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Comment: Re: Well duh (Score 1) 216

by Jakeula (#49077039) Attached to: Valve Censoring Torrent References In Steam Chat
No, you're reading it wrong. He said stop using Steam. Then he said he's not a steam user, but he's walked away from Microsoft products because he doesn't like them, therefore he's confident you can do the same. I get it, the internet is hard, but don't blame him because you didn't take a moment to reread his message and attempt to understand what he was saying. Try reading his message with this additional insight, and it reads perfectly fine.

Comment: Re: Been Going on Since 2006 (Score 1) 239

by Jakeula (#48953689) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate
Manning was part of that lobby. What you're either unaware of, or choosing to ignore, is that kickers forced a change well before that. Kickers used to fuck with the ball a lot, forcing the NFL to change the rules. Brady and Manning simply wanted more freedom like was previously available, and the league created specific guidelines to avoid the issues of the past and compromise with the players. So weigh Mannings balls, he just broke every record last season.

Comment: Not about temperature! (Score 1) 239

by Jakeula (#48953359) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate
They are past the low out door temp for the most part. Now the issue is believed to be ball preparation. The Patriots are saying (specifically BB) is that the rub down and pregame ball warm up artificially increases the psi of the ball. It's then weighed by an official, the official sees it's high and lowers it(NFL regulations says the ball must be between 12.5 and 13.5 psi). The ball then sits around until the game, and that's when it falls under the the 12.5 requirement, THEN you add in the weather. But the out door weather doesn't matter, as the balls are tested in the same environment (temp) both times. So no the physicists are not there to test the well established PV/T.

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.

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