I know, I must be some technical wizard to have solved this so fast.

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