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Comment: Re:Details? (Score 1) 159

by Keith111 (#47723923) Attached to: Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

This is Slashdot. If it's software related and negative, everyone blames Microsoft whether they are involved or not. It seems to me like the government wanted free stuff so it stands to reason that the people who create stuff for their livelihood would not like that. I mean... that's the whole point in people not liking piracy. Just cause you put it into law doesn't mean it's morally right... kind of like legal tax evasion for churches.

Comment: Re:"Great minds think alike"... apk (Score 1) 179

by Keith111 (#47722215) Attached to: Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

That's true in some cases, but very false in others. CS is not just about math, in fact, I have done almost no complex math since I left college and started my career like 7 years ago. CS to me has been more about critical problem solving, high impact design, and making sure you don't cause more work with the work you do. I work on a highly parallel data warehouse that uses both hardware and azure vm services and while I need almost no math, there is an incredible amount of research and thinking that go into it. This is one area where experience is quite important, but fancy algorithms are almost entirely useless.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 502

Back in the day and still a bit today there were three reasons: one being as you mentioned compatibility. Another being sound quality, obviously. The third, which I found to be by far the most important, was by having a discreet sound card you wouldn't get weird noise from your motherboard in your audio. The cpu would weirdly leak into audio chips via interference that was incredibly annoying. I had one mobo where whenever I moved my mouse (which spikes cpu slightly due to interrupts) it would make the 'whizzzzzzzz' noise the whole time it was moving lol.

Comment: Re:Victory for the Thought Police? (Score 1) 1746

by Keith111 (#46652707) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

My favorite thing to watch is when two "Freedoms" are in conflict. Such as basic human rights freedoms like gay marriage vs. religion freedoms like oppressing non-members of your religion. The victims of these battles are very rarely the correct ones.

At least if nothing else gay people can stop claiming to be a weak minority... being able to blackmail a fairly famous CEO into stepping down is not a small accomplishment.

Comment: Legality? (Score 1) 234

by Keith111 (#45576947) Attached to: Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

How is collecting DNA from dog poop any less invasive than the NSA collecting metadata from cell phone usage. Both of them are used to track the owners and invade privacy. This should be an illegal practice. I hate dog poop not being cleaned up as much as anyone, but this just seems incredibly wrong.

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